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REFURB & DEVELOPER September 2015


PHEX: the plumbing & heating exhibition BIGGER AND BETTER! The Flooring Show 20 - 22 September



Over 400 exhibitors, 5 major halls Featuring collections from the very best of British and international designers and manufacturers.

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4 CONTENTS Property Developer Update - September 2015


Industry News


Doors, Windows & Fittings

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Heating, Ventilation & Insulation


Bathrooms & Kitchens


Case Study


Roofing, Cladding & Guttering


Landscaping & External Works




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An Overview

The Product

Proma is a leading European manufacturer of internal doors and doorsets. Founded in 1989, Proma’s pursuit of quality, innovation and service has enabled Proma to achieve the status as one of Spain’s best rated door manufacturer (Dun & Bradstreet). At the same time an important presence has been built up in international markets including Africa and the Far East.

With a staff of over 400 and 62,000 square Metres of factory floor space, Proma produce some 50,000 doorleaves per month with pre-hung doorsets constructed from frame and architrave mouldings manufactured in-house.

Two key, very different ranges are at the heart of production - the CLÁSICA traditional panelled range and the VEGA contemporary flush doors. Both ranges are available with complementary glazing models, fire doors (FD30 & FD60), security doors and wardrobe doors. Natural wood, prime grade veneers are used including engineered in some of the more exotic species. Veneers are selected by

professionally trained buyers. Also, doors for painting where a neutral finish is desired are also available. Construction is all solid core edged with 20mm solid timber tongue and groove lipping all round. The flush Vega range having models with inlays, grooved channels or Aluminium inlays. Finishing with lacquer or primer is performed in a state of the art area of the factory, recently extended to deal with extra capacity. At each stage of production components are checked for quality prior to final assembly by hand and a final comprehensive inspection.

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In Conclusion

Proma strive to serve a changing market with new models and veneers and aim to meet customer requirements. For example there are now available new ranges of MDF and CPL laminate faced doors to meet customer requirements.

Proma implement and maintain a quality management system to ISO 9001 : 2008.

The work ethos which is at the heart of Proma’s success can be seen everywhere in the factory as the skilled craftsmen combine technology with their inherent knowledge of timber to produce doors to delight visually and to endure.

The Environment Proma take seriously concerns over the environment and are certified to PEFC sustainability of 100% of materials used in manufacture. Waste material and residues are managed and recycled within the factory where possible. Chemical waste materials are dealt with in accordance with the requirements.

This covers all aspects of production, development and service in the core business area. I.e. areas that can impact the organisation’s ability to meet customer requirements. In regard of the product, Proma manufacture to the European specification UNE which set the requirement for the CE marking. This covers such aspects as manufacturing tolerance, squareness, flatness and humidity. Fire certification is to BS 476 Part 22 (current certificate valid to 22/08/2017).

Contact Todd Doors Ltd. Telephone 0800 987 8667

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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 roof-top 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, dark- stained, ribbed timber panelling and heavy curtains serve a similar purpose.

SME’s forced to turn away work, says the FMB Small construction firms are being forced to turn away work according to research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The figures reveal that 66% of small construction firms have been forced to turn down new business due to this a of resource. Almost half have been forced to outsource work to third parties rather than leave work unfinished. The FMB reached out to its membership of 8,500 small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms and found that London has the biggest shortage of bricklayers and carpenters. The East of England was found to be in short supply of plasterers, Northern Ireland had the greatest need for general labourers and West Midlands based firms revealed a need more scaffolders. The main reason cited for the widespread shortage is the difficulty in finding apprentices. Respondents claimed the lack of apprenticeships is the primary reason they believed potential candidates have been held back from joining the industry, followed by pressure from parents to stay in full-time education.

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.”

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BENOY ESTABLISHES PRESENCE IN AUSTRALIA Benoy, the international Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is excited to announce the firm’s expansion into Australia with the opening of a Marketing and Liaison Office in Melbourne. The establishment of Benoy’s on-theground presence is in response to a number of successful project bids within the country. “We are incredibly excited to be consolidating our position in Australia; the country presents such great opportunities. Settling in Asia in 2002 and subsequently opening five studios across the region over the last ten years, Australia represents a natural progression for Benoy,” commented Tom Cartledge, Benoy Global Director. Benoy has appointed former London Studio member Claire Reynoldson to lead the studio. An Australian native, Claire brings her knowledge of the local market and innate understanding of Benoy’s capability and indeed personality to her role. “We believe Benoy’s strong track record of entering new markets has come from our approach to appoint from within. Claire’s relocation from London to join us in Melbourne and lead our initiative has allowed us to continue our vision,” added Tom. Capitalising on the firm’s international network, Benoy Melbourne will be reinforced by the

design company’s ‘One Benoy’ ethos which facilitates the open sharing of resources and talent between its studios. Providing immediate design support to Benoy’s growing portfolio in Australia will be the firm’s larger teams in Singapore, Hong Kong and London. “I believe the relationships we have already built with some of Australia’s most notable developers and consultants are the tangible results of Benoy’s global mindset as well as an appreciation of its design integrity,” said Claire Reynoldson. Benoy’s proven portfolio is a testimony to its

creative and commercial success. “I am looking forward to leading Benoy in Australia.” Benoy has the ability to draw on an international resource base to deliver innovative, thoughtful and forwardthinking design to its clients. This has proved to be a compelling offer in its markets around the world; Benoy now has projects in over 60 countries. “We are confident that Australia will play a significant part in our continued success,” concluded Tom.

Reside At Canary Wharf Canary Wharf Group’s first ever homes will go on sale in July as part of the first wave of residential development on the Canary Wharf Estate. The residences form part of Canary Wharf’s new phase to the east of the existing Estate which will comprise 3,200 new homes, a quarter of which will be affordable, plus offices, shops, a school and doctor’s surgery. There will also be capacity to build a further 400 new homes in the future. 10 Park Drive is a unique tower designed by architects Stanton Williams and Make Architects. The design makes the most of the uninterrupted views to the south,

east and west including the O2, public parks and gardens on the water’s edge, and includes 74 studios, 115 one-bedroom apartments, 141 twobedroom apartments and 15 threebedroom apartments.

The new mixed-use development is located on a 13 hectare site adjacent to the existing buildings that form the globally recognised Canary Wharf skyline.

Stirling Prize winning architectural practice Stanton Williams has designed a mid-rise 13 storey element which adjoins a 42 storey tower incorporating 345 individual residential units with interiors designed by award winning firm, Make Architects. All of the residential properties will be built to the highest design standards with every intricate detail considered, planned and designed accordingly.

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Instant Attraction with Vicaima The moment they entered the room one look was enough, they could tell that it was love at first glance and that without doubt there was an instant attraction. Your design and build quality is often assessed by first impressions and what better way to set the right note than by your choice of interior door and door assemblies. By choosing Vicaima products, with a reputation for design flair and innovation, it can speak volumes about your own values and specification and demonstrate the passion you have for quality products. Vicaima offers Housing designers, developers and contractors real scope to put their own stamp on things with imaginative options in quality veneered and laminated finishes. Design and performance solutions are constantly evolving to meet the needs of an ever changing market and to inspire fresh ideas that present real differentiation for interior living standards. Two recent examples where Vicaima’s contemporary design ideas has drawn plenty of admiring glances, is in the introduction of the Dekordor 3D and the Naturdor Oak stained ranges.

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design takes your fancy, it is worth remembering that door and frame go hand in hand.

Vicaima’s Dekordor 3D embossed face finished doors have really made a big impression, with their highly tactile yet surprisingly durable face finish. Its striking horizontal embossed

surface cries out to be touched and yet it offers excellent abrasion and moisture resistance and is so easy to clean. Used widely in apartments and luxury living accommodation, Dekordor 3D presents a modern door option with real uniformity of colour and texture. Available in 5 popular finishes including Grey and a recently introduced Oak. For specifiers keen to reflect the recent trend for stained Oak floors and kitchens, Vicaima have also developed an exciting selection of real Oak veneered doors with the added charm of staining to bring out the natural beauty of wood in new and less common hues, such as chocolate, hazel and grey, in addition to limed oak, wenge and walnut. The faces, which are available in either a textured or smooth finish, have been enhanced with a matt lacquered stain finish which requires no further treatment once fitted. Truly different, this range will add charm to both modern and traditional homes. No matter which design takes your fancy, it is worth remembering that door and frame go hand in hand. So a completely matching door assembly like the Vicaima Portaro system avoids the need for oddly painted frames and ensures you have perfect harmony. For further details about these and other products from their many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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Growth set to continue at Crittall as new MD takes the reins An executive with more than two decades’ experience in the construction products market, and who believes in ‘leading from the front’ has been appointed Managing Director of Crittall Windows. Stuart Judge has joined the Witham-based company, the world’s oldest continuous manufacturer of steel windows, from Everest, where he was commercial director. He takes over the helm at Crittall from John Pyatt who has been MD for the past 16 years. Pyatt now becomes company chairman. Judge has been a prominent figure within the construction and industrial products market for the past 21 years having also worked for Mumford & Wood, Blairs Ltd and Saint-Gobain Solaglass. He joined industry following five years in the Royal Navy as a marine electrical engineer. He says: “l believe that leading from the front, by example, and passionately demonstrating vision, are some of the key facets to building and enhancing strong, team based cultures.”

Pyatt, announcing his decision to relinquish the MD’s role explained: “Following 16 years as Managing Director I feel it is now time to hand over the reins. During my stewardship the Company has been through some difficult and challenging times and we have been able to successfully navigate our way into a much stronger and resilient business which provides the stepping stone for a further development.” Welcoming Judge’s appointment he added: “Stuart is a senior, highly experienced sales and commercial leader with 21 years of achieving results and success in the construction market, many of them in the window industry. Crittall will go from strength to strength under his management.”

Sealmaster is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Draught, Weather, Fire, Smoke and Acoustic seals and related products. Our comprehensive range of seals provide excellent energy efficiency, water tightness and acoustic performance. Our seals are in projects as diverse as the British Antarctic Study, The Thames Barrier, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Channel Tunnel as well as in hotels office blocks and housing developments throughout the UK. We provide a complementary range of products for glazing, pipework and other applications. Our seals exceed the requirements of BS 476 part 22 and are Certifier approved and have won numerous awards; being recognized as iconic British products in the Millennium Awards from The Design Council. 3734 RIBA Sealmaster advert 1_Layout 1 28/11/2014 13:02 Page 1 We provide free technical advice and site visits and Fire Risk Assessments and are experienced in designing bespoke solutions for customers. We are uniquely placed to develop new types of fire, smoke, airflow or water seals for unusual applications because we manufacture our own range of intumescent compounds in the UK at our extensive facilities outside Cambridge. We also have access to state of the art Testing facilities at Cambridge Fire research. Our range comprises over 200 seal combinations and our technical team are happy to provide advice. Our seals exceed the requirements for air leakage ( BS 7386) and water tightness (BS 5368) and comply with the relevant Building regulations for England and Wales. We provide products for retro fitting to bring buildings up to current fire regulations and have specific expertise on Heritage projects where we have developed products which maintain the integrity and appearance of listed and buildings of national historical importance. We supply and distribute across the UK and globally. Please get in touch for further information on 01223 832851 or

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World-leading centre of design excellence 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.”

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.

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.

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.

“This arrangement provides the transparency that the Listed Building deserves, whilst introducing a number of opportunities for passive climatic control,” says Yvonne

Internally, the SL60 system seemingly spans 12 metres unsupported between structural columns. The support comes from a bespoke design of the aluminium Vierendeel

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features AluK twin wall façade system 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 nano-technology 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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Browse, click the doors are on their way For online kitchen, bedroom or bathroom doors, look no further than KBB KBB Replacement Doors is an on-line service supplying doors, drawer fronts and end panels for kitchens and fitted furniture from the established Bellissimo range. From the comfort of home or on the move, customers can simply select their favourite style of fitted furniture for kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms, order online and wait for their doors to be delivered. There is also a Trade Zone for qualifying customers. It is an ideal service either for those with the skills to undertake their own project, or who want to work with trusted craftsmen but source their own product online. The Bellissimo brand has been established in the UK for seven years, but represents a successful, highly-reputed business which goes back more than a decade.

Any style, any colour Customers can choose from seven ranges, covering countless styles, and more than 150 colours. If that isn’t enough, there is always KBB’s

unique ColourMatch Service which covers all the RAL colours and can match any shade from the major paint manufacturers. KBB covers everything from vinyl wrapped to timber veneered doors including high gloss, matt and handle-less. KBB serves customers throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland and beyond, and its industry experience means it can provide all customers with expert and professional advice, and exceptional customer care before, during and after sales. Samples can be requested to ensure the style and quality is just right.

One hour delivery timeslot KBB offers a 10-day delivery service with a 1hr delivery timeslot along with SMS text updates and confirmations, which is unrivalled in the market. KBB also takes time to check that each component is expertly packed to ensure safety in transit. With hundreds of successful deliveries to its name, from homeowners to contractors installing multiple kitchens, KBB will step up to the mark for any project.

Satisfied customers This reaction from a customer in Chester is typical: “I was very impressed with the whole service. It was very easy to use and I didn’t have to do anything. The email updates were very good, the order arrived when promised and I liked the email telling me the delivery timeslot. I would definitely recommend KBB if you are looking for replacement doors.” Another customer, this time from Chester, was similarly enthusiastic: “I have received exceptional customer service from KBB. I was not sure which type of door to order but I was able to speak to a ‘real person’ on the phone who helped me decide. They kept me informed of progress with my order and its delivery. The doors are great and I will shortly be ordering some more! “Bellissimo is just the right range of products for us to supply through KBB’s online service,” says general manager Trevor Watson. “Their range is unmatched, and their service, including made-to-measure, has earned them a strong reputation. Customers buying doors, drawers and other elements through KBB can be assured of a great product, unbeatable choice and competitive prices, all backed by a well-established and respected brand. Ordering from KBB will be a great start to their project.”

Call KBB on 0800 1124973 or go to

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Your guide to ‘Using The Tube’… at Harrogate! F. Ball and Co. Ltd., the UK’s leading manufacturer of flooring adhesives and flooring preparation solutions, will again be showcasing their extensive range of high-specification flooring products at the 2015 Flooring Show, Harrogate which this year will include their ALL-NEW STYCCO FLEX - Rapid Curing Flexible Adhesive. Delivering 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…

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Bigger and Better! Harrogate in September is where the whole flooring industry gets together for three action-packed days. With over 165 exhibitors already booked, including many showing for the first time, The Flooring Show is the perfect place for construction and built environment professionals to see 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: • TWO Demo Zones covering a huge range of practical flooring installation issues • the Business Enrichment Theatre featuring a fascinating seminar programme – special sessions by HOUZZ and Vanessa Brady • Networking Opportunities galore, including the return of the Comedy Night • the Wool Trends Centre, featuring the major wool carpet manufacturers • the popular design-focused Trends Hub • and the Curtis Wool Direct Wool feature To see the full programme just download the comprehensive Show Preview, hot off the press at 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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Polyflor flooring helps create stunning new homes in Bridgend

Polyflor’s market leading commercial and residential vinyl flooring was recently installed at Wales & West Housing’s new housing development in the popular seaside town of Porthcawl, Bridgend. Around 2500m² of Polyflor flooring was installed by Artisan Flooring of Swansea to help create 40 brand new, affordable homes at New Road Court which has been built by local construction company Jehu in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. Consisting of 24 one bedroom apartments and 16 two bedroom apartments, this new social housing development cost approximately £3.9 million to build.

the upper floor apartments. These wood effect designs feature virtually imperceptible safety aggregates for slip resistance guaranteed to last the lifetime of the product.

Polyflor’s Secura PUR flooring in the bold Antique Herringbone 2129 design was installed throughout the apartments in kitchens, corridors, bedrooms and living spaces. The Secura range of luxury vinyl sheet flooring beautifully replicates the look of natural materials, with this chosen design featuring an inbuilt herringbone pattern and authentically reproduced wood grain and knots to give a rustic feel in a practical loose lay format. The cross linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement PUR provides an easy to clean surface and prevents stains and scuff marks, reducing cleaning time and costs.

Johann Horton, Development Officer at Wales & West Housing commented: “We are delighted with the finished flooring at New Road Court, as are the residents who have now moved in. The wood effect designs in particular really add impact to the interiors. These new homes comply with the Welsh Government Design Quality Requirement (DQR) standards and achieve a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level 3+.”

High performance, decorative Polysafe safety flooring was fitted in the bathrooms to provide sustainable slip resistance in these frequently wet areas. Polysafe Wood fx PUR in authentic Rustic Oak 3337 was installed in the ground floor apartment bathrooms whilst Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix PUR, which features an integrated closed cell foam backing for improved acoustic performance (impact sound reduction levels of 19dB), was used in

Polysafe Hydro Evolve in Indus 4251 with its raised emboss for sustainable wet slip resistance in barefoot areas was also installed in some of the ground floor bathrooms where a walk in shower suitable for disabled use have been fitted.

All of Polyflor’s flooring ranges included in the project contain recycled material and are 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. Product samples can be ordered free of charge on the Polyflor website or by calling the Polyflor Samples Direct Hotline on 0161 767 2551. Further details of Polyflor’s extensive range of resilient vinyl flooring are available from Polyflor Ltd, Radcliffe New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7NR. Tel: 0161 767 1111. Fax: 0161 767 1128. Website: Email:


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Project: The Gulbenkien Café Location: Kent University, Canterbury. Contracted company: SW Flooring (South East) Limited The job/challenge: The initial project was to replace the existing vinyl floorcoverings in the cafe as bubbles had appeared in certain areas. The initial area was 150 – 200 m2, but the floor area increased to 400 m2 after problems were encountered. The work was to be undertaken out of normal working hours, so that the cafe could stay operational during the day, to serve students and Staff members alike. SW Flooring were instructed to remove the existing floorcovering, prepare the subfloor with 1 coat of a smoothing underlayment, and replace with a variety of Dalhaus Sheet Rubber, and Karndean Vinyl woodplank. The works was due to be completed over a period of 10 working nights. SW Flooring removed the existing floorcoverings, and it became apparent that there was a moisture problem with the subfloor. SW Flooring were also presented with a variety of subfloors, ranging from 50 mm paving slabs laid onto 75 mm of sand, adjoining timber sections, ceramic tiles and screed. All with their own extremities and movement tolerances. Previous installations had been undertaken by other contractors by applying DPMs and latex smoothing compounds on top of each other at each stage of failure, which resulted in the moisture present in the subfloor, just constantly working its way to the surface failing each layer of preparation as it went. SW Flooring approached Kent University and advised them of the findings. Upon conversations with the Senior Building Surveyor, they agreed for SW Flooring to carry the work out using the correct methods. This created an increased expectation from the University to deliver a fault free solution. SW Flooring also had to appease the Client of the Estates Department, which was the Cafe`, to ensure that their customers were not inconvenienced in anyway.

The solution / implementation: SW Flooring started by removing all the existing latex smoothing compounds by hand with a small mechanical Kango drill. The timber section was replaced incorporating a structural DPM, and then was overlaid with a 6 mm of plyboard to increase rigidity. SW Flooring had to ensure the cafe was open at 8:00 am each morning during the project. This was achieved by making up the level differences with sand each night and then covering with Cordex to eliminate any trip hazard. SW Flooring needed high quality products from a manufacturer that instilled them with confidence, and also had products that could be used for this situation. SW Flooring had a very good relationship with the Richard Boorman, the UZIN Representative and he produced an UZIN specification for the project. He met SW Flooring on site at midnight at least twice a week to discuss the progress of the project, and offered valuable support, to enable the project to be completed. The specification was to apply 2 coats of Uzin PE480 to the paving slabs, incorporating an accelerator to speed up the drying time, for the reopening of the cafe in the morning. The second coat was fully blinded to create a mechanical key for the smoothing compound, and UZIN NC 182 was used in isolated sections to repair where the different substrates joined. The timber and plywood areas were primed using UZIN PE 630 and UZIN NC 175 fibre-reinforced smoothing compound was applied between 6 mm to 10 mm. This created a subfloor, that was suitable to receive any floorcovering of the Universities choice.

The result: The new floorcoverings have been laid for 10 months now, and apart from a slight settlement from the various substrates, the University are very pleased with the workmanship and specification that was created for this project.

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PHEX the plumbing & heating exhibition The leading exhibition for the plumbing and heating industry is returning to Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium this autumn, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the latest industry innovations under one roof. Taking place on 14 and 15 October, PHEX Manchester will bring together manufacturers from across the HVAC sector, covering everything from boilers and showers to pipes and the latest must-have tools. Exhibitors this year include Ariston, ADEY, Grundfos, Worcester Bosch Group and Fernox, with a number of builders’ merchants also hosting hospitality suites for visitors.

Safe Register and the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council, PHEX ensures installers have access to all the information they need to make their business a success. Installers have the chance to take a free tour of the stadium, and can also enjoy a free lunch. “Whether you want to take your time and peruse the show over two days, perhaps sitting in on a few seminars and taking the tour, or simply nip round to see the latest products before heading back to work, PHEX has something for everyone,” explained event manager Claire Tilbury.

The free two-day event gives installers the opportunity to learn about new products, ask questions, and take advantage of show offers, helping to keep their business offering at the forefront of the market.

“Installers keep coming back to PHEX, year after year, because it gives them the opportunity to meet the industry face to face. Manufacturers are on hand to answer questions, offer advice, and even give the odd show discount.”

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24 Heating Ventilation & Insulation Trios helps West Bromwich bus station improve efficiency The installation of new air conditioning into an iconic bus station is helping keep office staff comfortable – whatever the weather. Managed by Centro, West Bromwich station was built in 2002 and provides the town with a major interchange between local bus services and also with the nearby Midland Metro tram line. The existing air conditioning system had worked well since 2002 but was getting old and was using R22 refrigerant which is now banned, so the company was aware that it needed to find a suitable replacement. “The station has been praised as being open and accessible with covered corridors connecting the 24 departure stands but its offices and retail outlets can easily become hot in the summer and cold in the winter”, explained Yvonne Whelan, Facilities Manager for property consultancy Bruton Knowles, which manages the station’s services on behalf of Centro. “We were also aware of the R22 issue and therefore worked out a schedule of replacement with Trios Compliance that could demonstrate an increase in energy efficiency for the client”. Most rooms in the building complex have lots of glazing and therefore air conditioning is a must. The new system uses two City Multi Replace VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) air conditioning units for the bulk of the complex, which includes the Centro office and travel shop. Two Mr Slim split systems were also installed to provide air conditioning to the mobility shop at street level. The added benefit of using the City Multi system is that can simultaneously heat and cool different areas so that the energy loads can be more balanced across the building, thereby increasing efficiency. “We worked closely with Centro and Bruton Knowles so that we could schedule the replacement to suit the business”, added Costas Ioannou, Operations Manager for Trios Compliance which was commissioned to update the station’s services. As a national provider of facility and property related services, with extensive experience in the public and private property

sectors, Trios Compliance is able to offer both the depth of experience and the breadth of skills required to satisfy clients’ demands in a rapidly evolving property marketplace The company is an Accredited Installer of Mitsubishi Electric equipment and was aware of the benefits of using City Multi Replace systems to upgrade R22 air conditioning. “The Replace system from Mitsubishi Electric can really help because it can often simplify the renewal of air conditioning by allowing us to keep all the existing pipes and wiring”, added Costas, “this means we can swop over the indoor and outdoor units without having to dismantle and then reinstall all the internal piping”. Yvonne Whelan was full of praise for Costas and his engineers and is also delighted with the clean look of the new equipment and the enhancement in performance. Trios engineers were able to complete the entire replacement in two weeks despite having to work around both the busy bus station and the working offices. “We contained the work to small areas at a time so that we could keep disruption to a minimum”, explained Costas. Centro now has a modern, energy efficient system that offers more control and flexibility and will keep both commuters and office staff comfortable for years to come. For further details on the services provided by Trios Compliance, visit: For more information on the issues surrounding R22 and the options for replacement, visit:

New video highlights how to reduce energy in your building A new video from Mitsubishi Electric shows how the company took its head office from an ‘E’ to a ‘B’ energy rating and offers advice on how other companies can do the same.

and should be planning to improve the performance of their building”, explains Russell Jones who hosts the video.

With tough legislation focusing attention on energy use in the built environment, how we heat, cool and ventilate our buildings is coming under scrutiny as never before.

“Just like any other company we have had to make a strong business case for each new piece of equipment, but the fact that we have improved so much and have significantly reduced running costs shows the advantages that can be gained”.

“We’ve been on an eight year journey and one of the things we are saying in this video is that any business could

The video can be viewed on the company’s dedicated YouTube channel:

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Air source replaces ground source at Northeast Eco Centre When the pioneering Hebburn Eco Centre needed to replace its 20-year-old ground source heating, the building’s owners turned to a cascade air source heat pump system from Mitsubishi Electric. Designed and built by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN) and opened in 1996, the Eco Centre was a pioneering venture to demonstrate renewable technologies and sustainable design. Today the Eco Centre remains one of Europe’s most sustainable buildings. The building is the Groundwork Trust’s headquarters, which has a mission to support local communities and therefore also lets out 16 office spaces, as well as daily hire of its Board and Conference rooms. The office complex was originally built with a very green ethos in mind, with all materials recycled from sustainable sources, including re-used bricks from a demolished factory, an aluminium roof re-smelted from old drink cans, wood from farmed forests and woollen carpets. It also has high levels of insulation to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the building and keep the occupants warm. Electricity is generated by an onsite wind turbine and photovoltaic display, helping to ensure that the award-winning project has become an exemplar of sustainability. “The ground source system had worked well but it was getting on a bit, so Groundwork took the decision to replace it with an air source system”, explains Jason Oakes, Business Development Director of Oakes Energy, who installed the four Ecodan units.

occupant use,” said Consultant Nick Harley of Minden Wood Consultants.

through programmes that educate and inspire.

The purpose-built, two-storey building provides tenancies for local start-up businesses, along with support for local jobs, job creation and social enterprise. The building offers 16 offices to let, ranging in size from 30sq m to 104sq m.

“O u r E c o C e n t r e h a s a l w ay s represented the embodiment of these ideal, being environmentally friendly to its core and a place where people who hold these strong working beliefs come together.

The Eco Centre conference room is renowned as an excellent training venue and is used by both external companies and the various Groundwork STAN teams.

“It was a landmark building when constructed and it remains so today, but to ensure it continues to leave the most positive environmental footprint possible has meant a change to the heating system and a more modern upgrade.

“What they needed though, was a new system that could work with the existing infrastructure and one that could cope with a variable demand for heating throughout the year”.

The building’s beautifully airy Atrium, complete with internal water feature, also provides a calm environment for impromptu meetings and networking, as well as being a relaxing place to have lunch.

Oakes Energy worked with Minden Wood Consultants to find an ideal solution, which turned out to be four Ecodan 14kW air source heat pumps working together in a cascade system.

All offices have wall mounted trunking including power points and can be adapted for data points. The building has communal kitchens on both the ground and first floor.

“We looked at all the available options and the Mitsubishi Electric solution combined the best performance available with the complete flexibility needed for the building’s multi-

Andrew Watts, Executive Director of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said: “Groundwork is built on a foundation of creating sustainable, vibrant and ‘green’ communities

“The added benefit of using the Ecodan system is that it offers greater control for individual offices and also qualifies for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, so this can help supplement the running costs for the next 20 years”. The Trust has been working for over 30 years supporting the communities across the UK and with the installation of the new Ecodan system, Groundwork STAN and its Eco Centre is ready for the challenges yet to come. For more information please visit

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.

roma classic vertical and horizontal wall mounted and freestanding steel column radiators

The monza is a modern contemporary design of column radiator available in over 80 sizes, both vertical and horizontal. 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 underoor heating. Unlike most aluminium radiators it relies on waterways to conduct heat, and the design and technology is patented, and also suited to high pressure systems. The monza is less than 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.

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Panasonic has added an innovative bivalent controller to its Aquarea range of air source heat pumps. The controller will maximise energy savings in installations where the heat pump is operating alongside an existing energy source, for example in refurbishment projects, where there is often pressure to minimise investment costs. Panasonic’s bivalent controller enables a heat pump from the Aquarea range to operate alongside a gas- or oil-fired boiler and controls sequencing to minimise running costs. The controller includes three different operating modes and all necessary sensors are included in the package to operate both energy sources and a secondary pump. A thermostat can be connected to stop both the pump and the heat pump/boiler according to room temperature. “Hybrid systems, where a new heat pump is added to an existing boiler, are a popular option in refurbishment projects,” explains Marc Diaz, UK Country Manager of Panasonic Heating and Cooling. “It is very important in such systems to make sure that they operate at maximum efficiency, so that energy use can be reduced and running cost savings maximised. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme requires that systems are running efficiently.”

The three bivalent operating modes are: In the case of buffer tank control, Alternative; Parallel; and Boost/Parallel the user can apply a constant buffer set temperature and the heat pump Demand. is switched on if the buffer tank In alternative mode, if the outdoor temperature is below the set point. temperature is below the threshold If a room thermostat is installed, design value, then the system stops the then the thermostat switches on or heat pump and starts the gas/oil boiler off the secondary pump and the heat or other alternative energy source. pump supply to the buffer tank. In parallel mode, if the outdoor For secondary pump control, the temperature is below the threshold water pump and the heat pump are design value, then the system starts the activated by the room thermostat. gas/oil boiler or another energy source, If the room thermostat opens the and the heat pump and the gas/oil boiler contact, then the system stops both work alongside each other. the secondary pump and the heat In boost/parallel demand mode, if pump. the outdoor temperature is below In all applications, summer shut the threshold design value, then the down is operated so that the controller starts to monitor the buffer secondary pump (if activated) and tank temperature. If the buffer tank the heat pump are stopped if the is below a set temperature over a outdoor temperature is above the specific period, than the gas/oil boiler design set point. is switched on. The system switches on the For more information on the gas/oil boiler according Bivalent Controller, please visit to the demand.

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INDUSTRY URGENTLY NEEDS CENTRALISED BODY FOR ALL CURRENT, PENDING AND PLANNED LEGISLATION AND NEW REGULATIONS… Tony Gittings, of water heating product manufacturer Rinnai, argues that the industry is in dire need of a central body or council to co-ordinate the burgeoning weight of new and pending standards, legislation, Codes of Practice. This includes emerging support technologies such as BiM which needs clear and concise communication to the marketplace. Within the next 10 years the HVAC industry could change out of all recognition as we face an unprecedented set of challenges here in the UK and Europe. The industry is facing the relentless drive to ever greater energy efficiency and lower emissions – all in line with the UK’s legally binding carbon reduction target of 80% CO2 (on 1990 levels) by 2050. The UK government and European commission’s growing agenda for the enablement of the greening of industry has resulted in the emergence of new Building Regulations, green technology accelerators such as RHI and the commercial green deal. Also part of this is the introduction of new technologies, such as BiM, designed to unlock more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle. And there is more – the implementation of Energy labelling to energy related products across the HVAC industry is currently underway. The UK and northern European markets are amongst some of the most heavily legislated in the world when it comes to the HVAC industry. The regulatory horizon will see amendments to the Building Regulations; the introduction of energy labels for water heating equipment; the tiered approach to emission reductions taking full effect from 2015 and beyond (under the guidance of ERP) thus continually driving efficiencies and emission reductions. There is such a blizzard of mandatory information that it is a job in itself to keep up with it all – and all in addition to maintaining and servicing existing customers and, winning new contracts. There is a pressing need, I believe, for complete and transparent harmonisation of key product parameters and measurements to ensure simple and accurate communication. This need can be answered in the form of a centralised body – or council of existing bodies and organisations - which can co-ordinate all the information swirling around on industry topics which are of such major importance. The body or council whichever wishes to take up the baton - should represent

the information needs of the contractor, consultant, end-user, and property owner and manager. There is an overwhelming need for one recognised source delivering clear and concise information on all current and impending legislation. Manufacturing corporations can also make a difference bearing in mind that the marketplace needs ready-to-go products that obviously meet and exceed all existing legislation as well as pending legislation and new practises. This is where innovation is critical and manufacturers should truly commit to the research and development of new products and methods to make installation quicker and easier, and product performance better and more efficient. We cannot continue trying to wring the last vestige of life from modes of seriously outdated provisions of water heating in the commercial and residential arenas, not in today’s mercurial marketplace. I believe that the industry needs a single body for all the information needs. We would be readily prepared to financially support such an initiative. We can supply a value-added solution for today and the future – now.

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Does the Property You Manage or Live in ‘Breathe’ Properly? Dampness caused by condensation is a common problem which many tenants experience in rented and social accommodation. It can lead to serious problems not only for the property and tenants but also for the property owner. Knowing the cause of the problem will help determine what needs to be done and by whom.

Bathroom and kitchen extraction fans with specialised humidity displays, Positive Input Ventilation units (PIV), Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) and Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) units are effective methods for combating mould, condensation and damp issues in residential properties. These systems provide a long term There are several types of dampness: rising damp, penetrating damp, and cost effective solution rather than short term problem construction damp and condensation dampness. The most common form of ‘hiders’ such as dehumidifiers. unwanted dampness in buildings is condensation. Simply put, condensation is the result of water vapour from high humidity levels in the atmosphere Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) units, such as Ferrob coming into contact with colder surfaces (for example from bathing or Ventilation’s ARIDAIR, are a cost effective method of cooking). eliminating moisture from the home by gently pressurising a dwelling to expel stale and humid air through natural There are essentially two types of condensation - surface condensation ventilation points; making it ideal for older properties. They and interstitial condensation. Surface condensation is caused by everyday can be mounted either in the loft area of a house, or a hallway home activities such as cooking, taking a shower, washing and drying cupboard of a flat. Solar and internal heat is gained from the clothes or anything else that produces humidity. Surface condensation loft area and the unit utilises this to help reduce heating costs. is familiar to everyone as it is visible in the house, but interstitial Ferrob Ventilation’s PIV units are ideal for refurbishment condensation occurs inside walls, where it is impossible to see what’s going applications where incorporating ducting through the home on. This is why treating it is especially hard and a growing concern, and why is impossible. This will also save on the cost of remedial prevention is better than cure work and makes PIV a more affordable and straightforward ventilation solution. According to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) a large number of condensation issues in housing are the result of inadequate ventilation, Whole house Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery with windows shut and trickle vents being closed by the occupants. Greater (MVHR) units are also an excellent solution for eradicating thought therefore needs to be given on how to ensure that a good standard condensation whilst at the same time lowering heating costs. of ventilation is maintained and how to prevent tenants from interfering MVHR units extract stale moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through with the ventilation levels. a system of grilles and ducting. The extracted air is passed Almost a million (999,000) homes had problems with damp with the most across a high efficiency heat exchanger located inside the common damp problem being condensation and mould, affecting 618,000 MVHR unit, to remove and transfer the otherwise wasted heat. The exhaust air is then expelled into the atmosphere. homes, according to the 2013 – 2014 English Housing Survey Headline At the same time fresh filtered supply air is drawn across Report. the opposite side of the heat exchanger and warmed before Condensation is a common phenomenon in the United Kingdom as being distributed through ceiling mounted grilles to ‘dry/ humidity levels are high and the weather is cold for many months of the living rooms’. Ferrob Ventilation provides both whole house year. Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the most affected areas as heat recovery systems designed primarily for new builds and moisture levels are typically highest but condensation can also occur in decentralised units for single rooms. many other areas as well. Even though new build properties are built under Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) units, such as Ferrob the latest Building Regulations, issues of condensation still persist due to Ventilation’s energy efficient, 125mm deep Infinity appliance, poor ventilation. provides constant low level ventilation by extracting waste, Condensation is not to be taken lightly as it can lead to structural problems damp air from a dwelling and helping to prevent condensation and costly renovations for the property owner, as well as posing a and mould from developing. serious health hazard for the occupants. So what can be done to prevent Lastly, the most common and easy to install solution is condensation from occurring? intermittent extract; fans which are more frequently installed As previously discussed, a lack of ventilation in the property is one of in the bathroom and kitchen areas. Ferrob Ventilation’s the major causes of dampness and condensation, and subsequently extract fans range from simple, high performing traditional black mould growth. While the tenants are responsible for not blocking fans through to technically advanced, electronically ventilation, those managing the property are responsible for installing controlled devices with humidity displays. These fans are suitable ventilation equipment and systems, in addition to maintaining available as axial, centrifugal and in-line options; axial being them in working order. ideal for short duct runs, centrifugal for longer ducts runs and in-line fans for shower applications. So what are the options when it comes to tackling this issue of condensation and what are the benefits of the different approaches? With the wide range of ventilation solutions to suit different properties and different budgets available, why not take Whilst condensation can’t be avoided altogether, with suitable insulation action now and deal with dampness and condensation and correct ventilation of the property, hazards towards the occupant’s problems as soon as possible? By installing ventilation health and the building’s structure are significantly lowered. equipment and systems in your properties you not only save Before any decision is made, however, about what is needed for each time and money you also make for happier, healthier tenants specific application it is important to conduct an air quality survey of the and occupants. property to find the source of the problem. Ferrob Ventilation designs, manufactures and installs Ferrob Ventilation offer FREE home air quality surveys for properties specialist domestic ventilation products for landlords, suffering from common problems such as condensation, streaming Local Authorities and Housing Associations, as well as windows and black mould and can offer expert technical advice on how to home owners throughout the UK. Please contact Ferrob combat and even get rid of the problems for good. Ventilation on 03443 715523 or go to

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Lobby adds to sense of community at St James’ Church’s Sheriff Centre When the vicar of St James’ Church decided to open The Sheriff Centre to house a Post Office, Café, stationery and retail shop and a children’s soft play area, it was clear that the ramshackle wooden porch was not fit for purpose.

As a result, GEZE UK was commissioned by Ion Glass on behalf of Caroe and Partners Architects to install a sleek new purposedesigned glass lobby that allows members of the community to safely access the facilities in West Hampstead. The lobby, which has been designed to maximise space and light, features bi-parting AP glass doors to create a visual connection between the inside and outside spaces. ECdrives were chosen because they have been specifically designed for use in busy areas, allowing people to enter and exit a building quickly and safely. The drive uses GEZE’s activation technology and thanks to its self-cleaning roller carriage and low friction, it is quiet, reliable and durable. Ben Blackledge from Caroe and Partners Architects takes up the story: “As St James’ Church is listed, we needed to make a faculty application to the Church of England. The entrance lobby and ramp were among the most important parts of our design. “We had consulted Ion Glass when developing the lobby design, so they and their partners GEZE were the obvious choice for this scheme. There were a number of challenges with the project. The flagstone floor was uneven, but this was rectified with guides to allow the doors to slide easily. Another issue GEZE quickly spotted was the potential for finger entrapment on the inner door,

and the design was subsequently adapted to include pocket screens for safety. I think the finished result looks good – it is a modern installation that allows people to easily access the Sheriff Centre.” The ECdrives feature intelligent digital control and have been programmed so that as someone enters the lobby the first door closes as the second opens. This ensures the entrance opens and closes efficiently, maximising footfall and minimising heat loss or gain. Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK commented: “The Sheriff Centre is a truly unique space – it is the first time that a Church has been adapted to incorporate such a wide range of community facilities whilst still remaining a place of worship. “The ECdrives are therefore the perfect automatic operator – they are quiet and allow high volumes of people to enter quickly, efficiently and safely, whilst the lobby and door closing configuration also contributes to the environmental efficiency of the building.” For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit



A STYLISH AND POPULAR CHOICE The Stiltz Home Lift was the first domestic lift of its kind to be available in the UK when it launched in 2010 and it has since become a popular choice for homeowners.

Renovation projects can also prove costly and clients may wish to ‘future proof’ their homes by installing a home lift which means accessibility will not be a problem in later life.

It has become particularly in demand by residential developers, builders and architects who want to include a home lift in their designs and plans when they begin working on a particular project.


A customer may have mobility issues, and a residential lift such as the Stiltz Lift is an ideal alternative to a stairlift, or the owners of a property may want to enhance their lifestyle by introducing a stylish product that offers a simpler, faster and more convenient way of getting between floors. The Stiltz Lift is also cost-effective, can add a value to a property and allows a customer to keep their stairs the way they have always been.

The Stiltz Lift holds a number of advantages over other home lifts on the market as they can be fitted almost anywhere in a house. The lift is very versatile and has an unrivalled ability to fit into spaces other lifts simply cannot. This is because there is no requirement for a lift shaft, or load bearing walls and it does not have to be fixed to the floor. Thanks to its innovative dual rail system, the Stiltz Lift is a totally self-supporting structure so no major structural alterations are needed. It does not use hydraulic equipment and is powered by an intelligent motor system that is very quiet and housed, out of sight, at the top of the lift which

plugs straight into the wall using a normal 13-amp power socket. The Stiltz Lift, which starts at £11,950 + VAT (including all standard site preparation and installation) includes a remote control to call the lift from any floor and is useful for lifting heavy objects. It is compliant with all European standards and includes a battery back-up, full height light curtain, full or half height doors, obstruction sensors, optional seat and grab bar and the roof of the lift is covered with the original flooring so when the lift is downstairs it does not intrude upstairs. There is also a wheelchair lift model of the Stiltz Lift available. For more information about the Stiltz Lifts range, contact Stiltz Lifts on 0844 870 9087, email or visit – quoting Refurb and Developer Magazine.

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MX EXTENDS PRODUCT RANGE STILL FURTHER! MX Group’s impressive range of shower and bathroom products has grown following the addition of a number of new products and a move into brand new product areas for the company targeting new build and refurbishment projects. Already the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, it 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, offering its usual combination of incredible quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing. So confident are MX of the quality of their new Thermostatic Mixer Showers, that they offer a three or five year guarantee on their Atmos range of valves. All materials used in these products are WRAS approved and Phthalate free where applicable. MX has added a significant number of new options to this range, making them a major force in the thermostatic shower marketplace. MX has been at the forefront of the shower accessory sector for many years, producing carefully engineered accessories that are used by most of the UK electric shower manufacturers. MX produces high quality accessories ensuring that its products meet all health and safety requirements and wherever possible uses WRAS approved materials. There’s 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 has grown 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.

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 – a 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.

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Over the years Novellini has continually developed shower trays, being one of the first companies to offer fully engineered large format shower trays in a number of sizes and colours as either low profile or more conventional raised with legs trays - all from UK stock.

With the Olympic Plus shower tray - Novellini was one of the first manufacturers of large format shower trays to reintroduce the production of textured shower floor surfaces. For many years the Olympic shower tray by Novellini has been the only slip resistant (non- enamelled) product in the European bathroom market.

Novellini realised the importance of a more engineered shower tray from an early stage and pioneered the use of innovative materials and fabrication methods in the Olympic Plus shower tray, which today is still one of the strongest and most stable large format shower trays. The Metal reinforced composite construction, now also used in the new Custom tray, means that (unlike many low profile resin stone products), Novellini trays arrive On-site Flat and ready to install.

In recent years Novellini has developed the UK’s leading Wetroom and tanking product, with solutions to suit both timber and concrete installations. The Novellini Wetroom systems allow designers to create uncluttered, lowmaintenance, spacious, level access & fully tiled shower spaces



IN OR ON THE FLOOR –The Novellini Custom Tray can be installed on the floor as a low level conventional shower tray or placed directly onto joists to achieve a flush level-access solution without the need for any further fixing frames. (in addition a raised tray with a void for plumbing including legs is available for surface plumbing)

UK STOCK COLOURS AND SIZES – The Novellini Custom Tray is available in White, Grey, Black & Beige from UK Stock and there are 18 basic sizes – in addition each Custom Tray can be adjusted in Length by up to 200mm offering many more sizes than the basic 18.

ANTI-SLIP – The Novellini Custom Tray is available with an optional Factory applied genuine European standard, Certificated, Anti-slip which is applied to the top surface of the tray - leaving a 10cm Border around the edge so that any Silicone beading is applied to an easily cleaned gloss surface. EASY 2 CLEAN – The Novellini Custom tray IS easy to clean! The

materials used for the Custom shower tray are designed to be cleaned by conventional household bathroom cleaning products, including lime-scale cleaners and bleach. (The Anti-slip is a rough surface and will potentially hold grime and lime-scale – chemical cleaners will be required and unlike enamelled steel surfaces the materials used for the Custom Tray are not adversely affected.)

HIGH FLOW SHOWER WASTE – The Novellini Custom Tray has a specially designed shallow trap waste with a 50 litre/min flow rate. The Waste cover is completely flush with the surface of the shower tray, is easily removed for cleaning and is made from high grade stainless steel which, unlike a chromed waste cover, will not discolour or peel if in contact with bleach or lime-scale cleaning products. ROBUST – Novellini shower trays are built to last. Olympic and Custom

shower trays arrive On-site in their own individual secure packaging which protects them from most handling accidents, avoiding chips and knocks, (a fairly common problem with enamelled steel products). The composite steel reinforced construction ensures that the trays arrive flat and ready to install; they are not subject to the warping, (which is quite likely with low profile resin-cast products).

CUT TO SHAPE – 200mm of one end of the Novellini Custom shower tray is designed so that if required the Custom tray can be cut to fit around a Soil Pipe Boxing for instance or perhaps an Out of True wall?.....

We supply our products within 72hr nationwide via our merchant partners; please visit our website for more details: for brochures and advice email:


Novellini UK offers a full range of shower products including bespoke shower enclosures, wetrooms, steam rooms and much more, why not visit our website for more details.


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Return To Rise Hall This Time The Kitchens Get It! Granite Transformations has returned once again to Rise Hall, the magnificent 19th century manor house restored by TV’s Sarah Beeny and artist husband Graham Swift, and this time the kitchen makeover specialist has actually helped transform two kitchens, the Butler’s Pantry and an ensuite installation in the hall managers’ live-in quarters. Previously, the home improvements company has focused its skill on beautiful, bespoke bathrooms, styled by Sarah and Graham, the success of which prompted Granite Transformations to diversify into bathroom remodelling, alongside its core kitchen business. “We found working alongside Sarah and Graham most inspiring, since they explored fresh applications for our surface finishes,” says Chief Operating Officer, Danny Hanlon. “Even on this phase, they’ve managed to challenge us with an ensuite kitchen and elegant upgrade of a classic butler’s pantry.” Rise Hall was the star of two Channel 4 documentaries, chronicling the restoration of this 97-room mansion in East Yorkshire, which is now rated as one of the North East’s finest wedding and conference venues. Sarah and Graham’s passion for Britain’s heritage and their attention to design detail are evident throughout, as is their use of functional and sympathetic new materials like Granite Transformations’ quartz, granite and recycled glass surfaces. This time it refaced the countertops in the Butler’s Pantry, which is used by long-term guests and features a self-catering private kitchen facility for wedding parties. The original stone floor was retained in this high traffic area and a tough, luxurious Sachi granite finish was overlaid onto worktops, extended upwards as grease-resistant splashbacks and oven surrounds. Simple white shaker-style doors grace the cabinets, transforming the space into a relaxing yet purposeful breakout area for guests.

Custodian and curator Helen Davies and her partner, Estate Manager Craig, live on-site and manage the day-today activities of the house, wedding venue and grounds. Sarah has transformed what was formerly her sister Caroline’s kitchen into elegant living quarters for the pair and their dog Percy. A sizeable corner of the room has been converted into plumbed-in kitchen space, complete with sink, fridge, microwave oven, base and wall units. The Black Diamond recycled glass work surfaces and fullheight splashbacks, installed by Granite Transformations, tone with the marble-effect fireplace and create a corner of restrained style. White cabinets team with the room’s main walls and doors to minimise the visual impact, whilst looking smart and clean. For further enquiries and details of nearest showroom, contact 0800 044 5393 or visit

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Case Study 41 A new £6 million art and design centre at the Grimsby Institute has been given an eye-catching perforated metal facade by RMIG as part of a major refurbishment and extension scheme designed by Ryder Architects. The development at the Nun’s Corner Campus involved the remodelling and extending of the existing C block building with the creation of linked three storey and four storey extensions to the north and south together with the re-cladding of the West elevation. A further 1380 sq.m of new build area is created as a result of the extensions, which provide a range of facilities including design and graphics studios, ceramics workshops and music recording suite together with a fully equipped 200 capacity theatre incorporating changing rooms and theatre workshops for the Institute’s 430 art and design students. Part of the redevelopment was to re-clad the exterior of the new theatre on the North elevation to reflect the artistic design and performance studies that take place within the new building. This resulted in Ryder Architecture working closely with one of the Grimsby Institute’s art tutors to create a three-dimensional design involving a series of overlapping and intersecting cubes. As Ryder Architecture was already aware of RMIG’s perforated metal cladding and facades, the architects chose to collaborate with the design engineering team at RMIG and use the company’s advanced ImagePerf graphics perforation software to create a final solution that could then be programmed into the production machinery to create the complex pattern. RMIG manufactured the cladding panels from 3mm thick J57S grade aluminium and produced the detailed pattern using a complex array of circular perforations to create the 3D shading effect within the artist’s original design. Once complete, every panel was anodised to give a non-reflective finish that helped show the design more clearly while also providing a protective finish to the facade. RMIG’s Architectural Technical Manager, Andy WadbrookMcLay, explained: “We have already undertaken countless perforation and exterior cladding projects across Europe, and the 3D effect of the Grimsby Institute design presented some initial challenges to ensure the shading effects were rendered accurately, we were able to over come these using our ImagePerf system.” He added: “Once the design had been mapped into ImagePerf, we were able to save time and cost as the system allows us to modify hole sizes and spacing within the design visualisation software, so that the best solution could be found and approved by Ryder Architecture before committing it to production.” The Grimsby Institute project was handled under RMIG’s dedicated architectural and construction sector support programme, City-Emotion, which assists architects and contractors to realise their urban design concepts and convert them into real solutions for buildings. Further information on City Emotion, the RMIG Group, its product groups, markets served and the manufacturing solutions it provides can be obtained by visiting

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Cembrit has developed a fibre cement slate guide to provide specifiers, craftsmen and trades people with the relevant information for the successful design and installation of pitched roofs with ever popular fibre cement slates. The book demonstrates how Cembrit’s knowledge of all forms of double lap slating, combined with their knowledge of fibre cement technology, offers users peace of mind not available from other suppliers. The guide highlights the wide range of slates and accessories the company offers. The 80page document, entitled ‘A Guide to Double Lap Slating with Fibre Cement Slates’ provides information on colour and format availability, as well as a full explanation on design considerations, technical specification and installation. “Cembrit has been manufacturing fibre cement products for over 80 years” explains Ged Ferris, Marketing Manager of Cembrit. “The content of the brochure draws on that depth of experience to offer detailed advice to anyone wanting to

specify and install fibre cement slates. Fibre cement manmade slates continue to grow in popularity, due not only to the cost and installation benefits over natural slates, but also their aesthetic advantage over concrete tiles. Our aim is to support this increase in popularity by providing a useful document that covers the key aspects of fibre cement specification.” The Cembrit range of fibre cement slates includes Westerland, Moorland, Zeeland, Jutland and Diamond, all offering their own unique appearance. The slates are complemented by matching fibre cement ridges, ventilation solutions and fixings. Manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres, Cembrit fibre cement slates are

Everything Covered Cembrit has a long history, dating back eighty years, of supplying natural and fibre cement slates, alongside building boards and cladding to the construction market.

finished with a high quality, semimatt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face. Cembrit fibre cement slates are the most accredited on the UK market. For your free copy, please visit and fill in the contact form. Founded back in 1934, Cembrit was then known as Allan Blunn Ltd, one of only four Welsh slate quarry agents supplying the UK market. The company was based in Rotherhithe which is a short distance away from Thamesmead where it resides today. The company had a successful philosophy of offering a specialised local service to the London building market, which over the years, with the opening of five regional depots, has been reproduced across the country. The company is probably best known as a supplier of top quality double lap slates both natural and fibre cement, which offer various formats, colours and surface effects. This broad range provides clients the choice of authenticity and traditional random effect of natural slate, or the consistent, sleek finish combined with the

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CURVED RENDERING POSSIBLE WITH CEMBRIT PB FLEX Cembrit’s versatile building board, Cembrit PB, which is ideally suited as a stable base for a range of internal and external applications, is now available in flex formulation. Cembrit PB Flex has been specifically developed for use on curved walls, arches, vaulted ceilings and around beams and columns. Cement-based Cembrit PB delivers impressive dimensional stability and water resistance, to minimise expansion and contraction as a result of heat, cold and moisture. Its low water absorbency makes Cembrit PB ideal for use as a tile backer board for any internal wet area application where ceramic tiles will be used as the decorative finish, as well as externally for applications such as rendering, brick slips or stone cladding. With the newly-launched Cembrit PB Flex, it is now possible to render onto curved surfaces, including columns, spiral staircases and archways. “We are confident that Cembrit PB Flex will help to make the life of the installer easier,” comments Cembrit Marketing Manager, Ged Ferris. “For contractors working on rendering projects with curved surfaces, Flex is the ideal solution. Rather than requiring mechanical cutting, Cembrit PB Flex can be scored and snapped, making it incredibly user-friendly. We have a network ease of handling of fibre cement slates. In recent years there have been many advances in the production of fibre cement slate to ensure that a wider range of projects can benefit from a slate roof. From large multidwelling housing developments through to a small single storey extension – fibre cement slate has something to offer. The product has an inherent adaptability due to its uniform size, thickness, and shape. This consistency helps the roofer on site. Cembrit also offers a range of fibre cement cladding boards. Its Cembonit through-coloured cladding is the most popular with architects and builders, due to

of nationwide stockists ready to supply the product, which will ensure impressive and convenient lead times.” Compared to standard Cembrit PB, Flex offers reduced dimensions of width and weight per panel. All Cembrit PB boards contain polystyrene beading, which makes them remarkably lightweight in comparison with stone, block and concrete. Strengthened with nylon mesh, the boards also boast an its ease of installation and attractive matt finish. During the production process, Cembonit receives a unique impregnation treatment which protects throughout the sheet. Being impregnated, Cembonit sheets are effectively protected against water staining and dirt, ensuring that the facade retains its attractive appearance in both dry and wet weather conditions. Building boards is another strong area for Cembrit, as it offers five alternatives, including base board, fire rated and heavy duty solutions. To find out more about the full Cembrit range, please visit

especially reinforced, tapered edge to allow an invisible fixing within 10mm of the board’s edge. The configuration of PB Flex maximizes stability at the butt joints and forms a tough structure to ensure a long-lasting result over the lifetime of the installation. Cembrit PB Flex can be curved to 90° with a minimum radius of 150mm. Cembrit’s PB boards are tried and tested in all climates across North America and Europe and are supported by both British Standard and North American performance tests. Highly resistant, Cembrit PB impedes both fungus and mould to sustain a healthy, durable environment. Using skills built up over 80 years, Cembrit offers a wide range of fibre cement and natural slates, as well as corrugated sheets, cladding and building board panels. Our factories operate Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to EN14001. Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are available on all Cembrit manufactured ranges and Cembrit fibre cement slates are listed on the register of environmental products. Quality levels at group factories are rigorously maintained to high standards, with many products manufactured under the control of ISO 9001 and British Board of Agrément. Cembrit UK is a member of Cembrit Holding A/S of Denmark.

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Improved Colour Coating on

Galvanised Steel Gutter Systems Galvanised Steel is a great product for gutters and downpipes as its stylish looks are long-lasting. It doesn’t fade. And now Rainclear Systems’ Steel Gutters, downpipes and fittings, designed and manufactured by Zambelli in Germany, come with new ‘robust’ colour coating in a choice of 5 colours held in stock for next day delivery. The lightweight and innovative easy dry joint design of the Zambelli Steel rainwater system make it easy to handle and fit. With a 15yr product warranty and a life expectancy of at least 25 years, the 3 layer colour coated Robust system will provides trouble free performance. New ROBUST colour coated system As the name implies, ROBUST is an innovative coating system that is extremely hard wearing. The coating consists of three layers of protection comprising zinc corrosion protection, primer bonding coat and a ‘Robust’ polyester top coat. The surface coating is UV and scratch resistant. • Galvanised Steel Core • Zinc / Magnesium corrosion protection layer • Primer bonding coat adds further corrosion protection • Polyester top coat for maximum UV and scratch resistance Steel sample box available on request: – please specify stock colour required – comes with swatches of the other stock colours The demand for steel guttering has never been higher with homeowners and selfbuilders looking for this stylish, premium quality rainwater solution at a price tag that is closer to premium uPVC than heritage Cast Iron or Aluminium. For example, the complete rainwater system on an average 3 bed detached home could be supplied for around £300 +VAT.* Geraint Jones, Managing Director of Rainclear Systems, explains why: “These Galvanised Steel products are a very competitive alternative to uPVC ones, but the steel system looks and last better while offering clever design features which make it easy to fit; push-on stop-ends and rubber lined unions mean there’s no need to use silicone; the fully adjustable outlets can be placed anywhere within a 3m gutter length or you can purchase ready-made outlets if you find that easier.” Geraint Jones adds: “We were seeing increased demand for guttering systems that match in with other features on buildings such as fascia, soffit and windows. The Anthracite Grey, for example, is very popular. Our half round galvanised steel gutters are deeper than other comparable systems on the market giving them a 20% larger capacity.” The steel system is made of highly durable, recyclable metal and comes in either galvanised or colour coated. The stocked colour coated shades are Black, Anthracite Grey, Dusty Grey, Grey White and Sepia Brown with next day delivery. For a brochure, metal swatch book or sample of the outlet to see the quality and style for yourself, call 0800 644 44 26. To see the products and prices online and receive a 25% discount on Steel in September 2015 visit our steel guttering web page

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Art for art’s sake? Timeguard MD Andy Douglas explains why he told his R&D team to throw way the rule book. The result is a range of products that both the engineers and the interior designers are happy with. It started with stainless steel light switches and before you could say “form and function” premium electrical accessories were featuring in schemes like the international Red Dot design awards. Were they any better than their predecessors, or was it just art for art’s sake? Probably the latter, but they looked good on the wall. Meanwhile in the mass market, the pressure on prices was leading us down the path of bulk offshore manufacturing, with fractions of pennies shaved of the unit price by minimising tooling and materials costs. And so it is now that we have the opportunity to bring really exciting technical and energy saving innovations like low-cost LED lighting to your shelves, but that they often look exactly the same as their predecessors because re-tooling was too expensive in a price-led market. All too often, penny pinching extends to componentry and, at the end of the day quality, reliability and your

reputation. At Timeguard we have always traded on superior branded quality and felt that it was important to reinforce our investment in superior componentry with designs that would help to communicate that difference. In all honesty, we (and probably most other manufacturers) were accelerated along that road by our recruitment from the latest generation of designers for our R&D team – these new breed are reared on the likes of Apple, Habitat and Zara Home, and take good product design for granted. The evolutionary design of our electronic Programastat wall thermostats and heating controllers marked a watershed in our approach, but the real revolution was out approach to outdoor LED lighting. We simply could not see the point of the industry presenting what was revolutionary technology in the same form as older products. So we gave

www.timegua our London-based designer free rein to tear up the rule book – but with one key proviso. We did not want design for design’s sake. Each feature had to have a function – the margins you allow us are not wide enough for us to afford cosmetics. Conversely, each new function we were adding provided a design opportunity: so essential cooling fins (missing from cheaper products!) became rows of pins making up

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Steadmans Provides Roof And Wall Materials For Distillery In Remote Corner Of Britain Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans is raising a dram after supplying materials for maturation warehouses at a new malt whisky distillery on the Isle of Harris. The company, a principal UK provider for steel construction in the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors, provided products for the roof and walls of the buildings on the edge of Loch Bunabhainneada. These will be used by Isle of Harris Distillers, after it begins operations this summer. Steadmans provided over 1,700 linear metres of its 40mm thick AS35 composite panels, in juniper green, for the warehouses. This consisted of almost 980 linear metres for the roofs and over 740 linear metres for the walls. The company also supplied 750 linear metres of Zed purlins, over 500 linear metres of C sections, more than 50 linear metres of eaves beams and 500 linear metres of flashings, plus fixings and accessories. The materials were installed by 3b construction which provides a fully integrated, in-house service for building, civil engineering, structural steel and agricultural projects throughout Scotland and supplies steel frame buildings throughout the UK. Iain Barr, a director of 3b construction, said: “We’ve used Steadmans materials for several years and have invariably found the company’s products robust and reliable, its staff well-informed and friendly, and its overall service excellent. We therefore didn’t hesitate to specify the company’s products for this exciting job with Isle of Harris Distillers and I am certain we will order from them in the future too.” The Isle of Harris is one of Britain’s most remote places, standing at the north-west corner of the Outer Hebrides, 40 miles off the west coast of the Scottish mainland. The nearest

land west of the island - noted for its picturesque terrain, spectacular beaches and some of the world’s oldest rocks – is St Kilda and then Newfoundland, in eastern Canada.

system offers swift completion of a wide variety of weatherproof and high-quality building envelopes, from commercial and warehouse premises to office blocks.

Isle of Harris Distillers has raised £12m to finance the construction of its malt whisky distillery in Tarbet, Harris, and the maturation warehouses, with the intention of harnessing the island’s natural assets to create a long term business which provides direct and indirect stimulus to the island’s economy. It employs 10 people, at present, and will start production in early autumn of this year.

Manufactured in a quality process certified to ISO 9001:2008, using non-ozone depleting technology, AS35 panels are environmentallyresponsible, provide excellent thermal performance and have a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in thicknesses ranging from 40mm to 137mm, the panels can be specified to achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations, and are Loss Prevention Certification Board approved.

In addition to composite wall and roof sheets, Steadmans’ output includes steel cladding, galvanised roofing sections, metal cladding, roofing products and fibre cement sheeting. All its relevant products conform to CE marking regulations and meet their requirements. The company’s AS35 composite panels consist of two coated steel profiles bonded to a core of PIR insulation, which are used to form roofs, down to a four-degree pitch, and walls. Including a comprehensive range of guttering, flashlights, sealants and roof lights, the AS35

In addition to its headquarters site in Carlisle, Cumbria, Steadmans has facilities in: Uddingston, near Glasgow; Fyvie, Aberdeenshire; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company employs 150 people overall and benefits from being part of the SIG UK group. For further information on Steadmans’ full range of products call 016974 78277, email or visit

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Abbotsford House Long Rake Spar supplied their market leading, specialist dried aggregates to Addagrip approved contractor The Fraser Bruce Group for their installment at Abbotsford House, Scotland. The project was completed using a 6mm Rhine Gold decorative aggregate to achieve a sustainable and SuDS compliant surface, which is both long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Abbotsford House has undergone a lottery funded restoration to both the internal and external areas of the property. As part of the overall restoration works, Addagrip approved contractor The Fraser Bruce Group carried out the installation of 6mm

Rhine Gold Terrabound Resin Surfacing at a depth of 18mm to the courtyard and garden pathways totalling 850m2.

It was essential throughout the works that the aesthetics of the system were not compromised and the joints were kept to a minimum. The contractors had to follow a layout plan for positioning of the ‘day joints’ which was achieved despite battling with poor weather conditions throughout the period. The project was completed within a short time frame to allow the property to return to regular use as soon as possible and the client was highly appreciative of the work undertaken and the visual effect of the surfacing.

52 Landscaping & External Works 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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Bridges Limited were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to design, manufacture and install a replica of Ladies Bridge in a tidal location at Cruden Bay. The original bridge was constructed in 1922 following a fundraising drive led by local women and thereby named Ladies Bridge. Recently the bridge had been closed for months following concerns it would collapse following sever storm damage Local community groups were again involved in raising funds to secure a new bridge as it is a vital link to the beach and local businesses. CTS carried out a photographic and dimensional survey of the existing bridge and its support trestles. A new structural design was prepared to current design codes whilst maintaining the principles of the original structure.

Survey of original bridge by CTS Bridges

Parapet detail to match style of original bridge

Cosmetically the new bridge adopts the distinctive diagonal paling arrangement for the parapets although the new parapet is not painted. The entire structure uses FSC accredited Ekki hardwood which is naturally durable and well suited to the coastal environment; omitting paint does not reduce the service life of the structure but removes a maintenance requirement.

The footbridge deck has FSC Ekki hardwood Hi-Grip Excel which has two nonslip strips of resin bauxite bonded into two grooves in each deck board. This provides a safe, slip resistant surface on the bridge deck. Hi-Grip Excel decking is manufactured by CTS Bridges Ltd and is available to purchase as a stand alone product.

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Hi-Grip Excel non-slip deck fitted on bridge

Replacement bridge and steps installed on site

For the site phase CTS acted as sole contractor. The tidal location limited the works that could be undertaken each day. Early on in the design phase, the site dates and associated tide times were identified in order to determine the installation sequence and in-turn the level of pre-fabrication of each element to be undertaken at CTS’s factory. The result was an efficient execution on site with all superstructure works being completed in less than 2 weeks.

CTS Bridges specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of footbridges in timber, steel, FRP or combined materials. CTS Bridges offer a wide variety of styles to suit aesthetics and budget For further details on this project or for any other enquiries, please contact CTS Bridges Tel: 01484 606416. Email: Web:

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56 Landscaping & External Works By Glyn Cann Business Development Manager “We Build It Ltd” Home of the BioPure and FlowPath treatment systems.

When it comes to off mains sewage, many people can be blown away by all the information and differing products available on the internet, Google “domestic sewage treatment plant” and the consumer is bombarded by plants of all shapes and sizes which is why dealing with a specialist manufacturer, installer and servicer of treatment plants like We Build It Ltd can give the consumer piece of mind and confidence they are getting the right information, the right solution and the right system. We Build It Ltd are based in the heart of some of Shropshire’s most outstanding countryside. As one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of domestic sewage treatment plants, we focus on high quality, affordable products. All of our sewage treatment plants are based on the successful and simple extended aeration method. We can design, manufacture, install and service sewage treatment plant for single houses, small developments, rural industrial units, campsites, pubs, hotels, offices, barn conversions and commercial applications. Our products can also be used after an existing septic tank to enable the effluent to be discharged directly to a water causeway, if your existing soak away has failed.

Let the Experts Take Care of your Domestic Waste Water Problems We often get asked: How does it work? What does it cost? Does it use electric? And how much? Do I have to maintain it? How do I install it? How big is it? Do I need to empty it? What can go into the plant? What happens to the waste? Do I need planning permission? Do I need to inform the Environment agency? How long will it last? DOES IT SMELL!!!!!????? All of these questions can be answered by We Build It experts who know their products inside out; ask a middle man with no knowledge of the industry, product or process these questions and the customer is often baffled by terms such as BOD, COD, NH4, but do they really need to know this? All the homeowner, builder or architect wants to know is that the product will work with the minimum effort from them during the life of the plant. We Build It Ltd offer straight forward, easy to follow advice for your sewage treatment needs. All of our sewage treatment plants come with easy to follow installation and service manuals, as well as free telephone assistance by specialist installers. We can also offer full or assisted installations at very competitive rates. We pride ourselves on offering the best GRP products on the market backed up by proper good old-

fashioned customer service - (dial straight through and speak to our specialists, no automated service or queuing system) buying a sewage treatment plant can be quite daunting, which plant is best for my situation?? What are the regulations?? What about the Environment agency?? Etc. but be assured we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have the right solution designed around your requirements. You deal direct with the manufacturer, with over 25 years waste water experience, 24-7-365 days of the year For the self-builder the right treatment plant is simple to install providing they have taken the manufacturers advice, be aware some plants need complete concrete backfill which can add to install costs, a well-constructed plant such as the BioPure can be backfilled with pea gravel. Consider whole life costs, not just the cost of the treatment plant, factor in install costs, power consumption, servicing, consumable spare parts, product life cycle (guarantee) and emptying charges, We Build It Ltd offer a 25 year guarantee on the treatment plant and 2 Years on the air pump.

The Bio-Pure Simple Solution Sewage Systems Any plant up to 50 people (pe 50) should be manufactured and tested to EN12566-3, this gives the consumer confidence they are getting the right treatment plant for their application, but always ask to see the certificate and test results as these can be manipulated and not show the true outcome of the test.

Sizing the plant for a single house is simple its number of bedrooms plus two, so a three bedroom house is a 5 person treatment plant, for multiple dwellings using the same treatment plant speak to the manufacturer for the correct size unit, most manufactures range are in increments 1-5, 1-7, 5-13 etc. up to 50 person. (See Our Range Below)

Landscaping & External Works 57 The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement, you must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. As the system breaks down and aerates the solids, the introduction of non-degradable items such as wipes, sanitary products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment plant, this will clog up the system and increase the need

A simple Schematic of a BioPure Treatment Plant

to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will be around 3-5 years, it is also recommended no medicines, or harsh chemicals enter the unit,

A BioPure Treatment Plant

try to stick to Eco brands and stagger washing throughout the week.

The Flow-Path Simple Solution Sewage Systems We Build it has developed its range of package sewage treatment plants utilising proven SAF (submerged aerated filter) technology for maximum performance and reliability, using the most reliable energy efficient aeration blowers with a prolonged integral FlowPath system to maximise effluent quality. A BioPure Treatment Plant

All our Flowpath treatment plants are designed in accordance with the British Water Code of Practice for flows and loads, this range can be designed to meet your population and consent requirements, our standard range can accommodate up to 300 pe. This range of products can be designed for larger scale commercial applications such as camping sites, leisure facilities, schools, hotels, offices and industrial applications Maintanance, Spares And Servicing The consumer needs easy to follow advice for their sewage treatment needs especially when servicing their plant, maintaining any sewage treatment plant, is a very important part of ensuring the efficiency of the system and that you adhere to any operating and maintenance manual and annual servicing.

• All labour expenses for servicing and call outs are covered so there are no hidden costs. • The cost of all serviceable parts will be free of charge. This includes rebuilding the air pump, replacing the diaphragms and also the air filters. • Sludge return is carried out as required. This is the removal of settled sludge from the outer scum ring back into the centre chamber to be re digested and treated again. This helps to keep the emptying period low.

regarding your Consent to Discharge. This includes keeping records of service, de-sludging and maintenance work for a minimum of 5 years.

Our Other Products include: • Mini SAF’s (for offices and outbuildings up to 4 persons) • Pump Stations (standard and bespoke) • Septic Tank Conversion Units (used as secondary treatment for underperforming septic tanks)

• Emptying is NOT included in the agreement as the Bio-Pure does not require emptying for 3-5 years.

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• The service agreement lasts for 12 months and will also help you meet your Environment Agency obligations

We strongly advise servicing the system on an annual basis and this will take on average less than an hour to complete. It will also help you to meet your legal requirements with the Environment Agency. We Build It Ltd Service Contracts • Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you have any problem with your unit, call us and we will come out and fix it free of charge. • One service visit where all necessary checks are carried out. This includes assessing the aeration pattern, sludge levels and effluent quality.


Yeoman Rainguard’s XL Aluminium rainwater systems were chosen for Bridge House, a stunning new build property in Norfolk. The owners of the home, David Dunnett & Geoff Wainwright, originally saw Yeoman Rainguard rainwater systems at a London building exhibition. “We were impressed by what we saw on the Rainguard exhibition stand and we were certainly attracted to the XL Aluminium range because of its traditional appearance which was ideal for the style of house we were building.” Explained Mr Dunnett. XL Aluminium 75mm diameter downpipes along with 125 x 100mm MOG gutters, finished in a Black textured polyester powder coating, were installed on the property. The powder coating finish ensures that the pipes and guttering will offer years of maintenance free service and will not be susceptible to colour bleaching.

Style was not the only criteria on the shopping list. An easy to install rainwater system was also a consideration on this new build project. The XL Aluminium gutters with the push fix joint technology, requiring no mechanical fixing, are easy to fit helping to speed up the installation time. Choosing the XL Aluminium range will also get the thumbs up when considering the environment. 95% of the materials used to manufacture the gutters and downpipes are recyclable making it an ecologically sound choice for any building scheme. Yeoman Rainguard can offer free services to their customers such as

samples, site surveys and take offs from architect drawings, helping clients to make an informed choice when it comes to purchasing the right rainwater system for their particular needs. “We found the customer service offered by Yeoman Rainguard faultless and have been so pleased with the products and services that we are going to use them again on our next building project Broomhill Cottage.” Concluded Mr Dunnett. For more information on the whole range of Yeoman Rainguard’s rainwater systems and accessories go to or call the sales team on 0113 279 5854


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