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04 Industry News Housing scheme aimed at the private-rented sector in London makes the most of a restricted site This development of six houses occupies a former derelict yard in the heart of the Ravenscourt and Starch Green Conservation Area, next to Ravenscourt Park. The scheme, designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, had to resolve a tight site, overlooked by neighbouring properties and next to a locally listed terrace. The solution is a contemporary response to the local vernacular, with five three-storey houses forming a terrace which steps forward incrementally along its length. A sixth, two-storey, house is built within the walls of Latymer House, which once stood on the site. The houses are entered from a cobbled courtyard, which provides six parking spaces, and residents share mature communal gardens conceived in the spirit of similar, albeit larger, garden communities in West London. The terrace is detailed in buff-coloured brick with shallow-pitched zinc roofs and aluminium framed windows. The dark zinc dresses down the western gable wall and the entrance porches. The sixth house is built from a darker brick to match the retained walls. Spatially generous, with light-filled interiors, the houses are designed to be flexible in layout. A steel frame structure gives the flexibility to break through laterally, and there are no load-bearing elements between party walls, which allows for future change. Unusually, the houses were designed for the private rental market, which demands an appropriate robustness and the ability to be redecorated easily. The buildings go beyond Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) level 4 through the upgrade of façade performance in line with Code 5 requirements. Excellent airtightness levels and thermal performance are achieved through the careful consideration of thermal bridging and solar gain, the use of heavily insulated wall and roof construction, and triple glazing.

Restoring Richard T. Foster’s Round House

Architect Richard T. Foster caused quite the stir when his mushroomshaped house sprouted out of the rural Connecticut landscape in the spring of 1968. Not only did the structure resemble something from the Martian Chronicles, it rotated in both directions atop its trunk-like pedestal. When The New York Times asked Foster—a protégé of Philip Johnson—why such residential designs had yet to catch on, he shrugged: “Look how long it took man to get out of the cave.” Nearly half a century later, Foster’s Round House—floating over the landscape like a marooned spacecraft—still feels thrillingly radical. But when a pair of Manhattanites purchased the house in 2010 as a weekend getaway, it became clear that it required some upgrades. The owners turned to Atlanta-based architects Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin to breathe new life into their unusual home. “Our initial thought was, whoever buys a round house that moves has to be very interesting,” says Elam. They also may want to stock up on Dramamine. Foster’s 500,000-pound house rotates around a fixed, 9-foot-tall spiral concrete stair using a 3-ton ball bearing assembly. The 72-foot-diameter upper volume relies on an umbrella-shaped steel structural system and—unlike revolving restaurants of the period—an ingenious scheme of concealed trolleys and troughs that allow the plumbing, electric, and water connections to pivot with it. The machinery may be complex, but the user controls the house with the push of a button on a shoebox-sized control panel. Relying on just a 1.5 horsepower motor, the house can revolve up to 5 feet per minute. For the unaccustomed, it can feel a bit like traversing the deck of a ship. In spite of the home’s revolutionary nature—both literally and figuratively—little daylight from the 360-degree windows penetrated its center. “It was a little melancholy,” says Scogin, a sense amplified by Foster’s strict adherence to a radial floor plan, so that rooms surrounded the stair core like pie slices. Scogin and Elam sought to “soften” the house by breaking up the geometries and by bringing nature into the interior. This begins as soon as one ascends the spiral stair in the house’s “trunk.” The architects built a low wall around the floor opening so that—like a stage curtain prepped for a big reveal—a visitor’s first views are out to the undulating landscape, not the terrazzo floor. From the stair, one can access the living room, the kitchen, the master bedroom suite, or the children’s room— depending on where the house is in its orbit. Standing there on a misty spring afternoon, the calls of redwing blackbirds and blue jays harmonized with the hum of the house in motion.

Industry News 05

Elephant and Castle development De Matos Ryan is nearing completion of a mixed-use development on Penrose Street south of Elephant and Castle in Southwark.

Classical architect meets modern living

The development is due to complete in April 2017. The project re-purposes a redundant set-painting workshop into a development of nine residential units above commercial premises. The building sits within a ‘trainscape’ of high-rise developments along the railway line, cushioning lower-rise residential neighbourhoods beyond. The sustainable re-use of existing building fabric, the redevelopment of once marginal boundaries and the resolution of complex site conditions are all a function of needing to find new opportunity within an increasingly dense urban context. The strategy has been to build a supporting frame from within the brick shell prior to making external amendments to the masonry. Once erected, this steel lattice allowed for the side walls to be supported whilst the end walls were remodelled around the new openings and recessed brick terraces. The new street and rear elevations are built of reclaimed brickwork from the original building, mixed with palates of new heritage brickwork. The refurbishment creates five storeys with the addition of new penthouse floor, which is set back from the brickwork parapet to create a wraparound terrace.

Boutique architecture practice Wolff has gone all contemporary with its latest luxury development in North London. The firm, which has a long-standing pedigree in bringing traditional architecture to residences across Prime London and Oxfordshire, is turning its hand to more modern modes of living, having just received planning permission to develop six new-build townhouses in Muswell Hill (N10), called Connaught House. Spanning four storeys and 2,500 sq. ft. each, Wolff intends to create a set of properties exemplifying the high-grade, open-plan living space that has become popular among buyers in recent years. Under the practice’s plans, the whole of the ground floor is to be an opened-up living area, while, at basement level, a 700 sq. ft. kitchen-dining room will lead onto a sunken landscaped garden, offering complete seclusion. The property’s four en-suite bedrooms will be located on the upper floors. Wolff is also seeking to capitalise on the extraordinary amount of natural light the development’s location enjoys, owing to its situation on a hill. Full-length rear-facing windows are due to be installed on all the property’s floors, with the upper storey ones offering an extraordinary panorama of leafy Muswell Hill. Wolff has begun construction work on Connaught House and completion is scheduled for Summer 2018. Commenting on the news, David Wolff, director of Wolff Architects, said, “We’re already highly regarded for our skill at delivering traditional renovations and developments within a technically challenging brief. Our practice also has a lesser-known yet equally strong track-record when it comes to creating new-builds across London that other firms would struggle to deliver – it’s our secret skill. “One of Connaught House’s biggest challenges is the site’s topography – lying as it does on a sloping road – meaning that each property needs to be designed at a slightly different level. In addition, the site is ringed by residential dwellings, challenging us to design buildings sympathetic to the neighbouring architecture whilst ensuring we create an exceptional and high-grade development for our client.”

06 Industry News

Planning granted for new prime development at 5 Strand in London for BlackRock Westminster City Council has approved Adjaye Associates’ plans for the redevelopment of 5 Strand in the heart of London’s Trafalgar Square Conservation Area. The internationally acclaimed architecture practice has been appointed by development manager Alchemi Group, on behalf of investment firm BlackRock, Inc. to redevelop the site situated at 5 Strand with a 158,000 sq. ft mixed use development. The proposed development will include 6 floors of new Grade A, flexible office space to meet the demands of the modern office market. It will also comprise of 26 luxury residential apartments on the upper four levels and a lively public realm animated by retail at ground level. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding Grade I and II listed buildings, the approved development will provide a contemporary architectural landmark that sympathizes with the surrounding character and language of the The Strand and immediate area. Particular attention has been paid to ensuring height and roof lines of the new development respond appropriately to those of its neighbours, with special consideration given to the buildings visibility from Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery. Employing a diverse palette of high quality, sustainable

materials Adjaye Associates design not only demonstrates its commitment to detail and the importance of creating a relationship between the building and its surroundings, but also its consideration to the buildings environmental credentials. The new development aspires to a 35% carbon reduction through the use of high performance building fabric and glazing as well as low to zero carbon technologies and smart building systems. The commercial office workspace will also target BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification. The new development will also deliver an improved streetscape and public realm for the famous London thoroughfare. A cantilevered retail colonnade, positioned at street level, has been introduced as a contemporary re-interpretation of the arch motifs frequently used in the locality but also to provide passive control measures opening up the ground plane to provide a clear and generous public conduit from The Strand to Charing Cross. Speaking of the announcement Sir David Adjaye said: “This is not only an exciting opportunity to revitalise an historic London site through the creation of an exemplar mixed use development. The development will also begin to restore The Strand’s architectural confluence as a core power axis in line with that of The

Mall, Whitehall and Pall Mall.” Laura Marino, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Alchemi Group commented: “To say we are thrilled to have achieved planning for the client is an understatement. The architecture speaks for itself and is unlike what is currently being built across London. It was crucial to come up with a building that addresses the importance of the site itself and would stand on its own without overshadowing its immediate surroundings nor the conservation area. Adjaye Associates also skillfully met the demands of a rigorous design process which has led to an outstanding mixed-use development.”

RIBA International Prize 2018 launches The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the second edition of the RIBA International Prize, the highly prestigious award for the world’s best new building. Open for entries now, the RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building, which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact. The prize is open to any qualified architect in the world, for a building of any size, type or budget. Entries close on 17 October 2017.

The grand jury of the 2018 RIBA International Prize will be led by Elizabeth Diller, partner of acclaimed US firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and includes Joshua Bolchover, co-founder of Rural Urban Framework, a pioneering research and design collaborative practice based in Hong Kong and winner of the first RIBA International Prize’s award for Best Emerging Practice; and lay juror, acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE, who will bring his passion and unique perspective on architecture to the prize. The full jury will be announced shortly.

The inaugural RIBA International Prize was awarded in 2016 to Grafton Architects for their outstanding university building, UTEC ( Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia) in Lima, Peru. The innovative ‘vertical campus’ structure was dubbed ‘a modern day Machu picchu’ by the RIBA Jury.

The winner of the RIBA International Prize will be selected following a rigorous judging process that will see two expert panels of jurors visit each of the shortlisted buildings twice in person, before the Grand Jury selects four finalists to visit for a final time; the winning building ail be announced in November 2018.

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Binh House Under the rapid urbanization, cities in Vietnam have diverged far from their origins as low density tropical green space. Newly developed urban areas are losing their connection with nature. Binh house is one project in the “House for Trees” series, a prototypical housing design, providing green space within high density neighborhood. The Inhabitants is a family of three generations. Therefore, the challenge is to create spaces which allow its residents interact and communicate despite their differences. Gardens located on top of the vertically stacking spaces; bounded by sliding glass doors. This strategy not only improves the microclimate by using natural ventilation and daylight in every room, but the alternately stacking openings also increase visibility and interaction between the family members. Living, dining, bedrooms, study room are continuously opened. From one room, people’s sightlines can reach beyond to the other rooms via the gardens. Service areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, stairs and corridors are located in the west to limit heat radiation exposure towards frequently occupied areas. The vertical variation of spaces creates a lopsided pressure difference. Thus, when the surrounding houses are built, natural ventilation is maintained. Thanks to these passive strategies, the house always stays cool in the tropical climate. Air conditioning system is rarely used.

Harmony in the Heat

The roof gardens host large trees for shading, therefore reducing indoor temperature. Vegetables can also be planted to serve its resident’s daily needs. This vertical farming solution is suitable for high-density housing whilst also contributing to Vietnamese way of life. Using sustainable materials such as natural stone, wood, exposed concrete combined with the microclimate, this house reduces greatly operational and maintenance cost. Up to date, residents have never used furnished AC. The architecture is not only to meet the functional and aesthetic concerns, but also as a means to connect people to people and people to nature.

With soaring temperatures during the summer months the architects on this Indian project had to work on reducing heat gain This Residential project is situated in Jaipur city, Rajasthan, India where temperatures exceed 40c for most of the time around the year. This small plot has few residential developments around it. The planning for the habitable units in this small residential building had to be strictly, as per vaastu, which was the basic requirement and necessity from the clients’ sales team, which leaves very little scope for changing the planning inside the layout. This is a single tower building with two flats per floor and being 18 floors high, with each flat having balconies of approx. 200 Sq. Ft. area with flower beds. Owing to the small size of the plot, there was only 600mm available for elevation projections after

setback deductions. So considering all the parameters, the architects tried to play with the balcony profiles which are on the northern side of the building. The balconies are twisted and connected with each other at various levels and in different directions. These projected balconies help in reducing the heat gain inside the living and bedrooms. Also, side walls of the twisted balconies help to control the temperature within the balconies as well. The central area of the building which incorporates fins is utilized for services and outdoor units for the building’s AC system. Each apartment is cross ventilated and naturally lit with a corresponding reduction in heat which is the requirement of the location. The project has now been approved by the client and is currently being signed off by the local authority with work commencing in couple of months.

08 Editor’s Choice

Panasonic UK Sponsor RAC Cooling Industry awards Panasonic UK are delighted to announce that they will be the category sponsor for RAC Contractor of the Year at the 2017 RAC Cooling Awards. The RAC Cooling Industry Awards have been one of the largest and most respected awards for the past 13 years. The heating and cooling industry face major challenges to help tackle climate change and is under pressure by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to reduce carbon emissions. This year’s event will bring together 500 members of the industry from end users through to designers to recognise the innovation used to help combat some of the environmental issues and targets the industry faces.

“Contractors are a major influence on the success of installation; they are at the front line of the cooling industry. ”

Panasonic will be sponsoring the Award for RAC Contractor of the Year. This

category rewards the firms that provide exemplary service and outstanding performance throughout the year. The Award is open to all refrigeration and air conditioning contractors and installers, large or small. This year the competition was fierce and the judges have only selected those who demonstrated the very highest standards. All winners will be announced at the prestigious awards evening on 27th September 2017 at the London Hilton, Park Lane Hotel. Tony Nielsen, Pre-Sales Manager of Panasonic UK commented “Contractors are a major influence on the success of installation; they are at the front line of the cooling industry. We are delighted to be sponsoring the contractors demonstrating excellence and innovation across the industry.” For more information on the above offer please do get in touch with our team via email, or telephone 01344 853182. To find out more on the Panasonic PACi units and other products, please visit

A mortgage that doesn’t take the biscuit

A more individual approach to lending Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if everyone was the same? Unfortunately, to get a mortgage, other bank lenders expect your clients to fit a standard list of specifications. So we’ve created a more flexible decision process for people who stand out from the pack.

The property used as security for the loan may be repossessed if repayments are not kept up on a mortgage or other loan secured against it. For intermediary use only


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Polyx-Oil is also extremely easy to apply. Simply brush on to the wood surface to achieve deep, long-lasting penetration. Another key benefit of this wax-oil is that Polyx-Oil has a reduced solvent content. Therefore it is virtually odorless, making Polyx-Oil a much healthier (and also more pleasant) wood care product to use. And for anyone suffering from asthma or other breathing problems, an odourless waxoil is much preferred that conventional, solvent-based oil or wax finishes. It also contains no biocides or preservatives.

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Repurposing your shed for the 21st Century Sheds today are used for more than just garden storage. In fact, sheds are now more likely to have Wi-Fi access than a wheelbarrow, with many people using the, for hobbies or work as opposed to gardening. The flexibility of working from home over the past decade has seen a steep rise in home owners repurposing their garden shed as an office, a place where they can concentrate away from the hustle and bustle of the main house. Many also choose to repurpose their garden shed for hobbies such as painting or working out, while some choose to create a relaxing space in which to relax and unwind. So how do you repurpose your garden shed for the 21st Century? Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms has put together this handy guide on how to turn your old garden shed into an effective space for the future.

Repair any issues first If the garden shed has been sitting unused or unloved for some time, the first thing to do is repair any issues that the structure might have. This include fixing leaky roofs, wood rot, broken windows or uneven floor boards. Starting off with a solid structure will make the rest of the build run more smoothly and cause less headaches in the future. These types of repairs are things you can do yourself, but if you feel more comfortable hiring someone these repairs are relatively cheap to rectify.

Thermal Insulation Thermal insulation is a great idea to install in your shed, especially if it is to be used all year round. This specially designed insulation keeps the structure cool in the summer and warm in the winter, it also makes the building more energy efficient, saving you money on heating the shed in the winter months. For more information thermal insulation and how it works check out the Oeco Garden Rooms website.


Painting the shed

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After the shed has been repaired and is water tight you can paint it to give the structure an updated look. Painting the exterior of the shed a bright colour will make it stand out and create a focal point in the garden, while painting it a darker colour will make it blend into its surroundings and help the foliage take centre stage.

If you haven’t already, add electricity to your shed as this means that you can get a lot more use out of it. Whether you want a place to store a spare freezer, work on projects with power tools or create a cinema room, the possibilities are endless.

Treat the inside of the shed as another living space; neutral or muted colours are perfect for creating a relaxed environment, while bright and bold colours can help alertness and concentration levels.

Running electricity from the main house to a shed is a job for a fully trained electrician, do not try to do this yourself.

Adding Storage and Countertops

Install PVC-U Doors and Windows

Adding storage and countertops to the shed will allow it to be used for a multitude of purposes from a home office to a relaxing hideaway. Storage cabinets and desks can be bought readymade, making installation a breeze, or you could choose to make your own storage exactly to your needs - the sky’s the limit!

Fitting PVC-U windows and doors in the shed helps to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Patio doors in particular can improve access to and from the garden and allows plenty of natural light to enter the building.

Whatever you decide to use your shed for, make sure it feels like an actual room and an extension of your home, this will ensure that you are more likely to use it regularly. Little things like adding a rug or putting up some artwork can go a long way to making the space feel more homely.

PVC-U windows and doors are also manufactured to the highest level of security, meaning that you can be safe in the knowledge that your possessions are protected.

With a bit of time and little money, you too can update your garden shed to meet your requirements. Best of all, the majority of the tasks can be done by you and on a budget, so what will you turn your old shed into?


Global by DRU brings gas fire luxury to all households DRU is a designer and producer of contemporary gas fires. It is best known for its high-end gas fires with unique features. These include the Dynamic Burner system for high, dense flames; the Eco Wave app that enables the fires to be controlled from a smartphone or tablet and the PowerVent® extended, motorised flue system that enables gas fires to be installed in the most unlikely locations.

They are fires that are beautifully designed, with all the hallmarks of quality DRU products, but at prices that are affordable for all households and available from approved fireplace retailers throughout the UK.

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There are classic letterbox-shaped fires, such as the Global 90 and 100. There are insert gas fires for chimney installation, including the 22” Global 55 in landscape or portrait versions. There is also a selection of 2-sided and 3-sided models and even a freestanding gas stove – the Global Beau.

DRU Global 55XT with Jessica surround

DRU Global 100 Triple

Many people would love to own a DRU gas fire, as they are the pinnacle of design and luxury.

Global gas fires by DRU can be enjoyed as simple, frameless fires that don’t detract from the quality of the flame picture. They can also be combined with some attractive, tailor-made fire surrounds. Good examples of this are the Global 55XT with the Jessica surround and the more expansive Global 70XT, which offers a choice of Carla or Grace surrounds.

Choice of interior finishes To fully appreciate DRU Global gas fires, you need to consider the range of interior finishes that are available, each transforming the character of the fires in very subtle ways. For example, you can have a smooth black finish for a contemporary feel, a classic brick finish for a more rustic feel and even a mirrored Ceraglass finish, which gives the flames a dramatic infinity effect.

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In response to this demand, DRU has developed its Global gas fire range. This includes balanced flue gas fires that can be installed with or without a chimney and conventional flue gas fires, which are compatible with all standard UK chimneys.

All DRU Global gas fires are operated by electronic remote control and can be run on natural gas or LPG, so they are suitable for urban or rural properties. It all adds up to an enticing selection of modern gas fires that represent excellent value for money. For more information and to find your nearest Global by DRU dealer, visit

INSPIRATION, APPLICATION, SOLUTION! DRU gas fires are among the most advanced heating appliances in Europe, with a choice of over 50 models. There are many inspiring designs, including 2, 3-sided, see-through and freestanding fires.

Complete freedom of installation They require no chimney, and with the addition of the patented DRU PowerVent® extended flue system, they can be installed in the most unlikely locations.

Tablet or smartphone controls You can select your preferred flame picture, heat output and much more using the exclusive DRU Eco Wave app for tablets and smartphones. It all adds up to the UK’s most complete gas fire solution.

DRU is an approved CPD provider to architects and DRU fires have many design features that make them ideal for inclusion in architect-led projects.

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• New retail bank enters the residential mortgage market

• Masthaven’s mortgages bring together specialist service and highly competitive rates

New retail bank Masthaven entered the residential mortgage market in June with a new range of products developed to better meet the needs of today’s borrowers. Combining its many years of specialist lending knowledge and service with highly competitive rates, the bank is looking to support brokers whose customers have more complex application requirements, removing the need for credit scores and providing manual underwriting where required. Matt Andrews, Managing Director of Mortgages at Masthaven, said: “Society has changed and it is time the mortgage industry caught up. We believe that a modern mortgage market builds products and services based on customer needs, rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach to lending. People are working and living longer, starting out adult life in greater debt due to tuition fees and a job is no longer for life, with a huge swathe of the population either selfemployed or not working the traditional 9-5 contract job. Many won’t fit the conventional box ticking exercises that the mortgage market currently requires, yet they can comfortably afford the mortgage repayments they wish to commit to. We want to work with brokers to help change this situation and this first range of products is just the start of driving that change.” Masthaven is working with a select panel of specialist brokers* at launch, and intends to extend distribution to the wider UK market before the end of the year. The new product range includes a two-year fix from 2.94%, a five-year fix from 3.44% and a lifetime tracker from 3.44%. Mr Andrews said: “In our first phase of mortgage products we are bringing to market a flexible and inclusive product on competitive rates via a select panel of specialist brokers. Expect, in time, to see greater distribution and product innovations to truly challenge the market. Underlying all of that will be Masthaven’s track record and commitment to service, derived from a truly personalised approach which means that we hunt for ways to say yes rather than letting a computer say no.” Masthaven launched as a retail bank in November 2016 building on its track record as a specialist lender since 2004. The organisation currently offers bridging and second charge mortgages and development finance alongside an awardwinning flexible savings product. For further information log onto the Masthaven website.

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• Masthaven sets out ambition to challenge the mortgage market to help better meet today’s customer needs Highlights of its Residential range include: • Loans from £40,000 to £1,000,000 • Loan term from 5 to 35 years • Up to 80% LTV

Launch Distribution Partners • L&G Club (MAB, Stonebridge, John Charcol, HLP, Charles Cameron, Finance Planning, MSN and IN Partnership); prior to full club roll out • All Types of Mortgages;

• Interest Only / Part & Part up to 60% LTV

• Brightstar;

• No credit score check

• Complete FS;

• Lending for longer: Customers aged up to 85 years old at the end of the term of the loan

• The Finance Centre;

• Clever Lending; • Crystal Mortgages; • First Choice; • Freedom Finance (Mortgages);

• Contractors and employed with short history – 3 months in job or 1 month remaining on contract

• The Lending Channel;

• Holistic approach to self-employed – with specialist underwriters trained by accountants able to fully assess affordability.

• Positive Lending;

• Customers with impaired credit

• Y3S.

• Minimum income £12,500

• Promise Solutions;

• Needham (Just Mortgages). • Norton; • Select Partnership; • Sterling Green; • Think Money; • 3mc

• Lending in England, Scotland and Wales

• Smart Money;

• Three product categories with a broad range of criteria

• And all intermediaries that currently work with us

• Brunel Mortgages;

18 Bathrooms & Washrooms

1000mm RH Cabinet in white, featuring 550mm WC Unit, 350mm Tall unit

1000mm Right Hand Cabinet in Cashmere

700mm Cabinet in Graphite

Curves in all the right places

700mm Cabinet in Graphite

Sophisticated style with elegant curves and soft edges is the Sarenna range from Hudson Reed. The Sarenna range offers stylish practical storage, whilst the subtle woodgrain texture of the furniture contrasts beautifully with a polymarble basin. Available in three distinct finishes: Matt White for a clean minimalist look, Cashmere for those who prefer a warmer tone and the latest on-trend finish Graphiteideal for the modern bathroom. This versatile range offers a choice of two vanity basin sizes, Opt for the 700mm basin unit which features two soft close drawers which is great for internal cosmetics, or the 1000mm basin cupboard unit which is great for storing towels or taller items such as toiletries. There’s also additional storage in the form of a 350mm tall wall mounted unit with soft close door –ideal for family bathrooms. The Sarenna basins are available in left or right hand size options and have been designed so that an LED lighting strip can be fitted underneath the front lip creating that wow factor! To complete the final look Hudson Reed offers a wide selection of bathroom cabinets and mirrors plus designer radiators and towel warmers. All furniture is supplied pre-constructed with integrated soft close system as standard, for added peace of mind we offer a 5 year guarantee on all our modular furniture against manufacturing defects. To request a brochure, or download a PDF of the brochure please visit Contact us today at Hudson Reed 01422 417099, or email


59mm S-Series Minimax super low-level floor gully Purus launch their brand new floor gully with a total height of just 59mm for both vinyl and tiled floor finishes

Purus, the Swedish manufacturer of floor gullies, is extremely proud to be launching their brand new product – the 59mm Minimax S-Series floor gully for both vinyl and tiled floor finishes.

Total floor drain height of just 59mm! Due to a change in screed depth requirements across the construction industry, Purus have taken the same successful technology as their Minimax 50 and made the gully even shallower: the S-Series gully has a total height of just 59mm including the combined water and mechanical NOOD trap, allowing it to fit into even shallower concrete slabs. With careful planning from the architect, the contractor can now avoid the problematic situation of having to install a vertical outlet floor gully through the slab, and can instead use the brand new 59mm S-Series floor gully from Purus. Stainless steel grates for vinyl and tiled floors are available.

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Bathroom specification in one easy reference guide with the Twyford Collection brochure The complete Twyford Collection of quality bathroom products is now available to view in a new brochure dedicated to the brand. Presented in an easy-to-use format, the brochure spans 100 pages. A handy reference tool for specifiers looking to incorporate the latest design trends into their bathroom projects, the brochure details each of the Twyford brand’s series at a glance, making it simple to find the most suitable solution. From the contemporary Galerie and cost-effective e100series, through to the space-saving e200 and accessible all™ series, the Twyford brochure details each series in depth. The range of shower solutions are just as varied, from quadrants and sliding doors to walk-in and bath screens, with shower trays to match.

With Twyford leading the way in watersaving innovation throughout the bathroom, the brochure clearly defines its offering of Flushwise® WCs, which use 60% less water than a standard toilet. Also detailed are the variety of Twyford taps and mixers fitted with flow regulators for reduced water consumption. Other innovations highlighted include the brand’s revolutionary Rimfree® toilets, available across five best-selling Twyford series, while installers can read up on Total Install®, which enables a quick and easy high-quality finish to be achieved using fewer tools thanks to an array of ingenious factory-fitted professional fittings. Full colour, inspiring photography is included throughout, alongside specification information to make planning and ordering a simple process. For your copy of the new Twyford Collection brochure call 01926 516800 or visit

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There are lots of reasons to choose an Hudson Reed thermostatic shower - safety, contemporary design, co-ordinating taps and market-leading guarantees. Even better, our shower valves are also great for your installer, meaning less time and therefore less cost to you! By installing one of our shower valves, you can enjoy the following benefits:

Our twin, triple and dual control showers are manufactured in Halifax by a dedicated team. We are proud to be members of the Made in Britain scheme – look out for the ‘Made in Britain’ logo on all relevant showers. INDUSTRY CERTIFIED

Our concealed twin, triple and dual control shower valves are TMV and WRAS approved. WRAS Appropriate products have been extensively tested by the WRc and are approved or pending approval to comply with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. TMV2 approval means the shower will maintain the pre-set temperatures even if the water pressure varies when other appliances are used, preventing domestic hot water scalding. TMV3 approval means that the shower meets Government health & safety requirements for use in public places such as schools, hospitals etc. Together, they ensure that our showers offer peace of mind and safe showering for all the family. SAFETY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

• Thermostatic control to +/- 2 degrees even if the temperature or incoming pressures fluctuate • Full thermal protection to prevent scalding even in the event of hot or cold water failure • In the event of hot or cold water failure, the valve will shut down the water supply RELIABILITY

• Accurate flow control • Excellent flow rates – even at low pressure. Hudson Reed showers can deliver 5.5 litres of water per minute at 0.1 bar pressure • The patented Valquest cartridge is highly resistant to calcium build-up – even in hard water areas

INSTALLATION MADE EASY Hudson Reed Thermostatic Shower Valves contain the patented Valquest cartridge – which makes them simple to install and easy to maintain after installation. • The cartridge is fully reversible, meaning if hot and cold supplies are the wrong way round, it doesn’t need re-plumbing. Simply remove the cartridge, turn 180° and replace • The patented cartridge is highly resistant to calcium build-up - even in hard water areas

• Full thermal protection to prevent scalding even in the event of hot or cold water failure • Thermostatic control to +/- 2 degrees even if the temperature or incoming pressures fluctuate

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22 Bathrooms & Washrooms 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

Respect for environmental safety and quality Each of our products is designed and manufactured to meet the latest European standards in terms of quality, safety and environmental friendliness. The adoption of low environmental impact production processes, the total control on toxic substances and significant energy savings, are the answers to the problems of a world in a constant evolution.

Antibacterial Coatings Novellini has chosen to enrich the paintings with silver - and zeolite - based additives, in order to prevent proliferation of bacteria, moulds and fungi on the surfaces. Our paints are laboratory-tested according with the JIS Z 2801:2000 method. Compared with traditional paints grant more than 99% reduction of the most common bacterial organisms (Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Escherichia coli).

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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Rendering Company Expands Operations In The South East With New Sales Manager One of the UK’s fastest growing external wall insulation and rendering solutions business’ has expanded its operations in the south east with the appointment of a Regional Sales Manager. SPSenvirowall, which has offices across the UK, has appointed Gavin Jaggard to secure new business in the new build market across the south east. Gavin, originally from Bedfordshire, has 10 years experience in the construction industry and previously worked as a Technical Sales Manager. Gavin will work closely with contractors, installers and architects to build SPSenvirowall’s customer base. The role will require a particular focus on SPSenvirowall’s innovative TS Rail System, a durable and crack resistant external wall insulation system for new build housing that can be quickly erected and weatherproofed. The TS Rail System offers high levels of insulation performance and comes in a range of colours and finishes from acrylic and silicone to brick.

products in recent years including the TS Rail System, which really stands out in the market place. This role is also a great opportunity for me to get back into the new build market, which is where I first started my career 10 years ago. I am looking forward to continuing SPSenvirowall’s great service.” Paul Winwood, Managing Director at SPSenvirowall, said: “Gavin brings with him many years of experience and a vast knowledge of the industry. We are excited to be expanding our operations further in the south east and are confident that Gavin will support our continued growth and build on the relationships that we already have in the region.”

Gavin says of his new role: “I have first hand experience of SPSenvirowall’s high quality products and services as I used their services when I worked as a subcontractor. The sales team were great and I couldn’t fault the service.

SPSenvirowall sells in excess of one million square metres of external wall insulation per year and has branches in South Wales, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Essex and West Lothian, Scotland. The company offers a range of environmentally-friendly external wall insulations and rendering solutions for new builds and refurbishments, as well as expert advice, guidance and training to contractors and architects.

“This is an exciting time to join SPSenvirowall as they have a wellestablished UK-wide installer network and have introduced a number of new

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WT1 Number 1

in waterproofing technology Most accredited formulation for roofing and tanking. It’s the most exciting development in construction technology to hit the market since the introduction of CT1 which has been named the Number 1 sealant in the UK. This also has the most accreditations for a construction sealant or adhesive. WT1 is the ultimate replacement for all bitumen based roof membrane with excellent adhesion to brick, stone, concrete, polyester, lead, metals and plastics. WT1 is a complete new formulated compound with a combined polymer and polyurethane union, which forms a 100% waterproof membrane and remains stable with weather fluxuations, without shrinking or cracking. It is ideal for the quick repair of flat and sloping roofs, and for tanking, with one application straight from the container. It is also used on concrete terraces and balconies and, under ideal conditions, can be rendered or plastered. WT1 has been tried and tested with a 25 year working life. It boast’s a whopping 25 accreditations, such as ETAG 005 the accreditation for roofing systems, ETAG 002 the accreditation for internal waterproofing systems. Among the 25 is also the highly sought after ETA 100/0121, which is even a deeper extension than the Etag005. This is the product now used for tanking roofing and flooring. The construction industry has been blown away by the power of WT1, its uses and how easy it is to apply. This has saved tradesmen much time and money and will never look back. WT1 with 25 yes 25 accreditations WT1 is the product that has been tested and proven under ETAG accreditation test’s. It has a life guarantee of 25 years, and has already been now used for much more than tanking, roofing and flooring. But also for repairing balconies, for boats for all marine applications. Really anywhere you need a waterproofing. It is endorsed by many large construction companies and builders’ suppliers all over Europe and has fast become the number one tradesman’s mate ever present at their disposal to meet all sealing adhesive requirements in their daily routines.

What makes it so practical as well as efficient is its spreadability straight from the container on to the surface area requiring repairs. It requires no preapplication heating or any other kind of preparation. You can simply pour the product which is a combined polymer and polyurethane compound, directly onto the surface a concrete surface even and spread it with an applicator- a flat brush-like implement. The density of application depends on the repairs required - dictated by the frequency of the cracks, their depth and their width. Repairs can be carried out by C Tec technicians if required or simply as a DIY project. The finished surface will allow for the attachment of suitable substrates such as decking products or tiles as required and that is the beauty of WT1. You can choose the precise substrate that pleases you most aesthetically, safe in the knowledge that the process is guaranteed to work effectively. Your project can finish up looking much more professional and attractive than the original version with the assistance of WT1 and other complimentary products from C Tec’s range of adhesives that will enable a perfect end result. Not only does it represent a practical solution but also an aesthetically pleasing finish.




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Tools & Equipment 29 Guests were treated to a guided tour of the premises on St Andrews Road Huddersfield and had an opportunity to chat and network before the official proceeding commenced. The evening kicked off with a ‘thank you’ speech from the CEO Mr Kjetil Bogstad, followed by the honourable Mayor Iredale, manufacturing Director Andrew Sutulic and guest speaker Nick Patrick from Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. Guests were then treated to live entertainment, great food and drinks, it was truly an evening to remember! Since 1993 Polyseam maintained an enviable reputation for product innovation and quality. Now have a global presence with offices in Norway, Sweden, Poland and the UK plus an extensive network of international distributors. The new 82,000sq ft complex includes research and development and engineering facilities, a planning department, storehouse and three large manufacturing units.

Polyseam’s new factory opening Sealant and Adhesive manufacturer Polyseam was officially opened on Friday 16th June 2017 by The Honourable Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Christine Iredale, accompanied by her consort Richard Iredale. Madam Mayor unveiled the corporate plaque then ushered the 200 guests who came from all over the globe into the new state of the art facility.

Kjetil Bogstad said: “When I was younger I had a dream and owning a factory was not it, but I would not change a thing because I get to work with the greatest team of people, to create top quality products that helps save lives all over this planet and I could not be happier.” Guest speaker Nick Patrick Head of International Trade at the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, gave an inspirational speech and said: “The opening of the brand new and very impressive POLYSEAM factory was a grand and elaborate celebration of excellent cuisine, top quality and plentiful beverage and music to jive all night. The guests many of whom were invited customers, agents and distributors from all over the world made for very international event, especially the contingent from Norway, the home country of Polyseam’s CEO, Kjetil. The evening proved to be a wonderful showcase of True Yorkshire (and Norwegian) grit in these uncertain times and fantastic platform to launch this exciting and positive future for POLYSEAM.”

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Flowcrete UK Unveils New Polished Concrete Floor

– Monodec Grande Lux • New polished concrete system introduced to the UK market. • Monodec combines attractive visuals with easy cleanability and durability. • System designed to bring out the natural aesthetic of the cement matrix and its aggregates. Flowcrete UK has unveiled a new polished concrete system to the construction industry, Monodec Grande Lux. Suitable for commercial, industrial, new build and refurbishment projects, Monodec Grande Lux is ideal for transforming an existing concrete slab into a visually appealing surface that provides both easy cleanability and durability. Flowcrete UK has developed

this new system by bringing together specialist grinding and polishing techniques with high performance sealers, densifiers, coatings and dyes. A Monodec Grande Lux floor is created by using diamond grinding techniques to remove the surface laitance and expose the natural aggregates in the concrete mix. The slab is then treated to strengthen the concrete and ensure a uniform finish. Designers can even choose between a coloured stain or patterned visual effect.

Once treated the floor is then polished down to a super flat, super glossy surface that will not only achieve a high-end appearance but which will maintain an easy to clean, wear resistant finish for the long term. Additionally, Monodec Grande Lux has a lifecycle cost that is typically 60% lower than traditional floor coverings. Monodec Grande Lux involves several steps of grinding and polishing the existing concrete slab in order to bring out the natural beauty and aesthetics of the cement matrix and its aggregates.

31 Each Monodec Grande Lux floor is unique, as the final result depends on the existing slab’s specific make up. Thanks to its hardwearing nature, the floor’s super glossy, light-reflective finish won’t be spoiled by factors such as rubber-wheeled traffic. Flowcrete UK has added a polished concrete flooring system to its extensive collection of resin flooring solutions to ensure that construction industry professionals have as wide a spectrum of flooring solutions as possible available from a single source. Resin coatings and polished concrete solutions both have distinct advantages and possibilities, if you’d like to find out more click here to download Flowcrete UK’s new white paper Comparing Polished Concrete and Resin Floor Options for Commercial Environments. Architects can even book onto a RIBA approved CPD seminar about specifying polished concrete that explores this type of flooring in depth, compares it to alternative materials and provides attendees with the practical info required to evaluate the available polished concrete options and make an informed decision. Get in touch with one of Flowcrete UK’s flooring experts today if you’ve got a question about polished concrete or want to book onto a CPD seminar.

“This year Workwear Express is celebrating more than 25 years of being one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Personalised Workwear, Uniforms and Promotional Clothing.”

In this time we have been both gaining and keeping the trust of 1,000s of companies big and small. We pride ourselves on having amazing customer service, top quality products, prompt delivery – and all at amazingly low cost! We’re an independently owned and financially solid company based in Durham. We’re very proud of our extensive and varied customer base, which consists of over 70,000 clients across the UK and overseas including The NHS, The RAF, Hovis and Yves Saint Lauren.

And here we are today, more than 25 years later with a purpose built 28,000 sq. ft. factory in Durham City employing over 120 staff. Andrew still works in the business every day, helping our management team and staff deliver the first-rate service that fuels our growth. Because we’re still an owner-managed business Andrew can promise you the very best service – whether you’re a small, one off buyer or a large blue chip client looking for a managed contract service

Construction Industry Workwear Specialists We have more than 7,000 garments available at which cater to all Building, Construction Industry worker’s needs. We have an extensive range of Hi Vis Workwear, PPE, Kneepad /Cargo Trousers, Polo Shirts and T-shirts, which is why some of the major players in the Construction Industry such as MKM, Mitie, Howdens Joinery choose Workwear Express as their No.1 supplier of personalised Workwear. This way they are guaranteed to look professional, stay safe and represent their brand to the highest standard.

Full service company When it comes to customising clothing - we do it all - Whether you want embroidery, print or even transfer – we can quickly deliver your order, because our expert staff do it all under one roof. We are unique in our industry in that we provide a full service, whether you’re looking for a complete uniform service, promotional clothing or workwear, we do it all.

Started as he meant to go on Our story began in 1990 when Andrew started selling work clothing to the trade and public from the back of a van. His ambition was to make enough money to create a professional business with its own premises. After a few years of working 7 days a week Andrew managed to open his first premises and eventually made enough money to buy an old embroidery machine. This led him into the uniform and promotional clothing industry, as companies asked him to add their logos to the clothing that he supplied them.

Highly-trained and expert staff We invest in our people, so all our 124 staff members are well-trained, very experienced and knowledgeable. So, they can get your order completed quickly and accurately, every time.


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Are you having problems with false fire alarms? False Alarms are a drain on the resources of Fire Services as well as causing business disruptions, with estimated losses of £1 billion a year. * Protective covers installed over call points can amount to a potential avoidance of £167 million of business disruption in every year.*

Protect your fire system from malicious and accidental abuse with the Sigma Smart+Guard

The Smart+Guard is a tough polycarbonate hinged protective cover that can easily be installed over a range of emergency switches and other devices to provide protection from vandalism, accidental damage or misuse.

The Smart+Guard can also be fitted with an integral battery powered alarm, that when lifted emits an ear piercing 90dB, warning the user that the device is for emergency use only and should not be tampered with.

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MATTERS Get The Right Size Hot Water Heating Unit & System To Fit The Site - Rinnai New from Rinnai, the UK’s leader in continuous flow hot water heating, is a Site Sizing Service designed to give the right amount of hot water delivery to meet existing and planned needs. The new service initiative from Rinnai - available over email, iPhone and site visit - is to give contractors and users the right mix of products and system which fit the needs of the site, rather than a ‘one size fits all approach’ seen with traditional hot water heating systems. “Every site is different, as all installers know, and the tradition of oversizing a system ‘just in case’ is a very costly way for a site to have hot water on demand. The very basis of our product concept is that the end-user only pays for the fuel to heat the hot water at the point of use. There are very few sites that might need a stored hot water facility - but this is very expensive - its rather like keeping a car’s engine running just in case you want to drive it. It is as simple as that,” says Rinnai head of Operations, Chris Goggin. He adds, “We are inviting contractors, designers, installers, end-users and consultants to contact us in person to discuss their new installations so that we can recommend the right system specific to the site. Our product can cope with virtually any size of commercial site - hotels, hospitals, schools, office blocks and larger residential properties and we have proven systems configured to cope with the biggest commercial premises - right through to Government departments such

as the Welsh Office or 350 plus bed hotels. The complete, bespoke and personalised system is designed for the specific need of the site or user and we have a proven record of adding significant value to our customers. The Rinnai product range includes the Infinity HDC1600i, a premium condensing hot water heater tested to below 20 ppm NOx, producing the lowest emissions on the market, with 97% gross efficiencies. Also in this established and proven range of award winning products is the condensing HDC1200 internal and external models which give an energy performance of 107% net efficiency while the larger Rinnai HDC1500 internal and external models have 105% net efficiency. Rinnai Infinity condensing units also exceed all the demands of Part L Building Regulations. The Rinnai HD50i internal water heater and HD70e external water heater offer greater flexibility at the design stage and can offer an alternative solution where flue runs are problematic or internal space is not available. They are excellent units for refurbishment projects.

36 Using a modular system of either internal or external Rinnai HD or HDC condensing water heaters and a stainless steel storage vessel, demands in excess of 20,000 litres per hour can be satisfied. Rinnai Infinity Plus Storage packs are delivered direct to site in one complete package. Rinnai units are ‘renewables ready’ when used as a gas booster to solar thermal or heat pump installations in maximizing renewable heat gains. It is the only booster that ensures a hot shower or bath any time of the day or night. The rest of the time the gas fired unit is inactive minimizing energy usage. Rinnai’s development and investment in integral smart controls for its appliances enable smart integration with sophisticated BMS systems allowing multi data monitoring which in turn identifies areas where energy, service and breakdown efficiencies can be improved. Each digital remote controller can be individually programmed, to deliver temperature accurate

hot water for washing and cleaning however the water heater can only deliver one set temperature at any time. Remote temperature controllers cannot override the master temperature setting made with the DIP switches within the heater ensuring safety. Controllers can also deliver basic fault diagnosis. Rinnai also fields a common header flue system to streamline manifolded installations of its award-winning Infinity condensing units. Another simple but effective idea which safeguards against lime scale build up occurring in Rinnai continuous flow water heaters a scale control system continually monitors the appliances for lime scale deposits around the heat exchanger. Also in the range is the Infinity Solo. This is a Rinnai hot water heating unit which combines the advanced technology of its wall mounted water heaters with a stainless steel storage cylinder all in one. And it boasts very low heat loss figures.

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Modular Buildings & Interiors Modular buildings that offer the best of both worlds; flexible enough to offer bespoke, contemporary finishes, without the costs and time constraints associated with tailor-made builds. Losberger have been providing modular buildings solutions to the public and private sectors for almost 100 years. Tel: 01949 845070

38 Here at Chantelle Lighting, we are approached regularly with requests for the relatively straightforward, to the weird and wonderful and every project undertaken is done so with commitment, creativity and a desire to produce the very best for every customer. So many of the designers and architects we work with are looking for the perfect lighting for a commercial or domestic refurbishment project. Creating the right ambience for these different types of venues is key to setting the right mood and making them feel warm and welcoming. Whether designers and architects are looking for bespoke light fittings to create a unique look, or need some on-trend products quickly to complete a project, the vastly experienced Chantelle Lighting team can provide the solution.

Working with our project coordinators, we can help you to create unique pieces tailored to your design ideas and budgets or if you are working to a tighter deadline, our Ready to Ship range is perfect for you. Available for delivery in just seven days, pieces in the Ready to Ship range are ideal for a wide range of projects, whether you want to inject a bit of colour into a venue using coloured glass pendants or are creating an industrial styled room. As specialists in industrial lighting, Chantelle’s Ready to Ship range features many industrial inspired pendants, clusters and wall lights, all of which can be delivered to you quickly. The team at Chantelle Lighting take inspiration from the hottest design trends for new pieces, so the Ready to Ship range also features pieces made from on-trend materials such as concrete, copper and marble. If you are looking for a bespoke finishing touch to your design project or need some exciting light fittings quickly, Chantelle Lighting can deliver and ensure you create the perfect look and ambience for your project.

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Living Walls, Biophilia and the Smart Retailer Our expansive range of clients includes many insightful retailers. Insightful you may ask, why? In brief consumers are likely to buy more merchandise in stores with natural vegetation. To meet proven data, Scotscape’s services are on hand to support retailers with the integration of vegetation to capitalise on this. Our Living Walls can be specified for interior or exterior use, our special

projects team can assist with pot plant combinations, or broader external landscaping for shopping centres and retail parks, or for a bespoke application our in-house team can design unique systems to meet our client’s brief, as seen at the Asics stores in Brussels Amsterdam and Oxford Street.

Terrapin Bright Green – the globally acclaimed US Environmental Consultant – describes why in their document ‘The Economics of Biophilia’ extracts of which are shown here. Biophilia, the innate human attraction to nature, is a concept that has been recognized for several decades by the scientific and design communities, and intuitively for hundreds of years by the population at large. Biophilic design has often been regarded as a luxury for property owners who want the best possible workplace for their employees, or who want to showcase their efforts to be more environmentally responsible. In reality, improving community well-being through biophilia can impact productivity costs and the bottom line. There is evidence that consumers are likely to buy more merchandise in stores with strategically situated natural vegetation. It is not a coincidence that store and mall layouts

41 are mapped to intentionally and meticulously guide shoppers through a maze of products surrounded by strategically placed plants, trees, and skylights; small yet powerful influences over consumers can lead retail stakeholders to enjoy greater profits if biophilic greening practices are employed (Joye, 2010). Builders have capitalized on our innate affinity for the savanna-like environments of our early Homo sapien ancestors—with clustered trees, semiopen spaces, refuge from the sun, water features, multiple-view corridors, and high levels of visual access—and we see these increasingly in shopping malls across the country (Heerwagen, 1998). In a consumer study of biophilic store designs, participants were shown photographs of retail environments and asked to measure the visual quality, place perception (judgment of products, product value, and merchant responsiveness), patronage behaviour (frequency and duration of shopping actions), and price perceptions in three different types of shopping environments: green streets with high vegetation content, enclosed sidewalks with scattered greenery, and streets with no visible vegetation. The results were clear: well-tended streets with large trees received the highest preference ratings even though plants obscured some products and building facades (Wolf, 2005). Images of tidy business districts with no trees received the lowest scores. The place perception results revealed that consumers associated trees as attractive and appealing additions to their shopping experience and ranked these streets as well-maintained, friendlier, and more worthy of their dollars than the barren or enclosed sidewalk streets. Shoppers said they would stay longer once in a shop and would visit the business district more frequently—an accurate reflection of spending habits— when vegetation was heavily prevalent. This same study reveals a compelling increase in the hedonic value of goods sold in greener areas versus retail locations that are devoid of nature. When shown images of greener retail settings, respondents indicated that an acceptable price to pay was 20% higher for an item in convenient shopping (i.e., a sandwich for lunch), 25% higher for general shopping (i.e., a new jacket or watch), and 15% more for specialty shopping (i.e., a gift for a family member) (Wolf, 2005). The addition of plant life into the realm of retail shopping appears to act as a stimulus that boosts the image perception and economic viability of stores. Scotscape’s multi-disciplinary approach can help introduce vegetation where it is needed, to drive sales and bring the feel good factor to staff and customers alike.

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TCFM and Remploy

shortlisted for national award A partnership between TC Facilities Management (TCFM) and Remploy, the disability employment specialists, has been named as a finalist for the PFM Awards 2017 in the Partners in CSR (charitable and social enterprises) category.

The PFM Awards, now in their 24th year, celebrate and champion best practice from across the fm sector. This year the finalists will be judged by a number of industry experts, including Les Pyle – CEO of ICW and Satvir Bungar National Head of Facilities for BDO, in this category. TC Facilities Management, through their partnership with Remploy, and other welfare to work organisations for over ten years have supported more than 1000 people with a disability into sustained employment. Matt Reed, Remploy’s Employer Services Director said: “I am delighted TCFM has been shortlisted for the Partners in CSR (charitable and social enterprises) award. They have shown real commitment to disability confidence, supporting more than 1000 people with a disability into sustained employment in the last ten years. They enable people with a disability or health condition to showcase their skills in a supportive workplace environment and TCFM’s drive to create a truly diverse workforce is evident right across the organisation.” The winners of the PFM awards will be announced at a glittering black-tie event to be held in London on 1st November. Rachel Gardiner, Head of HR for TCFM commented: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. Working with Remploy has seen this group of talented and motivated individuals seize the opportunity to prove themselves as committed, engaged and enthusiastic. They add value to the teams they work in and the customers they serve, enabling us to continue to deliver a great service to our clients. This has resulted in enhancing our disability confidence and engaging more parts of the business with understanding what benefits employing people with disability can bring to the business, which was recently recognised by winning the Large Employer of the Year category of the ERSA Employability awards, announced last week”


Structural waterproofing guide for emerging podium deck trend A national trade body has produced a guidance document to support architects and building professionals with the challenges of waterproofing podium decks and buried roofs.

‘Guidance Document - Podium Decks & Buried Roofs’ has been produced by the Property Care Association (PCA) to help the construction sector make informed decisions on the growing trend being seen in the UK to extend basement roof structures. The move comes as the PCA reports that more of its expert structural waterproofing members are being called upon to advise on failed systems for this type of structure after the construction phase in a bid to remedy problems. The document explains how their advice should be sought at the design stage to iron out problems and avoid costly repairs. It is available for free download from the PCA website, sets out the importance of gaining expert input at the design stage James Berry, the PCA’s Technical Manager, said: “The construction of podium decks and buried roofs has been around for some time but the use of a basement roof structure to extend beyond the building line and under gardens has increased recently. “In line with this rise in popularity, we have produced this guidance document to help architects and construction professionals make informed choices in the waterproofing of such structures. “The guide has been launched at a time when PCA specialist structural waterproofing members are telling us that they are receiving an increasing number of

calls requesting their advice and expertise to resolve a number of issues. “Like all other waterproofing related failures, these problems can become costly to remedy when they are buried underneath complex fitments, expensive finishes and working or leisure surfaces. “Often, members of the PCA are called in to put forward solutions to remedy the works, but we produced the guide to explain the importance of considering all waterproofing elements in the first place – at the design stage - and not as an afterthought when a problem arises.” The PCA provides a searchable register of Waterproofing Design Specialists, a pool of vetted and approved professionals with specialist knowledge and qualifications in structural waterproofing who are able to assist in the design and planning of projects involving underground waterproofing in accordance with BS8102. This register, available to view here gives architects and construction professionals details of individual, competent practitioners, who can assist in the design and planning of underground waterproofing.



he ensuing creation of a delightful outdoor terrace in a five-storey Victorian townhouse in Chelsea was made possible by the installation of a sliding, retractable rooflight supplied by Glazing Vision. Stephen Fletcher Architects, renowned for their expertise in working with historically sensitive sites, have dramatically transformed this long and narrow townhouse into a stunningly impressive private residence complete with a new basement level beneath the footprint of the house, vaults and most of the rear garden. The internal rebuild was so extensive, with the relocation of an architecturally impressive staircase, that only the front façade and the roof of the original house remain. For Stephen Fletcher Architects the primary objective was to increase the sense of space throughout the restricted property. Sliding over rooflight to provide space and natural daylight Glazing Vision’s Sliding Over Rooflight was specified as providing the best solution, given the limited roof space and was made to a bespoke size. Supported on tracks installed on the roof, the double-glazed rooflight abuts a fixed wall on one short side, and is framed on the adjacent side by an elegant glass weathered upstand, a nod to the glass balustrade of the staircase below. The external framework in slate grey nuances the polished grey plaster wall of the staircase, whilst the pure white, matt-finished internal framework ensures it enhances the airy ambience of the floor below. Its simple yet sophisticated sliding mechanism is electronically controlled at the touch of a button retracting the entire

Sliding over rooflight provides ease of access to Victorian townhouse section of glazing, thereby providing an unimpeded, 100% clear-opening access from the stairwell out onto the roof terrace. In this case, Glazing Vision’s Sliding Over Rooflight maximises the amount of natural daylight within the property and ensures building occupants can make the most of the fabulous vistas over West London. However

this multi-purpose product is also used in a variety of projects for ventilation purposes to expel heat and allow fresh air to enter the rooms below. To find out more about design considerations for your project, please call our technical department on 01379 353 741 or request a CPD.



Acoustic Solutions for light weight floor structures Isoedge Isoedge 6/75 Isonic Screed Plank (ISP) Isonic Screed Plank (ISP) Isorubber Resilient Layer Isorubber HP3

Isosonic Screed Plank (ISP) High Mass Flooring Panels The simplest way to reduce sound transfer through a lightweight floor is to increase its mass. Traditionally this was done with multiple layers of plasterboard or a screed floor finish, however both of these solutions increase construction depth and the latter needs to be left to dry before works can continue. Thermal Economics recently released the Isosonic Screed Plank (ISP) range of high mass panels to provide an alternative that does not suffer from the drawbacks of these traditional solutions. Advantages include: • •

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Thin Solution – ISP panels range from 18mm – 25mm. High Mass – ISP panels have a density of 1100 – 1500Kg/ m3, double that of a standard plasterboard. Dry installation, saving on construction time and screed pumping. Simple installation, ISP panels have standard T&G edges. Provides a hard and robust screed like finish. Ideal for use with Under Floor Heat, distributing heat quickly and evenly. Structural variants (ISPS) available which can be fitted directly to joists.

Achieving Building Regulation Compliance ISP panels can be used in combination with Isorubber acoustic resilient layers and an Isosonic Ceiling to provide Part E compliant solutions for new build and refurbishment projects. Isorubber resilient layers are dense and robust rubber mats that provide excellent impact sound reduction. A range of tried and tested Isorubber products are available allowing solutions to be tailored to the project requirements, whether you are looking for the thinnest solution possible or a high-performance solution that will exceed regulation requirements.

Under Floor Heating Application ISP panels have a very dense gypsum composition, this means that they work extremely well with under floor heating systems. The heat is distributed quickly and evenly helping to maximise the efficiency of the heating system. Isorubber HP3 is a firm favourite of under floor heating installers, as it lays flat when unrolled and is dense enough to remain in position in adverse conditions, this makes fitting quick and easy. Isoedge

Isonic Screed Plank (ISP)

Isorubber Hi Load

One of our Isosonic Ceilings should be used to prevent direct sound transfer, helping to reduce both impact and airborne sound. These utilise the Isosonic range of acoustic hangers, brackets or cleats to decouple the ceiling from the floor structure, with solutions available for most ceiling types.

Structural Floor Applications

Isoedge perimeter strip is also required to prevent flanking sound transmission.

ISPS 18 panels are only 18mm thick and are suitable for spanning joists at centres up to 400mm.

For help in choosing the right combination of products for your project please contact our Technical Dept. on 01582 544255 or email us here.

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The ISP range includes two variants that can be used as a structural deck, as a high mass alternative to chipboard or ply. These are referred to as ISPS to denote the structural potential of the panel.

ISPS 25 panels are 25mm thick and are suitable for spanning joists at centres up to 600mm. To find out more about ISP solutions please visit our website or call us on 01582 450814.


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Art in architecture From uniform facade to expressive decoration: RMIG ImagePerf gives you the possibility to use perforated metal cladding as a canvas for art, photos and graphics with the possibility of integrating impressive lighting.

Use RMIG ImagePerf to emphasise the aesthetics in architecture. Use it as a decorative element in the townscape or let the facade depict on the outside what is going on inside. For more inspiration, view our case studies at

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Refurb & Developer Update - August 2017  
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