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SOCIETAL CHANGE ON THE ROAD TO NET ZERO Chris Goggin of Rinnai reports on the need for the big changes that all of us on the planet will need to make to achieve the goal decarbonisation and Net Zero


SOCIETAL CHANGE ON THE ROAD TO NET ZERO Chris Goggin of Rinnai reports on the need for the big changes that all of us on the planet will need to make to achieve the goal decarbonisation and Net Zero

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o deliver true decarbonisation we need a varied - and uniformed - choice of secure, accessible and affordable fuel sources which need to be internationally identified and agreed. When the manual and logistical reality of an energy transition period begins then a change in attitude and behaviour from the consumer will be necessary for the success of achieving Net Zero. Domestic and commercial energy supply, production, storage and distribution will fundamentally have to change and the effects of which will require the end user to change their attitudes and behaviour towards their own energy appliances and sources.

Cleanly sourced and affordable domestic energy is happening now, and it demonstrates that science and industry have commercial answers to combat any possible justification of utilizing fossil fuels. There is a constant trickle of new developments and investments in hydrogen - one of the latest is from Centrica (British Gas as was), which is ready to put £1.6bn of investment into a hydrogen storage site just off the North Sea coast of Yorkshire. It could create 3-4,000 jobs during construction and store hydrogen instead of methane. At the micro end of the scale of societal change all products and systems delivering heating and hot water will need to include affordable whole-life cycle

costings along with a host of other features such as - easily installed and working to maximum overall engineering and economic eff iciency. There is a considerable move by major manufacturers towards the development of products that will achieve zero emissions but with maximum total efficiency. In layman’s’ terms this means that a product system for domestic heating and hot water and for commercial heating must be designed and installed so that it is constantly working at max efficiency for the longest possible time, with no built-in obsolescence. End users should be persuaded to give preference to those manufacturers with a wide variance of modulations – and a track record of innovation. Already there are several noted manufacturers offering hydrogen-ready products and systems. Along with this we must quickly accept the need for societal change as a beneficial inevitability. It will become constant and does not have to be treated with trepidation. Societal change acts like gravity in flowing down to the individual and often happens in times of social pressure or when new technology is introduced. The effect on personal routine that societal change demands soon dissipates as new practises and benefits change attitudes.

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WWII, global computerization and the current COVID-19 pandemic are three notable examples of societal change within the last 100 years. All three have imposed restrictions on human behaviour or have required widespread society to adopt alternative circular methods and adapt commercial customs. WWII was responsible for almost 50 million deaths, saw multiple cities entirely levelled and millions across the European continent in camps with refugee status. In Britain, throughout the Blitz on London, society adapted to extreme hardship by adopting different habits and accepting government safety advice. Rationing, military conscription, blackouts and severe centralised control of every facet of everyone’s life were imposed and accepted by the population, demonstrating society’s ability to modify its behaviour in challenging circumstances. The task of global computerization can be considered another instance of societal change. Before the introduction of computers off ice culture was markedly different to a recent perspective. Paper was consumed in abundance and that meant forest clearances. All things visual - graphs, charts and presentations - had to be cranked out on paper having been either hand drawn or typewritten - soaking up countless hours of manpower, time and money. Workplace communication before computers was – by today’s standards - slow, inefficient, and wholly reliant on the telephone, the typewriter and the filing cabinet. As computers have now been accepted by the overwhelming majority of the global work force it is evident that societal change has been accelerated by technology. Communication is possible anytime, anywhere and on a wide selection of platforms.

Computerization has also impacted working culture by introducing flexibility to working hours away from office environments, allowing for a degree of balance between work and home life. Another example of societal change is the current COVID-19 pandemic which has imposed large restrictions on usual commercial and domestic activity. Due to the risk of infection transmission large sections of society have had to assume new routines structured around health and safety issues. The international economy has suffered. Social life has been paused. COVID-19 has limited domestic and commercial life and directed global attention towards presenting workable solutions. Functioning hospitals were constructed within a fortnight, a vaccine produced and distributed in a record time scale and billions across the world obeyed lock down rules. Widespread health and safety constraints that reduced financial income have been introduced and accepted by consumers and traders alike. In all three examples the temporary discomfort caused by societal change has been minimum in comparison to the benef its that change brings. Societal change is necessary in terms of the additional social experience that is gained which ultimately enhances human knowledge. Owing to societal change future generations will be more advanced technically and medically due to recent progress. Social change and the ensuing adaptation are vital to human development. It is evident that societal change is a healthy habit. Without progress there would be no NHS, education system, sporting facilities, computers, internet and global communication. Although a temporary nuisance, the refinement of social structure is constantly required.

History demonstrates that human improvement begins with social change. If we all work together to a common goal we will get there quicker. United we stand and succeed, stay divided and we bumble along. Rinnai is a true global player in the manufacture of domestic and commercial appliances and operates in almost 50 countries. Rinnai is the world’s leading manufacturer of continuous flow hot water systems - it makes and sells 2 million units each year. The range of units can be manifolded to supply limitless hot water to any size of any site in any industry or sector – healthcare, hospitality, manufacture, leisure parks, foodservice, retail, office blocks and hospitals.

For more information on Hydrogen including CPD courses, training and Hydrogen capability with in-situ Rinnai appliances simply call 01928 531 870 or email engineer@rinnaiuk.com or sales@rinnaiuk.com alternatively use the smart online contact points “Help Me Choose” or “Ask Us a Question”, all held on the website homepage at www.rinnaiuk.com

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Dellner Bubenzer Relaunches at AIST

Dellner Brakes, owner of Pintsch Bubenzer, relaunched as Dellner Bubenzer at the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Conference and Exposition which took place last month in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A new website has also gone live at www.dellnerbubenzer.com. Dellner Brakes JHS, Dellner Brakes, Dellner Industrial, Pintsch Bubenzer and Rima are operating as one company with immediate effect. Sweden’s Dellner Group—Dellner Brakes was a subsidiary—acquired German industrial braking manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer in January 2018, in a deal that has paved the way for the companies’ ongoing global expansion. Pintsch Bubenzer makes high performance disc and drum brakes for cranes and other severe duty applications, as well as complementary products, such as emergency and storm brakes. Four months earlier, Dellner Brakes had acquired U.S. brake and clutch company Gummi USA.

before the famous red color, but the new look represents progression away f rom the legacy color to a bright, vibrant green that has been established and locked in; we plan to protect it for many years to come. Of course, to match, an interactive and easierto-navigate website captures the new, global brand family. The [AIST] show will be the physical launch platform but the whole package will be rolled out around the world.” Additionally, new data sheets, catalogs, graphics, image libraries, etc. were overhauled

The logo has already been integrated into brake castings.

Cox was part of a global leadership trio that executed the entire brand overhaul, including Friederike Imhäuser, marketing manager, of Germany; and Edgar Roca, vice president of Dellner Brakes, of Texas. Governale Group, of Houston, Texas, provided branding expertise, having emerged as the chosen partner f rom a three-strong, worldwide shortlist. The team started planning at the beginning of the year and was shooting for an April to July launch, which has been delivered on time.

The new-look Dellner Bubenzer will deliver a presentation to the AIST Crane Symposium, w h i ch t a ke s p l a ce August 15-17 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cox and Mike Astemborski, executive sales manager, will deliver a paper titled, ‘Lifting or lowering a load safely after failure or incident’, at 10:30 a.m. on August 16. The symposium, organized by AIST ’s C r a n e s Te c h n o l o g y Committee, delivers practical information and experiences f rom maintenance personnel, crane manufacturers, e q u i p m e n t m a n u fa c t u re r s a n d engineering consultants with the sole intention of making elec tric ove r h ea d t r a ve l i n g (EOT) cranes and their runways the safest, most reliable, durable machines in the steel industry.

The new-look Dellner Bubenzer was unveiled on Day One of the AIST expo, where a f resh logo, brand

Cox said: “Our founding brakes [f rom Gerhard Bubenzer] were a shade of green many years

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Momentum was continued two years ago when Dellner Brakes, incorporating Italy’s Rima Srl, bought German brake specialist JHS Jungblut in a move that immediately strengthened the company’s offering in the wind energy market, and enabled further global expansion, notably in the Far East. Once competitors, this game-changing acquisition put these braking powerhouses on the same team. Joel Cox, president at now Dellner Bubenzer USA LLC, said: “Much of our community has followed the journey of the Pintsch Bubenzer brand—Pintsch Bamag and Bubenzer Bremsen are steeped in history and eventually became the Pintsch Bubenzer business that Dellner acquired. It’s really been a journey that started generations ago and has found its way to this landmark moment.”

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colors and values are visible for the first time. The new, green-colored ‘DB’ logo is a tribute to the ‘D’ from Dellner and the previous branding, and the legacy ‘B’ from Bubenzer. They form together with a disc outline, since caliper brakes are core to the business. The logo has already been integrated into brake castings, as AIST delegates will see.


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A changing marketplace. One piece ‘fast – fix’ installation. G l a s s h a rd wa re i n n ova t i o n specialists ONLEVEL launched ‘KRONOS’ the world’s f irst fully adjustable glass clamp in 2018. Since then, the revolutionary new glass clamp has become the ‘go to’ glass clamp.

THE HUMBLE GLASS CLAMP AND THE NEW BOY IN TOWN

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hether in a residential setting such as a decked garden or a commercial environment like a hotel balcony you are sure to spot the humble glass clamp. For several decades the growth in popularity of glass clamps has flourished due to their ‘minimal look’ and secure fixing capabilities. There are many benef its to using a glass balustrade with glass clamps, including the aesthetic benef its gained through the use of large panels of glass with clamps to create the ‘all glass’ look. A glass clamp balustrade can make any interior or exterior space look bright and airy. Toughened glass and metal glass clamps are tremendously tough and durable. When used in combination to create balustrading the end result

is a safe and secure barrier or screening. Additionally, glass clamp balustrades are very easy to clean and maintain. A simple lint-f ree cloth and a good glass cleaner is all you’ll need to keep your glass balustrade looking new. Traditional glass clamp design The majority of the glass clamps on the market are incredibly similar in design, both m echanically an d aesthetically. An L-shaped bracket that can be screwed into the post and base rail, and a double-sided rubber insert that holds the glass panel in place, with a plate to complete the clamp. The clamps are typically s q u a re , re c t a n g u l a r o r rounded ‘D’ shape in style, with a flat or radius back depending on the profile of the surface the clamp is being fixed to. Installation of traditional glass clamps can be a tricky process, with multiple parts a n d g a s ke t s to disassemble and reassemble to ensure the correct clamp thickness.

KRONOS, ONLEVEL’s one-piece glass clamp has proved to be a real game changer in the glass clamp market. The simplistic glass clamp fixes glass securely and swiftly, via a simple ‘one piece’ connection. The innovative ‘one piece’ design means the clamp can be taken straight out of the box and fixed into place, removing the need to assemble/disassemble a traditional multi part clamp and tricky rubber gaskets. Not only does the KRONOS clamp make life easier with a quicker installation and signif icant cost savings, KRONOS passed the ASTM B117 salt spray test (1,000 hours), meaning the zinc-nickel coated stainless steel clamp is assured to be rustproof. Made in Germany from one piece of high-performance stainless steel it fits all post connections, flat, 42mm and 48mm posts f rom 8mm to 12.76mm glass with no fiddly pieces to buy separately (or lose). The unique design means that just one clamp is required for all applications. Covers protect the whole surface and ensure a sleek smooth professional look from both sides of the clamp. To complement a broad range of interior spaces and applications the KRONOS glass clamp is available in a range of f inishes. Due to its eff icient ‘one piece’ design, KRONOS provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional glass clamps. The KRONOS Glass Clamp was first launched in Germany and France, winning the prestigious Gold Award for innovation at the Batimat exhibition in Paris. developer-update.co.uk


06 Industry News

STRATEGIC PARTNERS: PRECAST & PREFORMED TROUGHS & FIBRELITE’S ‘MADE TO MEASURE’ GRP TROUGH COVERS Composite access cover manufacturer Fibrelite has formed strategic partnerships with a number of major manufacturers of precast and preformed troughs (also known as trenches, channels and ducts) in Europe and the USA (including Fibex and Trenwa) to create new collaborative product offerings integrating Fibrelite covers and precast and preformed troughs, combining the strength and longevity of precast and preformed troughs with the easy, safe manual removal and durability of Fibrelite’s lightweight composite covers.

Custom Fibrelite covers designed & engineered to fit precast manufacturer Fibex’s preformed GRP troughs

Health and safety issues surrounding manual handling are of paramount importance to site managers. Without the necessary provision of dedicated lifting apparatus and training for operatives, traditional concrete and steel trough access covers can be a concern due to their sheer weight.

Concrete slab covers can weigh as much as f ive times the weight of an equivalent size Fibrelite GRP composite trough cover. Fibrelite covers have an industry leading strength-to-weight ratio and are designed to be safely and easily removed by two people, using the Fibrelite FL7 ergonomically designed lifting handles. Driven by focusses on health and safety, weight, durability (no corrosion) and reduced installation time, GRP composite access covers have moved f rom being a niche product used on petrol station forecourts to being specif ied at the outset of new build and retrof it projects for some of the world’s most prestigious brands in technology, data centres, ports, airports, high-tech manufacturing facilities, utilities, infrastructure and many more.

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“In recent years, the demand for highly customisable, high-tech access covering solutions has grown exponentially, and we’re proud of the


Industry News 07 R(GHT: Custom Fibrelite covers installed in precast concrete manufacturer Trenwa’s troughs at major US sub-station

LEFT:Fibrelite trough covers are designed to be safely and easily removed by two people part we’ve played in their adoption over the 40 years since we invented the world’s f irst. Since then, we’ve continually innovated, focussing on creating solutions to industry and customer challenges.” Commented Ian Thompson, Fibrelite’s Managing Director EMEA “Partnering with precast and preformed trough/ trench manufac turers was a logical next step, and I’m proud to say that, since we created our first partnership offering with Trenwa in 2014 we now have over 50 kilometres of our covers installed in precast and preformed troughs across the globe” David Holmes, Fibrelite’s Technical Director added “We work closely with architects, contractors, and end users from tender stage right the way through to delivery and even installation where required. This collaborative process ensures that the supplied product fulfils both product quality demands and strict project completion deadlines. Fibrelite covers can be custom designed

and manufactured with dimensions matched precisely to specif ied trough opening/rebate dimensions (Fibrelite’s adjustable tooling allows covers to be manufactured within millimetres of a clients requirement)”. Recent Installation: New Build Data Centre, Northern Europe Some clients favour a complete GRP solution for both troughs and covers.

Where appropriate, this can further reduce installation costs and time due to their reduced weight for transit and installation. Earlier this year, Fibrelite engineered and manufactured 550 metres of custom trough covers for a new build data centre in Northern Europe. These GRP preformed troughs were supplied with custom fit Fibrelite boltdown covers, for added security. Recent Installation: Cruise Ship Terminal, UK Fibrelite custom engineered and manufactured 500 metres of F900 (90tonne) load rated GRP trough covers to fit precast concrete troughs at a UK cruise ship terminal. The stepped covers were supplied in a number of customised sizes to fit the trough configuration. The F900 load rated covers were stepped to reduce the unit weight in compliance with the customer’s specif ied manual handling limit. For more information click here to visit the Fibrelite website

F900 90 tonne load rated GRP Fibrelite trench covers in precast concrete troughs at a cruise ship terminal developer-update.co.uk


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AICO LADIES TAKE ON THE PEDAL PUSHERS BIKE RIDE CHALLENGE Aico, the European leader in home life safety, were delighted to host Adrenaline Sporting Events ladies only Pedal Pushers event on Sunday 18th July, with Aico colleagues also getting involved in the challenge to raise money for local charity, The Movement Centre.

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he Pedal Pushers event began at Aico’s h ea d q u a r t e r s in Oswestry and brought together varied participants from f irst timers of all ages through to competitive cycl i s t s . T h e eve n t offered 30-mile and 45-mile routes with Aico colleagues opting for the 30-mile route, raising over £600 in aid of local charity The Movement Centre, with additional colleagues volunteering to help co-ordinate the event. Rebecca Cumblidge, Finance Clerk at Aico who took part in the challenge commented “I initially decided to take part following a suggestion f rom a colleague so we can support each other during training and on the day. What spurred me on was raising money for The Movement Centre and the encouragement f rom my f riends and family. The ride itself was really fun and very hot! There was a fantastic atmosphere here at Aico before we set off. I am extremely proud of developer-update.co.uk

Kelly, Jane and myself for completing the challenge in under two and a half hours and that we all smashed our fundraising targets. I l o o k fo r wa rd to completing next year’s 45-mile challenge.” Internal Sales Manager, Kelly Hodgetts, enjoyed the event and said “I was happy to sign up and support the Movement Centre, the work they do and the profound difference it makes to the lives of the children they support, and their families is amazing. When it came to the actual ride, I was not sure what to expect and how much the weather would affect us as it was a hot one. Overall, it was a great experience, the route was beautiful, the support was fantastic, we finished in a respectable time and there was cake at the finish. Alan Lewis, Founder and Owner of Adrenaline Sporting Events was delighted with the event adding “I have wanted to put on a ladies only ride for a number of years after being aware of the gender gap in

cycling, so to see 100 ladies at Aico on Sunday was a fabulous feeling. All the riders who started the event finished in good health and with big smiles. To have ladies travel from Birmingham, South Wales and the Northwest was brilliant to see. A special thank you must go out to the volunteers, sponsors, St Johns Ambulance and Aico for hosting this special event.” The Pedal Pushers event is as part of a series of events they are supporting this summer, ran by local sporting company Adrenaline Sporting Events; Aico also recently hosted the Midnight ride in June, and are headline sponsors of the upcoming Oswestry 10k. To learn more about Adrenaline Sporting events and how to get involved please visit: www.adrenalinesportingevents.co.ukFor more information about all the great work done at The Movement Center please visit: www.the-movement-centre.co.uk


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STELLA ROOFLIGHT HELPS TURN OLD CAR SHOWROOM INTO NEW SHOW HOME Stella Rooflight has supplied 12 bespoke conservation rooflights for a stunning conversion project in the seaside town of Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. The project to convert a Late Edwardian purpose-built garage and car showroom into a stunning 21st Century modern home was the dream of architect and homeowner Sean Kember. The property was f irst designed and constructed in 1909 by local architect Thomas Hedges, for the Williams Brothers. The building remained a car showroom for over 100 years and to this day the building remains somewhat of an icon in the local area. Conscious of the building’s local history and importance the new owners were careful to preserve the

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original fabric of the building, while undertaking the much needed renovation works, which would breathe new life into the building and transform it into their new dream seaside home. A large part of the renovation and conversion works included the complete rebuilding of the old steel structured roof with new timbers and the installation of large conservation rooflights, which would flood the large open internal space with natural daylight. Stella Rooflight were commissioned to produce a total of 12 bespoke conservation

rooflights to fit the new openings. 10 smaller rooflights, which comprised of 6 opening and 4 f ixed f rames, were designed to fit internal rafters of 690mm x 940mm and 550mm x 740mm. A much larger non opening rooflight which was sized at 3000mm wide x 3500mm high was designed as a grand centre piece in the roof. This rooflight was supplied in two sections which were purpose designed to sit one on top of the other, with each section being divided into three panes. All 12 rooflights were manufactured using marine grade stainless steel


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and f inished in a high quality C5 marine grade black powder coating. An important consideration given the building’s coastal location and the propensity to rust associated with mild carbon steel rooflights. The Stella rooflights also included a high specif ication glazing with BioClean Self-Clean, Solar Control outer pane with a warm edge spacer filled with Argon Gas. The internal glass panel used Planitherm Comfort Plus to provide the perfect balance of light, warmth and comfort. The rooflight was finished internally with a stunning American Ash interior liner. Due to the size of the larger rooflights, a specialist crane was required to lift the rooflights from the delivery vehicle, over the building and directly into place. The installation

required careful planning, which was overseen by local specialist roofing contractor Ben Valentine-Lynden from Blackpool Industrial Roofing. Ben said: “Throughout the process we dealt directly with Paul at Stella. “ H e wa s i n c re d i b l y h e l p f u l throughout, advising  us on the whole installation from the crane lift to weather proofing the roof lights. Paul was also happy to schedule the arrival of the rooflights to suit us and the weather, on arrival the units were packaged excellently and made for an easy transition f rom wagon to roof. “ O ve ra l l I t h i n k t h e s e   a re a  great  product, easy enough to install and the f inished look is fantastic. Would def initely recommend and would use again.”

Sean Kember, Client and Director of Gilling Dod Architects, said: “Stella’s technical team worked closely with us throughout the process and were a great help in making sure that everything ran smoothly. As you would expect we did a great deal of research before deciding to run with Stella Rooflights, and f rom your initial assistance with the specif ication through to the installation on site, you have been great to work with. I would also like to say that the quality of the rooflights is excellent! Thank you.” For further information on Stella conservation rooflights contact Paul Trace on 01794 745445, email info@stellarooflight.co.uk or visit www.stellarooflight.co.uk For further information about G i l l i n g D o d A rch i te c t s v i s i t www.gillingdod.com

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EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE IS EVERYTHING WHEN IT COMES TO FIRE SAFETY PRODUCTS.

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o w e v e r, without knowing it, many of us could be making compromises when it comes to our choice of fire foams and fire rated silicones. As a company that manufactures sealants, adhesives and other building chemicals, you might expect us to advocate increased awareness when it comes to choosing fire foams. But selfgain never has, and never will, be Bond It’s main motivation for urging greater consideration when it comes to these products. Instead we believe the building industry in the UK is affected by a serious issue with equally serious, and potentially life-threatening, implications. With lives at stake, and against a backdrop where we are all increasingly accountable for our work and where they have been a

number of high profile examples of poor building practices contributing to the spread of fire, we see it as our responsibility to share our knowledge. The problem stems from the existence of too many different but similar sounding classification systems. This has created a degree of confusion which has left many in the sector at risk of inadvertently using fire foams with levels of performance that fall woefully short of the mark. Not all fire foams are created equal Years ago specifying a fire foam was a lot simpler and arguably safer than it is today. You had the choice of either a standard foam or a fire foam with both types available in either a gun or handheld form. To benefit from its classification, fire foam had to comply with BS476 part 20. This meant it would act as a barrier to fire for 4 hours giving a building’s occupants vital time to escape. Then, with an influx of European foams into the UK came a proliferation of dif ferent standards. The most widespread was a German standard based on a sliding scale. This ranged from A1 (100% non-combustible) through to A2, B1, B2 and B3 with the latter offering the worst levels of performance. If the introduction of a whole new standard system and a large number of differing classifications didn’t serve to

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create enough confusion, the way of assessing the UK and European standards was also totally different. The UK standard meant a fire foam had to act as a barrier to prevent fire transferring from one room to another for a period of four hours. The German standard meanwhile was based on someone trying to ignite the foam itself - not a very realistic scenario. Savings - but at what cost? One of the most widely seen classifications people now find on fire foams is B2 and it’s not hard to understand why. B2 strikes a fine balance between offering some fire resistance and at a cost that won’t hurt budgets – or margins. However, in our opinion, B2 ‘fire’ foam’s performance is totally inadequate and we don’t think it should be sold as fire foam at all. Yes, there are savings and profits to be made, but at the end of the


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day, what price do you put on property or even more poignantly, on someone’s life? As we near the 4th anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, we are hoping lessons have been learnt. Like most of our competitors, we react to market demand and do supply a B2 PU foam as part of our range. However, we are strict about this not being referred to as a “fire” foam and it is not marketing under this guise at all. We clearly state what the products performance characteristics are and what it is tested to.

An intumescent seal slows down the burning process and does not contribute to spread of flames. Therefore, it can minimize the damage by protecting structures, giving fire fighters more time to arrive and take the fire under control as well as fireproofing escape routes allowing for efficient evacuation.

Better safe than sorry

How does intumescent sealant work?

In its simplest terms, our advice would in ever y circumstance if you need fire protection from your foams nothing less than B1 is really acceptable as a bare minimum standard and for silicones we would recommend a fire tested sealant. Look for the standards EN1366 -4, EN1366-3, EN ISO 10140-2 and EN13501-2 on packs - which are proof that the foams and sealants will do their job and you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve chosen a true fire foam or fire rated sealant that will leave people safe in their homes, offices and other buildings.

Intumescent seals are known as means of passive fire protection, but what is an intumescent s ealant in prac tice? Als o known as expansion sealant, intumescent sealant expands when it becomes exposed to extreme heat and can swell up to 40 times its original volume. The sealant increases in volume but decreases in density forming a char layer. The expanded sealant does not actually catch fire, but the char burns eventually, still much more slowly than most building materials. Depending on the product formulation, application and backing material, an intumescent sealant can be resistant to fire for up to 4 hours. Buildings require different levels of fire resistance depending on their size and whether they have a residential purpose.

Of course, it would be remiss of Bond It to highlight an issue as grave as current fire foam classification and misclassif ication without p ro p o s i n g a solution. Thankfully, there is one and it’s also fairly easy to implement.

For more information on Bond Its Fire Rated products contact our Sales Of fice on 01422 315300 or visit www.bonditgroup.com.

Silicone sealants also play a big part in ensuring the integrity of fire resistant seals and joints. These are used in re-establishing the fire-rated integrity of a wall or floor assembly compromised by the inclusion or exclusion of a penetrant. Flames and smoke can spread through the smallest of gaps causing extreme damage to buildings and even human lives. Applying an intumescent sealant to linear joints, around pipes and between cables to close all the gaps and add fire resistance. developer-update.co.uk


14 Coatings & Paints In today’s world we hear more and more about hybrids being the preferred choice, whether its cars with both electric and combustion engines, communication devices where a phone combines a computer and camera, or even dogs, where a Labradoodle once commonly viewed as a mongrel now is a household favourite. The science of fusing things together has resulted in more superior and efficient end products being readily available, with proven advantages for the user. In the construction industry, a hybrid is understood to mean the product of two or more chemicals or materials that have been fused together, resulting in a new improved product that offers the combined positive properties of the original items. Bond It has capitalised on the benefits of hybrid “cross-breeding” of chemicals and have used its technical prowess to develop a range of high performance sealants and adhesives with truly outstanding performance characteristics . B y making s ignif i c ant an d s u s tain e d investments into the relevant research and manufacturing facilities, we are a leading force in the development of a new generation of hybrid products for many building sectors. Sealants tend to be manufactured using one of two base materials – silicone or polyurethane. Both materials have their advantages but similarly both also have their disadvantages. By developing hybrid technology the positive characteristics of both chemical materials are united, providing not only greener alternatives to traditional based products, but also better products in terms of performance. Under the Pro Range Bond It offer hybrid solutions to a wide variety of trade and DIY needs that provide the best of both worlds. As the term ‘hybrid’ suggests, these pro duct s combine the benefits of silicone and polyurethane sealants with none of either material’s associated drawbacks. Hybrids are free from solvents, isocyanates and silicones and are therefore nonhazardous and non-damaging to health. They have very low odour making them ideal for sensitive indoor applications, as well as being quick curing, non-shrinking, UV resistant, can be used without primers, and have exceptionally good adhesion to almost any

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construction material. An added benefit is they will adhere to damp surfaces and can even be applied under water. And replicating the properties of a polyurethane, the hybrids have good temperature fluctuation resistance and are tear resistant and over paintable, even with water based paints. Basically they pack a punch, and some . . . Under the PRO RANGE banner Bond It offer 6 tailor made products. Each product features a different formulation which has been specifically designed to deliver enhanced performance characteristics that are ideally suited to different applications. G R I PB ON D PRO was the Company’s pioneer hybrid, an ‘all-in-one’ product that can be used as a sealant and an adhesive. Available in 4 colours, including crystal clear for an invisible seal, it has become an immensely popular choice thanks to its versatility, bond strength and speed of curing. GRIPBOND PRO MAX is the ultimate power adhesive in a cartridge. Offers up to four times the grab of other grab adhesive and can eliminate the need for additional mechanical support. Also delivers an excellent, longer lasting bond and remains permanently flexible ensuring movement will not compromise bond strength. WOOD PRO was designed for fixing all types of wooden floors directly onto all common substrates eliminating the need for battens. Moisture and solventfree composition reduces the risk of wood flooring warping, curling and deforming. WOOD PRO is also permanently flexible enabling it to compensate for subfloor

movement and making it suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. ASTRO PRO is a specialist solution for bonding artif icial grass surfaces to a variety of substrates or jointing tapes. Offers excellent bonding properties even on wet surfaces. Cures rapidly even at low temperatures and once cured is fully resistant to all climatic conditions MIRROR PRO, as the name sugge s t s wa s sp e cif ical ly formulated for use on mirrors, glass and ceramics as well as for hot, humid environments. Will stick to damp surfaces and is noncorrosive so will not attack mirror backings. Rapid curing and is tack free in 10 minutes. With hybrid products, new applications can be replicated on building sites and in many are as they can even b e completely substituted. The launch of EasiSeal in 2018 was a revolutionary step forward in to the roofing sector. Offering a one coat application to flat roofs EasiSeal is a cold-applied, solventfree, permanently flexible 100% waterproof membrane. Creating an impermeable seal to repel water damage it is also suitable for wet room tanking, groundwork tanking and waterproof ing balconies and terraces. You may well have started reading this thinking why would I use hybrids but the question you should really be asking is why not as the advantages are clear??


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EXTERIOR OSMO FINISHES Most homes have wood of some sort in their garden, be it decking, door and window frames, sheds, cladding and fencing. Wood has the ability to shrink, crack, peel and discolour – all things which will leave the surface looking old and tired. External wood requires a finish to provide UV protection in the summer and protection against wind, rain, frost and snow in the winter months. SUN PROTECTION FOR WOOD Suitable for cladding, summer houses, fences, w i n d ow s , d o o r s a n d furniture UV-Protection-Oil Tints is essential for exterior wood as it provides 12 times the UV protection in comparison to untreated wood. Designed to protect, maintain and restore all types of wood f rom the effects of the environment, it not only protects the wood surface, but also enhances the natural look of the wood and will prevent damage. It is moisture regulating and reduces swelling and shrinking of the wood. This product overcomes the need for a heavy stain or a flaking varnish to keep them looking natural.

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Available in 19 shades, Country Co l o u r p r o m i s e s p r e m i u m durability and a rich colour, hiding the natural colour and grain of the wood yet maintaining the wood’s natural texture. The solution not only rejuvenates the wood, but leaves it protected against the unpredictable British weather. It can be applied to a range of wood species, including oily and exotic materials. Requiring only two coats, it can be applied using a roller or brush and has an approximate drying time of 8 – 10 hours. www.osmouk.com

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Bringing the Construction Sector Back Together this October Following the Government’s announcement that restrictions are due to be lifted in July, we can be confident that business events will return in the Autumn and look forward to welcoming you back to the Kent Event Centre on 7th October for the South East’s leading construction event. Kent Construction EXPO will bring together 2,000+ construction professionals, contractors, developers and specialist suppliers for one invaluable day of networking in a face-to-face environment once again since the COVID-19 outbreak.

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rought 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.

A few of the hot topics and sector trends that will feature on the programme this year are: • Bouncing Back from Covid-19 • Construction Futures • BIM and Digitisation • Major Infrastructure Developments in Kent and the South East • Health & Safety Regulations • R&D Tax Credits • Sustainable Innovation • Mental Health Awareness • Construction Pathways A key feature at the event is the exclusive opportunity to put your business in front of leading contractors, suppliers and government departments, with over 600 FREE meet-the-buyer appointments available.

You can also benefit from: • Over 150 marketleading exhibitors • Invaluable networking opportunities to build and maintain business relationships • Live Demo Areas showcasing the most dynamic and innovative products in the industry • Big Networking Breakfast with a focus on collaboration in the construction sector • Post-Event Gala Dinner with after-dinner comedian Angela Barnes, the perfect way to unwind, network and celebrate excellence within the industry

For more information and to register for FREE visit: www.kentconstructionexpo.com Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities For the latest up-to-date floorplan and more details on pricing and sponsorship opportunities available please contact: Emily Taylor emily@revolution-events.com 01892 820939

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P C HENDERSON EXPANDS ITS RANGE OF POCKET DOOR SYSTEMS WITH NEW BI-PARTING FIRE RATED SYSTEM

P C Henderson has further expanded its range of pocket door systems with the launch of a brand new fire rated system for bi-parting doors. Originally launched for single doors back in February 2019 – this latest release of the company’s popular Pocket Door Pro system caters for bi-parting fire doors weighing up to 120kg and is fully certif ied to FD30 British and European standards.

The new system is available in standard and soft closing options, seven different kit sizes, for two different f inished wall thicknesses, self-closing and non self-closing variants and a simultaneous action kit available as an optional extra.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented, “Since launching Pocket Door Pro just over two years ago – the system has quickly grown to become one of our most popular products.

“We designed Pocket Door Pro with one key aim in mind – to create one of the most flexible and versatile range of pocket door systems on the market. As the popularity of pocket door systems continues to rise – it’s important that designers and developers have access to a system which can cater for virtually any type of application and in a number of different operation types. We believe we have achieved this through the development of Pocket Door Pro”, continued Andrew.

“Post launch market research quickly told us that demand for a bi-parting fire rated version was high – we listened to this feedback and are delighted to be able to bring this new variation to the market”. developer-update.co.uk

A detailed and innovative design is what P C Henderson attributes to the products success – features such as push together parts, prea s s e m b l e d co m p o n e n t s and a wide range of optional extras has seen the products popularity soar over the past two years. The system is designed using a robust aluminium f rame making it ideal for new builds and areas of heavy use such as educational buildings, hospitals, hotels, office blocks and disability access areas. The fire rated version comes complete with intumescent seals and is made out of FDC Finger Jointed Laminated Redwood – providing a knot and defect f ree system – guaranteeing product reliability and longevity. Find out more at www.pchenderson.com.


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REFLEX-ROL MAXI SYSTEMS ‘Blinds’ are out and ‘Solar Shading’ is in! With the advance of Solar Shading fabrics, we can now achieve g-values ( Total energy penetration degrees) of less than 20%, and that is almost, within a few % , on a par with external shading but without the maintenance issues. Solar shading has become highly technical and there really is no ‘off the shelf’ solution or a ‘one fits all’ scenario. opening headbox for rear ventilation on the window side. The headbox serves as a stop to limit the upper position of the blinds as well as protection when the blinds are not in use.

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he Reflex-Rol MAXI solar shading system is ideally suited for buildings with overheating and glare issues such as: office environments, large glazed areas, hospitals, schools, private and public buildings. The clients we serve are architectural, interior design, construction planning, building management, health & safety professionals and residential. The principle which underpins our service policy is best professional practice. Best practice in solar control technology means supplying product and technical support of the highest standard and levels of professional competence. developer-update.co.uk

Reflex-Rol MAXI systems, in combination with Mermet fabrics, provide a technically advance, elegant solution to solar heat and glare control. Ideal for virtually any application, indoor or outdoor, small or large blinds, due to the functionality of the systems and the extensive range of fabric textures and colours available. Horizontal, vertical, inclined, shaped, Reflex-Rol has a solution for any window. Available in a wide range of headbox sizes with a variety of side guides and bottom bars also available. Hardware available as standard in white or aluminium, or why note have it powder coated to a RAL colour of your choice? All blinds include an invisible

Mermet coated f ibreglass fabrics are suitable for solar shading, sound control and the provision of tensile structures such as canopies, stretched ceilings and wall panels. Ideal for both internal and external use, Mermet fabrics are ideal for digital printing; meaning pictures, corporate logos and such can be printed onto the fabric before it made into the final product this could be a blind, stretched ceiling or anything else your imagination suggests. Mermet fabrics also meet BS476, Part 6, Class O fire rating making them particularly suitable for use in schools, hospitals or other public areas and buildings. Reflex-Rol has been providing shading solutions to the UK market for nearly 40 years, since 1983. Give us a call today to see how we can help you! www.reflex-rol.co.uk info@reflex-rol.co.uk


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HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt provides building services for landmark local government centre The new MidCoast Council administration building is an adapted big box retail site formerly occupied by collapsed hardware chain Masters The building accommodating the MidCoast council, a local government authority in the mid-north coast of New South Wales, represents the f irst time council staff have been able to work side by side since the newly consolidated administration was formed in 2016. The council’s new administration building – named Yalawanyi Gunyah, meaning sitting/ meeting place, to honour the local Aboriginal culture – is a complete restoration of a former retail/warehouse site that was once occupied by the home and building supply outlet Masters. HDR provided all the building services, including mechanical, electrical, f ire protection and hydraulic. Located on the outskirts of Taree, the building was acquired by the council in 2017, at which point HDR engineers were engaged, consulting with the council throughout the planning, design and construction stages, leading to, ultimately, an eye-catching centralised local government complex. HDR’s goal was to retain as many of the existing services as possible within a redevelopment that had to comply with a new set of standards under its change in use to a commercial office building. developer-update.co.uk

“Our core challenge was how do we take this expansive industrial structure and modify its services so it could be used comfortably as an office and meeting place for council staff and the public,” says Shayne Blazley, HDR project director. “We are increasingly seeing old buildings adapted for new uses which we wholeheartedly support for a sustainable built environment.” HDR aimed to retain as many of the existing building services as possible for a sustainable and cost-efficient approach to the project. The building required new acoustics, insulation, lighting, as well as a new heating and cooling system, which were designed and fitted along with other internal structural works delivered by local contractors. “Our new premises not only offers our community a modern and f riendly way to interact with us, but also enables our staff to work much more collaboratively and eff iciently,” says MidCoast Council general manager, Adrian Panuccio. “Teams no longer have the constraints of working across three different buildings – just one of a range of benefits to our staff, which have a flow on effect to our community.”


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MidCoast Council bought the 3.7 hectare Masters site, at the corner of Manning River Drive and Biripi Way, Taree, in 2017. At the time the acquisition was a strategic commercial opportunity. The warehouse spanned 9,910 square metres, and included polished concrete floors, air conditioning, 281 car parking spaces and associated infrastructure. The converted facility consolidates four administration centres, in Forster and Taree, and now accommodates 400 staff in an activity-based working model, and incorporates a council chambers, meeting rooms, training rooms, collaboration spaces, quiet space, a lunchroom, change rooms and a public café. developer-update.co.uk


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SCORE MULTIPLE BENEFITS FROM ONE UPGRADE The Tangerines aka Blackpool FC have extracted optimum benefit from a comparatively small upgrade.

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he League 1 Club’s stadium, built in 2010, has already needed to refurbish the exposed areas of the façade due to the extreme climatic conditions faced as a result of its proximity to the sea. The club management called up the premier player in the sector- Gilberts Blackpool- to replace the now rusty plant screening and ventilation louvres. Now, two banks of Gilberts’ WGK75 kit-form louvres each 10m x 3m either side of the Stadium merchandise shop, and a further 4m x 4m screen by the north stand, have been fitted. To optimise protection, the aluminium louvres have been powder coated marine grade- in tangerine. “Our nickname is The Tangerines. As I wanted to create a talking point, it seemed logical to choose such a bright colour for the louvres, especially as Gilberts as a company has been actively encouraging the use of colour to brighten our built landscape,” observed Glynn Makin, Blackpool FC stadium manager. “I knew from Gilberts’ reputation that the company would be on target for quality and price too, which was an added benefit.”

Adds Ian Rogers, Gilberts Sales Director, “You don’t get environments in England much more extreme than the North Sea/ Lancashire coast. We had to be sure that whatever we supplied would perform, balancing performance with value for money. WGK scored on all counts.” Gilberts’ WGK75 features a unique clip-on blade that enables quick yet precise fitting on site. Once installed, it provides a good 50% free ventilation area whilst protecting from weather ingress. The WGK75 is part of Gilberts’ louvre product range, developed over the years to provide a comprehensive package to keep pace with the evolution of building design and structural interfaces. It includes standard, high performance, site assembled and acoustic louvres, available in a range of ratings for weight, ventilation, weather, insects and even bird ingress. Even fixings can often be tailored to individual site preferences. Innovatively, with its in-house design expertise, Gilberts has the capability to create bespoke configurations which can be both CFD modelled, and tested within its own laboratory to give customers complete ‘fit for purpose’ peace of mind. Gilberts also offers a comprehensive range of PPC,PVF and PVF2 coatings across its louvres, available in any RAL colour, applied to louvres of almost any size. Founded over half a century ago, and still familyowned, Gilberts is the UK’s leading independent air movement engineer. It is unique in its ability to design, manufacture and test all products- including bespoke fabrications- in-house, to the extent it even designs and manufactures its own tools at its 95,000 sq ft head office and production facility. Gilberts tel 01253 766911 E: info@gilbertsblackpool.com developer-update.co.uk


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anasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions has revamped its PRO Partner p r o g r a m m e to enable installers and other trade partners to take advantage of a wide range of benefits including business and marketing support services, and collect rewards redeemable against Panasonic products and BESA services. Existing PRO Club members automatically join the new scheme and participants in the Panasonic Rewards scheme can easily switch and upgrade to take full advantage of the additional benefits of full PRO Partner membership. The new PRO Par tner Rewards scheme replaces the current Panasonic Rewards scheme, which will come to an end on 31 August 2021, with any points for Love 2 Shop rewards relating to those sales to be claimed by 31 December 2021 when the scheme will be fully closed. “We’re delighted to unveil this new enhanced trade partnership approach with the new PRO Partners programme which takes effect f rom 2 August 2021,” says Richard Bishop, Head of Marketing for Panasonic UK and Ireland. “ This consolidation of developer-update.co.uk

PANASONIC REVAMPS PRO PARTNER PROGRAMME TO DELIVER EVEN MORE BENEFITS our schemes into one, dedicated offering with an enhanced range of benefits has been developed in response to feedback from our highly valued PRO Club members. From the outset, we’ve looked to offer a relationship that delivers useful, tangible rewards and a business partnership of real mutual value. This new scheme delivers on that promise, bringing the added benefit of being able to redeem points against BESA’s online courses, training, assessments and site cards. We also look forward to welcoming our rewards scheme members to the Panasonic PRO Partner family.” There are four levels of membership to suit all sizes and scale of heating, cooling and ref rigeration installer business: • Installer • Accredited Installer • PRO Partner • Elite PRO Partner

Membership offers a sliding scale from a basic level of engagement to a business partnership approach at the top Elite PRO Partner. Installer members can upgrade to Accredited Installer status by completing Panasonic online training and take advantage of inclusion on the comprehensive i-f inder installer database as well as qualifying for the PRO Partner Rewards Scheme. Accredited Installers and PRO Partners can then redeem their points to access BESA services. Becoming a PRO Partner opens up a whole range of additional marketing support collateral to help a business distinguish itself in a competitive environment, as well as offering the opportunity to receive sales leads direct f rom Panasonic. Elite PRO Partner membership offers a range of membership benefits commensurate with its ‘best in class’ status. Details and how to register are available at www.panasonicpropartner.co.uk For more information on the product range, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu.


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A UNIQUE TOILET PUMP SOLUTION FOR CONVOLUTED DISCHARGE PIPE RUNS.


In the ever-growing market of extensions, additional cloakrooms and garden offices, drainage for the facilities can sometimes present a real problem!

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hen the desired toilet discharge pipe run exceeds th e specif ied pumping parameters of a “basic” back of toilet macerator, pumping long horizontal distances straight from the back of the toilet, a double lift (horizontally, then vertical, horizontal again and then vertical again), or even up a slope, there is now a solution. The unique, German engineered, FlushMaster toilet waste pumping unit f rom Pump Technology Ltd. will handle all of these situations with ease. The powerful motor with its freeflow vortex impeller pump is designed to generate the high pumping head and flow needed to overcome these convoluted pipe runs. It can reliably discharge waste from a toilet, bidet, washbasin or shower where others can’t. Additionally, it features deliberately large clearances between the pump inlet and tank floor, making it considerably more tolerant of user abuse. In the event of a problem the FlushMaster features some simple solutions. There is an integral acoustic alarm with the option of voltf ree contacts for coupling with a remote alarm or BMS to indicate that some maintenance is required. Then, to unclog the vortex impeller, simply insert a screw driver into the top of the motor/pump shaft (to do this it is not even necessary to remove the cover) and reverse its direction. The clogged item will probably drop free.! For more stubborn

blockages, simply remove two screws, twist and lift the complete motor/ pump assembly away, leaving the tank connected to the toilet. Any foreign objects can be clearly seen and removed.

The FlushMaster is supplied with all fittings and instructions for direct mounting behind the toilet. However, it can also be positioned behind a partition wall. To find out if the FlushMaster is right for a particular application, ask the Pump Technology Ltd. team. It can also be ordered online from LeeSan Ltd, which is a group company. Useful Links: Pump Technology Ltd https://www.pumptechnology.co.uk/flushmaster/ LeeSan Ltd Online Shop https://www.leesan.com/shop/leesan-flushmaster-240v.aspx

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GOOD MANAGEMENT IS KEY TO A ROOF’S LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE By Kevin O’Connell at IKO Group Dependent on the products and materials used, a flat roof’s waterproofing should last between 20 and 40 years. Good maintenance will also contribute to its performance and longevity. But which proactive steps need to be taken when a waterproofing system reaches the end of its serviceable life? Roofing purpose When deciding on a waterproof ing system for a flat roof application, it’s important to consider what it’s meant to do. An appropriately-designed and correctly-installed solution will prevent a prevalence of standing water, which in-turn will protect the structural integrity of the building itself. Water carries immense weight and when left to pond, it could lead to the breakdown of the roof’s coating which will leave the roof susceptible to the UV degradation. As an example of the immense strain it can bring to bear, 1mm of water per m2 equates to 1kg. Therefore, that same level of water across a 5mm x 30m2 surface would be akin to two adults standing on a roof. Long-standing water can also promote vegetation growth in the form of plants and fungi; wildlife that can penetrate a flat roof’s surface and cause untold damage to the building itself. As well as keeping a roof dry, a good waterproofing system should ensure it achieves regulatory levels of thermal performance. In poorly insulated homes, roofs account for 25% of a building’s heat loss. It is crucial, therefore, that the insulation supplied as part of a build-up offers an effective barrier to energy escape whilst being of suitable thickness to prevent the obstruction of door and window thresholds. Its design should also take into account roofs with plant installations, walkways and safety features such as guardrails and hatch systems. Monitor to prevent major repairs Good management can be achieved by gaining an understanding of your roof stock. Is it old or is it new? Are there other plans for the building that could impact the roof? New windows may provide less ventilation than old ones; therefore will an extension be required to facilitate such an installation? Prevention is better than cure, a saying that is particularly pertinent to roof ing management. Neglecting to act upon tell-tale signs of a roof’s degradation can transform a seemingly minor maintenance issue into a major repair project that potentially comes at great expense to a property owner in order to keep it weathertight and its occupants safe. This worst-case scenario can be avoided by keeping a periodical look-out for signs developer-update.co.uk

of natural wear and tear which indicate a roof’s performance is in danger of being compromised. These visual sirens might include elements such as lap joints becoming loose or in the case of an asphalt roof, the appearance of surface lumps and creases, or even blocked outlets. Getting the balance right In terms of appropriate waterproof specification for flat roofs, property owners must strike a balance between the ‘nice’ to have, with the ‘need’ to have. To ensure this thin line is more easily navigated, it’s important to decide upon a level of spending by drawing up a budget. This should take into account future plans for the roof asset and the building itself. Engage with the experts The aforementioned issues can be overcome by engaging with roof ing, waterproof ing and insulation experts such as IKO Group. Our industry expertise is available to facilitate an appropriate solution for a wide range of flat and tapered roof applications. In terms of performance and cost, we have the all-round knowledge to direct clients towards the most appropriate waterproof ing solution. We understand that although hardly out of sight; roofs are out of mind for most people – it’s just not something they choose to think about. However, this shouldn’t detract from their everyday importance, and at IKO we’ve got the whole of issue of roofing design and performance covered. Early engagement will always result in a more favourable outcome. March webinar The next in a series of monthly webinars hosted by IKO focuses on Roofing Stock Management. It offers further insight into issues highlighted within this blog such as flat roof failure prevention, roofing maintenance, surveys, post-installation aftercare and value engineering. It also looks at British standards guidance in relation to waterproofing health and safety practices including working at height. In summary, IKO’s Roofing Stock Management webinar is a professionally-led presentation that roofing professionals will not want to miss. The free-to-view presentation takes place on March 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th. To sign-up and for details on IKO’s future webinars, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iko-roofing-stockmanagement-tickets-144396924087


SUSTAINABLE ROOF SOLUTION FOR NEW BUILD PROJECTS

“PLANT PLANT PLANT”

‘Build, Build, Build’ acknowledged in planned reforms to put infrastructure at the centre of the Government’s economic growth strategy. Part of this announcement has emphasised the importance in safeguarding the UK’s natural environment by utilising methods in ‘capturing and removing CO2 from the atmosphere, protecting precious biodiversity, and connecting people with nature’. (Gov.UK) Green roofs and roof terraces/podiums can provide mentally beneficial spaces for occupants, as well as the ability to combat extreme climate conditions. The key benefits gained from the utilisation of green roofs across developments in our inner cities include:

SUPPORTS AIR PURIFICATION STORMWATER MANAGEMENT MITIGATION OF URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT IMPROVING EFFICIENCY OF THE BUILDING’S PERFORMANCE INCREASING LOCAL BIODIVERSITY

CONTACT US AT EARLY DESIGN STAGE TO ENSURE A COMPLETE TAILORED GREEN OR BIODIVERSE SOLUTION

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he partnership marks the joining of two recognised industry leaders – NFRC, the UK’s largest roofing trade association and NBS, a company rooted in improving industry and compliance through digital data adoption. By working together, NBS and the NFRC will bring vast amounts of information and resources to its members and customers, providing support during the specif ication stage of various building projects. As a leading voice in roof ing developments, NFRC is looking to establish closer links w i t h s p e c i f i e r s by providing them with access to quality technical information and raising awareness of its membership network, ensuring consistent quality specif ications across the construction chain. James Talman, Chief Executive of NFRC commented saying: “Specifiers have a critical role in creating a safer and more sustainable construction industry, and that is why we are delighted to establish developer-update.co.uk

Today, NBS, the leading construction data platform, has announced its partnership with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) to promote standards and guidance within roofing specification to the broader construction industry.

a partnership with NBS. Through this collaboration, specifiers can be assured that NFRC’s wealth of technical knowledge and expertise on roof ing features within NBS’ platforms, will be available to them. In return, NFRC Members can gain exposure through the NBS Source platform and access specialist NBS Webinars. Together we can help specifiers ensure that they are using the highest quality roofing products and contractors.” NBS has a long track record in providing information and tools to the construction industry, and in recent years has transformed into a leading software provider. Both companies also plan to work together on digital events such as webinars and discussion panels to enrich the debate on industry topics and better support customers. B o b R i ch a rd s o n , H ea d o f Technical and Training at NFRC commented saying: “We are pleased to be able to provide NBS with periodic review services and technical knowledge to ensure consistent information is provided

throughout the specif ication p ro ce s s ri g h t t h ro u g h to installation. We also welcome the opportunity to be part of future NBS events and webinars.” NBS conducted 58 different webinars during 2020 on various topics, which were a huge success and attracted over 25,000 registrations. Commenting on the partnership, Sascia Elliott, Head of Partnerships at NBS, said: “NBS is delighted to collaborate with the NFRC and highlight the benef its and importance of specification in the building timeline. It was a natural f it to partner with the NFRC, an organisation that shares a common goal with us to promote standards and guidance in this skilled profession to those in the wider construction industry. By using NBS products and services, specifiers can help guard against risk, increase eff iciency and proactively drive better standards for the benef it of the wider construction community.”


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PUTTING TEATS HILL BACK ON THE MAP Jacksons Fencing’s Sentry® residential railings specified for a social housing regeneration project.

As part of a wider regeneration of Plymouth, Teats Hill, known as the ‘unforgotten corner’ recently underwent a much-needed transformation. The residents’ call for change instigated Plymouth City Council, partnering with several local organisations including Plymouth and Exeter Universities, Blue Health, and the National Marine Aquarium. Together, they selected f ive sites across the city to benefit, to improve the quality of life for the local community. In Teats Hill, an existing play area was restored. It now boasts brand new equipment to reflect its marine location and heritage. An amphitheatre was also constructed to host educational activities, public events, and performances. 

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Pole position Alongside the development, Teats Hill flats, built in the late 1930s, were renovated by Mi-space Construction. The flats offer unrivalled sea views and are situated in a prized location near the National Marine Aquarium. Despite this, the building had been neglected for many years and consequently had fallen into disrepair.  The flats were also not compliant with current building regulations, as it is a legal requirement for any wall over 600mm high to have a handrail of at least 1100mm high, to protect people from falling. The demarcation wall surrounding the flats was over this height and therefore needed securing with adequate fencing. Fit for purpose Jackson Fencing’s Sentry® Residential railings were specif ied for the project. These were installed on top of the wall by Chiffi Group Ltd, Constructionline Gold Member fence contractors.

The tubular construction and welded stopped pale-through-rail design meant these railings provided a strong but lightweight safety fencing solution. The building’s original features needed to be carefully considered and preserved during the renovation. This made these metal railings the ideal solution, designed specifically to offer a more f itting, modern alternative to traditional wrought iron railings, while providing the same elegant appearance. The railings are hot- dipped galvanised inside and out, to ensure long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion. Finally, a black polyester powder coating was added to provide a durable and attractive solution that would match the renewed aesthetic of the building. Crucially, the pale spacing of the railings conforms to building regulations, which state that a 100mm sphere should not be able to pass between pales, to prevent a trap hazard, which is particularly essential in areas where children are present.

Peter Jackson, Jacksons Fencing Managing Director, comments: “As the UK and its urban centres continue to grow, making residents feel safe and secure in their local area is essential. It’s encouraging to see this community was supported by government at the local level, as councils work to improve the lives of their communities.” “We were pleased to be a part of this regeneration project, providing a robust fencing option that was also in keeping with the desired aesthetic. As with all our steel products, the Sentry residential railings are manufactured carefully to ensure long-lasting protection so they withstand the test of time. Moreover, we know f rom experience that these manufacturing techniques will also help to significantly reduce the long-term costs for repairs and replacements, leaving maintenance budgets for the local area available for other necessities.” To find out more about the fencing options f rom Jacksons Fencing please click here

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36 Outdoor Living

INTRODUCING SYNERGISED – THE NEXT BIG THING IN DECKING Think decking, and you probably think timber.

But timber, as classically attractive and readily available as it is, has problems, as everyone in our sector is well aware.

Qualicoat™ premium powder coating, giving it exceptional colour retention, even after years of exposure to the sun.

It will rot, it can twist and warp, and can require a great deal of maintenance to keep looking and performing its best.

What’s more, it’s highly slip-resistant surface is comfortable underfoot, and stays cool in hot weather, making it perfect for garden applications – while the fact it’s A1 & A2fl-s1 fire-rated at heights of 18m for commercial buildings and 11m for residential make it ideal for high-rise settings.

Which, in recent years, has led to the development of a wide range of alternatives – and one of the most popular is aluminium. Why aluminium? Because it’s strong, it’s lightweight, easy to handle, it’s watertight and weather resistant. In fact, at F.H. Brundle, we think it’s a great alternative decking material – which is why we’ve recently unveiled our new Synergised aluminium decking range. Synergised is a robust, fully fire-rated aluminium decking system designed to meet the rigorous demands of twenty-first century usage, and help tradespeople throughout the sector win lucrative new business. Synergised decking is made f rom structural-grade 6063 T6 aluminium, and f inished with a 100 micron

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combined with our joist profiles, will deliver decking at the exact angle required. Both the subframe and cables can also be used with other decking materials. Altogether, Synergised can be fitted with up to a 50% cost saving compared to other aluminium decking systems, and comes with a life expectancy of over 25 years.

Tested to EN13501, EN 12823 and EN ISO 1716, the system achieves A1 and A2fl-s1 ratings.

Synergised is available in three contemporary colours – Anthracite, Black and Serengeti Sand.

The Synergised system is also extremely quick and easy to install and offers a 50% cost saving when compared to other similar systems.

If you’d like to learn more about Synergised, or request a f ree s a m p l e f ro m F. H . B r u n d l e , call 01 70 8 3 9 8 0 4 8 or visit www.fhbrundle.co.uk

Its mill f inish non-combustible subf rame is available in 3 heights with the 20mm option ideal for ultralow profile applications. Lightweight and easy to cut, it’s extremely quick to assemble and fit. The system’s mill f inish noncombustible fully adjustable cradles make for a very simple install, too – with height adjustment ranging f rom 45mm to 180mm, which,


38 Outdoor Living

LANDSCAPE - the UK’s premier landscaping exhibition, is pleased to announce the 10 th anniversary show will take place on the 3 rd & 4 th November 2021, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

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elcoming over 200 exhibitors with a vast collection of industry-leading products and services, LANDSCAPE 2021 is the trade event you will not want to miss – and the best part is, it’s all FREE! As the first in-person industry show back, The LANDSCAPE Show is perfect opportunity to reconnect with others and keep up to date with products and services. LANDSCAPE is thrilled to bring this year’s show to the NEC for the first time. The move to a larger venue in Birmingham gives the ability to grow and create a bigger show. This exciting new chapter for LANDSCAPE has put the health and best interests of both exhibitors and visitors front and centre with many still uneasy about venturing into London. The NEC is a purpose built, Covid secure venue which is easily accessible. The NEC is located directly alongside Birmingham international airport and Railway Station and it has ample parking on site. The LANDSCAPE Show is dedicated to products, services and innovation for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects. LANDSCAPE brings the industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques necessary to design, build and maintain prestigious and award-winning interior or exterior landscaping projects all over the world.

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, exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of everything from living plants, trees and turf, vases, pots and flag stones to furniture and conservatories, water features and sundials. Our exhibitors also provide architectural iron work, planters, sheds, living roofs and walls, sculptures, soil, plants and paving as well as lighting, heating, trees and tools. Our extensive exhibitor list ensures that when we say that there is “something for everyone”, we really do mean it! The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Wednesday 3 rd November, and 10am-5pm on Thursday 4 th November. Across both days there are 44 CPD accredited seminars taking place. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. To register to attend the show for FREE, simply visit our registration page at:

www.LandscapeShow.co.uk/register Further information can be found online: Website: LandscapeShow.co.uk Email: info@LandscapeShow.co.uk Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 Twitter: @LandscapeEvent #LANDSCAPE2021 Instagram: @Landscape.show #LANDSCAPE2021

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CHARCON SHOWCASES HARD LANDSCAPING OFFERING IN NEW DOWNLOADABLE BROCHURE Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has unveiled a new brochure bringing its range of industryleading products and integrated solutions together into one convenient place.

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he full-colour, 170-page portfolio can be downloaded straight f rom the Charcon website and has been carefully curated for architects, civil engineers, landscape professionals, housebuilders and contractors working across all areas of the construction industry. The brochure includes in-depth information on all of Charcon’s product ranges – including concrete and natural stone paving, sustainable drainage systems, surface water drainage, kerbing and edging – and features a useful guide for design, installation and maintenance. New products featured in the brochure include H2O Linear Surface Water Drainage and Charcon’s innovative Cycle Kerb and Segregation Unit. developer-update.co.uk

Jamie Baldwin, General Manager for Charcon comments: “We’ve always been very proud of our commitment to innovation, our extensive product portfolio, technical expertise and sustainability credentials – but the launch of our new brochure really celebrates this, bringing our capabilities together into one, accessible place. “Whether it’s a large public realm project or a brand-new educational facility, as a supply partner we can support customers from concept right through to completion. We have unrivalled access to the highest quality raw materials, concrete technology and research teams and this expertise is constantly being channelled into developing new, innovative products. “Now, with the launch of a new brochure, we can showcase all our capabilities side-by-side in an easy-to-digest way to offer even more value to our customers.” The new brochure is available to download from the Charcon website now. For further information, visit www.aggregate.com


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FAST VALVE RESPONSE KEEPS FOWEY DRY Product:- Recoil check valve

Immediate dispatch wins T-T Pumps the contract to supply South West Water for their Fowey sewer upgrade project.

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he South West Water sewer upgrade project at Fowey needed a supplier of specific and unique recoil non-slam check valves. T-T Pumps was the only supplier who could meet their requirements. Fowey is a picture-postcard harbour town in South Cornwall. Over the past few years, the residents had been experiencing several internal and external sewer flooding events centred around the Whitford Yard and Lostwithiel Street areas. developer-update.co.uk

To protect residents f rom future flooding and enhance public health, South West Water designed a new sewer installation project that would transform the 70 metre-long existing sewer between Whitford Yard and the Town Quay pumping station into a modern service residents could rely upon not to flood. Completed in February and March of 2021, the project South West Water undertook was not without its challenges: The narrow streets of Fowey and the need to close main thoroughfares


43 had to be manage to minimise disruption, which included when components would be delivered to site. South West Water’s planning for the Fowey sewer upgrade was detailed and included state-of-the-art valves that would be integral to deliver a reliable defence against any future flooding. Once the project’s specif ications were complete, it was apparent which company had the valve technology needed and could supply this time-sensitive project with ease. Gareth Reece, Internal Sales Engineer, T-T Flow, explained how being able to supply the required valves from stock was critical for the Fowey sewer project: “ T-T Pumps were clearly the ideal supplier as these valves are ready to go f rom stock,” Gareth explained. “The time constraints and circumstances involved in this project due to low tide, access to the public areas, harbour master accommodating the installation and a trailer full of safety equipment already set up, meant that we had to react quickly and eff iciently to hit these tight deadlines. Due to our flexible approach a n d co n s ta n t c u s to m e r communication, we were able to arrange dedicated transport to ensure they arrived on-time.” Efficient valve supply The DN150 recoil non-slam check valve is unique to T-T Pumps. In addition, the T-T Flow recoil check valve features weld deposit bronze seats, unlike competitor valves that tend to offer push-f it seats, which risk detachment under higher velocities. In addition, the T-T Flow recoil check valves unique design ensures rapid closure where extreme flow exists. Its robust design incorporates an angled seat, and its high eccentricity design reduces the risk of water hammer and valve slam.

Also, mechanical assistance is gained by reducing inertia coupled with the optimal suspension of the moving components. Ideal check valve for reducing water hammer in supply systems, often caused by sudden changes in pump state, benefitting from reduced door travel to minimise the potentially damaging effects of water hammer. As a result, the DN150 was a perfect choice for the demanding environment of the new Fowey sewer. Managing Director Bob Nash commented on how T-T Pumps have continued to innovate with unique value technology: “ T-T Flow have invested heavily in our UK in-house research and development team. Utilising the latest design software, we are constantly able to re-evaluate our products which gives us the flexibility to meet our customer ’s ever-changing needs.” South West Water knew they had to partner with multiple contractors to deliver the Fowey sewer upgrade on time and with the minimum level of disruption to residents, and ensure all works were completed before Fowey welcomed its annual visitors. T-T Pumps’ long-term development of recoil value technology and its position as a direct supplier meant South West Water had to look no further for the essential valve supplier they needed. Ultimately, the Fowey project was successful via detailed advanced planning, which included using a supplier that consistently meets the high demands of companies across the water industry. If your business is struggling to find the right supplier, call our experts today: +44 (0) 1630 647200. www.ttpumps.com developer-update.co.uk


44 Tools & Equpiment

SEISMIC SAVINGS IN BLAST PROTECTION Seismic activity may be rare in the UK, but many buildings and critical infrastructure need to be protected from blasts. The cost of specialised equipment capable of withstanding the forces and violent movement caused by seismic and blast activity can be extortionate. However, there is an alternative, more efficient way of providing this blast protection than the traditionally expensive ‘ruggedisation’ method. Here, Adam Fox, director of vibration control specialist Mason UK, explains how you can provide effective blast protection in projects, including where vibration isolation is also required. Say ‘seismic activity’ in the UK and you might just think of a few damaged chimney pots. Yet while genuine seismic activity might be rare, the engineering expertise that is used to protect buildings from seismic activity still has relevant applications. Bomb blasts or terrorist activity can subject buildings and critical inf rastructure to what is euphemistically referred to as ‘accidental loads.’ Faced with these accidental loads, buildings need to remain viable. They must remain stable enough for people to evacuate and firefighters to enter if needed. You also want to avoid the ventilation or water supply being taken out by the blast. Consequences like these could be disastrous, especially in military installations or for critical infrastructure like power stations. Engineers therefore design buildings with these criteria in mind. The basic engineering principles were set out in the International Building Code that was designed with the help of our big brother across the pond, Mason Industries, in the 1970s. I n m a n y c o n ve n t i o n a l buildings the volume of steel and concrete provides developer-update.co.uk

sufficient blast protection, but in situations where you need to introduce a structural break for vibration isolation reasons, you require a different level of engineering expertise. For example, let’s say you have a building that is mounted on a series of columns and is near a trainline. You might place one of our bearings on top of the column, to protect the building f rom the vibration caused by the train. Suddenly, you have a soft connection between the column and the structure it is supporting. So how do you make sure the column is fit to withstand the accidental loads referred to before? In these situations, where vibration isolation meets blast protection requirements, there are two solutions. The more simple, traditional approach is to apply heavy restraints which can be seriously expensive and if poorly designed can easily negate the benef it of the vibration control measures It is more eff icient for cost and performance to design a connection that respects both. Ensuring building services remain operational can keep a building running. Expensive ‘ruggedised’ plant equipment

can cope with forces but the smarter, far cheaper engineering solution would involve combing anti-vibration mounts with inbuilt restraints. The former provides general vibration isolation but will also reduce any forces from a blast or accidental load down to levels that standard, off the shelf equipment can withstand. You can view this equipment in action on our YouTube channel, where we show spring mounts with seismic restraints cushioning a pump and motor. It may look violent but the goal is to reduce forces down to less than the equipment would see when being shipped to site. We have worked on many projects for the military and government, as well as for buildings whose function just cannot be interrupted for repairs. We worked to provide a holistic engineering solution, ensuring the entire system was designed to withstand accidental loads and protect critical infrastructure. If you need to introduce structural breaks for vibration isolation, or need to meet blast protection criteria, you face a problem. However, the problem is not that we lack a viable engineering solution in these situations. The problem is, so many developers, architects and engineers are simply not aware that this kind of engineering solution is available and therefore fork out extortionate sums on ruggedization and extra testing. Mason UK is a vibration isolation specialist with extensive expertise i n s e i s m i c e n g i n e e r i n g . To discover how their products and engineering can assist your projects, visit mason-uk.co.uk, email info@masonuk.co.uk or call (01252) 716610.


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LEICA GEOSYSTEMS ANNOUNCES BLK3D UPDATE Leica BLK3D - the in-picture measurement solution

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Iridiondetri publibem trae conu ca; no. Opiessa iam auture tres horum patil vis acressena, ternum enatiam facit. – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, today announced the Leica BLK3D update. The new handheld imager has doubled its operating range and in-picture measurement accuracy for many indoor and outdoor applications, such as exterior building measurements for scaffoldin g, fa ça de, roofing, and architecture projects. The BLK3D users can capture façades of fourstorey buildings with centimetre accuracy in seconds. In addition, users benefit from new guidance and accuracy

indication features that allow them to optimise the capturing process to achieve highest measurement accuracy. This is achieved by significantly enhancing BLK3D image processing algorithms a l o n g s i d e wo rk f l ow adaptation which allows for capturing multi-shots with up to 4 shots. The BLK3D Update is rolled out with the new BLK3D Mobile and Desktop software version 3.0. THE SIMPLEST STEP INTO DIGITALISATION

created and shared on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for project teams to make the right decisions at the right time. “Detailed project documentation, team collaboration and remote decision making are just a few of the needed abilities for today’s professionals across a wide variety of industries,” said Tobias Heller, senior product manager for Leica BLK3D. “In developing the latest version of the software, these needs were our focus. We designed BLK3D mobile and desktop 3.0 for users starting their journey into digitalisation and digital experts who have already been working in the area for some time. With the increased accuracy, longer range and added functionality, the BLK3D is for anyone who is looking to make their work more efficient, effective and productive.”

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46 Tools & Equipment

Leading the charge: One of Travis Perkins’ new eVito vans is pictured with Intercounty Truck & Van’s eSprinter demonstrator

TRAVIS PERKINS BUILDS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE WITH CLEAN, ‘GREEN’ MERCEDES-BENZ VANS FROM INTERCOUNTY T&V Most customers acquiring fullyelectric Mercedes-Benz vans this year will be gaining their first experiences of the manufacturer’s zero-emissions technology – not so Travis Perkins plc. The leading supplier of materials to the UK building and construction industry has just commissioned two eVito models for operation from one of its branches in Edinburgh. They have replaced a pair of emissionsfree E-CELL variants that were based on the previous Vito model range and had been in service since 2015! Travis Perkins Managed Services is a supply chain partner to local authority and social landlords nationwide. Its contract with the City of Edinburgh Council, on which the new vans are now working, is serviced from a facility in the port area of Leith. The long L2 eVito variants arrived, like their predecessors, via Intercounty Truck & Van, a trusted partner to Travis Perkins for the last 13 years. They are out each morning delivering materials to contractors responsible for maintaining and repairing the City of Edinburgh Council’s stock of housing and other properties. Intercounty Truck & Van also provided its high-prof ile customer

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with a larger, L2 (medium length), H2 (high roof) eSprinter demonstration unit, which underwent a month-long evaluation at the same depot in Leith, and at another Managed Services location in Stockton-on-Tees. Introduced towards the end of last year, the 3.5-tonne eSprinter is the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz Vans range. Given the additional load volume it offers, compared to the 3.2-tonne eVito, it represents a more attractive long-term proposition for Travis Perkins. The eSprinter’s cargo area of 11m3 is identical to its diesel-engined, f ront-wheel drive stablemate, and half a cubic metre larger than its rear-wheel drive equivalent. Andrew Hollingsworth, Travis Perkins’ Fleet Business Partner for Scotland and Northern England, explained: “We’ll be running the eVito vans for another year in Edinburgh, but it’s the eSprinter that we’re really excited about. “We carry a lot of bulky items so tend to be more focused on volume than payload. The eSprinter can take 3.0metre worktops and longer lengths of timber, as well as 8ft x 4ft sheets of plywood and other materials. “We’d been looking forward to

getting our hands on one and seeing how it performed, and it didn’t disappoint. The vehicle did everything we’d hoped, and the feedback from both of the depots that took part in the trial was resoundingly positive.” I n te r c o u n t y T r u c k & Va n ’ s demonstrator was certainly a hit with the three colleagues at Travis Perkins’ Leith branch who put the van through its paces. Asked to rate its overall drive Contracts Manager Guy Cruickshanks and Gary Halliday


Tools & Equipment 47 both awarded it 10 out of 10, while Thomas Garland gave it a nine. The eSprinter is powered by a 114 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels. Its 55 kWh high-voltage battery pack is securely mounted beneath the body, so does not impinge on cargo carrying space. The van will travel 95 miles (combined WLTP with 80 km/h speed limiter) on a single charge, which is ample for the majority of urban delivery and last mile applications; recuperative energy recovered when decelerating supplements the batteries’ output. Now superseded, the Vito E-CELL was the world’s first battery-powered light commercial vehicle to be built on-line at a mainstream production facility. As an early adopter of this ground-breaking technology Travis Perkins highlighted its commitment to carbon reduction and support for the City of Edinburgh Council’s environmental targets.

wheel-mounted selectors allow drivers to choose between C, E and E+ (Comfort, Eco and Extended range) settings. The eVito will cover an average of 92 miles between recharges; as with the eSprinter recuperative energy captured when braking can extend its range. Andrew Hollingsworth continued: “We’re really passionate at Travis Perkins about driving carbon out of our own business and our supply chain, and working on a challenging path to reach net zero carbon. We’re already engaged in a number of initiatives designed to reduce our carbon footprint; for example, wherever possible we now buy only electric fork-lift trucks. “Electric vans are clearly going to play an increasingly important role in our business, particularly in urban areas where low-emission zones are

becoming increasingly common. Mercedes-Benz is already our preferred van brand and although the higher mileages involved means range remains an issue for our retail branch operations, the eSprinter looks to be ideally suited to work on Managed Services contracts nationwide.” Travis Perkins plc is based in Northampton and purchased its 1,000th Mercedes-Benz van f rom its local Dealer in March 2018. It has since taken a further 265. The partnership between the two companies is so close that Intercounty Truck & Van’s Customer Service Manager Jason Roberts is dedicated to its Travis Perkins account. www.travisperkins.co.uk

The eVito brings Mercedes-Benz Vans’ electric drivetrain technology up to date. Travis Perkins’ new vans offer 905 kg payload capacities, while sliding doors on both sides, and twin rear doors, provide easy access to up to 6.0m3 of cargo space. Like the eSprinter, the eVito is powered by an electric motor that produces 114 hp and drives the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is instantaneous. Top speed is restricted as standard to 50 mph (80 km/h), but can be increased on request. The steering

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48 PPE

50 Year old product makes dramatic comeback to help beat the virus When the Melaphone Speech Unit was

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clean, sleek and professional appearance in any

considerable success and approval. The

health-care environment. The current Corona Virus Pandemic had created an urgent need for all protective

The Melaphone is still available as a stand-

equipment – both for personal use and in the

alone unit for installation into walls, glass or

working environment. This is the reason the

plastic screens, windows or doors. I can easily

Melaphone has come into its own again. Its unique design, with its resonating membrane

requires no special skill to install. The range

and air-sealed constructions, make it the

has been expanded to meet the growing

ideal device to install in any situation where

demand for the units. In addition to the original

face-to-face communication occurs. It not only

brushed aluminium model there is a stainless

offers protection from air-borne viruses and

steel model, a white powder-coated aluminium model and the newest and highly successful Himacs acrylic-resin model, which is at a very

through a screen. Its protective credentials

popular price. is very easy to keep clean and safe with an antiseptic wipe.

All of these models are available from stock and can be purchased from Melaphone VisAudio.

and designers for use in hospitals, laboratories and cleanrooms or anywhere hygiene is of

The Melaphone has now been built into the

paramount importance. It is a simple but

new Defender Virus Screens produced by the

Even after 50 years, we’re proud to still be

really ingenious invention which requires no

company and numerous doctors’ surgeries,

able to say ‘MADE IN THE UK’ at our London

servicing, wiring or electrical supply. And it

medical centres, clinics and pharmacies in

production facility.

WEBSITE: WWW.MELAPHONE.CO.UK

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