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04 Industry News

Cathedral of the Holy Cross: $26 million restoration The largest Roman Catholic church in New England with the ability to seat 2,000 worshippers has now reopened after a two-year restoration. Originally designed by 19th century Irish-American architect Patrick Keely, the Cathedral is home to New England’s earliest and largest stained-glass collection, as well as an 1875 E&G Hook and Hastings 5,000 pipe organ.The historic 1830 refurbished steel bells were installed in 2015, replacing a carillon. Elkus Manfredi Architects, along with construction company Suffolk, undertook the renovation at the request of Cardinal O’Malley. The renovation included all pwes being removed, repaired or reinstalled with new kneelers, with the step up to the pew having been removed for easier access.

damage to the interior walls, which have now been repaired and repainted with the woodwork cleaned and varnished. The stained-glass windows have been cleaned and now have backlighting at night due to being illuminated from within. More durable stone floors have replaced the old ones which required more maintenance, whilst the existing columns and gothic arches were repainted and the existing gold accents restored. The ornate carved wood ceiling trusses have been re-varnished and detailed with gold accent paint to call attention to the original intricate details. Fire safety systems have been upgraded, which now includes a sprinkler system. New electrical wiring and plumbing systems have been introduced to allow for state-of-the-art technology such as the new LED lighting, sound system and the sanctuary and nave’s first ever air conditioning system

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ISG wins £23m Cardiff Uni science building

ISG has been named as contractor for Cardiff University’s £23m computer science and mathematics building. The plans, which have been approved by Cardiff City Council, will bring together the School of Computer Science and Informatics and the School of Mathematics into a single 10,000 sq m facility. A six-storey building has been designed by the South Wales studio of national practice Stride Treglown with renowned design studio, Adjaye Associates. The site on Senghennydd Road, currently used as a University car park, is on the Cathays campus next to the Cardiff Business Technology Centre and Students’ Union. The project forms part of the University’s biggest campus upgrade for a generation, including an investment of £260m in its teaching, learning and student experience.

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Five polycarbonate volumes form Harvard University’s ArtLab by Barkow Leibinger Architecture firm Barkow Leibinger has covered this experimental arts hub at Harvard University in polycarbonate panels to make it illuminate like a “lightbox at night”. Harvard University enlisted Barkow Leibinger to design the ArtLab as part of its new growing campus in Allston, Massachusetts – a Boston neighbourhood located across the Charles River from the main Cambridge site. Design firm Sasaki served as the architect of record. The lab is a temporary, experimental arts hub that can be used by college students and teachers, as well as visiting artists and the wider community. It comprises five volumes constructed from lightweight steel columns and open web steel trusses, which are are mechanically fastened so they can be easily taken a part.

Steven Holl designs zinc-clad concert hall for Czech Republic A zinc-clad concert hall by Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts will cantilever over the 1960s modernist House of Culture in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The competition-winning design features a curving irregular form covered in part with panels of zinc, opening in places with glazed walls that reveal maplewood interiors. The House of Culture was built by Czech modernist architect Jaroslav Fragner in 1961 and has a facade clad in travertine and ceramic tiles, with large columns on the front facade.

A mixture of glass and white polycarbonate panels – some of which are transparent to create the glowing effect – clads the entire structure to give a homogeneous appearance. “These panels range from transparent to translucent to opaque, exploiting diffuse natural light and a street-level view by day, emerging as a glowing ‘lightbox’ by night,” said Barkow Leibinger in a project statement. Barkow Leibinger chose a simple aesthetic for the interiors of the 9,000-square-foot (836-square-metre) building to create a backdrop suitable for a range of activities. The exposed ceiling structure is painted white to match the polycarbonate walls, while the floors are polished concrete. The translucent panels run along the top of some of the studios to form clerestory windows that gently filter in natural light. Large glass windows puncture the walls of spaces like meeting rooms and offices to offer views outside.

Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts’ concert hall complex will be built on both sides of one of the House of Culture’s wings. The auditorium will be built at the rear of the complex, facing the park, while a glazed entrance lobby will be cantilevered over a square at the front of the building. The two elements will be connected above the existing building with a large foyer space. A shell of zinc panels will form the “case”, which opens in places to reveal the interior, which will be clad in maple wood.

06 Industry News

CHYBIK+KRISTOF partner with leading Czech module manufacturer KOMA MODULAR CHYBIK + KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS break ground on KOMA MODULAR’S Research Center of Modular Architecture in the Czech Republic, in a new design system, opening new ways of designing with modules. While celebrated for its sustainable and holistic nature, modular architecture requires a significantly higher design complexity, challenging architects to depart from the standard rectangular construction and spaces. In a reimagination of spatial configurations, CHYBIK + KRISTOF instead turn their attention to creating organic shapes, through the vacancies between modules. The project is set to be complete in 2020. While modular structures are usually created by placing right-angled modules side by side, CHYBIK + KRISTOF realize new spatial possibilities through a custom combination. Spatial modules containing facilities are leveled onto the planar flooring modules, which are anchoredto the foundation. Both modules then function as columns, allowing them to hold the roof modules and form a continuous main space. Making sure to keep the workplace breathable, allglass surfaces between the modules draw in an abundance of light from all sides of the structure, while a pair of skylights further relaxes the space. The Research Center will be a prototype of a new, adaptable system for various projects. Adaptable to the needs of engineers and guest researchers, the center in KOMA MODULAR’S production grounds will feature 12 individual working stations, as well as a main

space for collaborative research projects. The building will serve as a flexible space for developing new ideas in modular constructions and a think-tank for the KOMA MODULAR factory. The open, shared central space will be spatially organized and segmented to avoid negative aspects of large open space offices, maintaining a collaborative community with fluid structure. Drapes and other mobile elements will allow the space to be to further sectioned. As one of the most prominent employers in the region and influencer of modular architecture, KOMA MODULAR’s company base integrates the needs of its employees and visitors, functioning beyond a manufacturing site. The work on the research center itself was preceded by designing a masterplan for an entrance and a public area for the factory. This zone is created around a triangular courtyard with greenery and a multifunctional amphitheater. Two sides of the courtyard are created by previously completed projects between architects and KOMA, the canteen and EXPO pavilion. Founding architect of CHYBIK + KRISTOF, Michal Krištof noted, “During our experience working with KOMA, we came to understand both the possibilities and limitations of modular architecture. Each project brought new challenges and improvements. With the new Research Center, we wanted to push the spatial possibilities of modular architecture even further.”

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Countryside wins £400m London Camden Lock estate rebuilds Housing association One Housing has signed up house builder Countryside to redevelop two adjacent council estates at Camden Lock in north London. The £400m redevelopment plan will see up to 700 mixed-tenure homes built at Juniper Crescent and Gilbeys Yard estates next to the Camden Goods Yard site. These two estates are separated by a large Morrisons supermarket, which is to be demolished to make way for a separate 600-home mixed-use scheme being jointly developed by house builder Barratt and the supermarket chain. Countryside will jointly plan, design, fund and deliver the regeneration of both estates, subject to a positive resident ballot, over an eight-year programme. A resident steering group has been part of the procurement team to select the joint venture partner following a vote to redevelop the site fully. Residents will continue to be consulted prior to a final ballot in March 2020 to decide on the future of their estates. Andy Fancy, managing director, Partnerships South (North and South), Countryside, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with One Housing on this landmark mixed-use regeneration scheme in the heart of Camden. “We are looking to deliver more than three times as many high-quality homes including affordable homes as well as ensuring that local residents benefit from attractive public open spaces and crucial local amenities – all vital in creating sustainable communities.” Under the plan residents living on the estates would be temporarily moved elsewhere while the building work took place, before returning to a brand new property on Juniper Crescent and Gilbeys Yard once they had been built. Work on the estate rebuild should begin on the ground some time in 2020.

New construction investment to attract, train and retain new talent

The British construction sector is set to receive a £17.8 million investment to support employers in training and retraining more skilled workers to help the industry face the skills challenges of the future. CITB Onsite Experience Commission will help the construction industry tackle the skills gap by providing 18,000 site-ready workers and help it to grow more of its own workforce. The industry is being invited to apply for funding over the coming months. “This major investment will build on the success of the Construction Skills Fund and represents an historic investment in training a siteready workforce for construction employers across England, Scotland and Wales,” said CITB chief executive Sarah Beale, announcing the new money in Ipswich at an industry-led conference on delivering sustainable homes. Sarah continued: “Onsite Experience comes at a critical time for construction when it will need to grow more of its own workforce. CITB’s ‘Big Six’ support British construction to recruit its future workforce, which will also include a major careers campaign and substantially increased support for employers taking on apprentices.” CITB’s Construction Skills Network report shows that construction requires 168,500 skilled people to enter the industry over the next five years. “Meeting demand for new homes and investing in infrastructure requires more skilled people in construction,” Sarah continued. “We face the perfect storm of an uncertain post-Brexit migration system, and an ageing workforce with many set to retire in the near future. It is therefore essential that the industry attracts, trains, and retains new talent wherever it can be found to ensure construction isn’t hampered by a shortage of site-ready workers.” Over the next three years, 20 new hubs will be established on construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales, tailored to provide training in trades where particular shortages have been identified and connecting new talent with educators and employers. Each hub will develop links between employers, colleges and local government to meet locally identified skills needs. Many of the hubs will be in rural and “left behind” areas that have also not benefitted from the earlier and complementary Construction Skills Fund (CSF). They will draw on lessons learned from the CSF, which has already exceeded many of its targets. Sarah concluded: “Britain urgently needs more construction workers, and more opportunities for people from every background and every region. I am confident that by making its largest ever investment in the Onsite Experience Commission, CITB can provide the construction industry with the modern workforce it needs to become more inclusive, more sustainable, and construct a better Britain.”

08 Editor’s Choice

Vicaima bring an added dimension to William May development

The village of Bramcote in Nottinghamshire, has been a popular place for home owners with discerning taste since Victorian times, so it’s little wonder that is now attracting fresh interest for twenty first century living with the select Baxter Green development by William May. Envisioned by internationally recognised Leonard Design Architects and set in the former gardens of Grade II Listed St. Johns College, Baxter Green introduces outstanding lowdensity luxury housing surrounded by tranquil countryside. Once complete Baxter Green will have 40 residential properties varying in sizes from apartments to five-bedroom houses, with ample sized living space and all fitted with Vicaima quality interior doors. Long established and regional house builder William May Developments have used Vicaima’s Dekordor 3D finished doors throughout, alternating within particular house types, between a textured grey face with horizontal decorative grooves and a rich Dark Cedar finish. Dekordor 3D adds a new dimension to interior design, with highly attractive horizontal grained textured laminates in a range of on-trend and contemporary colour tones. This durable range can be further enhanced, with the addition of glass panel doors, face grooving or even metallic inlays, to create individual statements for apartments or traditional homes. All of the Dekordor 3D collection come in a choice of cores and can be supplied with added performance including fire doors

which are compliant with the most rigorous fire door regulations, acoustics and security doors where required as part of a complete door and door frame kit. For further details about Dekordor 3D or one of the many other inspirational products from the Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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Rinnai Delivers Hot Water at Scarborough Care Home Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site Rinnai continuous flow hot water heating units have replaced a vastly oversized and close to redundant traditional style of system at the Coombe Hay Care Home in Scarborough.. Coombe Hay is situated in large, attractive and tranquil gardens on the outskirts of Scarborough, only minutes from the town centre and seafront. Coombe Hay offers accommodation which is fully en-suite and suitable for male and female residents with some larger apartments available for two people. Coombe Hay began in 1958 when money bequeathed by George Edward Smart established the Charitable Trust which now owns and runs the Home. Nowadays the Board of Trustees ensure that the benefactor’s vision for a home providing excellent care for its residents continues to develop, incorporating all that anyone would want from their new home, and as a registered charity all money is reinvested into the home to deliver excellent services and to keep fees and costs affordable. Comgas Heating advised on the replacement system and chose 2 x Rinnai HD55i units - heavy duty high efficiency gas fired continuous flow water heating units with optimal fuel consumption. In like-forlike comparison to more traditional methods, the continuous flow system is proven to be more cost effective over a lifetime. Rinnai is an acknowledged global leader in the manufacture of tankless hot water heating units with group sales approaching £2 Billion. The Rinnai HD55i is an internal wall hung, gas fired, continuous flow water heater capable of producing hot water in excess of 820 litres per hour at a 50°C rise. The HD55i has a 125mm concentric flue which can be extended up to 15m, less 1m per 45° bend. As with the whole of the Rinnai range the HD55i is ErP A-rated. The unit is compact, reliable and combines industry standards with innovation and quality. The HD55i operates between 1-10 bar pressure, which is suitable for mains cold water supply and systems with booster pumps and reaches water temperatures of up to 85°C, making the HD55i suitable for secondary return systems. Rinnai Heavy Duty continuous flow gas fired water heaters feature outputs up to 58kW and water can be delivered at very precise, high volume temperature control. The smart digital controller regulates to within +/- 1ºC without any variation of temperature even with additional outlets. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use. The Rinnai HD55i is a fully modulating 52.6kW unit that can also be installed in a manifold arrangement. This

ensures that the system can and will meet any hot water demand at all peak times, no matter what the demand. Typical applications include major restaurant chains, industry offices, hotels, sports centres, schools, sports clubs, shower blocks in holiday parks – anywhere with a need for extremely reliable supplies of hot water delivered economically and at energy efficiency levels surpassing all building regulations and European standards. For more details on RINNAI products visit



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Slovenian Manufacturer Installs Advanced at State-of-the-Art Head Office Advanced, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of intelligent fire systems, has been specified in the Head Office of a leading European manufacturer. With more than 200 employees, Slovenia-based manufacturer, Pirnar, export their luxury, high-specification doors across the globe for installation in residential and commercial premises. The manufacturer is synonymous with quality in the window and door industry and its high-end entrance-ways have won awards for their significant design and technological innovations.

Situated in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, Pirnar’s 47,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art facility houses storage, service and training rooms in the basement, production and sales on the ground floor and offices on the upper floor. At the centre of the building’s active fire protection is an Advanced Axis EN fire system linked to 230 devices. The industry-leading Axis EN system, which was recently certified by FM Approvals to the EN54 standard, communicates with the site’s BMS, third party CO detection system, Access Control system and third-party Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system for the purposes of smoke


control, enabling the fire services to operate smoke vents, fans and dampers in cases of emergency. Responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of the fire system was Advanced partner Bildos d.o.o., Mr. Damjan Birk, managing partner at Bildos Ltd, said: “With Pirnar’s reputation for quality and perfection we knew that only the best would be good enough. It’s for these reasons that Advanced was specified to protect their head office. The robust Axis EN system is easy to service and is backed up by award-winning technical support, making Advanced the right product for Pirnar’s Headquarters.” “Advanced Electronics fire protection system has given us an increased feeling of safety and control, it adds confidence in how we’re running our business. We can keep growing and moving forward

knowing our infrastructure protection is state of the art and constantly up to date”, Pirnar assistant director Ado Rupnik said. “It was a pleasure to work with Bildos Ltd to supply them with a high performance, ease-to-use system that would effectively protect Pirnar’s site against fire, where production and commercial activity run side-by-side”, Advanced’s regional sales manager for southern Europe, Vladimir Zrnic, added. Axis EN is EN54 parts 2,4 and 13 approved and its panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

Owned by FTSE 100 company Halma PLC, Advanced have a long history of protecting high-profile manufacturing sites around the World including Rolls Royce’s aerospace facility and global manufacturer of pressure relief products Elfab’s manufacturing facility. Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-ofuse of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems. More details can be found on the website at


Flexible magnetic and ferrous materials provide architects, designers and developers with a unique and versatile method of transforming building interiors. Whether a retail store, public building, contemporary office interior or a residential building, flexible magnetic and attractive ferrous materials work together with visually stunning results.

Creating striking graphics, display walls, signage and creative planning spaces that capture attention, inspire, and can be changed or updated as desired.


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The flexible nature of supamag® magnetic sheet allows it to be applied to flat or curved surfaces, creating a magnetic face to which digifilm® ferrous media is attracted.

supamag® and supaferro® are available with a range of high strength adhesives which bond securely to any non-porous surface, allowing installation during the second fix phase of a build or retro fitting at a later date.

Once in contact with the magnetic surface the flexible ferrous media is held in place indefinitely and will not move until replaced. digifilm® ferrous media provides a vibrant, high quality print finish that brings designs to life, creating stunning large format displays and graphics walls. The thin and flexible properties of ferrous media allow multiple layers to be overlaid on top of one another to instantly update graphics and displays.

Knowledge and experience Anchor Magnets has been at the forefront of flexible magnetic and attractive ferrous materials for over 30 years. We’re passionate about magnetic and ferrous materials and their potential to provide solutions. Our expertise and experience mean we’re best placed to offer advice, guidance and support from your project’s conception to completion.

Simple and cost effective Changing or adding additional layers of ferrous media is quick, easy and doesn’t require specialist installation teams, simply roll the layer of media on or off of the magnetic face. This ease of application allows users to refresh and update their visual spaces cost effectively, without downtime and as often as required.

Creative spaces Visual planning walls and spaces are now commonplace within modern workplaces, typically providing a drywipe writing surface. By using supaferro® flexible and magnetically receptive ferrous material to create the dry-wipe surface the planning space becomes interactive, allowing plans, images and notes to be magnetically attached to the surface.

To find out more about how Anchor Magnets can help you call 0114 244 1171 and speak to our experts.


Style in the smallest hotel or restaurant washroom

Hotel bathrooms and hotel lobby washrooms are a direct reflection of the quality of the establishment. It’s important to use products that are durable, easy to maintain and accessible for all, as well as quick and easy to install. Here are our top tips when thinking about each element of the bathroom.

Baths and Showers The best hotel bathrooms have a bath and a separate shower. A walk in shower with overhead, body and hand sprays is the top of the league – but before selecting something like this check that the water supply is up to the job. A shower that delivers a miserable drizzle rather than a tropical deluge will not impress guests. If there is not enough space for a separate shower, install a shower bath where there is a roomy area for showering and an integral screen to keep water off the floor. VitrA’s Optima

17 shower bath is 1700mm long and has a roomy shower area. Using a curved bath screen is a good way of keeping water off the floor and is power shower proof.

Modern WCs

Alternatively, you can give your bathrooms a simple luxury update by replacing an old shower with a shower column. Smart and designed to connect to existing pipework, VitrA’s Move shower columns have body jets, an overhead spray and a hand spray. A level-access shower tray is easy for everyone to use including those with limited mobility. Combine with a simple glass panel and a multi-outlet shower for minimalist luxury. VitrA’s Zero to Surface tray has a large waste to cope with water from a power shower.

Wall-hung toilets and bidets, suspended from the wall by a concealed frame, are a practical choice for both bathrooms and cloakrooms. Unsightly pipework is hidden away, and cleaning is easy because the fittings are clear of the floor. Wall-hung products also make a small bathroom appear larger and, if there’s a window in the way, the pan can be set at a lower height. There is no need to worry about safety either – a VitrA WC pan suspended from a wall frame will safely hold up to 60 stone.

Basins and Vanity Units

VitrA’s V-Care shower toilet is perfect for commercial cloakrooms – and will be a luxury talking point. It features a sensor that opens the lid as the user approaches, adjustable washing and drying functions, a heated seat and more. The hands-free nature of the toilet makes it perfect for those with accessibility requirements. The wall-hung toilet can also be set at varying heights. It features odour control and VitrA’s Rim-ex design

Make your washbasin the focal point of the room – Water Jewels basins designed for VitrA by Matteo Thun come in a wonderful range of colours – including gold and platinum – perfect for creating a strong impression. Wall-hung and free-standing furniture is becoming increasingly popular in luxury hotel bathrooms

and commercial cloakrooms. Pair with a wall-mounted tap for a super stylish look.

which means there is no rim around the inside of the pan for germs and limescale to lurk, making cleaning easy and quick. Updating existing WC fittings is now much simpler with the introduction of Vitrus, an elegant glass casing that means wall-hung and back-to-wall toilets can be retro-fitted and new installations can be made without the need for a false wall. Vitrus is an elegant slimline glass box that contains the wall frame and cistern. The pan is attached to the casing which can be fixed to any type of wall. Made in shatterproof glass, Vitrus has been designed so that the cistern is easily accessible for maintenance. It features a built-in water saving dual flush plate. “VitrA can meet every need for owners of hotels, restaurants and commercial premises,” says Marketing Manager Margaret Talbot. “Made in superbly equipped modern factories, all our products meet the highest standards and we have been leaders in reducing water use – vital for the environment and for lower water bills.”

VitrA has recently unveiled a striking new website that is packed with design advice and inspiration.


Creating an environmentally friendly garden

Many people are now looking to reduce their carbon footprint by recycling more, using their cars less and eating locally produced, organic food, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint by changing the way you garden. With many people starting to realise the importance of eco-living, garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have compiled some handy hints on how to be more environmentally friendly in the garden.

Composting Composting is a great way of being more environmentally friendly while reducing landfill waste and providing much-needed nutrients to your plants. This supply of fresh compost can be used all around the garden, helping to retain moisture and reduce plant diseases and pests in your soil.


To start, you will need a compost bin; these are available in a range of different styles and materials to suit any garden design and budget. Then pick a suitable space for the compost bin, somewhere that has good air circulation, is out of full sunlight and is away from large trees or vines as these can steal nutrients from the compost. Compost can be made using various household waste including raw vegetable leftovers and skin, crushed eggshells, fruit peel and tea bags. You can also use garden waste like fallen leaves, grass and wood cuttings and old plants. Try not to use plants that have died of a disease or aggressive weeds as this may harm the compost. To create a good compost, you need to regularly turn the heap to balance it out. This will give you faster results while making sure that all of the compost has the nutrients to help your soil. Once ready, the bottom layer of compost will have a soil-like dark brown colour and be spongy to the touch.

Saving Water Water is one of the most important resources for your garden, but with gardening taking up to 70% of the UK’s water supply during peak demand, limiting your water consumption is vital in lowering your carbon footprint.

Collecting rainwater is one of the easiest ways of water-saving and is as simple as connecting a water butt to your gutter system. The average water butt holds between 100 and 150 litres, which is more than enough for your gardening needs, and because of the UK’s climate, they also fill up quickly too giving you access to water when you need it. Planting drought-resistant plants is also a good way of saving water in the garden. Lavender, sage and verbena are all great choices when it comes to plants, while the Lawson cypress conifers and golden rain trees are good additions for something bigger.

Mulching your soil areas such as flowerbeds, hanging baskets and potted plants helps to improve soil structure and retain moisture. Bark, woodchips and grass clipping all make good mulches and are a cost-effective way to cut down the amount of water needed in the garden.

Helping Wildlife Giving the wildlife in your garden a helping hand not only aids local ecosystems, but it can also help you to control pests and other plantdestroying mini-beasts. Birds are natural predators of slugs, snails and other mini-beats, so inviting them into your garden is a great way to control these pests. Bird feeders, water bowls and birdhouses are all great ways on enticing birds into your garden, and you have the added bonus of being able to spot and record all the different species that visit too. Interplanting is a method of planting different species of plants next to one another in rows to prevent pests. For example, one set of plants may attract a certain pest, while the other houses the predator. This technique is widely used in organic farming, however, it is just as effective in everyday gardens. Log piles and overgrown areas of the garden provide shelter for small mammals and hedgehogs while also providing a source of food for birds in the form of slugs, grubs and caterpillars. You don’t have to dedicate a large area of the garden to wildlife to make an impact; in fact, just a small area can provide long-lasting benefits to the local ecosystem and wildlife.


Can software influence your organisation’s health and safety culture? Make sure your chosen system has the potential to make your employees safer - once they understand this, they are more likely to ‘feed’ it with accurate data such as incident and inspections reports and good saves. If it’s been implemented correctly, this should start to show month on month in a downward curve in the accident charts and a steady increase in reporting of near misses.

We think it can. The UK building and

construction sector currently has around 2.3 million employees to keep safe and with the many hazardous occupations involved this is no easy task! Last year 28% of all recorded fatalities occurred in the construction sector. What more can be done? Louise Perryman, Director at Elmstone Systems Ltd, believes that implementing a cloud-based EHS solution can help by supporting efforts to embed a strong company health and safety culture. “Over the last five years, we have seen increased awareness of the benefits that technology can offer the construction sector. BIM has been increasingly adopted in some organisations but many problems remain as project size plus price-based competitive tendering increase complexity whilst encouraging contractors to cut corners. Health and safety should not be one of those corners.”

So, what should you look for to help your business develop the best possible Health and Safety culture? “Any system you choose should be easy to use, integrated, quick to implement and effective in supporting the target of zero harm” says Louise. “It should have a common look and feel so that once you know one part of the system, it’s a small step to start using new functions. It should be an enabler, making the task simpler and producing a better result. Ultimately this makes the investment very cost effective and reduces the chances of fines and reputational damage through bad H&S practice and injuries”


Mirashare does all of the above and has the advantage of initially being designed together with EHS professionals. It has a loyal customer base, from global pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer to prestigious niche specialists like PAYE Stone Restoration. A recent customer testimonial states: ‘Overall, Mirashare has positively influenced a better H&S culture, improved compliance and ensured high H&S standards are confluent throughout the business’. You can read more about it on the Mirashare website.

For more information please look online at or phone 01304 382410


Health and safety cloud based software to meet today's challenges Key Benefits • Easy to use and intuitive • Reduced costs • Encourages increased employee engagement • Increased productivity • Reduced injury rates • Enhanced risk management • Powerful analytics • Meaningful trending • Real-time information • Reliable solution • Improved operational control • Fosters Leadership accountability & ownership • Improved reputation

Mirashare is a cloud-based software suite catering to a wide variety of needs, from Inspection Audits and Risk Management, to Incident and Near Miss reporting using the latest Mobile technology (IOS & Android). Our wide choice of modules enables an organisation to benefit from features that go beyond health and safety, to support business improvement, control and compliance. Mirashare helps to create an environment where EHS is part of the culture – a culture where all employees are engaged in driving improvements in EHS performance. Our mobile incident reporting App means that you can report an incident or near miss from anywhere, at anytime, in an instant. Keeping people informed, aware & alert, keeping people safe. Mirashare is provided by Elmstone Systems Limited, a software company who have been delivering first class products using cutting edge technology for the last 20 years. Our experienced and knowledgeable team are skilled not only in our Mirashare software, but also in EHS management practice. We work with you to make sure that Mirashare fits your approach, enabling your teams to drive stronger engagement in creating a safer and healthier working environment.

Mirashare modules include: Incident & Near Miss | Inspection Audits | Action Tracking | Risk Assessment | Good Saves | Change Control Facility Requests | DSE Assessment | Root Cause Analysis | Chemical Approval | Suggestions Box | Scorecard

For more information, or to book a demo, visit Or call us on +44 (0)1304 382 410 for an informal discussion


Building The Future: Technologies, Opportunities and Challenges The South East’s leading construction event returns to the Kent Event Centre on October 3rd, when Kent Construction EXPO brings together 2,000+ construction professionals, contractors, developers and specialist suppliers to the sector. Brought to you by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Kent County Council and Medway Council, this major annual gathering offers a fantastic line-up of speakers, alongside the South East’s largest exhibition of construction suppliers: providing a unique opportunity for you to get the inside track on major infrastructure projects and the latest industry developments, while making valuable new contacts and building your business. We already have a great programme line-up confirmed, with inspirational keynotes and practical workshops that will provide you with fresh insights into current construction industry challenges and opportunities on the horizon as well as emerging technologies, practices and innovations - helping you to keep up to date and thrive in the years ahead. Back by popular demand, our roundtable stream provides a focussed platform for discussion

where you will have the opportunity to share your challenges and opportunities, hear your peer’s points of view and learn from their experiences, ask questions and voice an opinion. See below for just a few of the hot topics and sector trends that will feature on the programme this year: • Sustainability • BIM & Digital Construction • Disruptive Forces: AI, AR, Drones & Robots • Building offsite/ modular construction • Local developments • Projects & Initiatives within Kent • Utilities vs Construction • Construction Frameworks • Health & Safety Regulations • VAT changes to the Construction sector • R&D Tax Credits • Architectural Practices • Infrastructure Post-Brexit • Innovation

• The Skills Shortage/ Skills Development • Procurement & the Supply Chain As well as Meet-The-Buyer, this year’s information-packed event creates a unique environment for sharing best practice and real-life experiences. Attendees can benefit from: • Over 200 market-leading exhibitors • 600 FREE meet-the-buyer appointments with leading contractors, suppliers and government departments • Latest updates on government infrastructure projects • Invaluable networking opportunities to build and maintain business relationships • Latest updates on government infrastructure projects • Live Demo Areas showcasing the most dynamic and innovative products in the industry • Big Networking Breakfast with a focus on how the evolving digital world will affect the construction industry • Post-Event Gala Dinner, the perfect way to unwind, network and celebrate excellence within the industry. After-dinner speaker is former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno. Book now to avoid disappoint, over 75% booked already! For more information and to register for FREE visit:

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The move towards premium panel and decorative and designer radiators Whilst its undeniable that the most popular and best-selling radiators in the UK and Ireland are the Compact style steel panel radiators we all know and recognise, there is a definite shift towards ‘trading up’ and selecting premium panel radiators or decorative and designer options – depending on the use, in the home or commercial property in question. That’s the view of Chris Harvey, Head of Marketing at leading radiator manufacturer, Stelrad. There’s pretty much a radiator available for every application, be it a new build home, a refurbishment project or a special application that requires something specific to meet the application in mind. Perhaps because of the plethora of house refurbishment programmes on the huge number of channels we are blessed with on our TVs – the likes of Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location - we are able to see inside other people’s homes more easily – and not surprisingly, people see what they like, are influenced to mimic the designs they see and upgrade their own heating systems. Increasingly, radiators are being seen as part of the décor, worth investing a little more in, rather than simply a means of sharing heat around the home. In some cases, they are quite literally a focal point of a room – even more so now that coloured radiators

– in Stelrad’s case, up to 36 different colours, with some available from stock - are growing in popularity, allowing interior designers, architects and more design savvy homeowners to select radiators that match or contrast the other decoration in a room. Radiators are still responsible for sharing the heat in more than 90% of domestic heating systems and a surprisingly high percentage of commercial properties as well, so the age of the radiator is still very much with us. Companies like Stelrad are going the extra mile to ensure that radiators continue to be an aesthetic choice as well as a common sense one, with a wide range of designs, an easy to install philosophy and the widest range of sizes to ensure that there is a radiator for pretty much every application that can be imagined.

To see the huge range of styles and options available from Stelrad head for the Stelrad website at or You can call for brochures and information on 0844 543 6200 or email Alternatively, you can also see regular updates from Stelrad on Twitter @Stelrad and Facebook @StelradRadiators.

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NBT/SOPREMA Merger Heralds Complete Sustainable Envelope Solutions

NBT, the UK supplier of Pavatex insulation and airtightness products, has completed the first phase of a merger with building products giant, SOPREMA.

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A global name in the construction supply chain, SOPREMA boasts 67 manufacturing sites around the world, more than 90 subsidiary companies and more than 4000 distributors. NBT first joined the group in 2016 and the legal process of creating the new UK business has been in progress in the interim, drawing on synergies between SOPREMA and NBT while ensuring that NBT retains its clear focus on delivering sustainable, robust and cost-effective solutions for the building envelope. Andrew Mitchell from NBT/SOPREMA explains: “We have undergone what might be called a soft merger over the past couple of years and our customers probably haven’t noticed the difference as we’ve been going through the legal, commercial and operational process of completing the new structure. “However, the integration of NBT and SOPREMA brings with it huge benefits for specifiers, procurement professionals, contractors and end-users as it enables a joined up supply chain focused on best-fit and best-practice solutions for the building envelope. For specifiers it means an integrated, expert approach to delivering a project-specific solution, for procurement and construction professionals it means a rationalised, cost-effective supply chain and for the end user it ensures buildings that will perform better and last longer.”

take-up of sustainable, renewable building products in the mainstream construction industry and the company will now leverage the global capabilities of SOPREMA to take this vision forward. Laurent Verheyden, MD of Soprema businesses in UK, adds: “The building envelope is becoming increasingly complex and specifiers often have to look to different suppliers for the varied elements of the build-up. “What we can now offer is a specialism in complete envelope solutions, with hybrid systems that answer the needs of today’s construction sector, including buildability, performance and environmental goals. All of that will be backed by the warranty, technologies and expertise available from SOPREMA, for a high standard of support and quality assurance from first enquiry to final hand over.”

NBT’s Pavatex range of woodfibre insulation and airtightness tapes and membranes now sit alongside a huge array of SOPREMA solutions, including waterproofing, roofing, solar energy, insulation and acoustics. NBT has already been pioneering envelope solutions and driving

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Smart Neo-Georgian Home Kitted with Panasonic Heat Pumps

Energy conscious homeowners, Vincent and Jacqueline Haines wanted to create an eco-friendly home for their outstanding Georgian style, 570sqft selfbuild project in Cambridgeshire.

Amongst several sustainable elements to the three-storey residential property, such as triple glazing throughout and 43 solar photovoltaic panels, this high-spec 6-bedroom home is heated via two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air-toWater Heat Pumps. The family was looking for a reliable and renewable heating source to connect to two floors of underfloor heating for the property, in addition to a cost-effective supply of hot water for the kitchen and bathrooms. The property is in a moderately remote location, and with potential piping issues at the site, the family’s heating specialist, Roland Gurner from Eco Installer investigated various renewable options and recommended two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air to

Water Heat Pumps for the property. The heat pumps were supplied from authorised UK distributor for Panasonic, Oceanair. Homeowner, Vincent Haines comments “Panasonic is a wellknown, reliable efficient brand and proved excellent value for money. As an IT Consultant working from home, we opted to have smart remote controllers throughout the property, thus allowing us to monitor usage in each room. Our installation was completed 2.5 years ago, and since its installation, we have found the system to be reliable and energy efficient with the added benefit of a constant supply of free hot water.” It has always been a dream of trained architect, Jacqueline Jiang-Haines,

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to design and construct her own home. The original purchase of the site was some ten years prior to the build. The 2.4-acre plot of land has far-reaching views and offered plenty of scope for the couples’ ambitious self-build to take place. The site also had an existing property on the land where the couple lived for ten years and when the time was right, put fencing around their existing home, which left them with 2.1 acres with a driveway leading down to where the new dwelling would be, at the back of the plot. The couple were able to live in the original property during the 12-month construction phase, which meant they were able to keep a close eye on progress. The couple went through several design styles for the house before settling on a neo-Georgian style design, this was partly due to a nearby property being of a similar design and with the couple preferring a more traditional brick and block construction, which suits the style. “We both like the solidity it offers, and we felt that ultimately it would give us more control over the layout we wanted to create.” Roland Gurner of Eco Installer adds “It was beneficial to be involved early on in this project, allowing us to look at the optimum space available for the units and advise on the best renewable solution. Two Panasonic Aquarea T-Caps were specified, partly because of the size of the property, plus it also means that when demand in the summer is lower and only the hot water is required, only one of the units is needed – of course this is also beneficial for the long-term impact and longevity of the system.”

“The Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air to Water Heat Pumps are very quiet compared to its competitors, aesthetically pleasing and highly energy efficient (COP of 5,08)” explained Tony Holland from Oceanair. “The T-Cap stands for Total Capacity and ideal for maintaining the heating capacity even at very low temperatures. The T-Cap range is an ideal solution for this project as it can also be connected to a solar kit and smart controls in order to further increase efficiency and minimise the impact on the environment which is precisely what the Haines family were looking for.” The Panasonic Aquarea range is renowned for delivering major energy savings for residential homes thanks to its incredible efficiency levels. The Aquarea system operates by transferring heat instead of generating it. The range uses a renewable, free energy source (the air) to heat or cool the home in addition to producing hot water. The T-Cap line-up can maintain the heat pump output capacity until -20oC outdoor temperature without the help of an electrical booster heater. The range is designed and produced by Panasonic and among the technologies listed on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Blue Map, whose goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to half the levels emitted in 2005, by the year 2050. The Haines family enjoyed their self-build journey are now looking forward to their next renewable and eco-friendly project.

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How to transform your By Niall Deiraniya, general manager DRU Fires UK. Consumers are looking for visually appealing, space saving and energy efficient ways to transform their existing fireplaces. And if they live in homes where there is no standard chimney, they are seeking solutions to create new fireplaces, either by building a bespoke structure or making use of the existing walls.

The passion for wood The first consideration is what fuel to use. For the past two decades, wood has been the most popular choice for anyone installing a new fire or stove. It is perceived as a sustainable fuel; it looks beautiful when it is burning; modern stoves are highly energy efficient and they can be installed either in the existing chimney or as a freestanding appliance, with the flue being routed through the roof or on the outside wall.

Spartherm 2-sided wood fire

For those that wish to invest in more technically sophisticated wood fires, look no further than the German-built Spartherm range. They are stunning to look at, with single, 2-sided, 3-sided and tunnel versions. They also include many unique features, most notably their electronic vertically sliding glass windows, that allow for easy cleaning, maintenance and replacement of the logs. In addition, Spartherm has developed its own app for smartphones and tablets, with which you can control the airflow and heat output of the fire along with many other functions.

The convenience of gas Although wood stoves and fires are very popular, there are still many people that prefer the convenience of gas fires as the solution to transform their existing fireplaces. Today’s advanced gas fires generate a flame picture that is the equal of a real burning wood fire. They are also almost completely maintenancefree and more energy efficient than most wood fires.

Dik Geurts Ivar wood stove

A good example is the Dik Geurts Ivar, one of a series of compact stoves capable of burning wood, coke or coal that includes versions that will fit into an inglenook chimney or stand alone in various locations around the home. Another freestanding stove that offers great versatility of installation is the Dik Geurts Modivar. It is an attractive, portraitshaped wood stove with a choice of log storage compartments and plinths to suit different styles of living space, making an elegant room feature as well as an efficient source of heating. If you would prefer to install a wood fire insert into your existing chimney, there are many compatible models to choose from. The Dik Geurts Instyle/Prostyle series includes fires from 55 cms to 1 metre wide. They can be designed as a simple hole-in-the-wall fire or combined with a range of attractive fire surrounds and have visible frames or more subtle, frameless versions.

Global by DRU 70XT gas fire

One of the most elegant and efficient options to regenerate your old fireplace comes with the Global by DRU range of mid-priced gas fires. These models are available in a range of sizes with the option of conventional and balanced flue versions. A conventional flue gas fire connects directly to the existing chimney with minimal building work. It can be installed on its own or with a fire surround, like the Global 70XT gas fire pictured above.

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fireplace this autumn Balanced flue gas fires, on the other hand, need to be connected to an outside facing wall using a concentric flue. This draws air from outside the building for combustion and expels waste gases at the same time. The result is safe, comfortable and efficient heating with a lovely flame effect. The installation of a balanced flue gas fire normally requires the construction of a false chimneybreast to house the fire and conceal the flue. The exception to this rule is the Global cavity wall gas fire. This model has its engine installed neatly inside the wall cavity with an unobtrusive terminal on the outside wall. A slimline fire surround completes the picture, resulting in a lovely fireplace that takes up very little space in the living room.

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The inspiration of design When it comes to higher end designer gas fires, look at the DRU Maestro range, known as the ultimate fires. These contemporary models include 2-sided, 3-sided and see-through tunnel fires that can be viewed from many locations around the home. They have a Dynamic Flame Burner, which creates the most realistic set of high and dense flames that is possible from a gas fire. They are also controlled by the exclusive DRU Eco Wave app for smartphones and tablets, which allows you to adjust the flame pattern using a simple graphic display. As they are balanced flue gas fires, they can be installed almost anywhere around the home, whilst the unique DRU PowerVent extended flue system allows for multiple fires to be installed in high rise buildings, hotels and other similar locations. The latest model, the Maestro 60, is a designer gas fire with a unique ‘Summerlighting’ feature. This stunning model, which was recently shortlisted for the Hearth & Home awards is known as ‘the fire for all seasons.’ This is because you can switch it from gas mode in the autumn and winter to electric mode in the spring and summer. LEDs embedded in the logs produce gorgeous flames and a comforting glow at all times of the year.

Many people are seeking alternative, green fuels to replace wood, gas or electricity as primary sources of home heating. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is bioethanol, an odourless, colourless liquid derived from renewable plants such as grain crops and hay. Bioethanol fires are available in a surprising range of sizes and designs, including built-in, table-top and freestanding models. The new Ebios Passo E bioethanol stove was recently voted Best Fireplace Suite (other fuels) at the Hearth & Home awards. It is a fashionable, cylindrical stove in a range of colour finishes that has a log fire effect almost identical to that of a real wood or gas fire. Fires fuelled by bioethanol are 95% energy efficient, release water vapour with no harmful emissions and most require no chimney or flue, so they are the natural choice for a sustainable future. So, when considering the best option to transform your fireplace this autumn, first evaluate what is best for your home. Do I convert the existing chimney, create a new form of chimney or opt for a completely freestanding model? If I’m going to burn wood, where will I buy it, how will I store it and how will I maintain my stove? If gas is my preferred option, do I want a classic fireplace with a fire surround or a more contemporary model? And finally, should I consider an alternative fuel such as bioethanol? Whatever your conclusion, there are many options available with which you can create the fireplace of your dreams this autumn.

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Japanese Knotweed

– a growing problem for the property industry Adam Brindle, MD of The Grounds Care Group and Japanese Knotweed expert, explains the challenges faced by construction professionals in eradicating this most pesky of plants.

The Japanese have long provided the UK with a wealth of precious commodities, from reliable cars to ingenious electronics. However, one of their least welcome exports (notwithstanding karaoke!) that has made its way to our shores is Japanese Knotweed. This most troublesome guest began its UK staycation in the 1850s when it wowed Victorian botanists with its exotic appeal, and soon became commonplace in many a well-to-do garden. However, modern gardening trends soon moved on and this horticultural flavour of the month, and its resilient roots, were discarded by the wayside. Little did the gardening gurus of the day know, they were actually unleashing a fiendish devil weed into the wild. Since Japanese Knotweed can regrow from just a 2mm fragment of root, that’s just what it did. The inhospitable rocky terrain of the quarries and roadsides where it was dumped were nothing to this voracious vine that found its origins on the hostile slopes of volcanoes in Japan. Today, a century and a half on, it remains the blight of developers, architects, house builders, surveyors, and project managers up and down the country. The pesky plant isn’t always easy to identify, and although it can look similar to bamboo, they are not in the same family. You’ll know Japanese Knotweed by its spade-shaped leaves, which can grow up to five and a half inches in length. During the late summer, it can also be identified by its creamy-white flowers.

31 On its never-ending search for growth and sustenance, Japanese Knotweed can grow through brick walls and even concrete when it finds a weak spot. As it makes its way, it’ll cause untold damage to buildings, foundations, pavements and even invade properties if they get in its way. The power and speed of Japanese Knotweed would almost be something to admire if it weren’t for the destructive nature of this villainous weed. Ever eager to expand its territorial domination, Japanese Knotweed will infiltrate the tiniest of cracks and wind its wily way through drains and underground sewers. Combined with its tenacity and resilience, Japanese Knotweed brings a rapacious growth which makes it a truly unwelcome garden guest and an even less welcome property invader if you’re unlucky enough. Able to grow up to 10 cm a day, Japanese Knotweed will target weak spots in buildings, crack masonry, split pipes and ravage foundations if left unchecked. And it shows no respect for fences and boundaries either, eagerly spreading from one garden to the next above or below ground. All of this can have a seriously adverse effect on land and property prices. If a property is found to have an infestation of Japanese Knotweed on or within 7 meters of its land, it is extremely difficult to secure a mortgage and could result in significant diminution of value. From a commercial perspective, it’s not always advisable to walk away if a development has knotweed, as its not

32 always bad news and its effective removal can often be factored into the project. Also, if your Knotweed problem has arisen as a result of a neighbouring property or landowner you then you could pursue a claim for any damages and/or loss of value.

Your legal responsibility As an individual and/or organisation you have a legal responsibility for the containment and safe disposal of Japanese Knotweed. Failure to control its spread to a neighbouring property can now lead to prosecution and a hefty fine for anti-social behaviour as well. Schedule 9, Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 states that “if any person plants or otherwise causes to grow in the wild any plant which is included in Part 2 of Schedule 9, he shall be guilty of an offence”. (Japanese knotweed is a Schedule 9 listed plant). However, updates to the guidance documents now specifically name Japanese Knotweed alongside Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed as a source of “serious problems” and state that an individual failing to control the troublesome triffid will have committed a criminal offence. Indeed, the government has reformed the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, so that community protection notices can be used against individuals who are acting unreasonably and who persistently or continually act in a way that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. Meaning if you fail to deal with the problem you could end up with an ASBO!


For corporates the cost on non-compliance can run into the tens of thousands of pounds, indeed we have heard of one case involving just 1sqm of knotweed which resulted in an out of court settlement £50,000. Due to the significant pay outs involved, it is no surprise that lawyers are jumping in on the act and also using private nuisance laws to pursue claims. In 2013, Stephen Williams and Robin Waistell, two residents in South Wales made a claim against Network Rail, which owned the land immediately behind their properties. Japanese Knotweed had been present for at least 50 years on the land owned Network Rail. The neighbours complained about the encroachment on to their land, and were awarded damages when the judge ruled Japanese Knotweed as a natural hazard affecting landowners’ ability to fully use and enjoy their property. The interesting thing about this case, was that it re-defined the word ‘damage’, in so much as no physical damage had to take place, but merely the presence of just the root in a neighbouring land was classed as damage.

Surveying and Removing Japanese Knotweed Japanese Knotweed is a difficult and tenacious plant, and getting rid of it can be a complicated and time-consuming process. If left untreated, it will spread quickly and cause damage to foundations and buildings, and can be extremely costly.

Getting rid of Japanese Knotweed is not easy, and the best solution is to contact a professional removal company as soon as you have identified it on your property so that an effective maintenance or removal plan can be established. Of course, as Knotweed removal specialists, we would say that! But if you are considering tackling the problem yourself, here are a few things you need to know. Japanese Knotweed can grow up to 10 cm a day with roots burrowing down as deep as 3 metres. For this reason, it is important to get started on remove it as soon as possible. No infestation of Japanese Knotweed is the same. Different solutions for removing Japanese Knotweed include herbicide treatment, stem injection, excavating infected areas of ground with machinery, or a Japanese Knotweed root barrier to halt the spread of the irksome weed. Once removed, Japanese Knotweed needs to be disposed of to ensure it can’t regrow. Off-site burial can be expensive since the soil is classified as controlled waste in the UK, a sifting and screening service removes fragments of the root and rhizomes from the soil, which means less waste and a lower cost.

For more information on how to deal with your Japanese Knotweed problem, contact Adam at The Grounds Care Group on 0800 122 3326 or or visit

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1930s house transformed into a stylish family home When the owners bought this 1930s six-bedroom detached house in the Cotswolds in 2011, the rear of the property had an awkward layout and was rather dark and ramshackle. Fortunately, they had the vision to see past this. The original kitchen was small and north facing with a separate scullery and a number of small annexes; originally used as coal holes and storage when the house was built (as a doctor’s surgery).

homeowners could use their original kitchen during the work but the washing machine was kept outside plugged in to the greenhouse – luckily, the project was complete before the cold weather started.

But Penny and her husband Charles, who have two grown up children and two cats, always wanted a large openplan kitchen and area for family dining that was filled with natural daylight and opened on to the garden at the back.

To provide the kitchen with as much daylight ventilation as possible, Penny installed two VELUX INTEGRA® white-painted roof windows with the remote controls providing easy opening and closing of the roof windows and the blinds.

They worked with a local architect who drew up plans for a single-storey extension with a vaulted ceiling. This involved knocking out the back wall of the scullery, removing the old buildings to create a new kitchen that faced south west to capture as much daylight throughout the day as possible. The renovation work was carried out by local builders and tradesmen and took six months to complete. The

She said: “I always wanted VELUX roof windows to bring natural light in to the space. I don’t like extractor fans so as well as all the beautiful daylight, they also help to circulate fresh air and ventilate the kitchen by getting rid of the heat and cooking smells. We love sitting at our big wooden table as a family and looking up to the sky to see the clouds and the stars and to bask in the sunlight – it’s such a lovely way to spend the day.”

To help keep heat in, provide a cosy atmosphere at night and to control the sunlight on particularly bright days, Penny also installed blue/grey coloured electronic blinds to the roof windows. Tri-fold doors were added to allow the family to access their beautiful garden easily. Inspired by the leafy view outside and the lovely garden, the owners have styled the space with oak wood worktops and kept it modern yet traditional to give it a homely, informal farmhouse feel in keeping with the space and style of the rest of the house. Penny said: “Adding a single-storey extension to create a big open-plan kitchen has been a wonderful experience and something we are very proud of. The space feels a million miles from what it was like when we had our old small kitchen and now it really reflects our personalities and functions as a practical family home that leads out to the garden.”

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P C HENDERSON SPECIFIED FOR LUXURY RESTAURANT AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL IN BALI Indonesia based sliding and folding door hardware provider – P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri – has recently specified P C Henderson for a sliding door hardware project at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali. The Taman Gita Restaurant, based within the hotel, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project which has given the restaurant a completely new look. The restaurant reopened its famous doors last year and now features an elegant, contemporary interior - accented with Balinese ornaments, high ceilings and monumental pillars. Roda worked with interior design and consultancy businesses - Arcadis and PT. Caturgriya Naradipa - to specify a sliding door system which could hold two large partition doors separating the dining area of the restaurant from the open plan kitchen. Measuring the full ceiling height of 5.4m, with a width of 1.4m the doors were extremely heavy - weighing approximately 230kg each. A system was required which could comfortably hold such large and heavy doors whilst also ensuring a smooth and effortless operation. P C Henderson’s Soltaire 250 sliding door hardware was specified as the best system for the project. With a maximum capacity of 250kg, the system comfortably supports the weight of the doors and utilises its low friction technology to provide

a smooth fingertip operation. Components from P C Henderson’s Telescopic system were also applied allowing the two doors to traverse in a telescopic motion in front of a fixed panel. The restaurant make over is part of a much wider refurbishment project, P C Henderson’s Husky sliding door hardware was also specified for 300 plus hotel rooms at the resort. Bernardus Rizky, Head of Sales and Marketing at P.T. Roda Bangun

Mandiri commented “Roda has been a distributor of P C Henderson products since our establishment in 1974 and so we have a lot of confidence and experience in the quality of the product. Originally the contractor had specified a different brand of sliding door hardware but it was soon discovered that it would not support the extremities of the project brief. We were in no doubt that a P C Henderson system would be able to fulfill the project requirements exactly. “Soltaire is an extremely smooth system. The heavy doors are able to be moved with minimal effort and zero friction – proving the quality of the hardware used”. P C Henderson’s Soltaire system is available for doors weighing up to 120kg, 180kg and 250kg. Available in kit pack format or individual specified components – the system is extremely flexible in the type of projects it can cater for. Made from 316 stainless steel, the system is available for interior and exterior applications, providing high levels of corrosion resistance. For further information visit

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Autodesk Introduces PlanGrid Advanced RFIs and Project Hub to Boost Project Visibility and Extend Workflows to the Field New products enable construction teams to resolve issues faster so they can stay on track and reduce project risk Autodesk, Inc. announced in June the availability of PlanGrid Advanced RFIs and Project Hub, two powerful new additions in the PlanGrid platform that give construction teams greater visibility into a project’s progress and unforeseen challenges. Advanced RFIs automate the Request for Information (RFI) workflow to speed up the process, and Project Hub provides an actionable picture of key project activity in one central location within PlanGrid’s software. Together, these new capabilities enable construction teams to identify and resolve issues faster and keep projects on track. “Construction is a massive logistical challenge involving hundreds of people, and the flow of information on a jobsite can sometimes be like a game of telephone. Crucial data can get lost as it travels, whether it’s between the field and the office or between team members, and decisions then get bottlenecked,” said Sameer Merchant, head of products, site construction, Autodesk Construction Solutions. “The innovations we’re introducing today, Advanced RFIs and Project Hub, provide greater visibility across a project, boost collaboration and help teams move forward faster. By automating and streamlining the flow of data, Autodesk

Construction Solutions is empowering the construction industry to make decisions more effectively and keep projects on track.” “On a typical project, we’re managing vast quantities of information, and we need a way to make this information manageable and easily accessible. If my team doesn’t have the insights we need, work stalls out and it can cause a domino effect on interrelated resources across the project,” said Rob Winklepleck, General Manager, West Brothers Construction. “The new features in PlanGrid not only help speed up the building process but also show me exactly what needs to happen to move the project forward. My team is able to get a quick response to pressing issues, and I spend less time calling or walking back and forth from the trailer to the field to verify work.” Advanced RFIs help the field get answers faster The Request for Information (RFI) process resolves questions that come from drawings, specs, contracts and other construction documents that aren’t fully coordinated. Ideally, an RFI moves from one person to the next: from the field to the office and then on to


a design team reviewer, who provides insight and sends it back. While the flow of information should be straightforward, when the RFI process is not streamlined, it often involves multiple conversations and can take several weeks to get resolved. Information also can get lost along the way and schedules may be delayed. PlanGrid’s Advanced RFIs automate the process and gives construction teams a visual and structured workflow to manage and distribute questions and answers efficiently and intuitively. Any project member can quickly draft a question from a log or sheet and attach photos, and then track RFI progress all from within PlanGrid. Reviewers are notified and can respond by email, and answers are immediately distributed to all critical team members. Responses are also automatically added to the RFI history within PlanGrid’s platform to decrease miscommunication. PlanGrid will continue making the flow of data on a construction project seamless, with features in the future that allow change orders to be efficiently managed from start to finish. Along with Advanced RFIs and PlanGrid Submittals, these features empower the field to get answers faster and provide the office with insights to make better decisions.

Project Hub is a centralized place within PlanGrid’s platform where project engineers and managers can get a pulse of their project in real-time and take action on the most critical field operations. With an uncluttered interface that is easyto-use and simple to navigate, Project Hub delivers a holistic picture of all project activity, providing instant answers to questions such as, “What has changed on the project? Does everyone have the most up-to-date information? What tasks need to be assigned or are still incomplete?” Project Hub features include: • Team update status: displays what percentage of the team is working from the latest plans and documents, to ensure all team members are on the most current set by tracking status in real time • Recent activity: shows a steady feed of major activities happening on the project • Project work: a list of tasks that helps guide users towards work that needs attention on the project With Project Hub, managers in the office and trailer can immediately understand risk factors in the field, such as what is at risk of complications or of not being built correctly, and act quickly to address the highest priorities.

Project Hub gives the trailer and office a real-time pulse of what’s happening in the field With thousands of documents to track and large teams to coordinate, project managers and engineers can struggle to have a clear understanding of what is happening across a project.

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Y D U T S CASE The Optimum 300 offers a Part M compliant solution to small changes in levels and the unit is suitable for internal or external use. This open style platform lift has been designed with aesthetics and safety in mind giving added comfort to users.

Newark RUFC scores a Platform lift Located to the North East of Nottingham, lies the historic Newark Rugby Union Football Club. Since the club's inception in 1891, the club has hosted rugby matches for over 100 years. Ability Lifts were contacted to see if they could offer a Part M compliant disabled access solution for the entrance to the club house which was currently served by 11 steps. Working alongside a local building firm, Ability Lifts recommended the Optimum 300 low rise platform lift as the perfect solution for external usage. With a generous platform size of 1435 x 1040mm and a 400kg capacity, the lift was ideal for the travel distance of 1800mm. The client requested that the unit was to have a galvanised finish, to blend in with the external staircase. As the lift was to be fixed to the open structure of the stair landing, rather than a solid wall, it was supplied with rear back panels for safety, and to match the staircase. Being an external lift, it was fitted with key switch control so that use could be managed and monitored. The unit comes with an automatic folding ramp to aid access into the unit at the ground floor level and a safety tray under the platform to stop the lift in the event of something going under the carriage. Please contact the Ability Lifts team on 0845 006 8803 or email for further information on the Optimum 300 and the other products in the Optimum range of lifts.

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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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A Stiltz Helps Lift The Burden For Home Renovators A woman from Essex who has been suffering with a spinal condition for nearly 40 years is now able to move independently between floors at the touch of a button after installing a modern and stylish Stiltz Homelift. Kim Carpenter has Degenerative Disc Disease – a condition which affects around 30 million people every year and involves the discs collapsing and causing the facet joints in the vertebrae to rub against one other causing pain and stiffness. The 60-year-old has suffered with the back problem since the age of 22 and around eight years ago the situation became so bad that the only way she could go upstairs, was on all fours. Mrs. Carpenter and her husband, Brian decided to have a Stiltz Homelift installed in their fourbedroom detached home in Ongar rather than her having to struggle on and off an old-fashioned stairlift. The freestanding domestic lift travels through the floor and was included in a renovation project which involved connecting an extensive library room to an upstairs mezzanine area in a brand new extension. The Stiltz moves on self-supporting rails and

plugs straight into a normal domestic 13 amp power socket with no hydraulics or load bearing walls required. This enables these unique and innovative homelifts to be positioned almost anywhere in the home. The Carpenters had the new capsule-shaped Stiltz Duo+ Homelift installed although the company also offer larger models for wheelchair users. Mrs. Carpenter said: “I was never keen on a stairlift as they take up too much room on the staircase and I never fancied moving to bungalow because I always wanted a house with a swimming pool. “We’ve got the rid of the pool now but the homelift has helped make our home fully accessible for me has improved my life immeasurably. The lift is ideal for sending up the laundry and the vacuum cleaner rather than attempting to do it myself and is so easy to use. The Stiltz is clear on all sides making it light and airy and I couldn’t be without it.”

Lifts for the home

Our homes come in all shapes and sizes and so do our Stannah lifts for domestic dwellings. For houses with two or more floors and generously-proportioned internal space a Midilift domestic platform lift may be the chosen product.

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When the lift requires only two stops a simpler through-the- floor Salise lift can provide a perfect solution and fits discreetly into the corner of a room. A fashionable town house with multiple floors can mean bringing the groceries home involves many flights of stairs. That's why high-end developers and owners are building in a small service lift to take the strain. Microlift adds both convenience and value to a property.

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The Landscape Show LANDSCAPE - the UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park in central London on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th of September 2019.


t is the networking opportunity of the year, with hundreds of exhibitors and a huge array of industry professionals from all over the UK and beyond, including Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and Contractors. Between the LANDSCAPE exhibitors there are products and services for every aspect of the design and build process spanning from CAD systems and tools to plants and stone. LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, including Garden Buildings & Structures, Paving & Aggregates, Pools & Spas, Furniture & Outdoor Kitchens, Machinery & Vehicles, and Gates & Metalwork. As well as welcoming a whole host of new and returning exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services and technologies, dedicated to landscaping, LANDSCAPE will once again host a CPD accredited Seminar programme. There will be two whole days of education and entertainment featuring a diverse line-up of top industry speakers. The accreditation enhances professional qualifications of practitioners and allows visitors to earn up to 11 CPD points with their attendance of sessions. The LANDSCAPE Seminar Programme is already bursting the seams with over 60 industry leading professionals speaking this year. Some of the recent additions to our programme for 2019 include: Helen Elks-Smith, Matt Keightley, Lucy Hall, Cleve West, Rod Winrow, Philippa O’Brien, Baron Robert Von Susskind, Matthew Pottage, Jonathan Snow, James Alexander Sinclair, Carolyn Willitts, Emma Mazzullo, Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Kate Gould, just to name a few! With a topic for everyone you won’t want to miss any


of the sessions this year. Topics include Battersea Dogs and Cats home experts detailing how to ‘Build Gardens with Pets in Mind’ and Parks for London exploring how public parks have changed and what role landscape architects, designers and managers play in bringing about positive change in an age of austerity. Award-winning Landscape Architect Robert Myers will be walking us through his recently completed projects, from identifying problems together with a client through to the creation of beautiful landscapes. In his session ‘Beautiful Solutions’ he will explain that good landscape architects are problem-solvers and they are skilled in being able to see beyond the difficulties that clients often have with the gardens or landscapes around their buildings and resolving practical challenges in a creative way. Alongside the exhibition and seminars, LANDSCAPE Show aims to inspire and entertain their visitors with a variety of events. This includes the return of the Pecha Kucha 20x20; an exciting event that derives from the Japanese term ‘chit-chat’. This method was specifically developed for architects to encourage them to ‘talk less and show more’. This discussion will be presented in a simple format, where the industry’s most creative and professional Landscape Architects will be presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each. Additionally, LANDSCAPE is also looking forward to bringing back the Best in Show competition, where exhibitors will be showcasing a particular product from their ranges to introduce to visitors. This is a great opportunity to find out about the hottest products being launched in the industry and find the latest innovative solutions. It’s down to visitors to decide the Best in Show winner of 2019 so make sure you register to attend online so you can have your vote! The LANDSCAPE Show also boasts an impressive number of partnerships within

the industry including the prominent associations and institutions such as, Landscape Institute, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the International Federation of Landscape Architects, amongst many others. LANDCSAPE also works closely with a vast number of media partners, appearing in many of the leading publications such as Home Designer and Architect. Having such strong alliances allows LANDSCAPE to be at the forefront of cutting-edge discoveries in the industry and puts them in a great standing to be able to bring you the most relevant topics, news and speakers. Visit the LANDSCAPE website where you can register online for free entry to LANDSCAPE 2019, sign up to hear the latest news on their new speakers and be the first to see the official Seminar Programme when it is released. Why not check out the amazing preview magazine while you’re on the site? The magazine has been created to give you a small insight into the fantastic exhibitors you can meet and the types of products on show at LANDSCAPE this September. The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday the 17th September, and 10am-5pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register for your free tickets to attend the show, simply visit our registration page at Further information can be found online: Website: Email: Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 Twitter: @LandscapeEvent #LANDSCAPE2019 Instagram: #LANDSCAPE2019


Bathrooms & washrooms

Croydex celebrates 100 years on innovation Croydex’s new 2019 centenary catalogue showcases 54 new and exciting products to suit any bathroom. It plays homage to the companies’ vintage roots with a journey through time taking inspiration from previous catalogues and logos. After 100 years of trading, the bathroom accessories specialist isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Adding sophistication to your bath and shower set up is the brand new range of Amalfi shower handsets, which are available in a selection of functions, and the popular bamboo bath bench, which offers additional storage with a luxurious finish. Also available are a selection of new antimicrobial bath mats and a selection of elegant light pulls. The Croydex Inclusive offerings have also been strengthened by the addition of the Serenity Shower Chair. The chair was developed and tested by the in-house design team to ensure the highest standard of showering experience is had. It features

adjustable legs, a curved back for added comfort and the option of an additional seat cushions in either white or grey. Also available, to help maintain a hygienic and clean toilet, is the new swiper’ loo brush. The innovative design utilises wiper blade technology, which also includes an anti-bacterial brush head to prevent the build-up of dirt and germs, and comes in a contemporary dual colour design to suit any bathroom. All of Croydex’s products are tried and tested to the highest standard, and many come with a number of beneficial features and innovative designs.

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MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES YOUNG 2.0, With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt silver or polished chrome profiling giving the enclosure a sleek and luxurious look. Coupled with the rise and fall door mechanism and the versatility to be installed on a shower tray or tiled floor, the Young collection gives you a multitude of showering options and fantastic value for money. Combine this with our Novosolid stone Designed shower andtray manufactured or Novellini Wetroom for the total solution. in MANTOVA

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50 Bathrooms & Washrooms Following the successful launch of the Black Edition towel rails, and the addition of a further 3 rails, we have now further committed to the Ouse 400mm wide in the Black Edition Range. In answer to the current market demand for matt black finish towel rails, we have decided to introduce the Black Edition by JIS Europe. What stands the Black Edition Towel Rail apart from the competition is that it is, as always, manufactured from 100% stainless steel.

Powder coating is a clean process, allowing exhaust air from the coating booth to be returned to the plant. Powder overspray can be retrieved and reused and there is no costly waste disposal equipment as unused powder can be reclaimed and returned to a hopper.

The rail is then powder coated matt black.

The Black Edition now consists of the following:

We recently added to the range; the Beacon standing at 1650mm high and 520mm wide, and a further two widths in the Ashdown, 400mm wide and 620mm wide. The Ashdown is 1250mm high. And are now adding the Ouse 400 which is 700mm high and 400mm wide the existing Ouse rail is 700mm by 520mm wide. As the rail is manufactured from stainless steel rather than the standard, more common mild steel, the rail will not rust, flake or corrode. Stainless steel is the durable, sustainable choice, manufactured from over 90% recycled material and 100% recyclable in itself. In order to maintain the ethical sustainability of all of our products across the range, we chose to powder coat the stainless steel. Powder coating is highly protective of the environment, it contains no solvents and emits negligible, if any, polluting VOCs into the atmosphere.

The Ashdown Black Edition 1250mm x 520mm The Ashdown 400 Black Edition1250mm x 400mm The Ashdown 620 Black Edition 1250mm x 620mm The Ouse Black Edition 700mm x 520mm The Ouse 400 Black Edition 700mm x 400mm The Lindfield Black Edition 1275mm x 520mm The Pevensey Black Edition 975mm x 520mm The Ardingly Black Edition 1580mm x 520mm The Rusper Black Edition 700mm x 520mm The Rye Black Edition tilting rail 1800mm x 520mm The Alfriston Black Edition 1250mmx 520mm The Beacon Black Edition 1650mm x 520mm Black Edition Complementary Element Cable Cover

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Pioneering civil engineering specialist, VUS Ltd, secures MBO funding from leading alternative finance provider ThinCats, the leading fintech lender, has successfully facilitated a Management Buy-out (MBO) for VUS Ltd. This funding will enable the company to invest in new operational infrastructure and secure new contracts. Based in Derbyshire, the VUS Ltd team are experts in all aspects of civil engineering. Established in 2006 VUS limited has demonstrated consistent and controlled growth year on year, to become a chosen contractor for both Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and intermediary service providers. Specialising in cable installation, infrastructure and substation maintenance, VUS Ltd work with customers nationwide. VUS Ltd’s established connections within the industry, and in the local community has meant that the growth to date has been wholly organic with projects being won through word of mouth and personal recommendation. With over 50 years of combined experience in the engineering industry, Neil Moore, the Managing Director, and Ian Naylor, the Operations Director have led the company from success to success. The company’s organic growth has led VUS to open an extension of its business in 2010: VUS Plant Ltd, which exclusively provides vehicles, plant and equipment to VUS. The assets

can also easily be supplemented by third parties where contracts remain. With the addition of VUS Plant and an established reputation for excellence, (winners of Virgin Media’s ‘Performance and Customer Service’ in 2017) the company is in a prime position for rapid growth. As part of this rapid growth, the managing directors, Neil and Ian, alongside the business owners, decided to facilitate a management buy-out. In order to do so, VUS contacted TLP Consulting, the largest SAGE accredited adviser in Harrogate to help complete the deal. In turn, after an extensive selection process, TLP Consulting recommended ThinCats. Ben Kimbell, Business Development Director for ThinCats, led the team to provide a comprehensive and timely credit-backed plan. ThinCats and TLP Consulting have also collaborated on another deal, providing a Management Buy-in for CMS Tools based Normanton, West Yorkshire. Both deals were supported by Dahren Naidoo at Freeths for TLP, and Ben Slack at Clarion for Thincats.

Neil Moore, Managing Director of VUS Ltd, said, “With our extensive client base that ranges across the UK, we are always looking for our next step. Our collective decision with the owners to facilitate a management buy-out will allow us to continue our expansion. This crucial funding from ThinCats also allows for us to invest in operational infrastructure, shoring up our business for future growth.” Ben Kimball, Director of Regional Development, ThinCats, said: “Alternative finance providers continue to prove that we can plug the funding gap, and the support from local businesses is our greatest endorsement. VUS Ltd is a great example of how investment can supplement organic growth of local businesses with big ambitions.” Paul Land, Managing Partner, TLP Consulting Limited, said: “To match our extensive client base, we are always on the lookout for innovative approaches to lending. I was impressed by Ben’s drive and sophisticated approach to business, and happy to recommend him to VUS as a sustainable lending partner.”


The NEW ProtecWork Protective Clothing From Snickers Workwear Fully accredited, advanced Protective Wear for heat and flame, electrostatic and chemical risk environments from the UK’s leading workwear innovator.

ProtecWork is a new collection of protective working clothes and accessories from Snickers Workwear, which has developed out of over 40 years leading the workwear industry - and through close consultation with users and employers in the railway and energy sectors around Europe.

Fully accredited as appropriate to a variety of risk and weather conditions such as heat and flame, electrostatic, chemical and bad weather working environments, all the garments are manufactured from tailor-made fabrics designed to respond to the demands and risk factors of the conditions in which they’re worn.

The market-leading risk-protection properties of the clothing are integral components of the extensive range of Base-, Mid- and Top-Layer garments for men and women that combine well with the Snickers Workwear hallmarks of best-in-class durability, comfort, ergonomics and fit.

So with over 60 different garments and accessories to choose from, you can make sure you get the right protection, visibility, flexibility, comfort and durability. Check out the new Snickers ProtecWork range to fit your workday and well-being on site.

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Junipers Bar, Maidstone Featuring Havwoods Wood Flooring Transformed in early 2018, this sophisticated new cocktail bar is a stunning example of a successful renovation from a dated building into a new, bustling town centre destination.

Using a range of Havwoods premium products, the building’s interior has been transformed into a stylish, contemporary space that seamlessly integrates into its prime central location in the town. Using a combination of products across the walls, floors and cladding - including Bronzo, Notte, Istra Stretched and Darna Stretched - the wood planks from Havwoods have created an updated retro décor with a modern twist.

Utilising a unique configuration of chevron planks, in an array of colours, shades and patterns, the ‘traditional’ 1920s vibe has been combined with bright 1970s furniture and a contemporary chevron composition to create a unique space. Taking Bronzo and Notte products from The Italian Collection for this project, the range is inspired by the intricate floors of Italy and comprise of chevron, herringbone and plank style board in a

spectrum of shades. Narrower in form and offering a thinner composition, their size offers the flexibility to create more complex flooring patterns. Meanwhile, the Istra Stretched and Darna Stretched boards are taken from the Design From Havwoods collection, to perfectly complement The Italian Collection boards in the Junipers Bar project. Design from Havwoods includes both engineered and solid construction planks, alongside the introduction of a select range of genuine reclaimed wood. Sourced from a multitude of mills, each distinctive design is presented in a breadth of beautiful wood tones and quality finishes. The end result is a project that is retro yet modern, stylish yet timeless. The Havwoods wooden boards have provided the perfect finish to an elegant new space in the heart of the town centre.

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UL and Wintech Testing and Certification Combine to Provide Best in Class Testing and Certification Services to the Building Envelope Community Increases UL’s global footprint in the building materials sector and enhances its building envelope evaluation, testing and certification expertise UL, a global safety science leader, announces the acquisition of Wintech Testing and Certification, a Telford, U.K.-based firm that provides testing and certification services to architects, building owners, manufacturers and others across the built environment community. The acquisition strengthens UL’s expertise in the field of building envelope evaluation, testing and certification, and offers greater access to global markets. Wintech Testing and Certification is a privately-owned firm that offers testing and certification services to the building envelope market. Wintech Testing and Certification’s unique laboratory facilities are among the largest in the U.K. and are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Wintech Testing and Certification also holds accreditation from UKAS as a certification body operating several schemes involving certification of windows, doors, curtain walls, and rainscreen cladding. Over the last twentyfive years, Wintech Testing and Certification has contributed

to many high-caliber projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. “UL and Wintech Testing and Certification have a shared mission and complementary businesses. We are relied upon by the building materials community for the services and knowledge that they need to enhance public safety, meet regulatory demands, protect brand value and successfully access the global market,” said Kevin Faltin, vice president of UL Building and Life Safety Technologies division. “Working as one, UL and Wintech Testing and Certification will continue to grow the vision that has brought us together, that of becoming a global leader in the field of building envelope evaluation, testing and certification.’’ Wintech Testing and Certification’s employees will join and strengthen UL’s existing building envelope team. The group’s building science thought leadership and global center of excellence will be based out of the Telford, U.K. headquarters.

“We are excited by this opportunity to join forces with UL and provide best-in-class services to the building envelope community,” said Gailord Nepp, former managing director of Wintech Testing and Certification and now European business development manager - Building Envelope Services for UL. “Our group’s shared reputation for delivering industry leading services and in-depth industry knowledge will continue to strengthen our position as leaders in the field of building envelope evaluation, testing and certification. Joining forces with UL will allow us to significantly accelerate our growth and access to global markets, in addition to providing our clients with a broader range of complimentary services and expertise. Clients can rest assured that customer service and technical quality will remain our top priorities, and that our newly integrated capabilities will deliver even more value.’’ The transaction closed on June 28, 2019. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. To learn more, visit


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