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ACTION! FOR PINEWOOD JAMstudio student's work DESIGN SCHEME Pinewood Studios, one of the world’s leading destinations for the makers of film, television, commercials and video games, has been granted planning consent for new offices and workshops, designed by Fletcher Priest. The innovative new development provides highly flexible workspaces that are naturally ventilated with generous volumes and excellent daylighting for a wide variety of users, including specialist workshops and production facilities. The new workspaces will extend the operations at Pinewood and add to the 250 other independent businesses housed by the Pinewood Studios Group providing expertise, equipment and support to the creative industries. The detailed consent is part of the original approved Pinewood masterplan and follows the recent approval for the Pinewood Studios Development Framework (PSDF), a £200m long-term scheme of national significance designed to address increasing global demand for production facilities in the UK and deliver growth for the next 15 years.
Lauren Jenkins, Architectural Assistant at Aberdeen-based JAMstudio, the multi awardwinning RIAS chartered architectural practice, has had her work selected to be presented at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh as part of the New Contemporaries Exhibition 2015. The RGU student, who recently passed her Master’s of Architecture course with distinction, completed her thesis on implementing a more radical approach of high density design to the empty and rundown back land areas in Peterhead. This was part of a wider collaborative team project, which investigated the creation of 'Resilient towns'. The curated annual exhibition that focuses on emerging artists and architects in Scotland is expected to run Q1 2015.
Development at Great Ormond Street Hospital The next phase of Great Ormond Street Hospital's development programme commenced in July. The Premier Inn Clinical Building is set to complete the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, following on from the successful opening of the highly regarded Morgan Stanley Clinical Building in 2012. Both phases have been planned and designed by Llewelyn Davies, who as Design Team Leaders will work together with Skanska to deliver the project for 2017. The new building is part of an on-going programme to redevelop some of the oldest parts of the hospital, replacing outdated wards with world class facilities and providing more space for parents to stay by their child’s bedside. It will include new inpatient wards with more spacious bedrooms, integrated operating theatres and a post anaesthetic care unit. t4t
Talking in more detail about her work, Lauren said: “My research focussed heavily on the implementation of higher density housing through various housing styles and design, utilising the idea of creating a sense of place and community as a catalyst for bringing people back the town centre. By doing so it looks to combat the current trend of low-density suburban sprawl. Drawing inspiration from areas such as Aberdeen’s Footdee, and other contemporary housing schemes in the UK and abroad, I created a series of sheltered and intimate spaces that encourage social interaction and aspire to generate a strong sense of community.
A matter of defence HLM has been appointed to the new £250 million Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration at Worthy Down in Hampshire. Working alongside Skanska, HLM designed the winning scheme, which is part of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) project to upgrade the site as well as redevelop its Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut, Surrey. The contract includes the design, construction, and mechanical and electrical fit-out of the site’s living quarters and facilities, as well as the supporting infrastructure for new buildings at Worthy Down. It will also accommodate the headquarters for the Royal Logistic Corps and the Adjutants Generals Corps, along with other logistic and personnel training elements of the armed forces. HLM has designed the site to ensure it has future expansion capabilities. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the MoD’s property and services provider, awarded the contract to Skanska and HLM. HLM is also the architect and masterplanner for the Deepcut site, which will be redeveloped to provide 1,200 homes, a school and other community facilities. Chris Liddle, lead designer for the project and Chairman at HLM, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to support the MoD in creating new, world class facilities for our armed forces. It will also provide much-needed housing and amenities for the people of Deepcut village. Both locations will benefit from our understanding and experience of working with the MoD, as well as our strong reputation for sustainable design. “HLM celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, during which time we have worked extensively in the defence sector, and securing this major project further strengthens our position. We have worked hard to become a trusted partner to the public sector and will bring the same high quality architecture and facilities to both Worthy Down and Deepcut, as we have before with award-winning schemes such as the Defence Academy and Welbeck College.”
Rekindling Art deco heritage Aukett Swanke’s extensive £30 million renovation of the Adelphi, central London’s Art Deco landmark, is underway and on track for completion at the end of Summer 2015.
Thriving horticultural education in Battersea Park Pedder & Scampton have completed a new landmark building for national charity Thrive in Battersea Park, London. The new purpose-built training building will greatly enhance the activities of Thrive, a charity that has been working within Battersea Park for 25 years, teaching gardening and life skills (horticultural therapy) to those with learning, physical, sensory impairment and mental health disabilities.
The refurbishment, carried out on behalf of Blackstone, will upgrade and modernise the 190,000 sq ft of open oﬃce space shared across the first six floors of the grade II-listed building. Aukett Swanke’s design concept was to introduce extensive natural light to the floorplates, enhancing the Adelphi’s working environment. The building’s original lightwells are to be reinstated while the existing tinted glazing will be replaced with high-performance clear units, transforming the façade. The main entrance foyer onto John Adam Street is being restored and the design includes dramatic new interior elements reflecting the Adelphi’s Art Deco heritage. A new double height reception area has been introduced to Savoy Place which, together with the reopened entrance to Adelphi Terrace, reinvigorates the building’s original street entrances.
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Waitrose design rollout for Farrell & Clark Award winning architects, Farrell & Clark’s new outlets for British supermarket chain Waitrose have recently opened in Bedford, Wootton and Oundle to great success. Planning applications for several more new local Waitrose stores across the country have also been submitted by the practice. Based in London and Leeds, Farrell & Clark have a reputation for delivering quality architecture in the public and commercial sectors. Strong and lasting business partnerships are at the heart of their success, none more so than those forged with Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership over a period of 20 years. The London based team started their journey into retail in the 1980’s when they were contracted by Kimberley Developments Plc to work on a shell project for Waitrose. Over the years, the oﬃce has worked on more than 15 Waitrose outlets with Kimberley, moving into general fit out projects direct with Waitrose as well as continuing to build shells. Farrell & Clark now provide a full service to Waitrose whilst retaining Kimberley as a client on other projects. More recently, in 2012, Farrell & Clark were appointed lead consultant on the very first Waitrose and John Lewis at Home. This 100,000ft2 outlet in Ipswich Cranes was the first time Waitrose and John Lewis at Home units were designed to be adjacent to each other. As the layout requires less floor space per unit, this flexibility has allowed John Lewis to move into more locations across the country and there are now currently five food and home stores.
Cambridge Forum medical and education centre given go-ahead Planning has been granted by Cambridge City Council for The Forum, an innovative £120 million mixed-use medical and education facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Forum, designed by architects NBBJ, is the product of a pioneering joint venture between John Laing and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUHT). Consisting of a post-graduate medical education centre, 900 delegate conference centre, 90-bed private hospital, and fourstar hotel, The Forum will bring together local, national and international medical professionals, researchers and academics from around the world all focused on the development of lifechanging treatments. The scheme has been privately funded but allows CUHT to retain freehold ownership of the site. Forum Cambridge LLP (a joint venture between John Laing and CUHT) will operate the new building which will contain a Ramsay Health Care UK private hospital and a Crowne Plaza hotel. Dr Keith McNeil, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospital, commented: “Achieving planning permission is a key step in bringing better treatments to patients. It will provide a fantastic opportunity for research professionals and clinicians from Cambridge and around the globe to work closely together on new research and practices in healthcare. The addition of a new post-graduate education centre, hotel and conference centre and other facilities will further cement our reputation as one of the world’s leading medical cities.”
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Alvar Aalto museum in Denmark to be modernised Is it possible to make an extensive restoration of a listed building without destroying the original architecture? This is the tough challenge facing a Danish art museum, which was designed by the world-famous architect, Alvar Aalto. Museum of Modern Art houses a unique collection of contemporary art by Danish and foreign artists. But it is not only the collection that is unique; so is the building. It is the only museum outside of Finland to be designed by the world-renowned architect, Alvar Aalto. In 1957 he conceived the design of the museum in collaboration with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël. The result was an art museum which is a work of art in itself. The building was designed in a light, organic, modernist style with an entirely unique distinctive inflow of light. Throughout the building, the choice of materials is unique: ranging from the custom-designed copper Aalto lights to the marble on the floors and outer walls. Today, this museum building is listed. So it is no wonder that the building’s imminent and radical restoration and modernisation have caused quite a stir. The renovation will be carried out by Erik Møller Arkitekter, whose previous renovation projects include such famous Danish buildings as the Royal Danish Theatre and Amalienborg, the principal residence of the Danish monarch. The architects’ mission is to create a modern, highly eﬃcient museum within the existing framework. Trine Neble of Erik Møller Arkitekter, commented, “We want to maintain Aalto and Baruël’s architectural vision for the building, both inside and out. That means that all surfaces and details will be retained or recycled, wherever possible. On one hand, it is cheaper and more sustainable to reuse existing resources. On the other hand, the minimal extension will leave the listed building as it was originally conceived”.
Purcell completes listed Navy storehouse The Babcock Galleries at The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have opened to the public following a £4.5 million renovation led by architects Purcell and project managers Artelia. The opening coincides with the centenary of the First World War. The Galleries house a major new permanent exhibition; ‘Hear My Story’, which tells 100 years of life in the Navy and covers the personal stories from those who served at sea. The Babcock Galleries are housed within an 18th century naval storehouse. Storehouse 10 is a Grade I listed brick and timber framed building. Before major works were carried out the brickwork, which had suﬀered from erosion, was repaired and the timbers were stripped back. One of its most significant characteristics is the building’s floor, which in certain areas is made up of Spanish ship’s timbers. A raised floor has been installed above the timbers to protect them and glass vision panels inserted so that they can still be viewed. This fully reversible solution creates a void for all services to run beneath the floor and ensures level access. A new, single storey glazed link was conceived as a transition space between the two listed buildings, Storehouse 10 and Storehouse 11. The design was technically demanding as the ground between the buildings is not level. As part of the concept, the overall thickness of the roof structure had to be the same depth as the stone band of the two flanking storehouses. A terne coated stainless steel roof finish was specified, which allows the roof to be laid to a shallow fall and is suitable for the marine environment with longevity equivalent to lead roof finishes. Taking pride of place in the centre of the new link space is the ‘4 inch’ gun from the destroyer HMS Lance which fired the very first shot of the war at sea in WW1.
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CHARLIE LUXTON INTERVIEW Charlie Luxton is spokesperson for The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show as well as sustainable architectural designer and presenter of More4’s ‘Building the Dream’. We interview Charlie to find out more… Charlie Luxton
HDA: What was the first sign of interest you had in architectural design? CL: During a visit to Castle Drogo (designed by Edwin Lutyens) in Devon aged 13. My father was explaining an element of the roof design to me and being in that space made me realise there was a lot more to building than met the eye; my interest grew from there. HDA: When first starting out, which artist inspired you? CL: A few different ones, Lutyens initially, but I looked at a lot of buildings and architects. Latterly the Japanese architect Tado Ando and Australian Glen Murcott. HDA: What advice would you give to anybody trying to break through in the industry wanting to have their own show? CL: I came to TV presenting by accident, by doing something I loved and being in the right place at the right time!
emissions by making straightforward changes to your lifestyle: the kind of food you buy, how you travel, how you heat your home, mindset... If you really want to do it you'll research it and what you need to do will become clear. HDA: How has your life changes since becoming a TV personality? CL: It hasn't! I carry on with my architectural design business because I love erecting buildings and that's what I do. 3 days out of 5 I'm in the office where my feet are on the ground. Besides, my wife wouldn't let me become a TV 'personality'! HDA: What year did you first attend The Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Shows? CL: 2010/11.
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HDA: What is your dream project? CL: At the moment I'm focusing on a small self-build housing estate. We're working with the people who are buying the houses to give them individual homes but in a group way. It's very exciting and this method of home building should be the way forward. HDA: Have you tackled or do you plan to take on, any big projects in your native country Australia? CL: I would love to! HDA: Have you any tips/pointer for our readers to become more green in everyday living? CL: You can make a 15-20% reduction in your carbon
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THE LONDON HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING AND HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements makes its national debut at Olympia with new feature highlights and experts As the property market regains its confidence, the UK’s fastest growing home show is coming to London for the first time as a combined event designed for both selfbuilders and remodelers. The new London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements will take place from the 26-28 September at Olympia, London. The exhibition will offer visitors the chance to benefit from an extensive range of products and recommendations from more exhibitors than ever before and tips and bespoke advice from an extended expert panel on how to successfully complete a project from start to finish. Piers Taylor, award-winning RIBA architect and copresenter of BBC2 series ‘The House that £100k Built’ will be making his first appearance on the London expert panel to inspire visitors with quality interior design and architecture recommendations to help homeowners make the most of their projects. Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of More4’s ‘Building the Dream’, will be making his awaited comeback to the London event and will also appear alongside other homebuilding and home improvement professionals including Michael Holmes, editor-in-chief of the Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine. Another new feature for this year’s event is the updated Interior Design and Decorating Clinic, brought to you by Dulux Design Service. Visitors will be provided with insightful ideas on how to decorate their homes through the use of appealing colour schemes, wall coverings and furnishings. Dulux consultants will be offering free oneon-one appointments to bring attendees one step closer to their aspirational house. The Ask the Architects area will provide a space for dialogue between certified RIBA Architects and visitors curious about the design and construction process of their project. After a consultation with a member of the team, homeowners will leave with the assurance that their plans will be ready to be implemented by wellguided contractors. For attendees undertaking major works, changes and additions to their property, a meeting with planning
permission expert, Sally Tagg, is vital to ensure that they understand the complex application process. Sally will be waiting at the Planning Clinic for individual consultations with visitors to offer them professional advice. Come prepared with your plans and ideas and benefit from the wide range of experts that can offer individual sessions at the Ask the Experts zone. This year, the panel of property specialists includes: Michael Holmes (editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine); Jason Orme (editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Piers Taylor (awardwinning RIBA architect and copresenter of hit BBC2 series ‘The House that £100k Built’); Charlie Luxton (sustainable architectural designer and presenter of More4’s ‘Building the Dream’); Julia Kendell (Interiors and Decorating expert from DIY SOS and ITV1’s Daybreak); Matt James (designer and expert on ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’); David Snell (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s self-build and plot finding expert); Douglas Kent (expert in the care and repair and repair of period properties); Tim Pullen (eco expert at Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Bob Branscome (chartered surveyor and builder); Chris Reeves (Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s Legal Expert and chartered builder and lawyer) and Jennifer Newton (Real Homes magazine financial, property and home improvement journalist). Standard tickets are £12 in advance or £17 on the door (children under 16 go free). call the ticket hotline on 0871 231 0824 or visit the website:
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Minus 7 The Minus 7 system is a truly innovative, renewable energy product. It’s extremely effective and very efficient, it helps to reduce fuel costs and makes homes look fantastic, says Mark Wozencroft, Managing Director, of Minus 7. “It’s our mission to make renewable energy a sensible investment that will be beneficial to customers, provide affordable warmth, cut carbon emissions and reduce negative impact on the environment.” The Minus 7 hybrid energy harvesting system is made up of an endothermic roofing system, a solar energy processor and a large thermal store. The system uses endothermic tile planks to form a weather-tight interlocking roofing system, made from a uniform profile, aluminium extrusion, dressed in a powder-coated, hardwearing finish. The endothermic tile planks are flooded with a heat transfer fluid which absorbs heat energy and solar thermal energy. It is classified as a solarassisted heat pump technology, within the National Calculation Method (Standard Assessment Procedure).The identifier for this product is Minus 7 SEP3G10 1/2/3. For an average 50m2 apartment operating at a constant temperature of 23.5°C during the
winter months, heating and hot water bills would cost as little as £6 a week throughout the year. The system can provide heat and hot water for up to four dwellings from one system which reduces the proportionate capital outlay making it highly suitable for housing developments. Top Energy Saving Attributes
Harvests energy 24 hours of the day Insensitive to orientation System sized to give maximum efficiency, even in worst case scenario of midnight in mid winter Thermal store gives consistent supply of heat and hot water – reducing peaks and troughs
Thermal store has 200mm of insulation, minimising heat loss to just 2.5kWh per 24 hours Pumps that run the system are ultra efficient – just 70W The operation of the heat pump is decoupled from the heat demand of the building It does not suffer from the UK’s winter humidity issues – no need to defrost No unsightly bolt-on panels ‘Smart grid’ ready
The system has recently been used by property developer, David Lomax, in Norfolk, where his renovated Victorian school building was converted into eight, 2 bedroom, apartments. “I like the idea of an inexpensive form
of heating. The benefit of this for a house builder, or landlord is that I can charge a higher rate of rent for my properties, but include heating and hot water within the costs to the tenants. My running costs are greatly reduced but the tenants benefit from set rates and increased levels of comfort. The average weekly cost of £6.00 per week, per apartment, is excellent,” says Lomax. “The outlay for the Minus 7 systems including install was £80,000. It’s a large investment but the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme really swayed me to go down that route. Over 20 years the RHI will pay out £100,000 and I’m very happy that this means that the system will pay for itself, which made the decision to use it more simple,” says Lomax.
Heating and Hot Water from your Roof The True Hybrid Energy Harvester: The system is made up of an endothermic roofing system, a solar energy processor and a thermal store. It is designed to keep a five bed house at a comfortable temperature of at least 21oC even in the worst case scenario of mid-winter. Manufactured in the UK, to the highest commercial quality standards, the roofing component is expected to last for more than 50 years and the solar energy processor will last for more than 20 years. t Harvests energy 24 hours of the day t Insensitive to orientation t Heat pump decoupled from heat demand of the building t No issue with UK winter humidity - no need to defrost t No unsightly bolt-on panels
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RetroTouch Glass designer modern retrofittable products Our Retrotouch range of CRYSTAL™ switches and sockets feature a classy glass finish, setting us apart from the everyday metal and plastic switches as seen in most homes, offices, hotels and commercial properties. The glass finish creates that extra touch of class in any environment. The seamless full glass models looks at home in the chicest interiors and the chrome trim models set off the timeless classic black and white glass finish to create a sophisticated product range. Retrotouch will add heart and soul to any home or property “with a touch of glass” ™ . As well as being attractive, they are easy to fit to add value to any project or home. Simply replace any existing switch or socket with a Retrotouch product within minutes. Retrotouch products use the existing wiring within the property, with no added expense of rewiring required. Our range: Touch & remote switches, Dimmers, Rocker light switches, plug sockets, accessories, hotel doorbell system switches, thermostats and audio systems. Please contact us on 01293 279426 for further details or visit our website www.retrotouch.co.uk t26t
Boardroom to Bedroom
With factories in Doncaster and Cookstown, BA Components manufacture furniture profiles, components, five piece, membrane pressed and acrylic faced kitchen and bedroom doors. An awardwinning furniture and components manufacturer, they are focused on delivering products to the highest possible standard, with speedy turnaround times, standard and bespoke sizes, innovative products and state of the art construction. Producing between 40,000 and 60,000 doors each week for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, BA complete orders for the UK, Ireland and 21 countries worldwide. With an impressive span across the globe, BA delights themselves on giving the highest customer service to their dealers when it comes to buying doors. Priding themselves on quality, sustainability, durability and innovation, BA has recently launched a brand new bedroom brochure.The launch of a new brochure is always an exciting time for BA components as it generates a big buzz and for all their dealers. The new bedroom brochure, as it is bigger and better than ever before with the launch of brand new colours. Whatâ€™s even better is that it can be downloaded straight from their website www.byba.co.uk/products/brochures which means so waiting around on the postman. The seven new colours are across Bella and Zurfiz and there is one new style that looks stunning and all complimented by a wide range of matching accessories to make the bedroom truly your own. With Ultragloss cashmere, Ultragloss light grey and Ultragloss mussel new to the Zurfiz collection there is something to suit all tastes. In the Bella collection there are four new fantastic colours with Burnt Oak, Matt Cashmere, Matt Dove Grey and San Remo Rustic. BA are always striving to offer the best product with a wide range of options and off course, great customer service for all their dealers. For more information visit: www.byba.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
SWITCHES & SOCKETS WITH A TOUCH OF GLASS
Retrotouchâ€™s high quality product range comprises of Touch and Remote light switches, Rocker Light Switches, Sockets, Audio Systems and Accessories.
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With the effects of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena wearing off, many people are looking for new ways to bring a little fun back into the bedroom. Messy and old fashioned bedrooms are an instant turn off, so the Kitchen Door Workshop is here to provide the solution with its stylish doors that can update any bedroom that’s in need of a little TLC. The Kitchen Door Workshop’s replacement bedroom doors are a great solution for swiftly updating the bedroom and giving it a new lease of life. There are lots of different styles to choose from whether it’s a slick and masculine inspired interior such as the Visions door in Storm Grey, or for a more romantic and whimsical look, try the Storrington door in Magnolia
In bedrooms where the fitted cupboards and drawers are still in good condition, the tired and unfashionable old doors can be simply unscrewed and removed, and trendy new replacement doors from the Kitchen Door Workshop can be fitted in minutes. It’s quick, simple and causes minimal mess. Any DIY enthusiast can take on this task and with step-by-step You Tube videos showing every step of the process, the project is sure to be completed with no fuss. A free downloadable book with tips and advice is also available which can be used offline. The Kitchen Door Workshop doors retail from £4.29 including VAT. A Visions door measuring H149.5xW39.6cm retails from £59.68 each. A Storrington bedroom door measuring H149.5xW39.6cm retails from £48.69 each. The Kitchen Door Workshop showroom is located at the Millers Yard, Straight Half Mile, Maresfield, East Sussex, TN22 3AY. For further details on the Kitchen Door Workshop please call 0845 643 1928 or visit www.kitchendoorworkshop.co.uk
Design Decking to Last The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) is offering a material sourcing service where it will contact potential suppliers on your behalf to generate a list of those willing and able to meet your specific needs. This and designing for durability are common themes in the daily stream of enquiries received by the TDCA. In response, the organisation is urging specifiers and users of timber to tighten up on specifications by detailing the durability required in line with relevant standards for all aspects of the deck, particularly the substructure.
TIMBER DECKING AND CLADDING ASSOCIATION
Broadly speaking you have a choice to design to 15, 30 or 60 year desired service life for external timber decking. This is achieved through good design detail coupled with selecting materials of the right quality. With pressure treated timber, the TDCA stresses the importance of obtaining evidence of treatment which includes confirmation of the standard of treatment and the conferred desired service life. Timber that meets a 15 year desired service life specification is the easiest to source; longer service life material tends to be available to order. species that are classed as naturally durable such as Cumaru or Massaranduba which are tropical hardwoods. A common misunderstanding relates to natural durability; durability classes apply to heartwood only; heartwood comes from the central core of the tree whilst the sapwood is from the periphery or the outer section of the tree. The sapwood of all species is non durable and should either be enhanced by a suitable means or excluded (suitable means includes pressure impregnation with preservative or wood modification). Sourcing accredited materials will help in the pursuit of acquiring durable products; DeckMarkTM and CladMarkTM are the quality accreditation schemes operated by TDCA for its members.
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TDCA online resources covering this and other subjects are designed to help specifiers, designers and installers alike to design for durability. There you will find technical help and publications free to download and if you canâ€™t find what you need, you can use the associationâ€™s enquiry service.
Decking: www.tda.org.uk Cladding: www.timbercladding.org t32t
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New to the
KITCHEN & BEDROOM COLLECTION for 2014
Cubbins new range of Luxury Interior Accessories have been received extremely well by the hospitality and interior design industry. Our three new collections consist of accessories for bathrooms, bedrooms and general hotel areas. painted to match a clientâ€™s colour scheme. Useful accessories such as tissue box covers, waste paper bins, laundry bins and amenities trays can all be completed with a clients own branding.
hotels in the Caribbean.â€?
Accessories covered in clients own fabrics are proving to be a big hit with interior designers For further details please visit the Cubbins website where you can download our latest brochure and
while the larger 5 star luxury hotels are preferring to design their own range of wooden hotel accessories, complete with their own branding.
Before you deck-it or clad-it checkout out our helpful resources
TIMBER DECKING AND CLADDING ASSOCIATION Online resources to help you design and build solid and long lasting decking and cladding structures in wood. Your route to independently accredited materials, accessories, designers, and installers. Decking: www.tdca.org Classing: www.timbercladding.org firstname.lastname@example.org | 01977 558147
Look out for DeckMark™ and CladMark™ It’s your sign of quiality Photo courtesy Richard Burbidge
Glee Show This will be the fourth year that Fitrite has attended the Glee Show, which this year takes place from 1416 September at the NEC in Birmingham.
colours, this durable and strong decking is non slip, splinter free, crack resistant and accredited to British Standards, including Fire Resistant BS476 Pt7.
Our stand has been built by professional stand builders and is nearly a storey high, so it’s bound to attract the attention of some of the tens of thousands of people who will be flocking to the show over the three days. As the show is geared towards the trade, retail and home owners, potential visitors cover a broad spectrum, from garden centre owners, garden landscapers and builders’ merchants to the general public.
Why not drop by our stall and take a look for yourself? www.gleebirmingham.com
While we will be showing a range of products from our portfolio, including balustrades and fencing, the star of this year’s show will be our Evolution Deck Board. As it’s a relatively new product – we’ve been offering it to customers for the past 18 months or so – there will be some who haven’t yet had the chance to find out about its many benefits. Fabricated from a WPC and PVC mixture, Evolution Deck Baord is an innovative, low-maintenance and eco-friendly alternative to wooden decking, aimed at the domestic market. Available in a range of
The Lawns Show A key event for owners, site owners and manufacturers of caravan and park homes, The Lawns Caravan Show takes place from 6-7 September (general public) and 9-11 September (trade), in Cottingham, East Yorkshire. Fitrite will be in attendance with our large rig set up on the lawns, showing our decking, balustrades and other products. Hope to see you there.
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Indoor Swimming Pools An indoor pool is a fantastic investment for any home. Not only does it provide entertainment, fun and exercise for you and your family, it also adds value to your home if you come to sell it in the future.
magine being able to swim daily without having to travel to a local communal pool, without having to share showers or compete for space in the water. Whether you swim to get fit or simply to relax and unwind after a hard day, being able to do so in the comfort of your own home is a priceless luxury.
Creation Pools offer a completely
bespoke service in the design, construction and maintenance of indoor swimming pools. Our extensive experience in the construction industry means that we can carry out all building work from pool installation to the construction of the building in which to house your pool.
constructed in the most efficient and cost-effective way for you. Creation Pools use the highest quality materials and more than two decades of experience in the swimming pool industry to turn the swimming pool of your dreams into a reality.
If youâ€™ve already got a builder contracted to construct your building then we can work with them to ensure that your pool is
Why not get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements and see how we can help you to create the perfect indoor pool.
Fitrite Evolution Board The revolutionary alternative to wood that doesn't cost the earth.
itrite fencing and decking is as much about improving your outdoor environment as it is about minimising the impact we have on it, from the moment our products are made, throughout their lifespan, right through to their disposal.
Itâ€™s superiority over rival products is plain to see and feel. Other products can only imitate, but never replicate, its absolute quality. It has become the number one choice of thousands of homeowners and businesses for a reason. With excellent environmental credentials, outstanding safety ratings and an all but endless lifespan, Fitrite is fast replacing wood as the standard material for outdoor decking.
itrite Evolution deck boards are made from unique blend of recycled hardwood and polymer yet look and feel just like real wood.
Being virtually maintenance free the Fitrite Evolution deck boards offer numerous benefits: - Eco friendly alternative to wood - Stunning aesthetics - Controlled natural weathering - Choice of 6 colours - Extremely durable - 20 year manufacturers warranty - 100% recyclable - Low maintenance - Resists heat - Slip resistant - Fire resistant
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ALUMINIUM WINDOW RANGE A new range of aluminium windows has been launched by Origin, the leading UK manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding doors, offering premium quality aluminium flush casement windows. The Origin Window has been designed and engineered at the company’s High Wycombe factory following demand from trade partners seeking a window to match the aesthetic and quality of Origin’s folding sliding door system. The Origin Window is a perfect match for any modern build, but also an ideal replacement for windows in a period property. The aluminium window frames offer the right combination of strength and weight, allowing for narrow sightlines, whilst providing superior thermal performance and improved acoustic dampening. Aluminium doors and windows are rapidly becoming the first choice for homeowners, builders and architects due to their low maintenance, as the frames don’t rust, rot or warp. The Origin Window offers supreme security through its ‘Secured by Design’ Yale locking system with night vent opening. Neil Ginger, CEO of Origin, says: “The Origin Window is suitable for all window types, whether it be fixed, side or top hung, dummy sash and gable configurations, giving builders and architects the choice they so often seek when designing a home. We have taken great care to create a window that is not only finely engineered, but that also looks attractive. The sleek design of the Origin Window brings beauty and comfort into the home, in addition to its high-quality thermal and sound insulation properties and long-term durability.” The Origin Window is available in a wide range of colours from bright primary shades to deeper earthy tones and wood effects, traditional black, white or grey RAL colours and dual colours. The window handles are available in chrome silver aluminium, or in our industry first colour match option, whereby the handle is uniquely powdercoated to match the colour of the window. With so many fantastic options the view from the window just got a whole lot more colourful. The Origin Window is available from www.origin-global.com t40t
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Luxury Outdoor living – from Leisure Plan At Leisure Plan, we know time spent outdoors can be so precious and enjoyable. Whether that’s relaxing by the pool on holiday, firing up the BBQ for that special gathering or simply enjoying the feel of the sun on your face, outdoor hospitality has never been so popular.
THE COLLECTIONS DEDON Dedon, a market leader in striking, contemporary woven furniture, gracing al fresco dining areas at hotel poolside’s and terraces, and stylish residential exterior spaces around the world. Skilled artisans hand craft the Dedon fibres into daringly sophisticated silhouettes and stunning signature pieces for which the company is recognised today.
We believe in enjoying our outdoor spaces in the most comfortable and stylish way possible. From our quiet corner of rural Essex, we’ve been supplying the best European outdoor furniture designs to the UK and beyond for over thirty years. We are the exclusive sales and distribution partners for three of the most distinguished brands of outdoor living comfort: Dedon, Ego Paris and Fischer Mobel. Our furniture not only looks great, but is built to survive all weathers, even in the UK! In recent years, our showroom has become a mecca for architects, interior designers, hotel purchasing managers, landscape architects and specifiers – in fact anyone involved in the hospitality industry looking for stylish, high quality outdoor furniture.
EGO PARIS Since 2002 Ego Paris has developed original distinctive collections offering a whole spectrum of designs from organicinspired shapes to highly decorative details and classic curves. All with a healthy dose of unmistakable French design flair combined with a large colour palette of frame and material combinations.
We don’t just sell luxury outdoor furniture: we also manufacture cushions in our on-site workshop, adding that finishing touch to any collection. We understand the importance of design detail. That’s why whatever size, colour or material you want, we can design and create cushions to match. What a combination: furniture with impeccable pedigree, matched by a bespoke cushion make-up service, adding that stylish finishing touch to your outdoor room resulting in a level of individuality only found at Leisure Plan. When you place an order with us, we manage the whole delivery process. Using our own transport ensuring arrival at the right place at the agreed time, we unpack, assemble, place your furniture where you want and remove the packaging – ‘our white glove service’. We also operate an overseas service and can organise a complete door-door package.
FISCHER MOBEL Make a minimalist design statement with the clean lines and subtle elegance of Fischer Mobel furniture. Throughout its product portfolio, Fischer Mobel’s passion for technical precision, attention to detail and the use of the highest grade materials has gained them many international design awards.
To learn more about Leisure Plan’s products and service, please visit www.leisureplan.co.uk
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Home Designer & Architect Thank Clients For All Their Donations For Luke Williams ‘Honeymoon’ When Luke Williams, a 29 year old School Teacher, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer earlier this year, he has set his sights on raising as much money for his chosen charities as possible. With a huge fundraising campaign, ranging from Football Events, Dog Walking and a Gig to Golf Days & Auctions. Having already raised over £14,000 for Cancer Research UK, there are still a lot of events planned. Please visit www.williams-weekender.co.uk to find out all of the upcoming events and how you can get involved. Included on Luke’s bucket list was ‘to marry his fiancée Linda’. Having seen the stories in the local press, JET Digital Media Ltd’s Managing Director, Tony Little, set about to contact clients who could help to arrange a honeymoon for Luke & Linda. On finalising the details for the trip, Tony said “Seeing the way that Luke has dedicated his time to raising money for the charities that have helped him was really inspiring, and I thought we should try to do something for him to pay him back for his hard work and kindness .” After speaking to just a few clients, they were more than willing to help out and JET managed to organise:t t t t
One nights stay in Mayfair at The Cavendish Hotel A meal at exclusive Mayfair Italian restaurant Novikov A Champagne Flight on the London Eye & Lunch before coming back at Drake & Morgans Bar The Refinery
Having contacted friend and fundraiser Liam Morris with the news of the trip, Liam commented “We are deeply grateful for all of the donated gifts which we have been able to put together to form a ‘Mini-Moon’ for Luke & Linda. Getting married forms part of Lukes bucket list, we hope that this short break in London can cap oﬀ whit is sure to be a beautiful wedding on Friday 8th August. This enables them both to escape from the crazy life they have had to endure over the past two or three weeks and have some quite time, alone together.” Although JET Digital Media Ltd are truly grateful for all of the above donations, they would also like to kindly ask people, if they can, to make donations to Lukes cause through his fundraising page – www.gofundme.com/lukeywilliams and make a diﬀerence.
STRUCTURAL FREEDOM AT ITS BEST Living up to their reputation for innovation, Ecophon has launched Master Matrix, a truly unique floating ceiling system that combines excellent acoustics with the ability to create appealing design eﬀects across large open plan areas. A unique Connect grid system aids installation to attain the highest levels of accuracy, meaning clean, uninterrupted lines are easily achieved, for the perfect finish. Inspired by patterns and rhythm, Master Matrix oﬀers extensive design scope thanks to the range of panel shapes and sizes available. They can be used to generate the eﬀect of linear motion or variations of large, repetitive elements; and can interact with pipes, tubes and light installations to easily accommodate bespoke design requirements. The system is particularly suitable for TABS (Thermically Activated Building Systems) where wallto-wall ceilings are not possible because the high coverage ratio would constrain a satisfactory cooling eﬀect from the concrete. For TABS buildings, since Master Matrix achieves good acoustics with a proven minimal eﬀect on the thermal conditions, it is not necessary to choose between energy eﬃciency and acoustic comfort, since both can be achieved. Consisting of Ecophon Master Matrix panels and the Ecophon Connect grid system with an approximate combined weight of just 5 – 6 kg/m2, the system is quick and easy to install with very high levels of accuracy thanks to its pre-installed fixing devices and ‘click-in’ connection to the grid system. There is no need for post-adjustment and panels can easily be demounted where necessary, with a built in hatch function providing easy access to the soﬃt. Oﬀering ultimate flexibility, the system can either be installed with high coverage of the ceiling area, or installed in rows with 40mm gaps between the panels giving a floating appearance. In terms of manufacture, the panel element is made from high-density glass wool, which utilises Ecophon’s patented 3RD Technology for environmental benefits. The wool also meets fire safety demands and has been tested and classified as non-combustible according to EN ISO 1182. The visible surface of the panel has an Akutex FT coating and the back of the tile has a glass tissue facing. The Connect grid and suspension system elements are manufactured from galvanised steel and aluminium. The tiles are able to withstand a permanent ambient RH up to 95% at 30°C without any sagging, warping or delaminating. From an environmental perspective, the system has also been granted the Nordic Swan eco-label and is fully recyclable as well as featuring the highest recycled content on the market. Furthermore since only complete panels are used, no waste is created on site. Will Jones of Ecophon commented, “This revolutionary ceiling system really opens up design possibilities that just weren’t possible before, with the added assurance that the final installation will truly realise the design vision. This, together with the technical performance for which Ecophon is renowned, delivers an all encompassing floating ceiling solution for best in class acoustic and aesthetics.” For more information on Ecophon’s Master Matrix visit www.ecophon.co.uk or follow Ecophon on Twitter @EcophonUK.
Chocolate is just one of 6 contemporary colours introduced by Vicaima as part of their new stained oak doors range, which answers the growing trend for attractively stained real wood veneers in modern homes, apartments and hotel suites. Recent interior design has seen resurgence in the appeal created by natural wood tones within homes and leisure facilities and is typified by the use of stained wood for flooring, stairs, kitchen cabinets and even furniture. One example of this fashion is the popularity of grey wood hues with white walls to create a striking contrast of light and dark. This décor movement can now be further complimented by the use of Vicaima interior stained doors. Embodied with the natural grain of real Oak veneer, the faces have been enhanced with a matt lacquered stain finish which requires no further treatment once fitted and provides an easy to clean surface.
GIVING ROOM DESIGNS A TASTE FOR CHOCOLATE
The doors are available either textured or smooth finished in 6 popular colours including Hazel, Chocolate, Grey, Limed Oak, Wenge and Walnut, offering plenty of scope for individual design tastes. The new Vicaima stained doors come complete with edge banding to match the faces and can be supplied either as individual door leaves or within a door assembly comprising of door, frame and ironmongery depending upon client requirements. As with all Vicaima doors a full range of performance and glazing specifications can be accommodated, including FD30 and FD60 fire rated, Secured by Design (SBD) and acoustic options. Vicaima have a wealth of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of door assemblies and this expertise and innovation has seen their products specified for an ever growing number of UK and international luxury apartments, hotel and leisure developments, plus numerous commercial projects. For further details about the new Vicaima stained range or other products from their many collections, visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information. t47t
Project: Stormy Castle ARCHITECT: James Stroud, Loyn & Co Architects, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan WOOD FLOORING: 161m2 of E502 Oiled North American Black Walnut Engineered wood flooring and 50m2 of E704 Engineered Oiled Fineline Walnut wood flooring were supplied by The Solid Wood Flooring Company, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. GL8 8JN 01666 504015 METHOD OF FITTING: Fully bonded to a Cement and Sand screed using BONA R850 adhesive over BONA R410 When considering aesthetics and energy eﬃcient materials for this prestigious project the client and the architect chose Oiled Engineered North American Black Walnut wood Flooring from The Solid Wood Flooring Company. The client in particular requested The Solid Wood Flooring boards which are not only comply with the very modern interior of Storm Castle on the Gower. A spectacular “modern castle” on Swansea’s Gower peninsula has earned its designers the prestigious Gold Medal for Architecture at this year’s National Eisteddfod of Wales. The contemporary private home, Stormy Castle, designed by Cardiﬀ-based architects Loyne & Co beat fierce competition from 14 other entries across the country to scoop the coveted award, which is supported by the Design Commission for Wales (DCFW), at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli today. Stormy Castle is a three-bedroom home on the north Gower coast which has been designed for energy eﬃciency using materials that reduce maintenance. It is designed with three stepped “wings” set into the surrounding landscape following the contours of the land. Its roofs are green-planted to help with insulation, also enabling them to double up as terraces. Stormy Castle by Loyn & Co Architects - a modern castle in a stunning Gower peninsula-setting The award’s selectors praised Stormy Castle’s “outstanding” organisational plan and attention to detail, calling it a “a spectacular architectural response to both the owner’s brief and the site”.
Chris Loyn, principal architect at Loyn & Co, said: “I was thrilled to learn Stormy Castle had won this year’s Gold Medal for Architecture. While it had already been nominated for a number of industry awards, this one was particularly special, as it shows we are achieving our aim of raising the quality of architecture in Wales, and flying the flag for Welsh architectural talent. “While the beautiful Gower landscape was our biggest inspiration, it was also our biggest challenge, and our greatest concern throughout the design process was creating a home that would respect and work in harmony with its surroundings.” Selector Ann-Marie Smale, of Powell Dobson Architects, explained further: “Stormy Castle is exceptional in its clarity of concept; it is beautifully executed, and responds to its brief and site in every instance. “The location presented a number of challenges that have been addressed with sensitivity. The stepped layout, arranged over three levels, allows the building to embed itself into the hillside, and materials have been chosen to reflect the surroundings.” In addition to the Gold Medal, the Plaque of Merit will be presented today to Crickhowell and Dinas Powys-based Hoole & Walmsley Architects for the firm’s much admired Old Farm Mews development in Dinas Powys.
FPS Raises Awareness of Rig Instability through Over-Flighting The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has issued a Guidance Document that is designed to highlight situations where piling rigs can become unstable through over-flighting during Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piling. The document, which is available for download from the FPS website www.fps.org.uk, is aimed at piling contractors; geotechnical designers; planning supervisors and others involved with the specification, selection and procurement of CFA piling. It provides background information to the flighting mechanism, helping identify some of the situations where the risk of over-flighting is likely to occur. In addition, the Guidance Document details some of the options that are available to piling specialists and presents best practice that can help reduce the risk of rig instability and further enhance safety of operations on-site. Speaking about the Guidance Document, Martin Blower, Chairman FPS said: “CFA piling is widely used and there have been a number of notable rig overturns recently. What this document does is raise wider awareness of the potential risks of over-flighting, loss of support and stability of the working platform that may result in a piling rig or attendant crane overturning. More importantly, the document encourages robust risk management and the controls to be implemented to mitigate such risk.” The document is not intended to replace the requirements to use competent supervision and operatives when undertaking CFA piling, but as an additional information source offering guidance.
Casella’s real-time dust and noise measurement system BOUNDARY Guardian set to protect London’s environment A series of major demolition, construction and rejuvenation projects across London will be adopting an innovative noise and dust monitoring technology this summer by using Casella’s pioneering BOUNDARY Guardian. This web-based, remote system offers a powerful tool to aid the UK construction industry by ensuring compliance with regulatory limits, including Section 61 restrictions and PPG24. For an example of best practice, businesses can refer to Qatar, where a number of these systems have been provided for the construction of a new underground metro system in the capital city of Doha. Here, they have proved vital in helping contractors meet mandatory limits for noise and dust emissions from construction works. The Doha Green Line Underground construction is part of Qatar’s national Integrated Rail Project, which comprises the construction of a rail line from the main station at Msheireb to the centre of Doha, Education City and the Al Rayyan Stadium, which is being built in preparation for a major international football tournament in 2022. Like many major cities globally, Doha has a number of local guidelines for noise and dust emissions from construction works, especially with regards to more sensitive areas around the site. With additional local challenges, such as sand blowing in from the desert during the summer months and changes in air quality from high volumes of city traffic, contractors needed a reliable, effective and fast system to alert them to any breaches of local noise and dust regulations. The BOUNDARY Guardian was selected as the ideal, system-engineered solution to monitor and alert site managers to excessive noise and dust levels. The system will send email and text alerts should dust and/or noise levels be breached so that immediate action can be taken, and can be used to provide all necessary reports showing compliance with local guidelines. The BOUNDARY Guardian is also simple to install and easy to move around the site, requiring only a power source to plug into, after which users simply login online to monitor site conditions.