Refurb & Developer Update - December 2021

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DEVELOPER December 2021


Design for 200 years, not 20


Durable products with extensive longevity such as clay brick, will prolong the expected life of a building resulting in a lower carbon footprint for every year of use.


wo phrases you will often hear are – Embodied Carbon and Operational Carbon. Embodied Carbon is the amount of carbon emitted during the creation of the building and its materials. Operational Carbon is the amount of carbon emitted during the life of the building and maintaining those materials. The current method for measuring the CO2 impact of each material is through a Life Cycle Assessment using Environmental Product Declarations or EPDs for short. Unfortunately, EPDs assume the study period for a building’s life is only 60 years. This is just 1% of the age of the oldest fired bricks in the world made 6000 years ago and are still here today. This is incredibly important because durable products with extensive longevity such as clay brick, will prolong the expected life of a building resulting in a lower carbon footprint for every year of use. Not to mention, brick can then go on to be re-used and recycled to live a 2nd and sometimes even a 3rd life, benefitting multiple generations. We often hear the Brick Industry say clay products last 200+ years, this is 3x longer than EPD’s measure the carbon impact, therefore designers do not receive Life Cycle Assessments reflective of the true life span of their building. Brick is non-toxic and requires little to no maintenance, its non-combustible and improves the thermal and acoustic building values, equating to zero operational carbon. O t h e r b u i l d i n g m a te r i a l s need much greater levels of maintenance, often reliant upon chemical processes which lead to a considerably higher operational carbon footprint. Many of these non-clay materials will often require complete replacement several times over a building’s 200 year lifespan, multiplying both the Embodied and Operational carbon footprints several times over.

WHAT IS REAL SUSTAINABILITY? It is understanding the full and lasting impact of our design choices and reducing the carbon footprint over the building’s entire lifetime. From cradle to grave.

At Michelmersh, we know exactly what goes into creating our products and meticulously calculate the embodied carbon f igures providing completely transparent data from extraction, to drying, firing and delivery. We are focussed on decarbonization of the brick making process, working on a variety of methods to make signif icant carbon reductions from cradle to gate.

In reality when measuring your building’s design over its true/real life span, clay brick is one of the least carbon intensive building materials you can use. To be truly sustainable, we believe in designing buildings that are both adaptable and multi-generational, so that the environment and our children’s children will benefit from the choices we make today:

Think Longer. Design for 200 years, not 20.

Michelmersh convened a roundtable discussion with RIBA Journal ‘Think longer to build sustainably‘ including influential architects, material suppliers, structural engineers, manufacturers, policy makers, construction teams and educational professors. Please read the full article here:




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Heating & Ventilation


Landscape & External Works


Doors & Windows


Roofing & Cladding


Tools, Equpiment & PPE

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£730M HIGHWAYS CONTRACT UP FOR GRABS East Sussex County Council is looking for a company to look after its highways for a maximum term of nearly 14 years. East Sussex has called for expressions of interest in is highways infrastructure services contract, starting in 2023 and running for an initial term of six years 11 months with an option to extend for an additional seven years. Contract value is put at £730m.

East Sussex highways are currently looked after by a joint venture of contractor Costain and consulting engineer Jacobs, which was awarded a £300m seven-year contract in 2016 (when the design partners was CH2M Hill, prior to its acquisition by Jacobs).

JOB ADS FALL AMID WARNING OF CONSTRAINED GROWTH Job adverts for construction trades have slumped, according to recent analysis, with supply chain issues being blamed for constraining growth.

The contract covers all highway maintenance (including winter maintenance), highway improvements (including capital schemes) and professional services (including design).

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), which tracks the volume of vacancy adverts, said there were notable falls in construction sector roles during the first week of November.

The county council is planning on inviting three (or possibly four) organisations to tender for the contract. Deadline for initial submissions is 13th December 2021. Invitations to tender are expected to go out in mid-January 2022.

It blamed this on supply chain delays and labour shortages constraining the industry’s growth at a time when other parts of the economy posted increases in vacancies, which were at one of their highest levels seen since the start of 2020. There were declines for many roles in the sector including painters and decorator ads, which were down 17.8 per cent; roofers by 13.4 per cent; and bricklayers falling 11.3 per cent. REC chief executive Neil Carberry said: “While roles in logistics and care are in high demand, the construction sector saw a dropoff as supply issues constrained the industry’s ability to work to capacity.” Across all sectors, there were 221,000 new adverts posted in the first week of November, bringing the total number of active job postings to a record high of 2.68m, the REC said. In September, job vacancies in the construction industry reached a record high and topped 40,000 for the first time since records began, according to the Office for National Statistics. Last week, though, the body revealed that the value of new construction orders fell during the third quarter of the year, ending a period of growth stretching back to the start of 2021.

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As winter approaches UK Bathrooms, the UK’s leading online retailer of premium branded bathrooms, takes a look at the exciting bathroom trends we can look forward to in 2022. Let’s Go Green Green will be seen in our 2022 bathrooms. From pastels to sage green, emerald green to forest green – it’s a great colour to ensure your space looks fresh and encourages your positive wellbeing. Try green tiling to your walls and floor, or a bold wallpaper with green hues to bring your bathroom completely up to date. Farrow and Ball recently unveiled their top 5 colours for 2022 – Breakfast Room Green, Babouche, School House White, Stone Blue and Incarnadine being named. These wonderful hues offer a great mix of form, function and comfort and evoke the warmth of living. Breakfast Room Green is most definitely the cheeriest of all the F & B greens to date. Use on all 4 walls in your bathroom to make the space look bigger. Biophilia Says Graeme Borchard, MD of UK Bathrooms ‘I’ve been an avid fan of biophilia for some time now and I’m pleased to say that the trend for biophilic bathrooms is going to continue in 2022. Our bathrooms are busy places, we start and end each day in the room but whilst busy there is also a growing need for our bathroom to be a safe haven, a place to relax and reduce our stress levels.”

A biophilic bathroom uses plants to introduce nature, not only do they help to de-stress they also help to purify the air. Continues Graeme “It’s not all about plants though, look to introduce natural materials into your new bathroom design, wood, stone, cork and bamboo can all be used on floors and furniture. Or just add wooden accessories to add a pure, simple and natural aesthetic.” Wooden Floor Tiles Beautiful natural wooden floors as a finish for the bathroom is definitely a growing trend. Wood effect tiles are practical yet bring the instant warmth and coziness of a wooden floor. Black Bathroom We’ve seen a huge trend for black in our bathrooms over

the last few years and it will dominate in 2022. Use black furniture or accessories or even make a real statement with a freestanding black bath. Add black tiles to your shower wall to create a stunning contrast. Leading traditional bathroom brands such as Burlington and Imperial have recently launched their black bathroom collections which includes bathroom basins, wc’s and furniture. These pair exceptionally well with gold finished brassware and accessories – if you’re aiming for an opulent, luxurious style. Overall In 2022 we will definitely see a trend for earthy natural colours and finishes, stick to one hue and create that nature-inspired zone where you and your loved ones can relax and de-stress.

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GOVE APOLOGISES FOR GRENFELL TOWER DEMOLITION BRIEFINGS Housing secretary pledges ’different approach’ to government communications about future of block Secretary of state for housing Michael Gove has said he is “truly sorry” for the upset caused by recent briefings about plans to demolish Grenfell Tower, which appeared in the media before they were communicated to survivors of 2017’s fire – and those bereaved by it. In a letter to the Sunday Times yesterday, Gove said he was aware that a report carried by the paper in September had a “tremendous and justified” impact on many people affected by the fire, in which 72 lives were lost, and pledged a new era of communications. The story Gove referred to was published before he became secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities in September’s cabinet reshuffle. He acknowledged that it had come from government sources. “As the new secretary of state for housing, I write to make clear that I will take a different approach,” he said. “I am determined to hear directly from the community before any decision about the future of the tower is taken, and I have begun that process of engagement. “Any decision on the future of the tower will be communicated not through anonymous briefings, but directly and respectfully to those affected.” September’s story said ministers were close to a decision that the tower must come down

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Michael Gove said future decisions on what to do with the tower will not be made through anonymous briefings early next year on the advice of a study commissioned from consultant Atkins. It concluded there was “unanimous agreement and unambiguous advice from all the technical experts and engineers involved in the Grenfell project that the tower should not be propped for the medium- to long-term but should be deconstructed at the earliest possible opportunity, with deconstruction commencing no later than May 2022.” The Atkins report added: “This advice is based on protecting the safety of those working in and living around the tower.” Grenfell United, which represents survivors and families of those who died, said many members of the community accepted that the removal of the tower would be a case of “when not if”. But it said the timeline needed to be decided by the community. Last week Gove told members of parliament’s Housing,

Communities and Local Government Select Committee that the next phase of the Grenfell Inquiry would be “very, very painful” for his new department. The upcoming module of the inquiry will probe government’s knowledge of safety concerns in relation to high-rise buildings and regulation. “The department itself – as the inquiry turns its attention to the department’s role – will be seen to have, on a couple of occasions, not necessarily appreciated the importance of fire safety and not necessarily done everything in the wake of the Lakanal House tragedy that it should have done,” Gove said. The Lakanal House fire was a 2009 blaze in a block of Southwark flats in which six people died. It prompted a coroner to call on the government to urgently review safety measures for high-rise buildings.


A Bond That Can Never Be Broken In 2002, Seal It Services Ltd formed as a partnership between David Moore and Laydex to purchase the assets of Bond It. Since then, the company has seen on average, year on year double digit growth. Seven years ago, Laydex sold its shares to Astral Ltd making Seal It Services a multi-national group. Seal It Services Inc formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bond It UK in 2017. As one of the leading suppliers of high-performance building chemicals and sealants to the trade industry, Bond It Group offers an impressive range of over 600 product lines. All of which is manufactured in the UK and in the USA. The company’s UK manufacturing facility is based in Elland, West Yorkshire while the USA branch resides in Sandford, North Carolina. Bond It Group manufacture products for the building and construction industry and offer a diverse product portfolio. We had the chance to speak with Bond It Group CEO, David Moore who explained, “We supply an array of markets and trades and our expertise cover both the public and the private sector across the spectrum of building markets including commercial, industrial, leisure, residential, educational and health.” Whether it be a specif ic architectural project or working with the local authorities, Bond It Group is well-equipped to assist, and manufactures its own-brand products. Quality is continually optimised, supported by its global brand presence by professionals and DIY enthusiasts. “We never compromise on quality.” States David. “Bond It Group identify as manufacturers of building chemicals and our product range has grown over time. We now encompass a multitude of products f rom construction adhesives to waterproof ing compounds and landscaping. We are synonymous with quality and have recognised brand names such as Gripbond, Rescue Tape, Mega Foam, Pro range, Glue Monsters and Superheros, to name a few.” Said David.

As all its products are made in the UK, stock availability is good, and its products can always be sold at competitive prices. As Bond It Group look ahead, it seems evident that there is a growing market in Hybrid Technology. A benefit of hybrids is they are free from solvents, isocyanates and silicones and is therefore nonhazardous and safe. “With hybrid products, new applications can be replicated on building sites. The launch of EasiSeal was a revolutionary step for us into the roofing sector. Off this success, we then developed the new Seal It One Coat Roof Seal which we launched in 2019, which has taken off in leaps and bounds.” Mentions David. Noticing evolving concerns within the industry, Bond It Group provides a greater understanding of environmental issues and current legislation influences. From product development to recycling within the manufacturing processes; reducing carbon footprint is paramount. With its dominating global presence, the company has now successfully launched the Bond It Group brand in North America. As for the future, it will continue to develop its manufacturing capacity both in the UK and the USA. It will look to introduce at least one new product to its range each quarter as David mentions, “We believe we are well placed within the industry to further build upon and strengthen our partnership with our existing customer base, as we look to continually promote our British products in worldwide markets.” For more information, see details below. T 01422 315 300


With the COP26 climate conference fresh in our minds many of us are looking at how to reduce our carbon footprint and usage of non-recyclable materials, such as plastic. But which industry in the UK accounts for the most plastic consumption? Whilst the packaging sector takes top place for generating the most plastic waste, the home improvement specialists at Insulation Express have identified that the construction industry is the second industry most reliant on plastic materials in the UK.

The UK construction industry accounts for 19% of plastic waste The latest data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) revealed that the UK construction industry has increased its plastic waste output by 45.72% in the last two years. The most common plastic materials used in construction include acrylic, composites, polycarbonate, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride which are used in a range of applications, such as insulation, window frames and piping. Approximately 50 tonnes of plastic packaging waste can be attributed to the British construction industry - that’s five times the weight of the Eiffel Tower! It is estimated that large quantities of plastic waste leave sites in mixed waste skips - sending 20 tonnes of plastic straight to landfill to be incinerated, which releases toxic fumes and contributes to dangerous carbon emissions.

6 ways the construction industry can cut their plastic waste: 1. Cut costs and waste by reusing plastic packaging where possible: Reusing packaging will not only benefit the environment, but can also help businesses to keep costs down with less waste collection and skips to hire. 2. Bulk order materials to cut volume of packaging per item: Ordering building materials in bulk will result in much less packaging material used overall. 3. Speak to supplier to reduce packaging: Materials can be delivered and protected in reusable plastic boxes which can be returned to the supplier to use again. The whole procurement process can be addressed as suppliers and businesses work together to reduce packaging waste and unnecessary plastic extras. 4. Correct site management of supplies: Over-ordering and theft of plastic materials can result in wastage. Efficient organisation is key to minimise the misuse of materials, whilst ensuring only to order the correct amount of items required will reduce left-over plastic. 5. Creative solutions during transport of goods: Many companies will rely on shrink wrapping and extra

protective plastic straps for transportation of goods on construction sites innovation is needed to experiment with alternative solutions. 6. Utilise recycled plastic: Road resurfacing materials are now often formed of recycled materials or reused asphalt. If recycled plastic is not feasible, the reuse of components or materials should be encouraged as standard practice. Jenny Turner at Insulation Express says: ‘Plastic is heavily used in construction due to its durability and waterproof properties, but we are also seeing innovative recycling processes emerging where the plastic can be turned into other building materials. Recycled plastic can be turned into plastic timber for garden decking, cladding and fences, for example. The UK needs to continue the growth of these recyclable materials to improve the sustainability of the construction industry. The average construction professional, such as joiners and builders, can find ways to reduce plastic waste by speaking to materials suppliers, educating your workforce and creating good eco-friendly working practices.’ blog/can-the-uks-constructionlessen-its-plastic-usage.html

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’TAILORED SOLUTIONS’ by Wojciech Brozyna - MD of Aluprof UK

Buying from a systems company offers an immediate partnership between the fabricator and supplier. This bond can become very strong over time as both systems company and fabricator work together to gain specification and supply architectural aluminium installations. Typically the systems company supplies an ‘off the shelf’ tried and tested aluminium system, be it a door system, windows or curtain wall, complete with detailed fabrication information which can include tooling and even fabrication software. The procurement process is mainly one way, from systems company to fabricator, with system construction being prescriptive in order to meet the outline of the tests that the systems comply with. The benefit to the systems company is that they can share all the legislative and testing costs across many projects and customers, this keeps costs down. For the fabricator, to have a range of systems off the shelf is certainly much more competitive than having to try and design their own bespoke systems.

At Aluprof we have placed more emphasis on flexibility with our ‘Tailored Solutions’ approach. For example, by having an experienced and extensive design team in Poland, coupled with our own Polish extrusion facility we can quickly create bespoke profiles to suit any project. Our design team here in the UK will work with architect and fabricator to agree a solution which then becomes part of the overall Aluprof warranty provided on any project. But that is just part of the story. Minimal profile and hardware stock is held here in the UK and we rely on twice weekly deliveries direct from Poland to anywhere in the UK. It did not seem sensible, when we set up in the UK some fifteen years ago, to double-handle project specific material; delivery to a UK warehouse and then onto another delivery vehicle for final delivery. This way material will often travel further to get to the fabricator with increased lead times. We also pride ourselves in shipping orders complete, this enables the fabricator to schedule fabrication from delivery, rather than having to check and wait for all

the materials to arrive. Both these approaches to supply significantly reduces lead times allowing the fabricator to get products installed on site quicker, with an improved cash flow. We also recognised that not all fabricators can put on extra shifts to meet busy times as production facilities often utilise a lean working ethic to maintain competitiveness. To assist fabricators, Aluprof introduced a fabrication facility in Poland that can manufacture some or all of the supply at the request of the fabricator. This has proven to be a real benefit to our customers and we have often seen the more difficult constructions within a project being made by us. From specification through to installation, our team in the UK ‘partners’ with our customers to ensure that system supply is value managed, maximising profit for our customer. We believe this ‘Value Management’ strengthens our relationship with our customers who then often ask us to partner them on projects they have secured.

Case Study 11 extreme end of Value Management is the option of developing an entirely new system to meet a projects requirement. The experience within the technical team at Aluprof makes this option entirely possible, it has been done before. On this point, we do have some exciting news shortly with a new system for the UK being launched very soon. Installation ‘Value Management’ could mean that on site teams are chosen with installers who are experienced and trained in the systems being installed, possibly by making up new teams with experienced site agents who have used the systems being as they have worked on installations using the same systems.

Value Management encompasses Value Engineering as it looks at every process from order through to completion. To begin with, an overview of the complete project programme is needed, with each of the processes and deadlines for completion itemised. It is at this stage that options are discussed. One of the obvious choices is that of the systems to be used for the windows, doors or facade. As with other high end systems companies, Aluprof offer their systems in various designs to meet the exact needs of the building. An example of this can be seen in Aluprof’s popular MB-SR50N Curtain Wall system, far from being a single system there are many options to choose from, these include various insulation levels, capping options or structural arrangements, each choice represents a cost or a cost saving. It’s a little like specifying options on a new car taking the base model of choice as a starting point. A further consideration is the optimisation of aluminium profile cutting. To reduce wastage on fabrication, profiles can be extruded to special lengths which offer high levels of cutting optimisation which in turn reduces material waste, which then reduces costs. These are just some of the important issues that are reviewed in the Value Management process which ensures that the completed project performs exactly as specified and perfectly meets with the clients expectations. To ensure that any installation meets exacting site requirements, new profiles can form part of the Value Management process. New profiles could offer not just a better detail, but new profiles can reduce the time taken to install on site. At the

These are but a few of the ‘Value Management’ principles that are explored by Aluprof on any project that they become involved with by specification. As expected, it is an iterative process and one that offers both value for the client and sustainable manufacture for Aluprof and its network of UK fabricators and installers. To take advantage of, or learn more about our ‘Tailored Solutions’ get in touch with one of our team members. Since setting up the Aluprof Office at the Business Design Centre in London, the company has rapidly grown their specification influence in the UK with their high-performance architectural aluminium systems. Further expansion of the company’s headquarters in Altrincham now provides specifiers with meeting facilities and an extensive showroom of commercial systems to view. With overseas growth across Europe spreading into the Middle East and firm roots already in the East of the USA, the company is becoming a global player in facade supply. Further information is available on the company’s website at or direct from their UK head office in Altrincham on 0161 941 4005.

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PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEW AQUAREA DESIGNER ONLINE TOOL FOR HEATING AND COOLING PROFESSIONALS Panasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions is pleased to introduce its Aquarea Designer, the online tool to help heating and cooling designers, architects, design offices, installers, and distributors alike. The newly developed air-towater design tool is optimised to help professionals easily identify the most appropriate Aquarea air-to-water heat pump for a particular application, to calculate the savings compared to other heat sources and to calculate CO2 emissions very quickly. The easy-to-use online tool is accessible through Panasonic’s PRO Club and does not require any software downloads, making it a hassle-free solution. The tool has undergone major developments resulting in a modern, straightforward navigation interface, with easily identif iable tabs to help steer users where they need to go. It also includes a detailed ‘user

guide’ for additional support if necessary. Panasonic’s bespoke program helps to promptly design and size an Aquarea heat pump system, allowing users to identify the correct application for them at the simple click of a button. Users can compare investment and operational costs compared to other heat sources. It also calculates the savings and swiftly calculates CO2 emissions. The system can produce a Heat Pump Design Report which includes product web links for heat pumps and DHW tanks and can be individually selected to include the following information: operational costs, investment costs, detailed product information, and ErP

label. Aquarea Designer will calculate the project’s energy costs in terms of domestic hot water, heating and cooling demand. It will furthermore show the total heat consumption by operation mode and the calculated SCOP (Seasonal Coeff icient of Performance). It then allows the designer to show clients a comparison with other equipment options such as heating by conventional gasf ired boilers, oil fuel systems, pellets and standard electric heating. For more information, please visit: GB_en/tools/aquarea-software/. or Register for ProClub.


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Heating & Ventilation 17 • Continuous flow units & systems deliver hot water on demand • Users pay only for fuel used, not to store heated water

Fuel cost savings of 30% and lower carbon emissions are realistic on all continuous flow hot water heating units and systems installed at any commercial site. The technology employed means that a site and end-user pays only for fuel used to heat the limitless flow hot water to the required temperature - the units are all programmable up to 85 degrees C. Says Chris Goggin, Operation Director for Rinnai, ’Our company operates in over 50 countries worldwide, and manufactures on each of the five continents producing over 2 million water heating units each year. We have a global reach of over 650 design engineers plus testing facilities in Japan, America and Australasia. We have moved this quickly as we perceive that the market is fast changing. Therefore, from early in the New Year we will be broadening our product offering to encompass others forms of lower carbon hot water delivery units and systems. ‘The UK government, although committed to decarbonisation, has been rather mixed in its approach on the road to NetZero but one thing is certain – we must stop using carbon bearing fuels as soon as is realistic and pragmatic. We have huge populations that want to halt climate change but still

want to be within their present living standards. Adds Mr Goggin, ‘We have positioned the Rinnai name as a company that offers the highest quality product and best available value with service excellence. It is a position of responsibility and we have maintained a stance of doing the very best we can for customers. We believe implicitly in this basic premise - we do the best we can, and we achieve what our customers want and expect. And that includes anticipating the future.’ ‘We want to see realism brought into an increasingly polarised debate that, at times reaches levels of unbridled hysteria. Fact, logic and reason must be employed for the best outcome for all of us. We need decarbonisation, we need NetZero, and we need it as soon as possible but in such a way that is pragmatic in terms of catering to the existing populations and markets,” he adds.

engineering solutions to suit all possible future needs and fuels. We have a global reach with 650 R & D engineers. We will evolve to ensure that our customers have the very best possible product options. “We believe, implicitly that there will be a need for a variety of solutions to the Energy Trilemma – there is not one single fuel or appliance that is the answer to all the problems. We also believe that some of the statements coming from quasi-official quarters is the drum-banging of interested parties looking after their own primary financial and or political interests.’ The new products and formats are all Rinnai products and meet or exceed existing or proposed UK legislation or certifications.

“We are manufacturers of proven excellence and are using our core competencies of design

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NEW LOW CARBON EXTRA CARE SCHEME IN GORTON COMPLETES Construction work has been completed on Gorton Mill House, a new £17million extra care scheme in Gorton, Manchester which, as well as providing 106 apartments, has also been designed around low carbon ambitions. With the use of ground source heat pumps, solar panels and vehicle charging points, Pozzoni Architecture has met the aim of client Southway Housing in that all new build properties will utilise renewable heating and hot water systems, a move away from being reliant upon gas. As well as helping to combat climate change, this approach will also benefit residents due to lower energy bills. The needs of customers have been at the forefront of the design process, even when it comes to the innovative methods used to reduce the carbon footprint. The heating systems used in the 106 extra care apartments at Gorton Mill House may be cutting edge but have been chosen to look as familiar and conventional as possible for the demographic of the residents, for example pairing modern radiators with a ground source heat pump to provide space and hot water heating.

Built by Rowlinson, Gorton Mill House is part of Southway Housing’s ‘With Care’ offer, meaning there is a dedicated care team based within the building, 24-hours a day. It offers excellent on-site facilities including a bistro, garden lounge, activity room, bathing suite and hair & nail salon, along with large, beautiful communal gardens. The development looks to help fulfil Manchester City Council’s housing strategy in respect of ‘Living Longer, Living Better’ in adaptable age friendly homes which encourage health and well-being through increased independence, reduced social isolation and community involvement. For that reason, it not only fulfils the vision for providing special needs housing but it will improve the health of older people within the community due to the high level of specialised care that will be offered.

Gorton Mill House has been landscaped to provide a public, semi-public and private realm. The public facilities are designed to be enjoyed by the local community, drawing them into the site and towards the hub area. Eleanor McCallum, associate, Pozzoni Architecture commented: “Gorton Mill House fulfils an important role in the local community, meeting the demand for extra care facilities and creating a wonderful, inviting and flexible environment for older people to live and socialise. “It’s also a development that has been designed to meet the needs of the modern world with sustainability at the fore, incorporating innovative low carbon technologies that will be better for the planet and better for residents’ energy bills.” Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive of Southway Housing Trust, said: “Gorton Mill House has

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created more than 100 highquality new homes and a supportive environment tailored for older residents, while also providing new community facilities for our neighbours in the surrounding area to enjoy.

there’s demand for high quality, supported homes. Gorton Mill House helps address that need, whilst also delivering a host of sustainable features. It will be a great asset for the community.”

“This scheme was born from a great need and demand for extra care facilities in this area and we are grateful to Pozzoni and our other partners for helping to make our vision of transforming this brownfield site a reality.”

Gorton Mill House has been shortlisted for next month’s national Inside Housing Development Awards 2021 in the ‘Best Older People’s Housing Development (Urban)’ category.

David Chilton, managing director, Rowlinson commented: “Our ageing population means

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Pump Technology Ltd., founded in 1992, is recognized as one of the UK’s leading independent pumps and pumping system specialists focusing on drainage, wastewater and sewage applications.

A true “One Stop Pump Shop” for specifiers and engineers, the company boasts a long serving, experienced team who will be able to discuss just about any pump solution requirement with customers. Ultimate pumping performance and reliability is reliant on correct pump selection and Pump Technology pride themselves on their, right-first-time, ethos. The team say they believe that their main tool is the telephone and, when it comes to understanding an application and having confidence in any purchase, talking always wins! Avoiding the hassle of wrongly specif ied items, returns and confusion over missing accessories all contribute to being able to keep prices competitively low Pump Technology say that this is what makes them a true market leader. They are recommended by the leading

manufactures such as KSB, Lowara, Ebara, Dab, Flygt, Jung Pumpen, Saniflo etc. for the selection and supply of their equipment and hold possibly the largest and most varied stock of pumps in the UK. Orders placed before 3.30pm will be packed for next working day delivery with options for am and weekend shipping. Customers close enough to the warehouse in Aldermaston, Berkshire can always call in. Customers are learning that one call will identify a broken pump for replacement, ideally like for like, or if that model is superseded an equivalent for pumping performance and fit.

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For new applications, typically pumping stations for basements, house extensions, garden rooms, warehouse, off ices, public houses, local flooding solutions, emergency onsite pumps, the team will be happy to discuss and recommend suitable and always cost-effective solutions. Ad d i t i o n a l l y, the Pump Technology engineers will be happy to provide training for all of their products in their online showroom. This includes being able to remotely show customers the products they want to order and explaining about future applications or product solutions, exactly how they work and are maintained. Current popular products include the MiniMatic below ground pumping station for house extensions and garden rooms. This consists of a 60L below ground tank with a single free-standing submersible sewage pump, high level alarm and cover with full installation and maintenance details. Also, particularly at this time of year, the Floodbox, which is a “Self-contained”, emergency flood package for areas such as patios, warehouse floors, door-ways etc. is proving popular with house and business owners More Information: Pump Technology Ltd 0118 9821 555

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DURA PRODUCTS ANNOUNCE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT RESULTS Sustainable construction innovators, Dura Products, has today confirmed its sustainability credentials with the release of new Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for its Durakerb, Duradrain and Durachannel products.


he Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – conducted by independent sustainable consultancy Fishwick Environmental Ltd – reveals that Dura Products’ DuraKerb – a revolutionary, lightweight a n d e nv i ro n m e n t a l l yf riendly kerbstone – has a carbon footprint of just 1.06kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kg. In addition, its Duradrain heavy duty c o m b i n e d ke r b a n d drainage system (CKD) comes in at just 1.47 per kg. The f inal product to undergo the same analysis is Durachannel, a heavyduty linear surface drainage system, which has a carbon footprint of 1.71 per kg. The company has long advocated the benef its of its plastic kerbs, thanks to their high recycled content and lightweight composition. To d a y ’ s announcement further demonstrates how the products are helping the co n s t r u c t i o n i n d u s t r y embrace a dramatically lower environmental footprint over concretebased alternatives.

Strategy for expansion and carbon reduction The publication of Dura Products LCAs follows t h e c o m p a n y ’s n e w strategy for expansion and wider carbon reduction. With the demand for green construction fueling Dura Products impressive growth, the company has outlined its commitment to ensuring the environmental benefits of its systems are upheld at every stage of the product’s lifecycle – f rom sourcing, production, transportation and installation, through to its end of life. Underpinning the strategy, the company commits to always using recycled polymer w h e n m a n u fa c t u r i n g its products, ensuring it continues to divert waste f rom landf ill and reduce demand for virgin plastic. This pledge is crucial in ensuring carbon emissions don’t increase as the company expands. Dura Products also strives to make sure its systems arrive on-site using as little energy as possible. From making sure all available trailer space is used to transport goods to stocking products locally in emerging territories, the company is taking strides to reduce the impact of long-haul transportation. This is, in turn, aiding availability and accessibility to ensure businesses across Europe and beyond can reap the environmental benef its afforded by the Dura Products range.

Another factor responsible for emissions is transportation due to the use of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) when delivering materials to customers. Dura Products’ systems are comprised of recycled plastic making them signif icantly lighter compared to the traditional concrete equivalent. This saves the environment from carbon during transport as the product is limited in load size by volume, rather than weight. Further eff iciencies are also being made through appropriate partnership management. The strategy outlined by Dura Products states that for already developed markets, its partners take fully packed loads to split and support projects locally. For example, Irish supplier Killeshal Precast generally hold over 2,000 units of stock at any time. This strategy is replicated for all partners in the UK and across Mainland Europe to ensure growth within a sustainable life cycle. For new markets, Dura Products will initially supply direct f rom the works on a projectto-project basis, but with a long-term goal of holding stock locally. This is achieved by collaborating with like-minded distributors that share the same ethos and technical expertise to help generate interest and demand in the respective region. For the past two years, the company has been working with Peleg RWS in Israel to introduce the concept of sustainable combined kerb and drainage solutions and is now close to securing its f irst approval in Jerusalem. The low carbon strategy for supply and supporting projects will then be adopted as the company expands into new markets. Steve Bennett, Managing Director of Dura Products, commented: “As the construction industry strives to lessen its impact on the planet, we’re seeing an increased demand for our eco-friendly kerbing and drainage systems. While this is great news, we must evaluate our products over their full life cycle using accurate and independently verif ied data. Proper coordination and monitoring of our carbon footprint will enable our business to expand, without devaluing the environmental benefits of using our products.”

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Protecting classic cars with SterlingOSB Zero

Bindloss Dawes architects in Somerset is experienced in the design of a great variety of buildings, from high-end retail premises to beach houses in the Caribbean and all sorts in between. The desire to create thoughtful architecture that complements and enhances existing surroundings, with quality, technology and sustainability at the core, sees Bindloss Dawes employing a diverse range of materials. A current project is the design and installation of a workshop and garages for an avid classic car collector in the grounds of a Grade 2 listed property in Somerset. When specifying materials, the architects originally considered plywood for the structural elements “but the contractors wanted to use SterlingOSB Zero as they insisted it is stronger than ply! As a big fan of OSB, we naturally agreed”, explains Oliver Bindloss, Joint Principal. He continues, “ The f inished building will be divided into a car maintenance area, complete with a car lift, which will accommodate the restoration of two to three cars at a time, and a garage area which will house the owner’s series of 1960s classic Porsches behind glass doors. The garage section will benef it from a dehumidifier to maintain the condition of the leather upholstery while keeping the chill off the engines in winter.” Check out The Porsche Barn on Instagram to follow the project’s progress. @theporschebarn Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is formed of cross-directional strands of timber, bonded with resin adhesives and mechanically pressed to create a structurally engineered board. The SterlingOSB Zero range from West Fraser is stronger than ply, with no knots, voids or de-lamination. The boards are designed to speed up the build process and are available in a wide range of grades, thicknesses and sheet sizes. For structural use in dry or humid load bearing situations, SterlingOSB Zero OSB3 is the board of choice.

When undertaking dry lining, SterlingOSB Zero StrongFix q u i ck l y p rov i d e s s e c u re anchorage areas. Along with its many practical attributes, the Sterling OSB Zero range has strong environmental credentials. All West Fraser panel products produced in the UK are net carbon negative and manufactured in mills that have obtained the coveted environmental ISO 14001 accreditation. Responsibly sourced, the panels are FSC certif ied and created f rom locally grown timber, cutting embodied carbon f rom

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Client: Fiona Smedley Style: Grade II listed barn renovation Location: Derby, UK Build time: 2 years

The Grade II listed barns and farmhouse at Elms Farm, Derbyshire, are packed full of history. Originally built in 1775, the barns are the former home of the Little Eaton Brewery Company, owned by Officers, and were used as a malthouse and granary before later becoming a working farm. Now, what was once the granary stands the home of Fiona Smedley and her husband John, who transformed the barn into the unique and rustic property it is today, all while ensuring the essence of its history remained. Fiona’s father had bought the barns and farmhouse in the 1980s and ran the site as a farm until he retired in 2017. It was then that he passed on the former malthouse and granary to Fiona and her brother, who took on the buildings with the aim of turning them into homes two years on. Fiona and John worked with local architect, Paul Gaughan

Building Consultants to draw up the plans for the granary, which was being used as a barn at the time. After a few tests to analyse the conditions of the groundworks, all legal checks and necessary approvals were granted without any major changes to the initial architectural drawings. When builder Ken Tansley from Interbuild Ltd was first introduced to the site back in May 2017, the barn was still full of old farming machinery, cow partitioning, and even had ducks and chickens living in a part of it. “It was a typical old barn when we first started. We needed to rip a lot out of the building, dig out the floors, do some repointing, and the roof needed to be redone. With it being a listed building, all this preparation and rebuilding work had to be done very

carefully and by the book. As the build went on, the architects’ drawings did have to be slightly amended, as is the way with many renovations, but fortunately everything went pretty smoothly and there weren’t any major problems or changes.” Light and heat were two large factors that had to be taken into consideration during the planning stages. The barn had little-to-no insulation, and what would become the second floor had no access to natural daylight – two common issues to tackle in a normal barn conversion, but a Grade II listed property would need extra care and compliance. To accommodate this, many of the upstairs’ original beams, which the owners had hoped to keep, had to be covered for insulation, and fifteen roof windows were drawn into the

Case Study 27 plan to bring natural daylight into the top floor rooms. Ken first heard of Keylite when visiting Buildbase Derby, and soon got in contact with Keylite’s National Brand Development Manager, Tom Jarvis. “Tom was fantastic, he came out to Elms Farm to meet us and even bought a sample. It was an easy sell due to the price and the fact that all the flashing and add-ons came with the windows as standard, which again saved us on time and price. That, and the homeowners knew they could also get a wide range of blinds from Keylite as well. The team and I work quite regularly on listed buildings, which meant drawing out the specifications and dealing with local conservation and listed building authorities was a straightforward process. “Usually, roof windows can pose an issue for listed buildings, as they sit higher than the roof tiles and therefore cause compliancy issues, as well as being an eyesore. However, another huge selling point for Keylite is that the windows are recessed as standard – meaning they sit lower in the roof, enhancing the overall appearance, and improving the thermal performance of the window.” Two years on, the Barn at Elms Farm has been transformed into a beautiful rural home. Having stayed true to the building’s long history, homeowner Fiona has worked to ensure as much of the original structure is incorporated into her home as possible. “The barn has such a long heritage, and having grown up on the farm, it’s been such a huge part of my own history too. We’ve kept many of the old original beams uncovered, particularly downstairs, and tried to incorporate as many of the inside stone walls as we can without plastering or covering them up.

“The stone floor that you can see has always been here and was actually what used to cover my old horse’s stable! We took the stone up, installed underfloor heating throughout the property, cleaned it up and laid them all down again.” The L shaped building consists of a lounge, three bedrooms with en-suites, and a sunroom, which used to be an old pigsty, looking out into the garden. The sunroom, true to its name, invites a plethora of natural daylight and warmth thanks to the bifold doors and two Keylite roof windows. “There is no attic in the barn, meaning the second floor is literally in the roof. Skylights or roof windows were the obvious choice to help bring natural

light into the upstairs rooms. Four of our hard-to-reach Keylite windows are electric, which definitely saves us from having to reach with a pole every time we want some fresh air, or when it rains. “The three bedrooms all boast two Keylite roof windows, and each en-suite has an added one. The light that the windows bring in is wonderful and really helps to enhance the beauty of the property. We were only saying the other day just how much we love it here.” For more information about Keylite Roof Windows, please visit, call 01283 200 158 or email

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Up, up and away! Strand Hardware is celebrating its 30th anniversary as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of door and window hardware including finger protectors, emergency exit and panic hardware, window control systems and glass fittings. The family-run business, based in Walsall, West Midlands, is marking the occasion by sending a gift to customers and suppliers as a thank-you for their continued support. The company was established by the late Jonathan Franks, who previously ran Hope Works, a well-known iron foundry manufacturing traditional black antique ironmongery. Jonathan’s daughter, Catherine joined him in the business in 2000, initially as Company Secretary and took on the Managing Director’s role upon her father’s retirement in 2006. Over the years, Strand Hardware has grown – extending its operations, workforce and premises –while managing to maintain the family ethos on which it was based. Many of its employees have worked for the company for more than 20 years – a loyalty matched by a commitment to staff development and welfare. Said Catherine: “We are not an enormous company; everyone knows everybody else and looks after each other and that has created a sense of team. “Even though our staff are not directly involved in scheduling, we invest in training so they have a full understanding of the market and extensive knowledge of our products to best advise customers. The key to our success is customer service – we take care of our customers and protect our reputation by going above and beyond supply.” Strand Hardware is now the sole UK distributor for leading European manufacturers in cludin g Athm er (f in ger protection) and Antipanic (panic

hardware). It also manufacturers its own range, Duoflex adjustable folding openers for timber, aluminium, steel and PVCu windows. Its expertise in ‘niche’ but highly technical products means that it has extensive reach. Walk through the doors of many of the UK’s popular fast-food outlets and it’s likely that you will pass by products it supplies to developers, fabricators and installers through its network of trusted distributors. Likewise, buildings within health and e d u ca t i o n w h i ch re q u i re entrances with durable fittings to meet safety and accessibility requirement – are also likely candidates. In contract, the company also supplies its D-fine range, which is made entirely from 316 stainless steel for specialist installations. Its anti-corrosive properties mean they have been installed in wind farms, oil rigs and costal operations around the globe. The extensive use of its products has led to it becoming members of a number of industry associations including the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers,

the Door Hardware Federation and Council for Aluminium in Building. Catherine plays an active role among them and will once again sit on the judging panel for the GAI/RIBA Spec Awards taking place next year. Earlier this year, a sister company, Strand Technologies was launched, offering technology-based solutions for safety, security and control of electro-mechanical devices, including (but not exclusively) windows and entrances. The COVID pandemic propelled demand including fail-safe diagnostics for automatic door systems and occupancy management systems. Just like its products, Strand Hardware has demonstrated a lasting durability. It has travelled a road with many milestones – chronicled in an illustrative timeline on its website to mark its anniversary www.xxxxx - and remains buoyant with a positive future ahead. For more information email:

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IMPROVING BUILDING HYGIENE – WHERE DOES DOOR HARDWARE FIT IN? Daniel May, Director at Consort Architectural Hardware, discusses the role door hardware plays in improving hygiene within public building environments.

Health and hygiene are delicate themes, particularly in today’s settings. Both our homes and public building environments can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, and over the past few years, this fact has only been exemplified. Eighty percent of common infections are spread by touch and every 30 minutes, the average person is said to touch surfaces that expose them to 840,000 germs. These germs are prevalent in buildings too, where touchpoints are areas or items that are used by several individuals. Within workplace environments for example, door handles are the most touched surface and can be associated with crosscontamination and health risks. At present, the need to improve hygiene within our building environments, understandably, carries a greater significance than it maybe once did. But in truth, when it comes to building design, the process of protecting occupants and visitors against infection - especially

those most vulnerable - should never be overlooked. Design for Bacteria Control Over the past two years, we’ve seen building environments closed, reopened and the process repeated. The idea of reducing footfall in facilities was key in fighting the rising infection rates associated with the coronavirus. But now, that footfall has returned. Once again, those critical touchpoints such as door handles are harbouring germs. In fact, research has shown that the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for hours, and even days on metal door handles - and the same can be said for the common flu. In response, we’ve seen government campaigns promoting hand washing, sanitising and distancemaking in the wake of a return to public facilities. Undoubtedly, infection control methods such as hand washing and systematic cleaning are the most guaranteed

way of controlling crosscontamination - yet, still these methods can become redundant when faced with human error or relaxed conventions within public buildings. Building design can play an important role here. Daniel May, Director at Consort explains: “We’re at a point where decision makers are under pressure to keep building hygiene standards as high as ever before. And outside of the clear-cut hygiene measures, it’s understood that more can be done throughout the building design process, with architectural hardware selection at the core of decisions. “Door hardware is the first touchpoint when entering, exiting or navigating a building, and can be one of the most bacteriaridden. Yet, the latest in hardware advancements could give facility managers an edge in the fight against infection, especially in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals for example, where footfall is high and the need to

Case Study 35 maintain strict sterile environments already exists. “For added protection against bacteria, facilities can implement tailored anti-microbial hardware and finishes. Anti-microbial coatings applied to door handles are precisely formulated to prevent bacteria build-up upon the surface by interrupting cell multiplication. Some door seal solutions also make use of modern anti-bacterial technology, embedding it within the aluminium and silicone of the door seal during production, further reducing the spread of bacteria in high traffic areas.” The Care Quality Commission (CQC) sets a regulation that cleanliness and effective infection control is a necessity for care and hospital locations. As well as best practice methods, healthcare environments are encouraged to introduce innovative infection control methods where possible. Similarly, under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, decision makers have an active duty to keep inhabitants safe and their environments clean. And aside from the use of antimicrobial solutions, many are challenged to provide hygienically maintained environments without sacrificing fire or safety standards. Daniel adds: “Facilities with high footfall must also consider ventilation and ease of movement. Whether in healthcare, commercial or public environments, both are key elements of efficient building management and when done effectively, can further help inhibit the spread of infection by ensuring fresh air is consistently making its way through halls and rooms. “The most effective way to improve ventilation throughout a building is by opening its windows and doors. This creates an

inlet for fresh air and an outlet for the old air, and with access points open, minimises the need to touch door handles. Yet, when focusing on airflow, it’s inopportune to disregard fire safety. Too many times, we’ve seen facilities fall foul of leaving fire doors propped open in favour of improving ventilation and ease of access - but simply put, it’s illegal to do so and leaves fire doors wholly ineffective in a fire situation. “Modern exit systems are purpose built to ensure fire doors can be left open safely and securely. Automatic door controls make use of sensors which activate the operator devices connected to the main access doors. In turn, this aids access and egress when required and closes the doors shut when necessary. In the event of a fire, the alarm is sounded, and the doors close automatically ensuring safety is never compromised. What’s more, these systems can be integrated with the external building security, reducing risk on all fronts. “Ultimately, when paired with regular cleaning practices, these modern solutions can play an assist role in the fight against infection, helping to maintain building hygiene as well as the obligatory standards associated with building and fire safety.” Infection Control at Consort Consort’s bespoke specification services extend to hygienic solutions, offering users tailored products to suit the needs of any building infrastructure. Antimicrobial finishes can be applied to any touch products and door seals, of which are already supplied to large complex hospitals around the world including Pamela Youde in Hong Kong and the Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham. Find out more here: hygienic-solutions

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Construction of COP26 House in progress for UN Climate Change Conference COP26 House will showcase what is achievable with today’s materials and technologies Work is in progress on the construction of the COP26 House, a zero carbon, timber frame building built by Beyond Zero Homes. Sustainable wood-based panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY is playing a vital role in the build. The project will showcase low carbon, circular solutions in building and living during the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this October 31st- November 12th, demonstrating how the climate emergency can be met with products and building strategies that are already in existence. C h ri s Ki n g , M a n a g i n g Director at MEDITE SMARTPLY, commented on the project: “Actions speak louder than words. This building encapsulates MEDITE SMARTPLY’s commitment to building a more sustainable future. “We in the construction industry have not only the opportunity but the responsibility to put theories into action and show the world how we can build and live sustainably, using wood and ecologically responsible solutions.” The members of Beyond Zero Homes are united by a common goal that goes beyond zero carbon: to demonstrate how beautiful, affordable, healthy homes can be developed with minimal impact on the environment throughout their lifecycle, to help us meet our climate commitments.

The Construction The one-bedroom house has been specifically designed to use homegrown C16 Spruce to avoid the need for imported timber, lending itself perfectly to the specification of SMARTPLY OSB, sustainably produced in Ireland and already stored across the UK. The build features the integration of SMARTPLY PROPASSIV, a structural OSB panel with integrated vapour control and air barrier properties for use as structural sheathing in timber f rame structures. Additionally, the build is incorporating SMARTPLY ULTIMA for the internal flooring and underside boarding, while SMARTPLY STRONGDECK is being used for the internal mezzanine level flooring. The construction is based on a 1.2m grid, allowing it to be easily panelised and prefabricated, or even self-built on site by two people, driving potential emissions f rom construction down even further. The design has been adapted f rom one of Roderick James Architect’s signature designs, the barn house. Max Bishop, Specif ication Manager at MEDITE SMARTPLY said: “It’s fantastic to see progression on site of the COP26

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The timeless beauty of the handmade Marley Canterbury clay plain tile is on display at Christ’s Hospital School following the completion of a major extension project. However, as the school was on its present site since the 1890s, and as a Grade II listed building, it was paramount that any developments also integrated into the existing complex of listed buildings. Over the years the main route of access to the school had changed, which saw NRAP Architects called on to develop a single, largely symmetrical building fronting the approach road, positioned to create two new external spaces. These newly formed spaces would be used to offer a state-of-the-art teaching and catering facility, while the second space would create a new entrance court that would be used to welcome staff, students, and visitors. This saw NRAP Architects propose a series of linear gableended pitched roofs, with tile to brick upstand junctions at each end, to house the kitchen, with the plant within the roof

space above. While chimneys at the end of each gable, run perpendicular to the dining hall and front the public spaces and classrooms. In addition, under roof-lit vaulted ceilings, face the approach road. The key criteria for the design team at NRAP Architects, as well as conservation officers from English Heritage and local planners, was that all materials scheduled to be used were authentic to the prevailing building style of the school and could seamlessly match the surrounding vernacular. From a roofing perspective, the answer lay in the specification of traditional handmade clay plain tiles. With the existing listed building featuring slate roof tiles, the project’s architects were keen to work with a roof tile which could offer the right amount of texture that arises from having slight variations in shape and colour across the roof surface. Marley’s Canterbury tile not only blended with the rest of the building’s aged appearance, but its distinctive colour character will help to enhance

the striking appearance of the school for decades to come. The decision to specify Marley’s Canterbury handmade clay plain roof tile in a Loxleigh fine sanded finish helped to satisfy the aesthetic demands of all key stakeholders and simultaneously delivered a significant cost efficiency. More than 100,000 Canterbury tiles were handmade by Marley to satisfy the extension project’s requirements and delivered to site to meet the project construction deadlines, which was phased to ensure all facilities were maintained during construction. In addition, with A+ BREEAM environmental credentials and meeting certification for BES 6001, Marley’s Canterbury tile also played a part in meeting the sustainable objectives of the project too. Richard Owers, Director at NRAP Architects, adds: “When working on a project of this type, it is essential that all specified materials and finishes seamlessly match the existing

Roofing & Cladding 39 The unrivalled aesthetic appeal, functionality, and cost effectiveness of Marley’s Canterbury handmade clay plain tile, has made a significant contribution to the success of a building project after being specified as the ideal roofing solution for a Grade II listed school in Horsham, Sussex.

buildings and setting. We went through a careful process with the choice of brick and mortar and followed these principles when it came to the selection of the final roof tile that would complete the new extension’s appearance.

complement the overall look we aimed to create. As well as the unique and traditional properties the Canterbury tile offers, by specifying it we achieved a 30% cost saving when compared to other similar roof tiles.”

“With Marley’s help, we were able to make the case for the specification of the Canterbury handmade clay plain roof tile. The Loxleigh colourway creates an ideal blend with the surrounding school buildings, providing an attractive colour character that helps to

Stuart Nicholson from Marley, comments: “The design project team had originally specified an alternative handmade clay plain tile. But following discussions with Marley it was clear that our highly functional Canterbury handmade tile would deliver a crafted, quality product that

would aesthetically match the current building. And it also presented a guide cost saving of approximately 30% compared to the original roof tile specified. This powerful combination provided a compelling argument to ensure that the Canterbury solution was chosen and installed on the new extension areas at the Christ’s Hospital School.” For more information on Marley’s Canterbury range visit: clay-roof-tiles/canterburyhandmade-plain-tile

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What makes EPDM winter-proof? EPDM is developed using a sy n t h e t i c r u b b e r e t hy l e n e p ro py l e n e - d i e n e te rp o l y m e r, which is formed into a 100% cured, single-ply roofing membrane. This material is long-lasting and durable, making it ideally suited to winter weather, and the low maintenance nature of the solution ensures customers gain reliable peace of mind from their investment. Suitable for any type of flat roof, EPDM offers a comprehensive waterproof ing solution for both domestic and commercial buildings, and is particularly convenient for use on garages and sheds to guarantee valuables are protected from water damage. A year-round roof ing option, EPDM rubber roofs also resist UV and ozone, due to the material containing a high proportion of carbon black and no plasticisers or antioxidants, giving it a life expectancy of more than 50 years. Simplified installation Completing roof ing projects and repairs in the winter can be a job that people dread, due to the added challenges presented by the inclement weather. Therefore, a quick and easy installation is essential to beat the elements, complete the job and prevent further damage. EPDM is supplied in large, seamless sheets, up to 15.24m in width and 61m long, negating the requirement to cut and piece many sheets together. Not only does this make using it time efficient, as one sheet can cover an entire roof, but also improves longevity as it reduces the number of seams required.

As we head into the winter months, external building and maintenance work enquiries often slow down due to the cold, wet weather. However, when a roof needs repairing, it’s usually a job that can’t be left unaddressed due to the potentially catastrophic effects it can have on a structure. Adrian Buttress, managing director of PermaRoof, part of PermaGroup, discusses why EPDM rubber is the ideal material to equip roofs for the winter. An EPDM rubber roof ing installation requires no specialist tools and no heat or flame, which means less time on site and an easier application when out in the elements. However, we strongly recommend that installers attend our Firestone EPDM training centre to guarantee the best possible finish on a project. Efficient repairs Full training on EPDM instillation reduces the potential of issues developing further down the line with the roof ing system as, when a tradesperson hasn’t completed the training, there is a higher chance the membrane has been laid incorrectly. However, no matter how durable the material is, there will always be a possibility of repairs being needed. Unavoidable splits and cracks can, fortunately, be easily repaired by the reliable repair method used on EPDM roofs, liquid PU – or “liquid rubber” as it’s commonly referred to. The liquid rubber creates a watertight and weatherproof seal to protect roofs all year round, particularly f rom the elements in winter. Applying the liquid PU is simple and it quickly cures on a variety of surfaces – ideal characteristics for when you are working within a short and unpredictable gap in cold, wet, or dark conditions. Only one coat of PU liquid is required to effectively seal a repair and it comes in a pre-

mixed solution that can be applied straight f rom the tin using a brush – no complex process required. For this reason, we advise every roofer to keep a tin of liquid rubber to hand for those emergency calls and quick, reliable f ixes, when faced with the harsh climate of a British winter. Winter ready roofing As a tradesperson, winter can bring a feeling of dread as the weather leads to more issues with roofs and an increased challenge with repairs, however, EPDM rubber’s natural attributes ensure it’s the quickest, most effective, all-weather solution. With smaller projects, such as adding outdoor buildings, on the rise due to the impact of people spending more time at home, as well as larger extensions being considered due to house moves becoming less likely, flat roofing is certainly a market that offers plenty of opportunities for installers – especially during the winter months. For more information on Permaroof UK, please visit or call 01773 608839.



‘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:



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TAKE FULL CONTROL OF YOUR SITE INSPECTIONS Increase inspection efficiency with Scafftag’s reliable holders and inserts that can communicate the safety status of any type of equipment at the point of use. Furthermore, planning, inspecting and reporting can be streamlined, customised and largely automated to save time with SafeTrak software and app. Discover complete solution from Scafftag - A Brady Company. Visual Tagging solutions from Scafftag

Visual Ta g g i n g solutions communicate the lates t equipment inspection and status at the point of use and record an audit trail of equipment maintenance, tes t s and inspections to comply with health and safety legislation. Scafftag inspection tag systems help control pre-shift inspections, maintenance and identification of all and any aspect of site and/or equipment, improving workplace safety and communication. Scafftag offers visual tagging systems to meet your needs for a wide variety of applications, including (but not limited to) hoarding, fencing, temporary

works, spill, fire and first aid, excavations and excavators …

exposure in order to stay legible in construction sites.

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Clear communication at the point of use

Scafftag holders and inserts can communicate best practice in s p e c tion pro ce dure s on the equipment that needs inspection. Both the holders and removable inserts are highly customisable and can support the standardisation of inspection procedures. A QR code can also be printed on the inserts or holders to activate a digital inspection flow via a smartphone and Safetrak software, complete with inspection planning management and automatic inspection report generation.

When properly used and applied on equipment and in plain view, Scafftag can always communicate the latest equipment status to anyone who wants to use a specific piece of equipment. Tags are available for almost any tool or equipment, including ladders, scaffolds, drills, vehicles and engines. Inspection records on the tag’s insert will show when equipment was considered fit for use. When equipment f ails inspection, the inspector can remove the insert to

Extremely robust and reliable Scafftag holders and inserts are designed to last in extreme outdoor conditions. Holders are made out of ABS or Nylon and will rarely break. The polypropylene inserts can withstand water, oil and dirt while still being easy to write on. Both the holder and insert can resist prolongued UV

Case Study 43 show a clear ‘Do not use’ message on the tag’s holder. In this way, Scafftag helps prevent costly workplace accidents resulting from the use of unfit equipment. The majority of our solutions comprise 2 components - a holder attached to the asset or equipment, and replaceable inserts to record latest inspection and noteable data. This creates a simple 3 stage looped process for latest equipment status and a clear data trail. 1. Empty holder displays: Do not Use, Do not enter, Inspection Required .. etc 2. Equipment is inspected periodically, the insert is completed and placed in the holder 3. If equipment should not be used, remove the insert from holder This ensures you have a permanent data trail of inspections and work carried out, as well as evidence in a court of law if you need it. Specialised solutions for construction sites Excavation inspection tags from Scaf f tag help convey information on site, where it’s needed. High-lighting hidden services (note: 2 variations), help provide information on potential hazards, hidden services, actions to be taken and record the all important daily and weekly inspections. Improve workplace safety with proper inspection tagging. Number of custom types have been developed based on

user experience and customer requirements: • • • • • •

Excavation Tag (2 offers) Weekly Inspection Multitag® Temporary Works Tag Hoarding Tag Fencing Tag ... and more

Faster equipment inspections with SafeTrak SafeTrak enables you to keep track of inspections digitally and eliminates the need to make time consuming duplicates, decipher hasty handwriting or search for lost inspection papers. At the same time, the web application also includes an advanced inspection planning system that offers a full overview of every inspection planned and enables users to easily plan recurring inspections. SafeTrak can be used to keep track of a wide range of equipment such as personal protection equipment, drills, hammers, screwdrivers, scaffolding, ladders, label printers or lockout bags. With SafeTrak, every tool can easily be checked in or out as long as it is labelled with a serial number, barcode or RFID label. Predefined inspection templates can be created in SafeTrak to standardise and digitalise a variety of inspection reports. The web application can generate automated high level reports by extracting data from the inspection templates at regular intervals or on demand. With just a few clicks, inspection reports containing the most recent and complete data will always available via SafeTrak. SafeTrak Mobile

on any smartphone. Internet access is not required. Enter an equipment serial number to access a predefined inspection te mp l ate an d e quip m e nt location information, or scan the equipment’s barcode. Log out after an inspection and the app will automatically upload data for immediate reporting once internet connection is restored. Visual Tagging Solutions from Scafftag

Tracking inspections and relaying information on working sites can be a very difficult task. Work or construction site machinery that does not receive the necessary inspections poses a risk to your workers and their environment. Protect your team and relay the latest information. Discover Scafftag’s site and plant equipment inspection solutions to comply with legislation and manage safety. Download the free guide: OPTIMISE EQUIPMENT SAFETY >> Scafftag – A Brady Business Tel 0845 089 4060

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New styles from Snickers Workwear deliver winter warmth and cooling comfort when you need it.

Not only will you stay warm with Snickers Workwear’s 37.5® Technology clothing, you’ll look and feel cool too. With styles for both professional tradesmen and women, they excel at ventilation to keep you cool and moisture transportation to stop you getting cold. They work together to keep you working comfortably wherever you are on site. The 37.5® Technology fabric is a very quick-drying material that captures and releases moisture vapour – like your sweat - for superior coolness and dry working comfort. It’s integrated into selected Snickers Workwear base- mid- and top-layer garments to keep you working at your best whatever the weather. After all, keeping a balanced work temperature is not just about staying cool and in great shape, it’s a matter of your wellbeing and job safety. So, to make sure you get the right protection, visibility, flexibility, durability and ventilation, check out the Climate Control garments from Snickers Workwear that work together to suit your workday. For more information on Snickers Workwear’s Climate Control garments visit alternatively, call the Snickers Workwear Helpline on 01484 854788.

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For more details contact Gareth Bladen at Telephone +44 (0) 7759 520034 or visit & ENGEL Workwear - Catalogue ( Click here for more information.

46 Tools, Equpiment & PPE These forwardthinking brands are pioneering sustainable business practices in their industries.

Did you know that bridging the ‘The Circularity Gap’ by embracing the circular economy could shrink global greenhouse gas emissions by 39%!* That’s why Emma Safety footwear has become a leader in sustainability having created the world’s very f irst ‘100% Circular’ safety footwear range, While Snickers Workwear is at the foref ront of sustainability in the workwear industr y by sourcing the highest quality, most hard-wearing products with as little environmental impact as possible. Ensuring garments are made f rom ‘preferred fibres’, enhances durability and comfort to create hard-wearing workwear with a long product lifetime which is key to reducing waste. The combined result is environmentally-f riendly, ergonomically designed d u a l - p u r p o s e wo r k i n g clothes and footwear that are not only designed to meet the physical demands that tradesmen and women face at work but are also ideal for some sports and leisure activities – and reducing your carbon footprint too! Getting more information on the Snickers Workwear clothing range is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue or email


There’s a reason Managing Safely doesn’t cut corners The consequences of rushing health and safety training can be fatal. So Managing Safely takes exactly the right amount of time to get participants up to speed. That’s why our three day health and safety course is the most popular for line managers, in any sector, worldwide.

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Dust extraction specialist to demonstrate problem-solving capabilities at eagerly anticipated SHE Show South 2021 Dustcontrol UK will be demonstrating its problem-solving capabilities at The SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) Show South 2021. f it client requirements in the construction/rental marketplace, as well as production companies. These range from bakeries, cereal manufacturers, tea blenders, spice companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers to heavy metal manufacturing plants. They are experts in problem-solving with a high technical capability of capturing dust at its source, then containing and transporting it to a convenient discharge solution.


aking place on Tuesday, 23rd November at MK Stadium, Milton Keynes, Dustcontrol UK will be showcasing its vast experience in helping companies to achieve efficient production processes, increased productivity, improved product quality, and a safer working environment, at stand 22. Demonstrating its range of mobile and centralised vacuum equipment, including HEPA filtered, ATEX-rated and cyclone based industrial dust extractors, the Dustcontrol team will share how its robust machines can capture and extract different kinds of particles and pollutants with the highest level of filtration to achieve better results. James Miller, Managing Director of Dustcontrol UK, said: “We’re looking forward to sharing our wealth of experience in creating

a n d m a i n ta i n i n g h e a l t hy environments to industry leaders at this year’s SHE Show South event. Our product range consists of portable dust extractors for industrial and construction use, f ixed extraction installations, discharge arrangements, and accessories. All our machines are ideal for extraction of dust or particulate at the point of its production, as well as for powerful vacuuming or air cleaning. “Ultimately, everything runs so much more smoothly when you avoid being stopped or disturbed by dust and other pollutants, not to mention the better air quality that is the result of professional dust extraction.” The company, based in Milton Keynes, has almost 50 years of experience in developing dust extraction solutions and centralised vacuum systems to

Attracting around 250 delegates, The SHE Show Conference and Exhibition is an annual series of events all about people, behaviour, and culture change. It focuses on six key elements: inspirational leadership, climate change and sustainability, mental health and wellbeing, behaviour and culture change, overcoming adversity and resilience, and legal advice and updates. James concluded: “At Dustcontrol UK, we’re not satisf ied with just selling produc ts. We manufacture and customise portable dust extractors and industrial extraction systems to f it all client requirements, achieving safer and healthier work environments.” For further information on Dustcontrol UK’s products, please call 01327 858001, or email For further information on Dustcontrol UK, visit, or for more information on The SHE Show South, visit

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