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BUTTERMARKET GETS A MAKEOVER WITH LK2 A £25 MILLION revamp of Buttermarket Shopping Centre in the heart of Ipswich has officially completed with the opening of a new 12 screen cinema operated by Empire.

“This increases footfall for traders inside the centre and offering the local community and tourists a variety of leisure activities, positively impacting the area.”

The project was delivered by architecture, sports and leisure firm LK2 and contractor Simons Group. Phase one of the works saw the scheme transformed from a tired shopping centre into a vibrant retail destination, rejuvenating the centre’s retail offering with high street giants such as New Look and TKMaxx trading from larger, newer units.

The redevelopment now incorporates more leisure facilities into the centre and provides a diverse offering to visitors. When the building was acquired in 2015 for just £9.6 million, only 43% of the centre’s units were occupied by traders. At the time of its resale in February this year, the centre was 90% occupied, and sold for almost £55 million.

A second phase of work anchors the centre’s reputation as a leisure destination with the completion of an 18,000 sq ft gym, bowling alley, family entertainment centre and a food and drink quarter. This phase was finalised with the opening of the 12 screen multi-plex cinema, owned by Empire, which opened this month.

Tom Robinson, Simons chief executive, said: “We are incredibly proud of what’s been achieved at the Buttermarket – this type of project is no easy feat but working again with the team at LK2 we have achieved a fantastic outcome for the client. Visitors to the centre will undoubtedly have a great experience for years to come.”

LK2 secured the project due to its expertise in the retail and leisure sector. During a detailed study, the firm’s expert team of architects were able to determine the redevelopment options for the centre’s owners, working to refurbish and realign the centre through innovative solutions. Paul Starbuck, director at LK2, said: “We are immensely proud of this scheme as we feel it has met the needs of the client and optimised the available floor space. By repositioning the shopping centre as a retail and leisure destination, visitors are now encouraged to stay for more than just an hour or so of shopping.

LK2 worked closely with contractor Simons Group to deliver the work. This is the second significant redevelopment of a shopping centre that the firms have collaborated on, having worked together to deliver the £9 million regeneration of Waterside shopping centre in Lincoln city centre in 2014. Kenneth Ford, executive director of Capital & Regional Plc, said “As they did at Waterside Lincoln, Paul Starbuck and the LK2 team rose to the ‘repositioning’ challenge presented by another redundant 1990’s shopping centre at Buttermarket Ipswich. “LK2 were intrinsic to translating our brief into a practical, deliverable solution and then successfully leading the professional team to project delivery. We’re already looking forward to the next one.”


Quick, clean renovations without closures.

With SwitchTec® by UZIN it is now possible to renovate floors without causing unnecessary disturbances or closing premises. Floor coverings can be replaced quickly, quietly and cleanly, then years later can be removed without leaving any residues. The tape adhesives enables floor coverings to be replaced almost anywhere from shops, offices to hospitals and care homes.

Ensuring that floors always look good means replacing them on a regular basis. Decsion makers hesitate to take this step, since it usually involves either reducing working hours or closing premises during refurbishment. UZIN solves these problems with its SwitchTec® range of adhesives. SwitchTec® offers a solution that meets the needs of customers and is designed to be used discretely so that normal working conditions are not disrupted during installation. New floor coverings are ready for foot traffic immediately and all areas are available for use without interruption.

What is SwitchTec®? SwitchTec® is a range of self-adhesive tapes which are wound onto rolls. All SwitchTec® products provide an alternative to wet adhesives or loose lay systems when installing floor coverings or skirting. Sigan® is one range of products from switchTec® whereby a variety of floor coverings such PVC, luxury vinyl tiles

and carpets can be fitted onto subfloors or existing floor coverings.

A new floor covering can easily be applied onto an existing floor covering (or subfloor) without having to remove the old covering. This not only avoids the normal disturbances caused when renovating, but also saves time and money. The new floor covering can then be used and walked upon immediately. When the covering applied becomes worn after years of use, it can be removed quickly and easily, without leaving any adhesive residues.

Case Study – Shelbourne Care Home Shelbourne looks at ways of keeping noise and disruption to a minimum to avoid disturbing residents when the time comes to refurbish a room. In two recent cases the incoming resident required a fitted carpet to be installed where the original flooring was a smooth vinyl. By using Sigan®, Shelbourne were able to install the carpet directly to the original vinyl flooring without the need to renovate the floor. If the next resident requests either a different carpet or a return to vinyl, the carpet can simply be uplifted and replaced with the minimum of fuss. “We are very impressed with Sigan® because it provided a quick and easy solution to the room refurbishments, whilst minimising the disturbance for residents. The fact that it allowed the rooms to be renovated in a clean and tidy manner was also a great advantage, benefiting both our staff and our residents. We would definitely use the Sigan® again.” - Maureen Shields, Facilities & Operations Manager | Shelbourne Care Home For more information please visit


Vision presents the best of the built environment The CPD-certified Vision 2017 exhibition will include talks from designers and architects at the forefront of design innovation, including Caroline Bos of UNStudio speaking about their research into the circular economy; Zaha Hadid Architects’ Stefano Paiocchi revealing a new design approach that blends techniques between fashion and architectural processes; and the UK director of BIG, Andy Young, will explain their unique approach to architecture in a global context. Researchers, educators and manufacturers will also reveal new and exciting ways that will radically alter constructions over the coming years, as it undergoes rapid technological change and huge shifts in the procurement landscape. Live demonstrations and installations will showcase new ways of thinking and will be accompanied by examples of the best products available on the market. Vision 2017 is the official trade partner of the London Festival of Architecture, Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival running the length of June. This year, Vision has embarked on a number of key professional, cultural and commercial partnerships with the major institutions and organisations that service the industry. New London Architecture will return to Vision with their annual PechaKucha. This year’s will align with their major new Insight Study, London: Design Capital. The quickfire talks will showcase the innovations, technologies and projects that are currently being developed for international projects. The RIBA will take part in a number of talks and debates that will address the future of UK housing and the ever-changing role of sustainability in the urban landscape. BRE is the official BIM partner for Vision and they will explore the current landscape of BIM training and how BIM can be used to better engage with suppliers and specialists, through a series of seminars. Other event partners include the Museum of Architecture and designjunction. The exhibitors at Vision cover a range of products, materials and solutions, including research and development into the latest software, bringing together industry leaders to discuss challenges in today’s complex market and ways to deal with changing legislation.

The free-to-attend exhibition is open for registration and will take place at Olympia from 6-7 June, featuring established companies alongside the brightest start-ups. For more information visit Vision 2017 – 6-7 June Olympia London – - @visionldn


Presentation about Nottingham’s first custom build community sparks imaginations of homebuyers More than 50 people attended a special event last night (Thursday 11th May) to hear about the exciting development plans and proposals for Nottingham’s unique custom-build community, the Fruit Market. Visitors to the event at the Syson Gallery in the Lace Market heard from the Fruit Market’s developer, regeneration specialist Blueprint, and architect Letts Wheeler, who shone a light on the customisation opportunities available to future residents. During the presentation, Development Manager at Blueprint Alec Hamlin explained how homebuyers at the Fruit Market, located on Bath Street in Sneinton, will be able to shape the interior and exterior of their dream home through a step by step process working closely with the architect. Residents will also be able to collaborate with their neighbours to design shared community spaces and will benefit from energy-efficient homes, private green spaces and cycle storage. As the first ever group custom build community in the East Midlands, the Fruit Market has already proved extremely popular, with only one plot left for sale in the first phase of the scheme. It will eventually comprise of 40 sustainable and architecturally unique homes.

Alec said he was delighted with the turnout at the event and with the level of interest in Phase Two of the Fruit Market. He said: “Group custom build is still a relatively new type of residential project in the UK, but is a proven and popular concept in Northern Europe. Guests at last night’s event had the opportunity to learn about this chance to truly shape the spaces and community that they will live in. It really sparked people’s imaginations. “With all the plots nearly sold in Phase One, we can start working with homebuyers to help them build their dream home and begin our plans for Phase Two. We are at the stage where we can take the project from a conceptual project to reality and we are now considering further benefits for the residents such as community buildings, car share and electric car points.” The Fruit Market community is just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s cultural hub of Hockley, on the doorstep of Victoria Park - one of Nottingham’s largest green spaces - and is next door to the multi-million pound redeveloped Sneinton market. Prices will range from £220,000 - £350,000. For more information, please visit


BRITCON EXPANDS TEAM IN YORKSHIRE Building and civil engineering business, Britcon has made three new senior appointments at its offices in Wakefield. This brings its total team to 12 at the Yorkshire base which opened in April 2014, doubling its size in the last 12 months. Brian French has joined as senior quantity surveyor bringing over 40 years’ experience within the building, civil engineering and fit-out sectors. In particular, he brings expertise in project cost management for private commercial, local authority and NHS projects. At Britcon he is initially taking commercial responsibility for Eddie Stobart and York University. Tony Mulcrone has also joined the Britcon team as site manager. With a strong engineering background Tony will add value on construction projects with a heavy emphasis on substructures and external works.

Craig Bell has been recruited to the Britcon Engineering Services (BES) division of Britcon as structural steel 3D (Tekla) draftsman. He has worked for a number of Yorkshire steel fabrication firms in draughtsman, buyer and estimator roles. At BES Craig is currently working on a Bulk Store for ABP in Kings Lynn, and Rolls Royce in Lancashire. The appointments reflect continuous growth in Yorkshire for Britcon with major client instructions from York University, BASF, Eddie Stobart, Cepac and Bradford City Council. It has also recently secured a place on the contractors framework for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust. Paul Clarkson, Managing Director at Britcon said, “We are delighted to bring Brian, Tony and Craig on to the team at Wakefield where they will be a great asset to the existing structure. This is a result of continuous growth for us in

the region and will help to facilitate our plans in the near future. The Wakefield office supports our Lincolnshire office well and also provides a more local base for some of our team.” Britcon is £40 million turnover business headquartered in Scunthorpe and directly employs 90 people on its project sites across the UK. Key contracts secured in the last six month includes a £13.5 million contract to deliver a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham for food waste recycler ReFood (UK) Ltd, a series of new developments, extensions and refurbishment projects valued over £10 million for Lidl, and contracts worth over £4 million for global chemicals business Kemira. Britcon, which has been established for more than 26 years, is currently listed by the London Stock Exchange in its latest report of ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’.

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There are lots of reasons to choose an Hudson Reed thermostatic shower - safety, contemporary design, co-ordinating taps and market-leading guarantees. Even better, our shower valves are also great for your installer, meaning less time and therefore less cost to you! By installing one of our shower valves, you can enjoy the following benefits:

Our twin, triple and dual control showers are manufactured in Halifax by a dedicated team. We are proud to be members of the Made in Britain scheme – look out for the ‘Made in Britain’ logo on all relevant showers. INDUSTRY CERTIFIED

Our concealed twin, triple and dual control shower valves are TMV and WRAS approved. WRAS Appropriate products have been extensively tested by the WRc and are approved or pending approval to comply with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. TMV2 approval means the shower will maintain the pre-set temperatures even if the water pressure varies when other appliances are used, preventing domestic hot water scalding. TMV3 approval means that the shower meets Government health & safety requirements for use in public places such as schools, hospitals etc. Together, they ensure that our showers offer peace of mind and safe showering for all the family. SAFETY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

• Thermostatic control to +/- 2 degrees even if the temperature or incoming pressures fluctuate • Full thermal protection to prevent scalding even in the event of hot or cold water failure • In the event of hot or cold water failure, the valve will shut down the water supply RELIABILITY

• Accurate flow control • Excellent flow rates – even at low pressure. Hudson Reed showers can deliver 5.5 litres of water per minute at 0.1 bar pressure • The patented Valquest cartridge is highly resistant to calcium build-up – even in hard water areas

INSTALLATION MADE EASY Hudson Reed Thermostatic Shower Valves contain the patented Valquest cartridge – which makes them simple to install and easy to maintain after installation. • The cartridge is fully reversible, meaning if hot and cold supplies are the wrong way round, it doesn’t need re-plumbing. Simply remove the cartridge, turn 180° and replace • The patented cartridge is highly resistant to calcium build-up - even in hard water areas

• Full thermal protection to prevent scalding even in the event of hot or cold water failure • Thermostatic control to +/- 2 degrees even if the temperature or incoming pressures fluctuate

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Bull Products to exhibit at FIREX International 2017 Taking place from 20-22 June at Excel London, Bull will be exhibiting at stand F80, and will be showcasing its Cygnus Wireless Alarm System – a major innovation in wireless emergency fire alarms for construction sites. The most adaptable temporary fire alarm system used in the construction industry, the Cygnus range provides ultimate reliability and performance, being able to connect up to 480 individual units in 15 different zones using Class 1 Radio. The Cygnus System features an advanced cause and effect set up between zones which is ideal for complex projects. Bull will also be exhibiting its Fire, Spill, and First Aid First Responder Stations, which are fully mobile and can be

Bull Products, a manufacturer of fire protection equipment, is preparing to showcase a range of innovative products at FIREX International – an annual event that connects the global fire and security markets. deployed at strategic locations around sites. These stations ensure there’s no compromise when it comes to health and safety, and also provide a cost-effective and time saving solution. Bull will also be showcasing its ‘Fire 360’ service that covers the complete fire protection package for a construction site. Matthew Trigwell, Sales Director at Bull Products, said: “We’re delighted to be showcasing our diverse range of products to the fire and security industry. The show is a great opportunity for customers to find out more about our products and services and a way for us to discover prospective clients.” For more information, visit


RSK Group plc acquires property and construction consultancy Acies Civil and Structural Ltd • This acquisition presents synergistic growth opportunities for both businesses. • It provides RSK with new services to add to its fast-growing environmental, engineering and technical support services business. • Acies’ principals have more than 30 years’ experience in commercial property across all sectors. RSK has today announced that it has acquired the business, operating assets and employees engaged in the business of Acies Civil and Structural Ltd (Acies), a property and construction consultancy working throughout the UK and worldwide. The acquisition sees the Acies business, including about 20 employees located at three sites across the UK in London, Edinburgh and Runcorn, transferring to RSK, where it will continue to operate under the leadership of Mike Rudd, Neil Clarkson and Lyndsay Waymont. Acies will become a key part of RSK’s geotechnical and engineering division, which is run by George Tuckwell. The Acies brand will be retained and the business will continue to operate as Acies Civil and Structural Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of RSK. The Business Growth Fund (BGF) has backed RSK in making the acquisition. Its provision of £10 million to RSK last year first facilitated the acquisition in December of ADAS, a research and consultancy services firm specialising in agriculture, food and crop production, and environmental services in the UK. This latest acquisition expands RSK’s footprint as one of the biggest environmental consultancies in the UK. It also provides a great opportunity to add new services to RSK’s portfolio, including expertise in commercial and property construction management. These services will add a new layer of skills to the organisation to the benefit of its clients. Acies has a track record of innovation in civil and structural engineering and many years’ experience of new build, conversion and refurbishment projects spanning the commercial, sport and leisure, retail, education, industrial and residential sectors. An accredited ISO 9001: 2008 company, Acies operates across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Its team of skilled engineers has been involved with prestigious office developments in London, including 23 King Street for Standard Life and the extension and refurbishment of office buildings in Waterloo Place, Moorgate and Artillery Lane. The company is currently working on retail park developments across Scotland for AEW Europe and shopping centre extensions and refurbishment for Standard Life and Vale Real Estate. Acies also offers acquisition advice and expert witness services, and temporary works design services for main contractors.

Today’s announcement marks a significant and extremely positive step in the development of the RSK and Acies businesses that offers potential long-term benefits for clients and staff. The clients of RSK and Acies are complementary: both businesses are extremely strong and highly respected in their core markets and provide high-quality scientific consultancy and technical engineering advice to a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors. According to the 2016 UK industry Market Trends report, RSK ranked as the eighth overall environmental consultancy, the first for contaminated land/remediation and the fourth for environmental management and compliance. This latest acquisition will likely see RSK’s profile grow in the industry’s important rankings. RSK has acquired 12 environmental and analysis firms across Europe and the Middle East in the past decade and has seen impressive growth during that time that has helped to create a £100-million-turnover business. RSK’s advisers on the acquisition were Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services LLP (due diligence), Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance Ltd (corporate finance) and Memery Crystal LLP (legal). Quote from Dr Alan Ryder, Chief Executive Officer, RSK Group: “I am delighted to join forces with Acies. The company has extremely experienced and skilled professionals who share our common values. RSK and Acies see the provision of top-quality buildings to enhance our environments and economies, while at the same time delivering the best solutions for our customers, as an absolute priority. So, it is a really good fit, commercially and culturally.” Quote from Mike Rudd, Acies Director: “Joining forces with RSK cements our successful long-term relationship and offers Acies the opportunity to provide our existing clients with new services and to expand our expertise and offerings across the RSK portfolio.” Quote from Neil Inskip, BGF investor: “BGF exists to help ambitious businesses move forward with their growth plans. RSK Group is a business of significant scale built on a collection of niche expertise and with clear ambitions for the future of the company. The funding also demonstrates BGF’s appetite to continue supporting local companies with global operations.”

12 In today’s digital age where smartphones, tablets and other portable devices make up our bare necessities when we’re out and about, it comes as no surprise that the rate at which we use socket outlets in public and commercial buildings to recharge batteries has increased dramatically. So it’s more important now than ever to invest more time into sourcing electrical accessories that are not only fit for purpose, but also free of danger to the public. If you’re responsible for a large commercial build, you need to feel confident that your choice of accessories meets these ever-growing requirements. Understandably, this will not usually be at the forefront of your mind. It’s normal to just ‘stick with what you know’ or go with whatever keeps the costs down.

However, cost and simplicity should never outweigh the importance of safety, particularly as dangerous counterfeit cables and plugs are emerging more and more in the market. There’s always room to improve safety and in fact, new innovations often have the potential to go above and beyond current regulations, making installation and use a much safer process. Safety and innovation are two of our top priorities at Crabtree and we believe they should go hand-in-hand. This was certainly the case during the development of our new Instinct range which is already revolutionising the way building professionals are choosing their electrical wiring accessories. Below are a few innovations that are opening the industry’s eyes to what’s on offer.

When it comes to safety and electrics, always go with your gut ‘Instinct’ By Jim Hutchison, National Sales Manager, Crabtree

Fixed installation USB charging outlets According to Deloitte, 81% of people in the UK now own a smartphone and frequently look to charge them in public places. Unsurprisingly, this means that cheap counterfeit chargers, which are potentially unsafe, are being purchased more and more. A test by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute in 2016 of approximately 400 counterfeit Apple chargers proved that a mere three were insulated well enough to protect the user from electric shock. To prevent this in large commercial builds, the Instinct range offers wiring accessories that incorporate USB charging outlets into fixed installations, meaning users can safely meet their charging needs.

Twin action multipin safety shutter system It’s not just counterfeit chargers that are the problem, there are other safety risks with active plug sockets that need to be taken into consideration. Multipin safety shutters ensure openings in the plug socket that could potentially pose a risk to safety remain closed, even when the earth pin is engaged. To ensure maximum safety, this feature has been incorporated into every socket outlet on the Instinct range. This feature exceeds the requirements of the British Standard which is in place to minimise the risk of potential misuse. This has been an ongoing issue in places like hotels and hospitals where children could come into contact with plug sockets.

Colour coding for added protection In large commercial buildings where multiple types of electrical devices are used, ensuring you distinguish the correct socket outlets is important to prevent the risk of danger and power cuts. The Instinct range consists of a wide variety of colours representing different purposes. For example, blue is exclusive to medical equipment only and green signifies cleaning apparatus. It also features laser printed marking, making the identity of the socket even clearer and ensuring that important machinery isn’t accidentally unplugged. Not only is the range more aesthetically pleasing than traditional accessories, it maximises safety. Simple innovations like those listed above have brought something new to the table, allowing new builds to keep up with the ever-changing electrical needs of society.


VELUX® AHEAD OF THE CURVE WITH LAUNCH OF NEW ROOFLIGHTS Curved glass rooflight is a world first Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX® has launched the world’s first curved glass rooflight for flat roofs. The VELUX curved glass rooflight features CurveTech, an innovative curve-shaped glass top that lets rainwater easily drain off the surface – even on completely flat roofs. That means daylight is able to shine through without raindrops getting in the way.

The new curved glass rooflight offers a number of other unique benefits for homeowners looking to bring in more daylight through the roof:

Five different sizes of rooflight will be made available in April, along with another three at the end of May, providing homeowners with flexibility when looking for roof windows to match room size.

A fully programmable control pad offers remote control operation of out-of-reach rooflights. Practical pre-fitted rain sensor closes the rooflight automatically in the event of rain. A combination of insulating PVC frame and double-glazed, low-energy inner pane ensures heat does not escape through the window and helps to maintain the home’s ideal indoor climate.

The curved glass shape provides natural drainage of rainwater, negating the need for regular cleaning. Toughened glass makes it virtually impervious to damage from the elements. Maintenance free PVC material used on the interior frame is also easy to clean.

Recent research into the flat roof window market by VELUX revealed that over half of single storey extensions in the UK have flat roofs, and over two thirds of flat roof extensions have no glazing in the roof. Grant Sneddon, product manager at VELUX said: “We are extremely proud of our new curved glass rooflight range - the first of its kind in the world.

“Our own research has shown that many homeowners do not realise the daylight potential of glazing in the roof until after they have they have completed their projects With our new curved glass rooflight, we have expanded the choice of flat roof windows available to homeowners, allowing them to mix and match to suit each room in their home. Flat roof extensions can often be seen from other levels of the house so, as well as proving a range of interior benefits, we have designed the curved glass rooflight to look great both inside and out.” The base unit of the VELUX curved glass rooflight is the same as other flat roof window products, making installation hassle free for installers. The new curved glass rooflight is available now. For more information visit




The training system within the UK demolition is the envy of allied industries. The training courses and guidance notes created here have been widely exported and adopted as far afield as the US and Australia. And UK demolition companies consistently leave the annual World Demolition Awards clutching trophies that recognise and reward their training accomplishments. All of this stems from a collaborative approach in which training and best practice is created by and within the industry rather than imposed by a higher authority that is disconnected from the very specific needs of the sector. A good example of this collaborative approach is the development of the Demolition Managers’ training course and associated card scheme. The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) recognised the need for a new card to identify the skill sets required by the modern demolition manager, and tasked its training arm – the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) with developing a course that could test and measure those skills in a meaningful manner.

The NDTG in turn called upon the training arm of leading UK demolition consultancy C&D Consultancy to develop and then deliver the course based upon its extensive experience within the sector. The resulting course – the first of its kind in the world – has rewarded dozens of individual demolition managers, and has helped raise standards across the industry. “We have long held the belief that demolition managers were equal to their counterparts in the construction industry,” Kehoe concludes. “With the introduction of the Demolition Managers’ course and card scheme, we can now prove it.”

15 Genevieve Wells, Founder and Managing Director of Lewis Visuals was thrilled to collect the award at a black-tie event at Harrogate International Centre organised by the world’s number one business coaching firm, ActionCOACH. Genevieve explained, “Winning this award means the world to us, not only for professional recognition but also to show that neither age nor gender are barriers to success. Our team is passionate about how we can help home owners, developers and each other. We all firmly believe that to earn more, we must learn more and our business coach, Hamish Robertson, has made a huge difference to our focus on systems and growth.” Located in Farnham, Surrey, Lewis Visuals believes their combination of interior design, exterior design and passion for improving people’s lifestyles has made them the leading architectural practice they are today. Their niche in small, cost-effective residential extensions allows their clients to stay living in their existing homes saving considerable money and stress by avoiding the cost of moving home. Sally Anne Butters from Rev PR who sponsored the award explains why Lewis Visuals was chosen as the winner, “They offer every client two design options from the outset and take them from concept to project completion. The remarkable growth last year of over 64% made them the standout winner from entries across the UK. Genevieve has developed such successful systems that her working week has been transformed so that she has been able to launch a second company. Flexipodz produces modular greenwalled outbuildings that encourage pollination and, in turn, the desperately needed growth of the bee population.” With nearly ten years’ experience as an ActionCOACH, Hamish Robertson has attended many award ceremonies but this one was very special, “The team at Lewis Visuals work tirelessly to improve themselves and their clients’ services – being part of their journey and witnessing their success is great to see. They all thoroughly deserve the recognition of this prestigious award.”

Lewis Visuals Awarded the Best ServiceBased Company

The Business Excellence Awards were launched in 2007, annually attracting nominations from more than 24,000 firms across 33 countries. Past winners have been from a range of industries including cosmetics, pharmaceutical, fashion, and manufacturing.

Lewis Visuals sees off Euro Challenge Lewis Visuals has been awarded with the Best Service-Based Company at the Business Excellence Awards. The event was held at Harrogate’s International Centre and this year it was organised by ActionCOACH, the number one business coaching firm in the world. The Business Excellence Awards were started in 2007 and each year the awards receive nominations from more than 24,000 different firms across 33 countries. Previous winners of the awards have come from a range of different industries including cosmetics, pharmaceutical, fashion and manufacturing. The black-tie event that took place in Harrogate allows the award winners professional recognition as well as the ability to award businesses for their practices. Lewis Visuals is an

Architectural practice that is said to work persistently towards improving both themselves and their services for their clients. This prestigious award has been given to Lewis Visuals because they offer two design options to their clients and stay involved in the project from concept to completion. The company has undergone a growth over the last year of more than 64% which was enough to make them stand out amongst the other entries that have come from all around Europe. Genevieve Wells, the Founder and Managing Director of Lewis Visuals collected the award and said that their win suggests that age and gender are not barriers to success. The architectural practice works to help their clients of homeowners and developers as well as each other in order to succeed. Lewis Visuals has also received help from Hamish Robertson, who acts as their business coach and has made vital improvement s to the business’ focus on their systems and growth. Lewis Visuals is a company that is based in Farnham, Surrey and works to combine interior design, exterior design and passion in order to offer small, cost effective residential extensions for their clients. They offer a service that allows their clients the opportunity to stay in their homes and save them the money and stress of moving.


Limescale can be a major contributor to a loss of efficiencies for water heating heater manufacturer Rinnai has taken steps to maintain superior efficiencies t limescale inhibitor that will significantly reduce the impact of limescale, there

RINNAI CREATES ‘SY SOLUTION FOR LONGE Rinnai has teamed up with electrolytic in line inhibitors, pioneers in limescale inhibitor technology, to maximise system efficiency on its range of A rated commercial water heaters. This electrolytic scale inhibitor kit is for commercial hot water systems. Independently tested, it is a lowmaintenance way to protect against the damaging and expensive impact of limescale on hot water systems. Not only does it offer long lasting protection against the formation of hard limescale it also ensures bacteria has fewer places to hide as a result

of cleaner surfaces, so in a secondary return DHW system the problem of Legionella is also heavily reduced. The independently tested and proven technology protects capital investment and occupier health. The electrolytic zinc anode technology used in this solution is mentioned in the Part L Building Services Compliance Guide, whereas “external to pipe” water conditioning techniques are not. The system’s low level zinc additions change the water chemistry to inhibit the formation of limescale by transforming calcite in such a way that

they do not stick to the interior of the unit or pipework. The system delivers value engineering as it does not decay after dosing and its effectiveness is not impacted by water storage or agitation caused by passing through a booster set. Rinnai has recently supplied its system efficiency systems for London-based SGA Consulting, a specialist in low energy buildings, after liaising with the practice’s mechanical engineer Vivek Devan on two restaurant projects. Devan says “The Rinnai units are compact and their smaller footprint


g systems of any type, so leading continuous flow water throughout the life of the system by incorporating a proven eby maximising efficiency over the product’s lifetime.

YSTEM EFFICIENCY’ ER LIFE both physically and environmentally made them a good choice here. The scale inhibitor technology was also a factor.” Devan spoke with Rinnai technical experts before specifying the units and heard that Rinnai is actively promoting and selling scale inhibitor solutions following the successful results obtained from various trial sites. The electrolytic unit may be installed in the rising main, before the water heater and booster set. Capex cost savings are probable because the rising main pipe size is often a smaller diameter than the hot and cold water distribution

pipe sizes. Therefore, just one inhibitor system will treat the whole location, also offering an attractive value engineering opportunity. The inhibitor is widely specified and installed in a range of sectors such as manufacturing, hotels, retail and supermarkets, healthcare and education as well as public authorities. For buildings using BMS systems, a Pulse Splitter is an option that provides water flow rate or water usage data directly to the BMS from the water meter in the system.

The inclusion of the electrolytic system in Rinnai’s A-rated continuous flow water heating systems delivers peace of mind to installers and end users as performance is maintained throughout the lifetime of the appliances. The scale protection units are available in a variety of pipe sizes – large 67,76 and 108mm; medium 28,35,42 and 54mm; and small 22mm. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

18 Switchable Glass is a premium technology that sees its best features shine in luxury environments such as contemporary homes, offices, leisure venues and healthcare. Our technology is becoming an increasingly sought after innovation in the home, especially as more people are looking to renovate, extend and improve their current homes as an alternative to moving out. In addition to being a sophisticated and futuristic technology, our glass also boasts minimalist styling that’s sure to wow. With excellent insulating properties against heat loss, UV light and sound transmission, our range takes energy performance seriously with double glazed switchable glass that offers warm edge spacers, low E, low iron, and an argon filling. It’s also as simple as a light bulb to operate, providing instant switchable privacy at the press of a button. Able to be integrated into room control and automation systems, Intelligent Glass products work as an excellent addition to top end hi-tech environments. This is particularly prevalent as smart home technology increases in popularity.

The switchable glass range covers a vast array of industry needs, available as a toughened glass, laminated glass, double glazed unit, fire safety rated glass, sound insulating acoustic glass, coloured glass, door panels, projection screens, self-adhesive film and film for lamination- there really is a switchable product for you. A few typical uses of our switchable technology are as followsDouble Glazing Benefiting from the combined advantage of thermal performance and instant privacy, this durable solid state technology offers enhanced control and comfort to users. The PDLC switchable layer is coated on the inner surface of a panel of glass, then combined with a second panel to form a sealed unit. Utilising a warm edge spacer bar with an argon filled air gap between offers superb insulation and performance. We can even tailor the glass to your requirements, offering low iron and low E coating options to provide the most efficient switchable glass on the market. Easy to install, just like any standard double glazing sealed unit, you can enjoy

the benefits of switchable and insulated glass without the need for maintenance or special cleaning requirements. Bathrooms Switchable double glazing offers a great alternative to blinds and curtains, which are often a source of difficulty in bathrooms, both in terms of style and in maintenance. Switchable laminate glass is also specified as part of a bathroom, enhancing any wet room divider, shower screen or dividing glass wall, stylishly partitioning a bedroom or en-suite. Interested? Great for use all over the home, we can turn any glass, acrylic or plexiglass into switchable privacy glass. Using switchable technology makes achieving the desired cutting edge design possible, adding an interior design wow factor that binds and curtains just can’t match. If you would like further information, a pricing quote, or to discuss ideas for using our switchable glass and film products, please visit our website or call us on +44 (0)1226 351 759. INTELLIGENT GLASS®


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Award winning innovators in light gauge steel, EOS Facades, were appointed to design and manufacture two walling structures to support a new open/close roofing solution for Court No.1 for Wimbledon Tennis & Croquet Club. The bespoke roofing system will provide protection for players and 26,500 spectators, minimising disruption and reducing potential loss of income during inclement weather. EOS designed two walls to envelop the entire circumference of Court No.1. The inner wall was completed in April 2017, and the outer wall is scheduled for construction later this year following the 2017 Championships. The project has been split in to two phases; the first phase introduced the main roof support structure and courtside finishes. This will be temporarily suspended for the 2017 Championships, with all cranes and signs of construction work removed from site for aesthetic purposes during the prestigious event. The second phase will return after the Championships and will involve finishing the installation of the roof structure and associated external works. Specialist building envelope contractor, Prater, awarded this highly prestigious scheme to EOS following a number of successful project completions in which BIM level 2 design capabilities had been partnered with their fully inclusive service to deliver a wide-ranging scope of supply and technical excellence. EOS have been commissioned to form two walls. The inner wall is court side and forms a striking curving structure which will hide the mechanisms of the new roof during the break in the construction. A large vertical cantilever will form the main screen ‘hiding’ the heavy infrastructure which is supporting the new roof elements. This will be a lasting structure and integral to the internal aesthetics when the entire project is finished. The wall extends to the entire circumference of the building. The outer wall is part of phase two of the project and will hide the mechanisms from an external view point when fully completed. As with the inner wall, the entire stretch extends to the whole circumference.

EOS took a linear product and developed it to engineer an entirely bespoke solution, whilst retaining the minimalist design of the tennis club. They applied a lightweight solution to create an integral masking screen which will not only maximise the audience’s experience, but virtually eliminate any sign of industrial support infrastructure. EOS utilised bespoke framing support that was introduced subtly and hidden behind the screens, continuing the seamless flow. With EOS supplying all ancillary parts and providing cold formed studs/tracks cut to length, a tight deadline was achieved. Site issues were non-existent due to the design being BIM modelled and being manufactured in factory controlled conditions with stringent quality checks. The high level of expertise in design and manufacture of bespoke offsite solutions demonstrated in this project has led to EOS being shortlisted for this year’s Offsite Construction Awards in the Best Use of Steel category for the third year running, with the winner being announced on 13 June at a ceremony in London. To read the full Wimbledon case study visit the EOS Facades case studies website.

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

Our City Emotion Approach • takes you from conception (how can I use perforated materials?) • through visualisation (what material, pattern, appearance do I want?) • to sampling (what does it look like?) • to final product manufacture RMIG City Emotion will be your solution in the design of your facades, sun screens, balustrades, ceilings or any project where you want to utilise perforation.


Solutions RMIG City Emotion is all about passion! RMIG offers you solutions for perforated sheets, embossed sheets or expanded metal. Beyond the standard product range, your creativity will be boosted by our enthusiasm and our continuous innovation in the production of new and intricate patterns.

Buildings... Architectural project RMIG City Emotion is all about inspiration! Taking your concept to realisation requires the support of experts who will guide you in the benefits and practicality of producing your design. The RMIG City Emotion team can, for example: • help you find an environmentally friendly solution with sunscreens of perforated or expanded metal • offer an innovative perforated design for your facade so that it is not only functional but inspirational • assist you in choosing the most suitable material for your project, whether it is a small order or a large contract

Finishing operations and surface treatments RMIG City Emotion is all about sensations! Give depth, colour and light to your architectural projects by using a range of fixings and finishes. Our perforating techniques successfully turn the vision of the designer into reality. Feel free to imagine the shape and form – we will provide the technology to produce it for you including bending, rolling, forming, coating, anodising etc.

Installation RMIG City Emotion is about peace of mind... Projects involving the installation of large numbers of perforated sheets or picture perforation require expertise as well as close collaboration with all parties involved. To make installation easier and ensure that the panels are placed in their exact location, the RMIG City Emotion programme utilises a sequencing system as well as the individual numbering of sheets. This is an essential service when working on projects of this kind.

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22 Kitchens & Bathrooms

KITCHEN LAYOUTS FOR As the hub of the home, the kitchen continues to evolve to keep up with our ever-changing social habits. The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house, worth the most per square foot than any other room and can make all the difference to closing a sale when buyers are unsure.

Open-plan living, dining and kitchen designs continue to dominate. Barry Casement, Managing Director of Lanzet, a national supplier of kitchens to house builders and developers, explains that many of his house building client’s new home designs incorporate not only the dining area but also the living room as well. Not surprisingly, open floor plans centered around a great room and kitchen continue to top homeowners’ wish lists. “The formal living room is a room of the past. Homebuyers want the openness and flexibility of integrated spaces,” says Barry “adopting an open plan layout also makes smaller houses feel bigger.”

kitchen, but there are new shapes to consider when designing a kitchen, as head of design at Lanzet Alison Day, explains.

When you’re building from plan, you have the great opportunity to ensure optimum room size and positioning in relation to other rooms in the house. It also allows you more scope for positioning windows and doors to maximise the kitchen layout and complement the architecture.

The Triangle

We’ve all heard about the ‘working triangle’ in the

As well as the triangle, Lanzet lists the U-shape, L-shape and rectangular islands as three key kitchen layouts for today’s modern kitchens, along with the Cube, created by grouping three or four cooking appliances together to create an ‘appliance cube’.

Founded in the 1940s, the working triangle was developed to maximise cooking efficiency by reducing the travelling distance while cooking. The working triangle ensures the three key kitchen appliances – the cooker, refrigerator and sink are close at hand in triangle formation with sides of no more than 9ft in length.



The U-shape is all about maximising corner storage and creating easy access to appliances and cupboard items. The U-shape design maximises the efficiency of the working triangle by reducing its proximity, so that key appliances are easily accessible. Lanzet’s Nice Shaker Kitchen shows the U-shape and is seen here in Almond.

Requiring only two walls, the L-shape is ideal for smaller kitchens and apartments. This layout creates a modern, openplan design by opening up floor space. Lanzet’s Lisse kitchen shows how to build plenty of workspace into an L-design between key appliances but also maximise storage via double wall-mounted eye level fitted units.

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Lanzet‘s Bordeaux Collection in Porcelain

Rectangle Islands An island layout is perfect for large, stylish kitchens, typically in executive homes. As kitchens continue to be the social center of the home, large kitchen islands serve a multitude of roles, from prep station, to homework spot, to eating area, it’s ideal for cooks who like to entertain. Lanzet’s Head of Design, Alison Day comments: “The island unit makes cooking efficient by creating

a compact working triangle on just one side of the room, so that additional appliances such as dishwashers do not disrupt the cooking workflow.” The Cube A key kitchen trend in 2017 is ‘The Cube’ - a stylish, squareedged feature of three or four appliances, frequently comprising of a combination of a conventional oven, a steam oven, a microwave, a warming drawer or a coffee machine.

The design maximises efficiency by reducing travelling distance between appliances. Dishes can be brought out of one oven and popped in another to roast, stew or simply keep warm and all can be checked on simultaneously - so nothing gets forgotten about! The cube seamlessly integrates into all style and shape kitchens as seen here with Lanzet’s Cannes Collection with handless matt doors.

Lanzet’s Cannes Collection with handless matt doors

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

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

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

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

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Kitchens & Bathrooms 27 Leading shower cubicle and bathroom pod manufacturer, Taplanes Ltd, provide pre-fabricated solutions to a variety of end users throughout the UK and Ireland. With a strong client base including Universities, Schools, Housing Associations and Hotels, Taplanes pre-formed shower enclosures overcome the inherent problems associated with conventional bathroom areas. Taplanes have provided solutions within the University sector for over 30 years, delivering significant long term benefits in terms of both product sustainability and longevity. Comprehensive surveys, full CAD proposals, product supply and installation support are all provided as standard. Taplanes also offer a considerable degree of design flexibility delivering solutions to the most inaccessible of locations with comparative ease. Taplanes provide both onepiece and sectional pod designs. The sectional construction is primarily aimed towards the refurbishment sector allowing the units to be maneuvered into the most restrictive of locations with speed and ease. Alternatively, and if the build process allows, the one-piece cubicles can be considered. The pre-fabricated structure provides many advantages over traditional building methods delivering significant longterm benefits. Durability and speed of installation, together with a guaranteed ‘leak proof’ construction ensures Taplanes are the preferred choice within the accommodation sector.

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Design for Wellbeing in the Workplace Already a leading brand in wood flooring for the home, Woodpecker is launching its naturally inspired flooring in the commercial sector. Bringing the calming look and feel of unique wood textures into the workplace is a good way to boost wellbeing, and here we look at a few others. More than ever, workers are being put at the centre of workplace interior design. There are good reasons for it. Ergonomic improvements have helped with physical health and safety, but work-related stress is now one of the top causes of absenteeism. Wellbeing can help increase productivity and a workplace that benefits employees can be a magnet for talent. Sitting, the new smoking A few years ago, sitting was referred to as the new smoking and the phrase has stuck. One answer is to design workplaces that encourage regular movement. Having several staircases between floors makes moving around easier. If the location allows for it, having gardens, ponds, and walkways that employees can enjoy on their breaks is even better. Rooftop gardens are popping up everywhere. Activity based working (ABW) calls for a variety of settings people can work in. A day might consist of some quiet time planning a pitch, a collaborative meeting to prepare with colleagues informally, the pitch itself in a formal meeting area, and then a breakout session to discuss and socialise. Each activity requires different spaces, but put together they can be a winning combination for the staff and the business.

Stress buster A guiding light in workplace wellbeing is the International Well Building Institute. Its WELL Standard encompasses air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Of the seven categories, ‘mind’ seems to be the trickiest to effectively address. When it comes to bringing fun into the workplace a pingpong table, some vintage arcade machines, and a bar that opens at 5:30 prove popular. But it is also about giving people choices. Small freedoms matter, such as being able to adjust seating, work surface and monitor heights; decorating and taking ownership of certain areas; taking the personality of the employee and not just their skills into account. All these things can improve wellbeing. And don’t underestimate the power of nature. Natural light is emphasised by the Well Building Institute, and natural textures are the perfect complement. Stone patterns and wood grain surfaces, along with living walls full of verdant plants, can make a big design impact and have the added benefit of boosting workplace wellbeing. Get free samples of Woodpecker’s naturally inspired floors at

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OVER 250,000 HAVE GIVEN UP ON THE DREAM OF HOMEOWNERSHIP • Now in its fifth year, 2017 Homeowners Survey finds over 250,000 fewer non-homeowners aspire to own their own property • 86% of aspiring homeowners say the key barrier is house prices, up 3% on previous year • The ability to save for a deposit and availability of homes are also cited as major issues amongst aspiring homeowners • HomeOwners Alliance observes that drop in aspiration coincides with the political rhetoric and policy agenda on housing cooling Over 250,000 non-homeowners appear to have given up on the dream of owning their own property in the past year alone, according to a new study. The 2017 Homeowners Survey, an annual study conducted by the HomeOwners Alliance and BLP Insurance into the concerns, views and issues affecting British homeowners and aspiring homeowners, found that for the first time in five years, there has been a drop in the number of non-homeowners who aspire to own. In 2013, 65% of non-homeowners aspired to homeownership, with this number increasing every year and peaking at 73% in 2016. But this year, the numbers have fallen for the first time, back to 71%. This equates to around 253,166 people across the country who have given up on ownership in the past 12 months. The stats mirror the rise of the government’s flagship Help to Buy programme launched in 2013 and is now receding with the cancellation of the mortgage guarantee part of the scheme in 2016. Five years on from the first Homeowners Survey, aspiring homeowners’ concerns about house prices, saving for a deposit and availability of homes are the biggest issues and are worsening with time. Among aspiring first-time buyers, 86% say house prices are their most serious concern (up 3% in the past year), with 85% citing saving for a deposit as a serious problem (up 1%) and 80% worried about the availability of homes (up 2%). The findings also reveal a deepening housing crisis, with concerns rising in nearly all areas of the country. London is suffering acutely,

but the problems are not contained to the capital. While Londoners are the most concerned with house prices (87% saying that they are a problem), this is also echoed in Wales (87%) and the East of England (85%). Similarly, availability of housing is a concern for Londoners (81%) but slightly more people in the South West (82%) also stated that it was an issue in their region. Elsewhere in the country, concerns were about being able to re-pay a mortgage, particularly in Yorkshire & Humber (68%) and Northern Ireland (68%). Across the country, the number one concern among Britons remains the difficulty of getting on the property ladder in the first place. This was seen as even more of a problem this year (86% saying that it was a problem or serious problem) than last year (82%). While average earnings have increased 2.6%[1] annually, average property price growth over the same period of 4.5%[2] has out-paced this.

Commenting on these trends, Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of HomeOwners Alliance said: “The HomeOwners Alliance has been tracking views of consumers for five years now, and these latest findings show that the housing crisis is deepening across the UK. This in turn is impacting on people’s aspirations to get on the property ladder. While we are used to stories about people not being able to buy a home until they are 40, the story has taken a turn for the worse with people increasingly giving up altogether on the dream of homeownership. While aspiring homeowners’ concerns about house prices, saving for a deposit and housing supply grow, the change in political rhetoric around homeownership and a lack of new homes being built in the last year, plus the removal of flagship government schemes like the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee, appear to have had a negative impact on consumer attitudes. People are feeling less optimistic about their chances of buying their first property.

33 East of England The East of England has seen some of the UK’s biggest property price increases in recent years, so it is unsurprising that 88% of those in this area are worried about the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. It was also one of the regions most concerned with the archaic leasehold/freehold system.

London Perhaps unsurprisingly, nine out of ten Londoners said they worried about the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. The capital’s inflated property market means that stamp duty rates, house prices and even just being able to find a property to buy are all big concerns for those who live there. With the election approaching, it is vital that housing is placed at the forefront of the policy agenda and that whatever party is elected, it takes serious steps to address the growing concerns of aspiring homeowners.” Commenting on the figures, Kim Vernau, Chief Executive Officer of BLP Insurance said: “The housing crisis is worsening across the country. We are failing to deliver the numbers of homes required as a direct result of a lack of SMEs to develop over and above the numbers provided by the large house builders. The recent housing white paper from the Government proposes a wide variety of recommendations to the market for consultation, to address issues with planning and resource, with a distinct shift away from focusing solely on home ownership. This is a tacit acknowledgment that not everyone will be able to own their home. “It is important that post the election result, the provision of housing is seen as a critical requirement and the results of government consultations prioritised into action. In the absence of this, the opportunity for aspiring new home owners to get on the housing ladder will only continue to deteriorate.” There is some good news. Concerns are receding on issues such as negative equity and the ability to move up the housing ladder. Some 42% of UK adults say they are concerned about negative equity, compared to 44% last year, 49% in 2016 and 64% in 2014; after a steady increase in house prices. Alongside this, concern about the ability to move up the ladder has softened, down 4% in the past year to 58% (compared to 65% in 2014).

Regional Appendix North East In Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and the wider North East region, the major concern is the ability of first time buyers to get on the property ladder, with 82% of

respondents citing this as a worry. Those in the North East had the least trouble with finding a property and being able to move up the housing ladder. However, this ease of availability seemingly comes at price; 54% see the possibility of negative equity as a serious problem.

North West 82% of Mancunians, Liverpudlians, and others in the North West are anxious about the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. Being able to save for a deposit to buy is also a significant worry. However, those in the North West appear to have fewer concerns than other regions with housing for the elderly, with just 43% saying it was a worry.

Yorkshire and the Humber Respondents in Yorkshire and the Humber are the most concerned in the country when it comes to being able to pay off their mortgage. However, saving for a house deposit remains the biggest worry, with over 80% saying it was a serious problem for them.

East Midlands People in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby and the wider East Midlands region are the most concerned with the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder and saving for a deposit (87% and 82% respectively). Availability of housing and negative equity are far less of a worry for those in the East Midlands, with just 43% and 42% of those surveyed anxious about these issues.

West Midlands The ability of first time buyers to get on the property ladder concerns a massive 85% of those surveyed in the West Midlands. Those in this region are some of the least concerned with saving for a deposit to buy, though this still worries 77% of respondents.

South East With the London market having cooled over the past year, property price growth in the commuter belt has outstripped the capital in many areas. Increasing house prices are a big worry for those in the South East, with 84% of respondents concerned, a trend which closely mirrors London.

South West The South West region indexes highly on a number of key housing concerns. The ability of first-time buyers to save for a deposit and get on the property ladder both worry nearly nine out of ten respondents, while those in the West Country are also the most concerned of any region about the availability of housing.

Wales Those in Wales are most concerned with saving for a deposit, with 87% of respondents admitting it is a serious worry. However, with many areas of Wales having a good stock of affordable homes, they are one of the regions least concerned with being able to pay off their mortgage.

Scotland With Scotland setting its own rules on property transactions and practices, it is no surprise that Scots are less concerned about the home buying process, gazumping and the leasehold system than most other areas. Their biggest concern is the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder, with 76% of those surveyed worried.

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HRH THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER We are honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester on Wed 17th May to Floodex UK. His Royal Highness will look forward to meeting exhibitors and attendees, to discuss all matters related to drainage, water level management and flood risk management. Henry Cator, ADA’s Chairman added “ We are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness back to an ADA event and we greatly value his support over the years. ADA very much looks forward to showing him the best of our Industry at FLOODEX in May” As 70% of flood damage is caused by surface water run-off, it’s not only climate change we have to worry about. Every time another area is covered by roads and buildings, there is less natural drainage, so anybody could be at risk. A recent article by Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst made some very interesting observations. pointing out that new housing developments that contribute to the risk of flooding are still being built, according to some MPs. House builders are supposed to create housing schemes that catch water with features like green roofs and porous road surfaces. The government has frequently said it’s committed to reducing flood risk. But the Commons Environment, Food & Rural Affairs committee says rules on drainage for new homes are still weak and poorly enforced. The MPs say this has to change, because the government’s commitment of a million new homes by 2020 must be achieved without an increase in flood risk. The idea of catching water where it falls has shot up the policy agenda following heavy flooding in recent years. At Floodex UK, you’ll be able to engage with experts and consultants, harvesting advice on what you could and should be doing. New long-range mapping techniques could allow lenders and

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Meeting the energy efficiency and sustainability requirements of our customers is a top priority for Roto. Roto have set new standards in helping our customers save energy through the use of innovative new glazing options. In order to save valuable and costly heat energy and to prevent building damage, today’s buildings are very well insulated. Introduced pollutants from a variety of sources concentrate in the enclosed air. The right selection of building materials and building elements that are low in harmful substances helps to prevent this. Roto roof windows* fulfil these criteria and ensure a controlled exchange of air, even automatically if desired. * Certified products: Designo i8, R8 H/K, R6 H/K and RotoQ

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Quality Door Distribution PM-Mendes (International) Limited is a long-established, family owned business, originally trading in panel products, before moving into timber components and doors. Our products are now imported from the Far East and distributed to a wide range of users throughout the country. For over 20 years PM-Mendes have dealt with a carefully selected range of manufacturers with proper financial backgrounds and managements who are prepared to work to our high standards of quality. Our core belief is to do what is right and fair rather than what is expedient at the time, which also extends into our environmental beliefs. The factories that we use have always sourced their core products from managed forests, although we have since gained accreditation in PEFC, FSC and Chain of Custody, adding to our range of FSC products all the time. Both our Head Office and warehouse facilities are based in Corsham, Wiltshire, conveniently close to the M4. A combination of good location, our own fleet of vans and 7.5 tonne trucks, transport backup from selected hauliers and well-stocked warehouses means we can quickly satisfy customer demands throughout the country. As of January 2011, we opened our Northern Office, which is run by a highly experienced and competent team based in Liverpool. These two strategic geographical locations ensure that we fully understand the local economy and therefore the needs of our customers, tailoring products and prices accordingly. Our range of doors, both internal and external, are manufactured to an extremely high standard, by factories that are considered to be market leaders in providing value for money without compromising on product quality. All of our timber products are made using the preferred engineered construction. This system reduces waste, making it both environmentally sound and cost-efficient. The doors are built up using a cross-laminated procedure and then real wood veneers are applied as the top layer. This ensures maximum stability, reducing the risk of warping and bowing, whilst still allowing the beauty and warmth of a natural product to shine through. Because of this added strength, we are able to offer a 10 year guarantee from the date of delivery on the majority of our products. For more information please visit our website

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Arval is releasing new advice to construction fleet operators in the light of reports that thefts from vans are rising rapidly.


rval is releasing new advice to construction fleet operators in the light of reports that thefts from vans are rising rapidly.

New figures obtained by the BBC from 30 police forces show that thefts from vans have increased from 14,063 in 2014/15 to 22,749 in 2016/17. A van is broken into every 23 minutes. Paul Marchment, SME Development Manager, explained: “These figures are consistent with what we are hearing from fleets at the moment. In our experience, van crime tends to occur in cycles and our feeling is that we are on an upswing. “What tends to happen is that thieves devise a new method of breaking into a van, operators adopt ways of preventing it, and there follows a decrease in the crime. Then, new techniques start to appear, and the whole thing happens again. “Because of the nature of the work that they do, with tools and materials often unavoidably left in the van, construction fleets are very prone to this kind of crime. This is true from one man operators to major corporations.” Paul said that current methods of theft involved using tools to break through the structure of the vehicle or obtaining commercially available transponder keys to open vans. “Manufacturers are trying to increase payload and one method is to reduce the weight of the van by using lighter steel. Unfortunately, this means it is easier to use tools to cut through the fabric of the van or to bend door frames. “Also, manufacturers have done much to reduce the effectiveness of transponder keys on newer models, however, they are still affecting some vehicles that currently remain on construction fleets, especially among SMEs.”

While Arval acknowledges that there isn’t a single perfect solution to avoid being the victim of crime, the leading vehicle leasing company has created five tips to van security to help customers mitigate the risk of theft:

1. Fit the right security equipment There are a range of options available with popular solutions for construction fleets including slam locks and trackers. Look at which will be the best way to protect your van and make it difficult, noisy, or time consuming for thieves to get in.

2. Protect the keys Modern locking systems make it comparatively difficult to break into many vans through the locks, so thieves often target the keys. Ensure that drivers keep them secure and out of sight at all times.

3. Selective branding A heavily liveried van is a good advertisement for your construction business – but also an indication of what is inside as criminals can target certain industries or even companies. If you are being targeted by thieves, adopting plain, white vans might be a good move. Major fleets have certainly done this in the past.

4. Park the van in a sensible place If your vans are being left for a long period of time, especially if construction drivers take them home or park them in hotel car parks overnight, make sure that it they are parked close to an occupied building or in a conspicuous, well-lit location.

5. Get the right advice Making your vans more secure can be an expensive business. You can easily add up to £1,000 to the cost of a van in locks and other security-related items. Make sure that you are getting professional advice, and utilising relevant information, that will enable you to fit the right equipment to the right vans operating in the right areas. Paul continued: “We work very closely with construction businesses to examine the kind of crime that is affecting their fleet and come up with the best solutions. This can range from knowing which kind of locks work best on a particular model of van to interrogating insurance statistics to identify which of your vehicles are operating in high-risk, high-crime areas. “Unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are certainly several steps that businesses from the smallest to the largest can take to mitigate the risk of falling victim to van crime.”





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concealed and rim mounted exit devices Innovation and quality at competitive prices The Alpro Hardware Division of IEC Limited has announced the release of the new Alpro range of CE tested exit devices in both concealed vertical rod and rim mounted models.


Panic hardware is a vital and important product in the design and installation of exit doors. Designed to allow the safe and speedy exit of personnel down an escape route in the event of a major emergency.

It has been designed to enable the simplest touch of the touch bar or crash bar to operate the door and thereby allow people to escape. New European standards now govern the manufacture and installation of this equipment, as these devices are “Life safety” devices and it is therefore crucial, they are produced in line with the requisite standards and quality requirements. Surface, concealed, rim and latch models are available, but care should be taken when selecting the correct panic hardware, depending on the application required. If you are unsure of the requirement, please contact us for further advice. Alpro’s new range comprises a concealed vertical rod model, designed for use with narrow stile commercial aluminium doors. The concealed rod model adding to the security of the door. The crossbar is designed with simplicity in mind, yet will provide years of smooth, reliable operation. The rim version is fitted with the same field sizeable crossbar, enabling adjustments to be made to suit the overall width of door installation.

Extension rods are available for taller doors. These units are the perfect solution to the ever growing need for safety. Both units have been comprehensively tested to the relevant CE test requirements and test information is available upon request. Keith Parry, Alpro’s Sales Director says “The comprehensive performance specification of the units, coupled with the overall quality and innovation, enable us to offer a versatile product at a competitive price. Illustrating once again Alpro’s stated aim of offering quality and service to the industry in general. We have been asked numerous times by our customers for products of this kind. Alpro prides itself on listening to customers and their requirements, so this was a natural fit with the other products within the Alpro product portfolio.” Alpro products are available in the UK from IEC Limited and through all major security product distributors.

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48 Airtightness is a dominant factor affecting a building’s energy performance. It can be argued that airtightness is more important than insulation in terms of thermal performance. Even small gaps in doors and windows can cause significant heat loss and once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive.

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cost the building owner, so it’s easy to make the case for using Blowerproof. It quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. Any easy way to ensure leaks are sealed, helping limit applicator error is a major step forward to improving building performance. Blowerproof can’t be beaten for how quickly, easily and effectively an applicator can achieve a permanently secure and continuous seal. Blowerproof helps deliver energy performance well beyond building regulations. Blowerproof has recently been awarded BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate 17/5410. Jack Georgiou, Project Manager at BBA, says: “Blowerproof was subjected to a rigorous assessment by the BBA. The results of stringent tests were assessed including fatigue testing after accelerated ageing to verify the efficiency and durability of the air-tight seal. “Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.”

When deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethane-based, spray foam filler or silicone or acrylic sealant to ensure air-tightness, but there are acknowledged problems, with shrinkage and adhesion being the main disadvantages. A new, BBA-certified, liquid air-tight membrane called Blowerproof is a clever, quick, easy and cost-effective way to ensure outstanding air-tightness. Blowerproof has been used widely across Europe for many years as a proven and effective method of achieving high levels of airtightness, in many different buildings on a wide range of substrates. Simply brushed on, Blowerproof quickly forms a permanent, secure and continuous air-tight seal across a range of draught-prone points: wall/floor/

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BBA certification is recognised by Government departments and throughout the construction industry as confirmation that a product is fit for purpose. Only products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspection of production are awarded a BBA Certificate. Once a Certificate has been issued, six monthly surveillance of production and comprehensive three yearly reviews are required to maintain its validity. In addition to the BBA, Blowerproof has Certification from a wide range of recognised European bodies, a full list can be found on the Blowerproof website. Blowerproof is also available as a roller application which can be used directly on blockwork, brick, masonry and as a spray which is ideal for larger areas such as walls and roofs. It can be directly applied to mineral wool, sprayed set foams or PIR insulation. For further information, or to purchase Blowerproof in the UK, please visit:




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Tuesday 19 th and Wednesday 20 th September 2017 At London’s Battersea Park. LANDSCAPE provides a vibrant environment to select, source and network with contacts from across the industry. With exhibitors showcasing everything from lighting to outdoor structures to living plants and trees. Come along to LANDSCAPE this September to find new and innovative products to transform your projects. The UK’s essential and industry leading trade show attracts the very best garden designers, architects and landscape contractors from the UK and beyond. As well as being supported by 14 trade associations and 25 different media titles. The 2017 Seminar Programme is packed with CPD accredited sessions that aim to both educate and inspire our visitors and exhibitors alike. The line-up features established designers such as Paul Hervey- Brookes, Charlotte Rowe and Roger Platts. As well as top show garden designers, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Jo Thompson and Kate Gould. An architect’s focused afternoon also includes sessions by Peter Murray from New London Architecture, Neil Porter from Gustafson Porter & Bowman and Matthew Short from Martha Schwartz Partners. Be sure to come along and listen to these great sessions and many more across both days at the show.

For the first time ever at LANDSCAPE we are introducing a Petcha Kucha evening on Tuesday 19 th September hosted by New London Architecture’s Peter Murray. Peter will be joined by a panel of top architects, line-up to be announced soon. To register for you FREE tickets please visit: For further information about exhibiting at LANDSCAPE please visit our website. Make sure you are part of it! Further information can be found online: Website: Email: Phone: +44 (0)20 7821 8221 @LandscapeEvent


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NVQ Diplomas Pearson Edexcel provide a suite of NVQ Diplomas aimed at personnel working in the construction industry. At senior management level, those with contractual, design and commercial responsibility may be eligible for assessment at level 7. Managers and supervisors may be assessed at levels 6, 4 or 3. The skill sets required for assessment include: responsibility for establishing, implementing and maintaining systems for managing health, safety and welfare; controlling project progress against agreed programmes, coordination of resources and establishing project dimensional control criteria. Advanced crafts people who can demonstrate the ability to complete complex construction techniques may be eligible for assessment at level 3. For all others level 2 will be appropriate.

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A Pearson Edexcel level 7 in Construction Senior Management provides a fast track to becoming Chartered. You can apply for MCIOB immediately, your NVQ is proof of professional competency, the Professional Review will be shorter than normal. In fact, you only need to complete a short paper focusing on your ethics and professional judgement.

How is the Qualification Assessed? Our experienced assessors visit each candidate in the workplace to evaluate competence, make observations and collect any evidence to add to their portfolio. Disruption to normal work is minimised through planned assessment. We make sure that the candidate understands what type of evidence is required for each unit, and we are always available to answer any queries or questions the candidate may have. Q2W make full use of technology, our e-portfolio enables the quick and easy transfer of evidence from the workplace, and, improves communication between candidate and assessor.

What is the pass rate? Our success rate of around 96% is largely due to comprehensive initial assessment of the candidate’s ability to provide sufficient evidence for assessment. This is a vital part of the assessment process; our aim is to provide a service that fully meets the needs of our clients and the Industry.

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Assessment fees 50% of the assessment fee is required to start your NVQ. On receipt of the first payment you are registered onto your chosen NVQ with Pearson Edexcel. Your confirmation report, will be emailed to you immediately. At this stage, you can apply for your temporary CSCS card, if necessary. You are then assigned to the assessor’s planner.

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58 As Specflue celebrates its 25th year in business, the company’s guiding principles remain the same today as they were in 1992 - a deep commitment to the highest possible quality, pioneering innovation, and a passionate belief in offering outstanding customer service. It is these values, coupled with the exceptional technical knowledge of its staff, that have driven Specflue to become one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of flue, chimney, wood burning fire and renewable heating products. Specflue began life a quarter of a century ago with just five members of staff, but an outstanding ability to identify the right products to supply meant it grew quickly. Today the company employs more than 100 people and boasts a turnover in excess of £20 million. The unrivalled product range it stocks and distributes

includes pre-fabricated chimney and flue systems as well as renewable products comprising pellet stoves, biomass boilers, solar thermal and thermal stores. But Specflue’s expertise is not confined to product supply. It also runs a state-of-the-art training centre comprising a mix of classrooms and practical areas to educate and raise standards within the solid fuel and renewables sectors, while also improving product awareness and accrediting competency and skill with national HETAS qualifications and first aid training.

Specflue celebrates silver anniversary

In the picture: Back row: Lee George - Operations Manager, Ian Sams - Commercial Director, Richard Hall-Roberts - Finance Director. Front row: Jan Fry - Managing Director, Jeremy Fry - Chairman, Shirley Williams - Director, Dave the dog!

Manchester property professional joins Sugar PR Manchester property professional Sara Walters has joined Sugar PR. Walters joins Sugar PR from global real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield after spending most of her career developer-side with leading Manchester-based developers including Ask Real Estate, Westport and Nikal. Walters joins the King Street-based PR agency to support its growth in the Manchester property sector and will provide PR admin and event support. Sugar PR property clients include Altrincham-based HBV, the specialist supported living developer and the award-winning Inclusion Housing. Pete Davies, managing director of Sugar PR, said: “Sara joins us at an exciting time. She’s well connected, popular in the Manchester property industry and she’s got a fantastic reputation amongst some of the leading property professionals in the region.” Sara Walters, added: “I’m excited about using my experience and contacts in the property industry to help grow awareness of the good work we’re doing here at Sugar PR.” See

Rooftop milestone for £41 million university building


A £41 million university building in Birmingham has taken a major step forward as the finishing touches have been made to the development.

Contractor BAM and local stakeholders were joined by staff and students from Birmingham City University at the institution’s new Health Sciences and Education building to mark the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony and celebrate a key milestone in the delivery of the facility. The 10,500m² extension on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston forms part of the University’s City South Campus. The new development, set to open in 2018, will also enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on to one site. Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the building will help reinforce Birmingham City University’s status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and producer of more teachers than any other institution in the West Midlands. The space will offer teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs. Speaking at the topping out ceremony on Thursday 4 May, Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, said: “Today marks an exciting new chapter in the University’s long and proud history. Not only will this new building allow us to strengthen our existing education teaching and research programmes, we will also be offering a wide range of new health, nutrition and biomedical science courses. “The new Health Sciences and Education building offers students and staff the highest quality facilities available to ensure that we are best equipped to provide for the next generation of public health and education professionals in the West Midlands. “The new building also strengthens our student experience and University community by allowing us to house our health and education offerings on one site for the first time. In doing so, we are creating a significant hub for our public service contracts and professional development provision in Edgbaston, offering more consistent support services and facilities for both students and staff.”

(left to right) Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University and Rod Stiles, Midlands Regional Director, BAM, with staff and students from Birmingham City University, BAM employees and local stakeholders in the background

The building forms part of the University’s £260 million investment into new state-of-the-art facilities which will be strengthened with the opening of the new £57 million Birmingham Conservatoire later this year.

sector is undergoing a quiet technical revolution. Digital techniques are helping us and our supply chain deliver both the speed and quality we need for complex modern buildings, like this one for Birmingham City University.

As part of the City South Campus extension, students from the University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment have been working alongside BAM to gain real-life experience of working in the construction industry, by putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice.

“It is especially pleasing this is happening on a higher education project, thus demonstrating the future to our next generation of construction professionals. Even more impressive is the depth of understanding we have formed with our client. Whatever the technology, strong partnerships are always the secret behind successful construction.”

Colin Harper, BAM Project Manager, said: “This could be Birmingham’s most advanced construction scheme. Our

BAM currently employs 160 people at the Edgbaston site, with 80 per cent coming from the West Midlands.


New Destratification Solution Lowers The Cost Of High Ceilings ZOO Fans, in partnership with Elta Fans, has launched a destratification solution capable of creating even temperatures from floor-to-ceiling, making it easier and more efficient to heat or cool almost any building. With destratification recommended as one of the Carbon Trust’s effective energy-saving strategies, the ZOO Fan effectively lowers the cost of buildings with high ceilings by improving air circulation and thermal comfort, while offering a typical payback period of just one to three years. Creating a gentle, concise column of air that brings warm air down to floor level, the ZOO Fan destratifies the space and reduces the temperature differential to as low as 1oC overall. In doing so, HVAC systems can be used less often and the requirement for ducting is reduced; making a favourable impact on energy usage and the building’s carbon footprint. Easy to install around obstructions such as lights or overhead cranes, the fan’s enclosed housing will avoid creating strobe effects with lighting or interference with fire suppression equipment. In addition, the directed column of air is ideal for aisles or avoiding sensitive areas. The ZOO Fan warms-up the floor and helps keep it dry, whilst reducing condensation on equipment. By eliminating hot and cold spots, ZOO Fans noticeably improve comfort, enabling productivity to increase as a result. The ZOO Fan is available in a number of variants for open ceiling, drop ceiling and spot cooling requirements, with a range of supporting controllers capable of further enhancing performance. Richard Johnston, National Business Development Manager at Elta Group Building Services, said: “The concept behind the ZOO Fan is that it uses reduced levels of energy, resulting in a need for fewer units than comparable destratification systems; lowering installation and operating costs. By running HVAC equipment less, it lasts longer, which in turn reduces costs and lowers the environmental impact of regular fan replacement.” For more information about ZOO Fans, visit or to find out about Elta Fans and its full range of high-quality air movement solutions, visit


One fifth of homeowners rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad for home improvements • • • •

A fifth (18%) of homeowners have relied on the Bank of Mum and Dad for home improvements Over a quarter (26%) of homeowners received money from parents to buy a property A fifth (19%) of homeowners have received physical help from a parent when carrying out DIY 59% of London homeowners have received financial help with purchasing a property and 48% have received financial aid for renovations

The latest research from an online home service marketplace, has found that financial help from the Bank of Mum and Dad isn’t just limited to purchasing a property; it also extends to improving the home. A fifth of homeowners (18%) say they rely on the Bank of Mum and Dad to help finance home improvements, while 19% admit that their parents physically help them to carry out DIY. In the past, owning your own home as a young adult wasn’t the struggle it appears to be nowadays. Many older parents will remember a time when they could buy a family home for a realistic sum that was relative to local salaries, at least in comparison to today’s standards. Plentific’s findings show that 26% of homebuyers across the UK now receive financial aid from the Bank of Mum and Dad when purchasing a property. This number increases dramatically amongst younger homeowners, with 58% of respondents under 34 admitting to receiving financial help from their parents. Unsurprisingly, London ranked top of the table (59%) when it comes to receiving financial help from the Bank of Mum and Dad when buying a property. With prices increasing in the capital, it may seem sensible to buy a more affordable property that needs fixing up. However, 48% of London homeowners admit they have also received financial aid from their parents to pay for a renovation project or home improvements. Belfast came in second highest for homeowners receiving financial help from parents when buying a property at 30%, with Brighton and Glasgow occupying the bottom spot with just 12%. Homebuyers in Birmingham (16%), Southampton (18%) and Nottingham (19%) were the next lowest in the rankings, while those in Manchester (22%), Leeds (23%) and Bristol (25%) sat at the higher end of the table. When looking at parents that provide financial support for home improvements, London (48%), Liverpool (31%) and Brighton

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(17%) topped the table. The top locations for homeowners who received physical help with DIY from their parents were London (29%), Bristol (26%) and Sheffield (22%). Stephen Jury, Spokesperson for Plentific, said “Our statistics really highlight the struggles young people face when buying or renovating a property. Whilst buying a cheaper property that needs work may seem like a good option, the number of young people receiving financial and physical help from their parents with renovations projects is quite alarming.”


Thrilling Checkatrade Jail Break raises thousands for children’s charity The country’s most extensive tradespeople database, Checkatrade. com, reaffirmed their charitable commitments with another successful event, the Checkatrade Jail Break, which was held on Sunday 7 May in conjunction with leading West Sussex radio station, Spirit FM. Money was raised for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, a charity which helps children with life limiting illnesses and their families, with a total of £5,000 raised on the day, with more to come through bucket donations and further sponsorship. Fundraisers, who were in groups of four, got into the spirit of things and dressed up in costumes such as Teletubbies, Scooby Doo and the gang, as well as fairies, pirates and the 118 118 characters, and all congregated at the Fontwell Park race course. Participants became prisoners as they were whisked away by coaches, generously donated by Richardson’s, to a secret location. Their challenge? To make it back via any means necessary, without money or a phone! This year, fundraisers were dropped off at Horley Tesco, and Winchester town centre. Teams always surprise with their methods of travel, and this year was no different, with trains, buses, ambulances, a police car and riot van, a supercar from nearby Goodwood, and a camper van used to make it back. Some even took to the water, negotiating the Isle of Wight on a hovercraft! For some teams, there were personal links behind their fundraising. Susan Sayer, leader of Gracie’s Angels, said: “We had a wonderful day raising money for a fantastic cause. If it wasn’t for the Snowdrop nurses, we wouldn’t have been able to bring my granddaughter Gracie home from hospital due to their fantastic care and support which made such a difference. “My daughter and Gracie’s mum Charlotte was also on the team, along with her friend Hannah, whose sister Kaitlyn was also helped by the charity. “Gracie sadly passed away last August so in her memory we try to do as much as we can and we wanted to give something back by taking part in the Jail Break; we can’t wait to take part again!” Prizes were donated by Hotel Chocolat, The Jetty Restaurant at the Chichester Harbour Hotel, Fontwell Park race course, Bognor Regis Tesco and Sainsburys Chichester. All in all, Checkatrade’s latest charity venture was a success, with money raised for a good cause and smiles on the faces of all involved. For more information on Checkatrade’s charitable activities and to find the right trader for you, visit:

CRAVT Original / DK HOME announces the unprecedented opportunity to acquire furnishings, artefacts and decorations by Auction. CRAVT Original designs and develops exclusive, inspirational, storytelling interior. Strongly based on the principle of combining traditional craftsmanship and authentic, natural materials with modern design. A cache of unique furniture from the CRAVT Original / DK HOME luxury collections will be entering the auction market this May, providing an opportunity for the connoisseur to find rare and exclusive pieces exhibiting the evolution of the brands distinctive style.

The auction takes place at the CRAVT Amsterdam Showroom commencing at 10.30am, over three days between the 16th and 18th May 2017. Online bidding will also be available via a live webcast. The viewing takes place from 10.00am-4.00pm from the 14th May 2017, by appointment only

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Refurb & Developer Update - June 2017  
Refurb & Developer Update - June 2017