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Save the world, one city at a time: Reinventing Cities

Calling all architects, designers, urban planners, entrepreneurs, artists, environmentalists and innovators: enter the Reinventing Cities competition

Nithurst Farm by Adam Richards Architects Nithurst Farm is a minimalist farmhouse located in Upperton, United Kingdom, designed by Adam Richards Architects. Situated on an open field within the South Downs National Park, the newly built family home is formed of structural concrete wrapped with brick, and topped with a black zinc roof. The volumes progress in a step-motion, starting with the single-story entrance at the north and elevating into a three-story tower, expressed as a grid, toward the south. The entrance reveals a darkened vestibule presented in the form of exposed concrete walls.

Nine cities – Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Singapore, Reykjavik, and Rome – invite proposals from multidisciplinary teams of development experts and professionals. Teams can submit comprehensive plans to reimagine 25 outdated, underused areas across these cities, into carbonneutral, resilient urban development projects.

30 percent of global resource consumption. The reality of the climate emergency means a whole reimagining of how we build and structure communities. Reinventing Cities channels the innovation and creativity of businesses and individuals to illustrate the promise of cleaner, smarter development.

As the threat posed by the climate emergency becomes increasingly urgent, Reinventing Cities accelerates the decarbonisation of cities around the world to create new, more sustainable models of urban development.

The first Reinventing Cities competition, launched in 2017, generated inspiring projects and proposals that will fundamentally change the way people live and work. Winning proposals included the largest wooden building in Iceland, the first zero carbon neighbourhood in Paris, the largest urban solar farm in Texas, and the first zero-carbon social-housing project in Italy.

Buildings account for about half of C40 cities’ greenhouse gas emissions. Common construction materials like steel and concrete are responsible for more than

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The concrete is left purposefully raw, and are softened by brass accents and white oiled pine floorboards and reclaimed stone. As described by the architects, “The plan is tapered on the north-south axis, creating a false perspective that heightens the sense of a journey to the house’s principal destination, the south-facing sitting room.” Photography © Brotherton Lock.

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Bouygues to start £115m Canterbury Riverside scheme Bouygues has got the go-ahead to start Canterbury’s £115m mixed-use scheme in the Kingsmead area of the city. The firm’s development arm Linkcity has exchanged contracts with the council and Hyde Group to bring forward the project on the site of a former coach park. It will involve building a multiplex cinema and restaurants, 491 student rooms and 189 affordable flats. Bouygues UK has been appointed as the main contrac-

tor for the scheme, which will be delivered using modern methods of construction. With all agreements now in place, construction will begin imminently. The new student residences and commercial elements will complete in Autumn 2021, with residents moving into the new homes in 2022.

Town Centre Regeneration Reaches Milestone Plans to rejuvenate Stevenage town centre have taken a major step forward. Contractor Mace has submitted a planning application to regenerate 14.5 acres of the town centre, known as SG1. It will eventually provide more than 1,800 high-quality new homes, 3,500 sqm of retail and commercial floor space, a new public square and a new park, as well as a Public Services Hub and a new primary school. Inspired by the original building blocks and the unique heritage of the New Town, SG1 will also complement the new developments across the town that are already underway at the north end of Queensway and on the Town Square. Kevin Cowin, Director at Mace, said: “This is an ambitious and carefully crafted proposal that expresses our confidence in Stevenage town centre. We aim to revitalise the town centre by introducing new homes, vibrant activities, community facilities and inviting public spaces. Our vision

is to deliver a thriving, successful and attractive heart to Stevenage which will serve the needs of local people and businesses for decades to come.” The planning submission provides an outline proposal for the 14.5 acre masterplan which is divided into 10 development plots. It also contains a detailed application for the first two plots in the first phase which includes the area of Swingate South Car Park and Swingate House, as well as the former police building on Southgate. The first phase proposes 760 new homes in the town centre. Future phases will add new retail and commercial floor space in addition to further new homes.

The creation of new green spaces and tree planting is a central theme for the masterplan proposals. There will be increased biodiversity and new planting in an attractive new Garden Square adjacent to The Hub and the historic Town Square, a new public tree-lined boulevard, and a new park and pond at the new Southgate Park to the south of Queensway. A new mini square which will be known as ‘Arrival Square’ is also planned to greet visitors at the bottom of the access ramp to the railway station and welcome people to the town centre. Kevin Cowin added: “During our consultation on the SG1 masterplan over the summer, one of the key things residents and town centre businesses told us was the importance of creating attractive welcoming public spaces where people can meet and relax. Our planning application responds to what local people have told us.”

At the centre of the masterplan fronting onto the Town Square will be a new Public Services Hub for the people of Stevenage. The Hub will be the focal point for a wide range of public services, including NHS health facilities, a new public library, the voluntary sector and Council services.

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Egyptian stone structure in a new guise: Embassy of Egypt by Promontorio The design of the Egyptian Embassy building in Lisbon is a modern interpretation of the long tradition of monolithic stone structures in Egypt. In the process Promontorio Architects have skilfully combined the ideas of security and a safe haven with a representation of the culture, values and history of the country. The new Egyptian embassy in the affluent Restelo district of Lisbon takes its place among numerous villas built in the forties and fifties and bordering the roads, whereby many of the villas have been converted into diplomatic representations. The architecture of the Egyptian building is largely determined by the high security requirements that an embassy has to fulfil. The Egyptian embassy has a central position on the property and is surrounded by gardens. Access to the public entrance and the underground car park is provided through large security gates.

The monolithic building is comprised of various volumes offset and angled to result in several balconies and exterior areas. The façade is formed out of dark, precast panels of glass-fibre reinforced concrete (GRC), a material that displays a particularly high degree of tensile and flexural strength thanks to its combination of sand and glass-fibre. Installed as part of a post-and-lintel structure, the panels are covered in a bas-relief pattern produced using a mould custom-made for the project. The pattern, which imitates the geometric motifs of Egyptian culture in an understated way, creates interesting shadow effects that enliven the solid mass of the façade. At the same time the anthracite-coloured pigment of the concrete accentuates the Egyptian embassy’s monumental appearance and forms a strong contrast to the slender bronze-coloured window profiles. Inside the building, sharp lines are drawn between private and public areas. Private uses are located in closed-off rooms, screened off from scrutiny from the outside world, and public ones are restricted solely to atrium areas, meaning visitors can be seen at all times in the building. Panels made up of vertical timber slats start on the staircase balustrades and continue onto the walls, enveloping the spaces. The texture and grain of the wood create a pleasantly warm atmosphere in the solidly constructed building and form a contrast to the white stone slabs in the rest of the interior. The large atrium, the building’s centrepiece, is flooded with natural light from a large skylight. A lattice of traditional Egyptian patterns inserted below the glass lends interest by creating a play of light and shade on the white stone of the floor.

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Alligator park plan for £230m mixed use London site Developer Avanton is hatching plans for an alligator park and farm to be a feature of its £230m mixed use scheme in south London. The Old Kent Road site contains an iconic gasholder which is set to be turned into a feature of the four acre housing and industrial project. Avanton’s alligator plan would see the reptiles housed within a series of deep waterfeatures within the gasholder alongside a visitors’ centre and educational facility. Part of the 48.8 metre high gasholder frame would be shrouded with special shielded glass to create a conservatory and the warm conditions alligators need to thrive. Other alternatives being explored for the gasholder frame are to transform it into a striking art-like architectural feature within the gardens and parkland of the new development.

Within the skeleton of the gasholder there are optional plans for a pavilion, water features and gardens, providing a central feature for the residential and commercial buildings within the new development.

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(particularly rain). The wood can be disfigured by fungi as well as attacked by wood boring insects including termites.

Marine Plywood has been used in construction applications in the belief that the product will be a higher quality of plywood. Marine Grade Plywood was not originally intended for construction applications, it was produced for the ship building industry.

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In today’s world the availability of legal and sustainable hardwoods to produce Marine Grade Plywood is very limited, which makes the product relatively expensive to produce. Construction specifications should be satisfied with products that are fit-for-purpose taking into account the application and the particular performance criteria required. With this in mind, Hanson Plywood have worked to develop and present a product that is specifically intended for the construction industry and offers full technical and environmental classifications. Performance Plywood® is the result of this work and is a reliably branded hardwood plywood produced specifically for construction applications. It is CE marked and tested to meet EN 636 Use Class 3 thus making it suitable for use as structural components in exterior conditions. The product carries FSC® chain of custody and is FLEGT licenced to verify legality under the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Use in Exterior Conditions EN 636-3 specifies the requirements for plywood for use in external applications as defined in Use Class 3, where the moisture content will frequently be above 20 per cent. Use Class 3 is defined fully in EN 335:2013 but essentially it outlines situations in which wood or a wood-based product is above ground and exposed to the weather

Bonding quality The bonding quality of the plywood needs to comply with the requirements of Bonding Class 3 of EN 314-2.

Biological durability It is important to assess whether the durability of the plywood is sufficient for prevailing climate conditions. If it is not sufficient, then it is worth considering another solution such as the preservative treatment on the plywood. Guidance on factors affecting durability can be found in CEN/TS 1099. When specifying plywood for Use Class 3, appropriate surface and edge coating should also be considered.

Legal and Sustainable Performance Plywood® is imported from Indonesia and is FLEGT Licensed. Following the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s implementation of a robust timber legality assurance system (SVLK), the country has fully complied with the legal requirements set out by the European Union. Indonesia is the first country to offer FLEGT Licensed timber products that are fully compliant with EUTR requirements. In addition to this attestation to legality, the timber in Hanson Performance Plywood® is sourced from FSC® forest management units. Performance Plywood® not only adheres to a long list of applicable standards, but also follows a strict due diligence process. This ensures the product is safe, and fit for use in a multitude of applications, specifically construction.

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New year, new Managing Director The IPG, the largest and fastest-growing membership group for independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists, has today announced the appointment of its new Managing Director, Glenn Fisher. Glenn will be taking over the helm from current Founder and Chairman Robin Beal, who founded The IPG on a passion for supporting small, independent businesses. Since its creation, The IPG has gone from strength to strength and is now working with an extensive supplier network and has over 200 member locations nationwide. Glenn, who has held various senior positions and is also a qualified accountant, brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, having worked with several owner-managed businesses. He is passionate in supporting independent companies and is keen to “Not just level the playing field, but reshape it in favour of our members, by creating an environment where they can thrive!” When he isn’t working, the married father of two young sons is a keen lover of the outdoors; taking the opportunity to travel and camp with his family whenever he can. The latest appointment, follows shortly on the heels of the announcement of David Cairns, as the selling groups’ Head of Supplier & Commercial Strategy and sets the wheels in motion for an extremely exciting year for the group, following on from the phenomenal opening of not one, but three, flagship stores in 2019. Robin Beal Founder and Chairman at The IPG, said: “I am pleased with Glenn’s rapid promotion within The IPG family. Glenn brings a wealth of experience and most importantly a passion for independent businesses. I am confident that Glenn’s experience and determined nature will be instrumental in leading The IPG forward in our strategy for 2020.”

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RINNAI CELEBRATES ITS FIRST 100 YEARS OF MANUFACTURING PRODUCTS TO SERVE ITS CUSTOMERS Rinnai, best known in the UK for its comprehensive range of hot water and heating home units, is globally celebrating its first 100 years of manufacture in serving its customers with a three-year period of planned anniversary related events to connect to the start of the company’s next centenary. The Rinnai Corporation was founded in Nagoya, Japan in 1819 and today operates in 17 nations and regions around the world with sales of kitchen appliances, air conditioners, hot water heating & home heating units in over 80 countries. Says Rinnai UK Managing Director Tony Gittings, ”The company has evolved and developed into a group that produces a diversity of products and services that directly benefit ordinary people in their daily lives.

“Our policy is to help enrich the lives of people in local communities by providing optimal solutions that fit the lifestyle culture, climate conditions, and the energy situation of each country around the world. The three-year period is aimed at connecting the first century to the next one. The theme will be named - Connected in passion for the next 100 years.” This follows the other significant corporate developments on the global

presence of Rinnai - the issuing of a new logo and a new brand statement – ‘A Healthier Way of Living’. In the UK Rinnai is the acknowledged leader in continuous flow hot water heating technology. The company offers a comprehensive range of A-rated units plus large systems for any size of site or application. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT RINNAIUK.COM


Keeping your garden in tip top condition this Winter During the winter months it’s easy for us to retreat to the warmth of the home instead of spending time in the garden, but it still requires a little maintenance during these colder months to ensure that it is fighting fit for the year ahead. Here are some handy tips for keeping your garden in great shape over the winter from garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms so you can start planning your summer garden.

Lawn maintenance Winter is the ideal time of year to prepare an area for a new lawn; simply dig out the proposed area making sure to leave some clumps of soil on the surface. These clumps will be broken down by the frost, creating a great base for the new lawn. When maintaining your existing lawn it is important to realise that, on warmer days there will be some growth, but this can be kept to a minimum by not feeding the grass. However, if

the grass does grow longer than you’d like you can cut it, but we recommend only cutting it down by a third. Grass that is too short can have a hard time surviving the colder weather, whereas grass that is too long can become brittle with the frost, so a happy medium is required.

13 It is important to keep weeds and moss under control throughout winter as they can quickly take over your lawn. It is also a good idea to regularly rake fallen leaves and other debris so that the grass still has access to the sunlight.

Winter plant maintenance As the temperatures drop, the plants that are not killed by the frost prepare to go dormant until the warmer weather comes. Cut off any blackened stems and clear out any dead foliage such as annual flowers and vegetables to prevent diseases from spreading to other areas of the garden. Spread a thick layer of mulch over all of the remaining plants and soil; this keeps the temperature much more even so that the plants can acclimatise much faster without being stressed; fallen leaves from any trees on the property also make a good source of mulch so don’t discard them.

Gardening tool maintenance Gardening equipment such as lawnmowers are rarely needed during the winter, so it is the perfect time to service it. Sharpen the lawnmower blades and ensure that the engine is serviced to keep it in tip top condition. Empty any remaining fuel or check that the electricity lead is well maintained before storing away. Drain all of your hoses to prevent frost attack and wrap hessian fabric around any external taps and pipes to protect them from the cold. Tools which will not be needed such as lawn edger’s and pruning shears should be wiped clean and all metal parts sprayed with a lubricant like WD40 to prevent corrosion. For tools which will still be in use such as garden spades and forks, these should be cleaned off after each use.


HemingwayDesign creates new logo for Dreamland’s 100th anniversary year

Dreamland Margate has once again teamed up with HemingwayDesign to create a striking new logo for the amusement park’s 100th anniversary.


The family-led design studio has created the unique Dreamland 100 brand for use throughout 2020, when the iconic amusement park will celebrate its centenary. HemingwayDesign’s approach was to take influence from the retro style of Margate’s seafront promenade and bring it up to date with a touch of modernist minimalism. They have produced a striking new wordmark for the centenary aimed to appeal to lifelong Dreamland visitors and new fans alike. In a series of playful animations, the logo comes to life by reflecting the motion and energy of Dreamland’s rides – the drop of the Scenic Railway, the spinning of the Hurricane Jets, the drama of the Pendulum and the constant activity across the park - and forms the primary visual language throughout both print and digital. The brand celebrates Dreamland’s heritage with the slogan: 1000 smiles per hour, 100 years, 10 decades, 1 Dreamland. While a leisure venue has existed on the Margate site since the 1870s, it was not until 1920 that John Henry Iles transformed it into the pleasure garden and amusement park Dreamland – and opened the famous Scenic Railway to the public. When the re-imagined Dreamland opened in 2015, HemingwayDesign was appointed to create the brand and design proposition. Their work garnered significant media coverage and awards, and made Dreamland one of the most sought after locations for photo shoots, music videos and family fun in the UK. 2019 has been Dreamland’s most successful year since reopening, welcoming more than 700,000 visitors to the free-to-enter park throughout the season. A series of large-scale events, new art commissions and festival fun is being planned for the amusement park in 2020 to mark the landmark anniversary. Acts already announced include Mike Skinner (DJ set), DJ Spoony, Faithless (DJ Set), The Levellers and a huge line-up for the

Soundcrash Funk and Soul Weekender in May. Dreamland can also reveal that it will host two major international music acts on the park in the summer, each with a 15,000 capacity – the biggest events since the 2017 one day takeover by Gorillaz. Dreamland CEO Eddie Kemsley (F) said: “Our 100th year will celebrate the future of Margate and Dreamland as well as its past. “Dreamland is one of the most important and striking attractions in the country, it is part of our cultural heritage. So much love and hard work has gone into preserving and celebrating this cherished seaside attraction over the past ten decades; we are immensely proud to introduce it to a new generation of Dreamers and to give them something sensational to talk about in 2020.

celebrations on weekends and school holidays from 7th to 31st December. The park is free to enter, and guests can book tickets for the new Grotto Experience in advance (which includes rides). For the remainder of 2019, dreamers can also bag tickets for shows from Fabio & Grooverider, Soul II Soul, The Cuban Brothers with DJ Yoda, and the Chase & Status (DJ Set) New Year’s Eve party. For more information and daily opening times, visit

“Not only do we have a huge line up of events in the works, but we also look forward to sharing stories from our past – and celebrating our loyal customers – with the rest of the world. “This year will go down in Dreamland’s history books as one of the greatest ever – watch this space.” Dreamland is currently open for the Winterland Margate festive

16 The first of Neaco’s new options is Neatlok; a closed, interlocking plank that provides privacy and directional drainage. Option two is the Neatwalk plank, which is laid with 5mm gaps for a free-draining solution. Both concepts have been developed to closely replicate the aesthetic of traditional timber decking but have the added benefit of being A1 to A2 Fire Rated with superior spanning capabilities and slip resistance. Like Neaco’s modular decking, the planks can be used as stand-alone decking solutions or can be offered as part of a complete balcony solution.

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The Neaco product range is manufactured in the UK within their purpose-built manufacturing facility, which means lead-times are reduced. They also offer an industry leading, bespoke cutting service. This will provide made-to-measure planks for your specific application. Cutting prior to coating gives the added benefit of protecting the coating and ensuring the quality and durability. All of Neaco’s decking solutions can either be mill finished, coated to any desired RAL colour or coated in one of their three standard durable colours. If you’d like to request any samples, data sheets or further information about Neaco’s new and existing products, please get in touch by emailing, calling 01653 695 721 or visiting



Rinnai introduce the Sensei N Series New generation of outstanding continuous flow condensing hot water heating units and delivery systems - capable of delivering more than 950 litres of temp. Controlled hot water per hour at commercial temperatures from a single unit Rinnai, the world’s leading manufacturer of continuous flow hot water systems, is introducing the Sensei N Series to the UK marketplace, as the new generation of maximum quality and reliability in hot water heating delivery.

Other features include: • flue up to 30+ metres for concentric • Turbo Fan • Built-in controller as standard on both internal and external models

The new Rinnai Sensei N Series water heater range offers a new and more compact and enhanced combustion design that allows for easier installation and enhanced operational performance together with increased levels of serviceability.

• Cascade Cable assembly allows up to 24 water heaters to be connected and function as one total and complete system Any number of N-series Rinnai water heaters can be manifolded together enabling the largest capacities on the market.

All components in the range are designed and manufactured by Rinnai, and this ensures maximum quality and reliability from the industry leader in commercial continuous flow water heating products and systems.

• Frost Protection – minus 15°C on the internal versions and minus 20 °C on the external versions

The Rinnai Sensei N Series is the first ever continuous flow hot water heating unit manufactured with stainless steel heat exchangers to be available in the UK - this gives a greatly extended working life at optimum performance to each of the four models in the range. Added to this is the Sensei N Series market leading extended warranties. The four models are: the N1600i giving 954 litres per hour; the N1600e (external) also giving 954 litres per hour (at 50 degrees); the N1300i giving 775 litres per hour and the N1300e also giving 775 litres per hours of

• Built in flue damper • Air inlet filter

• New PCB Design • Controller as standard – Lockable, set up of appliance, Temperature set up to 75°C • Maintenance Monitor for engineers

19 temperature controlled at 50 degrees. The two 1600s have load profiles of XXL and are water efficiency class A rated, while the 1300s are load profile XL and are also water efficiency class A rated. Rinnai manufactures over 2 million hot water heating units each year and so can offer advantageous cost savings for installers and end users. The N Series are probably the most competitively priced type of their kind currently available to the UK sector. All the range are also low-NOx and the Sensei N Series utilises Rinnai’s patented advanced burner technology with a 13-1 turn down ratio – the largest on the market – with extremely quiet operation. Integral controls on the units enable the water heater to achieve high efficiencies because of advanced burner control and high modulation ranges. In reducing Legionella proliferation, Rinnai has developed additional ‘SMART’ controls for secondary return DHW systems in the form of an advanced temperature control system which allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the day and 60°C overnight. The advanced burner controls with the Sensei N Series models ensure that all the appliances are well ahead of the NOx requirements set within ErP. The current level of permissible NOx set by ErP is 56 mg/Kwh. The Sensei N Series range have been third-party tested at 28 mg/Kwh making them one of the greenest water heating appliances available.

As the units do not incorporate storage their ‘green credentials’ are further recognised by BREEAM and score additional credits under the building regulations. The industry uptake of Rinnai’s continuous flow heater systems are proven to be more energy efficient than conventional storage

systems and are increasingly the experts’ preferred method of hot water provision. Rinnai units easily cater for any size projects that need high volumes of water at intermittent times of day. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.RINNAIUK.COM

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Yourkeys have just taken a massive step towards dramatically changing the way property is bought and sold by completing the first fully digitised end-to-end property transaction. The company, backed by The Mortgage Advice Bureau amongst others, ties together all of the major stakeholders in the transaction including conveyancers, mortgage brokers, lenders, housebuilders and estate agents. Putting the above transaction into context, Yourkeys have reduced the time to reach exchange of contracts from the industry average of 63 days, down to just 11 days. This milestone achievement by the Yourkeys team is a gamechanger for the industry as a whole. Yourkeys CEO, Riccardo Iannucci-Dawson is the pioneer behind this tech revolution and recognised back in 2017 that the house purchase process was completely fragmented. “The problem is that there are lots of companies involved in each transaction and their systems don’t talk to each other. We saw the opportunity to build a data layer that pulls together inputs from everyone involved in the process.” No easy feat when you consider that there are thousands of legal firms and financial advisors nationally. “This was a huge challenge but working with our partners, we achieved it and now have over 2,500 companies directly integrated into the platform.” he added. Digging a little deeper into the magic behind Yourkeys, the technology pulls together over 200 data sets from multiple sources to reduce buyer onboarding time from weeks to just minutes. In practical terms, this is a huge leap forward for conveyancers who are tasked with collating a tonne of information at the start of the home purchase process. With the Yourkeys tech in place, ID verification, anti-money laundering checks, mortgage applications and dozens of different documents are pulled together in minutes which

can be instantly passed down the supply chain. The result is a dramatic acceleration of the process and a better customer experience all round. Yourkeys pulled together some major companies from the sector, including The Conveyancing Association, The Mortgage Advice Bureau, HMLR (Land Registry), Search Acumen, LEAP, Redbrick Solutions, Convey Choice, UK Finance and many more to make the magic happen. Dawson commented, “We knew we needed to work with the most forward-thinking partners to completely revolutionise the process, an innovation long overdue!” Peter Beard, Sales Director of MBU Capital, who performed the first transaction on their development in Stevenage said: “This is revolutionary, not only for us but for the market in general. The problem with the sales process has always been that there are too many people involved with no oversight of what’s happening. Yourkeys stitches all the pieces together to give complete transparency to all involved without any additional work or input of information.” Yourkeys are currently focussed on the new build sector however Dawson says that the technology will be adapted for the second-hand market by Q2 2020: “We’re aiming to complete 10,000 transactions nationally in 2020 with at least 60% coverage of all legal firms and IFA’s, and that includes the second-hand market. We already have some big nationwide companies ready to trial this new functionality, so it’s very exciting times.”

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Entries now open for The UK Bathrooms Design Awards 2020 UK Bathrooms, the leading online store for premium designer bathroom products, has launched its very first UK Bathrooms Design Awards and entries are now being invited. The UK Bathrooms Design Awards 2020 is open to homeowners and professionals whether architect, interior designer or trade entry. Homeowners can choose to enter for either best design where the prize is £500 Love 2 Shop Vouchers, best traditional bathroom or best contemporary bathroom and win Villeroy & Boch Tableware worth £500. Whilst professionals can enter to win best architect/interior designer bathroom, best hotel/guest house/restaurant bathroom or best trades bathroom and enjoy the prize of £500 worth of products from Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at UK Bathrooms explains “As the leading online store for premium designer bathroom products we sell to thousands of homeowners and professionals and decided that it was time to give something back and to recognise some of the stunning bathrooms that are being created in homes and businesses across the UK. The UK Bathrooms Design Awards have been launched to recognise innovation in bathroom design, we’ll be looking at sources of inspiration, clever use of spaces, product choice, overall design and lifestyle features.”

Graeme continues “We are extremely grateful to our manufacturers and distributors for their help and support, these currently include Bayswater, Barwicks, hansgrohe, Keuco, Perrin & Rowe, Victoria+Albert, Villeroy & Boch and VitrA.” The expert panel of incredibly talented judges include: Amy Moorea Wong ex-Features Editor of Elle Decoration, Interior Design & Lifestyle Journalist and Writer; Darren Paxford National Sales Manager of VitrA UK Ltd; Sarah Evans Head of Channel Marketing at Hansgrohe UK and Graeme Borchard Managing Director of UK Bathrooms. Graeme added “Entries are now invited for all categories and this presents an excellent opportunity for professionals to showcase their projects in the media and build up awareness of their own brand. To enter simply visit and complete the online entry form.” The panel of judges will carefully consider all entries before making their decision In June 2020.

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Cranbourne Stone Showcases New Porcelain Stone Range at Spatex Stand A13 Cranbourne Stone will be unveiling its new range of products at Spatex, on 28-30 January 2020 in Coventry. Specialists in providing bespoke high quality stone products for swimming pool and landscape designs, Cranbourne Stone has added a new porcelain range as well as expanding its natural stone collection with four new additions sourced from around the world. Taking centre stage at Spatex will be a new sophisticated porcelain collection which includes the premium range, a 20mm thick stone, with a slip resistant finish. This makes it perfect for any interior or exterior project. Cranbourne Stone will be stocking this superior range in their Hampshire factory, enabling them to produce pool copings and bespoke pieces in-house quickly and to specific requirements.. “We are really excited to present our latest range of stone products to visitors at Spatex,” explained Jo Standfield, Cranbourne Stone’s Sales Director. “Our new porcelain collections have been chosen for their quality, style and uniqueness. There are four new ranges including Premium, Elegance, Opulence and Wood Porcelain. The finish of the stone is not only highly durable, but also beautiful making it the perfect choice for a variety of interior and exterior projects.” Together will the new porcelain range, Cranbourne Stone will exhibit its extended selection of natural stone chosen for its exquisite finish and contemporary colours. “We have included new additions to our 2020 portfolio of natural stone to offer our customers an even greater choice,” said Jo. “One of the highlights in the range is ‘Dunster Grey’ an aged light grey Moroccan limestone which has been lightly sandblasted and antiqued to create a unique highly stylish look. Also in the spotlight will be ‘Audley Beige’, a rustic light creamy beige limestone, which is the perfect choice to achieve a sophisticated look with an authentic edge.” Hawkesworth is another new addition to the natural stone collection. A riven and heavily tumbled cloudy ash grey sandstone, it is weathered to create a classic reclaimed flag stone appearance.

Bathrooms & Washrooms 25 “For the ultimate in luxury, there is ‘Hampton’ stone, an opulent lightly sandblasted marble, with a light cream and white rippling finish, perfect for high-end internal pool projects. Whatever the design, whether it is an inside or outside pool, or a landscaping scheme, the team at Cranbourne Stone will be available at Spatex to offer advice and guidance,” concluded Jo. During Spatex, Cranbourne Stone will also present its latest range of Deck Level Grilles from leading supplier, Stonetech Pools. Available in three designs and three natural stones, the Stonetech Grilles complement any pool design and in any landscape setting. Visit Cranbourne Stone at Spatex, stand A13, from 28-30 January 2020, at Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

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JIS Europe first introduced the Sussex Range to the market in 1998. At that time although there were ladder rails on the market we were unique in that the rails were manufactured from 100% Stainless Steel.

Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and manufactured from over 90% recyclable material. It will not rust, flake or corrode. It is the sustainable, durable choice and can be used in all systems including open. We source our rails ethically and take our social responsibility seriously, from our sourcing to our manufacture to our charity initiatives. We offer 3 formats of rail throughout the range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only. We offer both polished and satin finishes as well as the Black Edition Range, manufactured from 100% stainless steel and powder coated black, hereby giving you the ultimate flexibility within your heating as well as visual requirements. The cornerstones of our business are quality, stock holding and ultimately customer service. The three work hand in hand. We offer an extensive range of sizes and accessories, and constantly strive to bring new and interesting product to the market, whilst always marrying practicality and durability with design aesthete. We have always maintained a policy of stockholding and all orders are dispatched for next day delivery when ordered before midday. This added to our extensive product range only goes to further improve the service we are able to offer. Our staff are firstly and foremost polite, friendly and efficient, furthermore they are knowledgeable and able to deal with your queries. There will always be a friendly and willing person on the other end of the line ready to assist you. We have a large selection of gallery shots, showing the visual diversity of our rails, on our website www. Comfortable in both a modern and contemporary bathroom as well as the traditional, we think you will be impressed by the diversity of the images shown. We are confident you will be happy with your purchase and are pleased to offer a 25 year guarantee. Should you wish any further details, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01825 722988 or


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Panasonic runs CO2 Commercial refrigeration training with Hawco A specialist commercial refrigeration and CO2 awareness training day was held at Panasonic UK HQ in Bracknell with distributor Hawco and some of their customers.

Attendee, David Jupp, Director of Castle Fridge Ltd who has been in the commercial refrigeration industry since 1982 commented, “the training day was very informative, I learnt a lot and believe the future is exciting for commercial refrigeration and the use of CO2. Over the next five years I think that we will start to see colossal changes within the industry with the adoption of more natural refrigerants such as CO2.” Laura Fleming, Area Sales Manager North with experience in Commercial Refrigeration in the UK for Panasonic, informed attendees about the ten-year history in CO2 commercial refrigeration that Panasonic has with their range of condensing units. The range was first launched in Japan in 2001, with now over 10,000 units sold (as of the end of November 2018). The key factors to the success of the range are reliability, the compact size, the unique two stage

compressor, the easy installation and the use of the natural refrigerant CO2. Attendees were reminded of the EU F-Gas regulations and the phase out that will be coming into force in 2022 which will ban certain refrigerants for use in new installations. These regulations are being driven by environmental concerns, where legislation is requiring the increased adoption of ‘alternative’ refrigerants of which CO2 is one. CO2 is a very attractive natural alternative with a zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and a GWP (Global Warming Potential) equal to 1 (compared to a refrigerant like R404A with a GWP of 3922). Indy Tharnvithian, Technical Specialist Manager for CO2 at Panasonic added “When installing the Panasonic CO2 range just two settings are required – vacuum mode and

evaporating setting – everything else is pre-set. Obviously if need be, settings can easily be modified with alarms that will indicate any wrong settings. If installers register on the Panasonic Pro-Club website, they will have access to commissioning tools that includes a cooling capacity calculator, pipe calculator and EEV quick selection tool.” Indy further provided insightful tips on safety issues when working with CO2 and the importance of the subcritical and transcritical pressure testing required along with the smaller pipe sizes in addition to looking over a unit in operating mode.


Indy also stressed the importance of attending a certified CO2 training course to ensure confidence when working with CO2 and to future proof installer businesses as CO2 is more widely adopted as a commercial refrigerant.

specifically developed for small to medium capacity applications within the retail and food service sectors and is particularly suited for installations in small supermarkets, convenience stores and garage forecourt retail operations.

David of Castle Fridge further added “I will most certainly be looking to complete the recommended CO2 City & Guilds training. Due to the complexities of installing CO2, installers will have to have a higher level of training and will thus hopefully remove some of the current issues around bad installations. Installers would be foolish not to receive the appropriate training and may be left behind if they do not invest in CO2”.

The CO2 Cold Chain units work well for both refrigerated and freezer showcases, as well as walk-in freezers and cold rooms. An ideal solution suited to provide refrigeration within the restaurant and hotel sectors.

The Panasonic CO2 range available in the UK currently has both 2kW and 15kW condensing units where the larger units can also work together if a larger capacity is required to provide 30kW. The range has been

Mervin Chumun of Hawco highlighted to attendees, “Hawco has access to the complete package for installing the Panasonic CO2 range, whereby we are currently offering free commissioning plus support to help with compliance to ensure the units are correctly installed. Furthermore, Hawco are able to supply evaporators with compatible controllers for a complete system.”

The team at Hawco have built an enviable reputation across the UK for their knowledge and expertise in the commercial refrigeration sector. The team offer design and in-depth product knowledge, helping customers to improve efficiency, minimise energy consumption and move to lower GWP refrigerants. The Panasonic range of CO2 condensing units feature a highly efficient two-stage rotary compressor, unique to the Panasonic units (covered by a five-year warranty). The units are compact in size, light weight and have low noise levels, making this solution ideal for small supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol stations. If you would like to attend a future training course or for more information on the range, please visit or

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Learn from the experts at the RCI Show

The Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show, returns to Coventry on 25th – 26th March 2020 and is now open for free visitor registration. Visit the RCI Show and gain free access to a keynote conference and seminar programme featuring content from industry leaders and industry associations. The programme will kick-off with a 9:00am breakfast briefing from event sponsor Kiwa Building Products, including breakfast rolls and hot refreshments for all delegates. Further highlights on day one include the Scaffolding Association providing a best practise guide to commissioning scaffolding, Janice Tyler of Briggs Amasco will show how the roofing industry can mitigate the effects it has on climate change and Vivalda Chairman, Peter Johnson will discuss managing through tough times – Austerity, Grenfell and Brexit. The opening keynote of on the second day of the show is being delivered by The Manufacturing Technology Centre’s Trudi Sully from the Construction Innovation Hub. Following sessions include Bauder’s Nigel Blacklock discussing fire in flat roofing, John Mercer will show delegates how to design and construct modern pitch roofs to be watertight & durable and Marley will discuss Making the Grade - BS5534 graded roofing battens: Are you roofing to standard? To promote professional development within the industry, practical workshop and CPD seminar sessions are being delivered by Actis Insulation, Fixfast, Quin Global, Xtratherm and Mates in Mind. The Actis Insulation session will show how Building Regulation compliance of construction systems can be obtained. The module shows a manufacturer’s view on how compliance can be achieved by providing trusted products within building systems and robust laboratory and real-life testing of materials within construction systems.

Alongside the conference and workshop programme the RCI exhibition of leading suppliers will feature live product and tool demonstrations as well as product application inspiration. Visitors can tailor their visit to meet their unique requirements by pre-booking their preferred conference and workshop sessions during the booking process. The RCI Show is delivered in association with RCI magazine, is supported by sponsors, Fixfast, Kiwa Building Products, Xtratherm and DT Adhesives and key media partner, Fix Radio, who will be broadcasting live from the show floor. For full details and to sign-up for a free badge, visit:

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BAN ON FOSSIL FUEL HEATING TO IMPACT NEW HOMES FROM 2025 Last year the Government announced that it had introduced a new consultation to set out its plans for the Future Homes Standard. This includes options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes from 2020. The aim of the new standard is to bring all of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, a target seen as one of the most ambitious in the world. New and existing homes account for 21% of emissions, and despite recent efforts to lower those emissions much more still has to be done. With climate change now a major crisis and coinciding with the release of the CCC (Climate Change Committee) report last year, underfloor heating expert Wunda Group is raising awareness about what the standard means and how it’s over floor heating solution can help homes comply. As part of the UK’s journey to the 2050 target, the Government has committed to bringing in its Future Homes Standard in 2025, and anticipates that an average home built using the new guidelines will have 75-80% less carbon emissions than one built using the current energy efficiency requirements. It is expected that this will be achieved through very high fabric standards and a low carbon heating system. The standard was created to address the need to ban fossil fuel heating systems, such as gas boilers, from new homes by 2025 and how vital it is to replace them with low carbon heating systems. This means a new home built to the Future Homes Standard might also be fitted with triple glazing and walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit heat loss. Chapter 2 of the Future Homes Standard discusses how the roll out of low carbon heating systems will lead to world-leading levels of energy

efficiency. An excellent example of a sustainable heating system is Wundatherm, Wunda Group’s leading underfloor heating product. Compatible with sustainable heat pumps, solar panels or any existing gas/oil boilers, the Wundatherm underfloor heating system can run at temperatures as low as 35°C and can be laid by any competent tradesmen including builders, carpenters and tilers. Once installed, Wundatherm only requires a plumber to connect the system to the heat source and an electrician to fit the simple controls, and is designed with a ‘fit and forget’ reputation that is reliable, durable, maintenance-free and future-proof. Wundatherm is a new Rapid Response® system that’s extremely durable, incredibly easy to install and eliminates mess and drying time without the need to dig up floors. The lightweight low profile boards are just 16 or 20mm thick, heat up in minutes and are suitable for any floor finish including carpet, vinyl, Karndean, Amtico, laminate, wood, ceramic and stone tiles. Once installed, floor heating pipe is laid into the preformed grooves in the boards and the system is ready for immediate use. Wundatherm is extremely affordable and is virtually maintenance-free with a lifetime guarantee. Wundatherm consists of pre-formed aluminium coated boards that deliver rapid response heating and are bonded instantly to the floor with spray adhesive. Once in place, high output 16mm floor heating pipe is laid into the pre-formed grooves in the boards, looping around to a heating manifold, with up to 150 sq. metres taking two people just two days to install. The Wundatherm system takes minutes to reach operating

temperature, unlike screed which takes up to 48 hours, and creates a comfortable heat as the boards come factory fitted with thick aluminium for fast heat transmission and the continuous leak-proof pipes carry a lifetime guarantee. To complement the whole system, there is a range of matched traditional hard-wired thermostats, as well as wireless and smart controls via an app on mobile devices to offer users complete remote control of the system.


The UK needs to help the housing industry to be able to deliver in 2025, so by implementing an achievable change to the current energy efficiency standards in 2020, the economy is a step closer to making new homes more energy efficient and future-proof in readiness for low carbon heating systems. Wunda prides itself on first class quality and customer service, providing free technical support

six days a week, and provides the specialist service of detailed layout plans for all bespoke systems free of charge to trade customers. With these layout plans to hand, tradesmen can have complete confidence in laying the boards and installing the Wundatherm system. or visit the website Wunda Group is supported by Vantage PR

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BakerHicks trio selected for WorldSkills 2021 UK squad Three employees from BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, are amongst the 137 young people named on the UK squad for WorldSkills 2021.

Darren Houston, Mona Nawaz and Connor Patterson have been selected for the UK Building Information Modelling (BIM) team following their strong performances at both the Regional and National legs of the competition series. They will now embark upon an 18-month training period, at the end of which one of them will be selected to represent the UK at the WorldSkills competition, which will take place in Shanghai on 22-27 September 2021. Martin Lubieniecki, Managing Director at BakerHicks, congratulated the three: “It’s fantastic to see BakerHicks employees taking up all three spots on the BIM squad. I know Darren, Mona and Connor have put a

huge amount of work into this and their selection is thoroughly deserved. I look forward to seeing all three progress as a result of this experience.” The WorldSkills series pits the best students from across the globe against each other in a competitive scenario, with the aim of promoting skilled careers and fostering excellence in trades. The BIM competition tests competitors on their ability to produce, coordinate and quality check multiple 3D Project Information Models whilst working in a Common Data Environment, including configuring and inputting classification and asset information. Competitors

are also judged on their ability to demonstrate a full understanding of and ability to use the BS/PAS 1192 suite and ISO 19650-1 and 19560-2 BIM standards in a range of situations. Trevor Strahan, Head of BIM at BakerHicks, says the WorldSkills series is a great training ground: “Through setting tests based on realworld industry challenges the series provides competitors with a real insight into what they can expect once they enter the industry. For us as employers this experience is invaluable. “WorldSkills has a huge role to play in the development of future talent for our industry and we’re very proud to support the series.”


BAKERHICKS APPOINTED TO LSHTM FRAMEWORK TO DELIVER BEST-IN-CLASS STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SERVICES BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, has been appointed to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Designers Framework to deliver Structural Engineering services. The framework runs for seven years, and is open not only to LSHTM, but also the University of London, Birkbeck, SOAS University of London, The Royal Veterinary College, and UKRI MRC. It encompasses Architectural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Structural Engineering. BakerHicks are one of four companies appointed to provide Structural Engineering. The LSHTM is renowned for their research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. Ensuring its facilities continue to reflect their position as one of the world’s leading global health institutions is a key priority. This ambition has resulted in their selection of partners through the Designers Framework to provide best-in-class services to refurbish their current estate.

Key services to be provided under the framework include support to the planning, design, procurement, delivery and operational usage of capital projects and works programmes. Andy Gotts, director of civil and structural engineering at BakerHicks, said: “We have a strong heritage in delivering higher education and life sciences projects, and it’s great to see this recognised through our appointment to the LHSTM framework. “A high level of collaboration and close coordination with the LSHTM team and stakeholders will be required. At BakerHicks, we are leading exponents of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to help our clients visualise the design and to coordinate solutions. And, we will look to bring this to projects within the framework to support LSHTM

in achieving their vision within their specified budget.” The LSHTM’s main campus includes the impressive Grade II Listed buildings in Keppel Street, which will require a sensitivity to the historic environment in all maintenance and improvement works. BakerHicks have a long and successful track record of carrying out structural alterations on heritage buildings, including projects such as the refurbishment of the Grade B Listed Perth and Kinross Council headquarters and the Grade II Listed Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. This expertise will be invaluable to LSHTM in the refurbishment of their estate. Projects on the framework are awarded through either minicompetitive tender or direct appointment, depending on the specific project and skills required.

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‘X-treme’ 4-way stretch flexible comfort from Engel workwear Recognised for its comprehensive range of well fitting, stylish and practical workwear, Danish manufacturer ENGEL build further on their reputation in the UK with the introduction of their new ‘X-Treme’ 4 - Way Stretch’ work trousers. Designed to allow as much flexibility as possible whilst kneeling or bending, the slim-fit trousers feature a 4-way stretch ‘breathable’, cooling fabric which quickly absorbs and dries light perspiration. The knee-pad pockets are reinforced with hard wearing Kevlar Teramid and have two options for pad height adjustment; in addition to the many useful pockets for keeping essential tools and accessories immediately to hand, some of which have either Velcro or zip closures, optional hanging tool pockets can be attached to the waist; the trousers also have extra deep hems so that lengths can be increased if required. Made from 73% nylon, 17% cotton and 10% elastine, the ‘Engel X-Treme 4-Way Stretch’ work trousers are available in a variety of colour combinations and in all popular sizes. For more information contact Gareth Bladen – email: Telephone: +44(0) 7759 520034 or visit:

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Street-smart, stylish looks and market-leading GORE-TEX and 37.5® fabric technology make these jackets and trousers a must for winter on site or for outdoor leisure activities. You’ll stay warm and dry in this layered clothing that’s robust, waterproof and windproof too! The design and fabric combinations will keep your body in the optimum comfort zone as the weather conditions change on site.

They’ve got all the features and functionality that you’d expect in Snickers Workwear Jackets and Trousers. They’re great looking garments that will keep you feeling comfy wherever you are and whatever you’re doing at work in cold weather. With a range of winter accessories to choose from as well, Snickers Workwear’s FlexiWork and ALLroundWork garments feature

contemporary designs packed with must-have features that focus on fit, comfort and freedom of movement as well as using innovative fabrics that deliver long lasting protection. For more information on Snickers Workwear’s NEW AllroundWork Jackets and Gilets, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at

38 The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is a vibrant hub detailing the stories of the people and landscapes of North Devon. The brick building dates back to 1872, and was bought in 1887 by William Rock to house the North Devon Athenaeum, before the District Council purchased the property in 1988 and it became the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

P latform lift enables access for museum extension Bristol based architects, Ferguson Mann, were designing a two storey extension to the museum and needed a cost effective public access solution to enable visitors to see the upper floor exhibits and meeting rooms. After researching the market, the client was impressed by the Optimum 100 platform lift from Ability Lifts. The unit offered an extra wide platform of 1220mm, with an impressive lifting capacity of 500kg whilst offering a low power consumption and competitive running costs. After being shown an installed unit, the architects agreed, and an Optimum 100 was specified for the job. Devon Contractors of Exeter secured the main contract for the works, and placed the order. Ability Lifts worked with the architects and the main contractor to establish the final finishes and ensure that the builders work for the lift was carried out smoothly and on plan. The lift was specified with colour contrasting glazed doors and automatic openers, whilst a grey coin pattern flooring gives a durable finish on the platform. The unit was manufactured in a larger-than-standard width to give a footprint of 1350mm x 1560mm and an internal platform of 1220mm x 1480mm. The unit comes with a warranty of 12 months parts and labour, 5 years on motor and gearbox and 10 years on drive chains, to give trouble-free ownership for many years to come. Please contact the Ability Lifts team on 0845 006 8803 or email sales@abilitylifts. for further information on the Optimum 100 and the other products in the Optimum range of lifts.

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