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HOW BSD MET GRADE II* LISTED CHALLENGES TO CREATE £1.8M BOUTIQUE HOTEL A SUITE overlooking cathedral gardens, original fireplaces and character windows are just some of the features included in a new £1.8m boutique hotel in a historic location in Leicester. been designed as a modular system for better efficiency and ease of installation. “The domestic water and hot water systems have also been centralised in the basement and we have made provisions within the design to allow for a possible connection to the Leicester District Energy Scheme, which supplies low-cost, low-carbon energy to major buildings across the city. The future advantages of this will mean energy efficiency and lower running costs.”

Two empty office buildings in Peacock Lane and New Street – adjacent to the site of the car park where King Richard III’s remains were discovered – have been converted into the 28-bedroomed St Martins Lodge, which opened in October. Building Services Design (BSD) provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for the Grade II* listed Georgian buildings, with many of the original features being retained – including the hallway, with its chandelier and staircase. Joel Sawyer, director at BSD, the lead designer on the project, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in a project that has created modern, elegant accommodation while at the same time, honouring the heritage of the important site and its surroundings.” As 40% of the hotel – located directly opposite Leicester Cathedral – is of listed status, all original internal cornices, ceilings and floors are having to be retained, meaning BSD

had to design the building services around the structure of the existing building. Joel said: “We provided a design that is a mix of traditional and modern installation, meaning some of the building services run through the floors and into the ceiling. “To meet listed status building regulations, air conditioning equipment has also been moved to the roof where it is out of sight. “In order to make the spatial challenges work, we held regular on-site visits in order to overcome and catch any potential problems before they happened.” The plantroom has been designed to fit within the existing basement, which has height restrictions due to a vaulted ceiling. Joel added: “To ensure the heating system would fit within the confinements of the basement, it has

Richard III was buried more than 500 years ago following his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. His remains were discovered by archaeologists in 2012 underneath a Leicester City Council car park. The king was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral in 2015. Nick Quinn, director of St Martins House, said: “With our neighbouring conference and events centre, St Martins House, located only a few steps away, we are now able to offer a 24-hour conference rate – including overnight accommodation with breakfast – alongside our function run hire and catering facilities. “This is frequently requested by conference and wedding hosts so St Martins Lodge is now meeting a known demand and adding to the room capacity available for business and for tourism in the city.” BSD is also working with the Diocese of Leicester to bring a new monastic community – called the Community of the Tree of Life – in the heart of Leicester, next door to the hotel. For more information about BSD, please visit

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New Homes To Arrive On The South Coast

200 new homes will be delivered by Wates Residential on the south coast. The contractor has already started work on its Daedalus Village scheme, marking this occasion with a time capsule burial in Lee-on-the-Solent. The site will see the rise of a mix of housing consisting of 120 private homes and 80 affordable homes. Part of the Accelerated Construction Model together with four other national pilot sites, the Homes England initiative was designed to enable the Government to fast-track the building of homes on publicly owned land and diversify housing delivery. “We are very proud to have started work on the Daedalus Village site, which has a rich history and a very promising future, and are pleased that so many people from the local community joined us to celebrate this significant moment with a time capsule burial,” said Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential South. “Through our work, we will not only deliver 200 new high quality homes for local people but will also increase opportunities in the area through our investment in education, training and skills,” he added.

Local suppliers will be appointed for the new homes on the south coast, while residents will benefit from the creation of training and educational opportunities, which aim to boost the local economy. This includes 10 apprenticeships, work experience placements for local students and courses aimed at unemployed adults. The homes are expected to be completed in late 2020. Wates Residential is responding to the needs of its customers by developing mixed tenure housing schemes in partnership with both public and private sector organisations. The business covers new-build and partnership housing development activities, reaffirming its long-term commitment to deliver new homes and to help address the UK’s urgent need for new housing. Its partnership housing offer includes building and selling homes to the public, as well as providing affordable homes for social landlords.

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Plans go in for tallest tower in the City of London The team behind the Gherkin at 30 St Mary Axe in the City of London have lodged a planning application for a new tower next door. “The Tulip” has been put forward by Gherkin owner J. Safra Group and architects Foster + Partners.

Complementing the experience will be a sky bar and restaurants with 360-degree views of the city.

Construction could start as early as 2020 on the 305.3-metre-high visitor attraction which is due for completion by 2025.

The Tulip will use high performance glass and optimised building systems to reduce its energy consumption.

educational resources for future generations.”

Heating and cooling will be provided by zero combustion technology while integrated photovoltaic cells generate energy on site.

Jacob J. Safra said: “We are delighted to benefit from the exceptional talent of Foster + Partners in bringing to London this world-class visitor attraction.

The top of The Tulip will feature an education centre offering 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children. It will also provide an unparalleled vantage point to view London from a height of around 300 metres. The viewing galleries will offer visitors an engaging experience with sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides on the building’s façade.

Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners said: “Continuing the pioneering design of 30 St Mary Axe, the Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city. “It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark with unmatched

“The Tulip’s elegance and soft strength complements the iconic Gherkin. “We are confident in London’s role as a global city and are proud to offer its schoolchildren a state-of-the-art classroom in the sky to appreciate London’s history and dynamism.”

Gianni Botsford Architects tops House in a Garden with sweeping copper roof A funnel-shaped copper roof and subterranean swimming pool feature in this west London home, which Gianni Botsford Architects has slotted behind a 19th century townhouse. The project – which, due to its location, has aptly been named House in a Garden – is situated at the back of an 1840s brick townhouse in London’s affluent Notting Hill neighbourhood. Architect Gianni Botsford has lived in the top floor flat of the townhouse overlooking a characterless bungalow that stood behind the property since 2003, and was keen to make better use of the land.

Over an eight-year planning and building process, Botsford and his team demolished the bungalow for its owner and replaced it with a partly subterranean home topped by a sweeping wooden roof clad in strips of copper. “Shaped and informed by the light and shadow that surround it, the roof’s tent-like form creates a new place for life to occur in the house,” explained Botsford. “As a natural material mined from the earth, copper also resonates well with the idea of much of the house being shaped underground.” The roof was prefabricated in the

Dolomites before being craned into the garden. Its structure – which is crafted from glue-laminated timber – has been left exposed on its underside, forming a decorative ceiling in the glass-walled living and dining area that sits directly below.

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Bid race starts for £435m HS2 Birmingham station HS2 has given the signal for bid prequalification to start for Birmingham Curzon Street station.

Around four contractors will be shortlisted to bid for the design and build deal, expected to cost £435m. Consultant WSP UK working with Grimshaw Architects has worked up designs, which will see seven high speed platforms open in 2026 under a sleek low-arched main building. The main station will be a steel and internal timber composite roof structure with trains leaving from a second level below the raised the main station concourse. Approach railway lines will enter the station on raised viaducts supported by V-shaped piers, allowing people and trams to pass below. Curzon Street station will be the first brand new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century.

Firms have until 17 January to complete prequalification documents with firms shortlisted to bid in May. The successful bidder is scheduled to be revealed in the second quarter of 2020. Prequalification documents for the Birmingham Interchange station tender will be released in the Spring. Meanwhile, HS2 is expected to name the winning bidders to become construction partners on its London station contracts at Euston and Old Oak Common stations before the end of the year.

Plans in for 42-storey Ilford residential tower Plans have been submitted for a landmark private rental residential tower in East London’s Ilford town centre. Storage specialist Access Self Storage is planning to redevelop a former Bodgers discount store with the 380-flat high rise. According to planningdocuments just submitted to the London Borough of Redbridge, Skanska is on board as preferred contractor to deliver the project. The scheme follows the storage business setting up a new brand to bring forward a wide portfolio of private rented scheme across London that will be retained as long-term assets. The One Station Road scheme has been designed by ColadoCollins with Curtins providing structural design and Hilson Morran M&E design. The facade of the building will be brick clad with sky terraces on levels 32 aWnd 37 where the building is cutback. The planning documents states: “There is an exciting

opportunity for positive change in Ilford. This application will form a small, but important, part of the transformation and kick-start the delivery of the Council’s Manifesto and Vision.” This aims to make Ilford a London town again harnessing the benefits of Crossrail, building 6,000 new homes. The facade of the building will be brick clad with sky terraces on levels 32 and 37 where the building is cutback. The planning documents states: “There is an exciting opportunity for positive change in Ilford. This application will form a small, but important, part of the transformation and kick-start the delivery of the Council’s Manifesto and Vision.” This aims to make Ilford a London town again harnessing the benefits of Crossrail, building 6,000 new homes.

After firms dropped out of the Euston Station race just three bidders are left. Costain and Skanska are understood to be in with a good chance of taking the job, having already secured the HS2 Euston tunnels and approaches track civil engineering contract.

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New platform lift works out at Brackley Located twenty miles West of Milton Keynes, Brackley Leisure Centre serves the local community with a full range of facilities including two pools, two dance studios and a sports hall. They recently decided to extend the building to include a 110 station gym which was going to require a lift to offer disabled access next to a small flight of stairs.

FES Support Services were in charge of the building work on the new gym extension, and after previously working with Ability Lifts at a nearby leisure centre in Banbury, they again asked Ability Lifts to assist with this lift requirement at Brackley. The site had just a small floor area adjacent to the flight of stairs, and the total rise for the lift was 1360mm. Ability Lifts recommended their popular Optimum 100 Platform lift as the ideal solution - with a small footprint of just 1150mm x 1560mm whilst still offering a platform size of 1020mm x 1480mm, this lift made the maximum use of the available space. The lift was installed with an open through configuration and a half height gate at the top landing. This created an open feel to the area and visually balanced the unit with the handrail of the staircase. The client chose to have a ramp at the lower level, negating the need to excavate a 60mm pit. An intercom system was supplied with the lift as a means of communication between the lift user and the reception area in case of an emergency situation. The unit comes standard with voice annunciation, visual level indicator and glazed doors. The leisure centre management are very pleased with the lift and have commented that it is being used several times a day, enabling easy access for all gym users. Please contact the Ability Lifts team on 0845 006 8803 or email for further information on the Optimum 100 and the other products in the Optimum range of lifts.

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

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Base Structures gives the NEC a spectacular new look

As part of an exciting £4.5 million transformation of Birmingham’s NEC, Base Structures has installed a stunning fabric façade to the exterior of Halls 1 and 5.

Designed by architects Acivico, the 6860sqm of printed fabric panels and backlit pyramids create a striking visual effect, giving the NEC a futuristic new look for its 7 million annual visitors. Base Structures also supplied and installed a programmable colour wash backlighting feature with an infinite colour range, adding to the immersive effect. The installation took 10 weeks on site, with the creative process from design and conception through to fabric and steel manufacture and installation lasting 5 months in total. Collaborating with a large team and working with a challenging 4,452 metres of steel, the stunning results were achieved within a tight programme of work. With a fixed deadline of 24th August, careful planning and good supply chain management was essential and ensured the team finished a week ahead of schedule. Mark Smith, Director at Base Structures said: “It was a pleasure for Base Structures to be part of such a transformative project for a big name in the UK events industry, and to work for such a professional client whose proactive approach went a long way to ensuring its success. We enjoy creative spectacular large-scale fabric structures, and of course particularly when we can successfully navigate often complex challenges and tight deadlines. Being a part of this refurbishment means we hope to see our work being enjoyed by the NEC’s millions of visitors for years to come!” Kristin Davidson, Head of Purchasing at The NEC said: “The feedback I have received from everyone who has worked with you and your team has been incredibly positive. From my point of view it has been a real pleasure to work with such a professional team”.

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12 The first four-star hotel to open in Hull has used EQUITONE [linea] fibre cement facade material to provide an aesthetic that reflects the city’s industrial heritage.

The £25 million DoubleTree by Hilton provides 165 modern hotel rooms and suites, as well as an event space with the capacity for up to 1,000 guests, steakhouse, rooftop bar and fully-equipped fitness centre. EQUITONE [linea] was specified for the hotel’s facade in order to fuse Hull’s manufacturing and maritime industrial past with its contemporary City of Culture outlook – an accolade it was awarded for the duration of 2017. Cathal Travers, senior architect at Aros Architects, based in London, said: “As the hotel is located in the heart of the city centre and is in the perfect destination for getting to many of Hull’s top attractions, we wanted the facade of the building to reflect both the city’s heritage and where it wants to be in the future.

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Sector(s): Leisure Architect: Aros Architects Location: North

Hull Linea “EQUITONE [linea] provided the perfect aesthetic for showcasing this as the material has a unique 3D shape which plays with light and shadow to give the facade a different aspect as daylight changes.” More than 140 of the hotel’s rooms and suites were built as complete units using shipping containers in China before they were shipped to Southampton and transported by road to Hull – ready to be lifted into place by crane as building blocks. Cathal added: “This process saved months of construction time – usually something like this would take around six months to build, but the hotel was ready to go just three weeks after the containers had arrived in Britain. “EQUITONE [linea] is a quality and durable material that added to the speed of construction as installing

it was very straight forward and efficient – this made the entire process smooth from start to finish. The material also has a life expectancy of at least 50 years and a fire classification of A2-s1, d0, which was really important to the client, who wanted to build something meant to last in order to maximise investment.” The unique 3D, through-coloured EQUITONE [linea] facade material displays a linear surface that highlights the raw inner texture of the core fibre cement material. Every moment of the day, the changing angle of the daylight gives EQUITONE [linea] a different aspect. All EQUITONE materials are available in a range of colours, finishes and fixing options, giving full creative scope. To request samples click here


FLAGSHIP DESIGN HOTEL, HILTON LONDON BANKSIDE UNVEILS ‘THE AGORA’ – THE BEST MEETING ROOM IN THE WORLD, IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH BOMPAS & PARR The brand new meeting room has been designed with features scientifically proven to boost creativity Flagship design hotel, Hilton London Bankside, has partnered with Bompas & Parr - experts in multi-sensory design – to launch The Agora, the world’s best meeting room packed with features specifically designed to stimulate creativity. From flooding the room with scented air at the push of a button to specially curated objects designed to increase productivity, mood-improving lighting installations and refreshments designed to recharge physiologically, every detail is based on the science and psychology of fruitful human interactions and innovation. Taking inspiration from its eclectic location, the creativity-enhancing room can be found within the design-hotel, Hilton London Bankside, located in the cultural and

vibrant neighbourhood of Bankside, nestled between London Bridge and Blackfriars. Taking pride of place in the middle of the room is a custom-built table – the Crux of Creativity – featuring inlaid ley lines which point to important sites of creativity around the Bankside community including The Globe, The Tate, British Film Institute and Royal Festival Hall. The Agora name was inspired by its translation to ‘gathering place’ in Ancient Greece and was also known to be the centre of artistic and creative trading in Athens.

Other key features include: Press for Creativity

Silent moments in brainstorms could be no more in The Agora - an emergency creativity button has been installed and once pressed, a jet will push out cool air to wake the individual up and stimulate imagination. The cool air will also be scented with flavours such as lemon oil (stimulating signals in the brain), peppermint (invigorating the mind) and cinnamon (research shows this enhances creativity).


Mine of Inspiration

The room also features a sculptural wall with in-built displays for artwork and objects designed to inspire. Objects include plants which are known to boost productivity and art from local artist, Will Yates Johnson.

Elixirs of Revelation

Creativity tea station with illuminated shelves and a specially curated tea menu including brain-boosting ingredients such as Bee Pollen (containing amino acids to increase dopamine and serotonin levels), Ginkgo (to increase blood circulation in the brain), Kelp (which contains folic acid to improve memory) and Brahmi (which helps regulate the balance of the mind).

Scattered Ideas Interactive Screen

The latest in interactive screen technology will be available to guests that book the Agora – a 75-inch screen allows seamless, wireless connection and communication with guests’ own devices, ending the misery of connection difficulties often experienced in meeting rooms.

Blue Moods

A wall designed for guests to pin creative outputs up directly using magnetic terrazzo style pieces. The wall can also be used as a whiteboard to jot down notes mid-brainstorm or doodles which are also known to increase attention and memory. General Manager of Hilton London Bankside, James B. Clarke comments: “Our relationship with Bompas & Parr has enabled us to create a world first,

a truly inspiring meeting room where every key detail has been put in place to result in boosted creativity and inspiration. We were already proud of our award-winning meeting room space and facilities on offer but the new Agora room gives us the edge by providing a unique opportunity for creative minds, corporates and professionals to come together and enjoy a room fully serviced for inspiration.” Co-founder of Bompas & Parr, Harry Parr comments: “Most meeting rooms are bland and uninspiring – and creativity needs a helping hand. At Bompas & Parr our chaotic studio is full of unusual and interesting sight, sounds and smells so we already had a sense of the psychological value of the role the environment that surrounds you plays in idea generation. Now we understand more about the underlying science of creativity and have deployed this strategically for Hilton London Bankside. It was also a nice surprise to discover the importance of Bankside in the capital’s creative contribution as we designed the perfect creative space.” The Agora is available for bookings immediately. Please contact to book in your next brainstorm, team catch-up or client meeting.

Activate the Blue Moods light setting on the control panel to initiate a bespoke piece of immersive video art designed to make guests feel more alert and open to creative solutions. Artist Doug Foster’s hypnotic creation, featuring hints of Hilton London Bankside and its surrounding architecture, offers five-minute mind breaks and engulfs the room in a blue hue scientifically proven to arouse the sub-cortical area in your brain.


Picspave decorative concrete floor at Alpamare Waterpark, Scarborough.

PICS and the property refurbishment market. PICS have seen the demand for quality and high performance refurbishment products grow enormously over the last few years, as we extend, or try to bring back to life, old buildings and properties rather than demolish and replace. As a result of customer interest, we now provide a larger range of refurbishment products to suit many different applications for the developer or refurbishment contractor. There are products designed to aid the client with their refurbishment of a range of different paving and walling options, including decorative rendering effects to match to existing stone or brickwork, and concrete flooring stains, coatings and sealers to bring old concrete, block paving and tarmac back to life. From domestic properties to the commercial world of theme parks, zoos, drive thrus, and infrastructure works on roads, bridges and transport schemes, PICS have seen the range of products used across the refurbishment field grow steadily. Full product specification and training details are available to enable the client, designer or

contractor to confidently specify or utilise PICS products with confidence. By the careful addition of colour, texture and pattern to the surface finish, walls, floors and paved areas can be refurbished to a totally different visual style, aesthetic improvement and practical feel. By a simple addition to the design, we have seen contemporary, traditional and bespoke transformations, without expensive or technically challenging applications. Decorative concrete can be utilised as a complete refit of existing paving or an overlay to sound substrate for a simple addition of a colour or sealer layer to the existing surface. Minimal preparation can be undertaken

before most of the PICS products are applied, which makes it easier for contractors to undertake refurbishment projects with paving and walling without highly trained specialists. PICS provide online or face-toface training support and can assist on site where necessary, to supervise larger projects. Many of the PICS range of products are manufactured in-house at our manufacturing facility in Sussex and supplied through our distribution network of stockists and depots around the UK. PICSpave is the PICS range of decorative concrete surface finishes, from slabs of plain structural concrete to an engineer’s design, transformed into any design of


Before and After Picscoat Tarmac Refurbishment

Before and After Wallcrete render application colour, texture and combination the client can dream of. Slate, Tile, Cobblestone, Brick, Pavers, Granite, even a range of timber and decking effects can be created in the colour mix of your choice to suit any property or commercial scheme. Wallcrete is a printable decorative render system for both new build or refurbishment applications. We have seen theme park designers create artificial rock structures, housing developers recreate listed building finishes when extensions are added, and repairs to masonry achieved with effects which are difficult to distinguish from the original. A wide range of natural and modern finishes are possible and the artistry that is used by sculptors and set designers in the film industry, can easily be achieved by a novice with minimal training and experience. This brings the Wallcrete system within the daily practical use of all builders and refurbishment contractors. Practical training can be provided on-site if appropriate and the costs of these British

made products are competitive with imported materials, readily available around the UK. The range of sealers and colouring stains are used to transform concrete paving, from existing industrial and concrete floors, to newly laid pattern imprinted, exposed aggregate and block paving projects. Aiding the long term performance of the paving, as well as creating aesthetically bespoke designs, the artists brush can truly be used on the paving canvas of the refurbishment professional. Sealers are a simple low cost addition to the tools available to the refurbishment contractor, and help to dust proof, aid curing, protect against ingress of dirt, oil and grease, thereby reducing maintenance and protecting the expensive paving finish the client has purchased. This then helps to reduce the life time costs and cleaning regimes for the client, The sealer range includes Low & High Solid concrete sealers, water and solvent based

Cure and Seal, PICSeal block paving sealer, Permaseal jointing sand stabilising solution and PICScoat tarmac and asphalt sealer in black, red and green colour options. There is also a range of ancillary cleaning, degreasing, and site preparation products, including acid wash, Mossclean algae and lichen removal, and PICSclean degreaser. We can provide colour charts, project images and case studies, as well as technical data for all products, and would be pleased to answer any technical, application or costing enquiries for you. Our nationwide network of existing contractors is available to cost any project you may be working on, whether it is paving, walls or even roof cleaning, and our depots in Newbury, Sheffield and Manchester provide an opportunity to view and discuss all the PICS refurbishment products. We are experienced at supplying a range of export clients and projects, so please contact our export team for any requirements to specify or use our PICS refurbishment and renovation products abroad.

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Panasonic Starts HVAC Manufacturing with Aquarea Production Line in Europe Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has started residential air-to-water heat pump production at Panasonic AVC Networks Czech, s.r.o. (PAVCCZ) in Pilsen, Czech Republic in October 2018, as part of its efforts to enhance the airconditioning business in the European market. Europe has seen exponential demand for more renewable energy solutions. Providing heating, cooling and hot water, the Aquarea heat pump utilises energy from the air, providing a cheaper, cleaner and sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuel or electric systems.

simplicity and innovation. The new factory, starting with one production line, will progressively increase manufacture to reach 40,000 Aquarea units yearly, according to Panasonic’s mid-term plan, becoming one of the main factories for Aquarea.

Panasonic had exported air-to-water heat pumps to Europe from its Malaysian air-conditioning factory. The new production facility provides Panasonic with a better capability to meet growing demand for energy-efficient heating and cooling, in properties across the region. It will also create a more localised and agile approach to product design in line with European regulations. For Panasonic customers in Europe, Aquarea lead times will be reduced thanks to short-haul transportation links, which also contributes to a reduction in the environmental impact of long-haul product shipping from Malaysia.

“We are very proud of this new facility and the capabilities it gives us in Europe. We’ve seen year-on-year growth in demand for our Aquarea air-to-water products and I’m looking forward to satisfying that demand in Europe” commented Enrique Vilamitjana, Managing Director at Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Europe.

Since 2010, Panasonic Aquarea has set the standard for Air to Water heat pumps in Europe, with its reliability,

With over 60 years of heating and cooling experience on its side, Panasonic continues to develop products with energy-efficiency and sustainability in mind. Its new manufacturing line will increase Aquarea production to meet the needs of the European market, ensuring a more energy-efficient future for Panasonic customers.




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RMIG City Emotion Spirit The city is not just about buildings... RMIG City Emotion Concept The city or any urban area is not just about buildings but a place for emotion and the aesthetic appeal requires our full attention. City Emotion by RMIG is for everyone who decides to prioritise the “beautiful” and innovative. RMIG’s City Emotion captures the passion for creative urban design by offering innovative technologies and materials. RMIG can help you realise the most ambitious architectural projects, the projects that will give the conurbation all its emotional value.

MSCP Victoria Street Multi-storey car park, Liverpool When designing the facade of the MSCP in Victoria Street, Liverpool, the architects wanted to pay tribute to the city’s fishing industry and decided on a modern interpretation of the fishnet pattern. Thanks to RMIG ImagePerf technology, it was possible to reproduce the design on to the 243 perforated sheets that made up the facade, covering an area of 800 m2. In addition to the perforated facade cladding, RMIG also supplied expanded metal for the ground level of the MSCP. Both the perforated sheets and expanded metal provide the necessary ventilation and light for a facility of this kind.

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MSCP Time Square, Bridge Street Multi-storey car park, Warrington, Cheshire As part of the redevelopment of Bridge Street in Warrington, Cheshire, a multi-storey car park has been constructed, providing the town with more than 1,000 much-needed parking spaces. This massive eight-storey car park has a remarkable facade made from an astonishing 3,500 m2 of perforated sheets manufactured and supplied by RMIG, with RMIG ImagePerf technology being used to create the vivid perforated patterns.

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The creative use of perforated metal in urban design shapes the framework of our surroundings. Perforated metal offers a whole new level of freedom for designers and architects who want to influence the cityscape of tomorrow and breathe new life into urban areas.

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

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CT1 No1 Construction Sealant and Adhesive of the year! CT1 The Snag List Eliminator has been widely acknowledged and now voted as the No1 sealant and coatings company for 2018. The brand is widely recognised as the only sealant and adhesive for the job as it replaces several products in one. The unique technology of this product and versatility, has allowed trades people, in all trades, to save money and more importantly hours of labour. CT1 is the only construction sealant and adhesive to be awarded over a whopping 25 accreditations!. This is why now architects and specifiers demand CT1 on the job as its guaranteed to work first time all the time, Some have described CT1 as their get out of jail card. Boasting of over 25 accreditations, such as ETAG 022, which has tested its mechanical strength and only sealant to have passed this test, which also tested for wet room applications, is the only sealant and adhesive in the world, to be awarded a NAAF certificate. The Norwegian Asthma and Allery association is the most stringent body globally for testing products to be used in house and environment to help prevent asthma and allergies. Asthma and allergies are among the very few chronic illnesses that are still on the rise, especially amongst children and adolescents. Research indicates that the reasons for this increase are related to chemicals and pollution in our modern society.

This is why CT1 was the only construction sealant and adhesive used to repair Diana’s memorial fountain, The London Eye, used in the building of the Olympic Village and so on.

Due to CT1’s unique hybrid polymer formulation, CT1 has no solvents in its formulation which has also received EC1 and EC1 A+ certification in relation to extremely low emissions and non-hazardous product. CT1’s reputation spread as far as this body in Norway, who gave their stamp of approval after rigorous testing. It is the only sealant that has achieved this stamp.

This is why CT1 has been the number 1 Sealant and Adhesive, is the only one to be recommended for new builds, and on projects they wish not to visit again!

Due to no solvents it also eliminates the old age problem of leaking shower trays and baths. Its replaces several products in one and can’t be beaten.

Go to to see applications of CT1, datasheets and testimonials. Also look at the Ct1 video for more applications and uses.


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Ecophon its Solo

Ecophon has launched the latest extensions to Ecophon Solo™, its market leading family of free hanging acoustic panels. The new additions to the already extensive product portfolio of versatile acoustic absorbers provide architects and designers with even greater choice and creative freedom.

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Launched as the first acoustic cloud to the market almost ten years ago, Ecophon Solo™ is a design-friendly, free-hanging sound absorber that due to its versatility can be installed in virtually any space. The Solo range features panels in a variety of standard shapes including square, rectangular and circles while Solo Freedom allows designers to express themselves creatively with custom shapes and colours. The latest expansion of the range introduces larger sizes, integrated luminaries and new baffle designs. The innovative glass wool core used in Ecophon panels provides a lightweight, stable solution that is strong and rigid regardless of the size or shape. This makes it possible for Ecophon to produce uniquely large panels. This is seen in the newly launched 3000x1200 mm rectangle - the largest on the market - and the 2400 x 600 thin rectangle. Ecophon’s Connect Profile and accessories makes installation simple and means that even the largest size panels are quick to fit on site. The expanded Solo offering now also offers a combined lighting and sound absorption option. The Ecophon Line™ luminaire, one of three normally only available in the Ecophon Focus™ range, has now been integrated in the 2400x1200 mm Solo panel. Solo Rectangle Line is delivered with the opal integrated in the panel so installation is as simple as hanging the panel, adding the included luminaire and connecting into the lighting system. Following the recent growth in the architectural popularity of baffles, Ecophon have taken their offer to the next level with Ecophon Solo™ Baffle Wave and Ecophon Solo™ Baffle ZigZag, innovative shapes designed to complement the traditional straight edge baffle. Furthermore, due to the growing recognition of the importance of adding sound absorbers to walls, Ecophon has also added Solo™ Baffle on Wall to the product family. This simple change allows an architect to continue the baffle design onto the walls, making an aesthetic statement while creating an even better sound environment.

strengthens offer For more information about the Ecophon Solo™ range visit

Ecophon recognises that often, either as part of the design or due to a lack of ceiling height, Solo may need to be installed close to the soffit. To make this simple, Ecophon has developed a new, simple, direct fixing solution which makes it possible to easily install the Solo panels as close as 50 mm from the soffit. Will Jones, Marketing Manager at Ecophon said: “The design of interior spaces has a huge effect on people’s experience, so architects need the freedom to design with solutions that not only deliver the required acoustic performance but also complement and even enhance the design of a space.

“The new products and updates to the Solo range strengthen our offer and mean we have the widest range of free-hanging absorbers on the market. Since we launched the original system it has become a favourite among architects and we are proud to still be building on what we started almost a decade ago.”

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Longmans Mews:

Cool Style & Easy Living Woodpecker Flooring share a case study on their engineered wood flooring being specified for 25 modern London apartments

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exterior using the same Ibstone Ivanhoe cream brickwood and recreation of the roof’s distinctive profile of steep slopes and ridges. The addition of large glass panels and doors, balconies and terraces ensures the interiors of all the apartments are filled with natural light and each has access to a private outdoor space. Inside The apartments within Longman Mews have been designed to balance functionality with aesthetics. Taking advantage of the size and structure of the building, the industrial space has been blended with Scandinavianinspired décor to create contemporary, light-filled, spacious, urban chic interiors with high ceilings, underfloor heating and clean, simple lines. Chepstow Planed Grey Oak

History & Conversion Longmans Mews was originally built in the late 1930’s to provide workshops for industrial artisans. Its dramatic saw-tooth roof with north-facing, large glass panels allowed the interiors to be filled with natural daylight, making it the perfect environment for design and manufacturing. The unique building is tucked into a corner of the stylish Park SW20, newly developed by Equitas Properties. It blends with the surrounding properties and leafy neighbourhood of Raynes Park, offering mews-style living and a sense of community in South West London. The conversion of Longmans Mews into a stunning collection of one and two bedroom contemporary apartments required the reconstruction of the

A neutral palette of soothing greys and milky whites creates a calm, serene environment while large panels of glass flood the living spaces with natural light. Engineered wood adds warmth and natural character throughout all living spaces, including the open-plan lounge and kitchens, bedrooms and entranceways. Woodpecker Salcombe Dune Oak and Chepstow Planed Grey

Oak were specified for all 25 of the apartments, totalling a size of 880m2. Equitas purchased the flooring through one of our nearby stockists. With our entire catalogue stocked at our warehouse in South Wales, the woods were supplied in smaller amounts as and when required, ensuring the project could progress smoothly and on time. ‘We like to use wood flooring on every development where possible. Aesthetically it works for us given the choice of finishes and product types available, especially when compatible with underfloor heating. We were provided with Woodpecker samples and liked the quality and options available along with the good price point. We were put in touch with Woodpecker’s representative Nick Henry who provided excellent support throughout the project.’ – Michael McCarthy, co-founder of Equitas Properties See Woodpecker’s collection of naturally inspired wood floors and get free samples at

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

Due to a change in screed depth requirements across the construction industry, Purus have taken the same successful technology as their Minimax 50 and made the gully even shallower. With a total height of just 59mm allowing it to fit into shallow concrete slabs, the 59mm S-Series gully includes Purus’ combined water and mechanical NOOD trap which was used in the London 2012 Athletes Village. With careful planning from the architect, the contractor no longer has to install a vertical outlet floor gully through the slab. At just 59mm,

the brand new S-Series floor gully makes it possible for this problematic situation to now be avoided. The 59mm S-Series gully incorporates the same NOOD water trap technology as Purus’ other floor gullies, so all of the benefits that you are used to with Purus are all still in place; and it also introduces a brand new stainless steel clamping ring designed for screwing either vinyl or waterproof membrane for tiles down into the floor gully. The NOOD combined water and mechanical trap uses a spring mechanism to prevent any foul air from escaping through the gully even when it dries out and it is extremely

simple to clean and maintain.A range of stainless steel grate options are available for the 59mm S-Series floor gully. The Drop grate for vinyl floors has a 150mm diameter and slots into the gully above the vinyl flooring once clamped into place; and Purus’ 200x200mm PK200 grates are also available in a selection of patterns for tiled floors. For product codes, enquiries and all the latest product updates, please visit, or contact Purus Ltd. on 0113 289 3172. Products are available to purchase from Purus distributors.


Floor gullies and linear channels for wetrooms A range of level-access drainage solutions ideal for your commercial, domestic and industrial projects


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From low-profile floor gullies to stainless steel linear drainage channels for tiled, vinyl and resin floor finishes, Purus Limited manufacture a huge range of drainage solutions for your commercial, domestic and industrial projects.

So why choose Purus? The NOOD No-Odour trap is just one of many features of our Mini Series Floor Gullies and Purusline Living linear channels, and will stop any bad air escaping even when the drain is left to dry out. It’s just one of the reasons why our drains are used in so many projects like Leeds University’s Henry Price Building student residences (pictured). With many of our products certified by the BBA and with BIM Objects ready to download, Purus make the ideal choice for all of your level-access drainage requirements.

e-mail: tel: 0113 289 3172 View product details, installation guides and much more at:


The importance of passive fire protection The contribution to building protection by installed fire stopping products are often underestimated by businesses. The media very rarely report on the reduction in the effects of fires in compartmentalised buildings, even though thousands of lives and the buildings themselves are saved each year. The fact is, there is nothing to write about when the destructive impact of a fire is prevented. Compartmentalisation works by preventing the spread of fire that will result in injury or death to human beings or animals and irreplaceable damage to property. There are numerous reports about the heroics of firefighters risking their lives to put out fires (and hats off to them for their amazing efforts) or that a fire was stopped by the sprinkler system, but rarely is it credited to compartmentalisation. Why is that? Is it that it is too complicated to be considered? Of course not, compartmentalisation is an easy and cost effective way to protect a building against the spread of smoke and fire. Time is the reason compartmentalisation is the most effective method to use against the spread of today. A fire can spread so quickly that it is almost impossible for firefighters to extinguish it

without causing large-scale damage to the building. Fires that occurs in residential homes can devower the entire building before the fire department arrives. Isolating rooms where fires are more likely, reduces the effects of fire on the rest of the building and increases the time the fire fighters have to put it out before it spreads. A fire compartment can be designed to restrain a fire for up to 60 minutes, which could be sufficient time to safely evacuate the building and for the fire department to arrive and extinguish the fire. That is if the fire does not burn out on its own due to lack of oxygen, material, or both. Compartmentalisation is not the only consideration. Compartmentalisation of rooms where fires are likely should also take into account where the occupants are located, their numbers, the types of activities being performed on the premises, the fire evacuation route, the fire alarm system and other systems linked to the fire alarm. This is evident in the designs the architect has incorporated into our new factory that was built in Huddersfield city centre last year. Polyseam has for the last 25 years developed products to simplify the

installation of fire stopping of service penetrations. Solutions to problems do not have to be complicated, expensive and time-consuming. Polyseam offer simple solutions through our brands Protecta and GRAFT designed and tested in apertures and services as installed in real situations and solved through complicated chemistry. We are not here to tell construction businesses how to insulate a pipe, or cut a hole in a gypsum wall. We are here to provide these businesses with effective solutions that can be adapted to meet their requirements for products, installation and performance. Our CEO Kjetil Bogstad has written and published a comprehensive technical handbook to fire stopping and service penetrations, which is available for download via our website protecta/downloads. The handbook provides details on which products should be used and where and general rules to fire classification. For further information on Polyseam or Protecta and Graft products W: or call T: 01484 421036


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The best choice to protect against the spread of fire ProtectaŽ is a market leader of Passive Fire Protection products and offer an extensive range of penetration and linear gap seals. Designed to provide systems which meet the harshest requirements of today’s building and construction projects.

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Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of Osmo UK’s specialist, provides an insight into what different Wooden flooring is a beautiful feature, but it is important to understand that as an organic matter, it will continue to need nourishment to ensure it stays in the best possible condition, both aesthetically and structurally. My best advice is to make use of a high-quality finish, full of natural ingredients to complement the woods properties. This will ensure that the wood continues to breathe and respond well to environmental conditions, removing any possibility of cracking or and blistering. I would recommend an oil-/wax-based finish.

Protection A desired result by many is the natural rustic look. To maintain this, the finish applied needs to add durability to the wood surface, protecting it from every day wear-and-tear, stains and dirt. In this situation, a clear matt finish would be the answer. The finish will not detract from the overall beauty of the natural wood, but will make it more robust, adding to the longevity. Oil/wax finishes penetrate deeply into the wood to create a micro-porous finish. This allows the wood to breathe, moisture to evaporate and ensures a flawless finish both upon application and for many years to come. After treatment, the wood is strengthened from within and retains its elasticity. It becomes water repellent, stain resistant and more hard-wearing, because it meets the wood’s natural demands and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. • Recommended finish - Polyx®-Oil Offering all the professional features of a traditional oil-based finish, Polyx®-Oil combines the smooth surface of conventional lacquers, and the ease of application of a water-based finish, while managing to eliminate the inherent disadvantages of these other types of finish. If time is of the essence, opt for Polyx®-Oil Rapid. As the name suggests, Polyx®Oil Rapid provides a superior finish in extra quick time. In fact, the short drying time allows two coats to be applied in just one day – and there is no need to use a primer. And the wear resistance of treated floors even exceeds that of conventional parquet seals and varnishes.

Colour Another feature of wooden finishes is the ability to apply colour to your flooring. Tired or dull floors can quickly be converted to gain a vibrant and exciting appearance. Whether it is a simple tint to change the shade of the wood, or a complete overhaul to a refreshing bold colour tone – this can be a quick-fix way of improving the appearance of the room. The products which are available on the market to do

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just as we have said have been designed to combine creative design and perfect protection. Not only does it offer visual enhancement, but also a finish that maintains the natural characteristics of the wood. • Recommended finish - Polyx®-Oil Tints Osmo Polyx®-Oil Tints brings a touch of elegance and glamour to any room. The range of protective wood finishes includes gold and silver tones which achieve a glitter finish, especially when the sun catches it. Other colours include white, honey, amber, terra, graphite and black.

Safety Depending on the location of the floor, safety needs to be considered when specifying the finish. Like any hard-flooring material, wood can become slippery when wet, resulting in a slip hazard. To rectify this issue, many anti-slip finishes have been introduced to the UK market. These products apply a clear anti-slip finish to the floor, which doesn’t compromise the overall appearance. • Recommended finish - Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip Polyx®-Oil Anti-Slip increases the slip resistance of frequently maintained flooring areas. The surface retains its natural appearance while the fine structure particles in the finish prevent it from becoming slippery.

Prior to the application of finishes, it is essential to ensure the flooring is adequately prepared in order to achieve the best results. Whether it be a newly laid floor or an old renovation, sanding out uneven surfaces will allow for the finish to achieve a better result. Without proper preparation and the removal of pre-existing treatments and varnishes, new finishes may appear uneven and will not saturate the surface sufficiency enough to perform the required job.

Available direct or from approved stockists nationwide, Polyx®-Oil meets all relevant environmental and performance standards. For stockists and more information, call Osmo UK on 01296 481220 or visit


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The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement. You must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. Thethe treatment plant you choose As system breaks down and aerates the solids, the should be around 95% efficient items such as wipes, sanitary introduction of non-degradable thus allowing long intervals products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment beforeThis de-sludge required. The and increase the need to plant. will clogisup the system waste water must be cleaned to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will a standard meeting be around 3-5 years,the it isusual also recommended no medicines, or discharge level requirement, you harsh chemicals enter the unit, try to stick to Eco brands and must apply for either an exemption stagger washing throughout the week. certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, Simple solution sewage watercourse or soakaway.

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Show for all building and construction industry supply chain professionals involved in swimming pools, spas, saunas, spas, enclosures and the world of water leisure in its widest context.

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SPATEX 2019 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena (Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st January) will feature over a hundred exhibitors drawn from the world’s leading wet leisure manufacturers and suppliers. As an eye-catching shop window, showcasing all the latest innovations, it is the UK’s biggest gathering with enormous international appeal. The best of water leisure under one roof SPATEX features everything under the wet leisure umbrella from wet and dry safety flooring, spas, water play features, pool enclosures to energy saving chemical control and heating and ventilation units. A vast proportion of the many innovative new products launched at SPATEX are geared towards the commercial sector and are seen for the very first time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to catch up on new technologies and energy saving innovations. For instance, Unipools is using SPATEX as the launchpad to the European market for the ingenious LevelSmart Wireless Autofill System. Enhance your skills Aside from offering a glittering showcase, SPATEX also hosts a free-to-attend double seminar programme on all three days, featuring a diverse range of topics that everyone involved in water leisure build and design is interested in. CPD points and a certificate of attendance are available for all attendees of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) workshops in Arena 1. This year, there are 22 different sessions running throughout the three days of the Show including 18 NEW titles.

There’s also hands-on practical demonstrations. Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes will see the return of the popular ISPE ‘Mega-Demo’ which will feature various aspects of water testing, allowing delegates to get ‘hands-on’ with equipment, alongside experts demonstrating the dos and don’ts. In addition, there will be a live demonstration, with commentary, of how to install, service and repair, both filters and pumps for domestic pools on the Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the ISPE workshops, in Seminar Arena 2, SPATEX offers a parallel free-to-attend seminar programme on all three days, featuring a diverse range of new topics for example: Wednesday January 30th 14.00-14.30 – Grow Your Business Without spending £1000s on traditional advertising by Deborah Ekins of Eagle Leisure. Visit to see SPATEX’s impressive list of exhibitors, details of the free double seminar programme and register for FREE.


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Buyers will be treated to creative new designs from both regular and new international exhibitors. On show will be a full selection of furniture and interior décor from the luxury of soft Italian leather sofas, to the clean lines of futuristic German living room furniture with funky lighting. Notable high-end Italian upholstery companies and show favourites Ego Italiano and Italia Living will bring their sumptuous leather upholstery in both natural tones and vibrant hues. Streamlined living and dining furniture in high gloss and high style will be on show from luxury Italian cabinet experts ALF, new exhibitor Battistella and Camel Group, their modernistic living and dining designs are striking head-turners.

INTERNATIONAL BRANDS SHOW PIZAZZ Full of European glamour and International flair, the 2019 January Furniture Show (JFS), will feature over 40 brands from as far apart as the Republic of Ireland and the Himalayas showing alongside over 450 UK based brands. The four day show runs from 20th -23rd January at the NEC in Birmingham.

Portugal’s Aleal have been creating refined cabinet and upholstery collections for over 40 years and are new to JFS. Joining them is fellow Portuguese exhibitor Furniwood, who cut a dash in Hall 1 with their distinctive wooden collections. German engineering expertise is renowned and the engineering in their furniture is equally distinguished. New exhibitor Hartmann has impressive collections of solid wood living and dining furniture featuring concealed lighting. German bedroom storage experts Weimann, Rauch and Nolte will once again show their flexible, ever developing integral bedroom solutions with dozens of finishes in wood, lacquer and glass. Scandi cool has long been popular with UK consumers and showing it at its best will be Denmark’s Skovby. They return with their effortlessly stylish living and dining collections with smooth finishes and practical application. France and Belgium have popular exhibitors including innovative cabinet company Akante and high-end upholstery manufacturer ROM. Showing their latest cabinet collections from the Far East will be Global Home and new to JFS, Himalaya Traders who produce intricate and unique wooden cabinet. Nearer to home there are plenty of companies representing the Republic of Ireland. Alfrank will show their ultra modern approach to living and dining furniture, and multi supplier VIDA Living who will introduce both new cabinet and new upholstery collections. Scatterbox has been a specialist soft furnishing supplier for over 20 years and will have extensive and colourful new choices on show. JFS is a true celebration of both UK and International furniture and furnishings and is the best opportunity in the UK calendar to see what’s new and meet the companies behind the designs. To see the full list of UK and European and UK exhibitors and to register for your free entry please go to:

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P C Henderson Set to Exhibit at Leading International Tradeshow – BAU 2019 P C Henderson will be exhibiting at leading international trade fair - BAU - in January 2019 where it will be showcasing a selection of its high quality sliding door hardware as well as introducing three new innovative solutions to the market. BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, takes place on January 14th to 19th at Messe Munchen in Munich, Germany. Attracting over 250,000 visitors from 5 continents and playing host to 2100 exhibitors from over 45 countries – the event is viewed as an internationally respected mega event. P C Henderson will be on stand 428 in hall B4, demonstrating some of its most popular and renowned sliding and folding door hardware products including; Securefold, Evolve, Roomflex and Flexirol Multidirectional. The company will also be launching three new hardware solutions to the market - presenting visitors with a first time opportunity to see, touch and use full working displays of the new products. Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson commented, “As one of the biggest and most respected trade shows within our industry - known for its innovative and future orientated themes - there was no doubt that BAU was the right event for us. We’ve worked hard over the past year to develop a range of innovative new hardware solutions – designed as a direct result of extensive market research - so we’re really looking forward to seeing the markets response”. Products to be launched at the event include Pocket Door Pro – a professional pocket door hardware system specifically designed for rapid installation in commercial applications. The system has been developed using

advanced ‘push fit’ technology allowing for easy and rapid installation. Available in either manual or automatic operation, the hardware is also available as a fully certified fire rated system - to FD30 and FD60 standards. Visitors to the stand will also have the chance to view the company’s new Husky Soft Close system - a straight sliding hardware system with integrated soft close and open. The system benefits from a pre-assembled soft close which is concealed within the track providing an extremely minimalistic and discreet finish, catering for doors weighing up to 100kg. Finally, the stand will also be showcasing P C Henderson’s new Shutter Slide – an advanced hardware system for the movement of external louvre panels weighing up to 120kg. Offering a variety of inspiring and functional design possibilities, the system is available in single panel, bi-parting panel and telescopic panel variants, as well as being available in either manual or electric operation. “Visitors to our stand should expect to see a wide variety of inspiring and functional hardware solutions for doors of practically any size. Our range of hardware has huge breadth to it, catering for anything from 8kg cupboard doors right up to 8000kg aircraft hangar doors - which is what we feel sets us apart from other manufacturers”, continued Andrew. P C Henderson currently exports to over 70 countries worldwide and has won three awards in the past two years for its exporting achievements. The company has long been acknowledged as a world leader in the design and manufacture of sliding and folding door hardware, with its products renowned for their high quality and durability. If you are visiting BAU 2019 and would like to set up a meeting with a member of the P C Henderson team please email

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Designing in light Civic architecture is all about creating buildings that engage with their communities. It’s about creating places and spaces in which we are able to respond positively to our surroundings at a human level. That process of civic design, as with all architecture, is about balancing form and function in a complete building that looks good from the outside and performs well on the inside. To do that it needs one magic ingredient: light, both natural and artificial. The use of light is fundamental to the architectural process, because it’s also fundamental to us, and how we see the world. Some 80% of information reaches our brains via our eyes. We respond to light and colour in a psychological way that then affects us physiologically, because it helps us make sense of our surroundings. Architects and interior designers now more fully appreciate the importance of light in their designs, particularly for public buildings such as schools and hospitals where there exist particular duties of care, and companies such as Wrightstyle have worked closely with architects to develop glazing systems to realise evermore ambitious design requirements. It’s not just about making civic buildings lighter and brighter and cutting down on electricity bills – important though that is. For example, a recent European healthcare study found that, “the quality of the visual environment has a positive effect on the occupant’s feeling of well-being and in the case of hospitals this can affect staff performance and patient recovery… For those reasons it is essential to consider lighting at the early stages.” In a survey, 86% of directors of nursing said that hospital design was ‘very important’ or ‘important’ in relation to the performance of nurses, the most crucial aspect being the design and organisation of the hospital environment. Over 90% of

nurses and all directors of nursing believed that there was a significant link between recovery rates and a well-designed environment. Another report from a hospital in Pennsylvania compared patients whose rooms had windows looking over natural landscapes with those looking onto a brick wall. Patients with open, natural views had shorter post-operative stays – 7.9 days compared to 8.7 days. They also took fewer strong and moderate analgesic doses, and had lower rates of minor post-surgical complications. A summary of various research papers into the value of light in healthcare facilities was published by the Center for Health Design (2006). The same is true for educational facilities. A UK study on the relationship between pupil performance and the built environment found that test scores in well-designed buildings were up to 11% higher than in poorly designed schools. One study at a middle school in London “showed clearly that the pupils in the classroom with more ambient light both felt better and worked harder. They had lower levels of sleep hormones and were therefore more alert during the darker months of the year. They also achieved better school results in mathematics, reading and writing throughout the entire school year,

and this improvement was especially noticeable during the darker part of the year.” The trouble is that public sector design has traditionally been primarily influenced by cost, with many public buildings built on criteria of lowestprice utility – rather than as places to inspire. However, the Royal Academy of Engineers, in a paper entitled The Long Term Costs of Owning and Using Buildings, showed that increasing cost to a building’s envelope has an almost infinitesimal effect on lifetime costs – and, in perhaps making energy efficiencies, could actually achieve long-term savings. Using a lifetime cost approach can change perceptions of what civic buildings can be about – whether those buildings are social housing units, a school, hospital or railway station. It’s about putting us at the centre of the equation, and constructing buildings that add soul and imagination to the built environment. It has inspired such buildings as the Jubilee Library in Brighton, the Tate Modern in London, the Baltic in Newcastle and the City Learning Centre in Bristol, using public funds to create inspirational and regenerative places at the heart of our communities.

It all comes back to light because, to paraphrase Le Corbusier’s oftquoted aphorism, the history of architecture is the history of the window. Nowadays, modern steel systems can span huge areas and still offer levels of fire protection hitherto unimaginable – important considerations for public places where thousands of people may work or congregate. By working closely with designers, we’ve developed innovative solutions for all kinds of civic spaces – from shopping centres in the UK and Hong Kong to hospitals in London and Saudi Arabia, and from several Crossrail stations and King’s Cross station to major transportation projects in Dubai and Hong Kong. We’ve also gone further, developing and testing highly specialist systems that can withstand a lorry bomb attack – which are now installed in sensitive government and other buildings both here and overseas. Here at Wrightstyle, we’re well able to cost-effectively turn architectural vision into design reality, creating exceptional architecture to inspire learning, healing, regeneration and pride in our communities.



According to Rinnai UK, leader in continuous flow gas water heating products, stored hot water systems suffer badly from the problem of scale build up – even when water treatment measures are in place.


working’. 99 times out of a 100 this is only because the operator has forgotten or omitted to add salt to the water conditioner. The third solution, zinc-based inhibitors, is the only type recommended by Rinnai for use with its appliances. This technology uses electrochemical dispersement to impart a precise amount of soluble zinc which interferes with the crystallisation process of scale build up.

Lime scale consists of calcium carbonate (calcite) with lesser amounts of other calcium salts such as sulphate. Sometimes lime scale deposits contain corrosion debris and this scale build-up can affect the water heaters by reducing their efficiency and overall performance. Ultimately, ongoing use with hard water will shorten the lifespan of water heating appliances. Limescale build up is a serious problem in Southern England, Wessex, Wales, Hull and the Thames area. In these hard water areas especially scaling in stored hot water systems ultimately leads to lower performance, breakdown, and expensive remedial treatment such as power flushing and in the worst scenario cracked cylinders. Serious money needs then to be spent to get the system back to work; all of which means downtime, inconvenience and, for many businesses a detrimental impact on income, customer satisfaction and performance. Basically, there are three types of water treatment available for the management of scale. The first, a calcium softener, physically takes calcium out of the water and exchanges it for sodium. The second type is a physical electro-magnetic device that clips around pipe work and encourages the scale to ‘go with the flow’ rather than attach itself to the cylinder. Sodium water softeners are effective but have two drawbacks – the water is not potable - and they rely on people to put salt in them, thereby allowing a possibility of human error. One of the most common reasons for engineers to be called out is because ‘the water softener has stopped

The use of water softeners and scale inhibitors can go a long way towards alleviating the problem but with stored hot water systems, apart from calcium water softeners if, after passing through the conditioner, hot water is subsequently stored in a cylinder then after 24 hours the process is reversed and scale begins to build up again. On top of this, any serious turbulence can affect performance and scale up the heat exchanger – ie where there are tight bends in the system. Continuous flow water systems are the easiest system to keep scale free. Even where a ‘turnkey pack’ system such as the Rinnai Infinity Plus Storage is fitted and a booster tank added the water is unlikely to be held for 24 hours. These systems are commonly used in hotels, for example, to deal with peak demand times and because they recover in minutes due to the Rinnai unit’s efficiency, scale is never likely to be a problem. To be additionally sure limescale is never a problem, Rinnai heaters also incorporate a scale warning device that continually monitors the appliances for lime scale deposits around the heat exchanger. Once lime scale build-up is identified, a message is sent to the built-in interface panel on the front of the appliance to alert the end user that it is time to call a Rinnai service agent to perform a lime scale flush. For a ‘belt and braces’ solution a continuous flow system, combined with zinc-based treatment means end users can virtually say goodbye to scaling. For the sake of a small cash outlay, a zinc conditioner is a useful safeguard and one that will give end users additional peace of mind. Unlike calcium water softeners, zinc treatments need a lot less attention and could be simply built into the maintenance contract, thereby keeping costs down.

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Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show returns in 2019 The Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show (RCI), returns to Coventry on 27th – 28th March 2019.

This two-day event allows visitors to compare and source new products, learn from the experts and hear about the important issues currently impacting the market. The 2019 show will see the launch of a new thought-leadership conference stream featuring speakers from a wide variety of industry stakeholders, making the RCI Show the voice of the industry. The new RCI Show will comprise three key elements: keynote conference programme, practical CPD seminars and an exhibition of leading suppliers. The conference provides 13 high level keynote presentations or panel discussions on topics and industry issues ranging from product digitalisation, employee health and

wellbeing, skills shortages and British standards accreditation. This gives audience members the opportunity to join the debate on key issues that really matter to them. The RIBA-accredited CPD seminar programme will be delivered by leading manufactures and has been created to provide practical and technical sessions over both days of the event. Many exhibitors run live demonstrations of tools and systems on their stands. Alongside the main exhibition will be a number of feature exhibits to inspire and enthuse visitors. Features include a demo area hosted by Metal Solutions, the UK’s leading fabricator of traditional metal roofing systems, cladding systems and components. The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Pavilion will host member companies providing services and support to UK contractors and the

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

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

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Hudson Reed’s Fusion fitted and combination furniture, with its wide range of colour options, is the perfect choice for both large and small bathrooms as well as for satisfying the growing interest in spacesaving cloakroom solutions and en-suites. With its crisp clean lines and minimalist style cues, Fusion allows true design versatility, whilst its variety of flexible storage options opens up its suitability for the widest bathroom possibilities. The bathroom furniture sector is in fact one of the fastest growing product categories in the bathroom industry, perfect for all the bathrooms, whatever their size, in both new builds and property renovations. Much of the Fusion furniture range is made in Britain by Hudson Reed’s master furniture makers, and with a 5-year guarantee, Fusion is therefore as durable as it is practical. Features such as soft-close doors and hard-wearing drawers come as standard across the entire range. Innovatively designed to maximise space and functionality, popular choices of the range include the compact L-shaped unit, which ranges in width from 1000 to 1500mm and incorporates reduced depth base units (just 255mm projection) as well as cleverly designed L-shaped basins integrated within the worktop. Slimline and full depth cabinet configurations are also available adding to the range’s flexibility and application. Six on-trend colour finishes are available that embrace the very latest tonal fashions as well as traditional favourites and include Gloss Grey, Gloss White, Grey Avola, Driftwood, Hacienda Black and Natural Oak. This wide palette of colours and finishes takes co-ordination to a whole new level for a perfectly harmonious look. Ceramic and Polymarble Basins are available too and all co-ordinate seamlessly within the Fusion range, which encompasses vanity, WC, drawer, base, wall and tall tower units. A large choice of matching Fusion accessories are also available such as mirror units, bath panels, plinths, handles, worktops, basins (semi-recessed, slimline and full depth), WC’s (back-to-wall and wall hung), concealed cisterns and lighting. Supplied rigid for quicker and easier installation, the high specification Fusion range is satisfying the consumer-led demand for high quality, design-led bathroom furniture and has become one of Hudson Reed’s bestselling collections. Contact Details: Hudson Reed: Tel: 01422 417100 or



A POSITIVE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION In the face of some 50,000 injuries treated in NHS Accident and Emergency departments each year - all caused by slips, trips and falls, a company specialising in accident prevention methods has introduced an innovative new product which dramatically increases the traction on most flooring surfaces and is equally effective when applied to the soles of footwear.

Using an entirely new and patented nanotechnology formula within an environmentallyfriendly solution consisting of 96.8% water, millions of invisible ‘nano-spikes’ per square inch are formed which give up to 200% increased traction on dry surfaces and 500% on wet, including areas where no shoes are worn such as pool sides, showers and other slippery surfaces.

Called ‘TREADSURE™’ the product can be applied quickly and easily to all solid surface areas with a minimum of interference to usual foot traffic or work environment. All types of footwear can be treated from high-heels, office and sports shoes to workboots to increase traction and reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. Commenting on the introduction of his company’s new product to the UK, Michael Burgess, joint

MD of Nottingham based Arkad Health and Safety Limited said :“Our company’s overall policy is to help prevent injury and save lives and we believe that with TREADSURE™ we will be doing just that. Besides the obvious practical safety benefits for the individual, every business has a duty to protect employees, visitors or customers and has to meet the requirements of public liability insurance in respect of slip, trip and fall hazards. Households are also at risk from claims due to accidental injury. The use of this revolutionary traction enhancing solution will therefore do much to avoid the possibility of litigation and prevent possible life-shattering accidents.” The TREADSURE™ product is currently available direct from Arkad Health & Safety Limited in 500ml bottles at £29.99 RRP (inc.VAT) to treat up to 4 pairs of shoes, and 1 or 5 litre containers with 1 litre covering up to 130sq.ft. (POA).

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62 The original 330 sq m Grade-II listed brick building dates from the 1890s and was originally designed as a standalone gym building for the Indian En g i n e e r i n g Co l l e ge , which occupied the site between 1890 and 1905. A single-storey, northfacing extension was added in the early 20th century and another extension in the midc e n t u r y, w h i c h w a s subsequently removed as part of the enabling work. Whilst the building had continued to house a wide variety of sporting and social functions, it had lain empty for the last 10-15 years prior to refurbishment. ‘Our assessment showed that the building had structurally-sound walls, but was otherwise very dilapidated’, commented David Holt. The original slate roof was beyond repair, meaning a new slate roof was proposed and installed, using reclaimed slate tiles. All the floors were also beyond repair.’

Manchester-based architecture and interior design practice 74 has completed a major project to extend and remodel a Grade II-listed, two-storey, Victorian brick building in a semi-rural location in Englefield Green, just outside Egham. The repurposed 453 sq m building – Hox Haus – will serve as the central focus, clubhouse and social amenity for Hox Park student campus, newly-created by developers Moorfield Group for students attending Royal Holloway, University of London. Architecturally, Hox Haus is a stylish, eye-catching and dynamic 2-storey building that seeks to blend its original Victorian brickwork with two new glazed ‘light box’ interventions, creating a light-filled and largely transparent overall space that brings the outside in, references the building’s semi-rural location and offers a warm, comfortable and relaxing home-fromhome for students. The two new interventions constitute a double-height, 44 sq m gatehouse to the building’s east elevation and a 35 sq m, covered terrace section on the first storey, offering views over the whole campus. The terrace extension sits behind the parapet of an existing ground-floor extension, making it subservient to the host building. Both new interventions are clad or semi-clad (at first floor level for the gatehouse) with bronze-coloured, 4.6m-high, anodised aluminium fins. The fine, hard surfaces of the glazing and metal fins create a striking and elegant contrast to the rough-textured and robust solidity of the original structure, adding refinement and reflectivity to the building as a whole.

The heritage of the building was a key driver for the interior approach and, unlike many architectural projects, the interior was in fact the key driver overall, so that the architecture is subservient to both the existing host building and the functions within. The overriding concept was to create a space that felt like a country retreat or clubhouse-with-a-twist. The new gatehouse provides a sense of arrival, whilst offering a separation between the functions of ‘reception’ and the need for a comfortable student social space monitored, but not overlooked, by staff. While certain areas have key functions, such as the two group study areas or the TV and gaming lounges, others are multi-functional, for students to make use of as they wish. The central zones are more obviously social, whilst quieter zones areas can be found along the edges of the two-storey space and within the first floor extension directly above the welcome area.

It was an important part of the scheme’s design that natural ‘collision points’ for interaction were encouraged, as David Holt explains: ‘We considered social psychology throughout the planning stages of the interior. ‘Whilst students spend as much time as they wish on their own in their individual rooms, the idea here was that individual activity would always have a social aspect, so that no one feels isolated by their location. ‘Gaming booths, for example, have been designed with glazed screens and without doors in order to retain connectivity at all times. We have introduced several


planting elements within the scheme additionally to introduce a strong biophilic aspect and enhance students’ sense of wellbeing.’ Another major design driver was the building’s rural aspect and the design therefore strives to make the most of views over the historic surrounding countryside, as well as bringing the outside in via natural references and creating a rich, textured and highquality feel with a materials palette that includes marble-effect Hanex solid surfacing and brass detailing. Upholstery fabrics include textiles that nod to British rural tradition, such as checks and tweeds, whilst colours

span a whole nature-inspired autumnto-winter palette and feature greys, browns, rusts and moss greens, with bursts of berry brights and large-scale, nature-inspired print wallpaper on opposing feature walls at the ends of the ground floor. ‘It was important that the fabrics and colours created a warm and welcoming atmosphere’, David Holt added. ‘This is very much a walk-in-and-use environment, offering an immediate appeal and a sense of welcome and comfort’

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