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04 Industry News

Norwich Mixed Use Project Gets Green Light Weston Homes’ proposals to regenerate Anglia Square in central Norwich into a £300 million mixed use urban quarter has received a Resolution to Grant planning permission from Norwich City Council. Alongside this there will be a new 200 bed hotel with a range of facilities including a roof level bar and restaurant, offering panoramic views over the city centre, and a new leisure quarter, centred on a new ground floor multi-screen cinema. Surrey Chapel will be provided with a brand new £2.5 million home within the development. Anglia Square is the future of Norwich with striking architecture in the form of high quality buildings with expanses of glazing, varied balcony design, rooftop terraces and feature detailing to the facades. There will be shops, restaurants and leisure at ground level, with homes above, with those on the uppermost floors offering panoramic views over Norwich City Centre. There will be a replacement multistorey car park providing 600 shopper parking spaces, and the project allows for 75% of the homes to have residential parking. Planning permission can be issued as soon as a ‘Section 106’ legal agreement between the applicants and the Council is completed. The new development is one of the biggest urban renewal projects outside of Greater London, covering more than 1.2 million square feet. The redeveloped Anglia Square provides new homes, retail premises, leisure amenities, public artwork and new public realm. It will deliver a series of striking buildings designed around two Covent Garden style landscaped plazas, linked by new high quality landscaped public spaces including pedestrian streets, offering cycle linkages across the site, complete

with new trees and planted areas. There would also be extensive communal green squares and central courtyards for residents of the scheme. Furthermore, over 1,200 much needed new homes will be created, including stylish one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses for private sale, alongside circa 120 on-site affordable homes for local households on lower incomes. The proposals for Anglia Square will give Norwich a new northern city centre destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment, with high quality retail floorspace allowing for 40 glass fronted retail units, including an anchor food store.

There will also be public “play trail” artwork, helping to create a “Covent Garden” style ambience, allowing both adults and children to enjoy the public open spaces, with details to be agreed with the City Council. The project will open up new views of the Anglican Cathedral and St Augustine’s Church and bring various benefits to Norwich. The new Anglia Square represents a substantial level of private sector investment into Norwich, with the mixture of uses generating new Council Tax revenue, new construction and permanent employment opportunities, and New Homes Bonus payments over four years.

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Argent gets go-ahead for major Tottenham Hale revamp Developer Argent Related is hoping to start construction work next summer on its regeneration of Tottenham Hale after the scheme was green-lighted by planners. Tom Goodall, Director, Argent Related, said: “We are very pleased the council and local people have put their trust in Argent Related to deliver the physical change Tottenham Hale deserves and we look forward to delivering on our promises.” The six-year regeneration project has now been approved by the London Borough of Haringey. Work across five pieces of land next to Tottenham Hale’s rail, underground and bus stations will see construction of 1,030 new homes, up to 20 new retail spaces; co-working and office space; a health centre and new public open space.

The developer is understood to have a new construction framework in place containing Laing O’Rourke, McLaren, Sisk, Midgard and Rydon.

The proposals were developed by a consultant team including Alison Brooks Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Pollard Thomas Edwards and RUFFarchitects, with landscaping design by Adams & Sutherland and Grant Associates. Argent will be selecting construction partners in the new year.

STO SOLUTIONS HELP CREATE STUNNING NEW ST JOHN’S WOOD RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT One of the most prestigious residential development projects in the UK has recently been completed using a number of different products from Sto. StoTherm Classic external wall insulation and StoDeco profiles have been used to provide high levels of thermal insulation and an outstanding external appearance for the 11 new properties which make up the development in St John’s Wood, London, close to the world-famous Abbey Road Recording Studios.

and outstanding quality of finish.

Created by the Dwyer Property development group, the Hamilton Drive scheme includes a terrace of 10 homes – each with three storeys above ground and two below – plus a separate larger property. The houses were required to achieve a very high standard of architectural finish and detailing, plus a BREEAM Excellent rating for construction sustainability.

“Our StoTherm Classic system was specified as it provides outstanding thermal performance and can be installed quickly and easily. StoDeco Profiles were chosen for the intricate ‘stone’ architectural detailing, providing the same look as stone, but in a material that is both lightweight and easy to cut and shape.”

Sto solutions were selected for this project as they offered a unique combination of speedy construction

“Building the properties with traditional methods and using stone detailing for the façades would have taken considerably longer, and the client was looking for a fast-track solution,” explains Sto’s Regional Sales Manager, Pete Bishop.

The StoTherm Classic external wall insulation used on the 70,000sq ft project was installed onto an NHBCcompliant pvc rail system, using a

drained cavity designed to ensure that water and moisture is excluded from the main wall structure. The cement-free StoTherm Classic EWI System offers market-leading impact resistance, being able to withstand impacts of up to 60 joules – up to 10 times more than a cementitious system – and as it needs no additional expansion joints the system allows greater freedom of façade design. For this project the system was finished with a 1.5mm coat of StoSilco silicone resin render to provide a high degree of water repellence and resistance to the effects of weathering. “The architectural detailing on the building façades was created using StoDeco Profiles,” explains John Tehan of Smallwood Architects of London.

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New Commuter Pads Launched In Thurrock

The Office for National Statistics has warned that the number of Londoners under the age of 40 setting up their own home in the capital is to fall significantly over the next 15 years.

However, the report goes on to say that the borough of Barking and Havering, will buck the trend and show projected increases. Thurrock lies a mile away to the east of where Bellway launched Renovo, a development of 200 new homes on 27thOctober with a second phase to follow. In the past five years property in Thurrock, Essex has seen a rise in value of 37.04%, and the average value of property in the area is currently just under £220,000 according to Zoopla’s Zed Index. Bellway’s Renovo development, offers a selection of new homes and apartments which will include one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses starting from £219,995. Renovo includes a collection of two, three and four bedroom houses, and one and two bedroom apartments, ideal for families, investors or commuting professionals looking for a new modern pad. Thurrock is a

fantastic commuter location, with an excellent range of nearby facilities and amenities, good transport connections and plenty of green spaces, offering residents a versatile and reasonably priced locality. “Often homebuyers are struggling to find competitively priced new-build homes within easy striking distance of London, so we’re pleased to be offering Renovo, an attractive development with a varied selection of homes at affordable prices. This is an area on the fringes of London that is ripe for development and will provide excellent commuter homes for professionals and families alike,” said Paul Timson, Sales Manager at Bellway Homes Essex. This regeneration of West Thurrock gives residents wonderful open space; the 200-acre Chafford Gorges Nature Park just 20 minutes on foot; perfect for a family day out or just getting away from it all with stunning views across the gorge. Less than a 10 minute drive away, Rainham Marshes RSPB Nature

Reserve is popular with the more active members of the community; cyclists, runners and walkers can all enjoy this idyllic Essex countryside. Various sports amenities are close by, including Mardyke Valley Golf Club and Blackshots leisure centre, which hosts two swimming pools, a fitness suite and exercise studios. Residents of Renovo are also ideally placed to enjoy the Intu Lakeside Mall which is home to a myriad of restaurants, bars, cafes and a wide range of shopping amenities. Further afield there is easy train access to the heart of East London and the Docklands where visitors can explore a wide range of dining and leisure options. Ideal for commuters, Chafford Hundred is the nearest train station, which is a 20 minute walk from the development, reaching London Fenchurch Station in as little as 30 minutes and providing excellent transport links to Barking, Limehouse and Southend.

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Modular building specialist goes into administration Timber modular building specialist Carbon Dynamic has fallen into administration with the loss of 40 jobs. The Invergordon, Scotland based firm specialised in eco-friendly, low cost residential and commercial accommodation modules. The company ran into trading and cashflow difficulties as it was nearing completion of a major project for the construction of 78 modules. Carbon Dynamic had invested £1.3m in research and development to perfect the modules since the company’s inception in 2012. Turnover grew to £3m in the year to May 2018 and was expected to reach £6m by May 2019. But the director was unable to secure funding to address cashflow pressures and had no other option than to place the company into administration. Blair Nimmo, Joint Administrator and KPMG’s global head of restructuring said: “Unfortunately, Carbon Dynamic was unable to continue trading in light of challenging conditions and significant cashflow difficulties. “This has, in turn, resulted in the redundancies which have been announced. We will be working with all affected employees and the relevant government agencies to ensure a full range of support is available. “We are rapidly exploring the possibility of securing a sale of the company’s business and assets and would encourage any interested parties to contact us as soon as possible.”

Student Development For King’s College London A student-led mixed-use development scheme in London has secured funding of £125 million. The development, which will be offered exclusively to King’s College London (KCL) students, will feature 654 beds alongside 60,000 sq. ft of Grade-A office accommodation and an incubator space for entrepreneurial start-up businesses. Urbanest’s Aldgate scheme, to be known as UrbanestCity, is being completed by Balfour Beatty with a funding loan from M&G Investments. “This is Urbanest’s most ambitious student-led mixed-use development to date, providing a unique blend of student housing, heritage, entrepreneurial innovation, commerce and leisure space uses which will sit alongside and complement each other in the completed scheme. We are delighted to be working with M&G and KCL again and our aspiration with Urbanest City is to add another landmark location within our expanding PBSA portfolio,” said Vicky Skinner, CFO at Urbanest. The remains of a bastion tower and part of the 4th century wall that encircled the Roman City of Londinium are concealed beneath the Aldgate development. Urbanest is working with Museum of London to incorporate these archaeological remains into the project, which consolidates two former office buildings (Emperor House and Roman Wall House) acquired by Urbanest in early 2017. The Roman remains are set to be made readily accessible to the public for the first time within a three-storey gallery and museum. “Urbanest continues to provide fantastic facilities for students in London and we are delighted to expand our relationship and enable the construction of this exciting development. We continue to see increasing demand for student accommodation in the capital and this deal provides our institutional investors with access to attractive returns secured against high quality real estate in London’s city centre,” added Adam Willis, Associate Director in M&G’s Real Estate Finance team. The building is scheduled for completion in 2021.

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InnerVision® steel-framed sliding doors from Crittall add a further dimension to interiors.

Creating a seamless transition between rooms, by opening or closing space is now possible with new sliding doors from Crittall’s range of InnerVision internal screens. These bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing will complement timeless styles of period property or contemporary homes. On-trend, open plan living takes on a different dimension by partitioning open interior areas to create contemporary zones with steel-framed single or double sliding doors, without compromising light or space. Available in a variety of options, InnerVision screens and doors are designed with modern living in mind, giving a sense of space, light and understated beauty, with clean lines and subtle detailing. The sliding doors feature concealed running gear to provide a sleek finish.

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Light-in-weight, and with a soft-close feature and floor tracks, they are so easy to use, gliding effortlessly on opening and closing. These new interior sliding doors offer wider opening areas than more intrusive hinged doors, maximising use of inside room space, particularly where it may be limited.

Unmatched by other materials, these long-lasting slimline sliding doors look like traditional Crittall windows, providing minimalist retro-looks with a contemporary twist - and larger expanses of glass than others in the marketplace.

Elegantly slender, the slim steel framing is unobtrusive - the distinguished-looking installation makes a wonderful talking point. Natural illumination inside is increased, while enhanced acoustic properties ensure privacy and reduced noise levels. Fully compatible with other InnerVision products, the sliding door option features a secure latch-able configuration. They are available with a wide range of handle styles and brass finishes.

Cleverly dividing space without impeding light, they are the ideal solution, whether for an extension with dramatic steel-framed glazed screen forming a brighter space for a living room, a light-filled area off the kitchen, or a partition from bathroom to bedroom.

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MITCHELLS & BUTLERS CHOOSE MITTON GROUP FOR M&E MAINTENANCE SERVICES Further expanding their client portfolio in the leisure sector, mechanical and electrical services specialists Mitton Group have won a competitive tender let by Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK.

The agreement means Mitton Group will supply planned and reactive maintenance services across the Mitchells & Butlers estate for an area covering covering Scotland and the central/north eastern section of England as far west as Yorkshire and south to Lincolnshire.

Mitchells & Butlers sites on a 24/7 basis, providing an emergency call out service alongside the provision of planned service and maintenance schedules.

Mitchells & Butlers currently operates more than 1,700 restaurants and pubs located all over the UK. The work carried out by Mitton Group will include mechanical and electrical maintenance work for heating and cooling systems, emergency lighting, fire alarms and ancillary services including PAT testing as required.

Mitton Group has seen significant expansion over the past five years, with service centres in Scotland, the North of England, the Midlands and the south of the country. Winning this tender reflects the organisation’s commitment to providing professional, value for money services meeting response deadlines to match customer requirements and ensure optimum reliability and efficiency of mechanical and electrical services.

Both companies subscribe to the philosophy of establishing strong and collaborative partnerships to deliver excellent levels of service. The Mitton team will be on call for

“At Mitton Group, we are continuing to build our client portfolio across sectors including leisure, retail, commercial and industrial premises,” stated Neil Burns, Group Operations Director for

Mitton. “For Mitchells & Butler, we will be using our established expertise and national network of engineers to ensure we support their commitment to the safe, responsible and hygienic operation of their business premises at all times.” For further information, please contact:MITTON GROUP Mackenzie House 451 Cleckheaton Rd, Low Moor Bradford BD12 0HS T - 01274 691177 F - 01274 691188 E - W -

Design-led sign and display specialist, Signbox launches new eshop


Offering intelligently designed, off-the-shelf sign and display solutions, from Fire Exit signs, to NFC Smart Stickers to LEDilluminated restroom signs and everything in between, Signbox’s new eshop is easy to browse and offers rapid delivery on a huge range of stocked products. “We’re known for our bespoke, high-end graphic interior and external signage solutions,” says Managing Director Mark Bartlett. “But we also supply simple off-the-shelf signage for a variety of business sectors and we have been working for some time on a solution to streamline that offering and make it as accessible and efficient as possible.” “Our new eshop is SEO friendly, easy to navigate and we’re confident that the significant investment we’ve made in getting it up and running will be well worth it.” As any business owner knows – the two great challenges with getting a project like this off the ground are time and money. Finding the time to put into it amid all the day-to-day pressures and deadlines is never easy, and getting a project like this right requires a substantial financial investment as well. Key to finding the finances for the project was an R&D tax credit incentive scheme that we were made aware of through our association with FESPA. There is an explicit regulation within UK company tax law designed to ease the tax burden on businesses who are investing heavily in R&D, and two years ago we decided to explore this as an avenue to find the necessary funds to grow and adapt our business. Like any tax regulation it is a highly complex process, so we were grateful for the assistance of Kene Partners whose services we employed to walk us through this regulatory minefield and help us to maximise our business growth opportunities. “With Adam Kene and his teams’ help, over the course of the last two years, we’ve managed to save a six-figure sum off our corporation tax bill which we have been able to invest back into the business: training and up-skilling staff, purchasing a new Zund precision cutting device to automate production, a new Trotec laser and of course investing in the digital infrastructure which has made our attractive fresh, user-friendly eshop a reality. We’d encourage any business looking for growth opportunities to explore this as an option,” Bartlett concludes. “As investing in the future benefits consumers and the wider economy as well as helping individual companies to grow.” To view the Signbox eshop and take advantage of opening month special offers, please visit:


PlanGrid Announces Powerf Capabilities and Expanded Launch of PlanGrid Connect, new product APIs and direct pre-built software integrations will strengthen collaboration between office and field PlanGrid, the leader in construction productivity software, today announced the availability of PlanGrid Connect, an expansion of the PlanGrid API and new direct pre-built integrations, signalling a robust commitment to its partner ecosystem. The latest capabilities enable teams to easily and quickly customize integrations between PlanGrid and other software solutions without IT resources. Integrations will automatically sync critical information between applications, preventing time-consuming and errorprone double entry and ensuring everyone on a project is working from the same plans and data. “Whether it’s a GC, drywall sub or electrical contractor, a single trade alone can’t construct a building,” said Bill Smith, president of field operations at PlanGrid. “The interoperability we’re providing between PlanGrid and other solutions simply mimics the teamwork the industry expects during complex projects. The industry shouldn’t expect any less of its technology.” As software proliferates in the construction industry, teams are using multiple solutions to manage project planning and day-today work. Many of these applications do not easily interface with one another, requiring workers to toggle between applications or manually enter data into multiple systems. Often this results

in disorganization on a jobsite and teams working from outdated plans. A recent survey from PlanGrid and FMI found the inability to seamlessly share information across applications is a primary cause of miscommunication and rework. Historically, integrating applications required intensive manual work and necessitated both time and an expensive IT investment.

PlanGrid Connect provides easily configurable integrations Building on an existing set of direct integrations between PlanGrid and other popular solutions like Autodesk Revit, Kahua and EarthCam, PlanGrid Connect enables construction companies to easily integrate with more than 100 other applications. Powered by Azuqua, PlanGrid Connect gives customers out-of-the-box connections to systems such as Box, Egnyte, Smartsheet and DocuSign. With a simple drag-and-drop interface that eliminates the need for expensive custom software development, customers can build PlanGrid integrations tailored to fit the specific needs of their business in just a matter of minutes. For example, with PlanGrid Connect, a DocuSign integration allows signed documents to be saved and organized in PlanGrid, so they can easily be found and referenced during inspection walkthroughs. An automatic sync between PlanGrid and a cloud


ful New Integration Partner Ecosystem storage platform can also be scheduled — plans and documents stored in Egnyte or Box can be automatically pushed to PlanGrid and project data can be archived back to the cloud storage platform. “While the construction industry is investing in different technologies to increase productivity, if teams don’t have access to the information they need when it’s most needed, the investments aren’t being fully realized,” said James Cook, head of strategic alliances and partnerships at PlanGrid. “PlanGrid Connect provides workers on the jobsite with real-time data regardless of the app in which it resides and empowers the front office to easily collaborate with the field. “With construction firms adopting best-of-breed technology, information must be shared efficiently between different platforms to eliminate data chaos,” said Todd Owens, CEO of Azuqua. “PlanGrid Connect is designed to let companies easily build custom integrations and automate data sharing in a matter of hours, as opposed to days, weeks or even years. The industry can now easily streamline the flow of information and focus resources on increasing productivity instead of tedious manual entry.”

PlanGrid expands APIs to Field Reports and Tasks New PlanGrid API endpoints allow information entered into Field Reports and Tasks to be exchanged between and viewed in other technology applications. The API endpoints enable customizable integrations with dashboards, trackers, project management tools, data analytics services, cloud storage platforms and more. For example, an integration between PlanGrid and Smartsheet can map the project schedule directly to PlanGrid Tasks. When an office user such as a Project Engineer updates Smartsheet,

the corresponding Task in PlanGrid will automatically sync and update, allowing a field team to know exactly what they need to do and when.

PlanGrid adds direct pre-built integrations PlanGrid is also growing its direct integration ecosystem, and over the last several months has added six new partners. Construction teams using PlanGrid can now leverage integrations from Mirai Networks,, OxBlue, Safety Reports, SBN Consultants and ZVerse, to access real-time project information such as HD imagery, safety records, RFI updates and 3D files all from within PlanGrid. For instance, Mirai Networks has developed an integration allowing users to gather field data as RFIs and Field Reports, and then manage complex workflows with the data in Oracle’s Primavera Unifier. PlanGrid Connect, the new APIs and direct product integrations demonstrate the company’s commitment to providing customers with a robust partner ecosystem and best-in-class technology solutions. PlanGrid will host a webinar overview of these new capabilities on the following dates; to register, please visit here. • North America: January 8, 2019 at 11:00 am PST / 2:00pm EST • EMEA: January 9, 2019 at 12:00pm GMT / 13:00 CET / 16:00 GST • APAC: January 16, 2019 at 9:00am SGT / 12:00pm AEST / 2:00pm NZST


Stay Close and Cosy to Nature with Panasonic & the Dome Experience The team at Panasonic have been working in collaboration with architects, engineers and local crafts people to create an unfiltered, unique and comfortable luxury living experience in bubble style Domes to bring a 180-degree transparent window to the world of nature. Michael Beare of Finn Lough Resort is the visionary behind this unique holiday experience. He explains: “Our aim was to be able to offer holidaymakers a truly unique experience in this glorious setting, yet with minimal impact on these wonderful surroundings. We aimed to minimise the footprint of the domes, offering off grid power and heating solutions, minimal construction requirements and a design that blends into the landscape.” Each Dome is kitted out with Panasonic Aquarea Fan Coils which are connected to air to water Panasonic Aquarea Monobloc heat pumps for quick reaction heating and cooling as well as domestic hot water. Panasonic additionally supply DX ERV units to maintain a constant air flow rate. Furthermore, each Dome can be monitored via the Panasonic Aquarea Smart Cloud technology to maintain the optimal environment for each guest. Michael shared his original dream for the Domes: “I wanted to create a unique environmental experience where people can enjoy all the different elements of nature from a safe environment in a bubble of peace and tranquillity – I believe we have now achieved this.” The first Domes were created in 2015 but had several challenges such as misting up, being cold in winter and too hot in the summer months. Michael then started discussions with Panasonic to understand

and solve these issues. With continuous prototyping and testing, the team has since adapted and improved the Dome’s comfort and experience for guests. Walter Stephens of Panasonic Ireland added “We are delighted to be part of this exciting and innovative project. The Panasonic Aquarea Mono-bloc air to water heat pump is an ideal, energy efficient solution, to heat or cool the Domes. The units have the added benefit of using the outside air and passing the air over refrigerantfilled coils (like a refrigerator). The then captured heat is automatically transferred to water, which is then ready for use in the heating or cooling system within the domes and for supplying hot water. Furthermore, the units do not require access to mains gas.” The Panasonic Aquarea heat pump technology was chosen for this project as the units easily adapt to extreme low temperatures (-20oC) and high temperatures, whatever the climate. The units are highly energy efficient (COP of 5.08),

are compact, positioned externally to save on internal living space, quick and straightforward to install. The Domes are proving popular, with seven initially installed at the Finn Lough Resort in Northern Ireland which has recently increased to 14 Domes due to the high demand. Visitors’ feedback is highly positive, so much so that the resort now has an ever-growing waiting list. Each dome has a unique four poster bed, ensuite bathroom, nespresso coffee machine, fluffy robe and daily breakfast included and reside in the middle of a private forest.

Visiting guest, Ainhoa Barcelona from Hello Magazine commented “Each dome has been fitted with underfloor heating and a boost button by the bed that can give you a blast of heat at intervals. This is glamping taken to the next level.” Another recent guest commented on trip advisor “I don’t know where to start, Finn Lough was incredible! We stayed in one of the Bubble Domes and it was the most amazing experience. Before going I was slightly worried it would be cold, however, it looks like they have fully listened to feedback as it has heated floors, a heater and a heated mattress. “Privacy never felt like an issue and we were blessed with a clear night with an incredible view of the stars.” Enthusiasm for the Dome experience has now reached a global level with orders for more Domes in remote locations coming from Australia, North America, Italy and France to name a few. For more information please visit

2019 design trends to take your garden to the next level Whether you are looking to completely re-design your garden or simply want to update the functionality and look of your garden, has put together some of the top design trends for 2019. From creating a space which is low maintenance to creating interesting focal points, this article will provide you with the inspiration you can use for your garden.

relax, while also being practical can be a daunting task, but following these simple tip can make a big difference.

Creating a low maintenance garden

Using perennial plants is an easy and low maintenance way of adding colour and focal points into the garden. Some of the most popular perennial plants include:

Due to the hustle and bustle of modern life, gardeners are always looking to simplify their gardens, and 2019 will be no different. Creating a low maintenance garden that still has visual appeal, areas to entertain and

Perennial Plants

Lavender - Lavender produces a fragrant summer scent and is perfect to use for edging and borders, it also

has the benefit of attracting bees and butterflies to the garden. Geranium - These hardy and lowmaintenance perennials provide pops of colour throughout the summer and are available in a range of colours including white, pink, purple and blue. Helenium - With colours ranging from red to orange and bright yellow, Helemiums work well in borders and typically flower from midsummer to early autumn providing visual appeal to the garden.


Remove high maintenance bushes and shrubs Consider removing any messy bushes and shrubs from the garden, especially those who shed their leaves regularly. Box Hedge, Leylandii and Conifers are all great choices for edging and garden borders, while Rhododendrons and Camellia provide pops of colour at different times of the year. Choose Hardscaping Materials If you’re looking for low maintenance gardening options, hardscaping materials such as stones, rocks, patios and gravel are ideal. These materials come in many shapes, colours and sizes and don’t need constant looking after as lawns do.

Creating a staycation spot With holiday prices continuing to rise, many people choose to stay in the comfort of their home instead, so why not turn your garden into the ultimate staycation space. Creating a tranquil area to entertain, relax and unwind in is easy with these inspirational tips:

If you have a larger garden, one trend that’s sure to be big in 2019 is creating secluded areas to relax and unwind in away from the main garden. Whether you plan to read, meditate or just relax in the space, adding things like a simple water feature, lush plants and a calm, neutral colour palette will provide a retreat from the rest of the garden.

Turn your garden structures into interesting focal points Some garden structures such as sheds, walls and greenhouses are a necessity for many, and since these structures will be seen every day, why not turn them into interesting focal points. Painting garden sheds and fences with a bold, vibrant colour can make them stand out and provide interest in the garden, while the use of garden lighting

can make things come alive when it gets dark.

Looking after wildlife Making sure that your garden is wildlife friendly is a great way of giving back to nature and welcoming them into your space; this is especially important during the winter months when food and water are in short supply. Creating a range of different habitats will allow wildlife to breed and shelter in safety while providing them with food and water will allow them to forage and feed. There are a variety of plants which attract wildlife that flower and seed at different times of the year. Berry bushes and fruit trees also provide valuable seasonal food, while a source of clean water is also important.

• Install a weatherproof sound system so that you can play music while you’re outside. • Build a fire pit to draw people outside and relax into the night in comfort. • Invest in comfortable garden furniture. • Install garden lighting so that you can use the space when it gets dark. • Have a dedicated area for cooking and entertaining such as a raised patio area or pergola.


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SPATEX 2019 – the exciting

world of wet leisure awaits you!

Ever wanted to know more about wet leisure but don’t know where to start? The answer to all your questions can be found at the UK’s only dedicated wet leisure Exhibition, SPATEX 2019. Opening its doors at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st January, it’s a must-attend Show for all building and construction industry supply chain professionals looking to dip their toe in the water for the first time or those already involved in the world of water leisure but wanting to learn more. Featuring over a hundred top quality exhibitors, drawn from the world’s leading wet leisure manufacturers and suppliers, it’s an eye-catching shop window, showcasing all the latest innovations. There’s a saying in the Industry – if it’s not at SPATEX, you don’t need it!

The best of wet leisure under one roof Just add water! SPATEX features a vast array of wet leisure equipment from pools, steam rooms, hot tubs, wet and dry safety flooring, spas, water play features, pool enclosures to energy saving chemical control and heating and ventilation units. A vast proportion of the many innovative new products launched at SPATEX are geared towards the commercial sector and the Exhibition gives you the opportunity to see them at close quarters for the very first time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to catch up on new technologies and energy saving innovations. It’s a fast-moving world and it’s important to stay abreast of new developments. The demand for wet leisure has never been greater and is growing all the time, in both the domestic and commercial sectors. Wellness is big business and making people feel good is what it is all about whatever the setting. It’s a fact that the one ingredient that singles a facility out from the crowd and

secures repeat bookings is invariably the quality of its water leisure provision, be it a spa, sauna or swimming pool. Their inclusion is now widely regarded as fundamental to a resort’s success and they are the single best relaxation resource that a business can provide. A large part of that success begins at the planning and design stage. For pools that require a more functional approach, the educational sector, both public and independent, also has a high demand for new build and refurbishment.

It’s not all about swimming pools! Twenty-eight spa related companies, including some of the biggest names in the business, will be exhibiting at SPATEX 2019. “Last year, the exhibition hall was a sea of spas. I can confidently predict that in 2019 we will have an ocean!” says delighted SPATEX Organiser, Michele Bridle. “We have never had so many spa related companies and amongst all the familiar names we will be welcoming a lot of new blood. Companies such as Blue Whale Spa, Sunbeach Spas, the Mosaic Spa Co, Guangzhou Taisheng Sanitary Ware Technology Co Ltd, Princess Spas and Spa Solutions are all making their exciting debut.”

20 Spatex 2019 Many of the exhibitors will be launching new models, for instance, Spa Crest (stand C50) has taken on exclusive rights to market the American Saratoga Spas line of hot tubs across the UK and will proudly be displaying these at SPATEX alongside its other established products: Tuff Spas and Premium Leisure (Swim Spas).

A lot of the stands will be showcasing fabulous new models and accessories. Take for instance, Spa Solutions (stand F58) which will grandstand the futuristic Vortex IKON spa, featuring an aluminium composite cabinet and acrylic shell.

Based in Chester, GMT Spas (stand D33) is a dynamic manufacturing company with an experienced team of spa builders and international designers who create innovative, award winning hydrotherapy spas.

Spatex 2019 21 Almost Heaven (stand H5) is planning on using SPATEX 2019 to announce several new features for its 2019 sauna offering. For instance, fading glass windows for both indoor and outdoor saunas and stylish rain jackets for its signature barrel saunas.

Featuring cutting edge technology and uncompromising quality, Niveko (stand C16) one piece pools offer all the benefits of a top of the range, traditionally constructed swimming pool but without the time investment.

Pool-Dek (stand A17) is a stylish pool covering designed to convert a swimming pool into a functional space for other uses.

22 Spatex 2019 Fairlocks Pool Products (stand B50) will be showcasing its beautiful state of the art Covrex pool cover and the LPW one-piece pool which the company reports that since its launch last year, has exceeded all expectations.

For a state-of-the-art sauna, Alpha Industries (stand C4) come up trumps both in terms of quality and high performance.

For stunning tiles these from Designworks Tiles (stand D2) take some beating.

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NEW Mega-Demos show how it’s done

Aside from offering a glittering showcase, SPATEX also hosts a double seminar programme on all three days, featuring a diverse range of topics that hold special interest for those in water leisure build and design and refurbishment. It’s a well-respected source of industry training and education and all free! CPD points and a certificate of attendance are available for all attendees of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) technical workshops held in Arena 1, which this year number 22 different sessions including 18 NEW titles.

Nothing takes the place of a practical demonstration. Back by popular demand, Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes will see the return of the popular ISPE ‘Mega-Demo’ featuring various aspects of water testing. These allow delegates to get ‘hands-on’ with equipment, alongside experts demonstrating the dos and don’ts. In addition, there will be a live demonstration, with commentary, of how to install, service and repair, both filters and pumps for domestic pools on the Tuesday afternoon.

In Arena 2, there’s a parallel seminar programme on all three days – again all free to attend. Tuesday Jan 29th 10.00 – 10.20 A beginners’ guide to underwater lighting. Learn about the latest in LED and fibre optic underwater lighting and how you can use it to enhance your pool, spa, fountain or underwater lighting projects. Includes design and technical advice for underwater lighting and case studies – Roger Beckett Lights Projects – Seminar Arena 2 11-11.30 – A beginner’s guide to building/refurbishing a pool for a swim school business by Martyn Hardy (STA) – Seminar Arena 2. Wednesday January 30th 14.00-14.30 – Grow Your Business Without spending £1000s on traditional advertising by Deborah Ekins of Eagle Leisure – Seminar Arena 2. 14.45 -15.05 – High performance tiling solutions for swimming pools, spas and other leisure areas by Michael Hoe (Ardex) – Seminar Arena 2. Thursday January 31st 14.15 – 14.45 – Leak detection in swimming pools by Steve Burke (Interplan Leisure Ltd) – Seminar Arena 1.

Use our unique pool of expertise In addition to ISPE and STA, SPATEX 2019 has the backing of other heavyweight industry associations which give further added value and interest to visitors. PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) will be holding an all-day seminar on the Thursday of the Show. An impressive roll call of experts will give the latest water treatment advice and provide a basic understanding of water treatment to designers and builders of spas and pools, from the smallest to the largest municipal leisure complex with special reference to hot tubs. The British Swimming Pool Federation, Swimming Pool & Allied Trades Association and British & Irish Spa & Hot Tub Association will all have stands. Visit the SPATEX Welcome Desk at the front of the hall and the team will happily point you in the right direction. This will be of particular help to anyone with technical questions looking for a starting point.

Visit to see SPATEX’s impressive list of exhibitors, details of the free double seminar programme and register for FREE. SPATEX 2019, Tuesday January 29th to Thursday January 31st Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Ricoh Arena is easy to get to - just 500 yards off the M6 and within two hours commuting time of 75 per cent of the population, it offers 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces.

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Mcavoy awarded £15 million contract to build new hospital wing in Northumbria The McAvoy Group has been awarded its largest healthcare project to date – a £15m contract for the offsite construction of a new wing at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Due for completion in Spring 2019, the 6,500m2 three-storey building will be linked to the existing hospital. The first floor will be fitted out as part of this contract to accommodate one of the UK’s first purpose-designed Ambulatory Care units, with the other two floors fitted out in the next phase of the development. The Ambulatory Care Unit will provide medical, surgical and nurse practitioner-led care in a relaxed and comfortable environment, allowing up to 150 patients to be treated the same day across four specialisms, without the need for hospital admissions. This will help to de-congest the emergency department, allowing patients to be seen by the most appropriate clinician earlier and offering an enhanced service for the local community. The new wing is being constructed by McAvoy using an advanced offsite solution to reduce the build programme by half to less than 12 months. This will help Northumbria Healthcare Trust to meet the rising demand for patient services in the region and maintain its position as a world leader in emergency medicine. Commenting on the use of offsite construction, Robert Sanderson, Deputy Director of Capital Projects at Northumbria Healthcare FML said, “With this new development, the Trust is demonstrating a dynamic approach with its use of modern methods of construction. The quality of the facility to meet the

25 clinical requirements is our main driver for a McAvoy offsite solution. We will also benefit from a huge reduction in the build programme – from at least two years to just 12 months. This will bring enormous benefits for reducing waiting times in A&E next year and the new ambulatory care unit will enable us to assess, treat and discharge patients more quickly.” Dr Eliot Sykes, Clinical Director for Surgery and Elective Care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said, “The new ambulatory care unit is fantastic news for the Trust and will make an immediate and very real difference to our patients. Once open, it will significantly enhance our ability to manage peaks in demand whilst still providing dedicated ambulatory care. We are very much looking forward to the project being finished and are grateful that it will be finished so quickly.” Raymond Millar, Construction Director of The McAvoy Group, “We are again pushing the boundaries of offsite construction. This is a highly complex project on a live hospital site. We are integrating with the design of the existing hospital and using offsite construction to deliver the building to a very short

programme, achieve exceptional value for money and to the Trust’s stringent quality standards. We have developed a hybrid solution which incorporates both offsite and in-situ building methods and are maximising fit-out in the factory for this first phase to enhance quality and reduce disruption to staff and patients.” The project features a number of innovations in offsite construction. It will use larger, bespoke modules up to 14.85m long which have been specially engineered to provide a structural flooring solution that seamlessly integrates with the existing hospital building. This will meet the key requirement for efficient patient flows, removing the need for ramps and steps. Mechanical ventilation, heating and cooling systems will be installed in the ceiling voids in the McAvoy factory. This is believed to be an industry first in the healthcare sector. Designed by healthcare specialists P+HS Architects working with McAvoy as principal contractor, the new wing will replicate the appearance of the existing hospital which opened in 2015. It will have a faceted external facade to create curved ends to the wing and will

be finished in blue and white render. This hybrid construction solution has a three-storey offsite structure with an in-situ built curved link on each floor, a roof-top plant room and full-height stair towers. P+HS Project Director James Almond commented, “We are delighted to be working with McAvoy on this innovative project. We have worked closely with the Trust and McAvoy on the technical and clinical challenges whilst maintaining the design ethos of the original hospital.’’ The dedicated, 2000m2 facility for ambulatory care will provide services in medicine, surgery, gynaecology and orthopaedics. Facilities include waiting areas; interview, assessment, and treatment rooms; plaster room with mobile x-ray; trolley bays; patient lounges; ultrasound; single ensuite rooms; nurse’s station; staff rest room; clinical stores; utility rooms, and an open-plan office. The scheme was awarded through the NHS Shared Business Services framework which facilitated reductions in procurement time and cost. The new wing is designed to comply with all relevant HTM and HBN requirements.

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26 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades The Orchards is a warden controlled sheltered housing establishment in Lincolnshire run by local charity Boston Mayflower. It offers a secure environment with 24 hour support available for people wanting extra support to maintain their independence as they age. The building already had an old hydraulic lift in place and Ability Lifts were contacted to offer expert advice and guidance, given the close working relationship with the charity established over several years, having previously installed lifts in other care homes in Lincolnshire for them. The Optimum 100 platform lift was recommended, as the large platform size of 1220mm x 1680mm gives maximum space for the occupants whilst still retaining a shaft size of just 1380mm x 1790mm, meaning that the existing shaft opening could be utilised. Upon approval of this solution, the lift was supplied with automatic openers and wireless remote landing call stations. This enables wheelchair users to call the lift to the landing and have the doors open automatically without being in front of the opening doors, whilst the wireless call buttons enables easy positioning of the call button without having to drill or use conduit.

The Orchards Wyberton, Sheltered Housing gets a Platform Lift

The lift was installed with larger one metre wide fire doors to aid access, and as the client wanted to maintain use of the lift even during a power cut, a UPS was supplied, along with the standard battery emergency lowering. The lift even has a fire park facility which drives the lift to a designated floor and parks so that it can not be used during a fire evacuation. Working with the appointed building contractors, Ability Lifts fitted the new lift in just two days, minimizing any inconvenience to the residents. Following the installation, the client added a warden control system in case of an emergency whilst using the lift. Just a few weeks later, a further lift to the same specification was installed at D’Enycourt care home in Kirton for the same client. 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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A Stiltz Helps Lift The Burden For Home Renovators A woman from Essex who has been suffering with a spinal condition for nearly 40 years is now able to move independently between floors at the touch of a button after installing a modern and stylish Stiltz Homelift. Kim Carpenter has Degenerative Disc Disease – a condition which affects around 30 million people every year and involves the discs collapsing and causing the facet joints in the vertebrae to rub against one other causing pain and stiffness. The 60-year-old has suffered with the back problem since the age of 22 and around eight years ago the situation became so bad that the only way she could go upstairs, was on all fours. Mrs. Carpenter and her husband, Brian decided to have a Stiltz Homelift installed in their fourbedroom detached home in Ongar rather than her having to struggle on and off an old-fashioned stairlift. The freestanding domestic lift travels through the floor and was included in a renovation project which involved connecting an extensive library room to an upstairs mezzanine area in a brand new extension. The Stiltz moves on self-supporting rails and

plugs straight into a normal domestic 13 amp power socket with no hydraulics or load bearing walls required. This enables these unique and innovative homelifts to be positioned almost anywhere in the home. The Carpenters had the new capsule-shaped Stiltz Duo+ Homelift installed although the company also offer larger models for wheelchair users. Mrs. Carpenter said: “I was never keen on a stairlift as they take up too much room on the staircase and I never fancied moving to bungalow because I always wanted a house with a swimming pool. “We’ve got the rid of the pool now but the homelift has helped make our home fully accessible for me has improved my life immeasurably. The lift is ideal for sending up the laundry and the vacuum cleaner rather than attempting to do it myself and is so easy to use. The Stiltz is clear on all sides making it light and airy and I couldn’t be without it.”

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Along with requests for more beds, more accessories and more lighting at the January Furniture Show (JFS), the organisers also received many requests for companies who supply contract furniture and furnishings to be identified.


of the particular requirements of supplying contract and interior design orders. Many of the main contract suppliers are also leading names in the UK furniture industry including Duresta, Kingstown, Whitemeadow, Ashley Manor, Firstlight Products, The Libra Company and Silentnight. Leading international companies including Weimann, ALF UNO S.p.a. and Hartman are also on the Contract Trail list.

The organisers listened and acted. JFS in 2019, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 20th-23rd January 2019, will introduce its new Contract Trail. It is the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle to fulfil all of the major requests received from visitors and it will identify all of the 150+ exhibitors who either regularly, or occasionally supply contract orders. On arrival at the show visitors will be able to collect a handy fold out map which identifies the contract supplying companies in each hall. The Contract Trail will also available on the JFS website in advance of the

show, making it easy for buyers to plan their stand visits in advance. Show Director Cleere Scammell said of the Contract Trail, “It is important that we give our buying visitors as much useful information as is feasible, to make their visiting time at JFS as productive as possible. Adding the Contract Trail was an easy decision given the number of requests we received for the information - and given the large number of contract suppliers that we have among our exhibitors.” Across the board in upholstery, cabinet, beds, lighting and accessories there are both UK and International suppliers who are fully apprised

Other new initiatives introduced at JFS in response to visitor requests include the new lighting sector – LIGHT, which features both UK and international companies showing everything from garden lanterns and bedside lamps to futuristic LED lights and statement chandeliers. BEDS at JFS brings together the largest number of bed companies ever seen at the show and will contain every kind of bed and mattress type available in the UK, with options for every budget level. Finally the space for accessories has increased by 20% with new exhibitors and some regular exhibitors taking extra space to show their abundant collections. To register to attend JFS and so see the full list of companies on the Contract Trail please go to:

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Aluprof Supports Modularisation Construction Technology

33 Not a new technology, but a design approach which continues to grow in popularity. Recent projects competed with Aluprof systems show what it possible and the benefits that this approach can bring. The construction industry has used modules, such as bathroom ‘pods’, for many years where a repetitive build, such as a hotel has many of the same elements. There is a big benefit of producing these off-site in a controlled environment where specialist equipment is available and good levels of quality control. Simply delivered to site, lifted into place and services already provided and in place to simply link-up. Modularisation has now gone further to complete walls for rooms which can be produced with openings with fitted windows creating a waterproof and structural unit. Some of these larger room ‘pods’ can be produced as complete rooms with finishes and furniture complete. Protected adequately against the elements, each unit is transported to site and simply lifted into place usually on a prepared structural grid. The concept of the ‘pod’ hotel has been constructed in the USA, the rooms are generally smaller than average, so more rooms can be accommodated for any given city space, but quality of the rooms is higher with finishes lasting longer, in turn this makes these rooms more cost effective for the guest. In the USA they have even produced small apartments on this basis which are known as ‘pod pads’. The concept could be adopted in the UK to ease our housing shortage, particularly in the city. The idea of modularisation and hotel construction are a very good match and many of the new hotels constructed today use this technology. The concept works for both budget hotel construction and city centre luxury hotel developments. The modular method of construction allows developers to realise hotels of up to 20 storeys to be quickly erected.

the ‘pod’ and finishes to be made good internally, but then having an ability for the external facade to be finished up to the window system and made serviceable and weathertight. Aluprof have worked with several companies to achieve bespoke solutions and provided trained installers at the point of installation. The ability for construction to be completed on site quickly and to quite accurate precision with minimal snagging issues means that this method of construction is very economical, especially for repetitive structure layouts such as hotels. It is claimed that a 100 bed hotel could be erected on site in just two weeks using the modular pod construction. One recent example of this type of construction is the recently opened Moxy Hotel at Aberdeen airport which was constructed by Robertsons. Using modular CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) construction, manufactured in Italy, the upper floors were assembled and bolted on top of a steel framed ground floor structure. The completed pods were then linked to a modular network of services within the new structure. In the south, the Citizen M hotel at Shoreditch, London was also constructed using a similar principle of construction.

Benefits realised by the client included; a quicker construction than compared with a traditional build method, this allowed the client to generate revenue earlier; an enhanced quality of final construction due to the strict testing and auditing regime of the factory and increased safety, as fewer man hours are required on site. Aluprof can offer guidance on all forms of construction which require windows or curtain wall systems, either installed into off-site element or on site installations. With early engagement in the design process, often savings can be made in both installation requirements and bespoke profiles. Aluprof UK’s head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK including Passivhaus projects. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained local companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.

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Thomas House Project Nomin The client desired an engineered Oak floor that was responsibly sourced and had full FSCÂŽ (Forest Stewardship Council) chain of custody. The floor also had to be extremely resilient due to the high amount of traffic that the flooring would face. After careful consideration and research, we worked with SODA to develop the perfect solution: a smooth Oak floor with a Snow UV Oil finish called TW-E118. This flooring retained the grain patterns and texture of the natural white oak, it was then coloured and UV oiled to increase the resilience of the finish. This process not only enabled us to meet the requirement of a hardwearing finish but also made ongoing maintenance easy. The project took a team of four fitters from Gravity Flooring a total of five days to install.

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nated for 2019 CJF/CFA Award We were delighted by the design by SODA, which took the historic context of the Square as inspiration for the renovation, incorporating an appropriate design language into spatial layouts and contemporary details. Natural oak features throughout the project, and SODA worked with the Solid Wood Flooring Company to achieve a colour and finish of oak floor to compliment the bespoke joinery and finishes. The engineered oak flooring ties together all these timber elements, bringing warmth to the generous lounge, offices and meeting rooms. The success of this project is in the close working relationship with The Solid Wood Flooring Company who helped the architects by designing a product that could meet their design ambitions and physical demands of the grand entrance space at Thomas House.

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Simpler specification for housebuilders as Aggregate Industries streamlines NHBCcompliant toppings

Aggregate Industries’ concrete division is making it easier for housebuilders to specify compliant structural topping products by unveiling a consolidated range of reinforcement solutions suitable for any beam and block flooring system.

The introduction of the range follows the implementation of the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Technical Note 20 guidelines in January this year. The standard defined technical considerations around installing a beam and block flooring system; particularly that the use of micro fibres, as an alternative to steel mesh reinforcement, is now no longer acceptable to the NHBC. Instead, structural toppings requiring approval by the NHBC must use one of the following reinforcement options; macro ‘structural’ synthetic fibres, steel fibres or steel mesh reinforcement.

Industries, explained: “Beam and block floors remain the most popular solution for housebuilders when building a ground floor; however the introduction of the latest NHBC guidelines have changed the parameters of what is deemed an acceptable reinforcement solution.

Aggregate Industries’ range of NHBC-compliant structural topping products includes: Agilia H (Housing) – a self-compacting structural topping containing 4kg of polypropylene macro ‘structural’ fibres; Highpave (Housing) – a concrete available in a range of consistencies and strengths containing macro structural fibre reinforcement with 4kg of polypropylene macro fibres and Agilia H – a self-compacting structural topping option that can be used in conjunction with steel mesh reinforcement. Neil Cochrane, specification manager at Aggregate

“As a market leader and a major supplier to the housing sector, our focus is not only on providing the best quality solutions but also adding value; in this case by simplifying the specification process. Providing a clearly-defined range of NHBC-compliant options will save our customers valuable time, as well as provide them with confidence that whatever their approach, the product selected will be acceptable to the NHBC.” The introduction of the NHBC-compliant concrete structural toppings range forms part of Aggregate Industries’ complete structural flooring system offer, which includes a bespoke beam and block solution from Charcon Construction Solutions. For further information, visit

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Wrightstyle is an international steel and aluminium advanced glazing supplier, mitigating against fire, bomb/blast and ballistic attack. Jane Embury is the company’s marketing director. The appalling tragedy of Grenfell Tower is yet another reminder that fire and building regulations should constantly be under review and new building materials rigorously fire tested. The building’s external cladding has come in for particular attention, with two fire safety experts giving evidence to the Grenfell inquiry that the external cladding bore significant responsibility. One said that the cladding “contributed to the most rapid of the observed external fire spread” and that the cladding system, including the insulation, was “substantially to blame for the tragedy.” The second gave evidence that the panels were “the primary cause of upward vertical fire spread, downward vertical fire spread, and lateral fire spread.” The fire is thought to have spread from a fourth floor flat when a uPVC window melted, exposing combustible insulation. This ignited the cladding panels which carried the fire around all four facades.

Codifying by catastrophe Jane Embury - Marketing Director.

However, the US makers of the cladding panels, Arconic, said that if the windows had been built differently “the spread of the fire would have been interrupted” and “the fire service might well have been able to extinguish the fire within the compartment of origin.” Arconic’s lawyers also told the public inquiry that its panels were “at most, a contributing factor.” Over 300 highrise buildings in England have, or had, similar cladding. It will be for the public inquiry to determine how and why the fire spread so rapidly and what changes to fire and building regulations should be made. One of the issues, we suspect, will be to what extent external cladding should

be fire retardant or fire resistant. However, one of the most depressing aspects of the Grenfell fire is that, once again, it will be a matter of “codifying by catastrophe” – bringing in stricter rules and regulations in the wake of disaster, rather than before it. It all started with William the Conqueror because, back in the 11th century, residential homes were also firetraps - lots of wood, straw and thatch and no chimneys. They often caught fire and, with houses crammed together, often set fire to other homes. To counter this, William the Conqueror decreed that all fires should be extinguished at night, and the most popular method to achieve this was a simple metal lid that covered the fire and put it out. This lid was called a couvert feu, from which is derived the modern word curfew. Codifying by catastrophe is therefore nothing new and examples can be found in every kind of building or structure. For example, the Kings Cross railway station fire in London in 1987 which killed 31 people. The subsequent Fennell Investigation into the fire prompted the replacement of all wooden escalators on the Underground, the installation of automatic sprinklers and heat detectors in escalators, mandatory fire safety training for all station staff twice a year, and improvements in emergency services liaison. Or the Bradford City football stadium fire in 1985 which killed 56 and injured some 265. The subsequent Popplewell Report introduced new safety legislation for sports grounds across the country. Or the Summerland holiday resort disaster on the Isle of Man in 1973 which killed 50 people. It changed building regulations across the country because, most tragically, poor design and inappropriate building materials allowed a minor fire to become a major conflagration. Or the 1929 Glen Cinema fire in Paisley In 1929 which killed 71 children. It led to new legislation on the number of fire exits, outward opening doors, and such

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issues as cinema capacity – all issues that previous theatre and music hall legislation should have addressed. Or the 1968 fire at the Shelton Hospital psychiatric unit, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, which killed 24 female patients, caused a national outcry, and brought in changes to fire safety in major institutions and improved training for staff. Similar tragedies have taken place in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, theatres, factories and offices, with significant

loss of life then resulting in better fire and building regulations. Simply, the most effective way of dealing with fire is by fire compartmentation: keeping the fire contained in one protected area and preventing it from spreading. A contained fire can be dealt with; an uncontrolled fire can’t. But what’s unfortunate is that it often takes tragedy to improve public safety and that, ten centuries after William the Conqueror, codifying by catastrophe is still with us.

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P C Henderson announced as best exporting company in the UK Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer – P C Henderson – beat off national competition on Thursday night to be named Export Business of the Year at the British Chamber Awards.

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Also for Wood Protection Fire Retardant UK One Coat Interior

A clear, colourless treatment for Euroclass B s2 dO and Class O in a one coat application on porous wood, porous–faced plywood and porous wood based boards.

Fire Retardant UK Top

Coat Sealer Interior Option

For protection against dirt, UV, and splinter resistant surface, a wipe-able sealer for application over Interior One Coat. In clear or Wood-stain - Matt or Satin finish