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04 Industry News

BAM gets planning for £23m Aylesbury school BAM Construction has gained planning to deliver a secondary school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire for more than 1,000 pupils. BAM Construction has gained planning to deliver a secondary school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire for more than 1,000 pupils. The £23m proposed school, which will be a satellite to the St Michael’s Roman Catholic School in High Wycombe, will be built on the former Quarrendon School site on Weedon Road. BAM is now expected to start work next month on the school. The three-storey school building will be completed by September 2019.

DNA research firm to build new plant in Oxfordshire DNA analysis specialist Oxford Nanopore has revealed construction plans for a new 34,000 sq ft manufacturing facility on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

The move comes after the tech firm confirmed a successful £100m fundraising from investors for its expansion plans. The new manufacturing centre will contain clean rooms, laboratories, office space, and logistics areas. Gordon Sanghera, Chief Executive of Oxford Nanopore Technologies said: “This facility at Harwell Campus represents a significant increase in our capabilities and reflects growing demand for our products across more than 70 countries. “Building on existing facilities at Harwell, we will continue to access world leading testing facilities, be part of a unique ecosystem of people dedicated to science and innovation, and take advantage of the Campus space and development capabilities to create a high-tech bespoke facility.”

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Private equity firm buys railway ground engineer Aspin Hertfordshire-based ground engineering specialist Aspin Group is targeting major expansion after being bought by a US private firm. Hertfordshire-based ground engineering specialist Aspin Group is targeting major expansion after being bought by a US private firm. Private equity firm Sandton Capital Partners sealed the deal last month and aims to grow the £40m turnover business by 50% by 2020. Aspin is the UK market leader in the design and construction of piled foundations for the rail sector, primarily used for supporting overhead line equipment and signalling structures. The sale has prompted a shake-up in the management team. Russell Ward continues as chief executive with Iain Sale brought in as chief financial officer and Paul Oyekanmi as commercial director. Ward was appointed to run the business a year ago by Lloyds bank owned LDC Private Equity, as part of a £25m deal which saw it take a minority stake in the firm. “This new investment and secure funding from our new equity partners who have extensive experience in the engineering sector, provides the ideal platform for the next significant stages of the company’s planned development,” said Ward.

“We’re delighted to secure the support of Sandton Capital Partners. The resulting secure financial base is critical in future-proofing our ambitious plans for the business. It is a significant vote of confidence in the commitment and dedication of the whole Aspin team working as one to deliver more of what our clients want. It’s a win-win for us and our clients,” he said. Among other senior executive changes Martin Truman becomes delivery director, Damon Marii-Metuarii is construction director and Lee Healey is technical services director. Aspin operates across the UK, employing 240 staff, with its head office in Hemel Hempstead supported by other centres in the Midlands, the north and Scotland. The group primary company Aspin Foundations was established in 2000 and grew both organically and through two strategic acquisitions. Sheet piling company, McGrattan, was acquired in 2013, followed by Rogers Structural Investigations in 2014, bringing on-site infrastructure inspection and testing services for the rail and highways markets to Aspin’s portfolio.

Private equity firm buys railway ground engineer Aspin Hertfordshire-based ground engineering specialist Aspin Group is targeting major expansion after being bought by a US private firm. Hertfordshire-based ground engineering specialist Aspin Group is targeting major expansion after being bought by a US private firm. Private equity firm Sandton Capital Partners sealed the deal last month and aims to grow the £40m turnover business by 50% by 2020. Aspin is the UK market leader in the design and construction of piled foundations for the rail sector, primarily used for supporting overhead line equipment and signalling structures. The sale has prompted a shake-up in the management team. Russell Ward continues as chief executive with Iain Sale brought in as chief financial officer and Paul Oyekanmi as commercial director. Ward was appointed to run the business a year ago by Lloyds bank owned LDC Private Equity, as part of a £25m deal which saw it take a minority stake in the firm. “This new investment and secure funding from our new equity partners who have extensive experience in the engineering sector, provides the ideal platform for the next significant stages of the company’s planned development,” said Ward.

“We’re delighted to secure the support of Sandton Capital Partners. The resulting secure financial base is critical in future-proofing our ambitious plans for the business. It is a significant vote of confidence in the commitment and dedication of the whole Aspin team working as one to deliver more of what our clients want. It’s a win-win for us and our clients,” he said. Among other senior executive changes Martin Truman becomes delivery director, Damon Marii-Metuarii is construction director and Lee Healey is technical services director. Aspin operates across the UK, employing 240 staff, with its head office in Hemel Hempstead supported by other centres in the Midlands, the north and Scotland. The group primary company Aspin Foundations was established in 2000 and grew both organically and through two strategic acquisitions. Sheet piling company, McGrattan, was acquired in 2013, followed by Rogers Structural Investigations in 2014, bringing on-site infrastructure inspection and testing services for the rail and highways markets to Aspin’s portfolio.

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Council advances plan to build a university in Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Council is moving ahead with feasibility work to scope and cost out plans for a new university in the heart of the city.

Plans to took a big step forward this week when the council agreed terms with Cranfield University to become the lead higher education provider. Currently known as MK:U, it is planned the university complex would have around 5,000 students with the first cohort arriving in 2023. Cranfield’s educational, technological and industrial partners on MK:U include Grant Thornton, MK College, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra. The university will be designed as an education institution for the 21st century, delivering a distinctive STEMfocused undergraduate courses in key areas like digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence. In each of the university’s key areas of

focus, there would be a lead business partner. Councillor Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, said: “We identified how a university focused on technology could benefit our economy, especially coming alongside the development of the Cambridge-MKOxford corridor which also holds great promise.

“This will be the first university anywhere designed as a response to the challenges facing cities today and in the future. We’re delighted to be entering this next chapter with Cranfield University.” The next step is an 18-month feasibility study, which will consider the planning, design and financing of the new university.

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Hill Secures £200m Credit Hill, the UK’s third largest privately owned and family controlled house builder, has secured a £200 million five-year credit facility, which will support its plans to grow joint venture and long-term regeneration work and expand its current land bank.

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This additional credit will generate revenues of more than £1 billion a year by the end of 2023. In addition, Hill will also be hiring 20% more staff as it seeks to deliver on its ambitious plans. “Since founding the company almost 20 years ago, we have made significant strides and are proud to have established ourselves as a major player in the UK housebuilding sector,” said Andy Hill, Chief Executive. “Both 2016 and 2017 were landmark years for our corporate development and this new financing facility gives us headroom to further invest in new opportunities, with a particular focus on joint ventures and regeneration.” He further added that “To enable us to scale up, we’ll be recruiting an additional 20% more staff this year as we seek to bolster our skills internally and deliver more distinctive, quality homes across London and the South East.” Last year Hill partnered up with a number of property businesses, including Peabody, delivering together 580 new homes at Fish Island Village in London’s Hackney Wick, and Marshall Group, with whom it will deliver 500 new homes in the heart of Cambridge. Currently, Hill has a total pipeline of 5,200 homes across London and the South East of England. Its annual turnover increased by 20% in 2016 to £367 million. “This commitment from four major high street lenders is a sign of the confidence that the banks have in our ability to build on our current success and to continue to deliver outstanding results over the next five years,” concluded Andy Hill.

Construction work has started on a major business development in Nottinghamshire that includes three warehouses totalling 714,000 sq ft. Panattoni Park will be located just off junction 26 of the M1. First Panattoni development director Simon Jenkins and John Proctor of FHP Property Consultants were joined by Nottingham county councillor and chairman of Broxtowe Borough Council’s jobs and economy committee Tony Harper, as well as the borough’s mayor Hallmah Khaled, at the groundbreaking. “Panattoni Park Nottingham will bring a much-welcomed economy boost to Broxtowe Borough Council and this site is ideally situated on the main A610 trunk road with easy access to Nottingham and Derby and the M1,” said Councillor Tony Harper. Director Jenkins also commented, saying: “We have been involved with this site for some time and are extremely pleased to have secured it as one of the First Panattoni developments to come forward. Broxtowe have always been very supportive of our plans for Panattoni Park Nottingham and the hundreds of job opportunities it will create for the local area.” “This scheme is highly significant both within a local, regional and national context,” said Director John Proctor. This park ticks all the boxes of a highly accessible location with available labour at cost-effective rates for occupiers. “It’s great to see new high-quality employment space being built in Nottinghamshire and Panattoni Park Nottingham further enhances our offer to businesses looking to expand and relocate into the area,” said Lorraine Baggs, head of investment at Invest in Nottingham. “Logistics is an important sector and with increasing exports and e-commerce driving demand for space, it’s fantastic to see First Panattoni building speculative space to meet that demand.”

08 Editor’s Choice National onsite spray painters CEILCOTE have been providing clients with quality and service for over 28 years. CEILCOTE specialise in spray painting works for commercial/retail property, spraying all types of ceilings, soffits, shopfronts, curtain walling, cladding, lift doors, blockwork walls, partitions, heater casings, AC units/ cassettes/grills/vents, warehouse steels, roller doors, emergency doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, balustrades and more‌ Back in 1989 CEILCOTE began operations specialising in spraypainting for all types of ceilings nationally. The spray-painting market was just beginning in the UK and very few companies had the training or expertise to carry out onsite spray painting works. The greatest advantage CEILCOTE had was their process in which they carried out spraypainting works onsite. Onsite procedures included the use of tested double sided tapes, rolls of continuous polythene with anti-slip anti-static, masking & de-masking procedures to maximise efficiency, the use of reliable airless spray machines (Graco) and the best method in which to apply water based ceiling restoration coatings to ceilings.

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Vicaima Visual Sensations Mountain design.

Getting to the top is not easy. But with the rising demand for grey and on-trend tonal colours epitomised by the new Visual Sensations’ Mountain from Vicaima, specifiers can take their vision to new heights with doors that reflect the latest fashions within interior design. Leading interior door manufacturer, Vicaima has launched four new and stunning Visual Sensation finishes into its ever popular Dekordor SD range. Mountain, being one its latest grey creations, has given designers some new creative inspiration. Stimulated by dramatic landscapes, Mountain allows specifiers to incorporate the peaceful essence of nature within their chosen interior space. Since its introduction, the Visual Sensations (VS) collection has heralded a new era for foil faced doors, with bespoke models being created and

manufactured by Vicaima that offer unique design solutions which are in-step with the latest design trends. Visual Sensations Mountain is just one in a selection of eight new finish options in the 2018 VS collection, which also includes Tundra, Alpine and Desert, all of which available in both vertical grain and cross directional woodgrain designs.

Vicaima Reaches New Heights Vicaima Visual Sensations Alpine design.

Dekordor SD is favoured by specifiers not only for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to provide a cost effective alternative to real wood veneers, but importantly that as a Vicaima door product there is no compromise on performance characteristics. Whether the requirement is for doors only, matching doorsets (door, frame and architrave) wardrobes or even wall panels, a consistent and matching finish can be achieved. All Vicaima doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can meet a range of performance specifications, such as fire rated, security, and acoustic requirements. Along with a variety of standard products, Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are also available in nonstandard dimensions, giving you the ability to meet a wide range of project specifications. In addition design freedom is further accommodated with specific customisation made easy with glazed options, grooves, inlays, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and other individual provisions. If you would also like to know more about Visual Sensations, or are interested in any other Vicaima products, visit the website Alternatively call 01793 532333 today for a copy of the new Interior Door Selector or perhaps a face sample.

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Keeping your fleet fuel efficient with fuelGenie It comes as no surprise that trying to maintain a fleet that’s fuel efficient is one of the more menial tasks for businesses across the country. With pump prices fluctuating regularly and fuel equating to roughly 30% of the total operating costs of a commercial fleet, businesses should be making fuel efficiency a number one priority. As technology develops and new innovations come to light, fleets are becoming savvier in how they can become more sustainable. Supermarket fuel card supplier, fuelGenie, prides itself on helping to save businesses money where fuel is concerned. The team has shared their top tips on how fleet managers can keep costs down to a minimum. 1.



Tyre check - The first way in which organisations can monitor their fuel consumption more closely, is by keeping a close eye on their tyres. If there is low pressure in the tyres, rolling resistance and waste fuel can increase. Not only does keeping tyres at the optimum pressure improve fuel economy, but also keeps the vehicle operating safely. To check what the correct tyre pressure for the vehicle is, head to the TyreSafe website[1]. RAC also has a number of helpful videos to help assess tyres[2]. Be fleet smart – Fleet Managers should consider how many vehicles they need for their fleet and also which type of vehicles they should opt for. There are many economical vans and vehicles in the market today. Even though they might seem more expensive to begin with, in the long run the benefits will outweigh this initial cost. Also, businesses should ensure the vehicle is the right size for its purpose. Using a large vehicle to transport smaller items could mean excessive fuel wastage.

driver training and education. Running workshops on these topic can really help to keep employees fuel efficient. 4.

Telematics – Getting a detailed report of how vehicles are performing can be essential to helping cut down on costs. The data gathered from these systems can be used to improve driving habits, find the most economical route, and ensure all vehicles in the fleet are making the most of the time spent on the road.


Aerodynamics – One of the more uncommonly known ways of remaining fuel efficient is by making the vehicle more aerodynamic. Wind drag is a key source of reduced fuel mileage. To minimise this, keep the windows rolled up and where possible, look to remove roof racks and choose smoother wheels.


Pay less – The most obvious solution to keeping fuel costs down would be to pay less for fuel. One way fleet managers can do this is by signing up to a fuel card, such as fuelGenie. Partnered with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, users can be ensured that they are always paying the best price for their fuel. What’s more, the card has no sign up fees, meaning businesses can use as many as they like.

Robert Pieczka, Managing Director of fuelGenie, said: “Fuel costs can be difficult to manage, especially for those with larger fleets. Taking into account tips such as these in everyday use of your vehicle can really help to cut down on costs, and ensure you have an efficient fleet that runs smoothly all year round.” For more information visit

Monitor driving habits – Level of fuel consumption is impacted greatly by driving behaviour. Simple changes to driving such as turning off the engine in long traffic jams, keeping loads to a minimum and changing gear earlier can all help to keep fuel costs down. According to RAC[3], drivers should try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm (diesel) or 2,500 (petrol). However, the best way to increase MPG is through improved

12 Fed up of renting in London, Design Engineer Joe Stuart and Service Designer Lina Nilsson decided to build their own abode on a tiny, 38 square metre plot of land in East London. With a budget of just under £200k, they set about delivering Joe’s innovative concept for a six half-floor house with floating concrete slab, designed to maximise the space into a small but perfectly formed 83 square meters of home, all whilst being filmed by Channel 4’s Grand Designs. However, things soon went south…

With clever design and engineering, Joe and Lina were able to maximise their tiny plot into an 83 square metre home with six half floors

From “Spectacularly Shamb to a Grand Design Worth Liv The Challenge Within weeks of the project beginning in October 2015, rogue contractors had performed a disastrous basement excavation attempt contrary to the Structural Engineer’s instructions, leaving unsupported banks of earth falling in beneath the street and shutters bursting inwards under the weight of the concrete. This first attempt, described as “spectacularly shambolic” by Kevin McCloud, more than doubled Joe and Lina’s budget for the excavation from £48k to £100k, and caused months of delays in order to get the project back on track.

The Solution Having already contacted Newton Waterproofing Systems to consult

on the poor workmanship, Joe and Newton soon determined that if he were to save his home and get it out of the ground, he would need a specialist contractor to actively communicate, collaborate and listen to him as both the engineer and client. MJ Rooney Construction came on board as contractors in November 2015, and following discussions to determine exactly what was required, modelled the entire project in 4D to ensure that all potential difficulties were solved before work began. With the right lines of communication in place, work recommenced in late January 2016, with the first challenge being to make safe a 3.5 metre high bank of unsupported earth with sheet piles, before creating a new

and waterproof structural shell of reinforced concrete.

Innovative Engineering With the shell of the structure in place, Newton and MJ Rooney’s next challenge was a much more welcome one, as they created a bespoke waterproofing solution to accommodate Joe’s ingenious design for a suspended reinforced slab that acted as both a floor and a prop force against the lateral pressure from the basement walls. This entire slab rested on brackets designed by Joe and his structural engineer, insulating it from the external walls by ensuring minimal contact, and only making contact through insulated blocks with enough compressive strength to take the


From the ridiculous to the sublime – Joe’s collapsing basement excavation was left in a sorry state by the first contractor before it was rescued

mbolic” iving In vertical loading. The design also created a cavity around the slab that can be fully insulated, allowing the slab to be used as a thermal mass inside the building without having to insulate the entire external envelope. Working closely with Joe, a solution was devised that enabled the continuity of the waterproofing behind the brackets without compromising the structural design.

Completing the Grand Design With a pristine below ground and waterproof concrete structure in place, complete with ‘floating’ slab, MJ Rooney and Newton handed the site over to the next stage in June 2016. Despite the overall project cost coming in at £250K for Joe and Lina, to

The bespoke brackets, designed by Joe and his structural engineer, allowed for the installation of the ingenious ‘floating’ slab

overcome such challenges and revive their dream home from a collapsing hole in the ground is a testament to the power of collaboration and teamwork between supplier, contractor, engineer and client.

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Every minute of every day, five thousand times as much energy as we need hits the earth in the form of solar energy. That surplus isn’t going anywhere; it just gets absorbed into buildings, into the ground, the desert or the sea, warming everything up. But what if we could harness more of that? What if we could make energy as abundant as data on the internet? Imagine the global problems we could solve. In my opinion, this is not only possible; it’s beginning to happen right now. So how can we get there? Let’s look at what’s going to drive this change. The price of electricity is only going one way – and it isn’t down. We live in an age of fragile world markets, politicallymotivated events, concerns around world food production and potentially climate change-driven catastrophes - all of which impact on the availability and cost of energy production.

This highlights the need for the UK to become more self-reliant at a national level, but that’s unlikely to happen either. Under David Cameron’s government, the longstanding trajectory of building regulations changed with the withdrawal of a ratchet mechanism for zero carbon homes called The Code for Sustainable Homes. Now, this target has been pushed onto the backburner. With our current fragile government focussed entirely on negotiating Brexit, there isn’t really room for sustainability targets and so government-driven building regulations are likely to stay as they are until at least 2020. So perhaps then we need to look to a more local level and consider the ability of town, city and county councils’ to influence sustainable through planning and building regulations. There is some hope here; depending on where you live, the amount of solar we are seeing specified to go onto new homes is gradually increasing, with a growing number of local councils taking the lead in terms of more sustainable building standards in their localities. But again, this is a complex and timeconsuming process; it’s currently down to individual councils to decide how and when they’re going to implement sustainability targets – if at all. So if the drive to become carbon-free and more independent in our energy production isn’t going to come from global markets, national governments or local councils, where will it come from?

The answer is simple; us. As consumers, we now have the power not only to demand more sustainable homes from our local authorities, but to take a greater level of responsibility for the production of our own energy. Our houses are generally more sustainable now than they’ve ever been; most of us have double or triple glazing, and we have fairly high levels of insulation in our walls, floors and ceilings. New build homes now come with A-Rated appliances which generally use much less electricity. Therefore, the energy needs of the average house are lower now than they ever were. As a society, we’re not too far away from the average homeowner having the capacity to become at least semisustainable. Solar energy is available to the vast majority of us - with the only exceptions being those who live in listed, thatched or particularly unusual buildings – and new data published this month by the National Grid declared 2017 our ‘greenest’ summer on record. At just over £3,000 for an average system, the cost of solar panels is now 20 per cent of what it was when people first began installing them. Aesthetically, there have been significant developments too; gone are the old blue panels jutting


SELF-RELIANT AS CONSUMERS out eight inches above a roof; we now embed panels that can be the same colour as your roof tiles, which sit directly in the roof and appear part of the house. But while there’s no doubt that installing solar panels will give you free electricity and create revenue from your unused electricity through the Government Feed in Tariff, looking for a monetary return on investment is really not the point of renewable energy. You wouldn’t look at the return on investment for any other purchase you made in your house, like hardwood flooring or a new sofa, or even double glazing – you’d simply want your house to be warmer or more comfortable. The real long-term benefits are around producing clean, locally-sourced energy that’s capable of matching supply directly to demand. Thirty years ago, an energy company would estimate roughly how much electricity was needed at any given point. They’d know, for example, that we’d probably need more electricity half way through Coronation Street because we were all getting up to put our kettles on. But now, our usage is much more difficult to predict; people are using less electricity because their homes are more efficient, and because more electricity is being generated from wind and solar, which is dragging demand down.

Essentially, that renders traditional predictability models useless; the only way we’re going to use our energy more efficiently is to match demand directly with supply. We’re now able to generate our own clean electricity from our roof, store any surplus in a battery or sell it to someone across the road. This sharing economy will also be driven by the potential for users with an EV charging point to allow other electric vehicle users to access their chargers, as well as sharing surplus created by locally generated electricity. As people become more conscious of the available resources within their home created by solar energy, sharing will become much more commonplace.

As smart technologies become more widespread, consumers will become much more accustomed to monitoring and manipulating our home energy by switching things on and off remotely through our smartphones and devices. Artificial intelligence already exists that allow items in your home to predict your usage, switch themselves on or off and become more efficient. And that, in my view, is the kind of smart-connected, self-generating energy usage that we’re moving towards – and we as consumers will be the driving force behind it.

The new look of urban design The creative use of perforated metal in urban design shapes the framework of our surroundings. Perforated metal offers a whole new level of freedom for designers and architects who want to influence the cityscape of tomorrow and breathe new life into urban areas. As any architect can testify, a city is not just about the buildings. The city is a landscape of aesthetics, emotions and ambitions. The city is an expression of human interaction and a crossroad of past, present and future. This makes the urban landscape a playground for ambitious architects and entrepreneurs who want to make their mark and to influence the shape of tomorrow. Architects focus on new ways to design modern buildings and are on the look-out for materials that will contribute to their interpretation of city life. RMIG is a world specialist in perforated metal and leads the way in developing innovative solutions for creative urban design that are based on perforation in all shapes, sizes, colours and surfaces.

Versatility and functionality Perforated metal offers a unique versatility and functionality when it comes to design, material and use. A good example is the use of perforated metal as decorative facade cladding, where it also serves as an efficient sun screen that does not require power or manual adjustment to work. It is a ‘green’ solution that creates a comfortable indoor atmosphere for the users of the building. Sound absorption is an area where perforated metal can also be used to great advantage. When used for walls and ceilings in interior design, the perforation combined with sound absorbing fabric or batts ensures maximum noise reduction. This contributes to a better and safer environment for many, whether they are occupants in residential buildings, using public facilities or working in an open plan office. Picture perforation, known as RMIG ImagePerf is yet another elegant solution to the challenges of architectural design. RMIG ImagePerf converts perforated metal into a ‘projection screen’ for art, photographs, illustrations and graphic designs. It provides an inspiring level of creative freedom and strong expressive power for designers and architects. It can be used as a contrast to the other building materials, to highlight certain parts of the building, or to show those in the vicinity the purpose of the building.

Experience and expertise RMIG is a market leader in the manufacture of perforated sheets and expanded metal. In Europe alone, RMIG is represented in 13 countries and the company has more than 100 years of experience within perforation manufacturing and processing. RMIG have taken all the advantages of conventional perforated metal to the next level by utilising perforated products to enhance our common urban environment. Using perforated metal as a decorative part of buildings, interiors and facades creates countless possibilities. To assist professionals within the building sector to obtain the best possible results, RMIG has established a complete process that gives the needed support. RMIG’s perforation experts are there to offer advice and guidance for the whole journey – from the conception of the idea to the choice of materials, patterns and finishing treatments to the final product manufacture.

Going from strength to strength… To individualise and strengthen its design and architectural efforts, RMIG has chosen to market their creative solutions under the name of City Emotion. The RMIG City Emotion concept has already been used for a wide range of projects all over Europe, providing invaluable experience for the future.

RMIG’s competent staff can also advise on specific needs regarding the application of graphics, photos, designs and patterns to create the right impression. Before the final production begins, everything can be accurately visualised and samples can be produced to ensure that the end result meets with the precise requirements for a given project.

RMIG case studies - examples Among the many projects where perforation has been used in urban design, is the SCA complex in Gothenburg (pictured bottom left and right). This office complex has qualified as a ‘Green Building’ due to its environmentally friendly technical standards. Perforated metal panels from RMIG have been used to make sun screens to provide a good working environment for users and at the same time reduce energy consumption. The aluminium elements range in thickness from 5.0 mm to 8.0 mm and have been coated to increase durability and give a lasting contribution to the design of the building. Tel: 01925 839610 Email:

The Chalmers parking facilities (top left, top right) are also located in Gothenburg. Here, the architects chose perforated sheets from RMIG when designing the facade to create an aesthetically wellbalanced and contemporary building and to offer the users of the facilities a reassuring level of privacy. The materials are corten steel and aluminium, and the surface treatment helps the cladding blend in well with the surrounding brick buildings.

To Infinium and beyond Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect, talks about aluminium glazing that delivers the ‘Grand Designs’ dream for homeowners and self-builders. Pulling as much natural light into buildings as possible is no new trend, but the design options and glazing products that are available to help architects and self-builders achieve this are changing. The consistent feature is wide expanses of glass, to blur the lines between the inside and the outdoors and frame a stunning view or allow unrestricted access to a beautifully landscaped garden. For some homeowners and self-builders, a pair of bi-fold doors just isn’t enough. They want more. More light. More view. More glass.

There are a host of material options out there, but for high-spec projects that need less frame and more glazing, aluminium sliding doors are the optimum choice. With fewer panes or door sashes, there are less sightlines to disrupt the view beyond. Plus, aluminium offers slimmer frames, so where there are sightlines, they aren’t big and bulky. This is why the domestic aluminium market has seen such positive growth over the last few years and why it’s showing no signs of stopping. With energy efficiency benefits equaling that of PVCu, aluminium has become the material of choice for homeowners

Infinium – minimal frame glazing Infinium is the minimal frame glazing system that takes framing a view to stunning new heights.

wanting to bring maximum light into homes. Low- maintenance with incredible strength and longevity, aluminium is the ideal choice for self-builders and renovators who want to live the ‘Grand Designs’ or ‘Amazing Spaces’ dream. With buying trends changing, home improvement companies have taken their aluminium sliding doors online, where they know that homeowners looking for modern-design with impressive wide-span glazing will be doing their initial research. It not only gives them a chance to really dig into the benefits of each product, but it also starts to give them a thorough understanding of the technical information and so eventually, they demand more from their glazing. With so many products on the market, finding a wide-span glazing system that truly stands out is a revelation. And that’s just what Infinium is – a revelation.

The frame and sash are fully concealed to offer the wall-to-wall glass that homeowners are demanding to meet their modernist, architectural dream house design, and with the slimmest of interlock sightlines — just 21mm wide — the view from their homes is framed with absolute minimum interruption. A flush threshold and fully concealed hardware finishes the look. The double track system is available in configurations with up to four door sashes, with each sash size up to 3000mm wide and 3500mm high. The tall, wide-span panes create a frameless glass wall that’s the perfect design choice for home design that needs a seamless connection from the inside living space to the outdoors. To bring nature in, but keep the elements out, Infinium glazing has double thermal breaks, U-Values as low as 1.0 W/m2K and is fitted with double or triple insulated glass units. The practicalities of having large, heavy panes of sliding glass are taken care of with bespoke-designed aluminium rollers which give the doors

effortless glide. For an even easier user experience, the custom-made motorised lock and sliding system opens and closes the doors at the touch of a button. This isn’t just style – it’s a superb combination of technology and engineering for a stunning finish.

Approved manufacturing and installation Infinium glazing can only be manufactured by approved fabricators and fitted by certified installers. Not only does this ensure a straightforward experience onsite, but it also gives peace of mind to project managers and homeowners. At AluFoldDirect, we manufacture precision-made aluminium glazing products, including Infinium minimal frame glazing, right first time, every time, fast. At our Aluminium Glazing Design Centre in Blackburn, you can have a tour from our expert aluminum glazing advisors. You can also see the first Infinium showroom door. Seeing is believing. We’ve had plenty of homeowners call in to look at our other aluminium glazing products, see Infinium and just say ‘that’s it – I want that.’ Infinium is available now – find out more at alufolddirect


Capricorn Eco Timber’s ethos is to supply naturally durable sustainable, certified, locally sourced high quality UK grown species which do not need potentially harmful preservatives adding to enhance their longevity and consequently have a very low carbon footprint, these timbers contribute directly to the local economy and make the UK less reliant on imported timber with long supply chains. Please find below a brief resume of some of the products and services offered by Capricorn Eco Timber. British Grown Red Cedar Shingles & Ridges produced in house to a similar design as the traditional Canadian Red Cedar Shingles, this product is ideal for garden structures, garages, tree houses etc Tiga Wood Burnt Larch Cladding, a very durable and modern looking product which is offered at considerably less cost than the few burnt cladding alternatives on the market .It is available in various finishes using selected FSC British Larch, this product can be made to keep it’s black colour, or if preferred to weather gracefully over the years without the unattractive transitional period of several years that natural Larch or Cedar can give if left to its own devices. Tiga Wood uses air dried Larch before charring and the burning process has the double benefit of drying the cladding to a suitable moisture content for exterior use as it is burnt but without the extra carbon emissions that imported kiln dried Siberian Larch produces. We are in control of the whole process here on the premises and we take a lot of care liaising with the customer or Architect to ensure the product fulfills their remit, we tailor the finish, quantities and sizes to suit the exact requirements needed by the customer.

Capricorn Eco Timber supply mainly Cedar, Douglas Fir, Larch, Sequoia and English Oak beams in lengths up to 12.0 metres and sizes up to 800mm x 800mm, these can be supplied to a planed or sawn finish and can also be strength graded to suit requirements Another interesting and rare product we stock is Ancient English Bog Oak in log form which has been carbon dated to 4300 years old, these logs have to be carefully sawn and dried for various end uses and we welcome any interest potential customers have for this mysterious and beautiful wood. This Ancient Bog Oak can be used for high class flooring , interior cladding , cabinet making , furniture , jewellery, knife handles ,coasters , woodturning etc once kiln dried and has various imaginative uses if air dried such as exposed beams , mantelpieces , rustic benches and tables. Capricorn have a regular, consistent supply of these logs so continuity of supply should not be a problem for the foreseeable future. We also machine cladding, bevel sidings ,high class landscape fencing and decking to order in various certified , sustainable and naturally durable species cut and machined to order and will deliver any quantity large or small to any area of the UK and sometimes Europe.

BRITISH CEDAR SHINGLES & RIDGES CHARRED LARCH CLADDING CAPRICORN ECO TIMBER specialise in machining and supplying cladding, shingles, ridges, beams & decking in British grown sustainable, certified, naturally durable species including Western Red Cedar, Larch, Douglas Fir, English Oak & Tiga Wood Burnt Larch Cladding. We are one of the very few companies producing British Western Red Cedar Shingles & Ridges from native grown Cedar in the UK. Capricorn Eco Timber also keep large stocks of very rare Ancient English Bog Oak logs carbon dated and certified to 4300 years old.

CAPRICORN ECO TIMBER Unit D | Ladfordfields Industrial Estate | Seighford | Stafford ST18 9QE Tel: 01785 282307 | Fax: 01785 282110 | Mob: 07774 692936 Email: British Grown Timber

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The 360 degree and heavy-duty telehandlers UK-based 360 degree and heavy duty telehandler rental company GT Lifting, tell us about the 360 degree rental market and its similarities with crane rental.

While you should always use the right machine for the job, equipment carrying out similar work should receive the same treatment in terms of lift planning, application of regulations and on-site paperwork requirements. This is a problem that has become more noticeable as 360 degree and heavy duty telehandlers have become larger, more powerful and more sophisticated. Many job sites treat 360 degree telehandlers in the same way as a regular fixed frame telehandler, but in truth they are totally different beasts. The largest 360 degree machine currently available - the 46 metre Magni RTH 6.46 - is comparable in performance terms to some 40 to 50 tonne cranes and should be treated as such. They are often used as substitutes for a crane or aerial lift, and there is nothing wrong with that - if they are used correctly and subject to the similar rules, such as lift or work planning and on-site paperwork requirements. The performance of large 360 degree is amazing and as soon as you add a hook and winch it is a crane. It should therefore be chosen because what it can do, not because it might attract less paperwork and scrutiny. This is exactly the stance of companies such as GT Lifting - one of a few UK rental companies that specialises in large 360 degree and heavy lift telehandlers. Because of this it is in an ideal position to comment on the pros and cons of the telehandler versus crane discussion.


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Graham Trundell formed GT Lifting in 2002, prior to this he was responsible for bringing in the first Merlo Roto telehandler into the UK in 1996 while working for Gamble Jarvis buying and selling equipment and dealing with John Iles of Ringwood based Merlo UK. Operations director Steve Porter met Trundell at Gamble Jarvis and they kept in touch over the years, with Porter passing contacts and leads to Trundell - particularly for Gatwick Pier 6 Connector Project which was one of the first major projects to use the Roto telehandlers for glazing and cladding work. The company has grown from 15 machines in 2009 to more than 70 today and hopes to expand to about 130 machines over the next few years. The company has the second largest 360 degree telehandler fleet in the UK. It certainly has the widest fleet of 360 degree and heavy lift machines in the South of England. To keep pace with the growth the company added impressive new offices, workshops and yard in 2016 when it acquired the ex-Southern Cranes & Access facility in Slinfold, Horsham, near Gatwick Airport. Although most of its work is in the South East, the company operates a national service using vetted operators and service agents around the UK.It recently added a second depot

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close to Hinkley Point in Somerset to cover work at the new nuclear power station, as well as providing improved coverage in the South West. While the rental business makes up the majority of its work, the company also sells new Merlo and more recently Magni telehandlers and holds a significant inventory of replacement parts. In the early days it ran an exclusively Merlo fleet, however it has been impressed with the Magni product - particularly the larger 360 degree machines. It currently has three 39 metre and two 35 metre Magni 360 degree telehandlers in the fleet with several more on order. 360 degree models make up 75 percent of the total fleet with lift heights from 16 to 39 metres with capacities from 3.8 to six tonnes. The heavy lift machines have capacities from six to 20 tonnes with lift heights to 20 metres (Magni 6.20 Telehandler), with two new 20 tonne HTH Magni 20.10s on order. As well as the telehandlers GT Lifting has hundreds of specialist attachments including winches, hooks, space arms which give negative and positive reach, jibs, forks and personnel baskets with up to 1,000kg capacity, particularly appreciated by demolition contractors. It also has three Magni baskets purchased for a recent project both have 800kg capacity jibs with 300kg winches. The heavy lift machines have forks, hooks and cable drum handlers. All attachments are manufacturer supplied. “We only use manufacturers attachments which have a specific load chart, this stems from working at Heathrow with Mace where there were a few incidents caused by

not using fork mounted attachments correctly. Having a manufacturers’ approved load chart is essential for most contractors,” says Porter. GT Lifting offers an operator with every machine although half are hired without. In total it has between 30 and 40 CPCS trained operators - some in-house and some vetted agency workers, although the plan is to bring more in-house. “Graham has been keen on having in-house operators from the start,” says Porter. “It gives us better control and understanding of their training requirements and history of experience. It also works better for us as the operators feel more part of the team and look after the machines better. We know exactly each operators’ training and experience on machines, attachments and tasks, and will always try match the operator to the machine and task. We also offer slinger signaller/banksmen, lift supervisors and Appointed Persons for lifting operations. We are growing the contract lift side of the business to be more in line with crane operations. Our top customers want us to produce their lift plans and RAMS for the lifting operations. Our area of expertise is the lifting and equipment and finding the best set-up for their requirements.” “The 360 degree machine utilisation is currently around 85 percent which still leaves the ability to cope with short notice rentals. It is also important to have backup machines to replace those which cannot be repaired on site. The heavy lift fleet is also well utilised and there are a lot

Lifts & Handling 25 of large capacity rentals coming through, hence the investment in the two 20 tonners. Over time the heavy lift fleet will grow but I can’t see it ever being larger than the 360s.” Why use a Roto? So why use a 360 degree telehandler rather than a crane, particularly if you have to go through exactly the same procedures and paperwork? “Transport is the killer on a short term rental for a large telehander,” says Porter. “If the machine is needed for one or two days, the additional cost of the transport will probably give the crane the financial edge. However if the site requires three or more days then that can tip the balance in favour of the telehandler. Take a housing project for example which in the early days might take an AT crane under contract lift at say £2,000 a day - over three days a week that’s £6,000, whereas a large telehandler and operator would be about £2,500 to £3,500 for the week. There are loads and heights that the telehandler cannot manage, but most of the time the 360 degree telehandler can be used instead of a crane as well as performing general telehandler duties and with the right attachment replace an access platform.” “We are now working with several major housebuilders and most now view the 360 degree telehandler as a crane under a full contract lift. All of the loads on the hook are insured by us and the method statements lifting plans, RAMS and ground bearing pressure information supplied by us. We promote ourselves and are being treated as though we are a crane rental company. This is how the larger telehandlers must be viewed although we are hearing stories that other telehandler suppliers don’t want to get as involved and just want to supply the machines.” “As long ago as 2012 we trained our first salesperson to be an AP, as we could see it was going to be a requirement going forward. Since then all sales people including myself have been AP trained. This means we can help clients in all areas - carry out the lift plans, provide CPCS personnel and take full responsibility for the safe completion of the lift operation if that is what is required. There is a lot of scope for growth in this sector of the market. However, the 360 degree telehandler is not a bolt-on product for a fixed telehandler fleet. Quite a few have tried and failed. It wouldn’t be a problem for a crane company because it is very similar to what they already do.” Lack of 360 degree and attachment training According to Porter, there is a serious lack of training on 360 degree telehandlers and attachments although there is a working group being put together by the CITB to address the problem. “Attachment training should be mandatory. We always ask what attachments trainees will be using, too many training companies don’t ask, they are just interested in training the person on forks so they can tick the ‘trained’ box on site. Anyone can attend and pass the one week, 360 degree telehandler course, however the training may have been done on a 16 metre Merlo with forks, and then the first job may be operating a 39 metre Magni with winch - a totally different machine. This just isn’t safe - everyone has a responsibility to make sure that operators are familiar with the machine and attachments used.”

“In a bulletin released on 13th February 2018, CPCS stated that ‘a review was undertaken on the category due to the nature in which slew types have evolved since the Telescopic Handler category was first introduced many years ago. Back then the plant was predominately used for fork use as with traditional telehandlers but are now increasingly being used as a crane with a drum hoist and rope. ’This new standa-lone category of Telescopic Handler 360 Slew (A77) will supersede Telescopic Handler inc 360 Slew (A17D) which will be retired from the scheme. We have been working with a couple of training companies and put together a familiarisation package for all the attachments - within half a day we can train operators on the safe use of a box winch, fly jib, personnel basket on both Magni and Merlo machines - which are totally different - including the way they connect and calibrate. Familiarisation training is offered as part of the initial enquiry process as we often come across customers with their own operator who is not familiar with the attachments. There are also lots of companies using agency operators who are not familiar with the equipment or the attachments but because they have a CPCS card say they can operate the large machines and use the attachments.” Telehandler developments “There are still lots of people who are unaware of the capabilities of the larger machines and their attachments, and therefore massive scope for development and growth. I think we have hardly scratched the

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surface. Merlo and Magni are both working on increasing capacities on 360 degree machines. The new Magni SH models have six tonne capacities,” says Porter. “Merlo have showed a 35 metre model and unveiled details of a seven tonne 21/24 metre machine in 2016 but neither have appeared yet, hopefully we will see them sometime this year.” “We also decided that all our telehandlers should be continuous slew to reduce the problem of over rotation which is a major issue to correct. The first Magni 18 metre machines did not have this feature but we managed to persuade them to include the feature when we ordered some new 18 metre machines. When we purchased our first 35 metre machine we asked Riccardo Magni how much bigger they can go? He kept on saying that they wouldn’t get any bigger as transportation would become a problem - then the 39 metre came along, followed by the 46 metre unit, which he says is the maximum for the current design. Magni has done particularly well in the States with the larger 360s with several orders for the 46 metre particularly in New York replacing smaller 30m Merlos.”

Magni on the up “Until 2012 we were a 100 percent Merlo fleet, and it was a lot easier and simpler to manage with warranty procedure, one set of parts etc. However, we regularly looked at other manufacturers, to make sure we were not missing a trick, and were happy until we saw the Magni machines which we agreed had massive potential. Magni has got a lot of things right, but the Merlo still is a very good machine. If you were to put the best bits of both together you would have the best machine on the market. Magni has been clever in targeting the big machines and has had a free run at the market. Manitou can match it on the heavy lift equipment, but only goes to 32 metres on 360s. There isn’t a huge market for the 46 metre machines at present, but there is growing interest and we may even see one in the UK in the not too distant future but it’s a significant investment!” Suspended loads “Travelling with a suspended load on wheels should always be a last resort but if done in the correct and controlled way is perfectly safe

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and acceptable,” says Porter. “The A17E - telehandlers travelling with suspended loads (non-rough terrain) - training came out early 2016 we trained all our employed and sub contract operators. It is an addition to the training which we think is not as stringent as it should be but felt that it was a good opportunity to expand the knowledge and safety. Merlo which was involved with the A-17E working group - is currently the only company that produces load charts for travelling with suspended loads.” I think we should probably mention that this category currently covers all telehandlers carrying suspended loads with a fixed hook and doesn’t cover Rotos specifically. By this I mean that the training can be delivered on a standard telehandler, doesn’t have to be a roto. The future “We have already developed and invested in new facilities and need to target growth areas in our marketing. In the next three years we will expand the fleet significantly. Graham is good at spotting trends and customer needs so we often get involved developing attachments. We have worked with Laing O’Rourke, adding outrigger mat carriers to the machines with a ramp for circular mats to get over manual handling issues. We have also worked on 360 degree cameras before Skanska specified the requirement on all their sites. A modified adjustable cable drum handler is another attachment we have been working on recently as well as a bin lifter in conjunction with a principle airport contractor. This took five years to develop but are now working in Manchester and Heathrow airport. Magni are very quick to respond with our weird and wonderful requests and can supply realistic CAD drawings and load charts within a few weeks.” Heavy Lift “We currently run heavy lift telehandlers with capacities from six to 20 tonnes, it is a specialist area. Other large general telehandler companies also run heavy lift machines, while some other smaller companies are also jumping onto the bandwagon. We have two new 20 tonne capacity Magni HTH 20.10 machines in build - the first in the UK - with forks, hooks and adjustable cable drum handlers. The beauty of the Magni range is that the cab layout is exactly the same, with touch screen controls and live load charts. The cabs are all pressurised, although this feature is rarely requested. In the past 18 months we have seen increasing demand for heavy lift machines, from wind farms, the electrical alliance and nuclear power stations etc. Lifts on site? “All lifting operations on site should be planned. However, run of the mill lifts low level lifting and shifting can be covered in a common lift plan, including any palletised loads. Where it becomes more critical is when carrying out a complex or out of the ordinary lift. Most sites have a safe method of work for a standard telehandler but may not have a full set of lift plans and RAMS.

We always suggest a lift plan and RAMS for 360 degree machines. About 90 percent of forked lifts are covered under a standard lift plan, but as soon as the outriggers go down and a winch used, it is a completely different animal.” “We carry out simulated lifts and live tests for contract lifts, supplying engineers with site specific ground bearing pressures. We can calculate them without testing, but there are so many variables, so we have invested in equipment and can provide a readout of actual forces present when the machine and attachment is in the required position with load. If working on a suspended slab, underpropping may be required so exact information is essential and the only way to be certain is to actually carry out a live test. We have asked Magni about in cab readouts of the pressure on each outrigger and the actual load with real time information, I think you will see this feature soon.”

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ACCESSIBILITY MOVES INTO A NEW LEVEL One of the UK’s biggest shopping centres, intu, is giving a new level of customer experience. intu Merry Hill has become the latest retail venue to open a Changing Places assisted accessible toilet, to enable any shoppers who may need help (in terms of carers or equipment) to go to the loo can do so appropriately, and with dignity. Without such toilets, potentially up to 14million people(*) across

the UK who need support either cannot visit a location, have to curtail their trip before they need the toilet, or face remaining in a soiled condition unless they are changed on the floor. Supplied and installed by Closomat, Britain’s leader in ultraaccessible away from home toilets, intu Merry Hill’s facility is even

bigger than the British Standard requirement of 3m x 4m. It has all the fixtures specified in the Standard for Changing Place compliance- including a WC, height adjustable washbasin, ceiling track hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, a shower, height adjustable shower seat and a privacy screen.

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The Changing Places, on the Upper Level near the food court, compliments other accessible toilets strategically positioned around the mall; it is accessible whenever the centre is open, via RADAR key.

1000 have been opened across the UK.

The Changing Places facility was officially opened by Neil Davies, chairman at Dudley Voices for Choice, alongside member Sharon Davies, and project worker Claire Allen.

Uniquely, the company can provide an in-house, ‘onestop-shop’ complete package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation, and can also provide subsequent maintenance and repair.

Dudley Voices for Choice is a user-led charitable organisation, based in Dudley, that supports people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom will benefit from the Changing Places facility. Under Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Since their introduction a decade ago,

Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places.

Its website is the most comprehensive resource available about Changing Places for campaigners, providers and specifiers alike, with a raft of support information including white papers, calling cards, CAD blocks, NBS specifications, video and case studies.

Neil Davies, chairman of Dudley Voices for Choice, said: “The new Changing Places in intu Merry Hill is a welcome addition to the centre, and now people with disabilities can come along and spend the day here knowing that all of their needs can be met in one place.” Naomi Campbell, community development manager at intu Merry Hill, said: “We want to ensure that we make intu Merry Hill as accessible and inclusive as we can. This important new space will ensure that customers who need access to a Changing Places facility can enjoy a safe and comfortable shopping experience whilst visiting intu Merry Hill. It’s one of several measures which we are introducing, including training our staff, to provide welcoming experiences for all.”


30 Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Throughout the world Novellini creates inspiring bathrooms that appeal to individuals at home, via our merchant partners. Working alongside architects and designers, we create beautiful and functional bathrooms that complement the home, helping to create tranquil spaces promoting Well-being within the living environment. Based in the beautiful market town of St Albans, Hertfordshire, we have a small but well stocked Showroom with multiple displays of enclosures, trays, baths and steam cabins. In order not to be disappointed please book in advance of your visit making sure we have the product your require on display. Supported by vast stocks at our warehouse in Birmingham and serviced by experienced staff ready to support your needs. All our products are maintained by our qualified service engineers and supported by parts readily available from stock. Our products are available nationwide through our merchant partners and retailers. Please use our dealer locator link to find your nearest dealer or call us directly for more information on 01 727 229 922

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Glass - Crystal Clear Treatment Crystal clear is a innovative glass treatment which is applied in laboratory conditions at our factory using state of the art machinery. First the glass is cleaned then evenly sprayed with the Crystal Clear treatment, finally thermally baking onto the glass surface. Thanks to the unique chemical reaction within one single application the glass surface has been modified absorbing the treatment, thus giving you a longer lasting protection. Hygienic , biological tests have proven that the Novellini glass has 98% less bacteria than non treated glass. Low maintenance, The water will run off the glass leaving less residue on the surface, no need to use heavy cleaning chemicals, great for the environment , with less maintenance , more resistant to every day use staying new for longer. After care , After showering Novellini recommends that you wipe down the glass using a soft cloth or squeegee, only clean Novellini products using our specially formulated cleaner “Clean it� which can be purchased through our dealers and directly with Novellini UK. We hope you enjoy your Novellini product for many years to come, please visit for more information and other exciting products.


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Beautiful Bathrooms by Hudson Reed

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This October sees the launch of Hudson Reed’s latest bathroom collection, which includes some exciting new product launches, perfect for the housebuilding sector. Spanning all bathroom categories, the new collection is aspirational and fashion-led, taking inspiration from the latest European designs straight off the bathroom catwalk.

Left: Fusion Fitted Bathroom Furniture - New Gloss Grey Bottom left: Sarenna modular bathroom furniture, available in a range of finishes. Below: New Grace wall-hung ceramic range – boasting beautiful organic curves and sleek lines

New product launches complement the already popular ranges in the Hudson Reed bathroom collection and continue to offer outstanding quality and product innovation, with many products manufactured at Hudson Reed’s own factories throughout the UK and overseas. New ranges include the beautiful ‘Grace’ ceramic range (pictured), a stunning wall hung suite, including a rimless w/c, with elegant lines and curves that make for a real bathroom statement. The freestanding bath range is also expanding with the addition of a number of new contemporary models in various styles. Bathroom furniture is a key growth sector, so the range has been enhanced to include some sophisticated new designs, including new on-trend colour options within the Fitted Furniture range, such as a Gloss Grey (pictured) on the ‘Fusion’ range - a cool grey gloss offering a clean graphic look.

For a touch of upmarket style and glamour, one of the best selling furniture ranges within the Collection, the chic ‘Sarenna’ Modular Furniture range (pictured), has been updated with new finishes. This luxurious range should really appeal to the discerning homeowner with its bold yet elegant style, and fine attention to detail with a quality finish. The selection of touch sensor mirrors has also been extended, incorporating the latest technology fusing aesthetics with great functionality - from motion sensor LED lighting features to Bluetooth with speakers. Completely brand new to the collection, is a stylish range of infrared heaters, the latest solution for energy efficient heating within the home. Consuming typically, 30% less energy than conventional radiators, this innovative range offers the latest in modern space heating, and is ideal for use anywhere in the home. With some highly competitive prices available to housebuilders and developers across the whole portfolio of bathroom products from Hudson Reed, contact the company now for further information on: T: 01422 417100 or visit the web site:

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Ideal Distribution is a proven successful distributor of British manufactured kitchen and bedroom furniture to the trade for over 30 years.


e aim to provide a wide range of products at competitive prices; this allows us to offer a complete kitchen or bedroom service to our customers. When selecting a new kitchen or bedroom you naturally want styles to compliment the development, whether a rural farmhouse or city apartment. Ideal Distribution offer a broad choice of designs, colours and all together is quality and our aim is to design, manufacture and deliver a consistently high quality product and 18mm colour matched cabinets in multiple colours with bespoke sizes available. Cabinets have a 2mm PVC front edge as standard with solid 18mm back panels on all base units, these are complimented by Blum soft close drawers, hinges and lift up

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‘Best Value’ pays Delivery of ‘best value’ is being as far as sanitary requirements Under current Building Regulations, and best practice guidance (British Standards), if space is a limiting factor in toilet provision, the acceptable ‘catch-all’ is to install a unisex, wheelchair-accessible toilet, to be available for use by anyone visiting the premises. Closomat, Britain’s #1 provider of helpful toilet solutions for anyone with a limitation, is urging providers to go a stage further, and include therein a little more space, a hoist and adult-sized changing bench. It delivers, the company maintains, best value in terms of space management, cost, and customer service. “Even a unisex wheelchair-accessible toilet is a compromise,” explains Closomat away from home project manager Kelvin Grimes. “Many wheelchair users have, and need a carer to help them. Many need lifting, and are too big for their carer to lift unaided. Figures suggest at least 0.5million adults have faecal incontinence, a proportion of which will require pads, nappies, changing. “Adding a hoist to a unisex wheelchair accessible toilet takes no extra space, but opens the doors to large numbers of people who would otherwise stay away- or at home- in case they needed the toilet. The changing bench does need more space, but its requirement is still significantly less than providing all the individual toilet permutations. “Combined, you provide a WC facility that needs the needs of mostcertainly more than the Regulatory, supposedly universal solution. And from experience, many unisex wheelchair-accessible toilets, that are provided as the only ‘public’ WC, often have the additional space inside anyway, so for those, it is just a case of a little more kit, that makes the facility useable by many more people, who will potentially visit with their carers, families.” Closomat is unique in its ability to deliver compliant, accessible toileting in domestic, commercial and public environments. In ‘away from home’ toilets, it was the original sponsor of the Changing Places Toilet campaign, and has helped campaigners develop the complimentary Space to Change concept. In domestic situations, its Palma Vita wash & dry WC is the brand leader. Closomat is also unique in its ability to, in-house, provide design advice, supply, installation, commissioning, project management and subsequent service & maintenance. To help all involved in the process, the company has a raft of downloadable information on its website,, including white papers, CAD blocks, room renders, guidance notes, specification clauses and videos.

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Man Nearly Loses His Legs After Mystery ‘Insect Bite’

39 A MAN was told he might need to have both legs amputated after suffering a mysterious ‘insect bite’ while on holiday in Spain. Ron Harris, 74, was staying in a resort near Alicante with his wife Jacqueline, 70, when he noticed a deep wound halfway down the side of his leg below the knee. When he returned to the UK, he immediately sought medical treatment from local doctors who were baffled as to the cause but suspected an insect bite. The wound was clearly infected, with symptoms subsequently spreading to Ron’s other leg and both feet. It got so bad that the skin was literally falling away. The pain became so excruciating that Ron could barely walk or use the stairs and had a Stiltz home lift put in to help him access the upper level of his four-bedroom detached home in Gloucestershire. He also had to take 42 painkillers a day as well as bottles of morphine to help him deal with the pain.

Doctors eventually diagnosed the puzzling bite as a leg ulcer and tried everything including wrapping both legs in compression bandages before Ron’s condition got so bad, he ended up in a wheelchair. “I was bitten by some sort of insect about three days before the end of our holiday,” said Ron. “I attempted to get it looked at in Spain but the queues in the Spanish hospital were so long I decided to wait until I returned to the UK. “The doctors had no idea what it was and they tried wrapping me up in bandages but it just got worse. It spread to my other leg and my feet and was just awful. “I couldn’t sleep at night and got a Stiltz lift put in as eventually I couldn’t even walk and became wheelchair-bound. We’ve lived in our house for 35 years so we had no intention of moving home, however bad my situation became. The lift meant we could stay put! “It was only after about six weeks they the doctors diagnosed the bite as a leg ulcer. Apparently, all bites and stings that don’t heal within this time are treated as ulcers regardless of the underlying cause.” Ron tried to soak his legs and feet in potassium permanganate - a

medication used for treating skin conditions that cause production of excess liquid. The pain was so severe though, he was forced to stop applying it. However, the former mechanical engineer was told by doctors if he did not continue with the treatment, there was a real potential risk of double amputation. Ron said: “The potassium permanganate treatment was the worse pain I’ve ever experienced in my whole life and it brought tears to my eyes. I was on 42 painkillers a day and I was given a bottle of morphine to use freely to help me cope me with the pain. “I had some really dark days, and when the doctors warned if I didn’t carry on with the potassium permanganate application I could lose both of my legs; it was frightening. I decided I would obviously rather keep my legs so I persevered with the potassium permanganate and eventually the condition began to improve. “Over time, the pain disappeared and the area where the bite had been scabbed over. The skin healed and regrew. All in all, it has taken around a year for to me fully recover and I feel very lucky to have done so. I still have no idea what actually bit me though!”

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Rinnai Announces Price

Others Have Price Increases RINNAI HOT WATER – INSTANT, CONTINUOUS, LIMITLESS AND SENSIBLY ECONOMIC FOR EVERY TYPE OF COMMERCIAL SITE mains, with no need for large, ungainly and energy inefficient storage vessels. Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are high efficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. Incoming water temperatures of up to 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems. Water can be delivered at high volume with minimum gas consumption. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use.

Rinnai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has announced that it is holding its price for the second year in succession - in the face of reports that some other manufacturers are increasing prices by almost 5%. Two other manufacturers are reportedly ghosting through price rises of between 3 - 4.5%. “We see no justification whatsoever to submit price increases and seek to stabilise market prices for our customers. We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation”, says Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings. The Rinnai natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature controlled safe and useable hot water. The Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed as stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for the largest of all commercial sites such as big hotels, busy gyms, high rise offices etc. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the

All Rinnai internal HDC condensing continuous flow water heaters, are room-sealed, power flue appliances, while the external weatherproof models have forced exhaust which enables them to be compact, saving both floor and wall space. Rinnai’s unique condensing technology incorporates two heat exchangers to achieve optimum water heating generated from every cubic metre of Natural Gas or LPG. The condensing process delivers up to 95% thermal efficiency, which translates to significant energy savings when compared to standard on-demand water heaters or conventional stored systems. Rinnai Gas Hot Water Storage Pack represents the best value-for-money solution on the market today with everything delivered direct to site in one complete package The pack consists of up to five heavy duty water heaters with an equal number of flue kits (for internal heaters) or an equal number of pipe cover boxes (for external models) and sufficient valve packs. Also included is one hot water storage vessel (stainless steel 300L, 500L or 800L glass lined steel) along with necessary valves and one primary pump with valves and one unvented kit. Add to this an expansion vessel of either 50L or 80L capacity, two drain cocks, one tundish, a temperature and pressure relief valve along with a control thermostat, an overheat thermostat and the kit is complete. Common header flue systems are also available to further stream line the installation.

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TRANSFORM A HOUSE TO A CHATEAU WITH ESCO FLOORING FROM OSMO Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, presents ESCO Chateau, a sleek and contemporary style of oak flooring. ESCO’s Chateau flooring range is a smooth oak design that effortlessly showcases the wood’s classic natural beauty in a stylish and contemporary manner. As standard, Chateau is available in eight different colours, including black, tobacco, stone grey and natural. The surface is machine-oiled with Osmo Polyx®-Oil to protect and enhance the appearance of the wood. As a premium wood finish, Osmo guarantees to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. It is a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood finish based on natural ingredients.

Offering further personalisation, Chateau flooring is supplied in a choice of two grades; Original and Elegance. Original grade is ideal for interiors that want to retain the natural look. Complete with hand-filled, sanded knots, the flooring brings the true rustic nature of the wood to life. Elegance grade provides a sleek, elegant look reducing knots to a minimum. ESCO flooring from Osmo UK is available in both solid and engineered (2-layer and 3-layer) parquets and can be supplied in a selection of thicknesses, widths and lengths. Production capacities can handle both small and large orders with a delivery time of approx. four weeks.

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Can Your Insulation Really By Will Kirkman, managing director at Ecomerchant

A well-insulated house or office will protect your health, comfort and lifestyle but how many of us know and understand how to achieve this? Ecomerchant and Steico UK have joined forces to launch a protection campaign. It aims to champion the benefits of using natural insulation products. How we select insulation needs to be about having a real choice and for specifiers to be equipped with the right knowledge to compare materials on a like-for-like basis. To design a well-insulated building, you need to make informed decisions throughout all phases of a construction project to ensure your building performs as you envisage. However, selecting the right insulation is about more than just reaching building regulation compliance or ‘keeping in the heat’. It’s about ensuring a building protects its occupants’ entire wellbeing and comfort in the following ways.

How well does insulation keep the heat out? In the UK, thermal insulation to protect from the cold is essential, particularly given ever-increasing energy costs. However, as demand for usable square footage of buildings increases, basement and loft conversions are the routes many now take. However, these parts of a home or office, are the spaces most prone to extremes in temperature. They therefore need more thought – i.e. how do you keep a space warm in winter but, for a loft, how to keep it cool come summer. Compared with synthetic insulation materials, wood fibre insulation has a much higher density. This higher density means that natural insulation makes for a better heat buffer as the high midday temperature will only reach the internal side and be lost at night when the temperature is already cooler outside.

How a building’s breathability is hurting our health A breathable structure is one that allows the passage of moisture. With 90 per cent of all building construction problems associated with water in some way, breathability is essential in measuring a building’s performance and preventing the accumulation of harmful water within the building’s fabric1. These are fundamental in reducing health risks from mould, mites that those suffering from respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are particularly susceptible to. For effective breathability, there are four essential components that need to be considered: • • • •

a moisture pathway a driving force a sorptive fabric vapour control.

Natural fibre insulation is most effective as it suppresses potentially harmful water by binding and releasing moisture which helps regulate humidity levels as the moisture moves.

Easy-to-fit insulation A well-designed building takes into consideration how a material performs throughout the building’s entire life cycle. This includes ease of installation. Steico’s wood fibre insulation is simple and easy to fit (either packed or friction-fitted), eliminating installer error, keeping construction programmes, tight and costs, low.

How sustainability will save you time and money While all insulation is helping the environment by limiting energy being burnt for heat, natural fibre insulation materials are comparatively more robust. This means that when it comes to disposal, they can be composted – i.e. no specialist waste facilities or landfill. Throughout their lifecycle they will additionally have a much lower, and often, negative carbon footprint.

More than just protecting your home from fire All insulations will meet fire safety standards, but this is a minimum rating. The key differentiator between natural and synthetic is that natural insulations will prevent the spread of fire and if burnt, will not give off toxic fumes such as cyanide as polyisocyanurates (PIR) might.

Will the house be standing in 100 years? Condensation is one of the costliest risks to buildings causing huge maintenance repairs and structural damage. Natural materials are better able to absorb and release water whilst remaining dry meaning it is better able to protect from and buffer moisture thereby becoming a key part of healthy living.

Comfort for occupants When selecting insulation for a building, there are implications for the health of the occupants, the structure of the building, its impact on the environment, its acoustic properties, durability and carbon footprint.

Cancelling out the noise for a peaceful night’s sleep The higher density of natural insulations - such as wood fibre - makes them better at reducing noise. Sounds

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Affect Your Health? external to the building, such as traffic or music, as well as those from within the building, through walls and ceilings are attenuated better by wood fibre than synthetic equivalents. In providing better protection from acoustic pollutants, occupants often report a building as being more restful and relaxing thereby encouraging better mental health. When a building is welldesigned and well-built, occupants should be at their peak comfort. With the average person spending approximately 80% of their lives in enclosed rooms, an occupant’s well-being is imperative. Therefore, the products used to achieve this, should cover all the issues affecting a building’s construction, its impact on both its occupants and nature.

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INSULATION - 8 ROLES, CAN YOU NAME THEM? Whether it’s protection from the elements, harmful substances or maintenance costs, insulation is one of the most important considerations when specifying products for a building. Insulation isn’t just about keeping a building warm. Natural insulation does much more to improve a building’s performance in terms of thermal, acoustic, health, fire and durability.

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Workwear to Keep You Healthy and Safe Some Health & Safety laws can often seem inconvenient or annoying but it pays to be constantly aware of the potential dangers there can be in the workplace as it could very well be you that needs refurbishing instead of the job you’re working on. Whilst most of us acknowledge and practice the obvious safety precautions associated for example with working at heights, lifting and handling manual loads, using scaffolding, hand tools, abrasive wheels, machinery and so on, often the same attention is not given to the importance of our own headto-toe personal protective equipment; for example, unless you are careful, continuous days of bending, kneeling, crawling, standing and stretching can ultimately have a detrimental effect on one’s entire body; this sort of regular skeletal and muscular stress can result in great discomfort and worse, days off work and loss of earnings through injury or ill health which could have been prevented. So in addition to making sure you properly care for your head, eyes, hands and feet, it is equally vital to choose the right kind of workwear which will give you both protection AND maximum comfort while you ask your body to contort throughout each day. There’s a lot of protective work clothing manufacturers out there but it’s very much worth taking the time to check them out very carefully to make sure you select the best quality items for the work that you do. For example, you’ll know that in circumstances where you’ve been kneeling for long periods, the pain of getting up again if you’ve been wearing restrictive trousers that both chafe and cut off your blood supply behind your knees is terrible, which is repeated almost as badly when you have to continually bend, kneel and stand during the day. In these circumstances there is one manufacture in particular that is worth looking at. Recognised the World over for its comprehensive range of comfortably

49 fitting, stylish and practical workwear, Danish manufacturer F Engel have a collection of slim-fit, stretchable work trousers which allow wearers to be especially comfortable in any work situation – and look and feel smart at the same time. Called ‘X-treme’, the trousers are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton incorporating a specially developed mechanical stretch factor; they are available in various choices both with and without useful hanging pockets. Designed to offer as much comfort and functional, day-to day uses as possible, each garment has a smooth, innercrotch seam panel and patches of highly stretchable and ventilated material at the backs of the knees and seat areas to help keep cool and provide maximum flexibility whilst bending or kneeling. Engel seem to have thought of everything with many useful features including a ruler pocket with extra sections for tools, tool straps and Velcro-fastened, knee-reinforced pockets with two knee pad positions for height adjustment. Reflector strips are built in behind the knees for greater visibility and the

trousers have an extra deep hem so the length can be increased if required. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

Experts in Textile Solutions For more than 85 years, ENGEL WORKWEAR has been selected by customers from all over Europe as the first choice for allround protection and maximum comfort no matter what a work situation may demand. Founded in 1927 by Carl J. Engel Senior and now 4th generation family-owned, the company has 850 employees based at its Headquarters in Norgesvej, Denmark and 2 factories in Lithuania. Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear designed for a perfect, flexible fit and to give long lasting, reliable service. The original fabric was called Bull Denim which was made from 100% cotton. Over the years the materials and manufacturing processes have been continually developed to incorporate many new practical and beneficial design details with the versatility of the fabric improved by adding the yarn combination of polyester and cotton. New colours have been introduced and many businesses are now recognized by the specific colour combination and design of their Engel corporate workwear where not only is it valued for its practical uses but also as a significant part of a company’s professional statement. Development is an ongoing process as new smart colour combinations and materials are continuously created and tested, with a constant emphasis on product quality, innovation, flexibility and environmental awareness.

The company has an impressive seven collections (along with a large range of accessories), all of which are ‘tailor-made’ for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, offshore, building & construction and the commercial sector. Each item of clothing is designed to be a perfect, comfortable fit whilst giving maximum freedom of movement and reliability. As an example, one of the main names under the F. Engel banner is ‘Combat’; geared to cope with any season and designed for action, this durable and stylish, uni-coloured collection has contrasting and reflective piping for greater visibility on jackets and trousers, many of which are made from 100% cotton. Almost all the trousers in the range feature such useful detail as ruler-pockets, hammer straps and mobile phone pockets, whilst the leg-length can be extended an extra 4-6cm if required. Other names to look out for, each with their own unique benefits, include ‘Cargo’, ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Work Zone’ and the ‘Light’ range for warmer weather. All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

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Bigger Rewards with Velux® this Spring - Up to £25 rewards up for grabs with top brand partners – VELUX® is offering people who buy white painted roof windows for their home renovation or extension projects rewards, redeemable at top brand retailers and restaurants, during March and April. The promotion will reward installers, builders and homeowners across the UK and Ireland who choose VELUX white painted products. The rewards of £25 in the UK are redeemable at a range of retailers and restaurants. In the UK, this includes M&S, Argos, Thomas Cook, Curry’s PC World and Tesco. Customers have a two-month window from 1 March until 30 April to buy white painted products, perfect for homeowners wanting a lighter, brighter living space. Richard McArthur, marketing manager from VELUX said: “We have timed the

offer to coincide with spring, which is traditionally the time of year when many families start sketching their plans to transform their homes, from smaller projects such as replacing windows through to large-scale single storey extensions. “We’re urging our customers to take advantage of the offer, which includes

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Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been crowned the winner in the Export category at this years’ North East Business Awards - Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside region. Shortlisted against two other leading companies from the region, P C Henderson went through two rounds of judging before being announced as the winner at a prestigious awards dinner held at Ramside Hall in Durham. The awards, held in association with the North East England Chamber of Commerce, is the biggest of its kind in the UK and aims to celebrate successful and innovative businesses achieving fantastic things in the North East of England. Attended by over 400 people, a total of 12 awards were given out on the evening across a variety of categories. P C Henderson will now go on to compete against the winners of the Northumberland and Teesside heats in order to win the overall Export Award for the North East of England. Commenting on the good news, Trevor Cossins, Managing Director at P C Henderson, said: “We are delighted to be once again recognised for our exporting achievements. Taking of the business. This has resulted in us now exporting to over 70 countries worldwide and our export sales accounting for over 65% of our total business sales”.

Sponsored by the Port of Sunderland, the Export Award aims to encourage and recognise companies that have generated substantial and sustained increases in export activity. Judging criteria for the award took into account the level of exports in relation to the size of the company, barriers that the company has had to overcome as well as the complexity of markets entered. Paul Olvhoj, Sales Manager at Port of Sunderland and a member of the judging panel for the award commented

strong marketing work”. This is now the second time that P C Henderson has been commended for its exporting successes and achievements, the company was awarded SME Exporter of the Year at last year’s North East Export Awards. P C Henderson has been driving its expansion into new geographic markets with recent focus on USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and UAE. The company’s outstanding export strategy has seen its warehouses as well as agricultural, industrial and educational buildings. Tel: +44 (0) 191 377 0701 Website: UK Sales:

ISM LAUNCHES NEW IP CONNECT RANGE Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of door entry and intercoms, has launched a new portfolio of IP-based solutions. The range comprises a selection of outdoor panels and indoor moniconsultants considering door entry and access control products for new build developments and refurbishments of apartment buildings. Door entry division, says the new products complement the existing Ultimate stable of Intercoms and door entry equipment that are already well-established in the UK: “There has already been a great deal of interest in not only the new IP Connect range as a standalone solution, but also how they can be integrated with our existing intercom, door entry products and the award-winning Genesys 2 ISMS.�

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VELUX® hits the road to help homeowners realise extension dreams Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX is attending a number of exhibitions across the UK and Ireland in 2018 to give expert advice to homeowners hoping to turn their extension dreams into reality. Daylight experts from VELUX will be on stand at the UK and Ireland’s biggest and best events for home renovators this year, including SelfBuild Live, Home Building and Renovating Show, Grand Designs Live and UK Construction Week. roof windows, VELUX will be exhibiting a range of products for all sorts of projects. “These events are a great way for people thinking about extensions or home improvements to get to grips with a whole range of “We’re encouraging homeowners to come along and spend some time with our team, and get inspired by daylight when it comes to making improvements to their living spaces,” says Grant Sneddon, product manager for VELUX.

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Up-to-the-minute energy efficiency A clever solution to any challenge In order to combat climate change by substantially and rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowenergy constructions have become a major topic. Making the most of its considerable German know-how in the field of eco-building, Roto has invested heavily in the technical aspects of the Roto roof window ranges, to make sure that it provides a convincing answer to the new thermal requirements of passive or low energy consumption buildings.

An energy-efficient glazing option not only makes a contribution to lowering energy consumption, it also creates a pleasant and comfortable climate any time of the year. RotoQ facilitates the advancement of energyefficient renovation through thermal insulation properties with U W values up to 0.77 W/m 2 K Furthermore, RotoQ is available with double and triple safety and thermal insulation glazing. In addition to outstanding integrated thermal insulation and energy efficiency, and depending on the demands, these insulation glazings offer an anti-dew coating, different safety technologies and sound insulation classes.

Meeting the energy efficiency and sustainability requirements of our customers is a top priority for Roto. Roto have set new standards in helping our customers save energy through the use of innovative new glazing options. In order to save valuable and costly heat energy and to prevent building damage, today’s buildings are very well insulated. Introduced pollutants from a variety of sources concentrate in the enclosed air. The right selection of building materials and building elements that are low in harmful substances helps to prevent this. Roto roof windows* fulfil these criteria and ensure a controlled exchange of air, even automatically if desired. * Certified products: Designo i8, R8 H/K, R6 H/K and RotoQ


Unique end-to-end property management and accounting software solution launches KS Connect, the online accounting and outsourcing services arm of accountancy firm Kingston Smith, has partnered with software provider Arthur to create an innovative integrated property management and financial management system for landlords. KS Connect - Property gives property businesses the ability to manage their properties and finances within one real-time online application. Heather Powell, head of property at Kingston Smith said, “This is a fantastic tool for our clients. Everything’s in one place: from tenants logging repair requests to the invoice for the completed work, to the processing of the invoice.” The cloud-based software has been created for use by buy-to-let landlords and their advisers. It can be used for residential and commercial property portfolios. Arthur Online co-founder Rochelle Trup comments “We are delighted to have teamed up with KS Connect to extend our management platform to their clients. We have had such positive feedback from our pilot users on how it is helping them to be more efficient and organised and increase their revenue and profitability too.” Kingston Smith expect established buy-to-let landlords as well as anyone starting up in this field to find the product valuable, especially with the increased filing requirements being introduced by HM Revenue & Customs.

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s a more hygienic and maintenance free alternative to blinds and curtains, switchable technology offers clients switchable privacy using glass that can turn clear or frosted at the press of a button. Ideal for windows, glass partitions, skylights and even floors, switchable film even allows for application to existing windows, dependent upon the surface it is being applied to. The versatile nature of switchable technology allows us to not only offer film, but also a range of specialist solutions that would serve as convenient for architects or designers. Switchable technology is available as fire resistant glass offering protection and compliance, coloured glass allowing for more creative versatility and even sound resistant glass ideal for extra privacy in office or home theatre applications. As an additional feature, switchable glass can be integrated with a range of smart home and office applications, making it easier than ever to use. PDLC technology is a great privacy solution for so many applications, enabling us to offer a range of products that helps architects meet their brief with style. From switchable double-glazed units (DGUs) to our revolutionary switchable door panels, Intelligent Glass have developed products that are designed for convenient and stylish privacy at the press of a button from up to 25m away.

Switchable Technology in Homes As mentioned above, switchable technology can be integrated into a range of home based applications. These applications bring a wide variety of amazing privacy solutions that are suitable for applications in most rooms of the house, from the front door right through to the bathroom. Amongst these applications sees switchable glass perform effectively in doors. As doors have an innate privacy function at its core, their functionality is only complemented by switchable technology. Adding switchable door

panels in the front door, for example, offers clients a privacy solution that enables them a momentary instance to unveil who is at the door without having to allow this kind of exposure permanently. This creates a very impressive impact as visitors are wowed by the technological marvel of switchable technology whilst admiring the installation in the client’s home. One of the benefits of switchable glass in this application is that it is not a black-out technology. In other words, it does not completely shut out light in its frosted state, which serves as a great advantage when ambience and energy use is considered, as during the day, light is still allowed to enter the home whilst maintaining effective privacy. Switchable skylights and bi-fold doors also offer further applications that switchable glass can be an effective privacy solution for. Ideal for conservatories or patio doors, switchable technology can help turn a potential area of high exposure into the private space usually craved in a private home.

Switchable Technology in Offices As a popular privacy solution in corporate offices, switchable glass offers architects and designers a stylish and impactful privacy option that can reinforce a brand’s

theme or meet a range of specified requirements for office environments. From projection to interactivity capability, switchable glass could be a valuable tool in boardrooms and meeting rooms where presentations are conducted, offering users the privacy and functionality demanded from such an environment. However, switchable glass offers architects much more by way of design; with natural light being a particular focus for many professional architects, switchable glass helps solve this issue with its stylish instant privacy. Being able to switch between frosted and clear makes switchable glass a perfect and practical alternative to walls or standard glass partitions. Furthermore, switchable glass is a fantastic alternative for applications where blinds are considered, providing a privacy solution that is easier to clean and maintain than blinds. Intelligent glass can brighten up darkened areas, helping make your staff feel comfortable by giving them the opportunity to switch between an open and intimate environment at the press of a button. The intrigue and originality of switchable technology is also likely to impress others too. Seeing that your project is recognised for its design could earn you credibility in your field and likely offer an effective promotional tool for your company or studio.

Now in its fourth year, Vision has become an essential resource for thousands of Architects, The show provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading for two days of business, learning and networking.

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Some of the 2018 highlights will include; over 100 major brands and innovative start-ups, hundreds of cutting-edge products and building solutions, including research and development into the latest software and over 70 hours of free seminars providing a unique Theatres. Vision are also focusing on international conversations - an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with our continental counterparts, presented through a collection of pavilions from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Latvia. Ambitious plans are in place to grow the exhibition and Programme, whose supporters New London Architecture & the London Festival of Architecture. Vision will play host to over 160 international industry experts to deliver another highly acclaimed seminar programme. Networking Reception at Vision will again be sponsored by Architecture Today. Alongside the reception, you will see PechaKucha sessions curated by NLA and International Conversations & Keynotes, delivered by the most innovative, admired and forward-thinking architects, engineers and consultancies from across the globe. Vision by calling 0203 409 0623, or visit Alternatively, to book your stand click here.

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When dirt is trapped, pressure comes into play From deep cleaning to stripping and demolition – Kärcher’s professional pressure washers really do provide a one-stop solution for even the most challenging applications. Whether you’re cleaning a façade, floor or machine these hot and cold water pressure washers effortlessly, safely and effectively remove stubborn dirt and residues, of any kind, including dust, dyes and concrete - without any damage to the structure or surface. With up to 350 bar pressure, cleaning becomes extremely convenient and in some cases eliminates the need for cleaning agents all together. Plus, with Kärcher’s innovative EASY!Force trigger giving you the power to use high pressure with ease; various nozzle attachments that increase the

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Panasonic Celebrates Double Anniversary at Mallorca Convention


for all other products worldwide. Panasonic has consistently supplied quality and efficiency since its founding in 1918 – including an impressive 91,539 product patents. The annual convention in Mallorca, held at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, provided a great opportunity to celebrate Panasonic’s key milestones with the people that continue to grow and support the brand – its customers. The heating & cooling side of Panasonic’s business was developed in 1958, with this year marking 60 years of sustainable and reliable products within the HVAC industry. The wish to excel has made Panasonic an international leader in innovative, efficient and economical heating and air conditioning solutions.

In February, Panasonic hosted a three-day celebratory convention in Mallorca. Two-thousand customers and 200 press from 42 different countries attended to mark 100 years since Panasonic was founded and 60 years of heating and cooling innovation. As a world leader in pioneering electronics, Panasonic has formed a diverse network of production and R&D facilities on a global level, enabling them to deliver cutting-edge technologies that set the standard

Tony Nielsen – UK Marketing Manager, Panasonic Heating & Cooling added, “Panasonic is a brand trusted by many and to repay that trust, Panasonic constantly invests in R&D to deliver new and innovative products to the market that will further benefit their customers and their environment. The diversification Panasonic has shown throughout the years demonstrates that they are not afraid to take steps into new territories.” Attendees were given a tour of the Hotel OD Port Portals, the hotel where they were staying. The hotel is installed with Panasonic ECOi two way and GHP ECO G plus DHW solutions, which has helped to reduce energy usage by 73% and contributed to significant cost savings in comparison to if solar panels had been installed.

Several upcoming products were also showcased at the event. Attendees were given an exclusive preview of new HVAC innovations including CO2 condenser units for the retail market, the datanavi app which provides instant product information and service history details directly to a mobile device, and a new floor console, which features Panasonic’s state-of-the-art air purifying technology, nanoeTM X. Speakers at the event included guest Dr Ayesha Khanna – CEO AND Co-Founder of Addo Al – an expert in smart city innovation, who explained what the next 30 years may look like with the development of smart cities. Panasonic Europe’s CEO Laurent Abadie also shared insights into what the future holds for the company and its continuing commitment to a better world. Abadie concludes: “In the next 10 years we will see more innovation in mobility then we have seen over the last 100 years! Electrification, connectivity and automisation will be at the heart of this major revolution. By embracing change, we will maintain our unwavering dedication to leading-edge craftsmanship, performance, and style, and our ultimate commitment to creating A Better Life, A Better World.” Panasonic will be celebrating its double anniversary at various events throughout 2018 such as at Mostra Convegna in Milan this March (Pavilion 15 Stand U31 V35), where it will be showcasing a selection of innovative HVAC products and unveiling some new additions. For more information, visit


Lift for new Burton Albion Football Centre

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The ribbon has just been cut on the Football Foundation Burton Albion Community Football Centre by Nigel Clough and Ben Robinson. This £1 million centre is attached to the Pirelli Stadium to support education and training provided by the club’s charity arm, and offers a new range of facilities for the community.

As a part of the project, the building required a platform lift with travel of just over three metres within the training facility. Working with local Burton builders, Kestral Building Services Limited, Ability Lifts were contacted for their expert advice on the most suitable lift, and their Optimum 100 platform lift was chosen, as it’s self supporting shaft was ideal for a rapid installation with minimal builders work. The lift was designed and manufactured with a bespoke footprint of 1250 x 1530mm to fit the existing space. Due to the configuration of the building, the doors of the lift were fitted on the long side of the shaft, and to aid access, were specified at one metre wide. The lift was designed with glazed doors in a contrasting colour to the shaft. A grey colour was chosen to match the colour scheme of the building. The lift was installed and fully working in just 2 days with minimum disruption to the users of the centre. To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit or call our dedicated sales line on 0845 006 8803.

Platform Lifts Here at Ability Lifts, we offer solutions for many different access requirements, from platform lifts and stair platform lifts, to external lifts, access lifts and much more. We aim to offer top quality service and highly competitive prices. All of our access lifts are in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD 2006/42/EC, EN8141 and Part M, and we’re happy to advise you with any questions you may have about access requirements. The Optimum 100 - The self supporting enclosed Platform Lift Ã

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What do the MHCLG, Bristol City Council, Shelter and RIBA have in common? They’re all speaking at Housing 2018. Hear from… Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Secretary of state Housing, Communities and Local Government

Terrie Alafat CBE Chief executive CIH

Ben Derbyshire President RIBA

Rt Hon John Healey MP Shadow secretary of state for housing

Fiona MacGregor Executive director for regulation RSH

James Murray Deputy mayor, housing and residential development Greater London Authority

Marvin Rees Mayor Bristol

Joanne Roney OBE Chief executive Manchester City Council

Ruth Cooke Chief executive Midland Heart

Anthony Hilton Economist and broadcaster The Independent and Evening Standard

Polly Neate Chief executive Shelter

Sarah Weir Chief executive Design Council