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04 Industry News
Barratt Launches New Development
Barratt Homes, an award winning housebuilder, will soon launch a new development in the popular town of Kirkintilloch. Braes of Yetts consists of three and four bedroom homes, with a mix of semi-detached and detached options that are suitable for both first-time buyers and homeowners looking to take their next step up the property ladder. “We’re already seeing substantial interest in Braes of Yetts, with Kirkintilloch a hugely popular area for people looking for a new home. We anticipate that the first release of homes will be snapped up quickly which is why we have set up a pre-register for interested buyers,” said Estelle Sykes, sales director, Barratt West Developments. “I would encourage those who are interested to get in touch so we can keep them informed about our sales launch and our show home opening. We can’t wait to bring our five-star homes to Kirkintilloch, and we’re confident developer-update.co.uk
this will be a truly special community,” Estelle continued. Braes of Yetts is located close to Kirkintilloch town centre and is also only ten minutes from the M80, providing easy links with Glasgow and beyond. The site is in a rural location but has the local amenities and transport links associated with urban life. Being on the border of the Merkland Nature Reserve, it also makes for a fantastic area to get some fresh air or spot the local wildlife. Barratt Group was awarded a maximum five star rating for the seventh consecutive year in the 2015 Home Builders Federation Customer Satisfaction Survey. Its site managers won 81 awards for quality workmanship in the 2015 NHBC Pride in the Job Awards and, in total, Barratt has won more Pride in the Job awards than any other housebuilder for the last eleven years.
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Roofing’s finest celebrate at NFRC’s UK Roofing Awards 2018 Essex-based Full Metal Jacket scooped three awards, including Roof of the Year, for its work on this derelict, former Grade II listed concert hall on Ramsgate seafront. It has been renovated with a striking zinc roof to reportedly become the UK’s largest Weatherspoon’s pub. Essex-based installer, Full Metal Jacket, has scooped the coveted Roof of the Year award at the UK Roofing Awards 2018, for its work on Ramsgate’s Royal Victoria Pavilion. The company also bagged a further two awards, making it a hattrick for the zinc, copper, lead and stainless-steel specialist. Close to 800 people descended on London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel to celebrate the great and the good of the UK roofing industry at an awards presentation ceremony and dinner, organised by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and hosted by BBC sports and breakfast presenter, Dan Walker. Opening the event, which is now in its 11th year, the NFRC’s chief executive, James Talman, paid tribute to “the important contribution” the roofing sector makes to the construction industry, through “innovative products, design and workmanship”, commending the high standards and “commitment to quality” demonstrated by this year’s finalists. The competition covers the full spectrum of roofing disciplines, with winners chosen by a panel of experts, based on criteria including difficulty, aesthetics, problem solving, workmanship and environmental consideration. Five new categories added for 2018 included the Local Hero award, in recognition of ‘those individuals who go above and beyond to support their community’ and the Industry Choice award, which was decided by a public vote. Triple winner, Full Metal Jacket, said on Twitter: “What a day for FMJ! It’s the foundations that are important, so we appreciate our great guys that install, together with the surveyors and all the office staff that make these awards possible.” A total of £7,500 was also raised during the proceedings for charity partner, Parkinson’s UK, following a captivating speech by representative, Emma Lawton, which was met with a standing ovation.
The winners were: Roof Slating Claude N Smith for Marshals Yard Development Roof Tiling (Sponsored by ECIC) Monier Redland working with DM Roofing & Roughcasting for Shettleston New Parish Church Heritage Roofing (Sponsored by Klober) Rowlands Roofing for LLwyn Celyn Green Roofing Bauder working with EJ Roberts Roofing for Clapham Park Sheeting and Cladding/ Rainscreen Malone Roofing (Newbury) for Hungerford Fire Station Fully Supported Metal (Sponsored by Metal Solutions) Full Metal Jacket for The Victoria Royal Pavilion Lead Roofing (Sponsored by Chandlers Roofing Supplies) Full Metal Jacket for British Museum – Islamic Gallery
Innovation (Sponsored by EagleView) Axter working with Tilbury Contracts for Dylon Works Mastic Asphalt IKO working with Sussex Asphalte for St Paul’s Cathedral Reinforced Bitumen Membrane L a n g l ey Wa t e r p r o o f i n g Systems working with Opus Waterproofing Solutions for Girdlestone Estate Small Scale Project Polyroof working with Cure Roofing for Rose Cottage Large Scale Project (Sponsored by Wienerberger) Partnering Contractor’s Roofing for New Bracken House Roof of the Year Award (Sponsored by SIG Roofing) Full Metal Jacket for The Victoria Royal Pavilion Industry Choice Award (Sponsored by Radmat Building Products) Longworth Building Services for The Bund
Single Ply Ithaca Roofing for Hawthorns Care Home
NFRC Health & Safety Champion Award 2018 Sam Baldwin, Longworth Building Services
Liquid Applied Roofing & Waterproofing and Hot Melt Polyroof working with Sarnian Roofing for The Little Chapel
Local Hero Award (Sponsored by SIG Roofing) Lee Moran, Moran Roofing Specialists
Further information about this year’s winners and finalists can be found at www.roofingawards.co.uk. Entry for the UK Roofing Awards 2019 will open in September 2018. developer-update.co.uk
06 Industry News
McCarrick Construction Finishes £2.5m Sports Hall Gary Singleton is an ex-student from Framwellgate School in County Durham, who was also part of the team at McCarrick Construction that worked on the new £2.5 million sports hall at the school.
facilities, as well as a gym and two teaching suites for the new PE courses.
“When I left Framwellgate School in Durham in 1996 to start my journey apprenticeship with McCarrick Construction, I didn’t think I would be returning to the school decades later to coordinate a project like this,” explained Gary Singleton.
Gary mentioned that these types of projects are rarely straightforward. “Once we were established on site, we discovered a pumped foul main drain from the school running right through the proposed new build, which was not identified on any drawings. Our task was to divert it without closing the school and to allow construction to begin.”
The project aimed to create a modern building equipped with all the necessities that a varied sporting curriculum requires. The biggest challenge for Gary and the team was that the building was scheduled to be completed within the grounds of the academy, within a live school environment, which presented both safety concerns and logistical challenges. Moreover, the old sports hall was being used daily by the school throughout the construction work.
Due to a few changes in design, notable the addition of a huge MUGA (multi-use games area), the programme changed; therefore the team found themselves in the middle of the exam period trying to keep the noise at a minimum. Furthermore, the team had to work alongside ecologists throughout the project, as the school campus had been discovered to be a hibernation ground for great crested newts.
The new sports hall was set to be four times larger than the previous facility and it spans now 1,000 sq. m. of space. It features an 8 metre high climbing wall, basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton, indoor football, hockey and archery
“I found myself back to school in more ways than one – I have grown professionally as a result. I am using my experience as part of my professional review in the hope of being recognised as MCIOB by the end of the year,” concluded Gary.
First Phase Of Findrassie Development Gets Green Light take around 25 years to be completed. Space has also been provided on the site for a farm shop, café and other retail space for firm looking to expand their services in the area. Landowner Pitgaveny Estate revealed a public consultation would begin shortly as developer Barratt draws up final plans. Moray Council has approved the first phase of a development that aims to bring 1,500 new homes to Elgin. The first phase includes the building of 500 homes, cycle paths and a new primary school at Findrassie on the northern edge of the town. Findrassie development is expected to feature 1,500 houses, community facilities, a primary school and a twelve hectare business park within several distinct phases, which will developer-update.co.uk
“The approval importantly provides a landmark opportunity for us all to see the wider vision for Findrassie, which has been carefully shaped and informed to respect the landscape and community, come one step closer,” said Co-owner Crinan Dunbar. The council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application during its meeting. Head of development services, Jim Grant, explained that some alterations may
be necessary if the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness dualling route passes to the north of the town. “This is just the first step for what should be a big boost for Elgin and Moray,” said John Cowe, chairman of the council’s economic development committee. “Another primary school is important and it ties in with a lot of our aspirations with the growth deal.” The integration of Findrassie into the new neighbourhood of Elgin will create a sense of place and identity from the outset. The masterplan establishes connection into the existing surrounding residential areas to ensure the development is integrated and can become part of the local community. The design also respects the existing tree planting and historical field pattern.
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Launch of the PANOPTIC Platform – ACCESS TO NEW BUILD FINANCE – GETTING BRITAIN BUILDING FINDING THE RIGHT DEVELOPMENT FINANCE – FREE HELP HAS ARRIVED 54% of SME property developers say that access to finance is one of the most challenging aspects of building, converting or refurbishing residential property. A free, easy to use online service can now help SMEs overcome this challenge. The Panoptic platform launched this month, having selected a number of market leading lenders who provide property development finance, this fintech solution matches build
projects with the right lenders. One of the selected lenders commented;
that can support them, like us.’ Rowland Thomas; Director Close Brothers
‘Close Brothers is delighted to be one of the chosen lenders on the Panoptic Platform. Along with numerous other headwinds that SME property developers have to contend with, the critical process of raising finance can often be one of the most challenging.
The Panoptic Platform aims to source over £500m of development finance, contributing to the building of 5,000 new homes, circa 2% of the government target.
‘We believe that Panoptic will be of considerable assistance to this vitally important sector of our economy by helping developers reach the funders
Pave Aways Is Best In Education Sector that teaching facilities are maintained,” said managing director Steven Owen about the firm’s success in education. For the 2018-2019 financial year, the future looks promising, with the company already reaching more than £3.9 million on projects at Severndale Academy in Shrewsbury, work for Shropshire Council at Stoke on Tern, Long Mountain Primary and Shifnal Primary Schools, an extension and remodelling work for Tarporley C of E Primary in Cheshire and redevelopment of Castle Block, the former science building, at Concord College.
Construction company Pave Aways handed over, between April 2017 and April 2018, projects worth more than £15 million to private schools, universities, colleges and local education authorities in England and Wales. During the previous financial year, the company worked on education schemes worth £12.6 million. Oswestry-based contractor carried out refurbishment work for schools in Dolgellau, Wales, for Gwynedd Council and extensions and refurbishments for Shropshire
Council and Telford & Wrekin Council. It also finished four projects for Concord College near Shrewsbury including extra student accommodation, a new science block and dining hall extension, and the new Agritech Innovation Hub at Harper Adams University. “Our experience in this field has made us the informed choice for many organisations when it comes to major infrastructure projects as our team – from on site to back office staff – understand the issues and constraints of working on projects in this industry and offer the flexible approach to ensure
“Since 2007, we have completed 19 projects worth £19.8 million at Concord College near Shrewsbury. We also have an historic relationship with Harper Adams University near Newport where we have completed 20 builds since 2006 worth £20.1 million,” said Steven. “We pride ourselves on creating longterm relationships with our clients by offering a local solution, combined with the highest standard of construction and exemplary after service.” Pave Aways carries out construction work across a range of sectors including industrial, healthcare, residential, retail and commercial. developer-update.co.uk
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Celebrating 170 Years of UK Waterproofing Established in June 1848, Newton Waterproofing Systems are the oldest suppliers of waterproofing and damp proofing products to the UK construction industry, and 2018 sees them celebrate an incredible 170th year of trading. The company is still family owned and family run, and it is this family ethos and independence, coupled with their expertise and willingness to innovate that has allowed them to continually compete and grow.
Humble Beginnings In 1848 the original John Newton recognised an opportunity to supply plasterers hair and ancillary products to the construction industry, collecting his raw materials from the tanneries in Bermondsey, South London. Such was his success that he supplied high profile projects including the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament in the 1850s, and John Newton and Company Ltd went from strength to strength.
Inventing Damp Proofing With the introduction of plasterboard in the 20th century rapidly eroding demand for plasterers hair, Newton was forced to diversify. Consequently, in 1937 the company designed and introduced the UK’s first physical damp proof membrane, ‘Newtonite’. An immensely popular product, Newton sold over 5 million square metres of the innovative membrane between 1945 and 1983.
The New Generation It was during this time that Christopher Newton, great-grandson of the original John Newton, began his tenure at the family firm. From stoking the boiler in 1963, Christopher rapidly rose to Chairman in the 1970s, where he remains to this day. With Christopher at the helm, the company recognised the need to exploit new technologies and move with the times, resulting in two major developments: 1. Inventing ‘Newlath’, the first meshed damp proofing membrane that could be directly plastered onto, launched in 1984. 2. Utilising protective membranes below ground, resulting in the first Newton System 500 basement waterproofing solution in 1986, consequently installed in thousands of UK properties.
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New premises in Tonbridge, Kent 2012.
Both of these introductions were so significant that, although the component products are constantly upgraded, the concepts have remained at the heart of damp proofing and waterproofing best practice for the past 40 years.
Innovation and Expansion
Complete Solutions The 21st century Newton Waterproofing Systems continues to grow, with 33 employees now providing solutions for architects, developers, contractors and homeowners on projects from the smallest domestic basement, to high-end properties, commercial developments and extensive civil infrastructure projects.
The turn of the millennium saw more innovation, and in 2003 Newton introduced the industry’s first approved contractor network of ‘Newton Specialist Basement Contractors’. The network’s strict entry criteria maintains the high standards and guarantees required for Newton products, and now includes 40 of the best specialist waterproofing contractors across the UK and Ireland.
However, the company has not lost sight of the values of its family beginnings or its independence, and as Christopher Newton observes, it is this autonomy that allows the company to continually stand out from its competitors:
The rapid growth that this generated also meant that Newton finally outgrew its original premises, and after 164 years in South Bermondsey the company relocated to Tonbridge, Kent in 2012.
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“I have always been proud to say that Newton is a family-run company, with a strong ethos that provides the foundation for the 21st century company. Alongside our independence this grants us complete impartiality and a valuable freedom, allowing us to grow and improve whilst consistently offering the highest levels of service and sourcing new and innovative solutions.” Christopher Newton, Chairman
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ANOTHER WIN MAKES IT A HAT TRICK OF EXPORT AWARDS FOR P C HENDERSON Leading door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is celebrating major success after being crowned the winner of the Export Award at the North East Business Awards Grand Final. Shortlisted against two other leading companies from the region, P C Henderson was put before a panel of judges before being announced as the winner at a prestigious award dinner held at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield. After winning the regional heats in March and being awarded SME Exporter of the Year at last year’s North East Exporters Awards, the company is now onto a hat-trick of awards for its exporting achievements. Held on Thursday 26th April and organised by the North East Chamber of Commerce, the awards evening is the biggest and best of its kind in the UK and aims to celebrate the achievements of some of the region’s most successful and innovative businesses. Attended by over 500 people from 40 leading North East businesses, a total of 13 awards were given out on the evening across a variety of categories. developer-update.co.uk
Trevor Cossins, Managing Director at P C Henderson commented on the good news: “Exporting on the scale that we do isn’t easy, it takes a lot of hard work from a dedicated and passionate team – which we’re lucky enough to have. “To be presented with three awards in the past year for our exporting achievements is a huge achievement for us and something we’re immensely proud of. “Listening to our customers and taking a tailored approach to each market has been the key to our success and has resulted in us now trading to 70 countries worldwide and our exporting sales accounting for over 65% of total business sales”. Sponsored by commercial law firm Square One Law, the Export Award aims to encourage and give recognition to companies that have generated substantial and sustained increases in export activity.
Judging criteria for the award took into account the level of exports in relation to the size of the company, barriers that the company has had to overcome as well as the complexity of markets entered. Eleanor Wilkinson, a Senior Associate in the employment team at Square One Law and on the judging panel for the award said: “P C Henderson impressed us with their flexibility to meet international market demands and their future global expansion strategy. The business is a true sector leader on a global scale.” P C Henderson has been driving its expansion into new geographic markets with recent focus on USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and UAE. The company’s outstanding export strategy has seen its sliding and folding door hardware specified
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Fire Sprinkler Valve sets 1”~ 2” Applications Engineering can supply fire sprinkler valve sets in sizes 1” and 1 1/4” in dual port versions and sizes 1 1/2” and 2” in single port fabricated versions. We are able to supply valve sets with pvc glue fit adaptors, single or double check valves or a combination prefitted; please give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Dual Port Fire Sprinkler Valve Set Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable fire sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property fire sprinkler system and offers the following benefits and features Benefits and Design features • Dual ports that enable the flow switch to be mounted on either side. • Uses the Sika flow switch which has been designed specifically for the valve set to operate at 25 L/min • The flow switch has a ¾” union nut for simple, hand tight, installation. No need for tools or awkward 360° rotation of the whole switch. • Available with optional CPVC mating sockets.
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PumpCheck – Fire Sprinkler Pump Cyclic Test Unit Applications Engineering introduce the PumpCheck fire sprinkler pump cyclic test unit, an easy to use and low cost all-in-one test unit to monitor four different inputs : flow switch, pressure switch, minimum tank level switch and maximum tank level switch. PumpCheck has a clear back-lit LCD display and an easy to use menu and features a 30 event log, selectable input types, ability to measure pump motor current and has outputs for drain and pump plus an external sounder output and open collector signal output.
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9 Tips to Sell Your House Quickly Selling a home is regarded by many as being one of the most stressful processes a person can go through, but being prepared and taking some well thought out steps to get your home looking its best can substantially reduce this stress and help you to sell your home even quicker. Estate agent comparison website www.getagent.co.uk has compiled their top tips for selling a house, including making the right impression, getting professional pictures taken and choosing the right estate agent. Increase your propertyâ€™s kerb appeal
Repair and clean
The outside of your property is the first chance to wow potential buyers and to get them interested in seeing more. Little things can make a huge difference to the kerb appeal of your house, so make sure you cut the grass, sweep all of the paths, move your bins out of view and clean up anything unsightly.
Many buyers want to move into a house without having to make a lot of changes, so making minor repairs is an important factor when selling a house. Fix any fixtures or fittings that are broken such as cupboard handles, kitchen tiles or holes in walls. It is also a good idea to replace any threadbare or well-worn carpets as this could put off potential buyers too.
For a touch of colour, think about adding inexpensive hanging baskets and planting some bedding flowers; these types of flowers really make a statement and provide a focal point for the outside of the property. It is also a good idea to cut back any overgrown bushes and to clean any patio areas. A well maintained garden can help prospective buyers visualise themselves using the garden. It is also a good idea to freshen up any tired or outdated exterior fixtures such as fences or garden furniture and make sure that any external windows and doors are in good condition, are clean, and all latches and handles are in working order. developer-update.co.uk
When staging your home for viewings it is imperative that the property is clean and tidy. You donâ€™t want it to be a show home and look unlived in, but a good clean will make the house more presentable.
Watch out for the smells Bad smells are known to be one of the biggest turn offs for prospective buyers, so making sure that your drains and sinks are clean, your food bin is disinfected and that your house is aired out can make a big difference.
13 Estate agents have been using pleasant smells to sell houses for many years. Freshly baked bread, cakes and muffins are popular but impractical for most home sellers, however brewing fresh coffee or lighting a citrus scented candle can help express a homely feel during viewings.
Declutter If potential buyers cannot envisage themselves living in a property, it is harder for them to make a decision. People often find this difficult when looking around houses and one of the major reasons for this is clutter. Think about moving out or storing any bulky furniture and try to declutter as much as possible, but leave some of your personality to shine through. Open spaces and neutral colours often make small rooms feel bigger and make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in the space.
A fresh lick of paint Many home buyers are looking for a blank canvas, something they can customise to their taste, and they are much more likely to be interested by neutral colours than bold ones. Neutral colours will also help to make your home seem lighter and bigger and allow viewers to easily envisage how they could adapt the room to their needs. Light blues, pale greys and pastel yellows are all good colour choices and provide a relaxing, warm and inviting feel to a room.
Adding finishing touches Make sure that all of the windows are dressed properly with blinds, curtains or net curtains as windows without any dressing tend to make a room feel impersonal and run down. Wall mounted mirrors can make a room feel bigger and are perfect for providing a light and airy feel to dark areas. Add a touch of colour by bringing plants and flowers into the house; fruit bowls are also a good option and provide a wonderful smell too. Cushions and throws are an ideal choice for adding inexpensive pops of colour to a room and to convey a comfortable and warming feeling.
Spend money to make money â€“ updating and conversions This tip may seem a bit counter intuitive, but spending a little bit of money before selling your home can pay off in
the long run. Simple updates such as changing the bathroom tiles or adding new cabinet doors in the kitchen can make a big a difference to the saleability and value of a property. An estate agent can make recommendations on what types of updates and conversions can add the most value, as well as advise you of what prospective buyers are looking for property wise in the local area. If you have enough spare cash to make a conversion, why not adapt a loft space into an extra room or build a conservatory for some extra space? These types of updates can add value to the house and make it a more interesting prospect for potential buyers.
Find the right estate agent Finding the right estate agent is key to selling your house quickly and for the right price. The estate agent will value your property, market your home to potential buyers, handle viewings and liaise with solicitors. Finding an estate agent that knows the local area, trends and provide a good service is imperative for a quick sale. Estate agent recommendations from friends and family are always good to follow up on, however doing the research and comparing local estate agents can help you pay less fees and get more money for your house. To take the stress out of comparing and picking an estate agent, comparison websites are hassle-free and save time. These websites can quickly provide users with helpful information about estate agents in the local area, their contact information and some will even provide users with current information on the local housing market so that they can make an informed decision. They can then put you in touch with your chosen agent to get the ball rolling.
Hire a professional photographer Whether you are hiring a local estate agent or are putting your home up for sale through an online agent, a picture tells a thousand words so donâ€™t cut any corners here. Although some estate agents have their own photographers, many do not, and taking pictures usually falls to the agents themselves. This can cause lacklustre or dull pictures being marketed by the estate agents which could put people off. Stand out from the crowd and get your house noticed by hiring a professional photographer. For a small fee they will make sure that your house is presented and staged in the best way possible to attract the most potential home buyers.
14 What’s the problem? Male site workers in construction are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. This shocking mental health statistic is a vivid reminder of the difficulties faced by many working in the construction industry every day. Troubling data from the Office of National Statistics found that between 2011 and 2015, of the 13,232 in-work suicides recorded, those within the skilled construction and building trades made up 13.2 per cent – despite construction accounting for little over 7 per cent of the UK workforce.
Why construction? The construction industry lifestyle is undoubtedly both challenging and stressful. Long and demanding working hours, working away from home on site for weeks at a time and the lingering unease in the industry, particularly following Carillion’s recent collapse, are just some of the factors contributing to poor mental health. In a workforce that is predominantly male, specific risks associated with male mental health also need to be considered. The “tough guy” image widespread in the construction industry is very much to blame. Asking for help and opening up about emotions are just not things that come naturally to many of those working in the industry. The combination of these factors results in many suffering in silence.
Know the signs Whilst poor mental health can manifest itself differently from individual to individual, the Construction Financial Management Association has set out some useful signs to look out for that can indicate poorly managed or untreated mental health conditions: •
increased lateness, absenteeism and presenteeism (showing up to work physically, but not being able to function);
decreased productivity due to distraction and cognitive slowing;
lack of self-confidence;
isolation from peers;
agitation and increased interpersonal conflict among co-workers;
increased voluntary and involuntary attrition;
increased feelings of being overwhelmed; and
decreased problem solving ability.
Spotlight on Mental Health in the Construction Industry By Solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales at transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson
What can employers do? The statistics as they stand are clearly unacceptable – mental health needs to be made an urgent priority by all employers in the construction industry. Emily Pearson, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Be. The Centre for Wellbeing (a mental health charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in corporate mental health and workplace wellbeing) has provided the following steps that all employers can take to actively improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce.
1. Culture check - Undertake a culture check to establish the
culture of the workforce and where there may be particular pain points for staff due to job design and work related stress;
2. Culture change – A change in the culture surrounding
mental health needs to start at the top. Leadership teams can show commitment to creating a culture change towards mentally healthier workplaces and workforces by signing the Time to Change Pledge or by investing in a Workplace Wellbeing Strategy to create culture change in a safe and structured manner;
3. Mental health safety net – Employers should ensure
their employees have access to and are aware of support available through counselling and therapy services;
4. Up-skilling and education – Team leaders responsible
for supporting employees should have sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to spot the signs of poor mental health and to provide support and guidance;
5. Peer support – Employers should up-skill and educate
employees so they can look out for any peers who may be struggling with their mental health. Knowing how to start the conversation and knowing how to safely signpost peers to mental health services can make a huge difference at the early signs of mental health difficulty;
6. Reduce stigma – Employers need to reduce
stigma, raise awareness, change attitudes and provide knowledge to empower employees to look after their mental health and wellbeing; and
7. Embed and repeat – It is essential that employers continue to provide these interventions, services and training in order to embed culture change – not just tick the mental health box.
Commercial Factors Employers need to prioritise mental health in the workplace for commercial reasons too. Unrecognised and unsupported mental health issues can have a massive impact on a company’s revenue. According to the National Building Specification, mental health issues account for people taking almost 70 million days off sick per year – the most of any health condition – costing the UK economy between £70 billion and £100 billion a year.
What can everyone do? Established in 2016 by the Health in Construction Leadership Group with the support of the British Safety Council, Mates in Mind, aims to make sense of the options and support available to employers and individuals. As well as providing guidance for employers, it also provides useful tools for employees. But the easiest thing that we can all do is talk. If you are concerned about a colleague, ask them if they’re ok. See if they want to go for a walk or a cup of tea at lunchtime. Generally create a safe environment so they can open up to you if they need to. Even if you don’t suspect a colleague is struggling, be careful of the language you use anyway. Insensitive words or phrases can increase the stigma surrounding mental health and make it even harder for the people around you to feel like they can talk about any issues they’re facing.
Conclusion Physical health and safety is already taken extremely seriously in the construction industry however statistics suggest that the most dangerous thing on a building site is the human mind. In a time where suicide kills more people in the construction industry than falls from height, it is only right that mental health and safety is given the same level of thought, time and investment as other site hazards to ensure that the workers in the industry are truly protected. The industry has taken steps to reduce the stigma around mental health and to improve support but there is more that each and every one of us can do just by being aware of the signs and encouraging people to talk. Do not underestimate the impact you can make just by talking to someone. You could change someone’s life.
• Construction Industry Helpline
0345 6051956 – managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
• Mind, the mental health charity
0300 1233393 – provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem
• The Samaritans
116 123 – confidential 24 hour support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
• Be. The Centre for Wellbeing
0191 6913500 – specialists in workplace wellbeing developer-update.co.uk
Ecophon case study for Better Gym, Belfast About the project: Architect: Mark Reid, Samuel Stevenson & Sons Contractor: Vincent Small, Glasgiven Contracts Ceiling contractor: David Peden, CCL Interiors Products: Solo™ Baffles (1200x200mm and 1200x600mm, 235 m2), Meditec™ E (200m2), Sombra™ Ds (150m2) For more information, please contact Andrew Acheson on 07717 538983 developer-update.co.uk
Better Gym is a new £1.8 million digital gym in the heart of Belfast and is a joint venture between the city council and social enterprise GLL. Formerly a food court, the 1,000m2 site has been transformed into an interactive technically advanced gym featuring 110 workout stations, Prama interactive flooring, a cycle studio and a free weights area. As a former retail unit, the Better Gym building required specialist solutions to ensure acoustic comfort not only for gym members, but for people occupying neighbouring buildings. Leisure facilities such as gyms generate noise and vibration from music, free weights and medicine balls, and machinery such as treadmills and spinning bikes, as well as the voices of instructors and participants. Gyms need be good quality acoustic environments, offering good speech intelligibility between instructors and members, whether exercising individually or in a group class. However, music is also considered a great motivator by those exercising, so it’s important to have a soundscape that accommodates music too.
Ecophon’s Andrew Acheson explained how a good acoustic environment was achieved using Ecophon products. “The challenge we faced at Better Gym Belfast was to create the right look inkeeping with Better Gym’s modern image, while ensuring that the right amount of sound absorption was included in the design to maximise the acoustic comfort and wellbeing for everybody using the facilities”
grid system, creating a smooth ceiling and providing good sound absorption. The Sombra Ds is installed with a computer controlled multi-coloured lighting system in the shadow gap between the ceiling and the walls, allowing the staff to create different lighting effects for the various activities in the fitness suite.
Ecophon Solo Baffles offer absorption class A and allow designers creative freedom, so offer a practical acoustic solution with great aesthetic appeal. Ecophon was involved from the early design stage of the project to ensure that the unique arrangement and colours of the Solo baffles envisioned by the design team could be achieved on site, and worked closely with CCL Interiors to deliver the project to completion. The Ecophon Hygiene Meditec E solution is a wall-towall, sound absorbing ceiling system suitable for dry environments where disinfection or cleaning is necessary on a regular basis. Ecophon Sombra Ds is suitable for applications requiring a dark ceiling. It has low light reflection and a concealed grid and tiles that can be individually demounted. At Better Gym Belfast, this solution is installed in suspended developer-update.co.uk
Performance Panels Limited UK distributor and stockholders of Trespa Pura NFC®cladding - providing design freedom for residential, social housing, local authority, retail and commercial buildings.
Why chose Trespa Pura NFC® cladding? Trespa Pura is a ‘smart’ high-quality cladding system of planks, fasteners and accessories for easy, hassle-free installation and a long-lasting beautiful finish.
Superior cladding product with many benefits: Prefabricated planks, ready to use. The closed surface ensures little build up of dirt. Minimal maintenance is required with no need to paint or stain. Trespa Pura NFC® is highly weather resistant. Sun and rain have no significant effect on the plank’s surface. High impact and scratch resistance. Extensively tested by Trespa for high performance and UV resistance, complete with a 10 year product guarantee including colour stability. Simple system of planks, fasteners and accessories
Trespa Pura NFC® planks are simple to cut and handle and can be installed either vertically or horizontally, in a flush or lap formation. Ventilated facades can be achieved to provide energy efficient solutions for any building.
Greater design freedom Trespa Pura NFC® helps to protect and enhance any building’s appearance with its smart cladding system –variations in lengths, colours and styles can be used to create stunning designs. Available in a range of wood and uni colours, Trespa Pura NFC® is ideal for both new buildings and refurbishments.
Visit us at Housing 2018 Performance Panels Limited will be exhibiting alongside our partner Trespa at Europe’s largest housing event, Housing 2018. Visit us from 26th28th June at Manchester Central, Stand F53, to find out why Trespa Pura is the ideal cladding material for your project. Alternatively click HERE to order samples, view brochures and learn more about Trespa Pura NFC®, or call our friendly customer services team on 01422 310 319.
The Orchards Wyberton, Sheltered Housing gets a Platform Lift The Orchards is a warden controlled sheltered housing establishment in Lincolnshire run by local charity Boston Mayflower. It offers a secure environment with 24 hour support available for people wanting extra support to maintain their independence as they age. The building already had an old hydraulic lift in place and Ability Lifts were contacted to offer expert advice and guidance, given the close working relationship with the charity established over several years, having previously installed lifts in other care homes in Lincolnshire for them. The Optimum 100 platform lift was recommended, as the large platform size of 1220mm x 1680mm gives maximum space for the occupants whilst still retaining a shaft size of just 1380mm x 1790mm, meaning that the existing shaft opening could be utilised. Upon approval of this solution, the lift was supplied with automatic openers and wireless remote landing call stations. This enables wheelchair users to call the lift to the landing and have the doors open automatically without being in front of the opening doors, whilst the wireless call buttons enables easy positioning of the call button without having to drill or use conduit. The lift was installed with larger one metre wide fire doors to aid access, and as the client wanted to maintain use of the lift even during a power cut, a UPS was supplied, along with the standard battery emergency lowering. The lift even has a fire park facility which drives the lift to a designated floor and parks so that it can not be used during a fire evacuation. Working with the appointed building contractors, Ability Lifts fitted the new lift in just two days, minimizing any inconvenience to the residents. Following the installation, the client added a warden control system in case of an emergency whilst using the lift. Just a few weeks later, a further lift to the same specification was installed at Dâ€™Enycourt care home in Kirton for the same client. To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit www.abilitylifts.co.uk or call our dedicated sales line on 0845 006 8803. developer-update.co.uk
Platform Lifts Here at Ability Lifts, we offer solutions for many different access requirements, from platform lifts and stair platform lifts, to external lifts, access lifts and much more. We aim to offer top quality service and highly competitive prices. All of our access lifts are in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD 2006/42/EC, EN8141 and Part M, and we’re happy to advise you with any questions you may have about access requirements. The Optimum 100 - The self supporting enclosed Platform Lift Ã
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22 Vision London Vision 2018 - a two-day conference and exhibition aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and clients - takes place on 21st and 22nd June at Islington’s Business Design Centre. The event showcases the latest developments in materials, products and technology alongside a rolling programme of lectures, seminars and debates examining the key issues facing architecture and construction today. Vision 2018 has joined forces with Architecture Today to produce a high-profile conference programme where some of the biggest names in the industry discuss the challenges facing architecture and construction and suggest solutions and set out their thoughts as to how to adapt and thrive.
The architects behind some of the most celebrated sustainable housing projects will be reflecting on their most famous projects and their legacy and on subsequent developments in their work. Sarah Wigglesworth will discuss her seminal project Stock Orchard Street. Described by the Architect’s Journal as ‘the most influential house in a generation’ the building incorporates office space for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and a private home with sustainable features including straw bales, sandbags and loadbearing gabions, a composting
toilet, green roof and rainwater storage. Pioneering eco-architect Bill Dunster will reflect on the legacy of BedZED, the UK’s first large-scale mixed use sustainable community, and the practice’s subsequent work including the ZEDlife plan, a toolkit to deliver a safer, more equitable society with reduced dependence on fossil fuel.
Leading names in urbanism will be discussing contemporary theory and practice. Ben Rogers, Director of think tank Centre for London, will be asking whether London can be both prosperous and fair. Sunand Prasad will present Penoyre & Prasad’s proposals for Himley Village, a highly sustainable scheme of 1,700 new homes which will form part of the 6,000 home NW Bicester eco-town. And Max Farrell will be talking about the principals of city making in a presentation ranging from international case studies to Farrells’ own designs for the Northern Gateway, a landmark scheme which will unlock the development potential of more than 300 acres of land to provide more than 10,000 new homes in a series of distinct yet clearly connected communities across northern Manchester.
Vision London 23 Experts will be looking at the impact of new technologies on contemporary life. Architect Harbinder Singh Birdi of Hawkins Brown will ask how technology will transform the way we travel, Paul Foulkes from WAGO will be looking at the way building automation can contribute to health and well-being while smart building specialists Mapiq will present their data-driven behavioral approach to flexible, userfocused workplace design.
Vision Director Matt Underhill said: ‘Brexit and the threat of recession make it a particularly uncertain time for architecture and construction. There has never been a better time to take stock of ourselves as an industry and the challenges we face.’
Other speakers include Maria Smith, head of transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang, who will be discussing the practice’s conversion of the Hoover building, a Grade 2* listed art deco office building in Ealing, into 66 residential units, Patrick Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, who sparked controversy by calling for social housing to be scrapped and public space to be abolished and a roster of Stirling Prize-winning architects including Paul Monaghan, Chris Wilkinson and Alex de Rijke.
Now in its fourth year, Vision 2018 has changed venue to be closer to the heart of the design community and is bigger and better than ever. A wide range of exhibitors - including the best-known major brands along with a range of dynamic SMEs and innovative start-ups - will be showcasing and demonstrating new products, materials, systems and technologies designed for the built environment. Vision 2018 has teamed up with partners from Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg to offer visitors a chance to meet companies and view products which would not otherwise be accessible in the UK.
For information about exhibiting at Vision 2018 or attending 100@Vision email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 3409 0623. Visit www.visionlondon.com to register for your free ticket to the event.
There will also be a rolling programme of practical CPDcertified learning sessions on technology, products and materials and changes in legislation. Matt Underhill said ‘Vision was conceived as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas and a practical resource working resource. We wanted to capture the right balance between being inspirational and entertaining and a really useful day out.’
This year sees the launch of 100@Vision, an initiative designed to bring expert suppliers and architects together to explore solutions for the built environment. The networking event, on June 21st, will give a maximum of 30 suppliers the opportunity to showcase their products and services to 100 leading architects during an exclusive face-to-face meeting followed by a drinks reception. The evening will round off with dinner at Frederick’s, a much-loved Islington restaurant. Vision 2018 is being delivered in partnership with RIBA, CIAT, BRE, NLA, the London Festival of Architecture and Architecture Today.
The exhibition continues into the evening on 21st June with Vision Late Night. Visitors can view the exhibition and join a range of evening events including a Drinks & Networking Reception sponsored by Architecture Today and New London Architecture’s annual PechaKucha, a series of punchy fast-paced talks designed to inspire, entertain and provoke.
24 Events It’s a new look and new brands at this summer’s biggest furniture and interiors event - the Manchester Furniture Show (15-17 July, Manchester Central). Partnering for the first time with the MidPoint Furniture Show, exclusive names will show their latest designs alongside best-loved Manchester regulars and new exhibitors. Italia Living, Kesterport, Chelsom, Harrison Spinks and Gala Collezione are just some of the new UK and International names that will welcome buyers in the MidPoint section of the show. Their collections will feature a variety of textures and finishes, mixed with colourful fabrics and futuristic designs. Extending its furniture division Chelsom will introduce new, exquisitely designed living furniture that compliments the current trends in upholstery and modern living. Over 150 sets of upholstery leave the Gala Collezione factories in Poland every day. New collections to be unveiled at Manchester include motion recliners and modular furniture in both soft and bright leathers, and contemporary fabrics. Kesterport is renowned for seeking out new materials. Constantly evolving their contemporary designs, they will be showing chic new styles in dining, living and upholstery, as well as new decorative accessories. After the highly successful launch of their Tetrad made sofas and chairs, Spink & Edgar will have several new models full of grandeur, pizazz and opulent fabrics on display.
HOT NEW BRANDS AND HOT NEW In the Main Hall new exhibitors include Siren, Slumberdream, Vogue Beds and STYLES AT THE MANCHESTER La-Z-Boy with its own stand for the first time. Among the many frequent FURNITURE SHOW Manchester exhibitors and back with new models are Westbridge, Alpha Desgins, Seconique, Heartlands, VIDA Living and Furmanac among many others.
Design house, importer and wholesaler Siren have a respected reputation for innovative designs and striking use of fabrics, they will be showing their latest collections of sofas and beds. La-Z-Boy have a lot to shout about - a new set of pedestal chairs and a new bed and mattress collection, as well as their new Urban Attitudes upholstery range featuring a unique reclining mechanism. Westbridge have a passion for design and source their fabrics and leather all over Europe and Asia. They are introducing 3 new shapes and 30 new leathers and fabrics in their Elements and Westbridge ranges. Furmanac, with their 5 recognisable brands is a must-see. They will be showing dozens of new fabric choices and new mattresses in their Hestia’s Nature’s Comfort range, as well as new MiBed models. To see the full exhibitor list and to register go to www.manchesterfurnitureshow.com developer-update.co.uk
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Garador Highlights the Importance of its Roller Door Hood Cover Garador are highlighting the Importance of their roller door hood cover, in the design of their GaraRoll roller garage doors. In a recent blog post examining the safety benefits of having a complete roller door hood cover, the team over at Garador look at how it helps to prevent finger trapping and getting dirt on the curtain amongst other things. They also explore the safety concerns behind developer-update.co.uk
not having any roller box at all, which is the case for roller doors produced by some manufacturers, and touch on the European legislation that drives these concerns. The GaraRoll is a complex product made up of lots of components. Something that might seem as simple as the box cover performs a really important function in terms of the safety and performance of the door. The GaraRoll is perfect for
garages where the homeowner wants to retain access to the ceiling space or does not have the room for tracks running back into the garage. The door curtain also rises vertically, which is ideal for garages with short driveways where cars would park right up close to the door. The GaraRoll is available in a selection of colours and timber effect finishes, as well as a full range of sizes up to 5500mm wide. For more information, visit www.garador.co.uk or blog.garador.co.uk
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New Approach to Building Des Required to Provide a Healthie - VELUX provides fresh thinking for fresher air – • New indoor generation spends 90% of time indoors
• Indoor air up to five times more polluted than outside but 62% of Brits are unaware according to global YouGov survey
• Children’s bedrooms are often most polluted rooms in the house
• New report by VELUX shows increasing importance of daylight and fresh air on health
Living in damp and mouldy homes increases our risk of asthma by 40%, and unless we act now we risk endangering our health as a result. Research from the VELUX Group has revealed the need to rethink building design and renovation to avoid a future increase of children suffering from asthma or allergies. The Indoor Generation survey was conducted across 14 countries (including the UK), unveiling around 16,000 people’s perceptions of the way they live their lives and what contributes to their personal health. The survey unearthed an alarming misconception that the vast majority of people in Britain (62%) believe indoor air is just as polluted or cleaner than outdoor
air. It also revealed a lack of understanding about the importance of adequate natural ventilation. Dr Russell Foster, Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford, said: “From the year 1800 to 2000, we’ve gone from 90% of people working outside to less than 20%. In a very short space of time, we’ve gone from being an outdoor species to spending most of our time in dim, dark caves.” We know from previous research that Europeans consider the quality of their home environment to be more important than a healthy diet or being physically active, yet the new YouGov survey uncovers an alarmingly low level of knowledge of what makes a healthy home.
Jim Coates, Director at VELUX, said: “Public buildings are just as important to consider as homes. Many offices have been designed with windows which do not open, leading to ‘sick building syndrome’ where carbon dioxide and viruses remain trapped in buildings with no means of escape. And whilst there is compelling research which demonstrates the positive impact which both daylight and ventilation has on exam results, for example, there is no clear legislation to influence change for the better. “It was recognised in the legal framework for buildings, adopted on 17 April by the European Parliament, that all technical building systems shall be designed in a way so that they optimise health, wellbeing and indoor comfort. But we need to go further to promote the holistic building approach. “The health benefits of improving our indoor environment are scientifically proven, however we still have a long journey to go on in terms of making people understand that these changes are not just a ‘nice to have’. Without action we can put our health at risk.” The YouGov survey revealed that most people underestimate the amount of time they spend indoors, with a quarter of people (25%) claiming to spend just 14 hours or less inside. We know, in
sign er Future reality that the majority spend over 90% of their time indoors, and often in dark, poorly ventilated buildings leading to the emergence of a so called ‘indoor generation’. Almost one in four people (23%) admitted to never going outside, spending up to 24 hours a day indoors. The Indoor Generation refers to a growing number of people who spend the vast majority of their time indoors – currently 90% of their lives – compared to previous generations. Jim continued: “What the research reveals is that we cannot ignore the health of our indoor domestic and public spaces. Given the vast amount of time which we all spend indoors, the levels of pollutants adults and children can be exposed to on a daily basis is worrying. In recent years the trend has been towards making our buildings more energy efficient, however, the unintended consequence is that we’re trapping pollution within our buildings. “The solution is really very simple, but in order to have impact there needs to be a change in mind-set when it comes to building design. For too long we’ve prioritised energy efficiency but overlooked human health factors. “We want to encourage architects and those conducting home renovations to put human and basic health needs centre stage and limit the number of people affected by living in unhealthy buildings. We believe the best way to do this is by raising awareness of the many small changes that everyone can make which can have a real impact on air quality, and ultimately health. Making such changes will have a positive impact on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a result of improved attendance rates, both at school and at work, and fewer medical appointments.” Dr Hilary Jones GP & Health Broadcaster said: “The rapid change in our lifestyle from spending large amounts of time outdoors for work or relaxation to becoming an Indoor Generation carries
with it several risks, not least when it comes to health in dark, poorly ventilated homes. “Poor ventilation can lead to damp or mould in the home, and can trigger asthmatic symptoms – and it is worrying that the most polluted rooms tend to be the children’s – with asthma more common in younger people. “Right now, more than five million people in the UK have asthma, the majority of which are children, and more than 20% of the UK will at one time in their life have a long-term lung condition, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). “Equally we must make sure that we’re getting the light exposure that we need in order to protect our immune systems. Many of us do not realise that lack of light can affect our sleep patterns and in turn increase our risk of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. “We don’t want to alarm people – instead we want them to be aware of the impact our lifestyle choices are making and help them to make simple changes for the better. There are small steps to make the air inside your home or office healthier, such as opening windows to allow fresh air in, particularly when bathing or cooking and cleaning regularly to keep allergens – such as dust mites – in check. “And when it comes to daylight – the best tonic is to get outside and expose ourselves to natural daylight on a daily basis, if this isn’t possible then try to sit by the window when indoors. Not only will this lift your mood but it will also help you to sleep better, which leads to enhanced concentration and improved general health and immunity.”
By sharing the survey, VELUX hopes to raise awareness of the importance of designing healthy buildings that are well ventilated and enjoy both good daylight and fresh air. In the longer-term VELUX would like to urge architects and planners to prioritise ventilation and light from the very start when retrofitting or designing buildings or city planning. The top tips below can be provided as guidance to customers who are planning a renovation or new build - be it domestic or commercial - and follow the principles of the Circadian House. They should understand the importance of: •
Fresh air ventilation – the importance of airing your home three to four times a day, including the placement of windows at different heights
The importance of daylight in the home - for example re-designing the home to ensure the rooms you use the most are south facing
Limiting sources of damp or moisture indoors
Ensuring carpets are cleaned – or better still get rid of them
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Walk-Through Wetroom Screens
Shower Chic by Hudson Reed The latest showering collection from bathroom specialist, Hudson Reed, embraces the very latest designs and innovations from the showering sector. From enclosures to wetroom screens, and valves to shower kits, the spectrum of products feature state-of- the-art technology and designer-inspired style. The newest additions to the range include two Walk-Through Wetroom Screens (above). Luxuriously designed, this range is available with double ceiling posts or double support arms with chrome retainer feet and comes in six sizes from 700mm to 1400mm in width. Teamed with slimline 40mm flush wetroom trays and the look is clean, streamlined and flawless. With 8mm toughened safety glass, the screens balance beauty with safety and Hudson Reedâ€™s Shower Shield technology ensures the glass is treated with an easy clean coating that repels water and prevents the build-up of limescale.
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Pictured below is the ART Triple Thermostatic Shower Valve with Square Tile Body Jets and Fixed Square Ceiling Mounted Head. This triple control shower features the precision engineered, Valquest cartridge and is manufactured at Hudson Reed’s Halifax site by a dedicated team. This shower offers accurate flow control and excellent flow rates even at low pressure (capable of delivering 5.5 litres of water per minute at 0.1 bar pressure). The cartridge is in fact 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. Highly resistant to calcium build-up, even in hard water areas, the cartridge offers full thermal protection to prevent scalding and thermostatic control to +/-2 degrees. For Further Information or to request a brochure please visit : www.hudsonreed.co.uk or call: 01422 417100.
For wall-fixed wetroom screens, the company also offers a good selection of designs (above). Like all the products from Hudson Reed’s Glass range, the screens are aesthetically and functionally designed to the highest levels and made to last – hence the lifetime guarantee. This wall-fixed wetroom screen includes a support bar and is available in widths from 700mm to 1400mm with a height of 1950mm. Optional extras include a 215mm return screen, a 300mm hinged return screen and a 300mm ceiling post. To complement the luxurious range of wetroom screens and enclosures from Hudson Reed, a comprehensive range of shower valves, heads and kits are available, many of them Made in Britain and manufactured to the highest standards. In fact, a selection of thermostatic shower valves contain the company’s patented Valquest cartridge, which includes many unique benefits, not least the simple installation and easy maintenance.
ART Triple Thermostatic Shower Valve with Square Tile Body Jets and Fixed Square Ceiling Mounted Head
32 Bathrooms & Washrooms Throughout the world Novellini creates inspiring bathrooms that appeal to individuals at home, via our merchant partners. Working alongside architects and designers, we create beautiful and functional bathrooms that complement the home, helping to create tranquil spaces promoting Well-being within the living environment. Based in the beautiful market town of St Albans, Hertfordshire, we have a small but well stocked Showroom with multiple displays of enclosures, trays, baths and steam cabins. In order not to be disappointed please book in advance of your visit making sure we have the product your require on display. Supported by vast stocks at our warehouse in Birmingham and serviced by experienced staff ready to support your needs. All our products are maintained by our qualified service engineers and supported by parts readily available from stock. Our products are available nationwide through our merchant partners and retailers. Please use our dealer locator link to find your nearest dealer or call us directly for more information on 01 727 229 922
Respect for environmental safety and quality Each of our products is designed and manufactured to meet the latest European standards in terms of quality, safety and environmental friendliness. The adoption of low environmental impact production processes, the total control on toxic substances and significant energy savings, are the answers to the problems of a world in a constant evolution.
Antibacterial Coatings Novellini has chosen to enrich the paintings with silver - and zeolite - based additives, in order to prevent proliferation of bacteria, moulds and fungi on the surfaces. Our paints are laboratory-tested according with the JIS Z 2801:2000 method. Compared with traditional paints grant more than 99% reduction of the most common bacterial organisms (Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Escherichia coli). developer-update.co.uk
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 â€œClean itâ€? 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 www.novellini.co.uk for more information and other exciting products.
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MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt white of polished chrome profiling giving the enclosure a sleek and luxurious look. Coupled with the rise and fall door mechanism and the versatility to be installed on a shower tray or tiled floor, the Young collection gives you a multitude of showering options and fantastic value for money. Combine this with our Novosolid stone shower tray andfast flow with its anti-slip stone texture, stain and UV resistant, hiddenDesigned 90mm manufactured waste and can be cut down to size on site to fit difficult spaces. in MANTOVA
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METHVEN EXTENDS BLACK COLLECTION TO INCLUDE AIO HANDSET • Limited edition range includes eleven products in matte black A popular, limited edition collection by Methven, the designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has been expanded. The award-winning Aio handset, featuring patented Aurajet® technology, has now been launched in matte black and added to the Methven Black collection. Paired with the Krome 120mm Rail Shower, with adjustable mounting brackets for easy retrofit installation, the Aio Black Rail Shower introduces the unparalleled Aurajet showering experience with the stunning new matte black aesthetic. Aurajet technology takes the science of showering to new levels, using invisible hidden nozzles to generate single jets of water that hit precisely-engineered surfaces to produce a wide, even shower spray with no gaps and enhanced droplet density. The Methven Black collection, launched in late 2017 in response to consumer demand for black products, also includes a Krome 200mm Wall Shower on an arm; the Krome 120mm Three Function Rail Shower featuring Airstream™ technology; Kaha Concealed Thermostatic Mixer Valves with either one, two or three outlets; the Breeze Mono Basin Mixer; press top waste, bath fill and overflow and bottle trap. Simon Cornelius, Head of Marketing at Methven UK, said: “The response to our Black Collection has been very positive and we were keen to incorporate another of our patented shower technologies to appeal to an even wider audience. Matte black is very much on-trend right now and we hope these products will continue to capture interest.” developer-update.co.uk
Embrace the Outdoors with WAZEBO by KOS
Designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, WAZEBO is an extremely versatile addition to the Outdoor collection by KOS. Minimal, yet refined, the outdoor shower features an open metal structure that ensures the landscape of the outdoors isn’t obstructed. The skeletal design merges seamlessly into the open space to create a truly unique, open-air showering experience. The lightweight independent structure, open to the outside environment, can be positioned at the poolside or on a patio and is available as either a single or double enclosure. Completed with a tactile slatted wooden tray, a joystick single lever mixer to adjust the flow of hot and cold water and a large rainfall showerhead, WAZEBO is a unique innovative object for customised outdoor wellness.
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Thomas & Adamson grows London office with Associate Director appointment Thomas & Adamson, the international project management and cost consultancy firm, has appointed Ian Lloyd as Associate Director for its growing London office. Ian Lloyd will lead the delivery of cost management services for many of Thomas & Adamson’s projects in London and the South East. Ian is currently involved in a number of schemes, most notably the fit-out works for Jaguar Land Rover at their Gaydon Campus he is also working on a number of projects across the estate of The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity. A few of his notable projects include refurbishment and conservation work on Kensington Palace, Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell and Hayward Galleries in South Bank.
Ian has over 20 years’ experience of financial and cost management in and around London. He joins Thomas & Adamson from McBains Cooper where he was a Project Director responsible for the cost management department in their London Office. He brings with him extensive experience in a number of sectors including residential, retail, commercial, healthcare, hotels, arts, cultural and leisure. developer-update.co.uk
Speaking of the appointment Ian said: “I am delighted to join Thomas & Adamson’s busy London office and see it as an opportunity to both learn from and strengthen an already very talented team of individuals. “The firm has a reputation for providing a high quality service and successful project delivery, this is something which I take great pride in myself. I look forward to supporting the business and its clients.”
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science with Honours in Quantity Surveying and is a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). John Miller, partner in Thomas & Adamson’s London office, added: “Having delivered an impressive portfolio of high profile projects across a broad range of sectors, Ian is well versed in managing complex and sensitive contracts. His track record with client satisfaction and retention makes him a valuable asset to our team.”
Rosette Merchant Bank has hired Stuart Jarvis as Investment Director. Stuart brings with him a strong track record in U.K. and European commercial real estate combined with a wealth of experience in the Islamic finance sector. A fluent Arabic speaker, Stuart has previously held senior positions at investment houses in London, Kuwait and Malaysia. Stuart’s appointment bolsters the Rosette Real Estate team, which has now transacted over £200 million of assets since its inception in 2016 with a further £60 million currently under offer. The news follows the recent promotions of Sam Broadhead to
Chief Executive Officer and Adam Cavanagh to Chief Investment Officer. Both are now leading the growth and development of the business and are looking to expand the bank into new areas that will create exciting opportunities in the Islamic finance sector. Concurrently, Rosette is also expanding its geographic reach beyond its traditional GCC market. Amr Kenawy, Rosette’s Chief Business Development Officer, has led efforts in Malaysia and is continuing to take the Rosette business into the wider Asia Pacific markets with equal success. developer-update.co.uk
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Walk-on rooflights installed in breathtaking San Francisco roof terrace As locations go, this private residence certainly has one of the most sought-after zip codes in San Francisco! Sitting directly across from the St Francis Yacht Club on Marina Boulevard, this luxury property now boasts a stunning multi-level 1200 square foot roof terrace, offering breathtaking waterfront views. Designed by ODS Architecture, based in the San Francisco Bay area, the roof terrace offers a glorious outdoor space, whilst the Glazing Vision Flushglaze walk-on rooflights, imported specially from the UK, and interspersed in the decking, ensure that the bedroom suite floor below is bathed in diffused daylight. Structural challenges of adding a roof terrace to this period property Built in the 1920’s in the Spanish Mission style, this 3-storey property already offered an impressive 4000 square feet of space, but the homeowner wished to extend the house further, particularly looking to unlock the potential of the unused, run-down flat roof by adding a fully-operational outdoor kitchen as well as spacious dining and living areas. A viewing platform to take advantage of the views out over the marina was also on his wish list. ODS Architecture was appointed by the homeowner in 2012 to undertake this ambitious project. Renowned for their contemporary approach to residential design, this project was, however, a new departure for the team at ODS – taking a traditional house and adding a modern twist to it. The brief to build a stylish roof terrace as well as to reconfigure the master bedroom floor posed a number of significant structural challenges. Firstly, changes to the historic façade of the property were not allowed by the State of California, plus any new construction had to be out of view of the street as much as possible. Furthermore, the close proximity of the neighbours’ houses on both sides compromised the amount of natural light entering the client’s home, and the inability to install windows because of insufficient clearance to the property line meant a regular upper floor extension in a traditional masonry sense was not going to be appropriate. Building a roof terrace, or deck, is never an easy task but at Marina Boulevard, this was going to be particularly challenging as the silver-painted rooftop was in a state of disrepair.
ODS’s innovative design for a new multi-level, multi-functional roof terrace, incorporating a modernization of the third floor of the house, demanded highly creative construction techniques. General building contractor, Jeff King & Company, working in close collaboration with ODS, re-framed the roof with new wooden supports, metal connectors and hardware to ensure that it could take the weight of the planned roof terrace. Vertical cables on the side of the house were made to fit. Large roof terraces always require careful attention to waterproofing, and at Marina Boulevard, where old and new systems needed to be finely tuned in order to create a completely waterproof envelope, a high-tech waterproof system had to be devised. Additionally, the deck was laid with durable chip-, fadeand crack-resistant porcelain tiles that could be easily removed and replaced should there be a leak, or water damage in the future. They are also fireproof, an important feature given the type of appliances installed on the roof terrace and the closeness of the neighbouring properties to either side.
Multi-level layout for roof terrace design The lower tier of the roof terrace contains the impressive outdoor kitchen, resplendent with stainless steel Viking appliances and concrete counter tops, which are a nod to the stucco plaster walls of the old house. The dining area, complete with a large dining table, is adjacent to the kitchen and on the next tier there is small bar and a fire pit for alfresco entertaining. The “crow’s nest”, the viewing platform, is reached by a glass and timber stairwell, and was created by the contractor where the original roof was sloped. This level deck, based on a pedestal system that reaches up to 24 inches, is split into 4 quadrants to ensure proper drainage and is waterproofed to protect the sitting room below, which is accessed from both the master bedroom and the main deck. This room provides a contemporary, yet intimate space in which to relax and retreat should the weather prove inclement. It can be closed off by glazed sliding doors yet it is bright and airy, and offers a quiet peaceful zone to observe the marina.
Unlocking daylight to living space below the roof terrace A key consideration, however, for the architects and contractor in the design of the roof terrace was the need to unlock the daylight to the lower bedroom & bathroom suite floor, whilst simultaneously protecting the privacy of these intimate quarters. The original roof
Glass & Glazing 39 had 4 square-shaped skylights, which had allowed for natural light to enter the living space below. As the old roof was being covered with the new roof deck, and the old skylights removed, a glazing solution was required that would guarantee a direct source of daylight, and could utilise the original skylight apertures. Additionally, the glazing had to be sufficiently robust to be walk-able so as to not compromise the structure or the practicality of the deck itself, and it had to be able cope with inclement weather conditions, including heavy rainfall. Safety too was a critical factor in the selection of the glazing – it had to be safe underfoot. After extensive research ODS specified a series of Flushglaze walk-on rooflights,manufactured in England by Glazing Vision, a highly respected and innovative glazing specialist producing highquality rooflights for the residential and commercial markets both in the UK and overseas. Unlike skylight products available in the USA, the Glazing Vision Flushglaze rooflights were designed and tested to withstand heavy foot traffic whilst maintaining watertight integrity. Architect, contractor and client all felt that these rooflights best met their exacting criteria. The Flushglaze walk-on rooflights had the advantage of being able to be installed flush with the porcelain floor tiles used on the main roof terrace, making for a perfectly flat surface. A lack of any visible internal framework meant that, crucially, these rooflights would not spoil the visual effect – on the contrary they would enhance the contemporary appearance of the roof terrace, adding a distinct wow factor.
Safety & privacy considerations For the three rooflights located on the main deck the glazing had been specifically ordered with a sandblasted finish. This would result in a more diffused light entering the bedroom suite below, but would also improve obscurity, thereby offering greater privacy too, an important factor for the client given that the roof terrace would be used frequently for entertaining guests. Additionally, the sandblasted finish provided better slip-resistance than standard glazing. Slip resistance is measured using mean Pendulum Test Values (PTV), with values of 25-35 deemed as having moderate slip risk and 36+ as a low slip risk. Glazing Vision’s sandblasted glass achieves a PTV of 50 as standard, well above the threshold of PTV 36 to be categorized as having a low-slip potential, and it was considered ideal for use at Marina Boulevard.
“Crow’s nest” at the top of the house The fourth of the Glazing Vision Flushglaze walk-on rooflights, and the largest at 67 x 34 inches, was installed on the viewing platform, and unlike the other 3 rooflights, its glazing had a fritted finish. A screen-printed frit, that included particles within the ink to create a rough texture, was applied to the glass in a unique pattern to provide 40% coverage, significantly increasing the slip resistance of the glass. Indeed, fritted glass generally achieves a PTV of 60, thus providing an even better slip resistance than the sandblasted. The generous size of the Glazing Vision Flushglaze walk-on rooflight on the viewing platform also ensured that daylight flooded the narrow walkway underneath, from which the adjacent master bedroom sitting room also benefited. Complimenting the contemporary staircase leading up from the main deck, this almost frameless rooflight stylishly combined with the IPE wood flooring to create a kind of nautical feel, a perfect environment from where to watch the Americas Cup race! Whilst this challenging project took 2 ½ years to complete, the resulting roof terrace is testament to extraordinary teamwork. Indeed, as the contractor, Jeff King & Co. explains, it was the result of the client, architect and contractor “working collaboratively to understand the design intent and to make sure that the craftsmanship realized the dream”. And, importantly for the State of California, this modern roof terrace is neither visible from the street, nor does it detract from the historic character of the neighbourhood. The success of this build earned Jeff King & Co. the 2016 Contractor of the Year award (Landscape design/outdoor living). The roof terrace design is convincing in its simplicity, and the sensitivity to colour and materiality ensures it blends seamlessly with the rest of the house, so that when walking into the living space on the master suite floor, as Alan Ohashi of ODS proudly states, “one has the feeling that nothing had really happened” above. Architecture at its finest! To find out more design considerations for your next project, contact us on 01379 658300 or request a CPD.
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Fire alarms and human behaviour Wrightstyle is an international glass and steel glazing company. Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, looks at human behavior when a fire alarm sounds. We’re sometimes asked why our advanced glazing systems are designed to give protection against fire and toxic gases for up to 120 minutes. The answer, of course, is that large or complex buildings such as hospitals or tall office blocks can take a long time to evacuate and, then, protected access is needed for fire crews to extinguish the fire. But it’s not quite as simple as that, because human beings aren’t predictable. For example, a major UK retailer took part recently in a series of unannounced fire test evacuations.
Interestingly, and contrary to their training, staff didn’t always immediately start to move customers towards the exits. The majority first sought confirmation that it was a real fire alarm, which therefore delayed the evacuation.
Evacuation models In other words, human behaviour can sometimes work against the fast evacuation of a building, whose evacuation models are often based on engineering and computational tools. However, research at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), among others, demonstrates that those computer models don’t always take human reaction into consideration. After all, we’ve all been in a building when a fire alarm has sounded. Did you immediately move towards the nearest exit? Probably not. Our first instinct is not to take the alarm too seriously. We can’t see any smoke or flames. We can’t smell smoke. It must therefore be a fire test or a false alarm. Until we know for certain, we do nothing. That period is called “pre-movement time” – the period when nothing much happens. Psychologically, our brains are telling us to think logically. There is no discernible threat, the chances of it being a real fire are remote and, frankly, I’m composing a rather important email to my boss in Bradford. In most cases, therefore, a fire alarm isn’t in itself a call to action. More often, it’s a source of confusion because, even when we believe the alarm might be real, we don’t know where the threat is coming from. This also adds to a delayed evacuation because none of us wants to evacuate until we know that our escape route is safe.
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Start-up time The fire alarm therefore precipitates a variety of responses. Some people will take it seriously; others will wait until they have more information. Some will seek guidance from co-workers or their superiors; some will ignore it completely. It’s estimated that as much as two-thirds of the time it takes people to exit a building after an alarm is start-up time – time wasted in looking for more information. The most tragic example was 9/11, when fewer than 9% of the occupants of the World Trade Center towers immediately evacuated after the alarms sounded. The average “start up” time before people began to move to the exits was between five and eight minutes. Others didn’t start to evacuate for up to 40 minutes. And then there’s “exit choice behavior” which computational models can also struggle with because, again, human nature comes into play. We don’t always exit a building by designated
routes. We’ll exit a building by the route we’re familiar with, even it’s a longer journey – for example, the route by which we arrive at our desk in the morning. But behavior isn’t just about us as individuals. Groups of people can influence one another. People want to evacuate alongside colleagues, slowing evacuation down to the speed of the slowest person. In a shopping centre, we might be evacuating with elderly relatives or small children. All of those factors, and many others, can influence the level of protection that should be applied within a particular building. It’s not just about using a computer model to estimate how long a well-drilled evacuation will take. It’s also about adding in human behavior. And that’s why our advanced steel glazing systems provide up to 120 minutes of fire resistance, containing fire away from escape routes, and giving everyone, even the most complacent or stupid, more than enough time to escape. developer-update.co.uk
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New door hardware brochure is packed with inspiration With all-glass entrances, partitions and doors a trending design in architecture, the new Door Hardware and Office Partition Systems brochure from CRL is bursting with hundreds of products that make creating the look a simple process From CRL Langle office partition systems and glazing channels, door controls and patch hardware, sliding and bi-folding doors, to spider fittings, structural standoffs and glass awning systems, the brochure includes all the must-haves for creating a stylish public or private environment. A highlight of the range is the CRL Langle office partition systems, available in single and double-glazed options to offer a creative and effective solution for modern interior
designs. With no wet sealing necessary and with a fully height adjustable door hinge that requires no drilling or milling, the CRL sytem is easily assembled and installed producing maximum transparency. The CRL door hardware range also includes patch hardware, such as the CRL380 Series Hydraulic Patch Fittings. With two adjustment screws to adjust the latching speed and the swing speed, the fitting is designed for installation without the need for any other floor or overhead closing devices, making it a versatile option for interior projects. For compact situations, such as bathrooms, a sliding glass door offers the ideal solution and with CRL Compact-X, such a system is quick and easy to install, integrating seamlessly into any design. The brochure also has details of the range of hardware finishes available, including sophisticated Matte Black, from profiles to door jambs and gaskets. For further information call 01706 863600, email email@example.com, or visit www.crlaurence.co.uk
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ENGEL’S ‘GALAXY’ WORKWEAR HAS UNIVERSAL APPEAL FE Engel, the Danish company which is recognised as one of the World’s leading manufacturers of comfortable and practical workwear includes the ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collection. One of the company’s best-selling brands, ‘Galaxy’ offers a comprehensive selection of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on style and fit as on being protective and hardwearing; the trousers are narrower than normal, the jackets slimcut and all garments are available in a choice of three colour combinations giving wearers a pride in their appearance and a professional image. Designed to suit every type of workplace situation the collection also consists of soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall, boiler suit and shorts with fabrics made from durable, two-ply cotton/polyester yarns; most items feature several spacious pockets and many other shared functional details such as concealed buttons and zippers, adjustable jacket cuffs and CORDURA reinforced jacket elbows. developer-update.co.uk
The company also offers the Galaxy ‘Light’ range which includes the 210 g/m2 ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880) that has a longer, pleated back for added freedom of movement and stylish reflectors on both front and back for greater visibility. Available with or without matching trousers (2290-880), each incorporate many practical details giving maximum comfort, weather protection and quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories; both garments are made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton and are available in a choice of Anthracite Grey or 3 other colour combinations, in sizes XS-4XL.
The Engel Galaxy workwear range will be on display along with the complete 2018 Engel workwear collection on stand S160 at the Safety & Health Expo, Excel Exhibition centre, London from the 19th – 21st June 2018. All Engel products are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: email@example.com and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit: www.engel.eu/en email: Mark McBrayne at email@example.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197
ENGEL HAVE WORKWEAR ALL WRAPPED UP One of Europe’s leading workwear manufacturers, Danish company F. Engel is continuing to make serious inroads into the UK workwear market. For more than 85 years, the company’s products have been selected by customers from all over Europe as the first choice for all-round protection and maximum comfort, no matter what a work situation may demand. Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear; more versatility has been added over the years by incorporating the yarn combination of polyester and cotton for a perfect, flexible fit and long lasting, reliable service. With new colours and designs, Engel workwear is valued for both its practical uses and as a significant part of a company’s professional statement. The complete 2018 Engel workwear collection will be on display on stand S160 at the Safety & Health Expo, Excel Exhibition centre, London, from the 19th – 21st June 2018. For further information Visit: www.engel.eu/en email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197
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NEW WOODPECKER FLOORING OFFICES
Featuring a slide, gym and real wood treehouse, Woodpecker Flooring’s new offices make a day at work feel like no work at all. Tucked away in Caerphilly’s Pant Glas Industrial Estate, the once empty shell of a warehouse has been transformed into a fantastic workplace, thanks to a 2 million pound investment from the company.
to sit or stand at their desks with just the press of a button. Or, they might prefer to relax in one of the many casual meeting spaces, including comfortable sofas, group pods and the wooden treehouse.
The two-storey space is just 500 yards from Woodpecker’s distribution centre and previous offices.
There’s a gym and showers, along with a large breakout area for lunchtimes. Fridges are stocked with snacks to help with mid-morning hunger and afternoon dips.
Designed by fit-out company OEG, it’s decorated in the brand’s bright colours and imagery, along with many of Woodpecker’s natural woods on the floors and walls. Huge windows spill natural light into the building while an indoor tree reaches between floors, bringing a sense of the outdoors into this naturally inspired environment. The Woodpecker team can choose developer-update.co.uk
Customers can visit Woodpecker’s very first on-site showroom to get a feel for the natural colours and textures of the flooring range, and take away samples for their home or project. There’s even the option to skip the stairs and take the slide between floors.
Flooring Proud of the new space, Chairman Nelson Ker says: ‘The new Woodpecker offices and showroom combine a truly wonderful experience for both our great team who live, breath and sleep the Woodpecker brand, and our customers who can come and experience the Woodpecker atmosphere. Staff and visitors can be surrounded by the product in use, in a naturally inspired environment where they’re able to touch and feel the woods, receive training and develop an understanding of not only the floor but where it’s come from. It has taken us almost two years to achieve but we now have a workplace which reflects every aspect of our values and enables us to truly live the Woodpecker dream.’ Managing Director of Woodpecker Darwyn Ker adds: ‘This workspace is like no other, providing a truly inspirational space to both showcase the Woodpecker collections and for our team to operate from. As our global headquarters, it sets the bar and displays the true Woodpecker heart!’ Woodpecker Flooring design and manufacture naturally inspired, real wood floors with retailers UK-wide. Browse the collections at their website: www.woodpeckerflooring.co.uk
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In addition to energy savings, reduced costs and customers are now looking for environmentally f Green Cooling explains as to why businesses should switch to using CO2 as a refrigerant. “CO2 is a highly efficient, safe and natural form of refrigeration technology, this Panasonic CO2 condensing range is able to deliver on both cost and carbon savings. Based on Panasonic monitored data, 16% energy savings for chilled refrigeration and 25% energy savings for lower temperature freezer applications have been achieved in comparison to R404A. *.” Garry further advises “Flexibility of installation and reliability are the key to success. In the retail and food service sectors, a very high standard of equipment is required to deliver reliable performance. The Panasonic range achieves this with a focus on efficiency, low noise and reliability”.
Panasonic UK has selected specialist and experienced refrigeration company ‘Green Cooling’ to become one of its launch UK distributors to bring its range of natural CO2 condensing refrigeration units to the UK market.
in small supermarkets, convenience stores and garage forecourt retail operations. Furthermore, the range is also ideally suited to provide refrigeration within the restaurant and hotel sectors.
The range has been specifically developed for small to medium capacity applications within the retail and food service sectors and is particularly suited for installations
Panasonic has much expertise in this market, in Japan these CO2 condensing units have been installed since 2010 in over 6,600 applications, are well proven and have
demonstrated reliable and efficient performance. Panasonic are now delighted to bring this technology to the UK. By combining reliability and efficiency, with the natural refrigerant CO2, the range removes any risk of future costs associated with the F-Gas refrigerant phase out whilst also minimising energy use and operating costs. Garry Broadbent, Commercial Director of
With changes to the F-Gas regulations coming into force alongside reducing carbon emissions and energy costs becoming key drivers for change in refrigeration systems, both specifiers and end users are recognising the need to consider CO2 as a refrigerant. Neil Bilton, Head of Key Accounts at Panasonic UK explains more about the benefits “The new Panasonic CO2 condensing units use a natural refrigerant that has a GWP
d reliability, friendly solutions. (Global Warming Potential) equal to 1 as opposed to the current refrigerant typically used such as R404A having a GWP equal to 3,800. With refrigeration legislation increasing over the coming years, HFC R404A will be out of circulation by 2020. Given the above, and to minimise future risk to businesses, CO2 seems to be the best way to go for refrigeration needs.” David Blinkhorn, Technical Director of Green Cooling has been at the forefront of European CO2 development; he designed the first CO2 installation within a large scale food service application in 2010 at the Café Royal Hotel in Piccadilly and due to this high level of experience is well positioned to support the application of the Panasonic range. The Panasonic CO2 condensing units come in two sizes at 4kW and 15kW (both at -10oC evaporating temperature), the units are compact, lightweight and have very low noise levels. Garry Broadbent, Commercial Director of Green Cooling further explains that a good system design provides “efficiency, value and energy savings. The Panasonic CO2 refrigeration systems provide all of these, whilst also delivering high levels of sustainability and future proofing an application against the effects of the F-Gas regulations.” The units are a practical and straightforward method of installation with complete design support available through the distributor network. For more information, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu or contact Green Cooling at www.greencooling.co.uk. developer-update.co.uk
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Panasonic Announces Full Switch to R32 in 2018 • All Panasonic air-conditioning products with less than 3kg of refrigerant available in R32 • Higher value for installers to end users • Lower impact on global warming than R410A systems Panasonic is once again leading the change on adopting renewable energy sources, announcing that in 2018 it will make a full switch to R32. Panasonic will consolidate its residential and commercial airconditioning ranges with less than 3kg of refrigerant, including its newly designed RAC floor consoles, split, multi-split and cassettes, to be compatible with R32. According to 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014), Europe must reduce the Global Warming Performance year by year. This regulation defines how each industry needs to contribute to reach the total European target. In the air-conditioning industry this affects Single Split air-conditioning systems containing less than 3kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases. The refrigerant within this system must be less than 750 GWP by the year 2025. Panasonic is ready
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