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36 Openings over 3 Facades A grid of near-identical doors and windows punctures all three visible facades of this seemingly cube-shaped house in Okinawa by architecture studio Rhythmdesign. Named House in Tomigusuku, the three-storey house accommodates a family living just outside Nara – the main city in Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Fukaya-based Rhythmdesign – whose past projects include a house where all rooms overlook the dining table – developed its design around a desire to offer adjustable conditions for every room in the building. This led to the addition of numerous small windows that residents can easily open and close to create crossflow ventilation in different rooms. According to the architects, these

are small and simple enough to be operated by a child. “We aimed to create a situation where the indoor environment can be controlled by our hands, and also works well in the tough climate of Okinawa,” said the team. “In Okinawa, being open and protecting the interior environment The 192-square-metre building comprises a simple rectilinear volume that is square in plan and only slightly larger in height, so at first glance it appears to be a cube. This effect is emphasised by the uniform window arrangement of windows and doors – 12 on each of the three facades – which are all sheltered by blocky canopies that extend out horizontally from the walls.

Trübel, Switzerland The rooms of this remarkable dwelling revolve around the central wall, forming a spiral of interior space The designers of this house in Dielsdorf, Switzerland came up with a unique solution to a lack of available space. Dielsdorf is a small Swiss town northwest of Zurich. The area is dominated by agriculture and by mountains. Although a rural community, Dielsdorf is at the heart of Europe: by car, the centre of Zurich is less than 20 minutes away. No wonder that Dielsdorf has hardly any building land left. One small, steep plot had been vacant and for sale for years, however. Despite its idyllic situation as part of a former vineyard facing south, after complying with all the planning regulations, a buyer would be left with only 5 x 9 m on which to build. A house erected there would have a floor area of 83 m2 at best: a space that made construction financially unattractive. In short, the parcel was considered unfit for building. In an attempt to sell it anyway, the owner turned to L3P Architekten, a firm in nearby Regensberg. He figured the chances of selling the land would improve if there was already a house on it. And


he was right. The current residents bought the house and the land, almost immediately after its completion. Together with structural engineer Urs Oberli, the architects tailored their design to the brief of the original landowner. They excavated part of the mountain slope, inserted a carport and entrance area into the cavity, and opted for an efficient and highly compact skeleton: all choices that resulted in the greatest amount of living space possible. Inspired by the surrounding vineyards, architects and engineer developed a structure of black-painted reinforced concrete; its configuration evokes a grapevine. Step by step, the rooms of this remarkable dwelling revolve around the central wall, forming a spiral of interior space that covers an area of 129 m2. The arrangement is not like that of a conventional house, divided into separate floors. As they climb the stairs, the occupants can pretend to be Jack on his way up the beanstalk. Their beanstalk doesn’t reach high in the sky, though its apex is just under 12 m.


Age of the Energy Efficient Pump

Small circulating pumps are a key component of all wet heating systems in the UK, whether traditional boiler driven systems or new renewable systems. They are responsible for a high percentage of overall household electricity usage, which is why old uncontrolled pumps were targeted by European legislation as a key way of reducing energy usage in the home. From January 2013 high efficiency pumps were demanded by EU Legislation – the much vaunted ErP Legislation. Now, high efficiency pumps have been accepted and are being installed in their thousands across the UK. Wilo’s series of glandless pumps, WiloYonos PICO, Wilo-Stratos PICO and Wilo-Stratos, are seeing increasing popularity across the board. They are relevant for nearly all applications for heating, air-conditioning and cooling in the building services area – from the family home to a small commercial or industrial building. Vastly improved electronics and the arrival of electronically commutated motors (ECMs) for small circulating pumps – provide high efficiency and huge savings over a ten or fifteen year operational lifetime. The age of the energy efficient pump is very much here.

Folds Bureau de Change A three storey period terrace house in North London, appealed for a scheme that would open up views to the adjoining Parkland Walk conservation area. The focal point of the project is a pleated roof at the back of the house, which appears to be formed from a flat surface, forced to crinkle up into a faceted structure, as it is pushed up against the exterior wall. From the garden, the pleats are purposefully sunk from view, creating the impression of a simple flat roof, which allows the character of the original building to stand out. Forming a side and rear extension, the roof expands the existing kitchen and creates a new dining and work area. The roof pleats are replicated along the party wall, concealing a home office which can be opened up when required. The boundary of the kitchen is marked assertively by the end of the pleated ceiling, which is capped by a midnight blue surface that emphasises its ample

peaks and troughs. The poise of the roof offers natural points for the placement of generous skylights, bringing light into the living area and fulfilling the owners’ desire to see the nearby woodland whilst relaxing in the space. The scheme is characterised by a rich palette of colours, materials and textures, which create a different experience in each space. Large terrazzo slabs, encaustic tiles and tonal parquet, complement the complexion of the original building, whilst enhancing the graphic impact of the angular extension.

Splash of colour for student digs A city-centre student block for Liverpool University has been clad in more than 5,000 m2 of high performance laminate cladding, creating a clean, modern exterior, which echoes the facades of nearby historic buildings. Crown Place is a 1,500-bed student accommodation project in three blocks grouped around a central courtyard. Popular with students because of its proximity to the city centre and the University’s main teaching blocks, it welcomed its first intake last September. Drawing on a materials palette of the surrounding University buildings, Manchesterbased architect Lewis and Hickey opted for Meteon Unicolour cladding panels from Trespa UK for the inner elevations of the blocks which face onto two central plazas that act as communal areas from which the buildings are accessed. “The facades of the three blocks facing outward onto the street were to be in a GRC, reflecting the stonework of the nearby Metropolitan Cathedral and the Reilly Building. The courtyard facades were also to be of the

same tone, maximising the light reflectance to illuminate the courtyard bedrooms,” says architect Philip Daniels. “Trespa panels were the logical choice for the internal courtyard facades, offering a cost-effective option that maintained dimensional and aesthetic stability over time, and would weather well.” Trespa Meteon is a decorative, high-pressure compact laminate with an integral surface manufactured using Trespa’s in-house technologies that utilise dry-forming and electron beam curing. The panels, in 8 mm thickness, were specified for the Liverpool University project. Trespa says they perform exceptionally well outdoors, with neither sun nor rain having any significant effect on the



Planning permission granted for new Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Railway Station Worcestershire County Council’s Planning & Regulatory Committee has granted planning permission for the new Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Railway Station. Groundwork for the £22 million station, which will link the Cotswolds and Birmingham to Bristol lines, is scheduled to begin by the spring of next year and open in autumn 2017. Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station will be situated just outside of Worcester City, close to Junction 7 of the M5 near Norton. The project is identified as a key priority through the county’s Strategic Economic Plan, which is aiming to create 25,000 new jobs in Worcestershire by 2025 along with boosting GVA (Gross Value Added) by almost £3billion. It also has the backing of the Worcestershire Local

Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the area’s MPs, Network Rail and Train Operating Companies First Great Western and Arriva CrossCountry, all local authorities, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Feedback from a public engagement exercise last year showed further support for the scheme. 91 per cent of people surveyed stated that they supported the plans, which aim to improve the county’s accessibility by rail, cut journey times to key locations including London and reduce road congestion. The station is comprised of a single platform on the Worcester to London line and two platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol line, together with a new station building including a booking office, toilets and shop. It will also have 500 car parking spaces (including disabled provision), bus stops, a taxi rank and a passenger drop-off area. The station will be fully accessible to less mobile visitors and those with disabilities.

Seddon to deliver Keele Innovation Centre Builder and developer Seddon has been appointed to deliver a £7 million stateof-the art innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park. The project will see the firm build the three storey, 65,336 sqft Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) at the university’s flagship science park. IC5 is the latest in a series of facilities at Keele University Science and Innovation Park, providing high quality office and workshop space for new and existing medical, technology and engineering enterprises.

completed by April 2016. Seddon secured the project after being appointed to the four year, £40 million construction framework for Staffordshire County Council. The framework has seen Seddon build four schools for the council since 2012, with the company also recently appointed to deliver the £5.5 million Veritas Academy primary school in Stafford.

Seddon will build the shell and core of the IC5 building, along with three separate wings and associated external hard and soft landscaping.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said: “We are pleased to see work on the new innovation centre get underway with Seddon.

Work has already begun on the development and is expected to be

We took the decision to invest in the project four years ago so this is a real


milestone. It will further Keele University Science and Business Park’s reputation internationally as a prime location for innovation in the medical, technology and engineering sectors. The expansion of the park will lead to an increase in the cluster of this type of industry in Staffordshire and we are confident this can continue to grow.

INDUSTRY news Suspended prison sentences for Torbay brothers’ poor gaswork An unregistered gas fitter and his brother illegally installed a gas boiler and left it in a dangerous condition.

New Homes Bring Jobs Boost And Investment For Uttlesford Uttlesford is set to receive a jobs and investment boost thanks to David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties. 148 homes will be built at Kingswood Place, the David Wilson Homes development on Stansted Road in Elsenham, underpinning 296 jobs. The housebuilder will also invest over half a million pounds in the local area which will include £380,000 for a multipurpose community building. £130,000 will be used to provide play areas while over £20,000 will be invested across primary education, early years and childcare. The broad mix of properties available at Kingswood Place will be designed to suit the needs of the local community and there will be two, three, four and five bedroom homes. Jason Colmer, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, said: “As well as building much needed homes for local people we will also provide skilled employment opportunities and we are delighted our work at Kingswood Place will underpin nearly 300 jobs. Our investment in the district will directly benefit local residents through facilities such as the multi-purpose community building.” Kingswood Place offers fantastic connections. It is just a 55 minute train journey to London Liverpool Street from the railway station in Elsenham while the M11 is within easy reach and Stansted Airport is four miles away. There is a wealth of amenities to be found in Elsenham, including a number of shops, and there are several towns and villages nearby, such as Bishop’s Stortford and Saffron Walden, which offer further choice. Information about the homes available to buy at Kingswood Place will be available later this year. The show homes are due to open in spring 2016 and the first homes will be ready for people to move into next summer. David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties has been awarded the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the sixth year in a row. The company was awarded the rating after gaining fantastic feedback in the HBF customer satisfaction survey which involved more than 20,000 new homebuyers across the country answering questions about moving into their new homes.

Lee Butterworth, 43, who trades as English Riviera Building Company Ltd, contracted his brother Scott Butterworth, aged 41, to carry out the work at a house at Crabtree Close, Plymouth. The pair were prosecuted at Torquay Magistrates on Friday 21 August 2015 following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The court heard that Lee Butterworth was carrying out extensive works on the house which included installing a new gas boiler. Lee Butterworth arranged for his brother, Scott Butterworth, to install the gas boiler and gas pipework despite him not being a member of Gas Safe Register. After Scott Butterworth had fitted the gas boiler the homeowner then had a properly registered member of Gas Safe Register at his home to fit a gas cooker. That gas engineer found a gas leak on the gas pipework that Scott Butterworth had installed and classed what he found as ‘Immediately Dangerous’ as there was a real risk of a gas explosion. Lee Butterworth, of Oxley Close, Torquay, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 2 years and also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid community work and ordered to pay costs of £496.60. Scott Butterworth of Marine Drive, Paignton, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 2 years for each offence, to run concurrently, and also ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid community work and ordered to pay costs of £496.60. *Marleton Cross Limited Trading as The MX Group

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Luxury Scottish homes love Vicaima CDW doors Vicaima quality interior doors have been fitted to enhance Lovers Loan, a select development of 4 and 5 bedroomed luxury family villas in the picturesque village of Dollar, set in the heart of the Scottish countryside, east of Stirling.

This sought after residential scheme has been built by award winning homebuilder, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, who have nearly a century of experience in quality crafted living. With a reputation for exceptional detailing and interior design, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd selected Vicaima Dekordor Cross Directional Woodgrain (CDW) in an Oak finish, from the Exclusive Range. These popular interior doors were fitted throughout the properties and supplied complete with frames via Perth Door Sets. Dekordor CDW adds a design twist with their mixture of horizontal and vertical grain pattern creating a striking look. Although predominantly of flush design, in locations where natural light was required to create the perfect ambience, doors were also supplied in a 5 light (DFG20) glazed option with matching glazing bead. Dekordor CDW is just one of the many attractive and inspirational models that can be found in Vicaima’s new Interior Door Selector brochure, a copy of which is available to download from the Vicaima website or posted on request. Vicaima offer an extensive range of design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance for luxury housing and modern apartment living space. For further details about these and other products from their many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information. Image top: Dekordor CDW Oak used in hallway Image bottom: Dekordor CDW Oak with DFG20 glazed option



Contemporary home design brings you the best of German produced products at the most affordable prices. When you know it’s made in Germany you know its quality, German engineering is unbeatable and lasts for a life time. At CHD we have cherry picked our German brands to ensure we provide our customers a high end quality product with a great price. Luxury living doesn’t have to be expensive with CHD, you can still have the extravagance of luxury home interior at a reasonable price. Our huge range of German kitchen brands include:- Schuller, Next125, Ballerina, Beckermann, Rational and Kuhlmann. You will not find any Kitchen studio in UK to have more than two German kitchen Brands under one roof – this is what makes CHD stand out from the rest. A German kitchen is a kitchen for life, with a warranty provided by the kitchen manufacturer you have will have nothing to worry about. We are all different, and live in different ways, we have different tastes, ways of life, our personalities, our family, work, our friends… Therefore, each person, each couple and each family needs their own space, their own kitchen.

Each of our projects is therefore different, for people with their own perspectives and specific requirements. That is the reason why, instead of showing you collections from which to choose from, we show you an endless number of design and technical solutions to inspire you to create your own space, your own kitchen. CHD also offers exclusive bespoke made furniture for bedrooms and living rooms; part of the bedroom and living room range we have our Italian designer brand SMA Mobili. SMA Mobili is a leader in the furniture industry that uses the most advanced technology and qualified Italian and foreign designers. Why not visit our website or follow us on social media for the latest news and updates on Contemporary home design. 0208 472 1144 120 WOODGRANGE ROAD, LONDON E7 0EW

TWO NEW PRODUCTS ENHANCE SCHUECO’S SLIDING DOOR OFFERING New from leading sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, are two products, SmartClose and SmartStop, that underline Schueco’s commitment to innovation, operational safety and engineering excellence. Developed for use with Schueco’s range of sliding door systems, both products make the sliding vent easier to operate.

SmartClose makes the closing action effortless by converting the energy generated by the initial pull on the sliding vent into momentum that carries the vent smoothly along the length of its track until its final soft insertion into the frame. The action is similar to the soft-closing doors and drawers found in many contemporary kitchens. In addition, Schueco SmartClose makes closing the door quieter and safer and also obviates the possibility of damage to the frame by the vent being slammed shut. Once in position, SmartClose is unobtrusive, being mounted discreetly on the top profile of the sliding vent. Schueco SmartStop employs a controlled soft braking action that allows the vent to be drawn smoothly along its track but brings it to a stop prior to closing, when it can be locked in the normal way. This makes the door safer and more user-friendly. SmartStop, which like SmartClose is mounted on the upper profile of the door, is suitable for vents weighing up to 400 kg. Both products are simple to install and easy to adjust to suit a particular installation. They are primarily designed for Schueco ASS 50 and ASS 70.HI premium segment systems.

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Until CRL’s ten-year structural defects insurance products were recommended to Nordic Construction UK, the national developer and contractor had been paying overthe-odds for the same level policies that were attached to household name providers. Nordic Construction UK has been using CRL’s structural defects insurance cover on all its major national projects for the last two years. When its newly appointed project manager was asked who he’d previously used for insurance provision, he was quick to commend the products, service and cost of CRL’s compared to the obvious high street providers.

About Nordic Construction UK Guilford-based Nordic Construction UK, established at the start of the UK economic recession in 2009, has continued to grow, achieving more than a seven-fold increase in turnover over the last few years, with a total project value of £44million to date. Its major projects include multi-storey residential and mixed-use developments across the UK, for clients in the student accommodation, residential, healthcare and commercial sectors, with plans to grow in the education sector.


Some of its schemes include: Ascot Corner, Ascot luxury apartments (construction value, £3milion); Pipe Lane, Bristol 37-bed student accommodation complex; The Cubitt, Battersea five-storey apartments (£6million); St. Augustine, Plymouth 79-bed student accommodation facility (£4million)

Mohammed Afzal, commercial manager, Nordic Construction, said: “Our sector is competitive and overrun with rogue contractors so it is vital for our fairly young company to sustain the highest construction standards, to assure clients of the long-term quality of the buildings.”

Nordic’s challenge Nordic, a new company starting out in 2009, had ambitious growth plans. At a time when the property industry was suffering considerably, Nordic knew it was essential to scrutinise all outgoing costs and keep up its values of high standards. Its insurance policies had to be comprehensive and exact, and quickly underwritten to prove Nordic’s security.

In 2013, the developer won a significant £16million construction project to build a 339-bed mixed use student facility at Hope Street, Liverpool. Nordic was briefed to deliver the scheme in 18 months, by the end of Summer 2015. The project would be completed with fully-fitted kitchens and ensuite bathrooms, as well as communal facilities including a cafe, gym and restaurant and bar units.

Nordic had to demonstrate unequivocally that it was a trustworthy and cost-effective contractor, delivering its clients’ schemes on time and within budget. Therefore, it had to be certain that its ten-year structural defects policies would not let them down.

To deliver this major scheme that would project the firm into the next stage of its growth, Nordic could afford no room for error. The need for a reliable and competitive insurance provider was crucial.

Why CRL? Nordic’s project manager recommended CRL to the commercial manager, Mohammed Afzal. From previous experience, the project manager knew that CRL competed positively with the wellknown providers. CRL’s standard ten-year structural defects insurance cover not only offered all the covenants of the well-known providers’ but its on-hand service was the reassurance project managers, architects, quantity surveyors and funders needed to ensure the success of a major construction project. When Mohammed Afzal called CRL’s Vice President Relationship Management, Jacqueline Penfold, at the early tender stages of the Liverpool project, he was confident in the personal advisory service CRL gave. Mohammed said: “Even at such an early stage, CRL went the extra mile to understand our project and needs, providing supportive advice to ensure we complied with the most up-to-date structural defects insurance guidelines. CRL went on to provide its evolving services and products under one standard level of cover, at the most competitive price compared to other brokers. Its team of surveyors made regular inspections: completion of the foundations, pre-plaster stage and completion. The relationship manager and surveyors maintained regular communication with the project management team over the course of the building works, including on-site meetings and telephone calls.

Mohammed said: “We are confident that by using CRL as our provider, our projects are inspected and continuously monitored to ensure they are being handed over structurally sound for our clients.” About CRL’s ten-year structural defects insurance product CRL provided to Nordic its standard level cover, which offers an indexed policy to cover the property’s increasing value. Because CRL has one standard level of cover, it removes the complex administration and pricing headache from individual projects. Upon building completion (practical completion), the policy holder is the client. CRL’s ten-year structural defects insurance is not averse to unusual buildings and materials, and is based upon individual circumstances. The insurance products cover: — Structural Defects - indemnity against defects in design, workmanship, materials or components of the property for ten years after completion. — Road Bonds - Property developers and house builders can guarantee satisfactory delivery of roads and enable them to be adopted on completion by the contractor. — Building Control Expertise -Large construction, small extension, or property modification. CRL works with inspectors to ensure the safety of builders and endusers.

Results Upon practical completion of the Liverpool project at the end of August 2015, CRL’s ten-year structural defects insurance cover will take effect and will be passed on to the tenants or owners of the apartments. As a result of the competitive quotes and speed to deliver the warranty to cover structural defects, CRL is now Nordic’s number one choice of provider. Mohammed said: “Using CRL’s insurance cover has assisted us in keeping within construction budgets, and ultimately realising profit for our business.” “CRL has been a genuine partner on this project , with us every step of the way from tender stages to the completion of each project. They are more than a product supplier, they are a valuable addition to our project team, offering their advice and support along the way. “Our relationship with CRL has already proven to be effective and profitable and they will remain on our preferred supplier framework as our go-to provider for structural defects insurance.”

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On top of that, the new fires have provided the Hotel Miramar with a cost effective and green source of heating. Theo Iakimov, head of operations at Hotel Miramar commented that the fireplaces had become a real talking point for hotel guests. He said: “We are really pleased with the final result and our guests think the fires are absolutely fantastic. “For many years the fireplaces in the hotel have been purely decorative because our chimneys are no longer functional.

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ls has turned to Smart Fire UK dundant fireplaces. “So when we saw Smart Fire UK at the Independent Hotel Show and discovered their burners needed no fume extraction, we knew we had to have them. “The fireplaces now look stunning and in the winter give the hotel and incredibly cosy feel. In fact they give off a surprisingly effective amount of heat. “For example, this winter we were able to turn the central heating off in the main foyer and just rely on the heat from the fires alone.

“They’re easy to use, safe, and clean and we are extremely happy with the final result.” Paul Holt, business manager at Smart Fire UK commented: “We’re really happy that Hotel Miramar are pleased with their fires. “Often people think that once a chimney has been blocked up then that’s the end of a fireplace, however bio-ethanol can change all that. “The EcoSmart burners are extremely flexible and can be fitted almost anywhere. Not only have we reinvigorated existing fireplaces but we’ve pushed the boundaries of fireplace design.

“For example we have managed to install fireplaces in the middle of fountains and even swimming pools.”

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Button-fix — the award-winning secret fixing for panels and more… From Washrooms and fit-outs to exhibition, furniture and display stands, this innovative, secret fixing is a must have for fitters, designers and architects alike! What is Button-fix and how does it work? The concept is simple: the Button is attached to one surface and the Fix to the other. When the two parts are brought together they fit with a satisfying click. Button-fix is designed to be incredibly strong and has been tested and certified by independent test house ‘Sandberg.’ Easy to fix as well allowing the panels to be removable and reconfigurable at a later date. There are two types of Fix depending on your specific application. The Type 1 Fix can be either surface-mounted or rebated and engages with a vertical or sideways sliding action. This version is ideal for applications where load bearing is paramount. The Type 2 Fix connects panels at 90˚ with a simple push/pull assembly and is ideal for applications where the emphasis is on ease of fit rather than strength. To better understand which type is best for your application, please visit . You will also fine photography, videos and references for real projects where Button-fix has actually been used. The popularity of Button-fix has been such that not only is it being specified by architects and project/fit-out designers but it is being increasingly requested by the fitters chosen to actually do the fit-out and projects. This means the projects are carried out with increased efficiency and cost savings as well keeping everyone involved happy with the materials they are using.


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THE JURA Z6 Jura, the leading manufacturer in luxury Swiss made bean-to-cup coffee technology, is proud to introduce its latest innovation yet, the beautiful Z6. This state-of-the-art coffee machine delivers a brand new standard of quality across the whole spectrum of speciality coffees, from the short, fiery ristretto to the popular, mellow flat white. Featuring innovative new technology, this machine guarantees professional quality, barista-style coffee every time and makes it easier than ever to create trend specialities. With a self-explanatory operating concept with many customisable options available, the Z6 is an impressive choice. This machine features a Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) which optimises extraction time to guarantee the perfect coffee every time. To achieve this, the water is precisely pulsed through the finely ground coffee at short intervals allowing maximum flavour to be teased out of the fresh beans. With its compact design, the Z6 looks masterful, proud and harmonious, making it a stand-out feature in any kitchen. For extra convenience, the water tank and bean container can be removed from the front of the machine, along with all other control elements and the Rotary Switch and TFT display make the machine easy and intuitive to operate. This is the first Jura model to allow all specialities to be individually programmed, renamed and duplicated. It really is as simple as ‘turn – press – enjoy!’ It’s equally as simple to care for too, with its milk system cleaning function operating at just the touch of a button and the Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.) automatically detecting the filter. The CLARIS water filters provide optimum water quality and also protect the fluid system against limescale. The Z6’s characteristic, simple lines combined with lovingly created details, such as the cup and water tank illumination, express this machine’s true style and status. Available in Harrods and John Lewis NOW, the new Jura Z6 retails at £1,895.


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BEST OF BRITISH SHOWCASED AT JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW Following the success of last year’s event, the January Furniture Show is set to be bigger and better as it celebrates taking on additional space for its all-star line-up - with over 85% of its exhibitors being UK-based. The show, which runs over four days (24-27 January) has expanded into Hall 5 as more quality industry names join up creating a one-stop shop of the latest furniture and furnishings. Said Laraine Janes, co-director of the January Furniture Show: “There has been a huge emphasis on buying British and the promotion of home-based businesses over the past decade. The January Furniture Show provides a fantastic platform for those companies to showcase their products to a range of key national and international buyers. “Not only that, we’re starting to see confidence grow in the market which has resulted in the event booking up fast with new exhibitors alongside an 85% re-booking from last year. It all goes to confirm our position as the UK’s number one furniture and furnishings event.”


Flying the flag for Britain, the January Furniture Show 2016 will be the place to be for architects, designers and specifiers to see the Best of British designs. Architects and designers visiting the 2016 January Furniture Show will gain a wide range of furniture and furnishings inspiration with the newly added Fabric Pavilion and Flooring Showcase which includes some of the best known names in the business. The unrivalled exhibitor list of over 400 major names attracts retailers, interior designers, contract buyers, architects and developers to the NEC in Birmingham – an ideal venue for the furniture industry’s annual showcase event. Parker Knoll, Ultra Furniture, Serene Furnishings, TCS, Rauch, Alstons, Sherborne, Buoyant Upholstery, Baker Furniture, Gallery Direct, Blue Bone, Duresta, Willis & Gambier and Stone the Crows and are just some of the renowned British brand names that are taking bigger and better stands for the 2016 event

ready to showcase their wares to the UK architect and interior design market. Said Laraine: “Those who are interested in sourcing products for commercial or domestic projects can see all their main suppliers under one roof in a day. The January Furniture Show is the first opportunity of the year to see a selection of the very latest new and exclusive developments and even meet the design teams on the stands to discuss any upcoming projects.” The January Furniture Show was recently named 2015 Best New Show by readers of Interiors Monthly. Online registration for the January Furniture Show is open and visitors can see the full list of exhibitors for 2016 and secure their free badge by visiting

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Tips For That Bathroom Redesign About to redesign your bathroom? Need some advice and tips from an expert in the bathroom industry? Peter Hirsch, Director at Soakology ( explains what you ought to consider before committing to a bathroom remodel. Ask yourself what you want from a bathroom. Do you want cosy or cool? Do you want a nautical theme, a beach hut getaway or a stylish clean space with no clutter? It’s important because this is your one chance at creating an environment that can instil calm and personal satisfaction. It will also affect your buying decisions on the suite and accessories. It’s better to have a holistic view on the room before you start, as opposed to snapping up random bargains for the suite furnishing that may not complement each other or suit the space well. You should also consider the rest of the house – an old listed building may not suit modern-style fittings and vice versa. Fit For Purpose Decide on a realistic budget and remember that value items can be very effective and create the impression of luxury. Well known online retailers now undercut many showroom dependent retailers so shop around and see what you can get for your hard earned cash. Saying this, many advise you ought to sit in a bath before you buy it to make sure you like it. A 60 inch tub will fit most people. If two people are going to use it at the same time – look at the sloping angles at both ends – freestanding clawfoot bathtubs may suit for this. If you are limited by space in your bathroom then go for style and perhaps look at having a deep bath to compromise on length. On The Rails Considered a touch of affordable luxury, the towel rail can be purchased for just over £40 although the higher end designer rails can be as much as £400. Heated either by central heating or electricity the towel rail is actually a cost effective way to heat up your bathroom too! Designer rails can look very contemporary and practically they add real comfort in the winter months. When positioning it, remember – try not to position the towel rail in a place where it could become a handhold – for instance, which could burn a child’s hand. Details Make The Difference Make the floor durable and water resistant – if not marble or stone then hardwood is an option (sealed) for a warmer floor area. If you are looking to really go all out, then underfloor heating is an option and also wet-rooms (with no curtain, glass or door) are a great alternative to showers and shower trays but this takes a specialist false floor or drainage to be fitted – upping the budget.

toilet seats you can purchase is impressive. If you have a standard white suite then this is a blank canvas and you can either stick with white or go with a signature colour on the seat to add ‘mood’ through colour, to the space. For around £40 you can have a quality seat that will be a signature piece to the room. As we spend an estimated three years of our life span sitting on the toilet seat this is a worthwhile investment! Wall hung or floor standing bathroom cabinets conceal your bathroom’s nik-naks but also become a main item of furniture to compliment a suite. Wall hung objects – as with the aforementioned toilet basin, are in fashion – playing with the dimensions of space within the room. Cabinets have the vital function of decluttering the room from small objects. Obviously you can combine with a mirror for reasons of space or convenience. It’s common knowledge that mirrors can make a small bathroom appear bigger and lighter. You can choose to have a whole wall mirrored for instance to make the bathroom seem to double in size. Beyond this they can add great personality to a room – traditional gold guilt frames, peeling white beach hut paint or contemporary clean edges – a mirror reflects more than your face. For technology fans you can also have a wi-fi mirror that plays you tunes, displays the news or turns into a digital painting when not a mirror. Back lit mirrors are also a great way to add more character and practicality to the wall space. Many bathrooms have dark spaces or corners and a backlit mirror can balance this. For your sink – focus on the taps which are something that everyone who visits your bathroom will no doubt use. Chrome mixer taps offer a clean and simple design feature – especially when the spout has the top cut off to reveal a waterfall style effect. Old vintage taps – for alternative design are also arresting visually and ergonomically pleasing. The bathroom is a very personal place in the house and a room that can sell a house or prevent a sale depending on its quality. When remodelling you will be making a major decision for your enjoyment but also possibly for your prosperity so think hard before you begin about the end result and get as much expert advice as possible to achieve your aims.

Even by simply selecting a stylish shower head, for such a small investment this can change the overall effect which can make a real difference to the perception of the bathroom. The same benefits can be felt for general accessories to the bathroom – storage items, towel baskets, shelves etc. Something that could easily be overlooked in a bathroom setting is lighting. If you want mood lighting – look into the sources of light in the room and strengths of the lights needed for different areas of the bathroom. You might like upward lighting, dimmer lighting or alternatively have a bright airy feel with multiple inset lights in the ceiling. Take A Seat The toilet does not have to be a dull functionary item – look at the wall mounted toilets for something a little more contemporary. If the chosen toilet doesn’t scream luxury item then why not focus on a good seat? Nowadays the soft close toilet is a fairly standard option but adds to the feeling of a quality bathroom, none the less. The sheer variety of different



MX Group’s already impressive range of shower and bathroom products has grown even bigger following the addition of a number of new products and a move into brand new product areas for the company. Already the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, manufacturing the widest range of shower tray options and within that, the widest range of shapes and sizes – there has been no change there. Having invested in the latest machinery and materials, and soon to benefit from the new state of the art shower tray factory being built at its Gloucestershire base, MX manufactures 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of virtually any customer. In recent months, MX has launched an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves which have proved popular with housing associations, offering its usual combination of incredible quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing. On the accessory front, MX Group has long recognised that UK water systems are unique and require specialised products to work correctly. It has been at the forefront of this sector for many years, producing carefully engineered accessories that are used by most of the UK electric shower manufacturers. MX produces high quality shower accessories ensuring that its products meet all health and safety requirements and wherever possible uses WRAS approved materials. From July the range of accessories grows significantly with in particular an impressive additional range of hand sets and cables. MX continues to be a growing influence in the Electric Shower marketplace. Its QI– Quick installation– range of electric showers which sets new standards for simple installation is set to grow in July with the addition of a number of exciting new models. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available. The range is ideal for new build or retrofit opportunities, covering the footprint of most existing electric showers making replacement as simple as it gets. The range has recently been extended still further offering a huge choice for specifiers and installers. From July, MX moves into the taps marketplace for the first time, offering a range of taps – made in solid brass with an all chrome finish. These stylish tap options have been produced in response to specific demand from customers, but will meet the needs of a much wider customer base. In addition MX is introducing its first selection of electric water heaters, a logical extension to the range of electric showers on offer. All the MX products are keenly priced but offer exceptional quality and impressive warranties. The company has just produced a catalogue of all its products and a copy of this is a must for all specifiers in the bathroom area – it’s a hefty tome but it’s a good looking, comprehensive listing of all the products available from MX and one that will provide the solutions for many designers, specifiers and housing managers around the UK. Take a closer look at MX Group – its impressive web site at is a good place to start and you can order a copy of the new catalogue from there simply by completing a request form.


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Great design, German quality and the timeless appeal of pure stainless steel Rieber products are designed by catering professionals to provide uncompromising high quality and value for money. Manufactured to the highest standards of German engineering by Rieber GmbH & Co. KG – the inventor of gastronorm (GN) cookware and also the world’s largest manufacturer – Rieber quality matches and even exceeds many of the major brand names, at more affordable prices. UK sales and customer support is provided by a dedicated team based in Wiltshire. Find out more at

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Thermoplate® stainless-steel teppanyaki. It seals food extremely quickly and is perfect for quickly cooking meat, vegetables fish and shellfish with the minimum of oil, all the better for a healthy meal. Rieber cookware features highly efficient multilayer SWISS-PLY® construction. An aluminium core is sandwiched between two stainless steel layers resulting in approximately 10-times greater energy conductivity (chilling and heating) than a conventional pan. Perfect for any type hob – from gas and electric to halogen and induction. Free Teppanyaki Pan with every Waterstation Round sink purchased before December 2015!

Rieber’s CUBIC sink also features multi-level preparation areas in the basin, which save space and provide great flexibility. Cubic fits a 600mm base (540 x 332 x 180mm) and is beautifully manufactured featuring small radii corners for easy cleaning. Rieber’s Waterstation CUBIC 980 multifunctional workstation is manufactured in 1.25mm gauge brushed finish stainless steel. Dimensions: 980 x 517 x 175mm.

ROUND OR CUBIC MULTI-LEVEL SINKS Waterstation® Round has a diameter of 902 mm and provides an unusual, eye-catching, social and practical designer solution. Its 3-tier preparation area provides around 3 metres of work surface on just 0.8 m² of floor space. Waterstation® Round can be set at different heights ranging from 920 to 1000 mm and can be situated inline, freestanding or in corners. Also available as a sink only.


We specialise in the sale and restoration of original English & French cast iron baths, traditional accessories and sanitary ware. We take an unloved & neglected cast iron bath and via our comprehensive and rigorous restoration process, lovingly restore it to its former glory Our Marlborough showroom contains a range of fully renovated original cast iron baths, along with a traditional range of Brass and Chinaware. We offer a collection and delivery service throughout the UK to cater for our renovation service, or purchase from our wide selection of showroom or yard baths, allowing you to create your own relaxing sanctuary. We are always on the lookout for original unwanted cast iron baths which we can restore.

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If you want to increase the value of your home and modernise your living space, a bit of DIY could go a long way. It is said that the rooms that sell a home the most are the bathroom and kitchen, so why not start with the bathroom. One of the easiest ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your bathroom is by adding some clever storage like a vanity unit, or installing a mirror to open up space. DIY is not everyone’s favourite thing to do and can often seem daunting and difficult. Croydex have designed a simple and safe system to make DIY disasters a thing of the past. The unique and patented Hang ‘N’ Lock easy installation bracket from Croydex is a simple and safe solution to hang your cabinet or mirror. The Hang ‘N’ Lock system means that bathroom furniture can be fitted in four easy steps. Simply attach the bracket to the wall, adjust using the built in spirit level, hang the product and lock securely in place.

Offering a combination of contemporary and classic designs, Croydex have introduced over 40 designs with the innovative Hang ‘N’ Lock bracket in their new 2015 catalogue. The new collection includes the Beaulieu Vanity Unit and Mirror Set. Available in either white or light oak finish, it comes with wave effect doors, soft close hinges and an optional LED strip light.

The Danby White Vanity Unit features a two door unit with eight storage compartments and is also available in a modern grey finish. It has an integrated Product and Procurement Director, Peter ceramic basin, contemporary Pegden explained: “Fixing large bathroom metal handles and soft close accessories doesn’t have to be a two man doors. A functional beauty job. Our Hang ‘N’ Lock system avoids the station in the same Danby design awkwardness of having to struggle to measure features an inner mirror and four distances and mark screw holes with one shelves, including one that folds hand whilst supporting a heavy bathroom item down. in the other”. t34t

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elivering professional results every time, Stycco Flex is the perfect solution when you need to safely secure Stair nosings, Carpet gripper, PVC cladding, Skirting Boards, Architrave and Trims. It is already proving to be an essential product for the ‘serious’ flooring professional. Stycco Flex will be on show as part of F. Ball’s newly launched ‘Tube Products’ range, which includes Stycco Grip - a gap filling mastic adhesive; Stycco Seal – silicone sealant, and Stycco Bond PU – a rapid set polyurethane adhesive. Each of the updated ‘Tube’ range products are available in easily recognisable pack designs! Why not come to Harrogate and visit Stand B1 in Hall B at the Flooring Show… meet with the F. Ball team and have any flooring related question answered… expertly! You can also see the F. Ball products in action at the Demo Zone 1 in Hall B, being demonstrated by some of the flooring industry’s top installation experts. New Stycco Flex is so good, with its high initial grab and rapid strength gain, it will generally mean that no mechanical fixings are required to suitably sound substrates. So when working on a typical stair nosing installation, using Stycco Flex means you will complete the job much faster without compromising the quality and reliability of the finished job. Stycco Flex even delivers outstanding results when affixing metal stair nosings to metal substrates! Simply visit to access their Stycco Flex Product Data information or watch the video and see for yourself. If you’ve already embraced F Ball’s Professional range of flooring products, then you’ll appreciate the working advantage to be gained from using New Stycco Flex every day. Because when F. Ball launch a new product you just know… even before you’ve tried it, that it’s going to be good… very good! Yet another incentive to ‘Use the Tube’ and give Stycco Flex a try…


World-leading Centre of Design Excellence Features AluK Twin Wall Façade System University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea has invested £15 million into the refurbishment, restoration and extension of the Grade II listed former Central Library building to create the new Institute for Sustainable Design. Devised by Powell Dobson Architects, the development incorporates a stunning twin wall façade featuring AluK curtain walling systems, complementing and adding a new dimension to the original design. The modern, double skin façade extension provides additional 657m2, and incorporates a new reception entrance off Alexandra Road, workshops, teaching spaces as well as design studios. The original circular reading room has been restored and made available as a public venue. Yvonne Gibbs, architect, Powell Dobson comments: “Due to the context of the Listed Building, it was imperative that the new extension was as transparent as possible to express the original scale and features of the historic fabric behind. The University was also looking for a truly sustainable solution, to both reduce energy consumption and create an inspiring place to learn.” As the main extension to the Grade II listed building, the twin wall façade runs the full 38 metres of the Alexandra Road elevation. Designed by D2e, a multi-disciplinary engineering and management consultancy, the façade comprises AluK SL60 curtain walling system forming the internal wall, and structurally bonded glazed toughened laminated glass skin forming the outer wall, with an interstitial space between them.


“This arrangement provides the transparency that the Listed Building deserves, whilst introducing a number of opportunities for passive climatic control,” says Yvonne Gibbs. “The facade is south facing and therefore through solar gain the space between the two skins heats up naturally. This in turn acts as a thermal buffer, which keeps the building warm in winter months whilst promoting air movement and cross ventilation during warmer periods. It also facilitates the introduction of fresh air into the space, which is attenuated through a series of louvers at the base of the facade to temper noise pollution from the busy road outside.” The gap between the internal and external wall allows to control the flow of air and temperature within the building interior, using the air exhaust louver on top and the air inlet louver at the bottom to create a ‘chimney’. In winter, solar gain can be collected in the buffer zone, brought into the building and offset the heating costs, while in summer, when overheating can be an issue, windows can be closed and heat rejected using mechanical ventilation. Banks of bespoke, top hung, open-in AluK 58BW window system are located on the internal wall open and close automatically depending on weather conditions, regulated by sensors located on the face of AluK’s SL60 curtain walling system. Manual operation is also possible to introduce further air. With a visual sightline of 60mm and a mullion depth of 150mm, the SL60 ensures that stringent aesthetic parameters set out by the architect were adhered to. The horizontal Vierendeel members, also designed to incorporate a 60mm face, ensured that the requirement of visual transparency of the main facades was attained. With demanding structural requirements, the 150mm deep mullion was adequate to conclude and surpass the project specification.


Internally, the SL60 system seemingly spans 12 metres unsupported between structural columns. The support comes from a bespoke design of the aluminium Vierendeel Truss walkways, fixed at floor positions and supported by hanging stainless steel rods that are structurally retained in tension. These in turn act as a carrier for the glass Brise Soleil blades which run the full width of the building following the spectrum of the rainbow. Yvonne Gibbs continues: “They are multi-functional; environmentally, they protect the occupants and their computers from glare and they reduce over-heating. Their multi-coloured appearance, created in conjunction with a local glass artist from the application of a nanotechnology coating, also signals the creativity and aspiration of the University within.” Lee Jones, Senior Design Engineer at System Glaze, the fabricator on the project, comments further: “The SL60 curtain walling system and the external Vierendeel walkway act as a whole; this is the structural design intent, allowing the curtain wall to span over 12 meters - the full height of the lobby - unsupported. Implementation and erection of both elements at the same time proved to be difficult and due to tight programme constraints, the required design could not be delivered. The SL60 needed to be installed and glazed prior to the walkway installation, allowing other trades to progress. A series of temporary restraints and connection brackets were specifically design to ensure the curtain wall could handle the definitive wind loadings applied onto the fully glazed SL60 screen.’’ AluK SL52 curtain walling system, AluK bespoke 58BW window system, as well as AluK single GT55 NI and double GT55 NI door systems were specified throughout the rest of the extension:


Roller shutter screen: AluK SL52 curtain walling with double GT55NI door system insert was installed for a 4m x 7m wall screen that shrouds the roller shutter entrance door and provides ventilation via a run of fixed blade glazed-in louvres.


Lift lobby screen: AluK SL52 curtain walling system with single GT55 NI door system insert was specified for an external 4m screen situated on the second floor that encloses the lift lobby.


Slot screen: AluK SL52 curtain walling system was specified for 17m run of curtain walling screen that is situated directly below the main twin wall screen to bring natural daylight into the basement workshop space.


Internal screens – AluK SL52 curtain walling system was used for two curtain walling screens that overlook reception from the ground and 1st floors. The largest of the screens runs 5.5m unsupported and is internally lined with continuous mullion sleeve inserts with steel plates to provide the required structural properties.


Main entrance - A 12m x 12m structurally glazed spider glass system runs full height of the building and full width of the entrance approach, adjoining the twin wall on one side and the existing Grade II listed building on the other. The glass has a low iron with light grey silicone finish to give the appearance of absolute transparency.


Access from the interior into the twin wall zone is via a set of AluK double GT55 NI door system at each floor position

The glass wall is structurally supported back to a series of internal 525mm deep, 19mm thick toughened low iron glass blades. The 12m span of the blades was achieved with one joint to minimise the amount of stainless steel bracket components.


Staircase 3: AluK SL52 curtain walling system was specified for a 10m high external wall screen that runs the full building height to enclose the staircase

An over clad entrance box with a double set of armour plate sliding doors provide a main point of ingress into the building, situated centrally within the spider glass wall.


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Door Entry... a day! The Telguard range of telephone and GSM based intercom systems are suitable for new build or retro fit. Telguard is a British company and we design, develop and manufacture here in the UK.

The telephone based system plugs in to a standard analogue telephone socket or phone system extension and the GSM system requires a SIM card. The only other requirement is for local power and the intercom can be installed. Installation is not disruptive as the installation takes place at the entrance to be controlled and there is no need to put handsets into flats or houses as they are already in place – their own telephone or mobile. The telephone numbers of the apartments/houses/businesses are programmed into the intercom system with any access codes required and the system is ready for use. A visitor enters the flat or house number into the intercom via the keypad and then presses the ‘CALL’ button. The receiver of the call picks the telephone and can speak to the visitor and allow access by pressing a digit on their telephone keypad. This sends a signal to the intercom that activates the door lock or entrance gate and the visitor is able to gain access. If the receiver of the call does not want to grant access they simply put their phone down to end the call. If the call recipient is on the phone when the call from the intercom is made the call will be seen on the telephone display and the user is able to hold their call and deal with an access request. Any alterations required to telephone numbers or PIN codes can be actioned by the system installer and can be carried out remotely reducing the need for on-site attendance. The Telguard system is not only quick to install compared with hardwired systems but also extremely flexible. Calls can be answered on cordless telephones making it possible for users to answer entrance requests while going about day to day business or it is possible for a


mobile phone to be called for access requests. We are able to provide systems with backlit keypads and buttons, integrated proximity access and video. The video picture can go to a dedicated monitor or into the communal TV aerial for viewing on any television in the premise. Our GSM 3g video system will send pictures to your mobile phone. Telguard provides great flexibility where users are elderly or infirm as they don’t have to get up from where they are sitting to answer an access call as they will have their telephone or mobile phone by their side. They will also be able to hear the call clearly. DDA systems are available with large halo illuminated Braille buttons with big letter, easy to read displays and audio and visual call progress indication. Bespoke applications are also undertaken making it possible to provide almost any style or shape of system. It may be that we have to provide a system to replace an existing installation so we are able to manufacture our panel to fit the aperture of an old, non functional system. We are able to manufacture systems in different finishes and colour schemes, we powder coat stainless steel so as to not impact on the vandal resistance of the panel. As advances in technology arrive in to the public domain, we are always in a position to make the most of these advances thanks to our inhouse development team. We are also able to engineer modifications to software and hardware should a specific requirement be requested. Our systems carry a 2 year return to manufacturer warranty which can also be extended, and our Technical Department provides installers with the very best in support.

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Los Limoneros Gus Wüstemann Architects The mandate was clear: design a house that offers privacy from the outside world but opens up to gardens and terraces within its confines. The solution was a familiar one for the setting in Andalusian Spain, where inward-facing patio houses speak of a Moorish heritage. However, in conceiving a vacation retreat for a family of four in Marbella, on the palmy Costa del Sol, Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann has avoided the arcaded courtyards and red-tile roofs typical of the region. He has kept the general idea, but emphasizes the abstracted masses and voids seen in his other work, such as the muscular concrete residence Two Verandas in Zurich. While Marbella’s sunny weather, sandy Mediterranean beaches, and breaking surf account for its popularity, the picturesque village had fewer than 1,000 residents right after World War II. During the 1960s and ‘70s, it became the haven for the so-called jet set, a migratory social flock of aristocrats, showbiz people, and rich political exiles. Attracting such “beautiful people” as Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Sean Connery, and former Cuban dictator Fugencio Batista y Zaldivar, Marbella grew as others followed: today the population is over 140,000. It is good to be able to withdraw behind garden walls. Wüstemann’s plan recalls those that Mies van der Rohe developed in his elegant linear-court house projects of the 1930s and ‘40s—only here, as the architect puts it, “much of the program for the house is hidden on the periphery.” Its concrete frame with white plastered masonry infill walls gives it an implacable and impenetrable solidity. Following the


outline of the property—a parallelogram in a compact residential area—you might say the 6,200-square-foot house evokes, on a small scale, fortresses such as the nearby 10th-century Moorish Sohail Castle.

Blanca Mountains. As the spaces unfold, boundaries blur between inside and out. “We just move the furniture outdoors when it gets warmer,” says the client on a 65-degree winter’s day.

The neighbors at first didn’t see this historic connection. Since it diverged from the Spanish Mediterranean or classical-style vocabulary typical of Marbella’s villas, they asked the client if it was going to be a hotel or a department store. As the owner tells it, they even expressed concern to the local government that the design represented a violation of the residential zoning. No, it was simply a house.

Leaving the living area and walking west to the lawn and garden, you pass through an open court, a spatial void that is the center of the house. Bound on the four sides of the second level by expansive grills of slender precast-concrete brick, the court seems enclosed by modern-day Moorish mashrabiyas, which filter light into the corridors leading to the bedrooms, library, and media room.

Stepping through the protective entrance behind the thick walls enclosing the site, you are surprised to find yourself in a light-filled living and dining area contained in a glazed bar. It extends the width of the house, stretching from the entrance vestibule on the north to a minimal kitchen on the south wall—so minimal, in fact, that it is hard to find the stove (concealed by a movable counter) or other culinary appurtenances.

In boiling down the elements of both historic and modern motifs to their essentials, Wüstemann avoids obvious replications of any particular style. His unremitting approach to clean details reveals his architectural training at Zurich’s rigorous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Yet the fact that he has offices in Barcelona as well as Zurich explains his more casual Mediterranean sensibility and underlies the house’s subtle combination of control and la buena vida.

Long sliding glass walls open the indoor living spaces to a patio and a small pond immediately to the east, and to a grassy lawn and swimming pool to the west. Looking in this direction, where the house’s receding columns and beams frame vistas and define the various interior and exterior areas, you can catch a glimpse of the Sierra

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he recent storms where a month’s rain falls in less than a few hours are creating major problems for large warehouses. If the gutter systems and siphonic drains are not in top condition they are simply not able to dispose of the vast amounts of water that come from these very large roof areas and these problems are exacerbated if the condition of the gutters has degraded causing leaks. Such were the circumstances at a major Sainsbury Distribution Centre in Northampton and Distribution Hygiene Services Limited (DHS) were tasked with correcting this situation using the Unifold Gutter System manufactured by Ampteam Limited. Dr. Robert Perryment, the CEO of Distribution Hygiene Services Limited (DHS), has created a high level team that are trained to work safely at height in order to ensure that the gutters and drainage systems are fit for purpose in order to prevent water ingress into these buildings. Dr Perryment says “Gutters really need to be inspected and cleaned at least twice a year. Unfortunately, quite often, roof areas are not visited until a problem occurs. On this site, the gutter system had degraded and leaks were about to become a major problem. Whole roof areas cannot be removed to replace the gutter systems without major disruption to the operational requirements of the distribution centre and ‘quick fix’ plastic paint just isn’t an effective answer in the long term. However, we did have an answer to the problem. t48t

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The Unifold® Gutter System is a bespoke system that can be fitted into an existing gutter that now carries a twenty five year warranty. All our operatives have been trained in this system in order to have Approved Contractor Approval and our work is inspected during the refurbishment programme. Ampteam have provided us with an excellent service, carrying out extensive surveys and producing a first class product on time and within budget. They are always on hand to give advice should we meet with any technical details. The only major problems that we have to contend with is the weather itself – you simply can’t work in these gutters if it rains as they become fast flowing rivers.

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Cavity Wall Protection By Design

SureCav®50 is a moulded, 100% recycled, polypropylene panel with spacer protrusions, forming a 50mm cavity, allowing a stone, slate, brick and flint outer leaf to be built without the need of an additional block leaf. It is fully certificated by the British Board of Agrément. This cavity protection system ensures clean and moisture free cavities with either timber frame or traditional construction.

SureCav®50 is 100% recycled polypropylene Instead of ending up as landfill or incineration material, SureCav®50 is manufactured by injection moulding to produce a building material that shows we care for the environment. By using 100% recycled polypropylene, SureCav®50 reduces the Embodied CO₂ (ECO₂) footprint in new buildings as well as being 100 times lighter than concrete blocks, making site management and movement of materials much easier.

SureCav®50 - a solution to the problem of wind driven rain One of the greatest threats to the integrity of the building structure come from water ingress. The incidence of wind driven rain is much more prevalent in properties closer to the western coast of Britain and any increase in moisture giving rise to wall saturation will require a managed construction. The increased effect of wind driven rain will be particularly relevant where external walls are not designed with a suitable cavity or rain screen. The specially formed panels of SureCav®50 provide a barrier that becomes a “wall” of plastic, shielding the cavity and inner leaf from water ingress, but at the same time proving to be an excellent surface for the construction of the outer masonry leaf. The unique shape of the SureCav®50 pods directs any moisture to the outside leaf, thus protecting the fabric of the building with an approved 50mm cavity instead of the usual 75mm required in high exposure zones. The barrier formed by the panels, locked together by the joining strips, will protect the structure in even the most exposed weather conditions.

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An award winning destination spa can now offer guests a new outdoor hot tub and decking that combine style and safety. Titanic Spa in West Yorkshire recently underwent a major extension to ensure it maintains its reputation as one of the country’s leading spa venues. A sunken hot tub boasting innovative decking with built-in drainage is among the many new features along with an outdoor spa garden and bar area. Gripsure Aquadeck™ provides a way of controlling water run-off and, thanks to its nonslip design, remains safe in wet conditions. Its soft surface makes it ideal for bare foot use. Warrick Burton, Managing Director of Titanic Spa, said: “Being a spa, and specifically surrounding a hot tub, we required the decking to be slip-proof as there is likely to be water around. “We researched a number of decking companies but chose Gripsure because the company instantly understood our ethos and plans.” Gripsure Aquadeck™ is a timber board that allows rain water to permeate through to the water course below. Water is absorbed by the decking’s rubber infill and passes through the board back in to the ground. And with a number of colour choices from teal to rainbow green and violet, available, the decking is versatile and vibrant.

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Warrick said: “The decking is practical in that it is slip-proof. It is a subtle colour and blends well with the overall design of the new outdoor hot tub.” He added that Gripsure, whose customers include Berkeley Homes, Jamie Oliver and London’s Canary Wharf, offered a professional and reliable service throughout. “Gripsure gave excellent advice, a personal service and delivery was prompt,” said Warrick. Gripsure Aquadeck™, which is SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) compliant, is the sixth product created by Gripsure, the UK’s leading supplier of non-slip decking boards. Gripsure Managing Director Mike Nicholson said: “We are pleased to have been able to offer Titanic Spa non-slip timber decking that is not only safe for its guests but is also attractive to look at. One of the benefits of this decking is that we can produce it in any colour. This means we were able to provide a design that blends perfectly with Titanic Spa’s colour scheme. “Gripsure Aquadeck™ fits well with the Spa’s ethos of offering the very best care and using the highest quality products and facilities.”

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Flushglaze Fixed Skylight for Maximum Light and Space Glazing Vision’s Flushglaze fixed skylight was incorporated into the stunning refurbishment and extension of a Victorian Terraced house in Islington, London. Glazing Vision was chosen to achieve a minimal, contemporary feel in keeping with the rest of the extension. In line with their ethos to ‘minimise framework’ and ‘maximise daylight’, the avoidance of any possible framework has greatly enhanced the overall aesthetic.

Victorian terraced houses typically have minimal space in which to extend, with separate living rooms that often disrupt natural light from entering the building. This required clever design solutions in order to re-model the existing layout to achieve maximum light and space.

Achievements Every aspect of the extension has been designed to create a sense of space and openness to the terraced property, whilst the refurbishment brings with it a relaxed, contemporary style.

Working for the private client, Architecture For London focused on implementing open-plan spaces into the design, which would also meet the client’s additional requirement for direct access out to the back garden.

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Increasing height to create space-saving solutions One aspect of the property that required careful consideration was the uncomfortably low ceiling height above the kitchen of 2.1m. Whereas low ceilings can often lend character and charm to a building, the restricted height in this instance further enclosed the living space and disrupted the natural flow of outdoor light.

In order to combat this, the extension included the demolition of original rooms at both ground and half-landing level above; this gave extra room for a double height ceiling to be created above the kitchen area.

Flushglaze fixed skylight for additional light and space Glazing Vision’s fixed Flushglaze skylight played a fundamental role in the use of light for the refurbishment of the Victorian terraced house. Architecture For London specified the frameless skylight to direct the view to the sky without the visual intrusion of steel framework. Carefully positioned above the kitchen units, the skylight enables natural light to open up a section of the kitchen that would typically have been enshrouded in shadow. Glazing Vision’s skylight, installed to the side of the extension, also provides a constant source of daylight that floods the remainder of the kitchen space as well as the staircase upon entering.


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Wouldn’t it be nice to offer your clients a sign system designed for their specific business, instead of showing a general collection of sign types? A special R&D team of Vista System has been dedicated to researching, surveying and designing unique product sectors to match specific business segments. Whether you are searching for way-finding solutions for the Healthcare business, Libraries, Railway stations / Airports, Hotels, Gyms, Office Buildings or Universities and Schools, Vista System’s solutions are already providing you with smart, innovative solutions that have never been seen before. As a result of the fast growing industry and digitized world, end users often feel that the signs chosen for a specific project become rapidly outdated or lose their luster due to the ongoing changes, revamping, and reassignments of spaces, a natural ongoing practice in most buildings.

There is, of course, a financial consideration to be made as well: Way-finding signage solutions should not, for the most part, be expensive.

However, when the way-finding system is tailor-made to suit particular requirements, design and décor, the signs become one with the overall atmosphere of the area, serving a dual purpose of providing the necessary information, without becoming a nuisance.

They should be homogenous; complement the building; give specific answer to a specific question (“how do I get from A to B?”); easily updatable and should not exhaust the budget, allowing creativity where it is most prominent – namely – on the building façade or surrounding area – in the form of an artistic, architectural complementing structure.

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James Latham Supplies We Luxury Holiday Homes in C The UK’s biggest independent timber and panel product distributor, James Latham, has supplied 880m2 of Western Red Cedar for the construction of four luxury holiday homes in Talland, South East Cornwall. The Western Red Cedar was machined to a special tongue and groove cladding profile and was used for the exterior cladding of the impressive properties. It was specified for its durability and low maintenance qualities as well as its ability to retain an attractive appearance when weathered. Award winning London architectural practice, Mador Architects were commissioned to design these luxury properties which have been sold to individuals for second homes and investment opportunities. Each boast bespoke interiors which include Porcelanosa bathrooms, rooftop hot tubs, and high end kitchens.


The team, including Nick Wilson, a partner at Bay Talland Associates, wanted to create prestige holiday homes that have a natural appearance and likeness to a modern alpine lodge. To achieve this look they designed the building to incorporate wooden cladding in its construction, surrounded with large terraces to take advantage of the views over the bay.

Red Cedar produces long lightweight lengths of timber with a fine straight grain making this specie easy to cut, saw, machine and fix.

It was important that the Timber length was over 3.3m as they wanted to avoid butt joints which would spoil the façade’s natural look and feel. This was a hurdle that James Latham was able to advise on as Western

With natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage (fibres in the timber contain natural preservatives that are toxic to decaycausing fungi) Western Red Cedar is one of the world’s most durable species and remains the premier choice for timber cladding.

It was also essential that the wood used for the cladding was durable and would require little maintenance, while providing a quality and natural looking finish. Nick and the team at James Latham discussed a variety of wood products that could be used and that would cope with the South East of England’s varied an unpredictable climate.

Western Red Cedar for Cornwall James Latham recommended Western Red Cedar as the perfect solution to clad the exterior of all four properties, helping to create the luxury modern take on the alpine lodge that was specified within the brief. Nick Wilson said: “We wanted to create a group of four luxury lodges that would stand the test of time and enhance the already beautiful landscape. The lodges were all sold immediately as they each offered their own bespoke slice of serenity and seclusion whilst overlooking the beautiful Cornish coastline. “We needed to find a company that was large enough to not only provide the long lengths of Western Red Cedar that were required, directly from stock, but one that was also able to take care of the machining and adhere to quick turnarounds, as well as offering technical

expertise and an in-depth understanding of the products they were supplying. James Latham more than fitted the bill and we will have no hesitation in contacting them again for future projects.” Mark Harraway, Timber Manager at James Latham’s Yate depot said: “The Bay Talland project is a fantastic example of how Cedar cladding can add the finishing touches to a building and create the natural looking exterior and eyecatching asthetics demanded by a brief such as this. He added, “PEFC certified, Western Red Cedar is one of North America’s great renewable resources. It is slow grown and naturally durable and it has one of the longest life spans of any softwood, plus its low density gives an excellent insulation value that is superior to most species.”

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A prestigious golf resort off the southern tip of the Korean peninsula chose international market leader in glass solutions, Solarlux, to install a windproof folding glass door system for its new clubhouse. This spectacular clubhouse made of glass and white exposed concrete sits on a rocky coastline on Changseon Island. It is part of the “South Cape Owner’s Club” golf resort which opened back in 2013. With this design, the architects from Mass Studies in Seoul have responded directly to the panorama and topography. The extremely stable and windproof SL 70e system from Solarlux was chosen for this project. Folding glass doors were installed both in the spa area and the clubhouse to ensure a true sense of proximity to nature. A system comprising twelve panels boasts an opening width of over ten metres. When the windows are opened, guests can enjoy the view of the ocean and landscape with all their senses, just as if they were outdoors. The height of the glazing is fundamental to this, which, at 3.5m, seems rather daring given this region’s sometimes harsh climate. A tracking roller-mounted post gives the heat-insulated aluminium section system its outstanding degree of stability. Hollow chamber sections with insulating bars and foam core ensure an excellent level of thermal insulation according to the latest German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV). Moreover, the folding glass door SL 70e is “hurricane tested” to the American standard. This means it is verified as being able to withstand wind forces of up to 300 km/h. Given its panel height of up to 3.5 m, the SL 70e is ideal for shop fronts.


The clubhouse comprises two building sections with ceiling-high glazing which curve outwards like boomerangs. An x-shaped protruding roof joins the two glass structures. The meeting point embraces the characteristics of its immediate surroundings with a golfing swing: To the East it hugs the rocky hills and to the West it reveals the view of the Cape. The deep roof overhang shelters a restaurant, music library and a congress hall from the Southern sun and provides a frame for varied views over the ocean, greenery and hilly woodland. There are more than a hundred private villas spread across the extensive golf facility. This resort also boasts a hotel with 40 suites and a spa with an outdoor pool, snuggling into the rugged coast below the clubhouse. For further information about Solarlux’ folding glass door solutions, call Solarlux on 01707 339 970 or email

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The size of the shaft will also depend upon the type of drive system used to power the lift up and down. For example, the MC2000 platform lift by Invalifts has a shaft size of 1250mm x 1560mm which is just a few centimetres larger than its 1100mm x 1400mm platform size. This compact shaft is possible, as a unique chain driven system is used enabling the largest platform size within the smallest shaft.

The other space requirement will be below the lift shaft, as most platform lifts will require a pit of between 55mm and 100mm. The MC2000 needs a 60mm pit, but if a pit cannot be formed then a ramp can be utilised at the lowest door.

If the lift is to be used as a home lift for ambulant individuals then the shaft can be made to very small dimensions. The type of drive system chosen again impacts on the footprint. The Inva Home Lift can be made with an incredibly small footprint size of 950mm x 1150mm. At these compact sizes, a platform lift can easily fit within a stairwell, or other area, taking up no more space than an armchair.

Can I fit an inclined lift in my property?

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget headroom heights So far we have looked at the footprint space required but we must also consider headroom heights. In particular the headroom height at the top landing will be a crucial measurement. Each lift manufacturer will have a minimum headroom requirement. This measurement is taken from the finished floor level at the top landing to the ceiling or first obstacle. The headroom requirement for a platform lift will usually be less than for a traditional style passenger lift. The MC2000 and Inva Home Lift platform lifts require just 2230mm of headroom whereas the M6000 passenger lift requires 3540mm. Some manufacturers can utilize a smaller door (1900mm high) to bring the headroom requirement down by 100mm.

If an inclined lift for a wheelchair was being considered to deal with a flight of stairs, then the two most critical dimensions would be the width of the stairs and the size of the landing zone (foot of the stairs). There are numerous sizes of platform available but again, the standard for wheelchair use is 1250mm long x 800mm deep for public access requirements. Sizes for private dwellings will vary but can be as small as 800mm x 800mm. When considering any inclined lift the lift manufacturer will provide details of overall measurements depending on the way that the lift is installed including whether it is being wall mounted or stanchion mounted.

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Home Designer and Architect - September 2015  
Home Designer and Architect - September 2015