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and instructions needed for the

The BowTie HD Kit is available in two versions HDs along with PolyPlus SF resin, an SDS Drill Bit, the The BowTie HD is a heavy duty stainless steel tie with a self-cutting tip and is designed for non-disruptive, external installation. Once a clearance hole has been drilled through the wall, the BowTie HD is inserted and power-driven through

concealed once installed, as it requires no external plates.

Some of the UK’s biggest plywood suppliers and retailers risk falling foul of the EU Timber from BM TRADA.

is common practice to use poplar as an internal veneer and then another decorative veneer – from a different species – on the outside to improve the aesthetics. While this

The results revealed that as much as 50% of the samples analysed, for timber industry and non-timber industry clients, since January 2015 were not of the reported species. or when manufactured into a product, is the species it is

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be made a national infrastructure priority.


it will meet a number of its economic, we have allocated over half a billion priority, in an effort to improve the 20 years.

be achieved unless we dramatically reduce the carbon emissions emitted

“The business is well positioned to compared to the same period last economic circumstances and a clear

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commercial addition for the city. The scheme

Landscape architects Grant Associates have designed The Forest of Imagination to enclosure. transform Bath’s historic Queens Square into a temporary fantastical landscape and outdoor gallery for a four-day contemporary arts event in May 2015. interaction with the visitors. Performances and activities will

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Eric Wright Construction, a division of the Eric Wright Group, has completed a multi-million pound engineering facility at Lancaster University.

three and four.

student facilities. These include the complete internal

provide additional research and development laboratories.

08 Industry News From big screen to big sleep Shepherds Bush Pavilion, a Grade II listed building, dating from 1923, was orginially constructed as a cinema. Now, it has been painstakingly restored by Flanagan Lawrence and has reopened as the Shepherds Bush Pavilion hotel.

Designed by Frank Verity, it won the RIBA London Street Architecture Award for the best London façade. Heavily damaged during World War II, the building was poorly repaired, subsequently converted to a Bingo Hall in 1983 and closed its doors for good in 2001, remaining disused for much of the next decade. In 2009 planning permission was granted for conversion into a four-star, 320-room hotel with conference facilities, café, restaurant, bar, retail spaces and a rooftop spa. Drawing on the influence of Art Deco cinema design, the foyer and atrium spaces employ simple curved surfaces in alternating bands of black and gold. The internally illuminated spandrel panels also minimise sound reverberation. At ground floor level, darkstained, ribbed timber panelling and heavy curtains serve a similar purpose. The honey-coloured limestone floor is inlaid with brass, in two simple decorative elements. In the main reception, brass strips form a series of concentric circles at the centre of the space, which are reflected in a ceiling coffer above, while in the atrium, the bands define the circulation route from the reception through to the atrium bar. The primary façades have been retained with modifications to bring natural light into the rooms behind. The building features a new glazed roof which follows the curved profile of the original, bringing daylight into the upper floors of the building. Additional insulation to the brick facades, high performance glazing, solar shading, improved air permeability and new energy- efficient plant all contribute to a significantly improved thermal performance. Jason Flanagan, Director, Flanagan Lawrence Architects commented “Our design has been informed by a detailed understanding of the building’s history and context. Our response complements and refines the original character of the building, protecting this important heritage asset, reactivating the streetscape and providing a new point of focal interest on Shepherds Bush Green.”

Mandatory insulation in UK homes The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ new report ‘Heat Energy: the Nation’s Forgotten Crisis’ is calling for the UK Government to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home. This legislation would declare all UK building stock as ‘national infrastructure’ and provide incentives, such as a reduction in stamp duty, for homeowners to install insulation to national standards. For those who cannot afford to pay, a national scheme to cover the cost of work would be funded by general taxation. The report also calls for installers of energy demand reduction measures to be trained to meet a mandatory competence registration, similar to the CORGI certification/ Gas Safe Register for gas installers. Dr Tim Fox, lead author of the report and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The UK’s housing stock is some of the most poorly insulated in the developed world, largely because of the age of much of the countries domestic dwellings and the failure of successive Governments to take the meaningful action required on energy efficiency measures. “Poorly insulated homes cost the NHS an estimated £1.36bn every year, with one estimate placing 6.5 million UK homes in fuel poverty. The full report can be read here.

New ONS data points to ‘significant growth’, says CPA Although construction output fell prior to the general election, a rise in new orders is pointing to significant growth, the Construction Products Association (CPA) has said. The latest construction output from the ONS indicates that overall activity in the industry fell 0.8% in April compared to March. New construction work rose 1.6% and, however basic repairs and maintenance work decreased by 4.8%. Dr Noble Francis, economics director, Construction Products Association, said: “Total construction output fell slightly in April but this was expected due to the uncertainty prior to the General Election and its adverse impacts on consumer and business confidence. “Overall, construction output was still 1.5% higher than one year earlier and, looking forward, the ONS new orders for construction point to further growth in activity over the next 12-18 months. “New orders in Q1 were 8.0% higher than one year earlier with orders growth in the three key construction sectors; private housing, infrastructure and commercial. Private housing new orders in Q1 were 1.5% higher than a year earlier, which points to further growth in housebuilding but at a potentially slower rate due to skills and capacity constraints. Infrastructure new orders in Q1 rose by 68.9% as work continues to feed through on major projects in the £466bn National Infrastructure Plan. New orders in the commercial sector in Q1 rose 14.9% due to a boost from offices and retail projects in Central London, Birmingham and Manchester.”


Rubb Helps to Bring Former Iconic Shipyard Buildings back to life

The Swan Hunter Shipyard buildings that were located in the dockyards on the banks of the River Tyne are well known as an iconic industrial image of the North East, after dominating the Newcastle skyline for more than 25 years.

Originally manufactured by Rubb Buildings Ltd back in 1982, the two BVL structures measuring 27m span x 24m long with 11.7m high sidewalls, were used to house the ships being manufactured by Swan Hunter. When shipbuilding ceased at the Wallsend yard, the structures were dismantled and placed in storage. In 2014 they are now erected and back in service at Wilton Engineering Services. The company specialises in engineering design, fabrication/construction, analysis, and coatings for the energy industry by the River Tees in Middlesbrough. The buildings were originally designed with a roller and track system to allow the building to slide along the dock. Wilton did not require the buildings to be moved and therefore did not install them with the roller system. The two buildings were designed to butt against each other to form one large enclosure, and also had a removable gable end which could be retro fitted to fully enclose the area. Wilton installed the two buildings together to effectively form one building, the front gable clad with new PVC sheets manufactured by Rubb. Wilton left one gable end open to allow parts and equipment to be easily transported in and out of the building for shot blast and painting.

Wilton approached Rubb to come up with a solution to fully enclose the building and provide a door system that would give a clear opening of approximately 21m wide by 10m

high. Rubb provided a Heli-Door system (21.35m wide x 9.7m high clear opening) with rakers to enable the wind load to be transferred straight to the foundations. This avoided the need to alter the existing building system to accommodate the point load from the door prop. As part of the scheme, Rubb was required to provide a gable infill, which was a shortened version of the previously designed full gable system. The hot dip galvanised-steel framework of the Rubb structures has proved to be long-lasting and durable – at 32 years old, the structures are still able to perform in al climates. The long life and re-use of these industrial fabric structures is an example of the longevity, value and flexibility of Rubb structures. Sales Manager Andy Knox said: “It’s great to see these buildings back in operation. This, along with the fact that they have lasted 32 years in challenging industrial environments, is testament to the design and quality we produce here at Rubb.” Rubb Buildings Ltd Clare Wilson, Marketing Manager Tel: 01914822211

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RINNAI GOES SOLO IN UK FIRST Rinnai, the leading continuous flow gas fired water heater manufacturer, launches its latest innovation, the Infinity Solo Re-Circulator water heater with storage combined. The Infinity Solo range of condensing and condensing low NOX water heaters is the first Rinnai product for the UK to combine the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder all in one. “The preceived necessity for storage type water heating systems is often derived from historical plant room and service deficiencies, for instance gas meter sizes often dictate technology selection in domestic and light commercial applications. Certain legislations are harnessing a like-for-like replacement environment. Therefore Rinnai has developed this technology to enable the appliances to fulfil a wider market need, allowing the benefits of our technology to be felt by a wider audience,” says Associate Director Chris Goggin. “The addition of the Infinity Solo series bolsters our product portfolio and allows Rinnai UK to cater to every application and installer’s needs. They now have access to the advanced technology of the Rinnai water heater, as well as options to combine units in a cascade system with storage - or have the water heater and cylinder combined in one compact footprint in the form of the Infinity Solo. “Because the cylinder is stainless steel it greatly reduces the weight compared to glass lined models, which makes transportation and installation much easier. As well as the difference in weight, the cylinders also feature extremely low heat loss figures (as low as 1.41kW/h day) which means the customer pays less to maintain the heat within the tank,” says Goggin. Pete Seddon from the Rinnai UK Technical Department adds: “One other benefit of the Solo utilising a stainless steel cylinder, is that the life expectancy of the material is far greater than that of a glass-lined equivalent as glass suffers from thermal shock causing it to crack after a period of time. Infinity Solo is renewables compatible so the customer can, at a later date, integrate a solar thermal or heat pump system with minimal alterations as the units will come pre-fitted with relevant tap ins to accommodate renewable technologies. Rinnai manufactures the energy efficient Infinity range of gas fired continuous flow water heaters and energy saver space heaters. The Infinity brand carries the widest range of condensing water heaters available today with the most impressive efficiencies in operation, leading the field in technological innovation. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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The “CARSON” Towel radiator The Italian designed and manufactured Warmrack range of towel radiators which includes the “CARSON” towel radiator shown above will be available from AEL by the 1st May 2015. When in the closed position each luxury towel warmer is a very attractive feature and when each rack is pulled down into the open position each Warmrack radiator provides a capacious and functional airing or drying rack which also provides plenty of heat for your bathroom. Warmrack radiators are available in 12 heights and 7 different unique styles providing the option of having up to pulled down 4 shelves. For further details contact: Tel : 01928 579 068 e mail :, Website:

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HygroMatik humidifier keeps the music playing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland HygroMatik, a leading manufacturer of humidification solutions, has provided the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a steam humidifier to conserve the life of its music instruments when in storage. The MiniSteam unit is ideal for direct room humidification, and is perfect for small and medium sized spaces such as storage rooms, making it ideal for managing the environment of the Conservatoire’s instrument store. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has an extensive collection of treasured music instruments that require special care and attention to preserve their quality and condition. In order to maintain these instruments effectively, the environment in which they are kept must be carefully considered. Controlling the air and moisture content is crucial to preserving the life of these treasured instruments, avoiding expensive repairs and unnecessary replacements. A

preventative measure such as installing a humidification system is key to keeping these valuable music instruments in top condition. Chris McGeever, Building Operations Manager, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland adds: “The old unit had reached the end of its run, having lasted 16 years. When it came to choosing a replacement, we decided to install a similar unit from HygroMatik as it was very reliable. I was also impressed by the great technical assistance HygroMatik provided when I was looking for information on air quality control.” The HygroMatik MiniSteam humidifier is available with a maximum steam output of either 4.8 or 10kg/h making it ideal for the instrument store. Using normal tap water, the unit generates hygienic clean mineral free steam which is distributed evenly with its quiet integrated fan. The MiniSteam features a re-useable steam cylinder making it easy to clean and maintain,

as with all HygroMatik systems, it is precise and hygienic. As an added option, the MiniSteam is also available with HygroMatik’s special rinsing system SuperFlush which helps increase the lifetime of HygroMatik humidifiers, making servicing simple and cost-effective. HygroMatik systems offer specifiers further peace of mind as they are now BIM compliant, meeting the Government requirement of level 2 BIM on public sector projects.

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City of Bristol College top marks for new heating system

City of Bristol College, one of the UK’s largest further and higher education colleges, recently selected Remeha to provide an improved and more efficient heating solution for its College Green Centre, which covers approximately 150,000 square feet and caters for more than 1,500 students. The new heating solution involved the installation of four Remeha P420 12 Section boilers located in the east and west plant rooms on the roof of the building, each powered by Baltur TBG 85pn fully modulating gas burners producing a total output capability of 2900kw. The burners were supplied by EOGB based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. By replacing the old two-stage burners with fully-modulating EOGB/Baltur burners, the college now benefits from efficiency gains of more than 30%, leading to significant energy savings and CO2 and NOx reductions. At the same time, the units have superior reliability and lower maintenance costs. Martin Cooke, Technical Manager at EOGB, said: “The burner-boiler match in this heating system is very effective and enables the burners to operate at a 4:1 turndown ratio which significantly improves efficiency when compared to the old installation. The Baltur PN range of air to gas ratio burners are well established and provide optimum combustion and performance which will heat the City of Bristol College in a more efficient manner for many years to come.” Ean Robertson, Building Services Engineer at the City of Bristol College, said: “The new heating system will be extremely beneficial for the college in both lowering our heating costs and our carbon footprint. With 30,000 students across the campus, reducing our impact on the environment is a key priority and this high-efficiency heating system is a further step in improving our sustainability.” The EOGB/Baltur fully modulating gas burner range is available with outputs from 50kw to 10,850kw. The burners have low CO and NOx emissions and are easy to install which enables a troublefree commissioning which is fully supported by EOGB engineers.

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APOLLO monza aluminium column radiator The monza is a modern contemporary design of column radiator available in over 80 sizes, both vertical and horizontal.

Any bespoke size can be made up on site. Delivery to merchants is within 3 days. Like all apollo radiators it is manufactured in Europe, in this case Italy. The monza is ideally suited to low temperature renewable systems, incorporating heat pumps and underfloor heating. Unlike most aluminium radiators it relies on waterways to conduct heat, the design and technology is patented, and also suited to high pressure systems. The monza is half the weight of steel column radiators, and available at a similar price. There are 46 colour options available within 7 days, the standard colour being ral 9016 white, available in 3 days.

APOLLO roma classic steel column radiators come in a wide range of sizes. Fusion welded sections manufactured in Italy with the latest technology and a 10 year guarantee. Over 150 sizes are available in white within 3 working days and a selection of 46 different colours are available in just 7 working days.

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The biggest edition of

The Flooring Show for many years

Harrogate is where the whole flooring industry gets together for three action-packed days every September. With over 150 exhibitors already booked, including many showing for the first time, The Flooring Show is the perfect time and place to see your current suppliers, meet new ones, network, and learn about new products and launches. It’s a feature-rich event, with a great deal to see and do: • visit the Wool Trends Centre, hosted by the Campaign for Wool and featuring the major wool manufacturers • TWO Demo Zones covering a huge range of practical flooring installation issues • the popular Trends Hub, this year displaying a ‘Flooring Retail Outlet of Tomorrow’ • Networking Opportunities galore, including the return of the Comedy Night • the Business Enrichment Theatre featuring a fascinating seminar programme • and the Curtis Wool Direct Wool feature All elements of the show (other than the comedy night) are free of charge to trade participants. There’s even free parking at the venue for all visitors! Hotels at showtime are already starting to fill up - but there are still rooms available through the organisers’ official accommodation agency.

Show dates and opening hours: • Sunday, September 20 09:30 – 17:30 • Monday, September 21 09:30 – 17:30 • Tuesday, September 22 09:30 – 16:00 To register online, book accommodation, get visitor info, see the latest seminar programme, or for any other show updates just go to the show website at


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Better than ever! Join us for the biggest edition of the UK’s national flooring show for several years. The whole industry will come together for three intensive days of business activity and networking - don’t miss it!


Superb ‘Flooring retail outlet of tomorrow’ display

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With 573 trading UK stores in its ever-expanding portfolio, bargain-buster Poundland PLC is a retailer with one of the highest footfall figures per square metre on the High-Street. As figures reveal that an average Poundland store attracts around half a million visitors each year it’s no surprise that Tarkett, the UK’s leading flooring experts, were appointed to supply and install flooring in Poundland’s newest London store which opened at the end of 2014. Conveniently located in the Treaty Shopping Centre in bustling Hounslow, the 5,140 sq ft space is a great example of one of many successful flooring installations that have been undertaken by Tarkett for Poundland over recent years. With an emphasis on durability and resilience to accommodate for significant footfall, this project saw Tarkett’s iD Inspiration flooring in Oak Natural fitted front of house; this range was introduced to the market back in 2013 and has proved hugely popular across a variety of sectors. The flooring is manufactured with a 0.70mm transparent PVC wear layer which means it’s incredibly hard-wearing without losing any of its visual appeal. A TopClean XP PUR surface treatment also means easy, low-cost maintenance and high return on investment. The range is also environmentally friendly being 100% recyclable, and includes a minimum 48% recycled content. For back of house in staff areas and the Hounslow store’s stock room Tarkett installed Vylon Plus, a homogeneous vinyl floorcovering which provides an incredibly versatile flooring solution.

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“We have been using Tarkett products for several years now for both front and back of house within Poundland.“ Mark Roberts, Head of Store Development, Poundland PLC comments: “We have been using Tarkett products for several years now for both front and back of house within Poundland. As a retailer with one of the highest footfalls per square metre on the HighStreet, we need a product that is hardwearing and performs well under pressure. It is important that the flooring not only withstands the footfall, but also the pressure put upon it by constant replenishment of stock. This means having to withstand stock trolleys, cages, wheelchairs, pushchairs and other forms of usage; the Tarkett product has stood up to this exceptionally well. Tarkett has a vast range of choice and offer exceptional value for money and we have yet to find anything that better suits our needs.” Terry Smith, Corporate Account Manager, Tarkett UK explains: “Poundland is a client that we always enjoy working with and it’s great to see how we can maximise the functionality of their stores with our fit-for-purpose product. Due to the nature of their premises, Poundland is always keen to install flooring that meets a number of criteria from its aesthetic and low maintenance qualities to its ability to endure high footfall. We’re also proud to be able to share our specialist offering and product range with Poundland for their European stores, including Spain.” Further information is available at Email: Call: 01622 854 040

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Your Need for Speed… F. Ball have always put flooring contractors at the top of their list of priorities, developing new and innovative products that deliver the very best results. All F. Ball products are specifically developed and extensively tested for the job in hand, and through the application of ‘joined-up thinking’ you can now combine their High-Performance, Fully Guaranteed products, that when applied in conjunction actually deliver better and faster end results. Fast-Track was born from F. Ball’s incomparable expertise, as they know that the most valuable asset to any flooring professional is TIME. Wasted time means reduced profits. You need a professional flooring system that gets the job done quickly without compromising on quality. When you combine F. Ball’s Stopgap F78 Waterproof Surface Membrane with Stopgap Fast-Track 30 and Styccobond F5 when laying vinyl flooring you can complete a full installation in a matter of hours, allowing difficult refurbishments in areas such as kitchens, residential home accommodation, bathrooms, student accommodation and in commercial situations where ‘time’ is critical because these areas cannot be closed for long periods… even in some public access areas. Stopgap Fast-Track 30, F. Ball’s Rapid-Setting, RapidDrying, Self-levelling Smoothing Underlayment contains the very latest advances in cement technology and provides a truly Fast-Track Solution and is suitable for use in light to heavy-duty applications for preparing sound absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors prior to the installation of new floorcoverings.

floorcoverings in ‘Time Sensitive’ installations. Its FastDrying properties allow for very early placement of vinyl floorcoverings. Styccobond F5 is ultimately adaptable and can be applied to structurally sound, smooth, dry, absorbent subfloors of concrete and sand/cement screed, Stopgap smoothing underlayments, plywood and hardboard.

Stopgap F78 impedes the passage of residual construction moisture, enabling early installation of floorcoverings in ‘Fast-Track’ building programmes. Stopgap F78 must be applied in two coats and can be used to isolate residual moisture where relative humidity values are up to 95% and is pigmented blue to enable uniform coverage – there’s no So choose F. Ball ‘Fast-Track Solutions’… you’ll reduce the need mixing required and can be resealed and stored for future for double site visits and halve your travel costs. You’ll also claim back many hours in time and make more profit. use, so eliminating waste too. F. Ball offer full product support from their technical reps and The most recent addition to the F. Ball Range of ‘Fastextensive website at Track Solutions’ is Styccobond F5 – a Fibre-reinforced, Fast-drying, Solvent-free adhesive for installing vinyl


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Queens’ College Cambridge Selected Cambridgeshire based, Strata Panels to design and manufacture furniture for over 100 student bed rooms. Buying direct from the manufacturer – Strata Panels Helen Heath, Queens’ College’s Head of Housekeeping, wanted a local furnituremanufacturer to come up with a solution of making bespoke contract furniture that would fit in with the historic feel and dark timbers of the 1911 built Queens’ College Dokett building, as well as a more modern looking style Queens’ College Cripps Court built during the 1970s. Strata Panels based a short distance along the A14 just north of Huntingdon responded to the challenge having made student furniture for over 15 years. “Strata’s Mark Garrood listened to the brief and produced sample pieces of furniture that met our exact criteria and at competitive prices.” - Helen Both designs were made using European Oak veneered MDF, the furniture for the Queens’ College Dokett building had oak crafted edges that were machined to give the detail a period look and were stained dark brown to match the exposed timbers and wall panelling which gives the building its character. Handles were sourced from India that complemented the furniture’s appearance and completed the antique look. The furniture for Queens’ College Cripps Court had 26mm thick oak veneered carcasses and was finished in a clear lacquer.

Queens’ College Furniture Project – Strata Panels Strata produced wardrobes, desks, desk pedestals, chests of drawers, bookcases, under bed storage drawers and bedside cabinets for 43 rooms in the Queens’ College Dokett building and 64 rooms in Queens’ College Cripps Court. Working closely with the college, installation time was compressed to fit in with building contractors and the start of the autumn term. By working weekends and late into the nights Strata Panel’s own team of installers completed the 107 rooms in just over a week. Smaller items such as bedside cabinets and storage drawers were delivered preassembled, whereas the larger items were assembled in situ. Babis Karakoulas, The Domestic Bursar for the Queens’ College, on seeing the furniture after it had been installed, complimented Strata on how well the appearance fitted in with the age and character of the Dokett building.

Cambridgeshire’s contract joinery best kept secret – Strata Panels Strata Panels are small enough to be flexible and able to meet individual requirements, yet large enough to cope with the volume roll out. Hot on the heels of completing the project at Queens’ College, Strata are now manufacturing furniture for a new student accommodation block in Central London comprising 142 bedroom sets. Strata Panels take pride in manufacturing for schools, colleges, universities and hotels throughout the UK

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MHA LIGHTING Technical recruiters IC Resources are turning to LED technology to energise their offices

Lighting & Lighting Design 27 LEADING technical recruiters IC Resources are now also leading the way in reducing their energy consumption. With the help of award-winning lighting manufacturer MHA Lighting, IC Resources have cut their lighting energy bills by 79% at their Grazeley offices, near Reading. In installing the ultra-low energy LED luminaires, the company which specialises in placing candidates in the semiconductor, embedded software and electronics sectors, are set to save £2,510 on their energy bills annually. This will equate to an energy saving of £42,670 over the product’s lifetime and will save 191 tonnes of Co2. Daniel Nash, IC Resources director, said: “As a company operating within the technical arena we’ve been keeping up-to-date with the developments being made in LED lighting and the associated benefits. “After speaking with Litenow lighting consultants it became even more apparent that switching to LED is an investment that can really pay off. “The IC Resources team is hugely dedicated and work at an extremely fastpace so it is paramount that the environment they work in is as comfortable and well-lit as possible. Reducing our energy usage and associated carbon footprint is something we were also extremely focussed on doing.

“Litenow recommended MHA Lighting’s products to us and we are delighted to say that the MHA solution has delivered on all these collective objectives. “Litenow’s installation team caused no intrzusion during installation either, which was completed outside of the offices’ opening hours, causing zero disruption to day-today operations.” Litenow specified MHA Lighting’s WaveStar 202 luminaires (27w including ballast) to replace the existing twin Compact Fluorescents – which were drawing 110w (not inclusive of ballast). Using patented waveguide technology the WaveStar 202 is able to deliver 98 lumens per circuit watt and 5000Kelvin to ensure working conditions are at the optimum for staff. Many studies have been done in work settings where activities such as reading and typing improve under lighting around the 5000K mark as people are able to see things much more easily. The colour temperature of the light and the high levels of uniformity are already enhancing the look and feel of the office for employees. Due to the lighting system’s design and high-reliability, the WaveStar is extremely low maintenance and will run for 109,000 hours of continuous use. With IC Resources 12 hour a day operation over 5.5 days, the lights will not need replacing for 17 years, saving hundreds of pounds annually in maintenance costs over the product’s lifetime and bringing the total savings over the lifetime to £52,628.


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The payback period for this installation is just three year and nine months, providing a Return On Investment of 515%. Tom Harrison, MHA Lighting MD, said: “Given that lighting accounts for 40% of an office’s energy costs, the savings to be had by switching to LED have the potential to have a huge impact on a business’ bottom line. “We are delighted with the savings we have been able to achieve at the IC Resources offices in Grazeley but the benefits of this installation are much more than just the energy saved. “The latest in human-centric lighting research suggests that high quality LED lighting improves the working environment and as our LED lighting does not flicker or hum it meets occupational health standards and contributes to a greater feeling of wellbeing amongst staff. “Our LED technology provides the highest quality uniformly distributed light to create the closest light to natural daylight indoors and the high lux levels we provide can improve employee’s concentration.” Steve Hiscox, MD of Litenow, added: “The feedback we have received from the IC Resources staff has been hugely positive and it has been a pleasure working with an organisation that fully appreciates the benefits that can be achieved with a high quality LED lighting solution.”

About MHA Lighting: MHA Lighting is an award-winning lighting manufacturer based in Greater Manchester that has an extensive range of LED solutions for internal and external applications. The team at MHA believe that everyone should have the best lit environment achievable – whether that is at work, in public places or on the streets. We don’t just sell lights – what we do is much more important than that. We help every one of our clients achieve the best lit environment possible and typically save them 80% on their energy bills along the way. Case Studies of our work include: The Trafford Centre, GlaxoSmithKline, Scott Safety, the NHS, Birmingham NEC, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Airport Group, Reckitt Benckiser and Chevron-Texaco. For more information please visit:

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Outdoor LED lighting with a designer edge LED lighting should now be the norm, there’s no excuse for fitting energy-guzzling CFL, halogen and even incandescent bulbs in our schools, offices, public buildings or homes. All the options you need should be readily available from your favourite local wholesaler. One of the names you are most likely to hear when you enquire at the wholesalers about LED outdoor lighting with LEDs, is NIGHTeye from Timeguard, the firm that has consistently led the way with its combinations of innovative design, superior quality and fast-fix convenience.

Design The original ultra-compact pan-and-tilt Timeguard LED NIGHTeyes broke the mould and were a completely new concept in outdoor lighting design. Small and yet remarkably powerful, these floodlights are compact and stylish enough to be used anywhere. A range of more business-like looking LED floodlights followed, with precision- designed lenses and reflector plates to ensure that the light that is emitted is not only diffused and more pleasing to the eye, but also give more comprehensive coverage for security. The polycarbonate casing and easy wiring, make these lights an installers’ favourite. However, successful as the first NIGHTeyes were, the market soon let it be known that nothing is ever going to displace the original, traditional bulkhead design altogether. So then Timeguard designed new LED bulkhead lights that are compact, strong and attractive. The latest addition sees the addition of New super slim options to the range. Made from solid die-cast metal with polycarbonate lenses for impact resistance, they are tough enough for industrial and commercial installations and benefit from the even light pattern as do other models in the NIGHTeye range, thanks to the layout of the individual diodes behind the frosted light-diffusing lenses.

Quality and reliability The quality of light emitted by LEDs can vary between the stark glare of a light which is no more than an array of LED ‘dots’ and the pleasing output from units with lenses designed to create a more gentle, diffused light, as with the NIGHTeye range. Of course an LED lamp requires a lot more than the diodes – there is also a driver which needs to be suitable to last the intended life of the product and a heat sink to dissipate the heat produced and the all-important PIR detectors. The quality of these components is as important as that of the diode in building a long-lasting product. For instance, relatively few of the PIRs on the market are actually rated to switch LEDs which, despite their low rating, do generate a significant spike in switching – be sure to check these ratings. All the information you need should be on the box. . Some LED lamps do not even have proper cooling fins. Very cheap is rarely very cheerful. The most economical lighting of all is the lighting made from quality components which can be fitted and forgotten, and that usually means a trusted brand name like Timeguard. Check out the whole range at

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Bringing your Building to Life There is more to life than black and grey. With the recent Valspar paint campaign, people are becoming inspired to colour outside the lines. RCM put the colour back into building with their Cladcolour facades. These spectacular facades are available in a comprehensive pallet range and can be supplied in any standard RAL colour – allowing contractors, architects and developers to bring their buildings to life. Design isn’t all about practicality – however there are many factors to consider when specifying the right system for the job. Key features to look for include implications for thermal performance, fire safety, weather resistance and life expectancy, as well as cost efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Cladcolour is a cost effective cladding solution that is suitable for a range of applications including facia and soffits, rainscreen cladding balconies, infill panels and all other areas where a prefinished panel is required for the design of the build. Cladcolour can be fixed with screws – making it an extremely economical method of installation when fixing onto timber or aluminium support framing. This facade has a density of 1330-1420kg/m3 and offers thermal conductivity of 0.30w/mk. Cladcolour also benefits from an A1 NonCombustible Fire Rating and a Five Star Frost Resistance. Additionally, Cladcolour is highly resistant to fungus and termite attacks and has a 30 year life expectancy. RCM offer a full optimisation service together with full fabrication capabilities.

RCM Supports DIY SOS - Charity Project Special Created in 1972 – The Spinney – a centre in which the Local Community Association could run a play scheme, was founded by Peterborough Development Corporation and the City Council. The building was threatened with closure on numerous occasions but the local community fought hard to keep it open. Sadly, in the summer of 2013 the council made the decision to close the centre, leaving the parents and children without this widely used and much loved facility. However, faith was not lost and local residents, Little Miracles and the Scouts Association decided to create a new management community with the aim to save The Spinney. The community’s hopes were lifted by the BBC show DIY SOS and amazingly the project was accepted to be involved in the programme with aim of engaging with businesses to build a brand new centre built. The project was constructed by hundreds of volunteers from around the UK including decorators, electricians, carpenters, joiners, landscapers, builders, plasterers, plumbers and engineers. The teams challenge was to knock down and rebuild the centre, relying entirely on the use of donated materials. RCM made the decision to donate their specialist Cladcolour facade. The prefinished fibre cement cladding panel which requires minimal maintenance and

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with RCM’s Cladcolour is easy to install, making it perfect for this build. The Spinney was constructed from a variety of the different colours that Cladcolour is available in. This created a fun and playful aesthetic for the children using the facilities. Each of the 238 cladding panels had a unique reference, to allow its location to be identified within the giant jigsaw puzzle in the design. The Little Miracles site was the size of three average homes and was built from the ground up – making it the shows biggest challenge to date. The build was achieved in just nine days, opening on 15 September 2013, with a finished value of £1 million. The Spinney is now a play centre accessible to families with children that have additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. This very special build provides a place for the children of over 800 families in the area as well as other children’s groups like the Scouts. This project was unique as it didn’t just provide a building, but a safe place to help families through the good and bad times of their lives. 83% of the families that use Little Miracles live below the poverty line, and as such all of the services they run are free of charge. For many of the children that use the centre, ‘Little Miracles’ is the only place they are able to communicate freely, make friends, and most importantly, be themselves. Families of the children that now use the facility are overwhelmed by the outcome of this charity project and thrilled that their children can play in a safe environment without judgement as well as providing a place where parents can chat to other parents who understand their situation and ultimately support one another.

Ian Quiton, Managing Director of RCM commented: “This was an extremely important project for RCM, we are honoured to be a part of such a significant scheme for a truly worthy cause. The opening event was extremely emotional and anyone who has watched the programme will have seen burley builders reduced to tears. This has to be one of our most fulfilling projects ever.”

Informative CPD Events For those interested in finding out more, RCM provide informative CPD sessions including: a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen facades, covering: What a specifier needs to consider Board materials and benefits Board applications Work on site For more details call 0845 1303725 or visit

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Fakro Conservation Windows For Low Roofline Installation With over 250 size and glazing options, FAKRO not only offers the largest standard range of roof windows in conservation style but routinely manufactures products to bespoke requirements. Planners are becoming increasingly prescriptive in conservation areas, so FAKRO’s choice of 3 installation depths and scope to fit either direct to rafters or battens is attracting considerable attention. Such facilities are not offered by any other manufacturer and for slates in particular, installing roof windows low within the roof line gives them a neat and unobtrusive appearance. For deeply profiled tiles too, however, the facility to raise installation depth is similarly effective. When specifying for the restoration of the Co-Operative Pioneers’ Museum in Rochdale, architects Loop Systems selected FAKRO windows to replace 8 old rooflights set within a traditional stone slate roof with diminishing courses. The mid-Victorian building is within a conservation area and has considerable historic significance so the new windows were specified with a bespoke double mullion bar to match those they replaced. An EZJ flashing provided the required low profile when the roof build-up was upgraded to comply with current Building Regulations. Characteristic features of conservation roof windows are their black vertical mullion bar, cladding and flashing but from the home owner’s perspective windows offer the same internal features and contemporary styling in either natural pine, white PU-coated pine or PVC. Windows can be fitted with ease from inside the roof and with the operating handle in the base of the sash they can be positioned closer to the apex to enhance availability of natural light. Operation of the windows is also far easier as the handle is easier to reach, requiring far less frequent use of an extension rod. For further information please contact: Fakro GB Ltd 01283 554755

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VMZINC As part of Austin Smith Lord’s design for the full renovation of Liverpool Central Library, the original zinc roof of the Picton Reading Room, built in 1879, had to be replaced. 800m2 of VMZINC® QUARTZZINC PLUS® was installed over much of the original Victorian boarding, a combination of batten cap and standing seam panels being used to satisfy English Heritage requirements for the Unesco World Heritage Site. Details were replicated with the help of the VMZINC heritage service in a design which has provided an

roof for Unesco World Heritage site energy-efficient, sustainable five storey building to replace those built post-war following Second World War bomb damage. The roof terrace has been highlighted as ‘star’ of the project, not least because of the spectacular views it provides and the added visual aesthetic it gives of the rotunda roof and the Grade II-listed neo-classical façade. Umicore VM Zinc T: 01992 822288 W:

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ctional yet inspirational: RMIG’s ision perforated metal sunshield ance energy efficiency and aesthetics university. The striking triangular shaped construction of panels have given the University of Southern Denmark’s (SDU’s) Kolding Campus a distinct exterior that is both highly functional and also an inspirational landmark for its city. The screens feature a bespoke perforation pattern that works with their opening angle of 30 degrees to give the optimal balance of light and energy in and out of the building. This also contributes toward facilitating the well-being of the building’s inhabitants by providing a good view of outdoor areas from inside.


is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of perforated metal, providing specialist and bespoke solutions for the built environment. Its precision perforated panels are used to create energy preserving sunshields for a broad type of buildings, with installations including the Vendespace sports arena in France the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Spain and Havelland Elementary School in Germany.

Perforated sunshields can play a significant role in reducing energy costs and environmental footprint, while still maintaining a unique design presence. Studies of buildings with perforated metal facades show that in just one year, estimated energy savings of between 29 and 45 percent can be gained. In addition, depending on the location of the building and the intensity of the sun, a decrease in solar irradiation of up to 77.9 percent can be achieved. Working to an architect’s brief, RMIG’s team of engineers are able to create screens that are eye-catching, longlasting and environmentally sound. A suitably finished perforated metal facade has the capability to remain on a building for years, keeping those inside comfortable while providing those on the outside with a visual treat. In Denmark, for example, RMIG’s precision perforated panels were used to create a dynamic façade and solar shading system for the country’s first low-energy

A point of further innovation has been the use of intelligent sensors, which are attached to each of the 1,600 screens. These sensors measure outdoor light and heat levels and transmit the data to a small motor. This automatically adjusts each screen to ensure that those using the building experience a dynamic change of light during the day and can enjoy a comfortable indoor climate in the rooms along the facade. These unique features contribute to reducing the amount of energy consumed by the building, helping to achieve its lowenergy status. The facade panels are manufactured from 4,500m² of 3.0mm thick anodised aluminium and feature keyholeperforated ImagePerf to give the exterior a vibrant appearance. When closed, the adaptable screens have been designed to lie flat on the frontage, however, when half or fully open they point outward, giving the building a dramatic look at all times. The triangular motif is also repeated throughout the building in different forms and shapes, giving the construction an open impression. In the evening, the light from the inside of the building pours through the perforated pattern and makes the facade appear more transparent. Students and passers-by on their way to or from the university get an immediate sense of the interior activities of the campus, ensuring a link between the inner life of the building and the outside spectator. This is just one of many examples of how RMIG’s dedicated architectural and construction sector support programme, City Emotion, is assisting architects and contractors in bringing their urban design concepts to life. In addition to exterior cladding, RMIG supplies products for a large number of construction and architectural applications such as car park and security screening, acoustic wall linings, ceilings, lighting, street furniture, balustrades and walkways.

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The ABS T-Bespoke is a high gloss black finish with a backlit silicone keypad. The backlight colour can be changed on site and remotely to 7 different colours! It looks contemporary and is extremely low profile and durable. This system is available with 1 call button and a keypad for coded access with 400 codes. The surface back box is matt black and the system connects to a Hub via a single CAT5. The platform can either be GSM or Landline, whichever suits you best! This product benefits from all of the standard features – well we call them standard! This includes forward dialling up to 8 numbers, a battery backed time clock, 9 timed profiles allowing calls to be sent elsewhere at a certain time and date, automatic daylight saving (BST/GMT) and automatic dimming of the keypad. You can even receive a text from the Telguard to inform you that a door has been opened or somebody has activated a passive device at night! (GSM Only) This product will certainly set you apart from the rest of the houses in the your area! And as ever you benefit from proven Telguard reliability and quality associated with British engineering.

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NEW PIR OPTION FOR CYGNUS WIRELESS ALARM SYSTEM A programme of constant innovation at Bull Products sees the launch of a new PIR option to its successful range of Cygnus wireless alarm systems. The Cygnus system, which is now firmly established as one of the most advanced wireless alarm systems for use on construction sites, now benefits from additional functionality. Any of the Cygnus system modules such as fire alarm call points, smoke detectors, heat detectors, and first aid call points can be specified with the PIR option so that whenever an intruder is detected by the PIR sensors, an alert is sent to personnel off-site, thus increasing the safety protection offered by Cygnus The PIR functionality works best with the Cygnus GSM control panel which sends users an SMS text alert notification should an intrusion occur. The PIR sensors on the individual units are activated by using the menu settings on the control panel, and if an intruder is to pass the sensor in its activated mode, this will cause the local alarm to sound. The CE marked Cygnus wireless alarm system has raised the bar in the industry for performance and reliability and has impressive capability linking together 480 units in 15 zones around construction sites, each zone having a capacity of 32 units. When any fire alarm call point or detector raises an alarm, it activates all other devices around the entire construction site, these devices normally situated in prominent places such as main escape routes and fire exits. In a similar way, when a first aid alert is raised, each first aid device will beep intermittently every 8 seconds,

and a message is sent to the control panel to alert the first aider and can also trigger a paging system or can send a text if required. The Cygnus system is designed for use in dense concrete and steel structured buildings and in areas where there are many other radio frequencies in operation, and so particular attention has been given to achieving an impressive connection range. It operates on a Category 1 radio frequency and open air tests prove the Cygnus system range can exceed 1.5km. The control panel for the Cygnus system provides very sophisticated capability with an event log function which records any events such as an alarm activation, low battery warning, and signal faults all of which can be viewed if necessary in the history folder held on the panel. The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a call point to the rest of the alarm units. All call points in the Cygnus system are IP rated for water protection and all detector units have internal sounders for alerting. There is also an option of a GSM datalink for remote access and text notifications of alarms to users. Bull Products offers a full one year guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, onsite and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contract. Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

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THE NEXT STEP IN ALARM EVOLUTION Aico, UK’s market leader in domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection, unveils the latest in Smoke and Heat Alarm technology with its new 160e Series. With over £280 million of the 160 Series alarms sold to date, the new 160e Series builds on this high quality, reliable and proven technology to produce a cleaner, modern designed alarm containing a whole raft of enhancements to increase protection and performance. The alarms have been completely redesigned to lend themselves to suiting most modern properties and to complement the latest Aico accessories. The new 160e design is up to 18% slimmer when compared to the previous 160RC Series alarms allowing them to be less obtrusive in the room, whilst maintaining the same easi-fit footprint making it simple to upgrade from previous Aico alarms. The units have been made all the easier to install. Additional screw holes have been incorporated into the base to save on installation times with all hole positions matching previous alarm bases, removing the need to drill extra holes. The holes themselves have been adapted to enable N° 8 Screws to be used and bigger terminals have been incorporated to readily accommodate 1.5mm² cable, making it easier to wire. ‘O’ for Optical and ‘I’ for Ionisation have been imprinted on the alarm test buttons and colour coding added to the back of every alarm to make it easier to check the right alarm type is being fitted. Components within the alarms provide improved performance in response time and resistance to false alarms. The Ei164e Heat Alarm has a new thermistor giving a faster alarm response when the trigger temperature is reached. The Ei166e Optical Alarm has a new cylindrical sensor chamber encapsulated by a bonded protective mesh to keep out potential contaminates such as dust and insects whilst still allowing the free flow of smoke. With Aico’s award winning RadioLINK wireless alarm interconnection, a firm favourite of both installers and landlords, the 160e Series of alarms now comes with a plug in RadioLINK+ module negating the need for a separate RadioLINK base. The Ei100MRF RadioLINK+ module simply slots into the alarm and is automatically activated ready to be House Coded in with the rest of the system. Such a design saves on installation time and reduces associated costs. With the introduction of the RadioLINK+ module, the House Coding slot has now been moved onto the actual alarm making it easy to access and use and, most importantly, enabling all the alarms to be House Coded in situ. This not only makes for quicker installation, but also allows the installer to check RF signal strength at the exact location the alarms will be when protecting the occupants and dwelling. RadioLINK+ has also made it easier to expand existing systems. With RadioLINK+ only one alarm in the existing system needs putting into Remote House Code mode, which

signals to all other devices on the house coded system that a new alarm/accessory needs adding, as opposed to all the alarms. RadioLINK+ has an enhanced self-monitoring function that recognises system tampering or alarm head removal. Each alarm in the system has the ability to identify the alarm with the strongest Radio Frequency (RF) signal and automatically pair with it. At regular intervals, these paired alarms communicate with each other so that if one alarm is removed from its base the other will acknowledge the lack of response with an indicator light and log this in its memory, even if the missing alarm is replaced. It can also send an ‘Alarm Removed’ signal when connected to an Ei414 Fire/ CO Alarm Interface and third party device e.g. Warden Call or other monitoring systems. Designed to provide flexible solutions, delivering the highest quality protection for BS 5839-6 Grade D applications, the new 160e Series includes Optical, Heat and Ionisation Alarm models. These mains powered alarms come with 10 year rechargeable Lithium cells to provide over six month’s back-up in the event of a mains failure. 160e alarms are compatible with existing Aico alarms and accessories, enabling for full system upgrades or simple system expansion using the new models. The original 160 Series, launched in 1999, has been installed into millions of properties across the UK. Aico has invested considerably in the range over the years, with a number of key developments such as RadioLINK wireless alarm interconnection and remote control. The 160e is the next evolutionary step forward. A wholly owned subsidiary of Ei Electronics, Aico is a market leader in residential fire and CO protection in the UK. All alarms are designed and built in Ireland specifically to meet the UK standards and regulations. 2015 sees Aico’s 25th anniversary. With more mains powered domestic smoke alarms installed in the UK’s social housing than any other manufacturer, Aico is tried, tested and trusted. Aico has a dedicated team of Regional Managers to support specifications and supply of products. Aico also offers technical support over the phone and an internal sales team to help with any enquiries. For more information please visit

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LANDSCAPE in Battersea Park 22nd & 23rd of September 2015 LANDSCAPE, the industry’s annual meeting place, is on the 22nd & 23rd of September 2015 in Battersea Park in central London. International Design Competition This year as part of the shows involvement with London Design Week, LANDSCAPE are launching a new ‘Design A Tree House Competition’. With a cash prize and a 3D model produced of the wining design, it certainly seems to have caught the imagination. It is hoped that the winning design is then built as part of the 2016 event.

New Website The new LANDSCAPE website will be launched within the next week and contain up to date details of our amazing speaker programme (www. On the website you will be able to find confirmed times, titles and bios of the speakers already confirmed to be part of things this September.

Speakers Include Amongst the forty speakers that will be taking part, Baroness Fookes will be talking about the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group activities and the wider part they play. Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture will be bringing us up to speed with their new developments. Jamie Eagles from the Nine Elms Regeneration Scheme will talk about the work being carried out in the Battersea area.

CPD Seminars As part of LANDSCAPE’s ongoing commitment towards uniting the industry and enhancing the professional qualifications of it’s practitioners, most of the ‘free to attend’ seminars at this year’s LANDSCAPE Show qualify for CPD learning points.

Internationally recognised The show attracts over 3000 visitors including landscape designers, architects, contractors, facilities managers, local government planners, councils and parks officers, groundsmen and interior designers to name just a few. With visitors from across the world, a diverse exhibitor list, engaging seminars and backing from key industry associations, LANDSCAPE is now internationally recognised as the ‘go to’ show for the industry.

International Pavilion Due to high demand from overseas suppliers, we are delighted showcase our International Pavilion. Focusing on the newest trends, innovative products and exciting opportunities, the pavilion will allow visitors to experience ideas from all over the World in one location.

SGD Product of the Year LANDSCAPE is delighted to once again support the SGD ‘Product of the Year award’. The short listed entries will be appearing at the exhibition itself with the winner announced live at the show.

Extensive Media Partnerships This year there is again a chance to ‘Meet the Media’, - your opportunity to speak direct to the journalists that cover your industry. This year the show is supported by over 15 different media titles from as far afield as America, Slovenia and Russia. Alongside them will be a special ‘Meet the Author’ desk. Come and talk to the authors of those publications that have always interested you.

Young Horts This year the Young Horts will again be holding their autumn conference at the show on Wednesday the 23rd of September bringing the industry up to date with their achievements across the course of the last twelve months. LANDSCAPE is truly uniting the industry and has something for everyone. Make sure you are part of it this year and visit our website for more details. LANDSCAPE 2015 10am – 6pm – Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10am – 5pm – Wednesday 23rd September 2015

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LANDSCAPE SHOW, TUESDAY 22 & WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2015 BATTERSEA PARK, LONDON The LANDSCAPE Show returns to Battersea Park in London on Tuesday & Wednesday the 22nd & 23rd of September 2015. Over 200 manufacturers and suppliers, over 3,000 visitors, over 40 CPD accredited seminars. For more details go to:

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Extraordinary architectural project in Qatar features Neolith by TheSize Neolith by TheSize, a brand of all-natural, premium sintered compact surfaces, has been used to clad the new Salata Building in the heart of Doha, Qatar. Designed by Elias Bou Raffoul from E-Square Architects, this spectacular construction stands out for its striking geometrical aesthetics.

Elias Bou Raffoul, architect, explains: “The irregular lines embody the contrast and the relationship between a full and empty space, between an inner and outer space, and the negative and positive, creating the different structures of the building.” Neolith by TheSize was specified for its lightweight and large slab formats that provide a high performance solution and reduce installation time. Neolith’s ventilated façade system can contribute to a building’s thermal efficiency in terms of energy consumption, with savings reaching up to 40%. Furthermore, the cladding offers insulation since it is resistant to UV exposure and temperature changes, factors that are crucial especially in a region where the climate can reach 50ºC. Elias Bou Raffoul used Neolith Avorio and Nero from the Colorfeel Collection, as well as Rojo Qatar, a colour developed exclusively for the project, to create a unique building that is durable, versatile and sustainable.

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TREX DECKING Trex decking is an innovative and stylish way to transform a house into a home and make any building project come to life. The high performance composite decking brand is increasingly becoming a popular choice with architects and house builders alike who are looking to use WPC (wood plastic composite) in forthcoming builds. Comprised of 95% recycled materials, Trex, unlike other wooden decking’s, will not rot, warp, crack or splinter thanks to its advanced shell design. With a shell on the surface protecting it from moisture, Trex decking can last well over 20 years without degradation, meaning it is even suitable for the rather wet British weather. A strong and durable decking with scratch and stain resistance properties, it is a home owners dream as it never needs sanding, staining or painting, so there won’t be any need for time intensive and costly maintenance work. Furthermore, Trex’s revolutionary hidden fasteners deliver a sleek finish with no unsightly screws. These hidden fasteners make it easy to access underneath the boards in the event of something falling between them, with little hassle or disruption. Compared with woods such as teak or sandalwood, Trex is not only cost-effective due to its long lasting properties but also cheaper to begin with. With a fully conversant technical team with years of experience, Trex is both quickly and efficiently installed at any project. Looking sleek and smart in all photography, Trex’s crisp lines bring out the qualities of the outside space and building design. As a brand, Trex is constantly surprised at the ingenuity of architect’s designs. With so many constantly pushing the boundaries to create ever more beautiful buildings, Trex continues to design products that play their part in bringing these designs to life. No longer do builders or designers have to rely on imported tropical wood, with all its flaws, fading and maintenance issues. With natural tropic looks, Trex Transcend comes in a variety of shades including grey finishes (Island Mist), streaked matt finish and tropical light grey. For more information about Trex products, visit

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Garden makeover puts

Cornish B&B on a firm footing A Cornish inn and restaurant has transformed a neglected, overgrown garden into a spectacular decked terrace with exotic plants, walkways, ponds and waterfalls. The Waterwheel Inn, which offers bed and breakfast accomodation, a restaurant and bar in the historic White River valley near St Austell, is creating an idyllic outdoor space as part of the property’s ten-year renovation. Owners Mark and Francesca took over the Waterwheel Inn in April 2011 and are giving the outdoor space an ambitious makeover as part of a ten-year project. They had assumed that timber decking would not be a viable option for the new terrace, which sits under mature plants and trees in a shaded valley and would become very wet and slippery. The couple were researching safer rubber flooring options when they discovered Gripsure – the UK’s leading non-slip decking manufacturer, based just three miles away.

The garden gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the mild climate of mid-Cornwall as well as appreciating the owners’ extensive collection of tree ferns and observing local wildlife. With the venue already proving popular for private functions, the owners are now in the process of getting a ‘grant of approval’ to hold civil marriages and civil partnerships.

Made from FSC-approved Scandinavian Redwood timber, Gripsure decking gives the warm, natural look and feel of traditional decking but its nonslip aggregate strips ensure it stays safe, even in wet weather. The owners opted for Pro Classic, Gripsure’s original design, which achieves the highest safety rating of any nonslip decking available on the market.

Mark Willis said: “When we took over the business, it had been on the market for four years, so the garden was really overgrown, with horrible old crazy paving and a falling-down pergula. It needed a huge amount of clearing but we knew there was potential for this to become a real asset to the business: somewhere tranquil for guests to relax over a their morning coffee, or enjoy a family meal on a summer’s evening. “Because traditional timber decking can be dangerously slippery, we never imagined we would be able to use timber to achieve such a spectacular result. We have had lots of positive feedback from guests – one even took a sample of the decking away with him!” The Waterwheel now has a five-by-eighteen-metre decked terrace, with a number of walkways around the garden in development. The owners are also improving disability access points with decked ramps into the property and in and around the garden.

Gripsure Director Mike Nicholson said: “Business owners often tell us that they had assumed timber decking was not an option for them, until they saw our products. It is very rewarding when we help them achieve beautiful timber decking that offers them the safety they need.

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BITUCHEM MATERIAL USED FOR SAFER PLAYGROUND A newly constructed primary school in Waterlooville, Hampshire has applied over 1500 square metres of Bituchem’s most popular hard landscaping material, Natratex Cotswold, to its outdoor playground and teaching areas.

Berewood Primary School opened its gates for its first year of teaching in September last year. Built to accommodate 420 children aged four to eleven, the new primary school is part of the University of Chichester Academy Trust and is just one element of the ongoing development in West of Waterlooville. Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold material was specified in buff due to its visually attractive qualities when compared with a standard black asphalt tarmac surface but with the same smooth properties that make asphalt a safe surface to use around schools. Paula Downard, Landscape Architect at Hampshire County Council commented, “The appearance and practicality of the Natratex Cotswold material make it the perfect solution for this application and we are very pleased with the end result. Hampshire County Council specified this material for another project nearby and so we were able to view the performance and colour beforehand. We received a sample of the material from Bituchem and were advised that the colour would eventually fade to a softer, more attractive colour, which was extremely helpful in managing our expectations.” The Natratex Cotswold material is formed of natural coloured aggregates combined with a specially formulated clear resin binder to produce a smooth, hard-wearing surface whilst offering a natural stone finish. This strong binder reduces the likelihood of the material deteriorating causing potholes or other breakages in the surface, making it a smoother and safer surface for young children to play on. Suitable for new constructions, overlays or regeneration projects, the Natratex Cotswold material is very versatile in its application and can be used for all areas used by pedestrians and light vehicles. The material is also very environmentally friendly with a fast and simple application making it an easy specification for both private and public sector projects. The Natratex Cotswold is available in a range of colours to meet the individual requirements of each contract, with the Bituchem design team available to find the right aggregate type and colour to suit the specification. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at

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48 Industry News The Institute of Carpenters Celebrates 125th Birthday The event, which took place on Saturday 13 June, was sponsored by the UK’s biggest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, IronmongeryDirect and saw 70 members of the institute come together to celebrate and also showcase their work and products.

The day began with an exhibition, where members had the opportunity to share best practice advice and demonstrate an array of their work and historical tools. Those who attended the event were able to find out about the latest innovations and products that will benefit them, as well as gain insight from industry specialists.

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This was then followed by the IOC’s annual general meeting and esteemed keynote speaker Barbara Wallis, a close patron of the IOC, who did a presentation on vernacular buildings in England. Later, members were invited to network at the celebratory ‘President’s Luncheon’ which was finished with a talk about encouraging young people to get into carpentry and bringing cultures together to benefit the trade by Jason Howe from Bishop Auckland College and Markus Weitzmann from Biberach College, Germany. IronmongeryDirect had a stand at the event and displayed a selection of products from its range of over 14,000 products. As a special partnership offer, IronmongeryDirect also offered all members of the IOC 10 per cent off its entire range, giving them access to the UK’s biggest range of woodwork associated products. Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “We are proud to have sponsored the IOC’s 125th birthday celebrations and it was such a fantastic event. This year’s annual general meeting was a big celebration and we’re delighted to have been a part of it.

Cotswold Stone is and has been, one of the most popular products for wall building across the ages. Its natural colour with its subtle traditional honey characteristics has a charm and beauty that other stones find hard to equal. Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone, quarried in the northwest corner of the Oxfordshire Cotswold, is the genuine article and has all the warmth and subtly you would expect from the stone from this part of the country. Since Smiths started to quarry Cotswold stone its popularity has spread far and wide. Increasingly it is being used for a variety of modern construction work, for example: new property walling, building of Cotswold styled properties, conservation and restoration work, landscaping projects and it is ideal for exterior and interior facing/cladding. It can also be used to face gabion baskets. Smiths’ very knowledgeable masons, hand select and roughly dress all the stone before it leaves the quarry, and depending on the usage, will supply a varying selection of stone sizes to suit each order.

The technical department at Smiths are very helpful and will give advice on a number of relevant questions, for example, a guide to the quantity of Cotswold stone required. Is it a single or double skin wall? What is the traditional way to top the wall – known in the Cotswolds as “Cock and hens”! Don’t be afraid to ask because if Smiths experts can’t answer an enquiry, as corporate members of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain they have at their fingertips details of the best qualified craftsman in the country. Smiths have a well-established list of professional craftsmen who specialise in building with natural stone. all information is available online. Delivery, where practical, will be direct to the stone project, or builders are welcome to collect, for convenience. The stone is normally sold in Smiths branded bulk bags, (approximately 800kgs of stone, depending on size of stone), but large ‘loose stone’ deliveries, with the Smiths tipper vehicles, can be arranged. Nationwide delivery of the Smiths Cotswold stone is also available.

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Modular 105 has partnered with COILLTE to use its Medite Tricoya Extreme wooden panels in the construction of its outdoor modular buildings. Medite Tricoya Extreme was specified to surround the structure of the aluminium frame of the building. Used as cladding for each of the outdoor structures, the panels acetylation treatment process is designed to be durable and resistant to fungi. Paul Cameron, managing director at Modular 105, said: “The strength and ability of the panel to create a high quality finish is important to us when designing a project. Working with Medite Tricoya Extreme gives us the confidence that our final product will be able to withstand the elements, as well as produce an attractive building suitable for a garden or trade event.” Peter Clifton, product manager for Medite Tricoya Extreme, said: “Seeing Medite Tricoya Extreme used in exciting outdoor applications around the globe is extremely rewarding.”

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Extension to Gentofte School unveiled Kebony, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, presents their latest project, in collaboration with Arkitema Architects, at Gentofte School. The new addition to the school in Denmark creates a further 460m² of space, which can accommodate 100 children, spread across two floors. The extension houses three classrooms, a common room and a double height workshop as well as a large roof terrace. The designers, Arkitema Architects, worked in a close collaboration with the school’s management and teaching teams to ensure the space was practical and ergonomic for both the primary classes and the after school activities. The children at Gentofte school age from 5-9 years, as such the building has been completed with special features such as sliding walls that also function as writing boards and can be easily operated by the children. The new space can also be converted into either a single or double-height space

and can be divided into compartments to host several classrooms dependent on the needs of the students and teachers. The large south facing princess balconies will similarly afford further dynamic teaching methods by creating additional outdoor and recreational spaces. The interior has also been constructed with the unique needs of the pupils in mind, resulting in an innovative range of uses. For example, it is possible to drive cars in through the double doors located at the entrance, rendering the building operational as an engineering workshop. Additional functions of the building are equally inventive, the double height space can serve as an orangery; in-keeping with the ecological theme of the build. Sustainability was key to the design

ethos, leading to the decision to clad the entire façade of the new extension, just under 400m², in Kebony wood. Produced using sustainably sourced species of soft wood which are impregnated with a non-chemical bio-based product and heated under pressure, Kebony is a highly durable and environmental product. The use of sustainable Kebony wood also means that the façade is totally maintenance free and will not be susceptible to damage through wear and weathering in the future. Consequently, the façade will soon be covered by a ‘vertical forest’ with a depth of up to 60cm and a wall of climbing plants which will eventually house birds and insects.

HASSELL’s Medibank one of the healthiest workplaces in world Melbourne’s recently opened Medibank Place - designed by HASSELL for health insurer, Medibank – has been described as being ‘hard-wired for health’. Four months after moving in, 79% of employees report working more collaboratively, 70% report feeling healthier, and 66% said they were more productive. HASSELL has drawn on a range of features to help promote health and wellbeing. A ramp from the main entrance on Bourke Street spirals upwards from street level, allowing Medibank employees easy access to bike storage on their way in to work. Those who want a more vigorous workout during the day can also make use of a multipurpose sports court at ground level. Medibank Place offers its employees real freedom to choose how and where they work. People can now select from more than 26 types of work settings, ranging

from indoor quiet spaces and collaborative hubs to wifi-enabled balconies and places to stand and work. Circadian lighting in certain areas of the workspace mimics natural daylight patterns supporting people’s biorhythms. Medibank Place incorporates an enormous number of plants – some 2,300 inside the building and 520 in modular planter boxes on the façade, as well as two 25-metre high street-facing green walls. Within the work place, this helps relieve stress, improve internal air quality and transforms views from grey to green. The effect of the planting, combined with the curves of the building itself, is to convey a softer, more human character. Additionally, next to the sports court, an edible garden sits near a demonstration kitchen that Medibank uses to promote healthy eating to both staff, not-for-profit organisations and the wider community.


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Refurb & Developer Update - July 2015  
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