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The Perfect Combination Combination Bathroom Furniture from Hudson Reed offers a unique range of space saving storage solutions for the smaller bathroom. The range is designed to be flexible, so you can create the look you want that fits your bathroom perfectly. The selection of Slimline and L–shaped polymarble complement the vanity and WC units, giving you the flexibility to add additional storage in even the smallest of rooms. If you have space for a run of units together, our 1100, 1200 or 1500mm sets are the perfect combination for added storage, with a choice of straight, left hand or right hand configurations. Complete the look with a choice of co-ordinating mirror cabinets and bath panels.

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Where space is limited we have a collection of Stand Alone units where the basin unit and WC unit are separate but can be placed together, which are perfect for confined bathroom space. For Stand Alone vanity units choose from 400mm, 500mm and 600mm basin units in both Full Depth and Compact size. Complete with co-ordinating polymarble basins and matching WC tops to complete the look. The Combination furniture range is available in 4 stylish finishes, all with fully colour co-ordinating cabinets and accessories: Gloss White, Driftwood, Grey Avola and the latest on-trend colour Hacienda Black. You can customise your look with either the standard handle that is supplied or you can purchase an alternative handle to tailor your look. All furniture is supplied pre-constructed as standard making this quicker and easier to install. All our furniture is supplied with an integrated soft close system to endure less wear and tear and have a smoother, quieter action, which is ideal for ensuites. Reassurance of quality is essential, so for added peace of mind we offer a 5 year guarantee on our combination furniture. Combination bathroom furniture lets you make the most of the smallest room in the house, enabling you to incorporate essential storage, and will look stunning in any bathroom with the right styling.

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RINNAI’S ENERGYSAVER SPACE HEATERS IMPRESS INSTALLERS Rinnai Energysaver fanned convection powered flue gas fired space heaters are designed specifically for use in large buildings where the range continues to expand its fan base. Schools, community centres, libraries, conservatories and churches are all benefiting from the fast warm up of big spaces offered by the technically outstanding engineering of the Rinnai units with their low running costs. The Rinnai Energysaver range delivers energyefficient and consistent warm air powered by Natural Gas and LPG options and is built with fully modulating burners so heat output and energy input is reduced as the space warms up. Rinnai has successfully come up with a solution that heats from the floor up and by modulating gas usage in relation to room temperature, provides unparalleled levels of comfort combined with efficiency. The range has recently been enhanced with the addition of the Rinnai Energysaver 559FT, along with a makeover of the popular Energysaver 309FTR. The heaters blend effortlessly into the background in line with the style demands of modern interiors. The Rinnai Energysaver 559FT offers an 88% reduction in energy consumption when the unit is on standby and has BMS functionality as an optional component making the appliance even more flexible. The operation board is an easy to operate touch control pad sited conveniently and discreetly on top of the appliance, (rather than on the front with a flip up cover). The unit is also supplied with a child lock to eliminate any problem of small hands tampering with the controls.

Gas usage has been pegged at 0.31m3 while LPG consumption is 0.26kg/hr. Also available from Rinnai is the Energysaver 1004T with its impressive input of 11.6kW and outputs 10.23kW. It measures 670mm x 930mm x 315mm and it has energy efficiencies of 96% under the guidance of Part L 2014. This puts it in the top rank of space heaters in its class. Like the Energysaver 559FT the 1004T heater is suitable for BMS central timer control. This feature allows the building manager to run any number of Rinnai space heaters off a central time clock providing heat to the largest of spaces. The Energysaver Multi controller is not limited to single Energysavers as the flexibility of the system guarantees units can be mixed and matched to satisfy even the most unique building. From the installer’s point of view the Rinnai Energysaver units are simple to deal with; there is no need for expensive (or extensive) ductwork, nor do they involve the necessity of running domestic heating circuits for radiators, or pipework to boilers. This cuts down drastically on cost and time on site. Installers also report back that the tiny 80mm flue gives a neater finish on the outside of the building, a huge improvement on large flues and the correspondingly large holes that have to be knocked into the fabric to accommodate them.

Add to these benefits timer function and eco mode combined with the new unit’s ability to heat spaces fast, and the advantages of this super efficient appliance really do stack up.

Pete Seddon, Product Development Engineer at Rinnai UK, and a member of the technical team, explains that proven reliability and longevity have made the Rinnai range of space heaters popular over the 30 years they have been used in the UK. “They are so reliable,” he says, “they can easily last 20 years with no issues at all.”

The Rinnai Energysaver 559FT turns in efficiencies of 88% which is exceptional when you consider the effective heat generator seasonal efficiency required for UK building regulations. It has an input of 5.7kW and output of 5.2kW and the streamlined unit measures 582mm x 760mm x 257mm.

“All models come with a 15-year warranty on the heat exchanger. This is a strong persuader for looking at the whole life costs of a new system, which well before the minimum 15 years life span is up should have more than paid for itself on energy savings.”

The Rinnai Energysaver 309FTR, like the 559FT, turns in net efficiencies of 85.9%. It has an input of 3.4kW and output of 2.92kW.The streamlined unit measures 695mm x 465mm x 257mm. Natural

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A completely new and alternative concept in decorative laminate, AE Core offers designers an option which they have not previously had available. In addition to conventional flat lamination, it can easily be thermoformed or vacuum formed to a desired shape, allowing almost limitless design possibilities. Plus, it also features outstanding high wear resistance, a fire-retardant rating and a solid core. Created and manufactured in the worldwide capital of design, Milan, the range comes in countless finishes, from traditional, beautiful and realistic wood grains to striking metal effects, making it the ideal material for covering almost any internal surface. Easy to cut and machine with conventional wood working machinery, it will flex and form curves with very little resistance and it is easy to post-form without the need for specialist machinery, and because it has a solid colour throughout the core, you don’t get unsightly joint lines.


Advanced Technical Panels, part of the James Latham Group, has just announced that it has become the exclusive UK and Eire distributor for AE Core, an inspirational new collection of innovative thermoplastic laminate boasting a number of unique advantages in just one material.

Andrew Laverick, Product Manager for Advanced Technical Panels explained, “The extensive AE Core portfolio complements our existing decorative surface offering perfectly. One of its distinctive characteristics is its extreme versatility. Available in a wide range of surface textures, designs and colours, AE Core can be customised according to the project, thanks to innovative techniques such as OLED 3D printing or the embossed-in-register technology, which enhances the wood effect. “And because it resists scratches and moisture, the applications are almost limitless making it perfect for kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture in residential environments, as well as retail, hospitality, education and commercial spaces, plus, thanks to the possibility of bactericidal surfaces, it is also suitable for the healthcare sector.” Please visit for more information or contact Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: or by calling: 0116 257 3415


Internet of Pings: How connected construction can manage better than ever Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer, CRL The internet of things (IoT) is not a new topic. In fact, it has been a discussion point for decades and the first smart appliance, a toaster, was actually connected to the internet back in 1989. Property wise, many connected trends focus on inside the home – be it networked climate controls, security solutions or connected appliances, however, outside the home, the construction industry has been slow to adopt technology innovations. Last year, the construction industry was found to be one of the least digitised industries. Alongside the fact that construction labour productivity has not kept pace with overall productivity, it seems the need to invest in technology to keep the industry running is a given. These tools are aimed at increasing efficiencies, reducing cost and ensuring, as much as possible, that projects run on time – so resistance to change seems nonsensical, particularly when this is


one of the goals for large builders and developers. Whilst the construction industry isn’t necessarily known for its connection to technology, there are a surprising amount of tools that have arisen to help those within the sector, such as virtual reality (VR), including 3D building modelling. From 3D walk throughs to sell a property, to 3D VR modelling used to pitch architectural projects, there are numerous benefits to adopting this technology. In addition to the increased efficiencies and reduced costs, it can allow builders to stand out from the crowd when marketing their property to consumers and gain an edge on their competitors. One such VR process which is widely used in construction is building information modelling (BIM). BIM is a process that provides a 3D model of a building, which can be used to model a building’s structure and systems during both design and construction. However, it doesn’t

only provide a model; it also offers data management capabilities that can keep everyone on the project team on the same page at all stages of the build, from conception to construction documentation and maintenance. Sensors can also be used to feedback to the BIM, collecting data on things like energy usage patterns, temperature trends or people movement throughout a building. This can then be analysed to improve future buildings projects. With large and complex build projects, this technology is imperative to ensure that all parts of the cog are running at the same pace and potential difficulties or delays are dealt with before they arise. Sensors can also be used on heavy construction equipment, which can be remotely monitored for indicators of potential issues like temperature fluctuations or excessive vibrations. When abnormal patterns are detected, alerts can then trigger maintenance workers to intervene early, before critical equipment fails. When delays on any construction project can be costly, this can benefit the more substantial construction projects / developers. Augmented reality (AR) is at a much earlier stage in its adoption, partly due to health & safety concerns, the need for a large data repository and the complexity of tracking constantly moving data. However, the benefits of AR far outweigh the concerns and this is evident by the recent investment of £1m of funding into a consortium from Innovate UK . The investment is aimed at developing an Augmented Worker System (AWE), which will pioneer the use of virtual and augmented reality for the construction industry. With a focus on reducing cost and waste, and increasing productivity, the system will improve the

construction process at every stage, delivering “faster builds to a higher quality with fewer defects and more sustainable buildings.” With construction projects often plagued by problems, working off old school paper blueprints and drawings makes it harder to capture, analyse and share data with the different contractors involved in the process. But tools like these are reinventing the industry, with innovative ideas adding to it at every stage, for example, the smart helmet designed specifically for industrial settings from Daqri; and the SmartReality app from JBKnowledge, which allows users to hold a smartphone or tablet over designs or plan files and see 2D drawings projected as 3D models.Continued investment in the construction industry is imperative to ensure it has the capabilities to respond and react to developments and changes. Through programmes like the government’s Digital Built Britain (DBB) and through the development of innovative new technology, planners and architects are given more opportunity to collaborate with contractors, whilst reassuring clients and addressing any concerns they may have. In addition, developers need to be forward thinking to attract talent with new skills to make use of these new technologies, and adopting these is sure to create increased interest from the digital generation. Embracing the internet of things will also allow builders and developers to push boundaries and drive the expectation and quality of new builds forward. These tools are surely being used in large scale commercial builds, so it is time that they become the norm for large residential builders and developers too. The adoption of innovative ways of working can be daunting, but ultimately, builders and developers need to ensure they are keeping up with new and improved ways of working which will benefit the industry, as well as the end user. Since the creation of the first connected appliance, we have come a long way; but there is still a mountain to climb when looking at how this technology can, and will, benefit us in the very near future.



Pizza Express in High Holborn, just minutes away from Covent Garden and the theatres is a bustling and busy restaurant situated on the edge of the city of London.

The lively restaurant is set over several floors and includes a stage in the basement for entertainment and parties. Invalifts were approached by Pizza Express to look at the possibility of providing disabled access via a stair platform lift to a room in this restaurant that was currently being served by a straight staircase of 15 steps. Invalifts made an initial site survey and recommended their Inva Stair Riser platform lift to enable access. This lift has a 1000mm x 800mm sized fold down platform which would be suitable for wheelchairs. The unit was specified with a capacity of 300Kg in order to accommodate heavier wheelchairs. As there was an existing structural wall, it was decided to mount the stainless steel •10•

rails directly to the wall rather than using stanchions that would have encroached into the stair width. The client decided to have the unit in the standard colour of RAL 9006 (grey) as this matched the surrounding colours. The Inva Stair Riser comes with an amazing 3 year warranty which in itself highlights the quality and reliability of the unit. The restaurant was very happy with their stair platform lift, and pleased that they have enabled access for people with wheelchairs. To find out more about the Inva Stair Riser platform lift or other lift products, you can give Invalifts a call on 0845 468 2543 and speak to one of their friendly experts.

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APS NATIONAL Shining the spotlight on sharing good practice in every aspect of design and construction health and safety risk management. APS brought together a wide range of professionals involved in design and construction health and safety risk management at their annual conference held on the Tuesday 5 September at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. construction workers and also bring about cost savings and efficiencies.’ Under the banner, Making Project Safety Matter, organisations such as the HSE, Mates and Mind and Fladgate LLP were on hand to explore key issues affecting the sector as well as sharing good practice in health and safety. Bobby Chakravarthy

APS President Bobby Chakravarthy said: ‘Members of the Association for Project Safety are dedicated to ensuring construction workers can deliver the new homes, offices, roads and railways the country needs to succeed. But the national drive to get on and build can come with a very high price tag in terms of accidents and ill-health if we rush to get the bricks in without due thought. ‘The 2017 conference aimed to reflect on good practice within the industry. We wanted to explore innovations that could improve health and well being of our


Grenfell: the aftermath In the opening keynote address, Lesley McLeod, Chief Executive, APS discussed the changing landscape of the construction industry post-Grenfell where issues of further improving build quality, management, education and the supply chain have now come under intense scrutiny. She called for a greater focus on quality at all stages of the build process across the entire design, specification, supply chain and construction processes. The conference also explored the increasing need for innovative new technologies in the health and safety.

Darren Lester, Specifiedby and Stefan Mordue, AECOM were on hand to highlight the potential to revolutionise the industry. The annual conference was also a chance for delegates and industry experts to take stock of developments in the sector as CDM 2015 becomes more firmly established.

Panel sessions made for lively debate One of the highlights of the conference was the panel session that brought together a number of industry leaders to discuss skills, knowledge and experience (SKE): what should this look like for the Principal Designer role? APS has previously acknowledged that there is no ‘one size fits all’, prescriptive answer. In this sense, it is unsurprising that the panel discussion triggered some lively debate and strong opinions. It is useful


CONFERENCE to look for the areas of agreement to be drawn from the discussions:

a) the PD role will usually be fulfilled by an organisation, not an individual. b) when it comes to an individuals’ SKE: 1. an understanding of the ‘principles of prevention’ and ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ are fundamental.

The design institutions and APS can clearly play a crucial role to play in showcasing what works. Indeed, in the context of these discussions, it is worth pointing out that Conference saw the formal announcement of the APS/RIBA joint statement on ‘Better Design for Health, Safety and Welfare.’ Gillian Birkby

construction industry is a very real threat and we need to do more to tackle this.

Thinking about Safety differently The conference drew to a close with Dr Green’s thought-provoking session that had delegates casting a critical look at some of health and safety’s ‘established truths’.

2. fundamental principles must be supported by appropriate experience and knowledge, particularly of the type of work being considered (covering design, build-ability and health and safety issues.)

In ‘traditional’ health and safety, we put faith in the ’safe system’ and applaud the absence of accidents/adverse events. Accidents are about deviations and variability: procedural compliance is mandatory. People are a liability.

3. professional effectiveness requires well-developed ‘soft skills’.

Dr Green’s alternative view defines safety as: ‘the presence of capacity to develop resilience’. Accidents happen when resources can’t meet demand. Variability is inevitable (and is necessary if we are to have innovation) and only people can accommodate change.

4. in the context of the above: continuing CPD is essential. Prior to the panel discussion, Gillian Birkby of Fladgate LLP summarised the legal position. She also provided a useful reminder of something common across all professions: the appropriate level of SKE is a continual judgement call. In our opinion this is a crucial point. Membership of professional institutions helps keep individuals abreast of expectations and standards (providing CPD opportunities, guidance, regional networks etc). However, membership of any particular organisation (whether RIBA, ICE, APS ...) cannot automatically mean that an individual has the appropriate SKE for the project at hand.

“Both organisations believe a proportionate level of health and safety training (attainable by various means including: chartered development; through professional bodies; and specific health and safety CPD) is required for the specific role of principal designer. The flexibility of the new regulations promotes a proportionate response with which the construction industry as a whole, and its clients, can work.”

The health in health and Safety Often the silent partner in health and safety, health played a larger part in the 2017 conference. We heard from Steve Hails from Mates in Mind that left people under no illusion that mental health in the

His three principles can be summarised as: a) people are the solution, not the problem. b) health and safety is about the presence of positives. c) health and safety must be driven ethical responsibility, not a bureaucratic process. These principles encourage real worker involvement and engagement. In essence, Dr Green contests that ‘traditional’ health and safety inhibits performance and progress; delegates were challenged to rethink health and safety.

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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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Kebony introduces its newest window wood German Association of Windows and Facades adds Kebony Clear to prestigious list Kebony announces that Kebony Clear has now officially been approved as a window wood by the Verband Fenster und Fassade (German Association of Windows and Facades, VFF). Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, has been used for years in window installations worldwide and last year the wood was officially recognised as a suitable product for the window industry. Following additional research and a series of tests by the German Institute for Window Technology, ift Rosenheim, Kebony Clear made from Pinus Radiata has now also received this recognition as a suitable product for the industry, making all Kebony Clear woods viable for use as window woods. The patented Kebony technology is an environmentally friendly process, which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol - an agricultural by-product. Once modified with Kebony’s patented process, the Radiata timber has an average bulk density of 0.63g/cm³, with an equilibrium moisture content of only 4.7 % at standard climate. The process of heating sustainably sourced softwoods with furfuryl alcohol polymerises the wood’s cell walls, providing the modified Kebony Radiata with a high level of dimensional stability, with maximum swelling and shrinkage reduced to values of 2 %, a value that is comparable to tropical hardwoods. Kebony’s versatility as a material has rendered it invaluable for the construction of everything including exterior surfaces, terraces and windows - working to create a uniform appearance throughout. Kebony timber is easy to work with; it can be processed in the same way as hardwood without the need for special precautions during sawing and profiling as a consequence of the low dust and VOC emissions.

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continued focus on delivering a top-quality product. The testing has been incredibly thorough; the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology, the University of Göttingen, SHR Holzforschung in Wageningen, SP in Stockholm and Wilhelm von ThünenInstitut in Hamburg have all meticulously examined the properties of Kebony Radiata under a magnifying glass. The Institute for Window Technology in Rosenheim then undertook a number of tests on the material, joints and complete windows before fully approving the wood for window use.” For further information on Kebony Clear, window manufacturers can refer to the annexes of the new guideline HO.06-4 of the Window and Facade Association. These can be downloaded directly from the website



lanning for the UK’s premier furniture and interiors event is already in full swing, with the organisers promising the best January Furniture Show yet – major brands with more space and more new products, extended feature areas and a large number of new developing brands.


Returning to the popular NEC venue in Birmingham, the 4 day show will start on Sunday 21st January and run until Tuesday 24th. For contract buyers, interior designers and specifiers it offers the best opportunity of the year to spot the latest and emerging trends, and to select the latest products from major design-led brands and contract suppliers from UK and International manufacturers and suppliers. This year’s show proved to be an immense success for well-known brands, both from the UK and Europe, and the stand rebooking rate amongst


this group was over 90% within 6 weeks of the close of the 2017 show. Major brands including Duresta, Tetrad, ercol, Skovby and Italia Living had no hesitation in stating their desire to return in 2018 with new collections and styles.

Hall 4 will boast large leading UK and international cabinet brands and Hall 3 is the place to go for art and furnishing accessories. Finally for top-end contemporary furniture, Hall 2 will be the place for preeminent International brands.

In 2018 there will be over 55,000 new products on display with large brands including Gallery Direct and Dar Lighting showcasing up to as many as 400 individual new products. Across the 5 halls of the event everything from cabinet furniture, upholstery and beds to soft furnishings, flooring, lighting and giftware will be on display.

Laraine Janes, Co-Director of the January Furniture Show said: “The 2018 show will be full of excellence, we have an A List of returning brands showing well designed and beautifully executed new ranges. The show has grown in size and stature over the last 3 years and now has momentum as the most valuable show to attend in the UK for buyers of any kind of furniture or interior furnishing. We are delighted that our rebooking rate is so high, it proves that we have the right formula for suppliers and buyers, and we are looking forward to an even better show next January.”

For contract buyers Hall 5 will be an important destination, with a strong line-up of commercial big hitters willing to offer tailor made packages for large-scale projects or individual schemes. For those looking to furnish at the other end of the scale, Hall 1 will offer exclusive trend setting collections and statement pieces.

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Church Barn represents a sympathetic synergy between the historical and contemporary Architect David Nossiter’s sensitive conversion of a derelict, yet heritage-listed farm barn building on the Suffolk/Essex border into an exceptional family home has been shortlisted in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017, as well as being named as a finalist in the AJ’s Retrofit Awards 2017. A sympathetic synergy of the historical and the contemporary, Church Hill Barn offers spacious living in a beautiful rural setting. Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze fixed rooflights were instrumental in flooding the grand central atrium of the barn with natural daylight.

Unique challenges required innovative design Renovating this derelict old barn presented a number of unique challenges for David Nossiter and his clients. The farm buildings, located around a courtyard, had been part of the Assington Hall Estate, but had continued to fall into a dreadful state of decay since the 1950’s when the Hall had been destroyed by fire. The large barn at the heart of the farm complex, which was to be the client’s new home, needed a major roof refurbishment as well as insulation to meet modern day thermal standards. The barn had an unusual and unorthodox layout, cruciform in plan and surrounded by a collection of smaller spaces, which had been originally

used for the shelter of livestock and different farming activities under one roof. The vast central space with almost cathedral-like proportions, necessitated an innovative architectural approach in order to transform the barn into a modern family home. At the same time the architect had to be sensitive both to the strong sense of personal attachment that the local community felt for this barn, which had served their families in the past, as well as to the heritage listing that the building enjoyed. Only after the conclusion of lengthy agreements with the local planning authorities could work begin on the barn, which would take 2 years to complete. Refurbishing the roof constituted the major part of the renovation of the barn. In seeking to honour the barn’s historical character, David Nossiter salvaged the old roofing slates and timber from other derelict farm buildings on the site to resurface the roof. He then devised a “warm roof construction” by adding insulation over the roof above a new deck. Sheep’s wool was used to insulate the outside walls, which are clad with larch timber. The original fenestration around the barn was retained ensuring every window provided stunning views out to the countryside. Two oversized glazed sliding doors fill the hipped gable porches, which look out towards the fields. As a result the barn remains “integrated” into its’ surrounding rural landscape.

Maximising the light and space Of key importance to the clients, however, was the need to keep the barn open-plan and the space undivided. “Space is the luxury” was


how the client described what the barn offered them. Although there are no real formal rooms, in order to help organise the space and also provide the necessary privacy for the bathrooms and bedrooms, David Nossiter devised innovative partitions and screens, made from birch plywood sheets, intended as over-scaled furniture. The polished concrete flooring throughout enhances the feeling of “continuous flow” around the barn and crucially reflects the light coming in from the windows and doorways.

Rooflights unlock natural daylight The lofty 8 metre high ceiling and the exposed wooden gable structure, whilst visually impressive, raised another issue for the architect – that of ensuring that there was adequate light falling into the central core of the barn. Here the minimalist, functional kitchen was located with space left deliberately empty allowing for future flexibility. With the exposed brickwork and

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appearance raised no concerns for the local planning authority. The lack of bulky capping systems meant that these Flushglaze fixed rooflights would not trap dirt, of critical importance bearing in mind the practicalities of actually getting up onto the extraordinarily high roof to clean them. Additionally, it was critical that these glazed elements did not reduce the level of insulation provided by Nossiter’s “warm roof” construction.

the use of timber panelling on the barn walls and kitchen area, the light was fairly compromised and would have resulted in a dependence on artificial light. There were existing openings in the roof, which had been glazed with corrugated plastic, and despite the original request by the local planning authority for heritage rooflights to be used here, David Nossiter looked for a better solution, believing that adding glazing mullions would be inappropriate. Inspired by James Turrell’s exquisite Skyspaces, David Nossiter specified two Flushglaze fixed rooflights from Glazing Vision, which were to be installed into the existing roof apertures. Needing to be made to bespoke sizes – almost 3m square – these rooflights were precision-engineered at the company’s factory in Norfolk. Their lack of an internal frame ensured that they did not detract from the impactful wooden roof/ ceiling structure, which the clients loved, or the lofty airy feel of the atrium below. Their clean and contemporary external

The Glazing Vision Flushglaze fixed rooflights, tested and certified by the British Board of Agrement, satisfied the architect as providing excellent thermal performance, but also structural integrity and unparalleled weather resistance.

In preserving the distinctive historical character of the barn, which was fundamental to the client’s brief, David Nossiter has also managed to successfully integrate the contemporary aesthetic. His clients, who recalled the barn being “black and falling apart”, are delighted with their new light-filled family home, which offers “a panoramic view of the country that changes with the weather!” To find out more design considerations for your next project, contact us on 01379 658 300 or visit

Most importantly for Nossiter’s clients, these generously-sized Flushglaze rooflights allow vast amounts of daylight to stream down from the roof deep into the centre of this enormous house, whilst at the same time the clients have unfettered views up towards the sky, complementing the panoramic views out towards the stunning Suffolk landscape provided at ground level.


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.


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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On the first of September we launched our charity initiative with the

Wild at Heart Foundation

The Wild at Heart Foundation is a British non-profit charity which funds and supports animal welfare projects around the world. In particular, the foundation aims to reduce the world’s stray dog population, by organising and sponsoring rescue projects, neutering programmes awareness campaigns and educational initiatives. We are very proud to be working with them. £20 from JIS Europe’s profits from the sale of each Rye towel rail will be donated directly to Wild at Heart to support their projects. The Rye towel rail is our tilting ladder rail, inspired by the traditional library ladder; it was designed to offer a gentle and elegant twist on the classic, leaning casually and lightly against the wall taking bathroom elegance and comfort to a new level. With larger than normal bar spacing comes the added advantage of further practicability should you favour more than one bath sheet or within a larger family bathroom. In fact this rail very much marries practicability with the more minimalistic styling favoured within design today, a thoroughly modern classic. Measuring 1800mm x 520mm – tapering to 300mm at the top, the rail is constructed from 100% stainless steel. With a BTU rating of 1878, the rail consumes just 550 Watts; while each one is manufactured with standard 1/2” BSP tappings and is pressure tested to 12 Bar. With a BTU rating of 1878, the rail consumes just 550 Watts; while each one is manufactured with standard 1/2” BSP tappings and is pressure tested to 12 Bar. As always the rail is manufactured from 100% stainless steel, available in all three heating options, central heating plumbed in, electric only and dual fuel and both polished and satin stainless steel finish. 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 rail as always carries a 25 year guarantee and is available from stock on a next day delivery if ordered by midday.


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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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Croydex makes rust a thing of the past with its range of specially treated shower storage ranges. The bathroom accessories specialist is so confident that their formula can prevent the tell-tale orange tinge that it has placed a lifetime guarantee on some of its wire ware storage. “Rust can ruin an otherwise spotless bathroom where high levels of humidity often take their toll on traditional wire storage,” says Product and Procurement Director Peter Pegden. “Our rust free wire ware products are suitable for use within any ‘wet’ shower area or bathroom, giving consumers a real confidence and reliability in the product”. Croydex has added the rust free formula to products in six of its wire ware ranges. All come with a five year, ten year or lifetime guarantee. Both the slimline and standard new chrome plated aluminum accessories come with a lifetime rust free guarantee, with products ranging from soap dishes to shower caddies and singular baskets to tiered baskets. Consumers choosing products from the smart stainless steel range gain the peace of mind of a ten year guarantee, whilst those in the popular Stick ’N’ Lock Plus, Mild Steel and Flexi Fix ranges offer five years of rust free use. Flexi Fix products can be securely fitted using a unique X plate which can align with previously drilled holes or new ones. There is also a glue-fix option that means no drilling is required. Forming part of their semi-permanent range are the Stick ‘N’ Lock products, which can be adhered to most flat, finished surfaces using the sticky pad provided. Or can be screwed to the wall using new drilled holes. Both the mild steel and stainless steel ranges include hook over products, with no drilling or fixing required, the range providing a quick and easy storage fix. For more information call Croydex on 01264 365881 or visit


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Innovation meets vintage chic with the new Flexi Fix 1919 range

The Flexi Fix range promotes easy but secure fittings using the patented ‘X’ plate that can use holes left behind by previous fittings or eliminate the need for drilling completely with the adhesive, which simply glues the accessory to most surfaces including uneven walls or shiny tiles. For more information on this and all our other products please contact:

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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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NEW BUILD OR REFURBISHMENT CHOOSE demista™ and Cosyfloor™ House builders, developers, the self build sector, and the public are looking forward to 2017 with a great deal of optimism. The property market appears to be well on the move, and one item is proving to be of great interest to those building or refurbishing houses and apartments. Added value at minimal cost to any new or refurbished bathroom must the be the inclusion of a demista™ heated mirror pad. This pad is easy to install, and will ensure a steam free mirror at all times, no matter how steamed up the bathroom. The heated mirror pads are available in a variety of sizes, to suit most mirrors and in the case of a particularly large surface,


they can be used in multiples. Running costs are minimal and ideally, once wired in to the lighting system, they will gently warm the mirror when the bathroom is in use. The pads can also be fitted in bathroom cabinets. The range of underfloor heating products, Cosyfloor™, Ecofloor and Ecomat are designed for specific areas of the home. Both Cosyfloor™ and Ecofloor can be used in every room in the house, including areas where the floor may get wet, bathrooms, shower rooms, kitchens and conservatories. Ecomat can be used in hallways, bedrooms and living areas. Underfloor heating means

no unsightly radiators, adding valuable space to smaller rooms, no hot surfaces for toddlers to touch especially in the nursery or playroom. The added space, especially wall space, enhances the aesthetic appearance of your reception and living areas. Whether under timber floors, tiles, slate, marble, vinyl or carpet, underfloor heating is safe, reliable, and offers gentle, comfort heating levels whenever and wherever it is needed. Temperature can be easily controlled via room thermostats to produce the most cost effective and efficient heating. The system is easy to install and maintenance free.

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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

Sensorbility Ltd. manufacture and supply a unique 'touch' light switch which can safely be used in bathrooms, kitchens, nurseries, or any other room in the home. Our switches can be concealed behind almost any material, including: tiles, mirrors, metal, wood, and are available as a switch, dimmer and timed dimmer.

The Bathroom Switch is a new concept in light switch operation, and consists of a small controller housing that can be hidden in the ceiling cavity, either behind the light rose or adjacent to a relevant junction box, allied to satellite SensorPads. These SensorPads can be adhered to the rear of most materials such as glass, plastic, ceramic tiles, metal, wood etc. and project a proximity sensing field through the material.

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Trespa Pura NFC® - Smart cladding system with no need to paint or lacquer Performance Panels Limited is delighted to present Trespa Pura NFC®, the attractive, highly weather resistant cladding system. A superior quality, smart system of cladding planks, fasteners and accessories, Trespa Pura NFC® is easy to install with a durable design for many years of performance.

Low Maintenance Planks undergo extensive testing for impact and UV resistance. Sun and rain have no significant effect on the planks’ closed surface, ensuring that minimal maintenance is required; it is easy to clean with no need to paint or lacquer the cladding in the future.

The Perfect Choice Trespa Pura NFC® allows maximum design freedom with a range of installation options and an extensive pallet of wood tones and uni colours. Panels can be easily handled and are simple to cut, lending themselves to both innovative and traditional ventilated façades.

The Ideal Choice for Residential and Commercial Buildings Whether building, rebuilding or refurbishing, Trespa’s ingenious cladding system is the perfect choice for a variety of sectors, including residential homes, shops, schools, banks, restaurants or offices.

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Attractive exterior cladding with a smart system of planks, fasteners and accessories. Trespa Pura NFC® has high scratch and impact resistance for a hassle-free installation. Solid and sturdy, it is highly weather resistant with no need to paint or lacquer. Click to find out more: Sample hotline: +44 (0)1422 310 319

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Tansun Infrared Heaters Maximise Outside Dining at the Lighterman The Lighterman at Granary Square, Kings Cross is a new contemporary design of public house and a landmark site in the new Kings Cross development. And Tansun infrared heaters are playing their part by enhancing the exterior space for the warmth and comfort of customers. This new project by Open House Projects, has seen The Lighterman join the group’s two others in London’s Fitzrovia and follows the theme of a modern interpretation of the traditional pub with casual dining, drinking and socialising using modern British menus with European influences. Inspired by the Victorian Lightermen who worked on the flat bottom barges, known as ‘Lighters,’ The Lighterman has a contemporary design over three floors with stunning views across Granary Square and Regents Canal. Tansun infrared heaters were selected by Open House Projects for the outside terrace where Tansun’s Bahama single 1.5kW heaters are discreetly integrated under seven parosols with four heaters per parasol. Hannah Burke, Project Manager for Open House Projects is delighted with the result commenting, “The Tansun heaters really do allow us to take the inside out, making our terrace functional over the cooler months and evenings so generating increased revenue from customers’ outdoor use”. She continued, “We were delighted to find the Tansun heaters as they are very sleek looking units and can be specified in any RAL colour. We chose graphite grey to complement the masts of the parasols and so they are not at all intrusive, and at the same time have low glare and look warm. The heaters have been very successful and we hope to use them on other projects in the future.” The Bahama infrared heaters from Tansun are a flexible design easily fitted onto awnings and parasols to become part of their structure and are IP rated. Available in single 1.5kW or double 3kW appliances, the stylish heaters can cover an area of up to 22 sq.metres and their glare-reducing gold reflectors have a smooth, parabolic finish for powerful heat dispersion. The Bahama heater provides customers with low glare heaters that fit discreetly into many environments in the standard colours of white, grey or black. The design is also available in any RAL colour with Tansun’s bespoke colour service which allows heaters to be powder coated in a wide range of colours with additional corporate branding if required. The Bahama heaters can be made to fit awning or parasol profiles or indoor / outdoor venue colour schemes to suit customers’ needs. The heaters come with a full two year Tansun warranty. All of Tansun’s products are manufactured in the UK and designed using premium components. Tansun has been established for thirtyfive years and pioneered the concept of infrared electric heaters in collaboration with Philips technology. The company offers the largest range of domestic, commercial and industrial infrared heaters in the world, providing maintenance-free, safe and healthy heating appliances. Further information is available from Tansun on 0121 580 6200, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at .


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Design Elegance Balanced with Durability Decor options and the specification of sustainable products play a significant factor in the selection of surfacing but it is also paramount the material can meet the demands placed on it. The technological characteristics of Neolith® Sintered Stone, in particular its durability, is ideal for kitchens as it is resistant to stains, cuts and marks and able to withstand high temperatures which is key for worktops which regularly come into contact with hot pans and knives. Neolith was specified by Italian architects, Colombo Experience, for the interior fit out of Sonia Peronaci’s headquarters, Sonia’s Factory. Located in Milan, this multi-functional site acts as a base for Sonia Peronaci’s operations allowing the well-known chef, TV personality, writer and influential food blogger to run cookery classes, develop new products and services, and utilise the space for events and filming. The design balances residential elegance and craftsmanship combine the disciplines of food, sustainability, architecture and interior design. Neolith Calacatta and Calacatta Gold, with its delicate marblelike design creates a real focal point in the large monolith work island. The elegant design of the latter gives the space a luxurious feel and a high-end finish that is perfect for TV and photography. Neolith Calacatta Gold is often specified because of the material’s approximation to marble from Carrara, while offering the inherent high-tech properties of Sintered Stone. Using a groundbreaking digital decoration technique, Neolith Digital Design (NDD), Calacatta Gold offers a bold, dramatic veining characteristic of the natural stone, with a hint of gold for a sophisticated design.

Large sized slabs offer aesthetic advantage The Kitchen at Chewton Glen (United Kingdom) is a purpose built cookery school that offers a selection of classes overseen by popular TV chef and alumni James Martin. As part of an award winning five star luxury hotel, it was important the design of The Kitchen and material selected reflected the grandeur of the country house. Designed by Terence O’Rourke in collaboration with The Big Kitchen Company, Neolith slabs in Basalt Grey Silk were applied to the worktops, upstand, splashback, shelving areas and cabinetry. The availability of 12mm Neolith large format slabs proved a decisive factor in the specification of the surface. The larger slabs provide the aesthetic advantage of minimising the number of visible joints, thus contributing to a more seamless and streamlined kitchen design. Neolith can also offer bespoke cuts to integrate sinks, hobs and shelving areas.


A Modern Material for a Timeless Finish Neolith is suitable for all types of walls and flooring applications, offering architects and designers a desired aesthetic finish that is non-porous, scratch and abrasion resistant making it easy to clean and incredibly durable.

Available in large sheets as standard (3600x1200mm and 3000x1500mm), the lightweight material can also be cut to meet the bespoke requirements of today’s interior needs. Being lightweight makes it easy to apply to flooring projects, and offers a resistance that will remain intact over time whether for conventional or bespoke design. Covering large areas, with fewer panels, also provides installation advantages. Architects Pere Martinez and Alexis Noguerol, from J. Noguerol, Interior Design and Architectural Studio, specified Neolith when refurbishing the existing floor of a residential apartment in a hundred-yearold Modernist building. The muted tones of Basalt Beige, from the Fusion collection, and Moka, from the Colorfeel collection have been used in 80m² of the property’s flooring to create a bright and elegant ambience, harmonious with the timeless aesthetic of the building’s modernist style. The material was cut to create curved lines and floral patterns in order to recreate the organic shape and classical lines typical of the Modernist style featured throughout the apartment.

Withstanding wear and tear, inside and out Ricardo Rossi of Ricardo Rossi Architecture and Interiors, specified Neolith® in the refurbishment of IV Centenário, a residential home in Brazil. Replicating an aged metal surface, Iron Corten provides a contrast of colour against the sophisticated grays and muted whites, while also complementing the earthy tones, present throughout the property. With a highly resistant Satin finish, Iron Corten delivers a surface hardness that is often favoured for commercial use. The application of the matte finish, coupled with its scratch resistant properties, offered a hardwearing integrity to the design. Iron Corten was also specified for the balcony facades; Neolith’s resistance to high temperatures and UV rays making it ideal for the scorching Brazilian weather. Furthermore, with the connecting exterior featuring a swimming pool, Neolith’s near zero water absorption and resistance to chemical cleaning agents meant potential exposure to pool water and chlorine would not affect the integrity of the material.

Neolith Furniture Applications Decor options and the specification of sustainable products play a significant factor in the selection of surfacing but it is also paramount the material can meet the demands placed on it. The technological characteristics of Neolith® Sintered Stone, in particular its durability, is ideal for kitchens as it is resistant to stains, cuts and marks and able to withstand high temperatures which is key for worktops which regularly come into contact with hot pans and knives. Neolith, introduced its Sintered Stone surfaces for furniture applications at this year’s furniture production and interiors exhibition Interzum in Cologne. The comprehensive offering provides a wide array of colours and finishes which are ideal for commercial application because of their durability and customisability. The Neolith surfaces can transform a plain space into a creative and inspirational environment without the need of investing in new furniture. Its lightweight design makes Neolith a very easy to handle material, allowing for almost effortless application on top of already existing surfaces, instantly providing a refreshed look for staircases, reception desks, countertops, shelves, walls and flooring.

maintenance. The materials scratch resistance further guarantees that furniture will remain pristine for years to come. The Neolith SKIN catalogue is specifically dedicated to interiors and showcases more than 50 models in different finishes to satisfy all types of tastes, needs and trends. The variety of patterns, including natural, industrial elements like wood, metal, fabric and marble, allows for a highly personalised design.

The slab’s minimum thickness of 3mm proves to be especially ideal for cabinetry veneering, while the 6mm slab is great for cladding metal or wood structures. Offering a thickness of up to 20mm Neolith surfaces can be mitered to create thicker options and meet different tastes and demands. Neolith is also available in large slabs, which allows the seamless application on long tabletops and countertops. The thinner Neolith surfaces are delicate in appearance but are resistant to bending, high pressure and weight loads. Easy to clean, waterproof and liquid resistant, with an absorption level of near zero, Neolith furniture, especially in high traffic areas such as offices or hotel lobbies require little



Photocatalytic surface treatment

Neolith® has formed a new partnership with PURETi, a leading manufacturer of water based photocatalytic preventative maintenance solutions, to offer architects and designers a sustainable architectural surface treatment for its exterior façades. The eco-friendly PURETi surface treatment is available for use on Neolith’s 6mm slabs, transforming the Sintered stone façades into self-cleaning air purifiers – consequently reversing pollution, dramatically improving air quality, and enabling the Neolith slabs to stay cleaner for even longer. This ingenious technology has the ability to reduce air pollution by destroying nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contact the treated surface, using just the energy from natural sunlight.

Hidden installation system for ventilated facades TheSize continues to innovate and recently invested in the development of StrongFix, a hidden installation system for ventilated facades. As the only one of its kind on today’s market for slim 6mm panels, the StrongFix system provides architects with an invisible mechanical solution that helps creating sleek looking, sturdy and secure facades.


StrongFix is a cost-effective fixing solution that enables an easy and swift installing process. TheSize’s Neolith panels are hung to the supporting structure like pictures on a wall, all fixations are hidden behind the slabs, creating a smooth and aesthetically pleasing façade. The durability of Neolith panels ensures the pieces will not crack or splinter during maintenance or due to general wear. Furthermore, it allows for an easy removal and access to electrical systems, as well as panel replacement without difficulty. Used together with StrongFix, Neolith’s sintered compact surfaces ensures durability and a long-lasting resilience to

UV, high temperatures and bad weather conditions. Neolith slabs also enable permeability, thermal and acoustic insulation, solar protection, and water impermeability as part of an energyefficient ventilated façade system. Furthermore, Neolith panels have a nearzero porosity, making them resistant to stains and graffiti. TheSize offers a tailored and customised installation system support to specifiers; starting from the initial choice of Neolith panels, and designing the support system, to cutting and assembling services, and providing architectural recommendations. This support means that the project’s lead times and budgets are optimised.

ENIGMA is a collaborative project between Neolith by TheSize and Pritzker Prize 2017 Laureates, RCR Arquitectes. The restaurant is the creative vision of Barcelonan chef Albert Adrià, bringing together three very different disciplines of gastronomy, architecture and technology for a pioneering dining experience. Chef Adrià wanted to create a destination reflecting his innovative cuisine and career. He approached RCR Arquitectes, who collaborated with architect Pau Llimona, to draw up the original design in watercolour. This proved so striking it was decided to bring it directly to life within the restaurant, approaching Neolith to help create the detailed décor. Significantly, the design throughout the establishment had to deliver an out-of-this-world interior in line with the original brief. RCR drew two A1-size watercolour paintings with the intention of transferring it prolifically throughout the restaurant’s surfaces. Consistency was crucial, with one material and one design needing to be applied everywhere from kitchen worktops and walls to bars, table tops, even the washrooms, attention to detail in application was essential. Furthermore, a watercolour design had not been done on Sintered stone before and the architects also required every slab to be of uneven texture, but with a subtle shine to provide a multisensory surface, both visually and physically engaging. The original design had to be expanded, whilst trying not to lose the quality of definition offered by the original drawing. Each pixel equalled to almost 1 square meter of the final flooring. Neolith specifically developed the technology to re-create the design on slabs, producing a perfect replica of the drawing. Then, an exact colour match was sourced, as the required green and blue tones are unusual hues for Sintered surfaces. The intensity of the colours had to fit in with other materials and decorations throughout the restaurant to achieve a unified and immersive environment. Using proprietary digital printing decoration technology, Neolith® Digital Design, the architect’s design brief was fully met. The floor’s size (680sqm) presented the biggest challenge. Each unique slab had to be precisely put together to deliver a continuous design, requiring absolute precision from Neolith’s team to guarantee uniformity of the watercolour design. As a solution, Neolith initially installed the entire floor off-site and used a drone to take images from above, ensuring that there were no inconsistencies.

Snickers ‘FLEXIWork’ Clothing Better Working Clothes That Really Make a Difference While Fabric, Functionality and Fit have always been hallmarks of Snickers’ working clothes, it’s the innovation and technology in the design of FLEXIWork garments that really sets them apart from other brands. They’re designed for fast-paced working environments with body-mapping designs that ensure superior freedom of movement on site. There’s Waterproof Jackets, Fleeces, T-shirts and Hoodies plus market-leading WorkTrousers made from a durable, stretch and rip-stop fabric and polyamide reinforcements. As well as fashionable looks, all these clothes are packed with comfort and functionality, specially designed for professional craftsmen who are always on the go, always delivering top class work and always a step ahead on site. Designed for professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments, they’re a must for everyone who takes a pride in their work on site. To get more information on Snickers’ FLEXIWork working clothes, visit the website at where you can download a digital catalogue - or call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.


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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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Vic Roberts, founder of York Modelmaking, reflects on his time working with Architects, and advances in technology. The advances in technology have given model makers additional “tools” to help produce physical models to stunning effect. Laser cutting allows for ever more intricate detail that it just wasn’t possible to produce quickly and cost effectively in the past. Similarly 3D printing allows for detail such as Ionic columns on the Georgian façade model to be re-created perfectly. The staff at York Modelmaking still posses the traditional skills in painting techniques and hand finishing that bring their models “to life”, something for which they’ve always been renowned. They also still have the full workshop tools and skills to quickly and economically produce massing models and mock-ups (much faster indeed than a 3D printer!)

A tangible image with immediate impact A physical model provides an immediate clear vision to professionals and their clients alike. Whether you are wishing to express initial ideas and concepts with a simple “card model” or finished designs expressing material finishes and surrounding context, a model provides a tangible image with immediate impact. As well as for the presentation of ideas and designs, they can be an imperative support in augmenting sales.

An equally important role in illustrating the internal use of space And of course models don’t have to just be of the external structure of buildings, but play an equally important role in illustrating the internal use of space, functionality of a building and the flair of the interior designer. A field in which York Modelmaking has become very adept is the specialist area of the ergonomics of the work place. Industrial models with metallic floor plates and components incorporating magnets, allow for designers to try many and varied layouts to maximise the potential of the space, plant and ultimately how the workforce will function within the space. With the added bonus of being an ideal training tool on completion. The wealth of experience of this long established business is clearly demonstrated on their Portfolio style website.

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“ I’ve seen many changes in architectural practice over the past half century. Some just passing trends, but many advances enabled by investment in new materials, technologies and engineering skills, that all bring new and exciting potential to the Architect’s desktop. Equally, the presentation of designs has evolved, with 3D printing being the latest addition to many architectural practices, as well as the model maker’s workshop. As architectural practices embrace BIM, there’s still a place for physical models – providing threedimensional understanding of structure, space and form. I’m proud of the skills and dedication of the York Modelmaking team, and the great results they produce to the inevitable tight deadlines ” - Vic Roberts, MD

Above: Park Square, London - A video of how this model was constructed is on the York Modelmaking website.

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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.


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


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SPSenvirowall Expands into Cladding Market (L-R) Ben Mitchell, Paul Winwood, Daniel Thompson, Gavin Ross, Nathan Kirk

Leading external wall insulation and render provider SPSenvirowall has announced an exclusive UK partnership with specialist cladding manufacturer Dynamic Cladding. The move marks SPSenvirowall’s first expansion into the external rain screen cladding market and brings A1 non-combustible and bomb blast-rated cladding systems to the UK for the first time. Dynamic Cladding’s glass rainscreen system has achieved the highest fire rating possible and its stone cladding is the only one in Europe that achieved a bomb blast rating. Both will now be available in the UK for the first time through the exclusive partnership with SPSenvirowall. “This is not only an important move for us as a business, but for the industry as a whole,” said Paul Winwood, Managing Director of SPSenvirowall. “We have now become a whole solution for architects and developers who want to bring all aspects of a project together under one supplier, combining external wall insulation, render and cladding; a true mix use. “The partnership is also bringing some of the world’s highest safety rated cladding products to the UK market for the first time, opening up opportunities for higher level specification. Dynamic Cladding products are ETA approved, which meets and goes beyond BBA requirements.”


and stone cladding in 2015. We could see the fashion of coloured glass cladding developing, particularly in airports and rail stations. They are scratch and graffiti resistant, easy to clean and the colours never fade. We set out to create a glass cladding with the highest possible fire rating in order to give it as many application opportunities as possible. “Stone has always been a popular material but it has weight and cost limitations. Again, our priority became to create lightweight, versatile stone cladding that allowed faster installation and significantly reduced its weight. Our product is now up to 70% lighter than traditional stone systems and up to 50% thinner. “SPSenvirowall has been leading the way in the external wall insulation and rendering market for many years so it was an easy choice to partner with them to introduce our innovative products to the UK for the first time.”

The products that are now available in the UK include DynaPanel Glass & Stone systems, both frameless and without face fixings, also DynaPanel Stone Veneer for interior wall linings and feature areas.

SPSenvirowall sells in excess of 1 million square metres of external wall insulation per year and has branches in South Wales, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Essex and West Lothian, Scotland. The company offers a range of environmentally-friendly external wall insulations and rendering solutions for new builds and refurbishments and now decorative rainscreen cladding, supported by expert advice, guidance and training to contractors and architects.

Daniel Thompson, Development Manager at Dynamic Cladding, said: “We made the decision to develop glass

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RINNAI SOLO HAS MULTIPLE ADVANTAGES The Infinity Solo condensing and low NOX condensing water heater is the first Rinnai product for the UK to bring together the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder in one compact footprint. Originally envisaged as a single installation product for light commercial operations such as B&Bs, small hotels and schools, Infinity Solo is now being manifolded by installers for larger projects including a recent major primary school installation. There is no restriction on the number of units that can be linked together as the installer can simply work out the volume of hot water required to determine the number of units required. This versatile newcomer has also very quickly carved itself a niche in new build and refurbishment housing projects where it is being installed in larger three - and four-bed houses where specifiers have identified it as a cost effective hot water provider for a family bathroom, ensuite and a downstairs cloak room/shower.

that even sites with a smaller gas meter can utilise its advanced technologies.

Several of the 24kW-59.5kW Infinity Solo range are renewables compatible and supplied pre-fitted with a coil, ensuring the primary energy source will always be from renewable gains and the complementary Rinnai water heater will only apply the precise amount of gas to boost the difference in temperature.

Integral controls on the units ensure optimum performance and efficiencies whether locally or when integrated into a building management system. And there is also Legionella protection available too. Rinnai has invented technology for secondary return DHW systems in the form of additional controls which allow 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 reopens, core temperature is 42°C for safe use.

The Solo cylinder is stainless steel, greatly reducing the weight compared to glass lined models, which makes transportation and installation a whole lot easier. The cylinders also boast extremely low heat loss (as low as 1.41kW/h day), which means the customer pays less to maintain the heat within the tank. Rinnai’s new Solo range incorporates 35kW and 54kW appliances, ensuring

The larger Infinity Solo model will also act as a high-efficiency alternative to other current forms of gas fired storage appliance. The cylinders also have extremely low heat loss figures (achieving 1.41kW/h day), which means the customer pays less to maintain heat within the tank.

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APOLLO monza is a modern contemporary design of column radiator available in over 80 sizes, both vertical and horizontal. Delivery to merchants is within 3 days. Like all apollo radiators it is manufactured in europe, in this case Italy. The monza is ideally suited to low temperature renewable systems, incorporating heat pumps and underfloor heating. Unlike most aluminium radiators it relies on waterways to conduct heat, and the design and technology is patented, and also suited to high pressure systems. The monza is less than half the weight of steel column radiators, and available at a similar price. There are 46 colour options available within20 7 days, the standard colour being ral 9016 white, available in 3 days.

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Second British patent for ESSE means even better cooking

The UK’s oldest stove and range cooker manufacturer, ESSE, has been granted yet another patent for its industry-leading technology; this time for the innovative ‘surround heat’ system used on the company’s electric range cooker models.

“The additional benefits of ESSE’s electric models include the fact that they are fully controllable, they offer fast heat up times, simple installation (just plug in and cook), a full-width grill, dual hotplate and versatile ovens, as well as low running costs.

Lancashire-based ESSE continues to develop ever more pioneering and energy-efficient models; pushing the boundaries of modern cooking and living, even after 163 years.

“Since 1854, ESSE models - both stoves and cookers - have continuously evolved to suit the needs of the modern British home. Carefully considered details mean that our products offer a host of benefits; these may be relatively small details, like easy-shut doors on our range cookers, but they make all the difference when you lift a hot dish out and you can nudge the door closed with your knee!

ESSE’s electric cookers benefit from elements that ‘wrap around’ each oven for completely even temperatures. These surround elements have been recognised as completely unique and granted ‘patented’ status to illustrate this ingenuity. What does this mean for customers? Sales Director Mark Blewitt explains: “ESSE range cookers have always been known for their fuel economy and even temperatures. We wanted to make sure that there was absolutely no compromise on ESSE’s reputation for perfect performance. “Our surround heat system means that the elements in our electric ovens offer the same radiant heat as our solid fuel, oil, wood-burning and gas models. Temperatures are consistent throughout the space, which means you don’t need to turn dishes or swap shelves during cooking, and you can even place dishes directly on the base of the oven to cook.


“We are proud to have achieved yet another patent on our coveted range cookers. It goes to show we’re not content to rest on our laurels, even after more than a century and a half of Great British manufacturing.” ESSE range cookers are available in a choice of sizes, fuel types and 20 stunning colours. The NEW electric 990 EL has a huge dual hotplate (cast iron and induction), a full-width grill, two independently-controlled ovens and a warming oven which is perfect for slow cooking melt-in-themouth casseroles and more. This model also includes a beautifully cast adjustable vent to maintain more or less moisture in the oven, depending what your recipe requires. It retails from £6825.

Including Door and Window Treatments in The Build Process You’ve designed a large glazed opening to better connect indoors and outdoors. You want to make the most of the view and maximise light, and glass is key to delivering it. So, what about privacy and solar management? If curtains and blinds feel old-hat, the budget won’t stretch to thermochromic glass, and you would prefer the option to let in fresh air, screening may be for you. Book an on-site consultation with us at build stage, and we’ll show you how to incorporate screening solutions in the build. Our customers tell us they get great value from our consultations and have made better decisions on the effectiveness of their build as a result. Fully Recessed to Disappear from View Phantom Power Screens are designed to fully recess from view when retracted to ensure minimal impact on architectural design. They can be finished in any RAL colour so you get an invisible built-in privacy and solar management solution. Our remote-control Power Screens are capable of screening openings up to 7m wide and can link to home automation systems. By incorporating screening solutions into the design of new build projects, you can include the outdoors seamlessly into the sequence of home spaces - maximising the surroundings and extending enjoyment of summer evenings without solar glare, heat build-up, or the intrusion of nuisance insects.

Screening for Environment and Climate Management Screening is playing an increasingly central role in the management of light and the reduction of thermal gain in building design. The use of screens can vastly improve the interior climate and reduce environmental impact. Thermal comfort gains are made by retaining heat in the evenings while deflecting energy during the day - helping to improve SAP ratings. A range of technical fabrics is available including solar shading, privacy screens and fine meshes for insect-free ventilation. Optional sun and wind sensors can automatically adjust screen position giving you even more control. High Quality UK Manufacture

Our customers – both self-builders and architects - are shifting the way they think about living space, redefining the home dynamic that comes from connecting interior and exterior landscapes, something that to date has only been accessible to a minority. Get in touch with us today to talk about your project or book a free on-site consultation. Self-builder? Visit Phantom Screens to find out more, email us at to book a consultation or call us on 0800 0963015. Architect? Visit Phantom Screens to find out more, download architect specifications or call 0800 0963015 to book a site consultation or CPD session.

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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



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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.

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Walkability: The 11th step Variation on a theme - following in James Speck’s footsteps: “Walkable City - How downtown can save America, one step at a time” Curiously, this experience is shared by most of us in the modern era. We are travelling the world, “expecting” to find our way, with some obvious mundane difficulties. In an ideal world, it shouldn’t really go unnoticed. But it is. In my view, walkability should incorporate better common rules for outdoors wayfinding signage so that the average person may expect better orientation even in unfamiliar urban spaces.

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alkability, a relatively new term in modern Architecture and sustainable urban design, measuring how friendly an urban area is to walking. It pertains to health, environment, and economic benefits and discusses, among other things, the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety.


In Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (public library), city planner Jeff Speck argues that walkable cities would improve lives for American urban dwellers to greater extent than any attempts to create “greener” living conditions in the personal space. I found Kaid Benfield summary of Speck’s ten steps of walkability quite comprehensive for my further argument, and although I somewhat do


not agree with Benfield’s latter analysis, I think that one more important step is required. I am talking about wayfinding signage. One may argue that this is included in the entire concept of attractive building faces, traffic and road conditions or “comfort”. Yet it is often noticed only by its absence. Good wayfinding signage may encourage people to walk the city, to a greater extent than realized by many. Imagine that: You travel to a foreign country, unfamiliar with the language, trying to get from A to B using a somewhat inferior city map supplied by your hotel or local tourist office and simply cannot locate your current location and direction you need to go to. Sounds familiar? Wouldn’t better wayfinding signage (including street names, visible numbers, traffic signs, directions and building names) improve your orientation and comfort? Wouldn’t you give anything to be able to easily locate and read the signs?

Not only in America, but worldwide, inadequate wayfinding signage is often emanating from budget considerations, without realizing the human aspects of the issue. A beautiful building, complex, shopping mall or neighborhood is being built in the urban sphere - but around it and inside structures, people get lost. I challenge you to read Speck’s work with a fresh look at his previously suggested 10 good steps, thinking how wayfinding signage fits the overall scheme of things. Written by Pnina Kedar Feldman, International Business Development and Sales Manager at Vista System

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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

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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.

Planting Trees gives Peace, Beauty & Life to our Landscape & the Environment

Established in 1999, Trees Direct is a family run business in Shropshire. We supply quality trees and shrubs to designers, councils, contactors and educational trusts, together with plantings for country estates and co-ordinating with companies wanting environmentally friendly corporate gifts. Always caring to preserve the environment and wildlife we keep many of our trees and shrubs on site while working with leading reputable suppliers both in the UK and abroad. Trees Direct specializes in sourcing and putting together suggestions and plans for those who just don't have the time, contacts or knowledge to organise plantings. We have co-ordinated and put together plantings are proud to have worked with The Woodland Trust, The Elm Conservation Foundation and The Royal Institute and many regeneration projects together with other environmental and commercial ventures. We are aware that every project is important to the client and our participation calls for commitment. Therefore we are always available on the phone to discuss and advise our clients with help on plans and suitability before commencement of projects to ensure total satisfaction in our service. We are as happy to help source that one special tree as to working with clients for large plantings.

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These products – locks, hinges, door closers, door coordinators, panic and emergency exit devices – will all be stamped with a clear CE mark. In addition to this, a Declaration of Performance (D of P) must be made available for every CE marked product. This is either included with the product in the packaging, or available on the company’s website. It is worth noting that although internal fire rated doorsets fall into harmonised standard EN 16034:2014, they cannot yet be CE marked as it awaits publication of prEN 14351-2 before this can happen. As part of the overall fire safety picture, ‘Certifire’ is an independent thirdparty certification scheme that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products. Although not a legal requirement, it is recognised by regulatory authorities worldwide, it is an internationally respected mark of fire safety and one of the most authoritative in the industry. Certifire provides comprehensive fire test information as to a product’s suitability for particular fire door types. For those products listed under the harmonised standard, they can be Certifire approved but by law they must be CE marked and have a D of P.

2017 has sadly provided a litany of high profile fire-related disasters and brought the need and awareness for better fire safety to the forefront of everyone’s mind. As Fire Door Safety Week approaches (September 25 – October 1) it is a timely opportunity to bring to light the critically important role of fire doors in building fire safety and to remind responsible individuals of the legal requirements and to give tips and guidelines to reinforce this crucial message. There are approximately 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK in hospitals, offices, schools and public buildings. Fire doors are critical because in the event of a fire it can be contained in a compartment, keeping smoke and fire trapped for a defined period of time allowing people to escape, be rescued and the fire to be tackled. A fire in a Portsmouth care home is a glowing example of how fire doors can save lives. The incident could have caused fatalities if the fire doors had not been firmly secured, according to Southsea firefighters. The fire started in a tumble dryer in the laundry room. Fire doors, which had been installed and closed correctly, ensured that the fire did not spread throughout the property and was contained to the room of origin. Watch manager Jason Boh, Southsea Fire Station, said: “The incident could have been a


lot worse if fire doors either end of the corridor leading up to the laundry room had not been firmly secured. The fact the fire doors did their job meant no smoke or flames could travel out of that area.” He also added, “If they had been open, we could have been looking at a much different situation. It could have been much more severe and we could have been looking at fatalities as well.” At Laidlaw, the UK’s largest independent supplier of ironmongery, integrated doorsets, balustrades and security systems they believe that the message is a simple one. Correct fire door hardware can save lives. Selecting certified products from a reputable and reliable source, ensuring proper installation and undertaking regular inspection and maintenance routines will save lives. These are not fit and forget products. Cutting corners on the quality of fire doors and their associated hardware just isn’t an option. So, how to go about selecting the correct certified fire door hardware? It is a legal requirement that, as of the 1st July 2013, a product that comes under the scope of a harmonised standard must be CE marked before it can be placed onto the market.

Building owners and contractors are responsible for ensuring that fire doors have the correct certification. It is worth noting that for a door assembly where the ironmongery and doors are bought separately from different suppliers, the responsibility is on the purchaser to ensure that the hardware components are compatible with the door supplier’s fire test evidence. The detail provided in the Certifire approval documentation can help with this process. Alternatively, if they buy a complete doorset, the ironmongery and door will be provided from a single supplier. Therefore the provision of the fire test evidence for the complete unit will be provided by the supplier and this can be perceived as being a much more straightforward process and a benefit to contractors and building owners. Laidlaw provide a full range of CE certified ironmongery products and fire tested Orbis integrated doorsets. It is extremely important that these certified products are fitted by a competent installer and that they are inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Fitting and forgetting about fire doors can be extremely dangerous as these products need to be re-visited on regular basis to ensure that they are performing to the best of their ability. The onus is on the building owner/ employer/ occupier to ensure that a maintenance routine is carried out. In the Laidlaw Maintenance Guide, which is available online, they stress the importance of fire doors being kept in good working order through a regular and appropriate maintenance regime. They offer guidelines for creating a maintenance schedule, highlighting the need to inspect some items more frequently than others, such as door closers that need regular weekly checks to hinges that can be reviewed once a quarter. This allows planning for a robust maintenance programme and for remedial works undertaken immediately. Laidlaw strongly recommend that damaged components are only replaced with like-for-like products to maintain the fire certification…it’s back to not cutting corners on quality and cost. For professional advice on meeting their responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order, it is recommended that hospitals, offices, schools and public buildings should always use a Certificated FDIS Inspector. At Laidlaw, they have qualified FDIS Certificated Inspectors who can visit, inspect and advise on any fire safety needs. Laidlaw are proud to be supporting Fire Door Safety Week campaign which is taking place from 25th September to 1st October 2017. They are encouraging people to look at the 5-step fire door check provided on the Fire Door Safety Week website and also taking the advice by reporting any faulty fire doors. Laidlaw pride themselves on having the expertise, knowledge and experience to assist in the selection of exactly the right fire safety products and solutions for any type of project. For more information please visit their Fire Safety page or call the team on 01902 600400.

Residentiel Vinyl Cladding Ltd are the sole importer and distributer of Royal Building Products We supply vinyl cladding to the building trade, park home manufacturers, refurbishes and the general public. We pride ourselves on our customer service and work with our clients from quotation through to delivery of product. Vinyl cladding is used in a variety of projects, from cladding conventional brick home helping to increase the thermal efficiency. To providing a finish on modular buildings. Covering cracked render on park homes and conventional building’s, makes for a maintenance free solutions. The refurbishment of existing park homes, giving them a new lease of life and giving their owners a warmer maintenance free home, to the building of garden offices, summer houses and garden sheds. It’s the ideal product for beech huts. Royal Siding, from Royal Building Products of Canada, is a high quality product. It is certified to meet or exceed ASTM D3679 standards. Beautiful low-gloss cedar wood grain that captures the look and feel of natural wood. Royal Building Products are the largest producer of vinyl products in Canada and the second largest in North America and their product is probably the most cost effective, safe to use and extensively guaranteed cladding in the market today. Low maintenance vinyl, that won’t warp, buckle or sag. It is resistant to changes in outside temperatures, tested from minus 30 to plus 40 degrees. It has also been designed to withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour winds. It’s extruded from polyvinyl chloride homopolymers resin blended with exclusive DURA technology

impact modifier’s. This forms an extremely tough long-lasting cladding. It contains no fibre cement dust, so need for breathing equipment when cutting. No specialist tools are required. It’s unique moisture release system allows for application in any weather. It is fully recyclable. The product won’t go brittle, rot, split, crack, dent, peel or flake. It does not creak to groan with temperature changes unlike conventional plastics. And due to its unique form of manufacture the colour goes right through the vinyl so damage can scratches do not show. It provides insulation of up to 30%, not only saving heat and helping to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer but due to its design it keeps walls dry, thanks to its unique system of ventilation. The reliability of the system has been confined in practice for over 20 years and is backed up by a manufacturers guarantee. It comes in a fabulous range of colours, ranging from light shades in cream, blue, sand etc, to the darker shades in brown, grey, dark blue and green, 28 shades in total, that are UV- resistant. With a colour range like that the cladding is suitable to meet a range of personal tastes and building styles. This easy to install product comes complete with a range of trims to match, from corner posts, to facias and soffit boards. Base trims and window and door edging.


OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW - VELUX® REPLACEMENT GUIDE HELPS HOMEOWNERS UPGRADE ROOF WINDOWS VELUX® has launched a new campaign aimed at educating homeowners on the benefits of replacing their old roof windows with VELUX roof windows to help them realise the potential of their homes. Recent research by VELUX found that 1 in 8 UK homeowners are looking to replace or modernise their existing windows this year. However, many of these homeowners will be focusing on cost rather than quality when it comes to upgrading or replacing windows. To help homeowners with the process of finding the ideal replacement for their existing roof windows, VELUX has created an online replacement guide ( In five easy steps, homeowners can find the perfect VELUX roof window to replace their old roof window. The five steps are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Identify the data plate on your roof window Based on your data plate, select model and size of your roof window Select your preferred method of operating the roof windows (manual or automated) Select the finish of your new roof window (white-painted, white polyurethane, or pine-finish) Select the glazing of your new roof window (noise reduction, maximum energy efficiency or toughened glass for extra safety)

Once these steps have been completed homeowners will be served with a list of recommended products and their delivery times.


Grant Sneddon, Daylight Expert at VELUX, said: “We know that many homeowners are reluctant to go through the process of updating or modernising their roof windows. That’s why VELUX has launched this campaign, to show people just how easy replacing old roof windows can be. “By going through our five simple steps online, homeowners can find the exact product to match their requirements. And having offered the same range of roof windows for the last 40 years, it is usually very easy to find a direct size match. “In most cases, the work can be carried out inside the home, without disrupting the internal finishes and without scaffolding, in as little as four hours.”

The four key benefits of replacing old roof windows with new VELUX roof windows are: Better insulation: When it comes to keeping heat inside your home, an old roof window, even in good condition, is no match for a modern VELUX roof window. VELUX ThermoTechnology™ features innovative high performance materials, meaning less energy is used and warmth is kept in the home.

Glazing to match your needs:

Homeowners can also now choose from a much wider range of glazing options, including enhanced noise reduction - ideal for getting a better sleep. We also offer things like privacy glazing which is perfect for use in bathrooms, and triple glazing for when energy efficiency is a concern.

A choice of operation methods: For those difficult to reach roof windows, VELUX INTEGRA® electric and solar options have transformed how homeowners control their daylight and ventilation, including features like automated rain sensors which gently close windows when inclement weather is on its way. Matching modern décor: Famous

for its pine clear lacquer roof windows, VELUX last year introduced a new range of white-painted roof windows as standard to match contemporary tastes for bright and light interiors. The white-painted surface reflects more natural light than darker surfaces and matches other interior colours better.

DRU expands Maestro gas fire range with new XTU model DRU has released a new addition to its Maestro collection of contemporary gas fires. Maestro 75XTU is an eye-catching 3-sided gas fire that can be installed with a false chimneybreast and stone hearth or as part of a room-dividing wall. It features the impressive DRU dynamic burner system, which generates exceptionally high and dense flames, together with the exclusive DRU Eco Wave app, allowing the owner to control the flame pattern and gas consumption from a tablet or smartphone. With the fire being constructed almost entirely from glass, its appeal is further enhanced by the use of Clear View non-reflective glass, which renders the glass almost invisible.

The balanced flue system of Maestro 75XTU means that it can be located anywhere in proximity to an outside facing wall, making it one of the most versatile gas fires in the DRU range. The addition of the DRU PowerVent® extended and motorised flue system means that it can be installed in previously inaccessible locations, such as high-rise apartments, hotels, restaurants and much more.

Maestro 75XTU is now available from approved DRU fireplace retailers throughout the UK. For further information about DRU gas fires, visit

And with versions available in natural gas or LPG, it is compatible with urban or rural properties.


Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Toughened glass Processing CNC shaping Laminated glass Toughened and laminated constructions • EVA and Vanceva coloured interlays • Fabric and decorative interlays • Saflex DG41 structural interlay

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Specialist insulating glass units Anti–slip glass Fire rated glass UV bonding FIRMALITE electric switchable glass Heated glass Decorative glass Sandblasting ColorfirmTM back painted glass

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Staircases Treads and stringers Shower screens Shelving Glass doors Acoustic reduction Fire rated

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Structural glazing Glass floors Partitions Roof lights Balustrades Full height barriers Canopies

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Decoration Wall cladding Splashbacks Privacy Technical Support Nationwide Coverage

Further information is available from our sales and technical offices or visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email:

Home Designer & Architect - October 2017  
Home Designer & Architect - October 2017