Home Designer & Architect - September 2018

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MAGAZINE September 2018

An easy way to design a chimney in a renovation or new-build

Isokern’s Pumice Double Module is an easy, put-together blocks system suitable for any project. See pages 20-21

New product design! SureCav25 Forms a 25mm residual cavity Space for additional insulation Helps to bring down U-Values 100% recycled polypropylene Option to increase floor space

We have just built this new build using SureCav25 and found it superb to use… enabling us to achieved a great energy performance result (EPC). We also found it very easy to use as it guaranteed a clear cavity throughout the build and it al us using a backing block for the stone façade, actually increasing the internal rooms sizes by 200mm. Overall, we found the SureCav a fantastic system - thanks SureCav! – Tonic Construction Ltd.

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Stone, brick or other masonry


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Internal leaf

Internal leaf Reduces the wall width by 125mm!

This feature of SureCav25, in maintaining a perfectly consistent, clean and moisture-free clear cavity, opens the way for a brick outer leaf to be specified. Ordinarily, it would not be possible to keep the cavity clean with just a 25mm gap. However, with SureCav25 the wall can be built with full confidence as SureCav25 is the only building product permitted by LABC and NHBC that allows a 25mm residual cavity - the perfect solution with a brick outer leaf! A reduction in wall thickness of 25mm will increase the ● Lowers U-Values by making room for more internal dimensions of the property by 50mm in each insulation in the cavity direction and result in an average of 1.25% increased floor space over two storeys. Already an additional 5% ● Protects against windfloor space will have been gained by removing the driven rain in any need for 100mm concrete backing blocks. This can rise exposure zone to upwards of 6% or more additional floor-space in ● Ensures clean cavities cases where random stone is that are permanently used in very severe weather zones. free from mortar contamination Now drive down U-Values! ● Maintains a moistureSureCav25 allows more room in the cavity for insulation, thus free environment, enhancing the thermal protecting the envelope SureCav25 performance of the wall! of the building SureCav50 ● Suitable for all masonry Consider this: finishes With just a 1.25% gain, this is equivalent to the ● 100% recycled material floor-space of 1 extra house on an 80 house site!

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CONTENTS September 2018

4 Industry News 10 Editor’s Choice 22 Bathrooms, Washrooms & Kitchens

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industry news

CPMG ARCHITECTS COMPLETE KEY CAMPUS BUILDINGS ON £320 MILL WATERSIDE CAMPUS FOUR years after starting on site, the design teams behind the purpose-built £320 million Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton have completed the project.

The scheme which houses six new academic buildings on a 58-acre former brownfield site has been one of the biggest of its kind in the higher education sector.

Now the project is complete I’m confident it will be a catalyst to support Northampton’s wider regeneration programme and will be one of the UK’s most vibrant student communities.”

CPMG Architects, experts in higher education campus transformation, led on the delivery of three campus buildings – the Creative Hub, Senate Building and Logistics Hub – which form half of the university’s new academic buildings.

CPMG Architects worked with Bowmer & Kirkland on the new campus which will provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for 15,000 students.

Chris White, director at CPMG said: “This multi-million-pound scheme is a complex development delivered with true collaboration between consultant partners and contracting teams. We’re proud to be part of the team to deliver this ambitious project and these three important buildings.” The four-storey senate building acts as the corporate and research centre hosting guest lectures, exhibitions and events within its teaching spaces, large lecture hall and impressive atria. The dramatic roof creates a bold entrance to the campus and shapes its impact on the wider environment. The Creative Hub will be home to the university’s art and design faculties. With art studios, specialist teaching spaces, media spaces and laboratories; the building’s stripped back and openplan structure allows visitors unrestricted views of the River Nene. A Logistics Hub has also been completed, housing the university’s infrastructure team which is vital in supporting the campus activity as facilities continue to develop onsite. Chris continued: “We have a wealth of experience in the higher education sector, so we understood the challenges and requirements of delivering a modern estate that is fit for the future.


The new campus also features a Learning Hub, Research and Enterprise Hub, Sports Hub, students’ union, cafes, a restaurant, retail space and student residences. Chris added: “Since our involvement on the project, the whole approach to delivering the campus has been one of collaboration between the architectural practices involved and the wider consultant team, both on the contractor and client sides of the development.” The university previously occupied two campuses located outside of the city; Waterside aims to become a new destination for the university’s students – amalgamating the existing two sites to create one central location. CPMG has more than 30 years’ worth of experience in the education sector – evolving alongside the developing industry. The firm has recently completed projects at University of Derby, Teesside University and Cranfield University – with designs ranging from aerospace research facilities and labs to students’ unions and libraries. Find out more about CPMG at www.cpmg-architects.com or join the conversation @CPMGArchitects

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Permasteelisa Wins Contract For Battersea Project The £62 million contract to complete façade work for the Battersea Phase 3A project has been awarded to Permasteelisa, an Italian leading company in engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. The work involves the design, supply and installation of more than 27,000 sqm of complex façade and it is part of the bigger transformation of Battersea Power Station. “We are proud to continue our long collaboration with Frank Gehry, demonstrating once again our ability to turn the ideas of the most visionary architects into reality by applying innovative technologies that also allow us to uphold the highest standards in environmental sustainability,” said CEO of the Permasteelisa Group, Riccardo Mollo. The Battersea Phase 3A project aims to achieve the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, so the visible panels are equipped with low-E coated, extra-clear glass with high thermal and solar performance to maximise the light coming in, while preserving energy savings. The design has required the engineering and production of 2,900 units, with aluminium profile equipped with double-glazed or opaque infill, all different from each other and openable both with a folding or sliding panel, while the undulating

Green Belt ‘Being Eroded At An Alarming Rate’ As New Homes Are Built

shape of the façade required about 3,000 aluminium closed infill ‘boxes’, characterised by a unique and non-repetitive, customised shape. Taking around 18 months to complete, the design and production of the façade involves around 70 professionals from the technical office in Italy, for a total of about 600 drawings and numerous 3D studies. The installation of the first panel is planned for the second quarter of 2019, and the installation is expected to take one and a half years. Permasteelisa Group is a worldwide leading Contractor in the engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes and interior systems. Present in four continents, with a network of around 50 companies in 30 countries and 10 production plants, the Group generates a total turnover of around 1.5 billion euros a year.

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The Green Belt remains under severe pressure, despite government commitments to its protection, according to a new report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The report also demonstrates that building on the Green Belt is not solving the affordable housing crisis, and will not do so. Last year 72% of homes built on greenfield land within the Green Belt were unaffordable by the government’s definition.



460,000 houses being planned for land that will be released from the Green Belt, while the percentage of ‘affordable’ homes built continues to fall

CPRE’s annual State of the Green Belt report highlights that there are currently 460,000 homes being planned to be built on land that will soon be released from the Green Belt. Moving Green Belt boundaries when reviewing local plans makes it easier for local authorities to release land for housing, but is only supposed to take place under ‘exceptional circumstances’. This strategic shrinking of the Green Belt, as a way of getting around its protected status, is as harmful as building on the Green Belt itself.

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Accoya® wood’s low maintenance requirements mean it can be used for numerous exterior applications such as windows and cladding

Accoya® Sourced from fast growing sustainable forests, Accoya® wood, which spans eight decades of research, is a certified softwood which uses Accsys’ proprietary wood acetylation technology to deliver exceptionally high levels of performance, stability and durability.

Outstanding durability from Lathams The UK’s largest independent timber and panel products distributor, James Latham, now offers the next generation of timber and panel products through all nine of its nationwide panel depots with both Accoya® and Medite®Tricoya® Extreme. •6•

Boasting a 50-year guarantee for exterior use and 25-years when used in the ground, Accoya® wood offers all kinds of new possibilities and solutions for outdoor projects which may involve challenging and demanding applications. It can be used for virtually any joinery project and is a perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and insulation value are key factors. Plus, for window frames, Accoya® wood is the material of choice. Not only does it have extremely low thermal conductivity but it matches or exceeds the durability and dimensionally stability of the best tropical hardwoods. It can be opaque coated or, for those wishing to enjoy the natural look of wood, translucent coated. Accoya® wood’s low maintenance requirements add to its cost effectiveness and environmental credentials.

Medite®Tricoya® Extreme offers a guarantee of 50-years when used above ground

Medite®Tricoya® Extreme This panel exhibits outstanding durability and dimensional stability, allowing it to be used in applications once limited to products such as concrete, plastics or metals. With the added benefits of light weight, sustainable raw materials and a guarantee of up to 50 years above ground and 25 years in ground, Medite®Tricoya® Extreme provides architects, specifiers and designers with an entirely new construction material, allowing greater design flexibility and endless opportunities for creativity. The combination of acetylated wood fibre with the manufacturing technology of Medite MDF means it can be used in situations and applications where normal MDF panels cannot. However, it maintains all the design, fixing and machining flexibility of medium density fibreboards.

Medite®Tricoya® Extreme was used to create this spectacular window in a church

Using sustainably sourced FSC® timber, Medite®Tricoya® Extreme is made using a highperformance resin which has zero added formaldehyde in its formulation, ensuring the product is also suitable for environmentally sensitive areas. James Latham’s Technical Timber Sales Development Manager, Justin Hayward explained, “These products offer ground breaking levels of performance in both stability and durability as well as outstanding environmental standards and they are fast becoming recognised by architects, joiners, specifiers and the construction industry as the materials of choice for exterior applications.”



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New Research Shows That A ‘Pro-Social’ Design Of Buildings And Community Space Would Reduce Burglary Crime Prevention Through Pro-Social Design recognises that the offender is very likely to be part of our community and that enhancing an offender’s emotional or moral attachment to an area through its design may reduce their desire or inclination to commit crimes within the community to deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Crime Prevention and Communities conference hosted in Melbourne by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation. Her well-received paper was titled ‘A more reliable glimpse’: Re-positioning the offender in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.

A UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield professor has investigated ways in which the design of dwellings and the layout of residential areas can deter offenders. Now, she aims to discover if better buildings and more sympathetic spaces can prevent people from turning to crime in the first place.

Through Pro-Social Design recognises that the offender is very likely to be part of our community and that perhaps enhancing an offender’s emotional or moral attachment to an area may reduce their desire or inclination to commit crimes within the community,” said Professor Armitage.

It was while conducting research with convicted burglars that she was inspired to take this new direction.

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Rachel Armitage is Professor of Criminology at the University and one of her key areas has been the field termed Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), which has established that buildings and the spaces between them will experience varying levels of crime based on their design, build and management. Now, Professor Armitage has made what she describes as a significant change in her research and is focussing on what she terms Crime Prevention Through Pro-Social Design (CPTPSD). She has outlined her new ideas at a major overseas conference and will now edit a special journal exploring the concept. “CPTED treats offenders as external, as ‘outsiders’, so you protect an area by designing them out. But Crime Prevention


As part of her designing-out-crime research, she showed a number of convicted burglars a series of photos of houses and streets, in order to discover the features that made properties and neighbourhoods most vulnerable – such as low fences, or footpaths at the back of a house. But two of the images elicited a very different response. “The offenders would say ‘I wouldn’t burgle that house because it reminds me of where I grew up’, or ‘it’s like where my grandma lives’. These were a kind of moral responses to the features of the area, as if the design sparked a feeling that it would be wrong to commit a crime against something personal to them,” said Professor Armitage. This was the trigger for her new direction, and she explored the idea when invited

“There is a lot of research on how the design of an environment can impact on someone’s mental health – such as their vulnerability to becoming depressed, anxious or to using drugs,” said Professor Armitage. “All of those factors can increase a person’s risk of becoming an offender, so if we brought the two areas together and designed places which reduced mental illness and which reduced exclusion, then these people may feel less inclined to commit crimes in those areas.” Professor Armitage has now been invited to edit a special edition of the Journal of Social Sciences. Due to appear in 2019, it will be titled Crime Prevention Through Pro-social Design. An international call for contributions has now been made. “I am asking people to submit papers that explore how design can impact on offending from a very different perspective. It is a matter of designing in pro-social behaviour,” said Professor Armitage. “Designing out crime definitely still has a place and we have come a long way towards embedding this into our planning system. I was involved in that. But I think CPTED needs to evolve.”

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- THE HD55I Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site


ow available from Rinnai is the HD55i, a heavy duty high efficiency gas fired continuous flow water heating unit with optimal fuel consumption, and in like-for-like comparisons with more traditional methods, is more cost effective over a lifetime. Rinnai is an acknowledged global leader in the manufacture of tankless hot water heating units with group sales approaching £2 Billion.


The Rinnai HD55i Internal water heater is a wall hung, gas fired, continuous flow water heater capable of producing hot water at 820 litres per hour at a 50°C rise. The HD55i has a 125mm concentric flue which can be extended up to 15m, less 1m per 45° bend. As with the whole of the Rinnai range the HD55i is ErP A-rated and is super low- NoX ready for the next phase of eco-design.

The unit is compact, reliable and combines industry standards with innovation and quality. The HD55i operates between 1-10 bar pressure, which is suitable for mains cold water supply and systems with booster pumps and reaches water temperatures of up to 85°C, making the HD55i suitable for secondary return systems. Rinnai Heavy Duty continuous flow gas fired water heaters feature outputs up to 58kW and water can be delivered at very precise, high volume temperature control. The smart digital controller regulates to within +/- 1ºC without any variation of temperature even with additional outlets. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use. The Rinnai HD55i is a fully modulating 52.6kW unit that can also be installed in a manifold arrangement. This ensures that the system can and will meet any hot water demand at all peak times, no matter what the demand. Typical applications include major restaurant chains, industry offices, hotels, sports centres, schools, sports clubs, shower blocks in holiday parks – anywhere with a need for extremely reliable supplies of hot water delivered economically and at energy efficiency levels surpassing all building regulations and European standards.

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Rinnai appoints new sales consultant in London Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site innai, the UK’s leading supplier of hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has appointed Lewis McLeggan as Sales Consultant for the London area.


Lewis, who lives in West London, holds a BA (Hons) in Business & Marketing and joins Rinnai with a wealth of industrial experience and knowledge.

“London and the South East are major areas of growth for the whole range of Rinnai hot water heating products, systems and ancillaries. This appointment is in line with our commitment to continuously invest in our human resources in order to deliver customer service excellence,” says Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings. For more details on RINNAI products visit www.rinnaiuk.com

Timber Frame & The Benefits As its name implies, Timber Frame construction is a method of building which relies on a Timber Frame as a basic means of structural support, Stiffened by sheathing material, the frame is capable of withstanding lateral loads and of supporting MultiStorey and wide span structures. Factory-manufactured Timber Frame guarantees the highest level of accuracy and quality and significantly simplifies on site Construction. During Construction the Timber Frame walls are filled with high performance non-combustible insulation and covered with plasterboard. Moisture and vapour barriers are incorporated and the outer-leaf of the wall which can be any standard finish such as Stone, Brick, Block and Render, Tile Hanging and Timber completes the structure. Thousands of Timber Frame Homes, Hotels, Flats, Leisure and Public Buildings are constructed in the UK every year and Is one of the most

successful building methods used throughout the World today. Timber Frame is a method of construction which offers designers greater flexibility with cost effectiveness. The NHBC, which inspects and insures many thousands of Timber Frame Homes ever year, “States” our claims records actually show that these houses tend to perform better than Traditional homes as more of the dwelling is made under closely Supervised factory conditions. In the UK there is a heritage of

Timber Frame Houses, built hundreds of years ago, they are a standing testament to the Durability of this method of construction. All of Neatwood Homes packages are manufactured within our own modern Factory premises, all units being individually engineered by a qualified Structural Timber Engineer. Neatwood Homes are able to offer a highly controlled and effective service with a very cost effective package to its clients.


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ituated on Delph Farm, a working dairy farm nestled in the Pennine countryside close to Huddersfield. Martin Walsh Architectural were tasked with creating a contemporary, bespoke two-storey barn conversion alongside a single storey extension, whilst maintaining the natural farmhouse look and feel.


On the ground level, the single storey extension and barn conversion has helped create an intimate and extended dining area. The new first floor, has been extended and has brought new life into an agricultural barn that had been in situ for many years.


Clever glazing solution used to maximise daylight in Yorkshire café Continued growth has allowed Yummy Yorkshire, one of Yorkshire’s favourite cafes and ice cream parlours, to expand with a new contemporary extension. Creating the contemporary link between the existing and new structure is Glazing Vision’s Ridgeglaze rooflight; which showcases the outstanding views on offer with its frameless view. Jeremy Holmes of Yummy Yorkshire said “The re-introduction of the first floor in the barn, has brought back so many memories. When it was originally in place we used the space for hay bailing – me and my father working side by side. It’s warming to know that this space will be used once again and that others can experience this hidden gem of a view.”

editor's choice Capturing charm and family history through glazing Entrusted with ensuring the personality and ethos of the business were reflected throughout the design of the building was Concorde BGW. Taking inspiration from the farm has led to the beautiful and well thought out design. From vintage milk bottles being used as pendant lights, to the traditional and rustic furniture supplied from Revivalist, every detail is testament to the farming heritage handed down through generations which was a key influence in the brief. Adding a modern twist to a traditional farmhouse look and feel, Martin Walsh Architectural designed a contemporary link between the existing and new structures by incorporating a large dual pitched glass roof. Specialist rooflight manufacturers, Glazing Vision were commissioned to design and manufacture a bespoke ‘Ridgeglaze’ rooflight measuring 8m x 1.3m. The minimalist framework is structurally fixed to the walls of each building and features run off into box gutters at either end to deal with rainwater. The unit utilises high specification heat soak tested, toughened laminated glass which allows the unit to be manufactured in two complete sections.

The glazed link maximises natural daylight in a tricky area that would have otherwise been quite dark and uninviting. Jeremy Holmes continued “we are really pleased with how this has progressed, especially the connection between old and new. In fact, we love how the team restored some of the original features of the barn to breathe new life into the building.” The project was also shortlisted for the Project of the Year at the 2018 Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Awards.

Matt Robinson, Technical Director for MWA, comments: “It’s a real honour to have been nominated within the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Awards, especially within the project of the year category, an accolade which we know is hugely competitive and equally sought after.”

For more information on Glazing Vision’s range of rooflights to suit a variety of applications, contact us on 01379 658 300 or request a CPD.


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Jennifer Williams looks at how continuous flow hot water delivery systems are fast overtaking the old technology of heating and storing water ready use.

Reports from the market on hot water heating system delivery in the commercial sector are showing a transition away from older technologies, which commonly use large volumes of cylinder stored and reheated hot water, are reaching a ‘tipping point’ with continuous flow units vastly out-perform them in terms of capital costing, economy of fuel, plant room space and lifetime efficiency. Each family is said to use 80 litres of hot water daily and the older technologies employed by traditional means of stored hot water heating systems are increasingly unable to economically and sustainably meet these market demands. Stored types of systems feature an insulated cylinder or container that keeps large quantities of water heated by either a boiler or immersion heater, and reheated when temperatures drop below a useable temperature. Thus, when there is demand, stored water is released and used, and then the cylinder refilled and reheated to remain at optimum temperatures (above 60°C) until next use. The market today requires and expects instant access to hot water, and in most domestic and light commercial applications there is no need for an inefficient system that can have a significant lag in recovery time to fully reheated water reserves. The major claimed benefits of storage systems lie in large commercial applications, such as a gyms or hotels, which need very large volumes of water at peak times – however, this can be easily accommodated by using a cascade system of continuous flow units. According to an AECOM independent study (AECOM is the largest building services consultancy in the world) the life cycle costings of continuous flow systems in comparison to equivalent storage systems, on average a ‘continuous flow water heating system can be up to 7% more economical’. At 89% efficiency on average, a storage system will encounter heat loss and wasted energy - reheating at times when there is no demand, for example. A continuous flow unit will maintain an efficiency level of 96%, increasing the returns on investment; or in other words, major savings on ongoing costs. Continuous flow hot water delivery is disrupting the old ways with new ways of doing it better, faster and more economically. The continuous flow units and systems offer heating efficiency, reliability, space saving, Legionella prevention and environmentally conscious Low NoX outputs - plus a Limescale Check system which ensures optimum performance throughout the life of the unit by constant monitoring and alerts for any buildup of lime-scale residue. Limescale can build exponentially if left and ignored, where a 1.6mm depth of limescale on a heat exchanger means a drop in efficiency of at least 12% - and a cut in the efficiency of any system means higher running costs. ‘The payback investment over the 10 years-plus life of a single Rinnai unit can be measured and shown to out-perform cheaper and much less efficient water heaters in a matter of months’, adds Chris Goggin, Operations Director.

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Step into the 21st Century LIGHT New at the next January Furniture Show (JFS), which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 20th - 23rd January 2019, will be a whole new section dedicated to lighting of ever kind. Called LIGHT and located in Hall 3, the section will boast prestigious lighting companies who have not previously shown at JFS. Eminent lighting brands including Impex Russell, Elstead, Illuminati and Searchlight will be joined by the ever-creative Där Lighting, who has successfully exhibited at the show for the last three years. Since the show’s inception in 2015, lighting has been an important part and has happily taken its place within the interior furnishings and accessories zone. Its elevation in 2019 to having its own section reflects the growing importance placed on lighting of all kinds, both internally and externally. For domestic and communal spaces we have all become much more aware of the importance and benefits of having both functional and accent lighting.


In adding LIGHT, the show organisers are giving buyers and visitors to the show a great opportunity to see and select from the full spectrum of lighting available in the UK – with many of the exhibitors including Luminess and Elstead, offering collections from partnerships with premium European brands who offer truly unique designs. As well as partnerships with other deluxe brands, Elstead specialise in the design and manufacture of classic and contemporary lights, which are sold all over the world. Producing and supplying over 2500 different interior and external lights for homes, hotels and restaurants they will have a varied collection of table lamps, ceiling and wall lights on their stand. For the ‘wow’ factor the Impex Russell stand will be the place to be. One of the UK and Europe’s leading crystal chandelier

manufacturers and suppliers, they produce comprehensive ranges of crystal, iron and brass chandeliers in traditional and contemporary styles, and have over 60 years of knowledge behind them. Illuminati are well known to designers, architects and retailers all over the world and it’s UK design team reveals its flair and skill with highly contemporary pendant, floor, table and wall lights. With designs for high-end residential and commercial use, their imaginative application of shapes and materials will be on full display at JFS. Collectively the companies showing in LIGHT will offer the most extensive array of lighting at the show to date and will perfectly complement the furniture, beds and accessories on show. The 2019 JFS is already shaping up to be the most comprehensive show yet and other new developments will be announced shortly. For more information please go to www.januaryfurnitureshow.com

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An Easy Way to Design in a Renovation or When considering renovation or new build, then Isokern’s Pumice Double Module system is highly recommended. The easy, put-together blocks provide a zero distance to combustibles due to their volcanic insulation and different range of diameters suitable for any project. The lightweight blocks are easy to handle. The outer and inner blocks are laid at the same time but with staggered joints for safety and stability. The double layer of pumice separated by an air gap maximises the chimney insulation. This has been used in a number of renovations as well as new build projects throughout the UK. The features of the Isokern DM include: • Unique Features of the Isokern DM system • Zero distance to combustibles on straight rendered chimneys (when using top ring terminal) • Quick and easy to assemble • Lightweight materials, easy to handle • Highly insulating pumice for better draw and minimum heat loss • Staggered joints for maximum safety and stability • Air gaps between outer casing and flue prevents surface staining • Good resistance to temperature variations gives the maximum performance for your appliance. • CE Certified to EN1858 with the designation T450, NI, D, 3, G (00). And combined with a Schiedel Isokern Magnum Firechest, the results can be amazing.


a Chimney New-Build One such remarkable installation of a Magnum Firechest with a Pumice Chimney System took place Down Under in the Australian Bush. The project was undertaken by the Volcanic Chimney Company, based in Wales (it’s a long story, continued on our website). An old patio was replaced with a roaring fire, using a Magnum Fire Chest and an Isokern Double Module Chimney System. All chosen due to the insulation properties and easy construction. Another project, a little more closer to home, was undertaken by Billing Chimneys, which saw an Isokern Pumice Liner installed, with the construction of a register plate to support the liners, going through a thatched roof. Billings chose Isokern in this particular situation because of its longevity, durability and excellent insulation. The insulation was very important because it kept the inside of the flue hot, but also prevented damage from any external heat transfer into the adjacent structure. For more information on our Isokern range, please feel free to email us on info@schiedel.co.uk or give us a call on 01202 861650 – you can also visit our website, www.schiedel.co.uk which has a wealth of information, including a number of video instruction guides.


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Purus Floor Gullies and Linear Drainage Channels installed at Leeds University’s Henry Price Building Purus Limited, the Swedish wetroom floor drainage manufacturer, are proud to announce that their Purusline Living linear drainage channels and Mini Series floor gullies, both ideal solutions for level-access wetroom floors, have been installed in the en-suite wetrooms of Leeds University’s Henry Price Building. The floor gullies and drainage channels offer stylish yet practical drainage solutions for the wetroom areas at the popular on-campus student accommodation facility, which is home to approximately 355 full-time students. The Purusline Living is Purus’ linear wetroom drainage solution designed for commercial and domestic use in tiled wetrooms, showers and level-access facilities; and allows for a functional, stylish and modern shower space. The Purusline Living channels come in lengths of 600mm and 800mm, with three options of outlet gully to suit your requirements; and three stainless steel grates to create the perfect finish. These include the Tile Insert grate, which allows for a minimalistic look where the tiles sit into the grate for a continuous tiled finish across the wetroom floor; and the Drop and Twist patterned grates. The Twist grate was selected for use at the Henry Price Building at Leeds University. Also installed were floor gullies from Purus’ Mini Series range. The range includes the Minimax 50, Minimax Two Part, Mini Brage 50 and Mini Brage 110, with a further selection of special gullies also available. All Mini Series Floor Gullies come complete with the NOOD no-odour water trap, which will not allow any foul air to come up even when dried out; and can all be installed into vinyl, tiled or resin floor finishes by choosing from a selection of stainless steel grates. Purus’ stainless steel PK155 square Drop grates were chosen for the tiled en-suite wetrooms at the Henry Price Building. Purus’ Minimax and Mini Brage floor gullies are all BBA-certified and are featured on BIM. You can view the full Purus product range at www.purusgroup.com, or contact Purus with any enquiries directly on 0113 289 3172/ info@purusgroup.com. You can also follow Purus on Facebook by searching for ‘Purus Ltd.’ Instagram (@PurusLimited) and Twitter (@PurusLtd) to ensure you never miss out on any product updates and company news.



Floor gullies and linear channels for wetrooms A range of level-access drainage solutions ideal for your commercial, domestic and industrial projects

From low-profile floor gullies to stainless steel linear drainage channels for tiled, vinyl and resin floor finishes, Purus Limited manufacture a huge range of drainage solutions for your commercial, domestic and industrial projects.

So why choose Purus? The NOOD No-Odour trap is just one of many features of our Mini Series Floor Gullies and Purusline Living linear channels, and will stop any bad air escaping even when the drain is left to dry out. It’s just one of the reasons why our drains are used in so many projects like Leeds University’s Henry Price Building student residences (pictured). With many of our products certified by the BBA and with BIM Objects ready to download, Purus make the ideal choice for all of your level-access drainage requirements.

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Bathrooms, Washrooms & Kitchens 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.

On the first of September 2017, we launched our charity initiative with the Wild at Heart Foundation. One year on and we are pleased to be supporting them yet again. 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”

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. We hope you will continue to join us in supporting this worthy cause and should you require further details on both the project and the rail please visit www.sussexrange.co.uk

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Since 1967, international brand Fardis, has designed and supplied luxury wallpapers and fabrics to discerning clients. Originally inspired by the arts and crafts, Fardis is renowned for vibrancy of colours, exquisite designs and a high quality of finish and durability in wallpapers and fabrics.


ur high end textile wallpapers are produced with traditional Flemish craftsmanship and expertise at our Belgian facility – the oldest weaving mill in the country, established in 1848. Thousands of magnificent designs and colourways to choose from, the Fardis collections are an eclectic mix of modern classic, opulent textile, grass cloth, intricate floral and avant-garde geometric wallpapers.

A to Z guide to anyone who is looking to undertake a self-build renovation or home improvement project. The centre holds 3 full size exhibition houses on permanent display along with education areas featuring an array of displays.

Our latest collections are Everglades, Paradise & Shangri la. Fardis wallcoverings and fabrics are ideal for those discerning clientele who are building their own ‘forever’ homes, renovating or extending their existing homes. Our wide selection of decorative designs, different finishes and textures are perfect for the finishing touches to your dream home. That’s why we have a display at The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon, the only permanent location which offers a full

Fardis products are displayed in the Finishes area of the centre, as wallpaper is the finishing touch for any self build project. The feature wall is updated regularly with the latest trends and collections that we have to offer. Visitors are given

an option to select samples, ask for more information or offered a consultation in our London Showroom. You will also be able to see Fardis textile wallcovering on display in another area of the Centre – in the finished

part of the Renovation House, in the hallway. If you would like to see samples, you can order from www.fardis.com or you can call our customer services department on 0333 240 9045. If you would like to see our wallpaper designs in person, visit us at our London showroom based in the Chelsea Design Quarter, 590 King’s Road, London, SW6 2DX, or come to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon between 5th -7th October, when their next event is being held.


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Flooring Trends Approaching Winter 2018 This winter, many people will be wanting to keep their homes not only as warm and cosy feeling as possible, but also just as practical. Whether you are looking to supply flooring this winter or are buying for your own home, Luxury Flooring & Furnishings have laid out the top flooring trends expected this winter to make every house a home. Engineered Flooring (right) As a classic, wood flooring is not surprisingly at the top of our list. Solid wood however can cause problems when people wish to use underfloor heating in the winter or drag in rain and snow on their shoes. To avoid the warping and shrinkage that comes with this, expect the more resistant engineered wood flooring to see a surge in popularity - in particular in darker tones. Walnut and dark oak can make people feel more relaxed and help create a traditional aesthetic when sitting by the fireplace in the living room. Rustic woods with hand scraped and brushed finishes can further add to the nostalgic aesthetic that is reminiscent of family and youth, providing great appeal in cold and dark winters.

LVT (left) For those that can’t afford wood, LVT is a popular trend for the winter. As with engineered flooring, this popularity comes from the ability to withstand water from outdoors, and its compatibility with underfloor heating. Expect it in bathrooms for the tile look without the cold and hard feel underfoot, and excellent water resistance. LVT is more popular amongst the more money-conscious consumer, so should be as popular as engineered wood this winter.

Grey Flooring (left) Many interior designers are pitching grey to be the biggest winter trend as more and more people begin to accessorise their homes. Grey can evoke powerful imagery of winter scenes, such as frosted windows, icicle covered branches and an overcast sky, and is also suitable with any other tone without causing clashing due to its neutral characteristics. This is perfect if you are in possession of lots of accessories to either sell with grey flooring or include with it in your own home. Grey is ultimately a tranquil and atmospheric colour characteristic of winter, undoubtedly making it a trend in the coming months.

Whether you are selling or buying flooring, be sure to keep an eye on things in the coming months to stay ahead of the curve in time for the winter!

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The ultimate Fast Track Solution for Damp or Contaminated Floors Don’t allow subfloor moisture or contaminated floors to delay occupation If you’re faced with a damp or contaminated floor it could delay occupation of the building, create frustration with the client and of course be costly. Fortunately there is a solution - specify one of the F. Ball range of market leading Stopgap Waterproof Surface Membranes. This range of high performance products are designed to solve problems, eliminate the risk of a failed installation and guarantee peace of mind. Stopgap F76 - a solvent free, one coat epoxy waterproof surface membrane designed for subfloors with up to 92% Relative Humidity (RH) Stopgap F77 - a solvent free, one coat application epoxy system which impedes the passage of construction moisture and rising damp up to 98% RH. Pigmented black for easy application Stopgap F77 can also be applied directly over underfloor heating screeds where readings are up to 90% RH. Stopgap F78 - a solvent free, one component system, which impedes the passage of construction moisture where relative humidity values are up to 95% RH with a two coat application. Pigmented blue for easy application F78


is environmentally friendly and ready to use with no mixing necessary and can be resealed and stored for future use. If applied within 12 hours no priming is required when used with the appropriate Stopgap smoothing underlayment. Isolator Membrane - an impervious loose lay sheet designed to be laid over damp or contaminated subfloors. Available in 2 metre wide rolls Stopgap Isolator Membrane provides the perfect solution in any construction or refurb scenario where damp or contaminated floors are an issue. Trusted by the World’s leading flooring contractors the F. Ball range of products is guaranteed to perform in all types of situations where problem floors are an issue. As well as providing one of the most comprehensive range of products to combat damp or contaminated floors F Ball also provide an innovative Moisture Check System to remove any doubt and eliminate the risk of a failed installation. The system, designed by F Ball’s UK team of specialists has three phases Check it, Measure it, Solve it. Check It The affordable Protimeter Aquant or Protimeter MMS2 quickly indicates

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VELUX launches competition to recognise most inventive use of roof windows in building projects Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX has launched a national competition that celebrates architects and designers for the most inventive and modern use of roof windows in a residential project. The competition, called The VELUX Roof Window Award, is now open and invites submissions from architects based in the UK and Ireland who can showcase the design, aesthetics and detailing of any completed project that includes a VELUX roof window. The passion VELUX has for daylight, fresh air and better living environments has led them to run the competition for a second year.

“VELUX has a reputation for providing quality products, and this has enabled designers to craft spaces that push the boundaries of design and aid pioneering construction concepts. And it is this commitment to supporting the design and construction industry that has been the driving force behind VELUX extending the competition to across the whole of the UK and Ireland.”

The winner will receive £2,000 in prize money and a VELUX curved glass roof window to use in their next project.

The inaugral award, launched by VELUX for Scottish architects in 2017, saw Stonehaven-based Hyve Architects win the Built catergory with The Gables, an extension and renovation of a period property in the heart of Stonehaven Conservation Area. Mary Arnold-Forster Architects, based in the west coast of Scotland, won the un-built category for their project Sandbank in Iona, a stunning bungalow with four split levels that overlooks the sea to Mull.

Grant Sneddon, product manager for VELUX said: “The VELUX Roof Window Award is a great opportunity for architects and designers to be recognised for their innovative and imaginative use of daylight achieved through using roof windows to transform a building into something quite special.

For more information on the VELUX Roof Window Award and the opportunity to enter, please follow this link: http://designcompetition.velux.co.uk/

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CT1 real life case study: Axis 3 Design and refurbishment projects CT1 is a unique hybrid polymer formulation, and is the only sealant available on the market with no solvents. This unique formulation has been awarded over 25 accreditations and tested over 25 times but independent testing bodies. The ultimate development in bonding and sealing, based on hybrid polymer formulation, CT1 offers a unique adhesion on virtually any material without the need for additional fixings. CT1 has earned the name The Snag List Eliminator, does the job first time every time. Therefore architects, specifiers, engineers along with the rest of the construction trade! Not want but DEMAND CT1 is used on the job. It’s your get out of jail card. We guarantee it will work, first time around. Boasting accreditation such as ETAG 022, EC1, ISEGA approved for food accreditations also it’s the only sealant and adhesive to have been approved by NAAF. The


Norwegian Asthma and Allergy association. Which is one of the most stringent bodies for testing products for people with any type of allergy or Asthma. CT1 was tested for several months and has a stamp or approval from them. It has been recommended to be used on new builds and used in homes that have asthma or allergy inhibitors. Many architects and specifiers use this as its their get out of jail card. This is used on nearly every construction material there is, not only seals leaks instantly it also forms the strongest construction adhesive there is. With over 25 accreditations to test its strength, durability, it’s components it is the eco-friendliest product on the market.

This is why real-life case studies are always best to illustrate its reputation as the UK’s number 1 sealant on the market. Axis 3 design’s Ken Hodgson, associate for Axis 3, stated that they started specifying CT1 following several recommendations. Ken also said they have made considerable time and cost savings using CT1 on refurbishment projects with underfloor heating. Investigating the location of pipes or heating mats was costly and time consuming, direct mechanical fixings may have caused major damage to the systems so they investigated CT1 as a direct adhesion between the existing concrete floor substrate and proposed MF partition tracks. Ken stated that “The system works perfectly and in tests we found the head and base tracks harder to move than with screw fixings. We wouldn’t hesitate to use CT1 in this scenario again” Axis 3 Design Ltd, Hen Hodgson Associate, mobile 07904326766 For forward testing results, please go to www.ct1ltd.com here you can download the health and safety sheets also please call head office if test results are required. 028 30834892. Please click link to see the CT1 video. https://youtu.be/wIh4JJl25xY and its many uses.

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. Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.

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


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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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 info@hird.co.uk. Web: www.hird.co.uk.

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Understanding soil type: the key to addressing structural problems Cracking walls and uneven floors are usually symptoms of a deeper problem. • Fill Fill is earthen material placed and compacted in a hole or depression. It can consist of soil, and can also include aggregate, rock or crushed construction waste. Structures built on fill are susceptible to the same issues as those on sand and silt, especially when water flows wash away finer material. Settlement is worse if the fill is poorly compacted.

• Organic Organic soils, especially peat, are weak and highly compressible making them prone to settlement, as the weight of any structure causes compaction. Primary settlement decreases over time, but can total 100s of millimetres, resulting in significant structural issues.

any structural issues are the result of unstable ground or subsidence, so understanding what’s happening in the ground will help to identify the cause of any structural issues that are happening to the building itself.


Different soil types in particular give rise to different problems and require different solutions. Robbie Blanchfield, Commercial Manager at ground engineering specialist Mainmark said: “The soil types commonly encountered in ground remediation work include clay, sand and silt, fill, and organic soils. “Each have different characteristics and require different solutions to address building subsidence issues. “It’s vital that developers and builders understand the type of soil used in order to correctly determine which solution is more suitable if subsidence does occur.”


• Clays Structural problems often result from varying moisture levels in reactive clay soil. It swells when wet and shrinks when dry causing subsidence in drier conditions, or heave in wetter, areas. The soil can become oversaturated due to broken sewers, storm water pipes or burst mains. Over-saturated clay also loses its bearing capacity causing building footings to settle in the weakened soil, which can sink even further as it dries out.

• Sand and Silt Structures on sand and silt soils often experience settlement caused by ground water, a natural underground watercourse or a leaking sewer or storm water pipe. The finer grains are washed away leaving larger grains to settle, and the building’s footings and foundations become unsupported, compromising the structure above.

Mainmark’s Teretek® resin injection solution is ideal for smaller, discrete areas typically affected by reactive clay soils and works well to strengthen building foundations. It expands in the ground on application, both compacting and strengthening the soil. Teretek is applied at very precise and specific injection points, and is a less invasive process than traditional underpinning remedies, as it doesn’t require extensive excavation and subsequent backfilling. For more information and advice about solutions for different soil types, please visit www.mainmark.com/uk or call 0800 9750507

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A compact home lift for a building conversion Nestled in the picturesque village of Newtown Linford in Leicestershire is the Old Vicarage. The owners had decided to undertake a conversion of one of the outbuildings, to convert into a home for an elderly relative.


s this was a listed building, there were a few challenges, including the extremely tight space in which to fit the lift. Fully glazed doors were chosen to allow as much light as possible into the area, whilst the lift was finished in a specific RAL grey colour to match the colour scheme of the interior. Due to the low ceiling heights, the ground floor of the lift was fitted with a 1900mm high door with a hidden closer. As the travel of the lift was less than 3 metres, a half height door was used at the top landing, which was matched to the height of the upper balustrade, allowing light to flood in. As there can be occassional power cuts in the rural location, the lift was fitted with a UPS to enable continual use of the lift. The owner, Fiona, was thrilled with the lift and had this to say: “Invalifts could not have been more helpful with our installation and backup service. We were not an easy site to deal with, a listed building conversion with limited heights, but they went over and above the course of duty to ensure our lift was installed, had a colour to fit in with the décor and even had a backup unit in case of power failure as we are prone to power cuts.” The Inva Homelift has an encapsulated chain drive system that makes the unit extremely space efficient and can be produced with a footprint of just 1150mm x 950mm. The unit comes with a 12 months parts and labour guarantee, 5 years parts guarantee on the motor and gearbox and a 10 year parts guarantee on the drive chains.

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South East Construction Expo 2018 comes to Sussex South East Construction Expo 2018 will be held in Sussex for the first time on September 13 at the South of England Event Centre in Ardingly.

The trade show, founded ten years ago and previously held in Kent, will showcase the region’s largest range of construction products and services and is a ‘must visit’ for anyone whose business deals in development, property and construction. Carole Black from South East Construction Expo said, “Sussex really is leading the way with its exciting construction projects in Brighton & Hove and across East and West Sussex, so it is great to be able to hold the South East Construction Expo 2018 here. “The UK’s construction output stands at more than £110 billion per annum, accounts for ten per cent of employment and will continue to be a key driver in our prosperity over the coming years. We are committed to continuing to support this fast-moving industry with a leading conference and exhibition enabling sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to build lasting business relationships.” Fantastic networking opportunities on the day include …… •

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The Big Construction Breakfast with speaker Kevin Byrne (Checkatrade Founder) and Anne Timpany (on Tap Plumbers). Booking on to one of our speed networking sessions they are so much fun and it really works – meet more businesses in half an hour than you would in a month. Attending one of our CPD conference and training workshops Attending our Expo bar with a selection of local beers and wines The Expo Dinner with Gyles Brandreth

Conference speakers include … Wayne Hemingway MBE - Design is about improving things that matter in life.


Developers need to change or they will go the way of dinosaurs. Jonathan Ferry, Head of Tunnel Procurement, Lower Thames Crossing - The proposed procurement strategy, timeline, the opportunities for the supply chain at all tiers and access points. Julian Raison, Head of Construction, Gatwick Airport -The Scale of Gatwick’s Capital Investment Programme and the priorities for capital spend. Andy Radley, Group BIM Director, Kier Construction - An insight into Kier’s BIM/Digital offering. The challenges in implementation and driving change in a tier 1 multinational. Alan Wilen, Economics Director, Glenigan, Eddie Tuttle, Director, Policy, Research and Public Affairs, CIOB, Guy Hannell, Director, Beard Construction. PLUS CPD workshops on… Cyber essentials, protecting your brand, construction procurement in the South East, the skills gap, health and safety in industry 4.0, where are those constructions projects? The future of UK construction, de-risking brownfield development sites and so much more. Delegates can sign up for free entry and Meet the Buyer appointments at www.constructionexpouk.co.uk and there are still sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available. Twitter @ConstructExpo South East Construction Expo 2018 will take place at South of England Event Centre, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Thursday 13 September 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.

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Find out how to take advantage of £billions of project Major development and regeneration projects update The best exhibitor platforms, including a huge space for life size demonstrations and exhibits Join other business leaders at the largest concentration of construction professionals High quality discussion groups and workshops Latest construction news on projects and developments in the UK Our expertise and exposure to the senior business minds in the industry Building a digital future for construction How much of the £750 billion procurement spend do you want? Health and safety risks in construction FREE meet the buyer with leading contractors over 600 appointments

South East Construction Expo is in a central location in Sussex with flexible facilities (40 mins from Kent/40 mins from Surrey/40 mins from Brighton).

The Big Construction networking breakfast Kevin Byrne Checkatrade Founder and Anne Timpany, on Tap Plumbers (£19.50+VAT pp - includes full English breakfast).

Allan Wilen, Economics Director, Glenigan

Glenn St John-Colgan, Augmentas Group Limited

Clive Bonny, Director, PassivPod

Wayne Hemingway MBE, Hemingway Design

Jonathan Ferry, Head of Tunnels Procurement, Lower Thames Crossing

Eddie Tuttle, Associate Director, Policty, Research and Public Affairs, CIOB

Business Dinner Reward your team or entertain clients at the BIG Construction Expo Dinner with speaker Gyles Brandreth (£45+VAT pp, table of 10 £450+VAT includes reception drink, three course dinner and a brilliant guest speaker).

Julian Raison, Head of Construction Support, Gatwick Airport

Andy Radley, Group BIM Director, Kier

The latest project updates on the £3.5bn theme park ‘UK Disneyland’

Keith Heard, Commercial Manager, Hampshire County Council

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Neil Edwards, Chief Executive, Builders Conference

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