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MAGAZINE April 2015

• Bring interiors to life with Printeriors • Kitchen design a piece of cake with Axiom® • Saniflo unveils Serenity shower cubicle

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L-shaped prefab house in Portugal by MIMA architects -shaped prefabricated house assembled in portugal by MIMA architects this compact prefabricated dwelling is known as the MIMA house and located in alentejo in northern portugal. created by MIMA architects, the sharp and modern design promotes quick and simple assembling, whilst being affordable and of a high construction quality. the floor plan of this particular house is L-shaped and a base of 1.5 m x 1.5 m for space

definition, however, the unique factor of this build is its option to be customizable and reconfigurable to the client’s desired size, spatial organization and materials. the duration for the assembling of this MIMA house took 2 months, with it simplistic interiors, it is composed of light-weight panels for the walls, clean lines, white tiles and an outdoor pool. overall, the space sits in harmony amongst the flat and nature surrounded landscape.

CITB welcome digital apprenticeship voucher scheme Employers will be able to purchase training directly from providers using the voucher, which represents the public funding available to them. They will then pay only the balance of training costs which are not fully funded. The system will be paperless and administered by the Skills Funding Agency. The apprenticeship voucher was launched due to concerns that, under the original proposals, SMEs would be forced to pay training costs upfront, handle public money, and deal with extra bureaucracy. Commenting on the new system, CITB’s Director of Policy, Steve Radley, said: “This revised funding model is employer-led and

more workable for SMEs. “This is vital for an industry that is made up of 95% SMEs and facing a significant skills challenge for the coming years. “The new model must also take into account sector-specific needs. For example, in construction we believe that employers should have the choice to opt for a thirdparty provider to manage their training, especially where this already works well.” Other key initiatives in the Budget for the construction industry include: • An increase of 57p to the minimum hourly apprentice rate. • Land being made available on brown field sites for 45,000 new homes.

• Devolution of skills and planning powers to the Mayor of London and new City Deals for other parts of the UK • The announcement of 8 new enterprise zones, including Plymouth and Mersey Waters. • £7bn of roads and rail funding for the South West Steve Radley added: “Getting the building pipeline right, supported with well-designed funding models, will set the sector up for success in years to come. “The next Government must not waver on delivering the planned projects to time and budget, which will give construction employers the confidence to invest in skills and jobs for the longer term.”

Purple Energy present to the European Biomass Association in Brussels Staffordshire-based Purple Energy were invited to Brussels on Monday 16th March to present to the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM). Director of the renewable energy company, Mark Stafford, presented to approximately 100 attendees from across the European biomass sector at the event entitled ‘Biomass – an economic asset for business and people’. The event focussed on the positive role of biomass in tackling energy poverty and strengthening EU economic competitiveness. Mr Stafford said: “The European Biomass Association plays a huge part in representing the biomass sector so it was a privilege for Purple Energy to be invited to present to the Association in Brussels.” The event highlighted bioenergy markets as creating opportunities for companies to invest in cost-effective and local sources


of energy, while benefiting from the recognition of being embedded in the green economy. During the event, Mr Stafford discussed the growing use of biomass for heating with the UK and highlighted the significance of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme in helping to kick-start the UK biomass market. Mr Stafford said: “Since our inception in 2006 we have seen considerable growth to the industry which has had a significant impact on Purple Energy as we now install biomass systems nationally on both a small and large scale, including for national organisations and government buildings. “UK businesses are increasingly having to compete based on their environmental credentials and business owners are now recognising both the environmental and financial savings that biomass can offer and ultimately the improved business competitiveness that it can enable.”

Brussels-based AEBIOM is the common voice of the European bioenergy sector and works to develop the market for sustainable bioenergy and ensure favourable business conditions for its members. Speaking after the event, Anamaria Olaru, of AEBIOM, said: “It is now clearer than ever that biomass is an economic asset for people and business that provides an affordable energy solution. Biomass is the answer to tackling energy poverty and improving economic competitiveness.” The event was organised under the framework of the Biomass Counts Campaign, an initiative launched by AEBIOM to showcase the numerous benefits of biomass and highlight its key role in achieving the EU’s objectives of economic growth, decarbonisation and energy dependency.


Designer Luciano Pia brings the forest into the city with his unique 25 Verde residence in Turin Amongst the city streets of Turin sits an oasis of green forest disguising a five-storey apartment building. Luciano Pia designed the building as an attempt to protect residents from noise and air pollution. The fairy-tale building creates a transition from outdoors to in, with 150 trees that absorb close to 200,000 litres of carbon dioxide an hour, filtering out exhaust fumes and street noise. This means residents have clean, fresh air and a relaxing tranquil environment. With the change of the seasons, the trees create a microclimate inside the building, regulating temperature by blocking out the heat of the sun in the summer and letting in warm light in the winter. There are 63 units, each with a terrace. The exterior gardens have been designed with carefully chosen plants to offer a seasonal variety of colour, foliage and flowers. For anyone who wants to fulfil their childhood dream of living in a treehouse, this playful, yet practical building is the answer.

Chris Dyson Architects adapts a former Gloucestershire gasworks Chris Dyson Architects have completed the refurbishment of a derelict gasworks into a 120sq m sustainable annex for contemporary living. The project is the extension to a 19th century stone building in the Gloucestershire countryside, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Located by a quiet, minor road, the gasworks was built in 1877 and formerly provided gas for lighting to a nearby country house. The building had been recently acquired by a client with a passion for restoring derelict buildings, and who wanted a house which met both their current and future needs. From its inception the brief for the new building focused on the need to reduce the overall environmental impact during the construction process, as well as meeting the future demands for heating and electricity. While preserving and giving new life to the existing cottage, Chris Dyson Architects knew the cottage would require additional space to suit future needs of living, so the studio adopted a Cotswold Typology of the “Barn” to form a new contemporary single storey extension without over developing the cottage. The new rusty steel barn is clad in CorTen steel, one of the most recycled building materials available. The steel envelope sits on

a sustainably sourced timber frame and pays homage to the building’s industrial past, while creating a striking contrast to the main building. The new annex is deliberately distinct from its surroundings but with creative use of materials and massing works gently with the landscape encircling an external courtyard. The annex is single storey, with a circular tower element which recalls the former gas storage cylinder on the site. The tower now houses study spaces. Insulation to both walls and the roof is taken to a higher level than is required under the building regulations and is made up of Warmcell Insulation. This product is manufactured from recycled waste paper which is converted to a green, eco-friendly high performance insulation. The annex is accessed by a link from the kitchen of the cottage and becomes a corridor connecting the ensuite bedrooms. Each bedroom is arranged to create a horseshoe, forming a courtyard around the back of the building. Inside the annex, a glazed portico links four bedrooms with private services. Each room enjoys spectacular views onto the natural woodland. Large windows on the roofs allow high levels of daylight in the interior. The building is heated via an external air source heat pump. Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air which can then be used to heat the underfloor heating system. Although not a truly renewable source of heating, the system does significantly reduce the electrical demand to the building. This results in a lower home carbon emission which, with the photovoltaic panels fitted to the roof, means that the electrical demand is significantly lower than a conventional home. Chris Dyson Architects embraced the client’s culture of sustainability by applying the most efficient techniques offered by building performance science. Passive ventilation, a biomass boiler room, rain water harvesting systems and solar power panels dramatically reduce the environmental impact of the development.



Songpa Micro Housing The problem of urban density and housing costs is global. As unit types get smaller however, land costs coupled with developer driven profit margins can merely create a provisional housing type with little social value. By mining the discrepancy between maximum floor area ratios and maximum zoning envelopes, Songpa Micro-Housing provides a new typology that extends the limits of the housing unit to also include semi-public circulation, balconies, and the thickness of walls. Like the ambiguous gel around a tapioca pearl, this ‘Tapioca Space’ becomes a soft intersection between public/ private and interior/exterior, creating social fabrics between neighbors. Fourteen ‘unit blocks’ allow residents to either claim a single space, or in the case where a couple or friends desire to do so, recombine the blocks for larger configurations. This flexibility accommodates changing live and work situations allowing residents to occupy the building longer and therefore more sustainably. Further generating the idea of community, exhibition spaces on the ground floor, basement, and second floors are spatially linked to the units as a shared living room. Although the zoning regulations requires the building to be lifted for parking, this open ground plan is also used to pull pedestrians in from the street and down a set of auditorium-like steps, connecting city and building residents to the exhibition and cafe spaces below.

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload Willlmott Dixon is expanding its presence in Liverpool with a £8 million contract to transform a prominent tower block

flats completely refurbished and 24 new apartments built to provide a mixture of one and two-bed properties.

The company has been appointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to overhaul the 15 storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 modern apartments for over 55s. The local landmark is situated between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road and its revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

This latest project builds on Willmott Dixon’s extensive recent work to update schools in the city, with the company recently completing Notre Dame and Archbishop Beck secondary schools. It will complete a third secondary school, Archbishop Blanch, this summer.

Assistant Director of Development at LMH, Chris Bowen, said: “The Marwood Tower scheme is going ahead at great pace after planning permission was granted. Willmott Dixon has great experience in social housing and are our lead building contractor partner under the Liverpool Housing Partnership for bringing empty properties back into use.

The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city. It will see 57

“It is a complex scheme with just one point of entry so it will take longer to complete than a traditional housing development but we expect the work to be finished in autumn 2016, which will be a great achievement. Liverpool needs more high quality housing, which is why we are supporting the Homes for Britain


campaign and delivering large scale projects like Marwood Tower. Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will completely transform the tower block and create much-needed good quality accommodation. This is another example of where we are working with partners and being creative in finding new ways of re-using existing buildings and sites to meet our commitment to build 5,000 new homes and bring another 1,000 back into use.” It is Willmott Dixon’s first housing project in Liverpool. Stuart Belfield, Operations Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to redevelop Marwood Tower and play a role bringing precious empty properties back into use. We are particularly looking forward to making a difference in the community, creating local jobs throughout the works and delivering high quality housing that residents will be proud to call home.”


CHROFI’s Tranquil Suburban Narrabeen house In an ordinary suburb on an ordinary tree-lined street in the Australian suburban town of Narrabeen sits a very extraordinary house. Looking quite modest from the street, the two-storey house belies what lies behind it: a private lagoon-side oasis, looking out across the water to an untouched island. The planning deliberately isolates the occupant from the suburban surrounds to heighten the sense of a private retreat. On entering, visitors are led through a succession of exterior spaces that gradually take them further away from the street context through a composition of fences, full height screens and thresholds, ending at a solid doorway where the sense of intrigue peaks. Rather than entering a hallway, visitors arrive in a central courtyard where the full extent of the private domain, the

lagoon and island, are revealed and any sense of the outside world is removed. The house also has an unusual sectional arrangement due in part to having to elevate the interior 1.2 m above ground level to safeguard against flooding, but also by the desire to have dual-aspect open-plan spaces. At the heart of the building, the central courtyard is surrounded by the living room, dining room, kitchen, study and pool, visually connecting the spaces. This creates a tranquil and socially inclusive dynamic but also draws light and air into the house. Polished concrete harmonises with a variety of timbers in a sleek and minimal interior design. The use of a simple, calming palette of warm natural materials contributes to the feeling of a tranquil oasis

Winner announced for the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award Arup Associates beat a line-up of five other amazing contenders to claim the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award with its Sky Believe in Better Building, which is the UK’s tallest timber structure. After much discussion and comparing the merits of each shortlisted project, the team of judges including, Meredith Bowles – Founder of Mole Architects, Russell Brown – Founding Partner of HawkinsBrown, Benjamin Garcia Saxe – Founder of Benjamin Garcia Saxe, Harley Grusko – Associate as well as Project Architect for Perkins+Will Vancouver, and Mette Melandsø – Founding Partner at PIR 2, and winner of last year’s Wood in Architecture Award, finally made their decision to award the prize to Arup Associates for their Sky Believe in Better Building in London. The judges felt that this project best fulfilled their criteria, which were its extensive use of wood in the structure, and the sustainable message it gave out. For them it was a clear winner due to the fact that it was the biggest and most challenging entry. Judge Harley Grusko stated: “I know the complexity that goes into a building like this.” One of the facts that also amazed the judges was the short turnaround for finishing the building. The project was taken from inception to site in just three months and the project was completed in one year from inception. But what really swayed the judges was the sheer size of the building. Harley Grusko said: It is the biggest, most challenging project that we have seen here today. It was the only one that uses wood to such a high degree and with such precision. Large scale matters.” Russell Brown added: “It is pretty amazing for a commercial building of that size [in the UK] to have a timber structure.” The judges expressed that they wished to see more buildings like this on the same scale and that it would be a real breakthrough in the industry to move to big, sustainable wood structures like the Sky Believe in Better Building. Congratulations to Arup Associates, and many thanks to all the other fantastic participants who took place in the competition, and to our panel of judges.


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However crowded the marketplace, real quality will always stand out according to Schueco UK who launched their Contemporary Living Collection of aluminium façades, windows and doors in 2013.

Designed especially for the residential market, these products are examples of the quality engineering for which Schueco is renowned. Quality is particularly important with residential products such as sliding doors where inferior systems rapidly display their weaknesses.

As well as straightforward sliding ‘patio’ doors, the choice includes folding/sliding doors, folding/tilting doors, lift-andslide doors and panoramic doors. For home-owners looking to enjoy views with minimal visual interference from mullions, a sliding door such as Schueco’s ASS 70.HI door system may well be the best option. Available in single, double or triple track configurations, these 70mm deep doors look superb and glide effortlessly on stainless steel tracks. The lift-slide action is facilitated by stylish ergonomic handles.

Fortunately, this is not a likely scenario with any Schueco door since the system will have been fully tested and the fabricator fully trained. This applies to both sliding doors and to the entrance doors which also feature heavily in the Contemporary Living Collection.

The windows in the Contemporary Living Collection are equally stylish and deliver impressive ‘U’ values. The many types available include inward-and outward-opening, side-hung, tophung, tilt-turn and fixed light. All open and close smoothly and have tight, draught-proof weather seals. The Schueco Green Window even makes use of components made from natural raw materials such as castor-oil plants and sugar cane.

Specifying Schueco therefore means peace of mind for both the end-user and the architect or home-improvement specialist.

Other products in the Contemporary Living Collection include a range of stylish façades that are perfectly suited for more major refurbishment projects and for home extensions. Designed with minimal sightlines for maximum transparency, a Schueco façade is an elegantly engineered feature whose thermal performance can even reach Passive House Standard if required.

As it happens, the Collection’s range of maintenancefree, double-glazed sliding doors is comprehensive enough to provide a cost-effective solution for almost any specification.

Similarly, the conservatories in the Collection are so well insulated that they can be used not just as a sunny place in which to have breakfast or lunch in summer, but as a permanent extra space for entertaining or relaxing all year round. As such, they are an investment that can add real resale value to any home.


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Form and function in perfect harmony Great design is not just about looking good, it’s about performance too. Windows and façades that are perfectly watertight; secure entrance doors; sliding, folding and panoramic doors that open and close effortlessly. Schueco UK’s range of aluminium residential systems has what your home needs. Superior quality, unmistakable style. Unbeatable levels of thermal and acoustic insulation. The Schueco Contemporary Living Collection: where everything works in perfect harmony.

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New Serenity shower cubicle from Saniflo Suitable for all the family, the Kinemagic Serenity is also perfect for less able members of the household. The Kinemagic Serenity facilitates care assisted showering or extra peace of mind for those who need a little extra help. This high quality, all-in-one shower cubicle has been designed to fit in exactly the same space as your old bath and with integrated thermostatic shower control, a comfortable fold-down seat that takes up to 150kg, anti-slip flooring and secure grab bars, it provides the ultimate, safe showering experience. •10•

The 30mm shower tray threshold guarantees easy entry into the cubicle and the cool-touch thermostatic shower is simple to use and operate and with two options for height of overhead rain shower – 2.0m or 2.2m – there’s a comfortable height for all members of the family. The Kinemagic Serenity also includes a second, optional grab-bar for extra support; side and back panels made from 6mm glass; front panel and door made from 8mm glass; and, an anti-slip shower tray.



With over 50 collections including our renowed plain colour tiles showcasing new colours, we hope you feel inspired to mix our colour tiles with hand painted to bring that special quality to your tiling aspirations. Our team of skilled ceramic artists individually hand paint each design, using the traditional ʻmajolicaʼ technique using complex brushstrokes. It takes months of training to achieve the exceptional quality that is our trademark. Each tile is hallmarked and signed by the artist before firing in our kilns.


Developments in technology means that porcelain tiles can now realistically mimic the look of Stone, Slate, Terracotta and Wood. Porcelain is an extremley dense material and therefore very durable. Tiles can be used on floors and walls, inside and outside. Some porcelain tiles will require sealing proir to grouting to facilitate easy cleaning and maintainence. Whatever your style of choice, Marlborough Tiles can offer high quality floor tiles at very competitive prices.


We have just launched our latest tile collection, Pendragon. As the name suggests, the inspiration behind the collection is Arthurian in style, with 12 heraldic designs, hand painted onto 3 soft matt glazes with each design having a lustrous glaze highlight. Each design is available in 4 colours, Gawain, Percival, Galahad and Lancelot. The collection may be viewed online at As ever seeing is believing…view videos of the tiles being hand painted online!

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Bespoke Kitchens For The Demands Of Lifestyle, Aesthetics And Ergonomics

Can a kitchen have a soul? If you look at the designs of paul Marazzi, the answer may be yes. Marazzi’s passion for design began a new approach to creating bespoke kitchens that are not only functional but also provide a focal point for a contemporary home. Small wonder why, only four years after Marazzi Design company’s inception, it won the Best of the Best International Design Europe Award 2010. •14•

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Drawing on his Italian heritage, Marazzi developed a philosophy based on understanding artisans’ techniques of the past, then reinterpreting them using modern engineering and technology. the result is beautiful products and spaces that are wholly custom made for clients. these bespoke kitchens have become part of a repertoire of cutting-edge rooms that belong to a long list of satisfied owners. But the Marazzi library of work stands out not only for its unique design and innovation but also for its ability to influence the lifestyles of those who experience his kitchens. Marazzi feels that “a kitchen should have a soul and presence, transforming a room into an emotional experience, a celebration of family life and convivial living”. Marazzi likes working with fluid shapes inspired by nature or other dynamic entities like sports cars. they allow him to do something very creative and individual, and they are people- friendly — no hard angles or corners to bump into, no rigid lines to conform to. “fluid shapes and organic and sensual designs have now become something of a trademark for me,” he says. Such concepts reveal an understanding of a client’s needs — not only in his preferred design and materials, but also in his lifestyle. So Marazzi adapts each design to take account of how the client likes to use and move around his kitchen. he turns his clients’ requirements into individual solutions that elevate the cook’s enjoyment and comfort in preparing dishes at home. A clue as to why a Marazzi kitchen is so special is seen in the Colosseo Oro, a limited edition series of 10 individually engineered kitchens presented in September 2011 at the 100% Design Show at Earl’s court, london. Based on the Best of the Best Award winning Colosseo design, the Oro is a refined, no-expense-spared version, which includes newly developed composite materials that form smooth radius central ‘island’ units. Metallic chameleon lacquer emphasises the dramatic curves, giving depth and definition to the surface. finishes include 24-carat gold leaf. The Colosseo’s ‘no compromise’ futuristic design extends to four metres in diameter, removing the confining planes of wall-facing kitchens. It is a detached, fully integrated island with appliances positioned around the cook, ensuring that everything is close at hand. the circular design complements the natural twisting ergonomic movements of the body while preparing food. the outer circle of the island is a special area that invites friends and family to sit and chat while the chef whips up the meal, or just allows one to immerse in the enjoyment of one of the most impressive kitchens in the world. Other finishes include crocodile embossed leather, metallic gloss chameleon lacquer, Swarovski crystal lights and Venetian inked gold glass. Appliances are by renowned manufacturers from around the world — Zaha taps, a collaboration between architect Zaha hadid and triflow concepts; Sub-Zero refrigeration and wine storage systems; ovens, hobs and warming drawers from Wolf ovens; Max fire custom-made steel extraction systems with boiled and chilled water delivered via gold plated Zip hydro taps. fisher and paykel make the drawer dishwashers, and worktops are sculpted by hi-MAcS@Solid Surface. The hallmarks of a paul Marazzi kitchen can be seen in their bold vision, refined engineering and cutting-edge composites and materials. Add to this craftsmanship, bespoke design and practicality and it’s easy to see why the company has a growing client list and enjoys accolades from all over the world. And why many of his kitchens are now the favourite nook in the house.


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

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

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

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

Motion activated LED lights provide a brilliant clear display, ideal for In the kitchen the larger 5 and 6” shaving or cosmetics and its heated speakers provide power and bass to prevent misting. The LCD displays for the larger room. mode—(FM, DAB, Bluetooth), radio station text, date and clock. From a KB Space also provides a great solution for the new designs of open fully waterproof remote you can set FM & DAB presets and 6 equalizer plan Kichen/Diner •16•

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

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Kitchen design is a piece of cake with Axiom® by Formica Group

Axiom® by Formica Group worktops and splashbacks have been installed at the recently opened Cakeydora’s Baking Academy in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Used throughout the teaching area, the Axiom® worktop range helped to create a stylish and contemporary look. Julie Crisp, Cakeydora’s owner, says: “We wanted to achieve a professional and slightly industrial look for the main teaching area. The White Scovato worktops combined with splashbacks


in Brushed Aluminium created clean and sharp lines. At the same time, the use of white made the kitchen area look bigger and airier; providing a clean canvas for other elements such as the main bar, for which we used splashbacks in bright and glossy Amarena.” Scovato, a lightly chiselled finish used on Cakeydora’s worktops, enhances a simple plain colour surface. Surface textures are a stylish way to create depth and dimension;

current trends favour lowgloss textures for a subtle but dramatic statement. After many years of allwhite and neutral schemes, colour has returned to interior design. To clad the area underneath the main breakfast bar, Julie chose Amarena Gloss splashbacks, adding a burst of colour to the teaching space. While splashbacks are usually used above a worktop, their creative use as footer panel

demonstrates the flexibility and versatility of the product both design and application wise. Highly resistant to impact, scratching and moisture, Axiom splasbacks provide a seamless, grout-free surface which can be easily wiped down – no need to cry over the spilt milk! Axiom® laminate worktops and accessories are inherently hygienic, easy to install and require minimal maintenance: they can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. It’s important to keep these qualities in mind when choosing a kitchen work surface, as other materials such as wood or stone are porous and can require special attention to keep up their appearance and ensure a high standard of hygiene. Axiom worktops provide a stylish and durable surface for applications where regular impact, wear and tear is a possibility.



A Vision of the built environment Visitor registration is now officially open for ‘Vision London’ – the two day event being held at Olympia, London on 2 and 3 June (2015) alongside the NLA’s London Festival of Architecture. Created specifically for Architects, Interior Designers, House Builders and Property Developers, Vision London will bring these communities together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment. Visitors can now pre-register for the event at www. More than 120 organisations will be exhibiting at Vision London which will focus on innovative building products, materials and technology, as well as new and inventive solutions that facilitate the creation of better building design. The event also boasts an extensive speaker programme which will see more than 100 influential industry figures speak on a range of topics covered under the four themes of ‘Future Materials and Systems’, ‘Technology’, ‘Innovation in Architecture and Design’, and ‘Building for Health and Wellness’. Core seminars will include: ‘Innovating with Low Impact Materials’ this seminar will discuss how low impact materials can encourage


the construction of low carbon healthy buildings and share knowledge about how best to use low impact materials; CEDIA will explore the future of households with correct implementation of future-ready technologies. You will be able to find out the latest innovations for the home. This seminar will provide great tools for Interior Designers who would like to expand their portfolio by incorporating the best technologies for their clients without obtruding their designs. The seminar will highlight the latest technologies and best practices in creating an advanced household and enhanced lifestyles. “Vision London will showcase the very latest innovations materials, products and technologies but importantly it will also enable a wide cross section of the construction community to discuss and debate how we can create the future built environments in which we will all live and work,” says Vision Director, Michael Costain. “The high level of interest we’re experiencing in Vision London demonstrates that no other event in the UK provides this focus and we look forward to delivering an educational, inspiring and thought provoking two days.”

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

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

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Georgian Manor House We were asked to redevelop this Manor house (originally Georgian with significant Victorian extensions) which has been the clients’ family home for 16 years.


he owners’ children had left home and subsequently the property had a large number of downstairs rooms (such as the formal Dining Room) which were effectively shut off for a large part of the year. Upstairs they had a plethora of bedrooms that were no longer used at all. We were engaged to redevelop the property to create a new range of living areas throughout the home, altering the layout and usage to ensure that all areas were used on a daily basis. •24•

We were also asked to work with the clients’ architect to develop the interiors of a new garden room extension which allowed far greater views of the extensive grounds. Room layouts and uses on the ground floor were redesigned (along with some structural alterations) to provide a suite that allowed the owners to follow the course of the best natural sunlight through the interior of the house during the day.

The dining room was relocated from an isolated corner to a position directly adjacent to the kitchen and on a daily route to a new living room. This transformed its use from high days and holidays to everyday. Upstairs the master suite was completely revamped and a bespoke dressing room was created from a former bedroom. A further bedroom on the first floor was decommissioned to create an en-suite for a guest room.

On the attic floor, previously unused spaces were reclaimed to create a bespoke guest suite with dedicated bathroom. The overall look is classic and relaxing, but hardwearing as it was important that it could withstand the rigours of visits by young grandchildren who are an important part of this couple’s regular routine. This project was awarded Best Interior Design - Private Residence East Midlands in the UK Property Awards •25•


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Designed and manufactured by our own team of experts in our own production base, the SASAKI 10 SERIES massage chair combines an extremely easy to use control system with highly advanced technology to bring you a unique mixture of multi-sensory relaxation and a full body holistic massage therapy at the touch of a button. Featuring a unique relaxing head massage you can lay back and experience a top to toe massage while listening to your favourite music played via Blue Tooth connection through discreetly placed speakers. The chair adjusts your body to a natural, stress free, comfortable position for a most relaxing massage. At the press of a button the chair recreates the position the body naturally assumes under the zero gravity conditions of outer space. Suddenly you are weightless and feel like you are floating on air! By elevating the legs above heart level, your body is reclined and supported to the best physical fit to stimulate blood circulation and help alleviate related health conditions. The L-shape technology design employed by this chair offers 55% more massage coverage than most massage chairs. It has all the best massage chair features combined in one chair.


Try Reflexology to stimulate circulation and personalise the width, intensity infrared heat on the back and seat area to experience a unique massage for 10, 20 or 30 minutes. With Smart Phone control, this chair has our easiest control system to date. Available in several colours and materials including real leather crocodile skin effect this chair is a luxurious addition to your household. Come see us on stand L49 at Grand Designs Live 2nd - 10th May 2015.

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MyRider 1 and MyRider 2 are a two wheel and four wheel scooter with a top speed of 12km/h and a light weight design of 22kg.

A "self balancing device” that can turn on the spot. It’s collapsible handlebar design allows you to transport and store it almost anywhere. Stores away easily in a train, boat, car boot or bus etc... Powered by eco-friendly light weight lithium batteries, the modern balancing scooter is much more efficient, allowing you to travel up to 25km on a single full charge. Try the MyRider from Sasaki. This performance scooter can easily run at up to 25km/h. With a welded steel frame and full suspension system it can carry up to 120kg. It is easy to use with its simple lean forward/backwards commands. It is designed using Aluminum-magnesium alloy which is several times harder than traditional plastics while only being one-third of the weight. The MyRider 1 has two wheels and can hold up 100kg while MyRider 2 has four wheels and can hold up 120kg.


RAUCH TO JOIN STRONG MANCHESTER LINE UP The Manchester Furniture Show 19 - 21 July has already attracted some of the biggest names in furniture to exhibit this year. The line up has grown even stronger with the edition of German bedroom furniture giant Rauch, who have been producing their individual style of bedroom furniture since 1897.


ommenting on the decision to exhibit at Manchester, Hanna Pfeifer from Rauch said, “After more than 20 years of successful presence, the United Kingdom today is one of Rauch’s most important international markets. Approximately 1,000 lorries per year are delivering products from our four brands to retail customers in the UK and Ireland.” In choosing to exhibit at Manchester Rauch join the other German giant Nolte-Mobel, who have already

signed up to exhibit at the show, as the best place to showcase their latest innovative designs and ranges this Summer. Along with the great international signings, the formidable list of UK companies showing their latest collections continues to grow, and includes Ashley Manor, Buoyant, Lebus, Westbridge, Whitemeadow, Baker, Furniture Origins and the Morris Group, Originals, Serene Furnishings, and Vida Living. All will be showing their latest designs, fabrics and finishes.

Returning after a break from the Show are Mark Webster and Shankar with samples from their large chair collection and hardwood dining and occasional furniture. Of course the Manchester Show isn’t just about furniture, there will also be a great selection of the newest ideas and collections in home furnishings, including Flair Rugs, Wire Lamps and DB Mirrors. With their wide range of contemporary and colourful rugs, Flair Rugs are a welcome addition to the Show. While Wire Lamps who have an extensive and unique collection of wire lamps in a variety of styles and colours, offer something unusual and interesting in the world of lighting. DB Mirrors also bring something different with a collection of shaped mirrors, mirrors in classic and modern designs, mirrored furniture and a range of liquid art pictures. The inclusion of some of the best UK homeware companies in the Manchester line-up adds to the breath of choice to buyers, from every sector of the furnishing market. There has been a furniture show in Manchester every Summer for over 50 years, not only successfully bringing together suppliers and buyers of every type of furniture and home accessory, but also acting as a great showcase for the best in both British and international design and manufacture from every sphere. The main hall is now over 94% booked and this year’s show is shaping up to the best one ever. Visit the Manchester Furniture Show, Manchester Central, 19 – 21 July 2015 this summer to see the best new products on the market. For





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


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

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

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Not one but TWO new brochures from BA Components Keeping up with trends is a task that BA Components are a dab hand at. Constantly scouring the globe for inspiration, BA Components are always seeking designs that will inspire consumers. As a manufacturer of kitchen doors and bedroom doors, it is important to stay on the edge and realise the importance of what the consumer wants. With the New Year come new trends across the whole industry. Seeing a lot of movement with matt finishes, new gloss colours and woodgrain effects, BA Components are excited to bring these to market. With this in mind they have just launched their brand kitchen brochure and bedroom brochure. An array of changes in their Zurfiz and Bella range brings you an even wider selection of colours and finishes such as cashmere, ultragloss and opengrain. The use of stunning images in the brochures makes it easy for anyone to visual their new purchase. If you can’t wait to have a tangible brochure you can download BA Components new brochures at brochures or telephone 028 86764600





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


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

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ontractor Midroc chose VIVIX® exterior façade panels to clad the outside of the residential building Bohus, in Malmö, Sweden. Altogether nearly 3000 square meters of the lightweight and impact-resistant facade material was fitted ( It is in central Malmö that the municipal housing company MKB together with Midroc Project Management have just completed a tower block consisting of 54 apartments. It’s a house with 15 floors, built in the yard of an existing property, in line with the municipality’s ambitions to densify the city to meet the growth of the population there.

In total almost 3000 square meters of VIVIX facade panels have been used. Because it is a 15-storey high building it was important with a lightweight material was used in order for the installation to be simple and secure. “We used VIVIX panels in 6mm thickness at Bohus. The panels have low weight per square meter, making it easy to handle” says Mikael Carlsson.

VIVIX panels come in an array of colours and patterns attuned to contemporary architecture and design - from sophisticated neutrals and striking accents to nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich woodgrains. The architects had a broad palette of colours and patterns to choose from. The colour eventually chosen for this project was Redwood. Mikael Carlsson is Midroc has used VIVIX facade panels very happy with the look. before. For them, customisation and material properties were decisive “The result is very good - Bohus factors in the choice of cladding 5 really stands out, both in colour material. For this project, Midroc and in shape. We have received commissioned panels at the exact many positive comments about the dimensions, but the panels can building”. also be easily cut to the desired VIVIX facade panels carry the dimensions in the workplace. Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction “Formica Group delivered precision- Label marking, and thus reflects Formica Group pursuit fit panels, which made a huge of sustainable principles and difference for us in the workplace. The panels were supplied on a pallet practices. VIVIX facade panels are manufactured in Europe according exactly to our wishes. That meant to the ISO 9001 standard and assembly was easy - we knew has under Formica Group Life exactly on which pallet every single Cycle Assessment LCA minimal panel was” says Mikael Carlsson, impact on the environment. Production Manager at Midroc All Formica Group’s European Project Management.


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manufacturing facilities and distribution centers have achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification internationally recognized “Chain of Custody” (COC). This certification was conducted by the leading accreditation body BM TRADA. This ensures that the materials used in the manufacture of Formica high pressure laminate (HPL) and wood-glued products come from responsibly managed forests. More about VIVIX by Formica Group VIVIX facade panels have fire ratings BS1, d0 (EDF 6 mm) according to the European standard EN13501-1 and has also passed the fire test SP 105, which means that the product is approved as the perfect solution for all types of buildings in Sweden without limitations.

VIVIX® facade panels by Formica Group is an innovative lightweight solution for ventilated facades. VIVIX® facade panels can complement or embellish from residential to office buildings, public spaces, cultural facilities, sports facilities, transportation centres, industrial buildings, and educational facilities. VIVIX® facade panels are also suitable for exterior use, for example, balconies, ceilings, weather protection, decorative screens and fences. When mounted as a part of a ventilated facade system, work VIVIX panels as a defense to water penetration and helps prevent the negative effects of moisture in a building structural components. VIVIX® facade panels are durable, impact resistant and weather resistant, and can prolong the lifetime of a building. For more information please visit




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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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Fermacell racks up a BBA bonus Building board manufacturer Fermacell has achieved BBA approval for external applications. Long approved by the BBA for internal partitioning and dry-lining, Fermacell gypsum fibreboard has now received certification as an external rainscreen backer board. The award of Certificate 90/2439 reinforces Fermacell’s position as “The ultimate building board”, with a product life equal to that of the building in which it is installed, and with its high recycled content, helps specifiers and contractors to achieve BREEAM points using just a single, highly versatile system. The BBA assessment covered Fermacell’s structural performance, finding that it contributes to the racking resistance of timber frame walls when used as a sheathing board. It also satisfied the Class 0 (low risk) fire performance surface requirements for external and internal linings. In addition, the latest certification acknowledged that Fermacell boards can be used acoustically to improve the sound insulation of new and existing walls and ceilings, and that it does not promote infestation and successfully resists attack by timber-destroying fungi. Fermacell’s technical manager Andrew Richardson said: “This additional accreditation will give specifiers and contractors formal reassurance that our gypsum fibreboard is really all they need for both internal and external lining purposes.” T: 0121 311 3480 F: 0121 311 1882 E:


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The Icynene Insulation System

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

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

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


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Neolith by TheSize:

A modern material for a timeless renovation Architects Pere Martinez and Alexis Noguerol, from J. Noguerol, Interior Design and Architectural Studio, have specified Neolith by TheSize when refurbishing the existing floor of a residential apartment in a hundred-year-old Modernist building. The brand of all-natural, premium sintered compact surfaces proved to be an ideal solution to match the bespoke requirements of the historical building, located in the heart of Eixample in Barcelona, Spain. The muted tones of Basalt Beige, from the Fusion collection, and Moka, from the Colorfeel collection, have been used in 80m² of the property’s flooring to create a bright and elegant ambience, harmonious with the timeless aesthetic of the building’s modernist style. The transformed rooms include the


living room, kitchen, bathrooms, Rich in contemporaneous craft, the requirements of this laborious and hallway. project highlight the quality of the In this instance, the material was flooring materials and showcase its cut to create curved lines and influence in turning every room into floral patterns in order to recreate a distinctive space while integrating the organic shape and classical seamlessly with the original lines typical of the Modernist style modernist aesthetic of the building. featured throughout the apartment. Each part had to be cut to size to Since Neolith can be directly suit the different representations on placed on an existing surface, the material is suitable for all types of the floor of each room. flooring application. It is scratch To make this possible, sophisticated and abrasion resistant, non-porous cutting and machining techniques and therefore easy to clean, were employed to ensure that each durable, and features chromatic piece was meticulously placed. The properties so that its colour does material is lightweight, aiding in not fade. Available in large sheets the ease in which it can be applied as standard (3600x1200mm and to flooring projects, and offers a 3000x1500mm), the lightweight resistance that will remain intact material can also be cut to meet the over time whether for conventional bespoke requirements of today’s interior design needs. or bespoke design.


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

Altima Offer New Bridgelux Decor LED Light Sources

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

Altima LED Cabinet Lighting

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

Altima Dimmable LED Driver

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

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

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


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Making Light Work in the Home The Project

A magnificent family home in Surrey, this 5 bedroom property boasts exceptional features such as, split levels, glass walls, high ceilings and pocket doors. The layout of the building offers spacious ground floor accommodation (kitchen/breakfast/family) plus five further reception rooms. It has a grand curved staircase that leads to the upper level and a self-contained annex.

The Brief

The property required a lighting control solution that could effectively control a multi-room LED based installation. Flexibility was key with the ability to tailor the lighting requirements for individual rooms essential, and the look of the system needed to complement the quality design and fabulous finish of the project.

The Solution

Hamilton worked alongside the developer to design a bespoke system based upon its Mercury® Lighting Control system. This intuitive system enables the user to create an incredible variety of lighting scenarios; from simple dimming to scene-setting programmes, which can be set, stored and recalled with ease.

The installation included a master control hub and wall-mounted control plates which are available as ‘Capacitive touch controllers’ and ‘Mechanical button controllers. In this case mechanical button controllers in a Sheer CFX® plate design, finished in polished chrome were selected across the property to reinforce the minimalist and contemporary design theme. With Mercury installed, on leaving or arriving at the property the homeowner can simply operate all pre-sets at the touch of one button. A remote control facility via iPad/iPhone using a downloadable app was also integrated into the system.

The Result

The homeowner has a system which can be controlled by the push of a button, or remotely by the swipe of a finger, giving them full control of the lighting throughout the property even when it’s unoccupied. Plus Hamilton’s bespoke design and production service, Savile Row, ensured that every control plate was unique in both function and form – tailor-made coming as standard!

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CHESHIRE OAKS DEAL SEWN UP A new service has come to the rescue of designer shoppers needing a quick tuck in their tux or a hem on their Hilfigers. For a well-known national clothing repair and alteration business has teamed up with a specialist manufacturer to install new kiosks in McArthur Glen designer outlets, which will allow customers to have their garments altered within hours. Midlands-based Rapid Retail has designed, supplied and installed its first bespoke retail unit for Quickstitch at McArthur Glen’s Cheshire Oaks outlet near Ellesmere Port, with Quickstitch aiming to roll out the in-outlet service nationally. The businesses started to work together late in 2014 when Quickstitch owner Phil Harker approached Rapid Retail to develop a unit that would blend in with the McArthur Glen outlet layout, while offering a friendly and welcoming area for customers. Now, customers can expect a same-day service for alterations, all carried out by Quickstitch tailors and seamstresses in the specially-designed units. Rapid Retail worked on a design that not only reflected the Quickstitch branding, but also is a comfortable and airy place for staff to work and customers to visit.


Phil Harker said: “Because of the nature of designer outlets, not all sizes of the designer brands are available so we will alter clothes to fit, within just a few hours. Rapid Retail quickly grasped what we and McArthur Glen needed to achieve in terms of presence and service”. Nick Daffern, managing director and co-founder of Rapid Retail added: “Both Quickstitch and McArthur Glen are prestigious names, with great reputations. This is not only a traditional retail unit, but also a workplace with a customer-facing area. There were elements of the brief that demanded flexibility in terms of design and we were able to deliver those effectively with a view to working on further outlets with Quickstitch in the future. It is good to experience two businesses growing together”. Rapid Retail already works closely with customers in the retail sector in food, beverage and sports clothing but this is its first contract with a clothing alteration company. McArthur Glen, voted the number one outlet operator in 2014, currently has 20 destination designer outlets across the UK and Europe. It has just reported a record number of designer brands being added to its portfolio, many of which are sold at prices offering customers savings of 30 - 70% of the recommended retail price. Designer Outlets have become part of an integrated, multi-channel approach to retailing.

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Property Developer Update Covering all the latest information, news, legislation, products & services for Residential & Commercial UK Developers, Builders, Contractors & Architects. subscribe now 12 Heating Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said:

UK’s Oil Capital Taps Into The Low-Carbon District Heating Revolution A city heating network has been awarded £1 million to help cut energy bills and provide cheap power to thousands of homes across the UK’s oil and gas capital, Aberdeen. Aberdeen Heat & Power Ltd will expand the network to nondomestic properties with commercial heat sales revenues ring fenced to heat households in the city. The system already supplies around 2,000 council flats in 26 multi storey blocks, low rise sheltered housing complexes as well as 13 public buildings.

“We are delighted to be able to accept this loan from the District Heating Loan Fund.

“It will help our drive to increase the capacity of the district “This significant funding will help Aberdeen Heat and Power heat network to deliver affordable heat to domestic and nonin its drive to deliver reduced bills across the city, at a time domestic properties, and to continue to alleviate fuel poverty when many people are struggling due to rising energy prices. and reduce the carbon footprint of the city. Aberdeen City Council’s Communities, Housing & Infrastructure “Tenants have reported that their typical fuel costs have convener, Councillor Neil Cooney, said: “Our combined heat and been reduced by up to 50 per cent over the previous heating power scheme is a real success story, with many residents who system. Carbon emissions from these buildings have also once had old and inefficient heating systems now enjoying lower been reduced by 45 per cent. bills and warmer homes. “The heating system is delivering reduced levels of fuel “As the network grows, so do the benefits it provides. Significant poverty and eliminating damp conditions, which creates savings are being realised on heating costs for several public improved health conditions and homes that people now want buildings and the city’s carbon footprint is being cut. to live in. “AH&P has won national acclaim and awards for its pioneering “Last year, the District Heating Loan Fund was increased to work to reduce fuel poverty. £8 million and I would encourage organisations with district heat projects, at all scales, to apply for funding.” “The creation of a subsidiary company to work with the private sector will generate additional monies, which will be used to Ian Booth, General Manager, Aberdeen Heat and Power said: increase the reach of district heating across Aberdeen and befit even more of our citizens.”

The combined heat and power scheme captures heat when electricity is created. Once channelled through underground hot water pipes and pumps, heating and hot water is pumped out to homes. The funding comes from the Scottish Government’s District Heating Loan Fund, which has awarded a total of £2.7 million to 12 projects across Scotland.

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February 2015

February 2015 Case Study

Case Study February 2015

Vale Park Bandstand Hyperkote Waterproofing and Protection

The doric-columed bandstand with a domed roof was created in 1926 and it provided a majestic backdrop to the concerts which took place there on a regular basis. During the 1970’s and 80’s most features requiring maintenance were eliminated from the park but the bandstand remained and is still used to this day. In 1999 restorative work to the Bandstand was undertaken to provide waterproof treatment to the dome roof and rainwater channels, refurbishment of performers changing facility, re-laying of staging, exterior painting and re-cladding to the rear elevation to improve security of the structure.

Vale Park is situated in the New Brighton area of Wallasey in the Wirral, North West England. The park was created in 1899 to give the population of the area green space to enjoy amidst the grime of the industrial revolution.

Unfortunately the waterproofing work did not stand the test of time and it became necessary for this work to be repeated. A project to repair the bandstand was carried out in August 2014 by North West Construction approved applicator of the British Board of Agrement (BBA) certified VERDISEAL™, HYPERKOTE™ and TRAFFIDECK™ Waterproofing Systems from Dow. “We took the decision to use the HYPERKOTE™ waterproofing system from Dow on the Vale Park bandstand because it was a concrete dome on a skeletal steel frame and movement was an issue. The dome had been repaired some years ago but the system wasn’t a patch on the Dow system and leaked a short time afterwards. When I had a site meeting with Wirral Borough Council (WBC) I set out all the advantages and the longevity of the Dow product and reminded them of work carried out on Wallasey town hall which had the same system applied 6 years ago and had never leaked since.

Preparation and Repairs Removal of old bitumen coatings and sheet membranes. E4 100% solids epoxy primer from Dow was applied and dressed to refusal with quartz sand to give excellent intercoat adhesion. Repairs to the structure and channel detailing were carried out using the E4 primer and graded quartz. By using this method overcoating was able to take place within 4 hours of the repair mortar being placed and cured. HYPERKOTE™ waterproofing membrane was applied using specialist spray equipment to fully encapsulate and seal the Dome from the elements. North West Construction Ltd have a fully self contained 7.5 ton wagon so are able to drive the spray equipment, heated hose, materials and power to within 400 feet of the structure they are coating.

Then you have to consider the HSE implications of this job, working at height together with the difficulty off scaffolding a dome and still being able to apply any sort of covering. With the HYPERKOTE™ spray applied system it allowed us to work off a Hydraulic MEWP.

Now the Vale Park bandstand, which has overlooked the River Mersey and the Port of Liverpool for nearly 90 years has the protection of the BBA certified HYPERKOTE™ waterproofing system to help it withstand the sea swept elements for many years to come. 36

The work is now complete and looks fantastic. The ‘Friends of Vale Park’ have also written a letter to the chief executive of WBC saying how pleased everyone is with the finished article. With the system being BBA Certified and the technical support given by Chris Glaysher of Dow this gave us confidence and the client peace of mind”. Quote from the Mike Ross, Director of North West Construction Ltd.

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efore deciding on the tile – is there a reason for the feature wall? For instance, is there a fireplace that you want to highlight? Do you want it to split the focus in the room or bring the elements of it together? It’s good to understand what effect you are trying to achieve before looking for the tile. Do you want a light, airy space or a bold statement in the room, to invoke awe from onlookers? The tile you choose will have a great impact on the rest of the room so think about, not only the other walls but also the furnishings. Texture can play a big role. For instance – look at the 3d matrix tile for a stone wall effect that is dark, sophisticated and a great backdrop to a real fire. The tiles have a relief effect that literally brings it out from the surface and as it has an elemental feel it works great with fire. In a similar vein, natural-look wood furnishings complement it for the same message.

Make Ceramic Dynamic with Tiled Feature Walls A tiled feature wall can make any space in a room infinitely more interesting. It’s simply a question of deciding which wall to focus on and which design will suit the most. Suzi Hambly of Collinson Tiles offers some ideas to add new dimensions to your home. You can also see this approach with small tiles against wood, which can really pop colours into a room in a contemporary way. The funky Lollipop tile pattern demonstrates this perfectly.

Sometimes you can create the same effect as a feature wall by presenting a strip of different tiles on a wall as a block, interrupting the regular tiling pattern. This takes some brave decision making and a good eye for arrangement but it can work really well.

Conversely it’s also worth remembering that sometimes a subtle difference is enough to make a big difference to the feel of a room.

In contrast, a feature wall can be an explosion of vibrant colours that arrest the eye. Take the true tile arrangement with 42 different tile combinations where you create a unique pattern to draw focus. With any feature wall it’s usually a case of toning down the complementary walls so the overall effect isn’t too aggressive.

Don’t forget that light in the room can play a big part as tiles will often look different, especially in terms of reflective surfaces, dependent on the light levels. You can use tiled walls to influence the light in a room too. When choosing the wall to use, it’s possible to lighten up a dark wall or tone down and protect a wall that is constantly in the sun.

Bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms that rely on tiling the most but don’t overlook tiles that can be used in other spaces in the house. They are a good way to break up conformity, add a colour and texture to blank canvases. There are so many styles to choose from that it’s worth taking your time to consider the angles.

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JETMASTER Since their inception in 1951, Jetmaster have been bringing warmth to homes all over the world. Famous for open fires, Jetmaster are an industry hallmark of quality and ambiance. Today, Jetmaster are again redefining the market with their high-efficiency wood stoves. Since their inception in 1951, Jetmaster have been bringing warmth to homes all over the world. Famous for open fires, Jetmaster are an industry hallmark of quality and ambiance. Today, Jetmaster are again redefining the market with their high-efficiency wood stoves. “Look at the fire,” says David Van Vuuren, Jetmaster’s marketing director. Jetmaster inset stoves have distinctively large windows that feature the whole fire. Many modern stoves boast about their fuel-burning efficiency but can’t keep their glass clean for long. Their windows quickly darken with soot, blocking the view of the fire. The glass of the Jetmaster stoves stay clean for longer and do so with large windows. An impressive feat. This is due to their airwash system: an extra thick curtain of preheated air is forced between the fuel bed and the window, ensuring the glass keeps clear. What’s the point of a fire you can’t see?

HETAS guide 2015 qualifies the Jetmaster 18i as the most efficient 18 inch inset stove and the 60i the most efficient mid-size inset stove in the UK. What’s the secret? “Our PureBurn Technology keeps each stove burning at the highest efficiency,” says David. “They achieve blazing efficiencies up to 86%. The science works.” The technology is made possible through it’s highly-optimised clearnburn system which they call “PureBurn.” Combustion air is superheated through the unit, then reintroduced back in to the main chamber, igniting unburnt carbon particulates in a secondary combustion. It results in increased efficiency and fewer harmful emissions in the atmosphere. You can choose the fuel that’s right for you — coal, briquettes or smokeless fuels — the 16i, 18i, 50i and 60i Jetmaster stoves are multi-fuel with only the large 70i inset stove requiring a drop-in basket to burn multi-fuel.

Each stove is built in the UK according to rigorous quality standards. Jetmaster says they stand by the longevity of their inset stoves, giving them a 5-year guarantee when registered. Crafted lovingly in Hampshire, England. These are British made stoves designed for British homes. “People love these fires,” says David Van Vuuren, “and we’re listening to the demand and expanding the range.” That’s why there are now two new wood-only landscape versions: the 60i Low and the 70i Low. The view of the fire has remained a critical design element and this is now experienced through a wide panoramic view, lending to an almost cinematic feel of the fire. It’s a must watch. For further information please telephone 02380 629513, email info@jetmaster. or visit


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Home Designer & Architect - April 2015  
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