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Willmott Dixon wins second Kent Uni project Willmott Dixon is back at the University of Kent after delivering the Sibson Building two years ago with a £13.4m contract to build the university’s new Building for the School of Economics.

The three storey facility will be located in the north-western part of the campus in Canterbury, where the recently demolished Kent Research and Development Centre was located, and will complete the circle of buildings that include Sibson and the old KBS Building. The new Economics Building will house improved facilities such as social spaces, meeting rooms and an IT suite and be ready in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year. The location brings Economics into closer proximity with Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, to create an area of strength in ‘financial and business’ subjects in one area of the campus.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Southern Home Counties said, “We are delighted to be working once again with the University of Kent, we’ll be bringing our experience of higher education and working in live environments on major hub projects to ensure we create a centrepiece that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.” Willmott Dixon’s other current University projects include a new School of Medicine for Anglia Ruskin University in Essex, Kingston University’s landmark Town House, a cutting-edge sports hub for the University of Warwick and converting a former naval hospital within a world heritage site into a student hub for the University of Greenwich.

Scottish school sets tough test for slate refurbishment Cambrian Slate used on primary school roof refurbishment Lochwinnoch Primary School in Scotland has provided a showcase for Cambrian Slate from Redland, showing how an early 1900s traditional building can still retain its original appearance using a modern slate substitute, along with traditional slate detailing. The roof of the 111-year-old school was originally slated using Scotch slate that was at the end of its lifespan so rain penetration was causing a major issue. Redland carried out a full Redland SpecMaster roof specification together with James Grant, examining every aspect of the roof in detail. These included raking valley details, sprocketed eaves, changes of pitch on the roof slope, detailing of top edge and side abutments, flat to pitch lead, ventilation at eaves and ridge, and underlay details. All work was carried out in compliance with BS 5534: 2014 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling and BS 5250 Code of Practice for the Control of Condensation in Buildings, ensuring that high and low-level ventilation was provided along with two mechanical fixings for each tile.

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RIBA Bespoke Access Awards 2018 The Awards, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in association with Bespoke Hotels, are an international competition to design fully accessible hotel rooms, to continue improving access to properties worldwide for disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, as well as all other guests. The Awards aim to challenge the perception of hotel facilities set aside for disabled people, which can often be viewed as joyless, poorly designed and over-medicalised.

New Homes for East Yorkshire The East Yorkshire-based organisation, Williamsfield Developments, is selling fast its new-build homes in Hutton Cranswick. The reason behind it is that every aspect of the scheme hit the highest quality mark. Every home that is part of the development benefits from solar roof panels fitted in by James Foley Electrical Ltd, triple glazing, and noise suppression between floors. These aspects make them 60% more energy efficient than most of other new builds. “As well as taking care of all the wiring and electrics, this development has given us a fantastic opportunity to put our solar installation and testing competencies to use – every single home has in-roof mounted solar panels, and it is essential they are up to all up to standard,” commented James Foley, electrician and business owner. The ethos of Williamsfield Developments values sustainability and Paul Lisseter, the company director, believes that being given a 100% A rating for energy efficiency puts them in the top 1% in the region. It is also the only local developer to offer certified A-rated ‘affordable housing’. The company puts great price on employing local tradespeople, including James Foley Electrical Ltd: “James Foley Electrical have every competency we could need. With solar certification, not only do they need to have up to date training, they also need to ensure their test equipment is regularly assessed and checked. This is quite an onerous undertaking for any electrical contractor but it gives me an assurance that their work is always absolutely reliable,” said Paul.

The Bespoke Access Awards were established in 2016 and were the first of their kind. In their opening year, teams of designers from countries as far afield as Hong Kong, Russia and Canada submit entries across a range of categories. The overall winners, awarded the Celia Thomas Prize worth £20,000, were Motionspot & Ryder Architecture, who devised ‘AllGo’, a unique, universal approach to hotel room design system to ensure that all hotel rooms are functional, flexible and accessible. Competition scope: The scope of the competition has been broadened for its second year to cover five strands of inclusive design: Architecture, Product Design, Service Applications (digital), Service Applications (training), and Inclusive Employment. Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative, innovative and potentially actionable ideas in any or all of these strands, with the overall winner of the Celia Thomas Prize receiving £20,000. The competition aims to reward entrants who address guests’ experience from the front door to any room or service within a hotel; it includes the process undertaken before a visitor arrives, or during check out. The Paralympic Gold Medalist and Peer Baroness GreyThompson, whose interest in design was fostered by her father, an architect, will judge the competition together with the distinguished architect Alan Stanton, winner of the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 18 April 2018. Entries are open internationally to everyone. The organisers particularly welcome entries from designers and architects with disabilities themselves. Collaboration between people with disabilities and design professionals is also encouraged, as is collaboration amongst design disciplines. The deadline for the Bespoke Access Awards competition has been extended to Tuesday 27 February 2018.

It took nearly 18 years for Paul and Joanne Lisseter to obtain permission to start planning the housing development in Hutton Cranswick, but it was important for them to succeed. With more and more young people leaving the area, it is essential that those who stay and those who wish to return will have a place in the community. As part of their future plans, Williamsfield Developments want to extend the housing scheme with an additional 67 properties. They hope to find more suitable sites so that they could create new homes for local people.

06 Industry News Barratt London shelves 27-storey Aldgate tower project Barratt London has shelved plans to build phase two of its major Aldgate Place scheme against a backdrop of falling central London flat prices. The firm is also closing its central London Aldgate division office and planning to move around 70 staff to new offices on the Olympic Park where they will join relocating Stratford office staff to create a new bigger Barratt East London division. Under the London business shake-up Barratt’s Brentford division will also be rebranded as Barratt West London. Sources told the Enquirer that Barratt and joint venture development partner British Land had decided not to proceed with the final phase of the Aldgate scheme, due to launch this year. The second phase of the development incorporated two residential buildings, one of seven storey and the other rising to 27 storeys for retail, private residential and commercial space. Property website Rightmove reveals more than 400 flats currently for sale within walking distance of Aldgate East tube station. Gary Ennis, Regional Managing Director, Barratt London: “As part of Barratt London’s growth strategy and focus on delivery of high quality developments across the capital, we are combining our Aldgate and Stratford offices to create one new larger team, Barratt East London. “This will bring together the skills and expertise across our London teams, and enable us to deliver focused and efficient growth. We are committed to growing our business, building successful new communities and helping Londoners get a foot on the property ladder.” In addition to the London changes, Barratt is also opening a new division in the East region. The new division, BDW Cambridgeshire, will help Barratt to increase volumes to meet the growing demand for new homes in the region. BDW Cambridgeshire already has terms agreed on land for more than 1,000 units and will be creating around 50 new jobs over the next three years, with hundreds more supported in the supply chain and through local sub-contractors. The division, which will be based in Peterborough and open this year, is focused on strong markets in areas highlighted recently by the National Infrastructure Commission’s Report, Partnering for Prosperity. The report identified opportunities to create “welldesigned, well-connected new communities” for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford arc.

Stanton Williams extends Cambridge Judge Business School A major centre for business education has been created in Cambridge as existing much-loved University buildings have been extended Stirling Prize-winning architect Stanton Williams has completed a £21.5 million expansion for Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in the UK, demonstrating the practice’s expertise in unlocking the potential of complex sites, and creating a versatile hub for postgraduate and executive business education. The Simon Sainsbury Centre is built adjoining the Business School’s Grade II listed, John Outram-redesigned Addenbrooke’s building. This wonderful new space brings together all parts of the Cambridge Judge Business School community: pre-experience and post-experience students; EMBA participants; Executive Education clients; faculty; staff and external partners, enabling the Cambridge Judge Business School community to continue solving real-world problems with greater diversity and creativity. The new four storey 5,000 sq m building replaces two former nurses’ hostels on Tennis Court Road along the eastern boundary of the site. It has been designed to complement rather than compete with the Outram building, which was completed in 1995 as a remodelling of the 18th and 19th Century hospital buildings. As well as providing flexible education spaces for the School’s Executive Education programme, the Centre contains additional teaching, conferencing, office breakout and dining spaces for the school, reflecting the evolving culture of the University and the changing requirements of learning environments. Through the physical juxtaposition of old, new and the more recent past, the project demonstrates a complex layering of history which embodies the identity of the School whilst expressing its contemporary needs. Stanton Williams’s design is conceived as an extension to the original hospital, drawing inspiration from the historic masonry façade designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt. The Centre is on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for sustainability. It utilises an innovative strategy of distributed ventilation with the incorporation of 60 small heat recovery units within the building envelope to create a ‘breathing façade’. This use of the Trox system is the first of its type in the UK.

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Bamboo social housing in rural Mexico can be built by residents in a week Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura has completed a prototype for social housing in a mountain town, using a prefabricated bamboo frame that residents can use to replicate the structure in just seven days. Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, which translates to Communal Architecture Workshop, completed the residence in Cuetzalan del Progreso – a town in the south-central state of Puebla – as an example of social housing that could be quickly and easily built across the region. The studio worked with residents to develop an alternative self-build scheme that utilised local bamboo to make a modular and prefabricated frame, along with local wood and stone.

Some of the walls feature red brick lattices that aid natural ventilation. The gaps also allow smoke from the fire in the kitchen to easily drift outside. The traditional main communal area, where the local Nahuas people dry coffee and corn crops, forms the main space towards the front of the residence, with a pair of twin bedrooms set behind. Comunal Taller de Arquitectura’s rural housing design was approved to receive federal subsidies, meaning that it could be rolled out in other areas of the state. But the team hopes the project will begin discussions that will enable local materials and methods to be used in future social housing.

The prefabricated bamboo structure that forms the 60-squaremetre residence was assembled on site in under a week, with the help of locals to reduce costs. It is hoped that teams residents could learn to build replicas themselves. The walls comprise bamboo panels coated with a local tissue known as ixtle, commonly used to make coffee sacks, and then mortar. These slot on top of breezeblock bases. Exposed bamboo trusses and beams rest above the walls to form a mono-pitched roof, which is topped by an undulated, rough grey material. It overhangs at the front to cover two porches that face the nearby road. Window shutters and doors inside the residence are also made of bamboo, while grey paving covers the floor both inside and outside.

Grant Associates stay in the loop Working closely with Glenn Howells Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects and ShedKM, Grant Associates has created a detailed landscape masterplan that will see 207 family homes and 90 apartments built, along with green infrastructure including a new public park, public open spaces, communal gardens and canal-side public realm. As Birmingham in the UK’s waterways continue to be redeveloped a group of high profile architects unveil plans for a residential regeneration scheme Birmingham City Council has approved plans for the first phase of a major residential regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham.

The scheme is the first phase of a proposal by Urban Splash and Places for People to develop a total of 1,150 homes on the 43-acre, city centre site. Located next to the Icknield Port Loop canal, the homes will be a mixture of family houses and apartments. Commercial, retail and leisure facilities will also be delivered.

Outline planning permission for the site was secured in 2013. Birmingham City Council and the Canal and River Trust appointed Places for People and Urban Splash as joint venture delivery partners for the project in 2016. Claire Hobart, senior associate at Grant Associates, comments: “Our aim is to reinvigorate this piece of brownfield industrial land close to the heart of Birmingham that has to date been largely hidden from public view. We want to connect Icknield Port Loop’s new community with an inspiring series of new waterfront and green spaces. The landscape creates a sense of place that draws on the site’s unique island location and connections to the waterways of the city to add to Birmingham’s credentials as a great city to live, work and play.”

08 Editor’s Choice

Anyone for Half a Million M Launched in 2017, the Newton Membrane Recycling Service is the first recycling scheme of its kind in the UK waterproofing industry. Now, with the release of Newton Waterproofing Systems’ first annual recycling report it is also possible to get an insight into quite how much HDPE plastic was sent for recycling in 2017 instead of landfill, and how Newton saved enough energy to make 519,690 mugs of tea… Why Recycle Waterproofing Membrane? One of the primary forms of belowground structural waterproofing, cavity drainage membranes are manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and are designed to last for the lifetime of the building in which they are installed.

However each year the UK waterproofing industry sends hundreds of tonnes of membrane offcuts to landfill, as there was previously no service available for collecting and recycling the material. With the environmental credentials of many new projects coming under increased scrutiny by assessments such as BREEAM, the ability for any company to utilise a recycling service that allows them to trace their waste is a valuable asset when undergoing sustainability assessments. Finally, the importance of the environment in construction will only increase – as Stuart Foster, CEO of not-for-profit recycling charity RECOUP states: “Environmental issues are increasingly in the spotlight. The plastic and construction industries are under more pressure than ever before to do the right

thing in terms of the environment. This innovative new service from Newton provides lots of businesses with the chance to recycle their plastics, and actually it’s a game-changing service that will allow a transparent and certifiable option to recycle their plastic membranes.”

Editor’s Choice 09 Most important however, is that the entire Newton Membrane Recycling Service is transparent and traceable. It is therefore possible to track where all waste material is generated and produce reports for participating companies, from contractors to specifiers, on how much they are recycling and how much energy they are saving.

What Have Been The Results?

Mugs of Tea? How Does It Work? Available through Newton’s network of Specialist Contractors (NSBCs), the service collects the waste membrane on delivery backloads from across Great Britain and Ireland, and processes it at Newton’s Kent headquarters. Returning it in this way also ensures that no extra emissions are released in the process of collecting the membrane. From Newton, it is recycled by a third-party and manufactured into new construction products, therefore achieving a fully ‘closed-loop’ recycling process. “As a leading UK polymer recycling facility, Biffa Polymers is delighted to be able to provide a recycling outlet for the Newton Membrane Recycling Service. We fully endorse and support the ground breaking efforts of independent suppliers such as Newton Waterproofing Systems to recover more quality plastics for recycling. We are pleased to help in improving on the environmental performance of both the waterproofing industry and the wider construction industry.” - Chris Hanlon, Commercial Manager, Biffa Polymers

As a result of Newton’s significant efforts to improve their environmental impact and ensure the sustainability of their operations, in 2017 a total of 3.255 tonnes of membrane was collected for recycling.

Whilst 3.255 tonnes sounds like a lot, what does it actually mean? To help translate this rather obscure amount into real terms, it is possible to convert 3.255 tonnes of HDPE into several more quantifiable measurements: • By recycling this quantity of HDPE plastic, Newton have avoided the release of 3.74 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e) into the atmosphere, which would have been created in the manufacturing of new, virgin HDPE • To create the same quantity of emissions by burning fuel would require 1,702 litres (1.24 metric tonnes) of petrol

• Both of these quantities can be equated to the generation of 14,616 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) of energy • Finally, at an average of 0.028 kWh per cup, this amount of energy would therefore be enough to make 519,690 cups of tea! Finally, and perhaps more importantly than the above figures, it is also hoped that innovative new schemes such as these will act as motivation for other construction industry suppliers to start considering their own processes and the ways in which they too can improve their environmental credentials.

Get Involved To get a list of NSBCs who can provide the recycling service on your project, contact Newton directly for a list of companies in the area. “When we’re looking to deliver a building we’re trying to make it as sustainable and energy efficient as we possibly can. These elements that you don’t necessarily think about being environmental factors; the lifecycle of the products and how that contributes to the whole process, if you’ve got two products that are comparable and if one of them has got a recycling scheme like the Newton scheme, then obviously it’s a bit of a no-brainer.” - Matthew Edwards, Associate Director, HGP Architects

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Experience a Purple Patch with Vicaima When it comes to inspiration ideas for interior doors, few companies bring the wealth of fresh design and stand out performance as Vicaima manage to do so every year. Entering a purple phase for their much loved Interior Door Selector (IDS), the 2017/18 edition has surpassed even Vicaima’s high standards, with the introduction of no less than six new ranges and a world of new colour and finish options. Encompassing 80 stimulating pages, this latest edition is their largest IDS yet and is certain to spark creative interest for their many markets; including housing development and hotels, together with numerous public and private sector applications. Available both in printed format and for download via the Vicaima website, the new Interior Door Selector sets out product ranges in a clear and easy to navigate format. Each range includes quality colour imagery to illustrate the products design potential, together with key facts to ensure the chosen model is right for the project. For specifiers with a keen eye on budgets, the IDS also includes a useful Price Indicator Tool, which enables easy price comparison across different ranges, making final door selection so much simpler. Among the many new and exciting ranges making their first appearance in the Vicaima 2017/18 Interior Door Selector are some exciting door ideas, including: M Range, a refined take on the Classic panel door in a wide section of lacquered colours; EX70 and EX20, two new collections that offer striking grain direction and a fusion of face finishes; The Rustic Collection, real quarter cut Ash veneer in a selection of four new stain finishes to give an open grain appearance. These and many more on-trend and visually stunning finishes make up a truly visionary compendium of interior doors for every application. To download your copy of the new 2017/18 Interior Door Selector, visit and select brochures, alternatively call 01793 532333 to reserve a printed copy or for further information.

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Best on Energy for Exterior and Interior Applications Rinnai’s Infinity range of A-rated continuous flow gas fired water heaters which includes models specifically designed for domestic/light commercial use guarantees the highest efficiencies and lowest running costs at consistent temperatures 24/7 compared with any method of hot water delivery. The Rinnai Infinity range of continuous flow – sometimes referred to as ‘tankless’ water heating units are being specified more and more often for domestic properties, cafes, pubs, restaurants, offices, shops, hairdressers, commercial units, caravan parks and leisure facilities as installers and end users become aware of their energy saving benefits. The reason for the increase in uptake is that continuous flow heater systems are proven to be more energy efficient than storage systems and as such are increasingly becoming the experts’ preferred method of hot water provision. The word is out that the Rinnai units easily cater for projects that need high volumes of water at intermittent times of day delivered at accurate temperatures to ensure user comfort and safety. They are also easy to operate and simple to install and maintain. Rinnai’s Infinity multipoint 16i water heater, for example, eliminates the problem of sudden changes in water temperature, resulting in cold showers or scalding hot baths – the water temperature you set is the water temperature you get. So, if somebody is happily showering at 42°C and a tap is turned on to draw a bath elsewhere in the property, the temperature does not vary, and there is no chance of either user running out of hot water. The Rinnai Infinity 16i interior model measures 675 x 370 x 139mm and weighs in at 18kg. The room sealed unit has a temperature range of 35°C to 60°C with direct electronic ignition. Gas consumption ranges between 4.7kW-34.9kW for Natural Gas and 4.9kW-36.8kW when using propane. Hot water delivery flow is an impressive 16ltr max flow and 2.4 ltr/min minimum flow. Nominal operation pressure is 1-7 bar and it uses a 230V AC 50Hz 1ph power supply with an electrical consumption of 68W.

flexibility at the design stage and offers a viable solution where flue runs are problematic or internal space is not available. Capable of flow rates of up to 510 litres per hour at a 50°C rise, the 17e is suitable for multiple applications and can be specified for use with Natural Gas or propane.

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Meanwhile, where an external installation is required, the Rinnai Infinity 17e external multipoint water heater offers greater

The 17e has full frost protection and is available with a range of external ancillary items, including

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The Infinity 11i interior unit differs from the 16i as it weighs 2kg less at 16kg and consumes 6.10kW-21.60kW of Natural Gas and has an 11 metre maximum flow.


Rinnai to Headline Sponsor CIBSE Tech Symposium in London Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site Rinnai - the UK leader in gas-fired high efficiency continuous flow water heating units and systems - is to be the headline sponsor of the forthcoming Chartered Institute of Building Services Technical Symposium being held this year 12-13th April 2018 at London South Bank University. The CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018 – themed as ‘Stretching the envelope’ will encompass techniques, applications and technologies for healthy and productive environments. “The uncertainties of climate, resources, environment, and security will mean that there is an increasing need for those with a responsibility to deliver healthy and productive environments to stretch beyond ‘business as usual’”, says CIBSE. The 2018 symposium theme is aiming to provide the industry with a technical insight into the methods, technologies and techniques that are available, or just over the horizon, that will drive the development of increasingly sustainable future environments. This will include presentations and discussions on both the established and proven, as well as the developmental and cutting edge. Topics presented may include the following: Assessing, assuring and improving occupant health, comfort and wellbeing; Developing and applying leading edge products and systems for a sustainable building future; Moving towards net zero energy and net zero water built environments; Delivering human friendly ecosystems beyond the ‘built’ environment; Fusing passive and active building systems;

Designing and operating to meet future climates; Creative technologies and systems for an aging population; Intelligent systems and knowledge based tool; Metering, intelligent monitoring and control techniques to predict and manage energy use; BIM (and other information tools) for improved building development and operation; Case studies and measured performance of buildings in use Comments Rinnai Managing director Tony Gittings, “we are an industryleading manufacturer of water heating technologies, products and systems for commercial sites and we have been a main sponsor of the CIBSE Technical Symposium, held in the Spring, for the past several years now. We believe it is the best event of its kind.

“We get to speak in a relaxed and informative manner about continuous flow hot water technology with members from all types of consultancies, building services and academia backgrounds. The fact that it moves around the regions makes it even more attractive to Rinnai - yes the South East has the biggest concentration of population but there is a lot more outside of the M25 area!! “The event is well organised and, more importantly, it is well attended by CIBSE members all looking for new product and practices to improve the industry’s offering to end-users. Rinnai looks forward to continuing our sponsorship of the event well into the future.” For more information on the RINNAI product range visit


Creating a wildlife friendly garden Creating sanctuary and shelter for wildlife in a garden is a great way of learning about nature in your area and helps to preserve the habitats and food these creatures need to survive and thrive. Making your garden wildlife friendly doesn’t mean that you have to leave it to grow, in fact every garden from a small plot to a big family garden can be home to nature by following a few key factors.

Garden room specialists Oeco Garden Rooms guide us through some of the simple things we can all do to help nature out, including creating different habitats, places for animals to breed and take shelter and provide feeding areas to create a the perfect wildlife friendly garden.

Wildlife Habitats Even the smallest garden can provide a valuable habitat for wildlife to thrive, and it is a good idea to introduce as many different habitats as you can without going overboard and packing too much in. There are lots of ways to introduce microhabitats into your garden, providing a diverse range of homes for insects, invertebrates and animals to shelter and feed as nature intended. Lawns, especially areas that are left to grow a little are perfect for insects and minibeasts, as well as an eating ground for the birds that feed on them. Plant borders and bushes populated with native flowers and shrubs provide a rich source of food for butterflies and bees, as well as seeds, berries and shelter for small mammals and birds. Trees and hedges also offer shelter and cover for mammals and nesting sites for birds to raise their young. Water features and ponds provide the perfect habitat for an array of wildlife from amphibians and minibeasts to bathing birds.

15 Foraging and Feeding One of the most important features of a wildlife friendly garden is a variety of places for different animals to forage for food and eat. There is a range of ways we can do this, either by providing food ourselves (particularly good in the winter months as food becomes scarce) or by letting nature supply the food. Look at planting native flowers and berry bushes that flower and seed during different times of the year; this will provide an array of natural food for animals and insects that forage during different periods. A variety of colourful nectar-rich flowers and plants will attract bees, butterflies and other insects to your garden too. Providing a source of clean, safe water is also important for a wildlife friendly garden; this can range from a big pond to a small dish, but water can be as important as food during summer and winter.

Breeding space and shelter Another important need for all wildlife is a safe area to breed and shelter. Bird and bat boxes, hedgehog houses and insect houses are all great ways of introducing artificial shelters into the garden but natural shelter is the best in terms of expense and conservation. Trees, bushes and hedges are also an ideal havens for birds, small mammals and insects alike and provide cover from predators and a place to rear young. By letting a small part of the garden overgrow, this will create natural cover and shelter for a variety of insects, invertebrates and small animals. If you are looking to cut back any overgrown areas of the garden wait until early spring; this will give any wildlife sheltering from the cold a chance to leave when the weather is slightly warmer.

Think sustainably! There has been a big push over recent years for the population as a whole to think about the environment and being sustainable, and it is no different when it comes to the welfare of our wildlife. With so many of our actions impacting on the environment and wildlife in particular, care must be taken when choosing materials for our gardens. Making and using your own compost is not only a great way to recycle, but it also helps to encourage a healthy diversity of wildlife in your garden. Composting improves soil structure and is a great breeding ground for tiny invertebrates and fungi, which in turn attracts birds and small mammals. If you have a pond or water feature, don’t use the garden hose to fill them up. Instead use rainwater collected in water butts and barrels as pond-life prefer this. Also avoid using pesticides in the garden at all, opting for non-toxic and nonchemical alternatives.


DELIVERING PROTECTION TO BUDGET Balancing the physical building requirements and commercial considerations has been attained at a historic location through a value engineered approach.

Gilberts Blackpool has efficiently delivered variations of its core WG75 louvre system for the refurbishment of a seven-storey office block with retail space in Charterhouse Square. Developer Helical plc commissioned 21Construction to execute the project, designed by architects Buckley Gray Yeoman, which involved not only upgrading the existing building, but remodelling to increase floor area from 34,000 sq ft to 43,500 sq ft. “It was a complex project, because of the scale and size of the louvres required for the façade and plant screening, and the stringent acoustic attenuation specified,” explained Gilberts’ John Hangar. “We had a number of aesthetic considerations to address too. There was a desire for the louvres to mimic

the adjacent windows, all components needed to reflect the Grade A quality of the building, yet any solution had to be sympathetic with the history of the surroundings, and comply with budgetary constraints.” Gilberts worked closely with the design team to develop a series of solutions for each area of the building. For the façade, WG75 aluminium standard louvres from 3050mm x 600mm up to 3200 x 500mm, with a PPC black finish were fixed onto the façade alongside site-assembled WGK75 louvres ranging from 2790mm x 4885mm to 12000mm x 2425mm. A further five louvres, each 9620mm x 2425mm were required to mimic the adjacent windows; Gilberts, through its unique in-house design and fabrication facility, was able to develop a solution, whereby a bespoke box section was fabricated to reflect the aesthetics whilst providing a secure fixing and weathering detail.

Added Nick Jones, project architect @ Buckley Gray Yeoman, “Gilberts was put forward as a solution to meet budgetary constraints. We’re very pleased with the end result, which balanced our core design objectives with the physical requirements and commercial limitations.” On the roof, the plant screen was specified with acoustic mass/ performance attenuation equivalent to a blockwork wall, because of the sensitive adjacent buildings- including the ancient Charterhouse that dates back to the 14th century. Gilberts balanced the ventilation and sound demands with a built-on-site WGK75 louvre roof screen, and blanking, each almost 2000mm high x 69000mm, which yield a 50% free ventilation area; an acoustic composite blanking panel of galvanised steel, Rockwool insulation compressed to 45kg/m3 and fibre glass with a polyester film, absorbed the sound energy, potentially down to 20dB.

design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.

Gilberts’ WG75series is the ‘building block’ of the company’s range of louvres, delivering strength and rigidity in a discreet profile that still delivers 50% free ventilation area and high weather ingress resistance. The louvres are part of the company’s range of grilles, louvres and diffusers for natural and mechanical ventilation. Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, and is unique in its ability to develop components. Be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke - entirely in-house, from initial


EQUITONE Gives £2M Centre Striking New

A DOCTORS’ surgery near Lincoln has been rebuilt using EQUITONE fibre cement facade material, giving the new premises a natural, contemporary look. Richmond Medical Centre, in North Hykeham, has been developed to replace the outdated surgery with a modern, user-friendly facility for GPs, staff and patients. As part of the £2 million design and build project, Lincoln-based Core Architects specified EQUITONE [natura], in a range of colours using a rivet fixing system.

Rod Davison, architectural technologist at Core Architects, said: “We worked with the planning authority to establish their requirements for a fibre cement facade material for this project and we specified EQUITONE to the developer. “It’s durable and robust, with an aesthetically pleasing colour scheme, giving a strong contemporary appearance in line

with the design requirements for new NHS premises. “We’ve used EQUITONE before on several buildings and think it is a fantastic material to work with due to its outstanding physical properties and aesthetics. It also has a life expectancy of at least 50 years, which is great for NHS buildings, which need long term investment due to capital spending continuing to fall.


Lincoln Medical Contemporary Look

“The nine-month project presented the architects and builders with a number of challenges, primarily because of the medical centre’s location. “It was a tight site, with trees, car parks and road junctions to contend with, but it all worked out well in the end. “The building, which is now completed, looks good from the outside and is light and airy inside. Staff and patients have commented how pleased they are with the results.” EQUITONE [natura] offers a tactile smooth surface which

allows the textures of the fibre cement to show through the facade. All EQUITONE materials are available in a range of colours, finishes and fixing options, giving full creative scope.

In addition, EQUITONE meets the fire performance classification (A2-s1 d0), making it suitable for a variety of building types. For more information on EQUITONE facade materials visit

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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 www.purusgroup. com, or contact Purus Ltd. on 0113 289 3172. Products are available to purchase from Purus distributors.


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

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

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

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

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Zucchetti Kos, Closer basin mixers win the 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Award The prestigious 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Award, has been awarded to the Closer collection of single-lever mixers, designed by Diego Grandi. Every year since 1950, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in partnership with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, has assigned one of the world’s most prestigious design awards, the Good Design™ Award, to the year’s most innovative creations. In this 67th year, the Closer collection was chosen as the winner in the Bath/Accessories category from the thousands of projects nominated from 55 countries. This triumph acknowledges the Zucchetti.Kos group’s bathroom design, its commitment to research in technology and dedication to creating beautiful and desirable objects. Closer taps will become a part of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum’s Permanent Collection and be published in the 2016-2017 Good Design Yearbook.

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

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

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

Glass - Crystal Clear Treatment Crystal clear is a innovative glass treatment which is applied in laboratory conditions at our factory using state of the art machinery. First the glass is cleaned then evenly sprayed with the Crystal Clear treatment, finally thermally baking onto the glass surface. Thanks to the unique chemical reaction within one single application the glass surface has been modified absorbing the treatment, thus giving you a longer lasting protection. Hygienic , biological tests have proven that the Novellini glass has 98% less bacteria than non treated glass. Low maintenance, The water will run off the glass leaving less residue on the surface, no need to use heavy cleaning chemicals, great for the environment , with less maintenance , more resistant to every day use staying new for longer. After care , After showering Novellini recommends that you wipe down the glass using a soft cloth or squeegee, only clean Novellini products using our specially formulated cleaner “Clean it� which can be purchased through our dealers and directly with Novellini UK. We hope you enjoy your Novellini product for many years to come, please visit for more information and other exciting products.



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New education hub provides learning spaces for thousands of Birmingham students Birmingham City University’s new £31 million building has officially opened today (Wednesday 10 January), offering additional teaching and learning space for 3,000 students and staff within more than 650 rooms. Facing Gopsal Street, the new building – Curzon B – comprises 100,000 square feet of additional stateof-the-art and experimental facilities for the institution’s existing City Centre Campus courses. Designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects and constructed by Willmott Dixon, the building will assist in catering for the needs of the institution’s growing student numbers. The canalside development encompasses two sections of six and storeys respectively, with elevated external amenity space. The structure extends the University’s award-winning £63 million Curzon building, which has been housed on Cardigan Street in Birmingham’s Eastside since 2015 and continues the University’s transformation of this part of the city.

Students and staff gathered earlier today to witness a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Birmingham City University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Plowden, followed by tours of the new building led by members of the institution’s Estates and Facilities team. Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, said: “From individual study pods to meeting rooms, we hope that students will really benefit from these facilities that will help them achieve success in their studies. We are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for all our students and this extension will play a key part for that aim. “With work now commencing on HS2, we are delighted to be further contributing to the renaissance of Birmingham’s Eastside area with the latest expansion of our City Centre Campus – already a major landmark for hundreds of thousands of people arriving at Birmingham New Street by train every day.” As well as a new dedicated IT suite for students – with nearly 100 laptops available for loan – Curzon B boasts an innovative lecture theatre called The Hive that features raked, group activity seating, integrated technology and excellent sight lines. The new space is also now home to the University’s Centre of Academic Success, the New Technology Institute (NTI) and its Students’ Union. As part of the project, 3,000 students from the University’s Faculty of

Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment gained real-life experience of working across the construction industry by putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice. Furthermore, the developers offered 10 paid placements throughout the build, while three graduates are now employed full time by Willmott Dixon in the Birmingham region. The building forms part of the University’s £260 million investment into new and advanced facilities which was also strengthened with the opening of the new £57 million Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in September last year.

its City North Campus in Perry Barr. However, the University has already sold part of the site to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to help meet the city’s growing housing demands and discussions are underway to transform another part of the City North Campus into an athletes’ village for the 2020 Commonwealth Games. Both will leave a powerful legacy for the Perry Barr community as the University migrates towards its City South and City Centre campuses.

Later this year, Birmingham City University will open its new £41 million Health Sciences and Education building on its City South Campus on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston. This building will help reinforce Birmingham City University’s status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and producer of more teachers than any other institution in the West Midlands. The space will offer teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs. The new building will also enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on to one site. The School of Education is currently the last of the University’s seminaries situated on

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Welcome to Readyhedge. Welcome to Readyhedge, the independently owned company dedicated to growing and supplying top quality instant hedging and screening plants to landscape designers and gardeners. The home of the highest-quality instant hedging and screening Readyhedge, based at Court Gate Nursery in Eckington near Pershore, Worcestershire, have been growing and supplying top quality instant hedging and screening plants to landscape designers and gardeners since 2003.

The home of expertise Readyhedge is true instant hedging. Supplied ready-spaced in one-metre troughs, it’s easy to handle and there’s no need to separate plants by hand before planting.

The home of quality Readyhedge plants are irrigated, fed and trimmed regularly in the field or container and before despatch plants are inspected and cleared of any imperfections by hand. We call it hand-crafted hedging.

There’s also no need for machinery, there’s no excessive weight and once on-site, hedging can be planted easily by one person. The Readyhedge concept cuts planting time by at least half when compared to placing individual plants, and hedging can be bent to conform to any design template, no matter how complex.

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We also supply pleached trees for aerial screening in a range of heights, espalier fruit trees and a wide variety of high and low screening panels. Individual hedging plants in heights of one metre to four metres are available in containers or as rootball or bare root plants in the winter.

The home of innovation Hedging is also available in our specially designed Readybags, one-metre units complete with robust carrying handles for even easier handling. Readybag hedging, available up to two metres high, depending on season and species, delivers a more mature, denser hedge that can be quickly trimmed along the top for an immediate effect within minutes of planting. The instant hedging concept has now been adopted by Readyhedge-affiliated companies in France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

For full plant range details, more information or no-nonsense advice, contact us at the address shown. You’ll find we’re ready when you are.

The home of variety The range of hedging available from Readyhedge is unrivalled in the UK. The range includes box, hornbeam, thorn, green and purple beech, griselinia, holly, privet and golden privet, laurel, yew and much, much more. A more recent favourite among our customers is Readyhedge native mixed hedging, a classic combination of thorn, sloe, spindle, hazel and maple, which makes the distinctive character of the British hedgerow accessible to landscape and garden designers on demand.

Readyhedge Court Gate Nursery, Station Road, Eckington, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3BB Phone: 01386 750585 Web: Email contact:


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Garador Supports Charities at Christmas

The folks at Yeovil based garage door manufacturer, Garador, have been busy in the run up to Christmas! Over the last few weeks, the staff at the company have been setting time aside to support local charitable organisations, with a donation of food to Yeovil food bank, The Lord’s Larder, and a financial donation to St Margaret’s hospice in Yeovil. During November and early December, food donations were gathered from staff across the business. A variety of dried and tinned products were given, including peas, beans, cereals, pastas, tomatoes and much more. Garador’s Managing Director, Simon Hipgrave commented “I’m really pleased with the variety of food donated by the team here at Garador; everything from rice and beans through to tinned vegetables has been donated. The Lord’s Larder provides a great service in Yeovil to those in need and we are delighted to support them.”

With the food drive over, Garador continued its charitable efforts during early December with a Christmas raffle for Garador staff, Christmas jumper day and a skittles evening with all the proceeds going towards St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil, who provide care and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Over £285 was raised from the raffle, Christmas jumper day and skittles evening, with great generosity from the staff at Garador. Local companies donated prizes ranging from chocolates and bottles of wine through to a power washer. Garador’s Managing Director commented “We would like to thank all of the companies that donated prizes, which helped us to run a successful raffle and most importantly, raised lots of funds for St Margaret’s hospice.”

Garador would like to thank Yeovil Buildbase, Yeovil Town Football Club, Wincanton Race Course, Jungle Jungle, Falmer Palmers, Yeovil Hobby Craft, The Manor Hotel Yeovil and Brimsmore Garden Centre Yeovil for their generosity for such a worthwhile cause. Please visit to find out more about Garador’s garage doors.

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Register now to attend the UK’s leading CPD Certified Architecture and Building Design event

May we first and foremost thank all those exhibitors, speakers and delegates who have already confirmed their attendance, and for those companies which have not yet seen this information, may we please introduce you to ArchitEx 2018, the 3rd Annual Exhibition, Conference and Networking Reception for the UK Architecture and Building Design Industry, being held in Liverpool this coming April. We are absolutely thrilled that so many of the leading names in Architecture and Building Design from around the UK, including RIBA Stirling Prize Winners, will be joining us once again, and will offer something for everyone involved in the industry, whether they be exhibitors, sponsors, speakers or delegates alike.

1. The Exhibition - Enquire about exhibiting here For exhibitors, ArchitEx 2018 will once again provide significant sales and business development opportunities during the 2 days. An anticipated 1,500 Architecture & Building Design Industry professionals from all the following sectors will converge on Liverpool, and as such represents a rare opportunity not to be missed. • Architects, Specifiers, Technologists, Building Designers & Building Surveyors • Commercial, Industrial & Residential Property Developers • Town, City & County Councils, Local Planning Authorities, Town & City Planners • Construction Companies, Builders & Contractors • Products & Services Industry Suppliers Exhibition stands are already 50% reserved after just 6 weeks, so for more information about this fabulous sales opportunity or enquire about remaining stand availability, please contact us.

2. The Conference -

Register to attend here

The 2 day, CPD certified conference programme, with 26 industry leading speakers, has already become one of the leading forums for the UK Architecture and Building Design Industry. It will bring delegates together with policy experts, real-life case studies and industry award winners, and will address the latest sustainable developments and technology in the design, planning and construction of recent, current and future Architecture and Building Design projects. Availability at this conference is limited so early delegate registration is highly recommended. To receive further information about how you can take part, or to tell us what you would like to see on the programme, please contact us.

3. The Drinks Reception / Networking Evening As the exhibition & conference finish at the end of the first day on Wednesday 11 April, we move straight into the complimentary 2 hour champagne drinks reception & networking evening, from 5.00pm - 7.00pm, where further opportunities arise to discuss business with hundreds of industry colleagues. ArchitEx 2018 is your opportunity to attend the UK’s leading Architecture and Building Design event. Andrew Clark - Event Director ArchitEx 2018 0845 467 3303

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Ltd Service Contracts periodless low. industrial this will take on average and call outs are covered so(01746 781782). call than an hour to complete. It will there are no hidden costs. Our Other Products include Emergency breakdown cover for 12 months. If you• to meet Emptying is NOT included theof all serviceable parts Maintanance, Spares And also help your legal • Theincost Mini SAF’s (for offices and you have any problem with your unit, call us and agreement as the Bio-Pure does not Servicing requirements with the Environment will be free of charge. This we will come out and fix it free of charge. require emptying for 3-5 years. rebuilding the air pump, outbuildings up to 4 persons) Agency. includes Pump Stations (standard and The consumer needs easy to follow replacing the diaphragms and advice for their sewage treatment bespoke) We Build It Ltd Service Contracts also the air filters. • Sludge return is carried out as Septic Tank Units Visit usConversion at required. 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Training by Design The following series of photographs show a before and after of a Unifold installation. The final result I am sure anyone who has seen gutter installations before would agree, I hope, that it looks good, well not just good, but very good.


This is a high quality installation and it did not happen by accident! As a Company policy we decided quite some time ago not to� just supply a consignment� and expect those on site who have never installed Unifold before, to get on with it! In fact we would never supply to anyone unless our training programme had first been completed to our satisfaction. This particular Unifold liner was installed by one of our approved contractors and their site operatives have been trained to install the system at our factory facility.


Following training this quality level is what we have come to expect from our installers. We, like many system suppliers within our industry, provide a comprehensive training programme, free of charge, to potential installers of our Unifold Gutter System. Only in this way can we provide a constant net result on every occasion and support our 25 year guarantee which includes the installation as well as quality of the materials and manufacture. Apart from teaching the techniques involved with installation and site joint manufacture we feel it is important that there is an understanding of the technology behind the system and why the product, correctly installed, will out-perform any other, whilst at the same time providing an installation that the installers can be justifiably proud.

Before Fabrication

The process involves practical training and a theory presentation followed by a multi-choice information test and this, when successfully completed, Candidates are awarded a numbered installers’ card with photographic identification. We have found it most beneficial for Business owners and Contracts Managers as well as site operatives to attend the course as there is more to learn other than just the installation practices.

After Fabrication

Imitation is always flattery... But none can match the excellence of a system that is truly complete THE UNIFOLD GUTTER LINING SYSTEM. Having faced and solved every problem experienced in its long life with consummate ease UNIFOLD remains THE GOLD STANDARD to which others aspire! UNIFOLD – Unrivalled excellence in Gutter Lining Technology.



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Panasonic launches new Warranty Scheme Panasonic is delighted to announce a new Warranty Scheme is now in place, with Standard, Extended and Extended+ options for its heating & cooling products purchased within the UK.

issued with a unique ID to enable them to offer their customers the five year warranty on all purchases of Panasonic heating & cooling products (subject to terms & conditions and the requisite maintenance checks).

Effective from 1st December 2017, the new warranty scheme is designed to provide a range of options for installers to choose from. The extended warranty period of five and seven years, is dependent on the installer successfully completing the relevant training from Panasonic or an authorised Panasonic Distributor. “Our range of Warranties gives peace of mind to those specifying, installing and using Panasonic heating and cooling solutions. Linking the Extended and Extended+ Warranties to training adds value for installers and their customers, ensuring they are compliant, competent and fully trained to install Panasonic heating & cooling products, safely and correctly,� explains Paul Aitchison, Technical Manager, Panasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions.

For those selected and trained Installers, Panasonic will extend the warranty period to seven years if the installer submits their warranties to the Panasonic PRO Club website. Installers will simply have to load the Panasonic approved commissioning documents to the Panasonic PRO Club, accessing the warranty area with their unique ID (no proof of purchase required), ensuring that the products and installation are traceable.

For installers to offer their customers the standard three year warranty on products from Aquarea Air to Water ranges, they must be able to show a knowledge and understanding of heat pumps and with Panasonic’s Air to Air products, they must be FGAS Registered.

The old warranty submission scheme on the Panasonic PRO Club site and based on installations prior to 1st November conditions will close for new applications on 30th November 2017.

For the extended warranty period of five years, installers will need to complete a Panasonic training course with an assessment test at the end. Successful participants will then be

Furthermore, the installer will receive an added benefit of higher rates for maintenance and repairs. In order to maintain the extended warranty, the installations must be maintained by a Panasonic approved installer, offering their customers long term added value.

All purchases under the new warranty scheme will benefit from full parts and labour allowance, providing peace of mind to the customer. For more information, please visit


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Top Level Access for Gorton Monastery To the south east of Manchester City Centre is Gorton Monastery, a beautiful Grade II listed building providing a meeting place for the local community, as well as working as a wedding venue and tourist attraction.

The Gorton Trust was established to save and protect the Monastery of St Francis, which was in danger of disrepair before the trust was established in 1997. The long term goal was to renovate the building and allow for access to all levels so that the building could be enjoyed by all those visiting. The Trust was awarded a ÂŁ2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a ÂŁ1m donation from the Stoller Charitable Trust to help fund the refurbishment. To coincide with the main building restoration, the basement level also underwent extensive works, including a requirement for a platform lift so that everyone could access the basement level. Ability Lifts Ltd of Sheffield were approached by the main contractor for the project, to visit and advise if a lift could be fitted given the restricted headroom at basement level. The Optimum 100 Platform Lift it was able to be fitted in to the space and Ability Lifts were chosen to supply and install the unit. The final specification of the lift allowed for a fire door at the basement level and a glazed standard door at the top level which gave access to the Victorian Pantry, a vintage tea room complementing the Monastery. The Trust opted for a ramp at the lower level, which removed the need for excavating a 60mm pit that would be normally required. The lift allows for the basement level to be reached by people with impaired mobility, whilst ensuring that local students can learn about Gorton Monastery in the spacious, well lit teaching rooms in the basement. Additional rooms in the friary basement have been converted into spaces for community arts, health, wellbeing and family learning. The elegant design and quiet chain drive system of the Optimum 100 Platform Lift, made it the perfect choice for the Monastery. The lift requires a footprint of just 1250mm x 1560mm whilst still offering a fully compliant Part M platform size of 1120mm x 1480mm. No structural supports are required due to the load being transferred through the floor base.

To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit or call our dedicated sales line on 0845 006 8803.

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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How to prevent long term a leak in solar panels and cure a leak instantly. Avoiding corrosion on solar panels. Miracle Seal is the brainchild of the creators of the CT1 Sealant, The No1 Sealant and adhesive. Miracle Seal is a revolutionary, scientifically created product to cure all water leaks in the heating system, in both open and closed systems. Also cures and prevents leaks in boilers, cooling systems, radiators and solar panels.

Miracle seal for Solar Panels and Heating systems!! Please read! There are some products on the market to cure weeps but Miracle Seal will fix leaks permanently without blocking the system, guaranteed! Miracle Seal is nonadhesive based unlike polymer based alternatives, so it is chemically impossible to clog the system. Miracle Seal will work effectively on metal and plastic pipes and is compatible with anti-freeze so it is a God’s send in repairing leaks in solar panels. Solar panels have come on leaps and bounds in their efficiency, but still can be problematics due to leaks. Primary causes of these leaks are due to the anti-freeze, been heated and

cooled, resulting in high acidity, this creating corrosion and compromising connections. Comprising the copper/ brass connections. Therefore, Miracle seal is the revolutionary solutions, due to its unique formulation it will cure the leak without causing blockage’s in the system. In addition, Miracle seal is a dual action product, as its one of the most effective anti-corrosion (inhibitor), there is on the market. Due to its unique formulation, it will prevent zinc being stripped from the pipes, neutralising acidity, and of the most effective internal cleaners so even if you don’t have a leak this would be highly advantageous to add to your system to prevent the heartache of a leak in your loft. Miracle Seal has saved thousands of pounds on potential repairs and in many occasions, has sufficed in the need of replacing a system, so you the reader will be guaranteed to solve this problem, indeed prevent this problem on your project. Miracle seal has changed the lives of heating engineers, as Miracle seal will source the leak as when poured in will cure all leaks in system, so the call for a solutions engineer will not be required in this instance. This has saved time, money and need for new systems. Please go to to see datasheets, nearest stockist or call our dedicated technical department to answer any questions.

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GRAFT Paint, protecting you and the environment. GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1 contains no hazardous chemicals and is emissions free, with almost zero volatile organic compounds (VOC). It is possibly the first on the market to be CE marked and has full European Technical Assessment (ETA) approval. Therefore, painting offices, schools, hospitals or even your home does not have to be done when no one is around. With a 12-year life expectancy, this paint can be cleaned with just a damp cloth without risk of wash off. All colours are water-based and provide a smooth, rich and nonreflective finish. This hard-wearing interior acrylic paint, is formulated to the highest specification and offers unsurpassed intensity of colour. However, this is not just another decorative paint, it also offers excellent coverage and has the best possible fire

classification, transforming combustible walls, roofs and ceilings to non-combustible surfaces. By simply painting over existing water or solvent based paints with GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1, you immediately upgrade the fire integrity for up to 30 minutes, thus safeguarding against the spread of fire. GRAFT® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1 is formulated with consideration for protecting the environment, property and people. 1. Non Toxic & Emission Free not harmful to you or the environment. 2. Fire Resistant protecting your homes, schools, hospitals and office buildings. 3. Excellent Coverage saving time and money. 4. Durable robust and designed to last.

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Making A Noise In Nine Elms: World Heart Beat Music Academy Chosen As New Cultural Anchor At Embassy Gardens World Heart Beat Music Academy has been singled out from a field of 42 organisations to become the newest cultural tenant at Embassy Gardens, EcoWorld Ballymore’s multi-billion pound regeneration project in London’s Nine Elms. Developers Ecoworld and Ballymore, together with Wandsworth Council, chose World Heart Beat to create and drive a new educational, cultural and performance venue, to open in 2019. World Heart Beat’s dynamic new creative space at Embassy Gardens will include a fully equipped 130 seat auditorium and state-of-theart educational, recording and

broadcasting facilities. To achieve this, World Heart Beat needs to raise £1.36 million from major grants, donations, sponsorships and performance events.

Nurturing Young Musical Talent in the Community World Heart Beat is a fresh, modern award winning music charity that envisions a global environment where music, as a universal form of communication, bridges cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers. Its Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status reflects its key role in teaching musical excellence to a highly diverse young community.

Whatever their background, World Heart Beat students are taught, mentored and nurtured by top industry professionals and the best musicians, themselves inspired to pass on their knowledge – with no financial constraints. Since 2002, World Heart Beat have motivated over 1,000 children to learn, thrive and succeed from creating and playing music.

Bringing Performance Power to Embassy Gardens Embassy Gardens is a landmark development set within the Nine Elms regeneration area which will provide nearly 2,000 new homes for Londoners when complete. The development

45 forms part of one of London’s newest neighbourhoods, characterised by its vibrant community, exclusive amenities and its unique situation next to the brand new US Embassy. World Heart Beat is therefore a perfect fit for Embassy Gardens and cultural and creative vibrancy is central to the ethos of the scheme. World Heart Beat Founder Sahana Gero MBE said: “Embassy Gardens is going to elevate us to a completely new level. It means that our concept for changing the lives of the next generation of raw talent through music education can become a reality for much greater numbers than we can reach currently. It will support our ambitions to create more outstanding concerts and innovative programmes and will open up thousands of opportunities for young people who find inspiration and lifelong success through music. Commenting on the development’s newest cultural tenant, Dato’ Teow Leong Seng, President and CEO of EcoWorld International said: “EcoWorld Ballymore is delighted to welcome World Heart Beat to Embassy Gardens. We hope that this meaningful partnership will allow more children to thrive through creating and playing music.” Sean Mulryan, CEO of Ballymore Group added “World Heart Beat moving to Embassy Gardens is demonstrative of our commitment to creating vibrant new neighbourhoods and we believe the new performance space will become a musical hub for young people of all backgrounds.”

Funding Will Keep the Music Playing – for a Bigger, Better, Inspirational Future World Heart Beat brings transformation to young lives and discovers and nurtures exciting musical talent. Becoming the Cultural Anchor at Embassy Gardens is a significant new chapter for this unique, creative and far-sighted charity. If you would like to be part of a force for positive change, World Heart Beat has developed a full range of funding options which could be suitable for businesses or individuals.

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The ultimate Fast Track Solution for Damp or Contaminated Floors Don’t allow subfloor moisture or contaminated floors to delay occupation


f you’re faced with a damp or contaminated floor it could delay occupation of the building, create frustration with the client and of course be costly. Fortunately there is a solution specify one of the F. Ball range of market leading Stopgap Waterproof Surface Membranes. This range of high performance products are designed to solve problems, eliminate the risk of a failed installation and guarantee peace of mind. Stopgap F76 - a solvent free, one coat epoxy waterproof surface membrane designed for subfloors with up to 92% Relative Humidity (RH) Stopgap F77 - a solvent free, one coat application epoxy system which impedes the passage of construction moisture and rising damp up to 98% RH. Pigmented black for easy application Stopgap F77 can also be applied directly over underfloor heating screeds where readings are up to 90% RH. Stopgap F78 - a solvent free, one component system, which impedes the passage of construction moisture where relative humidity values are up to 95% RH with a two coat

application. Pigmented blue for easy application F78 is environmentally friendly and ready to use with no mixing necessary and can be resealed and stored for future use. If applied within 12 hours no priming is required when used with the appropriate Stopgap smoothing underlayment. Isolator Membrane - an impervious loose lay sheet designed to be laid over damp or contaminated subfloors. Available in 2 metre wide rolls Stopgap Isolator Membrane provides the perfect solution in any construction or refurb scenario where damp or contaminated floors are an issue. Trusted by the World’s leading flooring contractors the F. Ball range of products is guaranteed to perform in all types of situations where problem floors are an issue. As well as providing one of the most comprehensive range of products to combat damp or contaminated floors F Ball also provide an innovative Moisture Check System to remove any doubt and eliminate the risk of a failed installation. The system, designed by F Ball’s UK team of specialists has three phases Check it, Measure it, Solve it.

Check It The affordable Protimeter Aquant or Protimeter MMS2 quickly indicates whether a full test for moisture is required. Measure It The digital Hygrometer accurately measures the relative humidity of a subfloor, which tells the user precisely what solution option is required. Solve It Specify the most appropriate solution from the range - Stopgap F76, F77, F78 or Isolator Membrane.

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Designer Contracts Expands Its Click Lvt Ranges Designer Contracts – the UK’s largest flooring contractor - has expanded its click LVT offering as the trend for the fashionable, hard flooring grows. It’s a go-to option due to minimal sub-floor preparation and ease of fitting. It is also available in a wide variety of designs, giving home owners a choice to suit their interior preference. Designer Contracts supplies ranges from proven manufacturers, Amtico, Pergo and Moduleo. Versatile and easy-to-install, click LVT removes the need for extensive preparation, making the installation process much quicker, meaning less disruption to the home. It is also water resistant making it suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. Said Designer Contracts md, Peter Kelsey: “Click LVT is growing in popularity, replacing ceramics in some areas. The trend has led to a number of manufacturers expanding their portfolio of styles and designs to include incredibly realistic wood, marble and stone effect – without the price tag or after care issues. Our customers that have added this product into their range have seen huge growth in sales over the last year.” Designer Contracts is the largest flooring contractor in the UK, supplying and fitting carpets and hard flooring nationwide. As well as floorcoverings, the company provides a curtain and blind making service, furniture and lighting packs and also has a show home design division. Follow us on Facebook: Designer Contracts or Twitter: @DesignerContrac

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Newton Waterproofing Systems

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Etex Group

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