Refurb & Developer Update - November 2019

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REFURB & DEVELOPER November 2019


Driving sustainability – Delivering excellence

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Form, function and fire

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04 Industry News

Planning Approved for Manchester Regeneration Manchester City Council has approved planning permission for a £79 million regeneration project.

CEG submitted the planning application which is set to transform the gateway site between the High Street and Northern Quarter, and replace a predominantly vacant 1970s building, with a distinctly Mancunian building, drawing on Debenhams and Sunlight House for inspiration. David Hodgson, Head of Strategic Development at CEG, said: “This is an extremely challenging regeneration project on a constrained brownfield site. The resolution has provided the opportunity to transform this rundown building with a bold, confident and distinctly Mancunian building. We are pleased that the committee has acknowledged this and allows CEG to move forward. “CEG has managed investment into Manchester for many years, including the extensive renovation of the historic 196 Deansgate and is transforming Jackson House, now known as M33, in Sale and Altrincham Business Park. We look forward to continuing to work with the City Council to bring forward an exciting new development at High Street. The planning committee process is just the first step in the journey to deliver much-needed regeneration of this key site.” The planning application was prepared by Deloitte on behalf of CEG. Eve Grant, Director at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “With approval of the 20-36 High Street scheme, the city can look towards the delivery of a new landmark building that will create a more coherent link between Manchester’s iconic Northern Quarter and Retail core. Not only will this development positively transform the current look and feel of High Street, but it is set actively revitalise the local townscape whilst contributing to Manchester’s wider environmental, social and economic objectives.” Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architecture uses light ivory-white glazed ceramic tiles providing a far greater light reflectance onto the street scape than the existing dark brick. The ground floor and a double height mezzanine would offer a vibrant space for independent cafés, restaurants and shops, providing around 65 jobs with 360-homes above. The scheme also reopens the Stationer’s Court to become a tranquil public green space connecting the High Street and the Northern Quarter.

L&G commits to £750m affordable homes investment Legal & General Affordable Homes has committed to invest £750m in new affordable housing projects taking its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes, across 41 schemes. Also the affordable homes division has recruited developer Capco’s former group planning director Anette Simpson to head developments and partnerships. Simpson will lead and coordinate the direct delivery of Legal & General’s affordable housing schemes and oversee all aspects of development to legal completion. Over the last 12 months, the affordable homes division has grown its staff from five to 55 as it strives to deliver a long-term plan to become the UK’s leading institutional registered provider.

Across its growing portfolio, it is delivering a mix of social and affordable rental homes, grant-supported shared ownership homes and Section 106 schemes. Ben Denton, managing director, L&G Affordable Homes, said: “There is an urgent need to innovate new ways to provide stable homes for the millions of households on waiting lists. “Legal & General remains committed to deploying institutional capital at scale into this sector, to deliver the volumes of social housing which society desperately needs.”

Industry News 05

Solar-powered prefab home comes move-in ready a 3D-printed prefab smart home with off-grid capability has started shipping, offering buyers the chance to live anywhere. the ‘haus’ model is a fully autonomous unit with the option to run entirely on solar power. homes are designed to retain as much heat and energy as possible. Instead of building a frame and then insulating, its creators started with the insulation. “We developed a patented composite polymer insulation that can also be 3D-printed into a construction material for building walls,”’s CEO Max Gerbut told Dwell. The ultra-insulated structure makes it possible for solar panels—and a back-up battery—to power the entire home. By the company’s estimates, its home is 20 times more energyefficient than the average American home. models feature a laundry list of other green features including a bioactive sewage system that helps purify black water and a purification system that cleans and recycles shower water. The design comes in three models— the mOne, a 400-square-foot single story home that starts at $199,999; the mTwo, an 800-square-foot house with two bedrooms that starts at $379,999; and the mFour, a 1,600-square-foot model with three bedrooms and two

floors that starts at $1 million; it costs extra to add full off-grid capability to the homes. Each home comes fully furnished with everything from wine glasses to an automation system that helps you control the house from afar. And there’s a high-tech sheen over it all, as if it were developed in Cupertino and shipped out in a pristine white box. In fact, the company has a factory in Nevada where it’s ramping up production to start delivering its houses to customers in February 2020.

Westridge to restart stalled Brighton Dome revamp Westridge Construction has been chosen to continue work on Brighton’s £21m Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre refurbishment job. The project stalled this summer after original contractor R Durtnell & Sons hit financial problems and parted company with client Brighton & Hove City Council. Durtnell – which is Britain’s oldest builder – entered a Corporate Voluntary Arrangement with creditors owed more than £8m. Ahead of pre-contract discussions Westridge will undertake essential weatherproofing and drainage works to protect and conserve the historic Grade I and Grade II listed buildings. Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said: “We are grateful to Brighton &

Hove City Council for their commitment and swift action on procuring an interim contractor. “Westridge have an impressive track record of working on heritage building projects such as Ditchling Museum and Battle Abbey. “We are delighted they are a local company and together with project architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, we look forward to collaborating with their team on progressing the project.” Martin Buckthorpe, Managing Director, Westridge Construction said: “It is a pleasure to have been chosen as the preferred contractor to continue works on this prestigious building, reinforcing our

positive ongoing relationship with Brighton & Hove City Council. “Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre project retains Westridge’s presence in the city centre, following the successful completion of the Hannington Lane development earlier this year. “Brighton’s historic landmarks play a key role in the local community and we are honoured to be playing our part in their on-going restoration.”

06 Industry News Designed by Purcell, Cornwall’s new archive centre, Kresen Kernow (Cornwall Centre) safeguards the historic Redruth Brewery building at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The project brings together the world’s largest source of information and artefacts recording the people, places, history and culture of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Derelict brewery revived as archive centre for Cornwall

Closed since 2004, Redruth Brewery comprised a collection of derelict industrial buildings dating back more than 200 years. Successive arson attacks in 2011 and 2013 devastated the interiors, reducing several of the structures to little more than debris-filled shells. Purcell’s approach to the restoration and adaptation of the site draws influence from the strong visual appeal of the historic fabric. The design team was particularly keen to retain the remaining structures and rejuvenate the interiors in order to provide spaces for contemporary exhibition and library uses. A new, two-storey environmentally controlled archive store incorporating 23 kilometres of racking has been added to the complex. Conceived as a robust yet discrete counterpoint to the existing building, it is clad in precast concrete panels. Reaching a height of 33-metres, the tapered 1930s brick chimney has been retained at the heart of the new extension. Uplighters installed at roof level illuminate the structure, making it visible from the town and surrounding area at night. A copper-clad addition projects beyond the confines of the original building and accommodates a display area at first floor level. The structure also provides an external focal point close to the site entrance. Elsewhere, previously infilled openings have been reopened and fitted with new hardwood windows and glazed screens. A number of original cast iron columns have been salvaged from the fire-torn building and incorporated in a new steel frame that supports the first floor and roof, as well as provides lateral restraint to the historic walls. Modern render and plaster coverings have been successfully removed from the stonework, with original granite flagstones carefully lifted and re-laid within the new ground-floor exhibition space. Brick gable walls at high level have also been reinstated, based on historic records.

Guo Zijian Hutong House / DL Atelier After two years of design and construction, DL Atelier has completed the renovation of a Hutong building in Beijing. In reviving the site, the design team sought to preserve the memories and history associated with it. ‘We retained the building-yard relationship and the original building scale,’ explain the architects. Meanwhile, a new concrete structure stabilizes the building and provides a contrast with the previously existing materials. The renovated design is now insulated, has advanced drainage systems, and even boasts air conditioning. To ensure privacy from the outside world, dl atelier built a new wall adjacent to the street. This wall includes an almost invisible front door that serves as the entrance to the home. At the top of the otherwise opaque façade is a horizontal window that provides natural light and ventilation. Internally, very few partitions are used — a gesture that lends the home an open and spacious quality. Throughout, raw materials and surfaces have been left exposed. ‘Looking back now, although it’s a new house, it seems to have been built for 50 years,’ concludes the design team. ‘Being familiar and strange at the same time, perhaps it’s a memory from future.’ The first role of the interior, which can be readily reconfigured, is to host a small exhibition of dl atelier’s work.

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Fusion21 launches £250m energy efficiency framework race Procurement body Fusion21 is on the hunt for firms to join its national Energy Efficiency Framework worth up to £250m over a four-year period. It is searching for firms with expertise in installation of domestic and non-domestic solar photovoltaic systems, battery storage and solar car parks, plus cladding replacement, electric vehicle charging points and LED lighting. Split into seven lots, the framework provides regional coverage and has been structured to enable suppliers – including SMEs and specialist contractors – to bid for works suited to their capability, experience and expertise. The new framework is targeted for use by housing associations, NHS trusts, bluelight organisations, education providers, local authorities and central government. Peter Francis, director of operation at Fusion21, said: “In response to market and member feedback, we’ve developed this flexible procurement solution to help Fusion21 members achieve energy efficiency outcomes – including reduced carbon emissions and increased cost savings. “These benefits contribute to supporting the government’s decarbonisation agenda and will also positively impact upon the carbon footprint of organisations, the wider environment and residents living in domestic properties. Interested firms have until 27 November to complete prequal documents found on the Mytenders web portal. that meet the criteria set out in the tender documentation now available on the mytenders web portal under Notice ID OCT158433 To date Fusion21 has saved more than £225m through the procurement process, created 6,500 jobs and generated more than £80m of social impact.

08 Editor’s Choice

Maxtop Quartz added to major worktop distributor’s range Kitchen and bathroom surface manufacturer, Maxtop Quartz, is now being offered by leading worktop and decorative surface distributor, Blackheath Products. Maxtop will supply the distributor from its extensive stockholding and product is available to consumers now. The partnership will allow the Birmingham-based business to achieve fast conversion of orders to its retailer network with no delay for template and fit. Ian Foster, joint managing director at Blackheath Products, says: “Maxtop Quartz’s worktops are completely unique in the surface market and we are looking forward to being able to offer our customers such an innovative product.” The unique solid quartz surface, which is characterised by its patented honeycomb interior, is available in a total of ten carefully-selected decors including two marble-effect finishes; Alba and Tundra.

Stephen Moss, managing director at Maxtop Quartz, adds: “Blackheath Products presents a huge opportunity for us to expand the Maxtop product range within the UK and Ireland and we’re excited to support the company throughout the journey. “We have recently invested considerably in the manufacturing process of Maxtop Quartz and the new generation of our products have made considerable impact within the KBB sector, as this new partnership is testament to.” For more information about Maxtop please visit

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The Department of International Trade to attend Leicester Business Festival in hope to spread opportunities about exporting This year’s Leicester Business Festival will be in full swing from the 28th October to 7th November, bringing influencers, innovators and inspiration together in a wide variety of free-to-attend business events.

One of the key highlights is the attendance of the Department of International Trade (DIT) - a much-anticipated visit from this government department. This will be the first time they will have spent an entire day at the festival, during which time they will be giving their advice and conducting presentations – with the main objective of showing how they have helped UK businesses export and grow into global markets whilst also supporting overseas companies who want to locate and grow in the UK. Their services are provided in over 100 markets worldwide and they are keen to promote the scale of opportunities available for small businesses – a welcome message at a time when there’s so much focus on the doom and gloom and turmoil being caused by Brexit uncertainty. Alongside the DIT will be Ventola Projects Ltd, who has experienced first-hand, the benefits gained by working together. Ventola Projects Ltd provide specialist electrical LED lighting installations across a wide range of sectors, in which Managing Director, Mick Ventola and his team produce, ship and install orders globally, gaining particular recognition in the USA and the Middle East for the supply of specialised entertainment facility lighting. Some of which may not have been possible without DIT assistance. The US is not a market which has been traditionally easy to break into, and Ventola Projects readily acknowledge the assistance received from the DIT.

The organisers of the Leicester Business Festival invited Mick to be part of the promotion for UK export due to his role as a DIT Midlands Engine Export Champion, a role which regularly sees him deliver workshops and seminars on international sales. When asked about what he was most looking forward to he told us: “I’m excited about being able to share the positive news about exporting and the massive worldwide opportunities available for UK businesses. We would never have had the confidence to continue expanding globally if it hadn’t been for the support available from the HM DIT and that is why I am so pleased to work with them to promote their activities to others who could benefit just as we have” Mick and the DIT will be located at the DIT Mobile Hub expo based at Jubilee Square on the 6th November. As well as giving joint presentations with the DIT, he will also be showcasing Ventola Projects’ VAvR LED range – just one of the products which has been at the root of the company’s success, both here in the UK and the US. The two events that Ventola Projects Ltd will be involved with are ‘Exporting: is it for you’ and ‘Export to succeed’. To register for your free place, click here or click here. WTo find out more information on Ventola Projects Ltd visit: For more details on the Department for International Trade click here. To see a full schedule of events at Leicester Business Festival visit:

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Form, function and fire Specifying and procuring doors for refurbishment and new build, can present many challenges in today’s market conditions. With often competing and exacting criteria to contend with, it can often seem like an unsolvable problem, trying to meets the needs of modern design, fulfil practical obstacles and a safety conscious risk averse performance; all within budgetary constraints. However, the solutions are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

One answer is to turn away from the traditional volume and commodity door suppliers, who’s concept of ‘modern’ owes more to the 20th century than the 21st, with old fashion moulded skin and labour intensive preparation for painting on site as their norm. Far better to look towards those who have expertise across multiple market sectors, where overcoming issues is just a natural evolution, a mind-set that drives constant innovation, and with a no compromise approach to exceeding regulatory standards.

It would be fair to say that Vicaima are renown for the manufacture of on-trend and innovative interior door designs, however it is sometimes overlooked, that this prowess extends beyond simply form and function. Vicaima also stretch the perceived boundaries and market norms when it comes to the performance of risk critical products, most notably fire doors and door assemblies.


Vicaima FD30 (30 minute) timber fire doors recently tested by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG), achieved an astonishing 54 minutes. Tested on the most onerous side of the door, this result was exemplary and once again illustrated Vicaima’s superior fire door and doorset capabilities, at a time when well-being and personal safety has never been more closely scrutinised. Stake-holders throughout the refurb and development market will no doubt be well aware of the vital role they play in the decisions which ultimately lead to the supply of safe products. As important specifiers in the build process, they have a duty of care and therefore it is essential to have a clear understanding, that should products fail to perform as intended, they may also share responsibility for any consequences that may arise. Speculation regarding the actual safety of fire doors has been widely discussed over the last two years, following the government enquiry into the tragic events of Grenfell and related risk critical products. Perhaps this was only to be expected, given the less than robust conclusions drawn by the MHCLG into composite and GRP doors; and their failure to consistently pass a 30-minute fire door test. This result precipitated the removal of many of these products from the market and led to a call for timber fire doors themselves, to be examined independently by government. The results of which subsequently vindicating the assurance provided by a fully certified timber fire door assembly.

fully finished doors. The Vicaima range of own manufactured, factory finished products presents everything from real veneer, through laminates and lacquered paint to finished foil; meaning that it is able to match vision to budget. This design flexibility does not stop there, with easy customisation such as decorative grooves, creating a simple added extra within the grasp of every specifier. A fire performance range such as that offered by Vicaima removes doubt. Rigorously tested, third party accredited and fully traceably products that meet FD30 and FD60 rating, assures that those with a duty of care are taking appropriate steps. Additionally, formal test evidence which includes more exacting requirements such as integral face grooves, over height/width dimensions, integrated eye viewers in two positions, concealed door closers and testing to both sides of a door, illustrate a comprehensive approach. Products, which offer additional Secure by Design (SBD) compliance and meet exacting mobility and acoustic criteria ensures products are fit for purpose. Lastly, but by no means least, real design choice that is truly innovative and delivers forward thinking and on-trend answers for today’s housing, means that doors are in step and reflect modern lifestyles. Vicaima designs for refurb, new build and commercial use, offer specifiers the safe choice when it really matters and in the knowledge that innovative design and functionality really can go hand in hand.

Budget of course cannot be ignored, but cost considerations often focus on the product in isolation; often overlooking the contemporary labour saving benefits and cost saving whole costs afforded by


DRU Maestro 60/3, 3-sided hybrid fire

DRU Fires unveils new products for winter 2019 DRU Fires has unveiled a selection of new fires and stoves for the 2019/2020 winter season across all its brands, fuel types and price points

New hybrid gas/electric fire The DRU Maestro 60 is a hybrid gas/electric fire with a unique ‘Summerlighting’ feature. Known as ‘the first fire for all seasons’, it can be switched effortlessly from gas fire mode in the autumn and winter to electric fire mode during spring and summer. Like all designer DRU gas fires, it is controlled by the exclusive Eco Wave app for smartphones and tablets. In addition, DRU is offering free Clear View anti-reflective glass with all Maestro and Metro front model gas fires ordered between October 1 and December 31, 2019.

New Global by DRU TruFlame® series Global by DRU is a range of mid-priced gas fires. This autumn sees the launch of the new TruFlame® series, with their impressive new flame picture and choice of balanced flue, conventional flue or cavity wall fires in sizes that are compatible with standard UK chimneys.

New Dik Geurts Modivar modular wood stove Dik Geurts is the brand name for the wood stoves and fires that are manufactured by DRU.

Global by DRU 70XT gas fire

The new Modivar modular stove, with its selection of beautifully designed log storage compartments and plinths, is a welcome addition to the popular Ivar/ Aste stove range. Modivar is Ecodesign ready and has an A+ energy label.


Spartherm Arte Xh-3S front wood fire

New Spartherm built-in wood fires DRU is the UK distributor for the German produced Spartherm range of wood fires and stoves. This autumn has seen the launch of a new selection of built-in models in front, 2-sided and 3-sided versions, with their exclusive electronically controlled vertically sliding glass doors, high energy efficiency and many other unique features. All the new products from the DRU, Global by DRU, Dik Geurts and Spartherm brands can be viewed in detail at

Dik Geurts Modivar modular wood stove


O’Donovan Waste

– Celebrating 60 years in waste management and counting…. Denis Joseph O’Donovan arrived in London in the 1950s after moving from a rural village in West Cork. Joe’s ambition and determination to succeed in business was paramount – like a lot of young men who had made the journey over from Ireland. Having previously worked on the railways and construction sites, Joe used his experience and knowledge and decided to work for himself. In 1959 he bought a Caterpillar 951 tracked shovel and secured his first demolition job. He went on to purchase a tipper and eventually moved into skip lorries, establishing a waste depot in Kings Cross (which is now the site of the British Library) where his new business thrived and began to expand. Sadly, Joe passed away suddenly in 1985 at the age of 51, leaving an extremely successful company which needed managing. His four children were thrust into the business and even though they lacked experience, they did not shy away from the challenge. They initially down-sized, recognising the need to make it more manageable and then they worked together to form O’Donovan Waste Disposal to continue their father’s legacy. Nothing has changed in the intervening years, O’Donovan is still entirely family-owned and is run by the four O’Donovan siblings with Michael as the Chairman, Caroline and Anthony the Operations Directors and Jacqueline, as Managing Director, responsible for the overall direction of the business. All of them are fiercely proud of the familyvalues and Irish heritage that have helped make O’Donovan a continued success.

Today, O’Donovan is widely regarded as an industry leader and innovator with their sustained investment in staff and operational excellence alongside their commitment to safety, being the powerful force behind the firm’s quality service and continued success. A dynamic business specialising in construction and demolition waste, O’Donovan has earned an excellent reputation as a trusted partner in the supply chain, offering total waste management and recycling solutions whilst leading the way in safe, green and efficient operations. Operating in London and the South East, they run a fleet of 95 HGVs and employ 165 staff, delivering services including skip hire, roll on/off bins, waste transfer stations, tipper and grab lorry services, recycled aggregates, road sweepers and demolition services.


The multi award-winning company has an array of impressive accreditations demonstrating their competent and ethical practices along with numerous accolades for operational distinction, safety and training. It is a Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold operator and has maintained this stringent accreditation over the last eight years as well as achieving ISO, CHAS and SafeContractor accreditations. MD Jacqueline is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Demolition Management at Wolverhampton University and will be one of the first to graduate as this program is the first of its kind in the UK.

O’Donovan has invested heavily in waste processing infrastructure and operations and produces recycled materials to a British Standard quality certification for re-use in construction projects. By demonstrating huge commitment and investment to exemplar environmental practice across the sector and prioritising its responsibility to the circular economy, O’Donovan recycles 100% of all waste.

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In safe hands with Schöck and Brooksby at Wembley Located in the heart of the vast new Wembley Park regeneration project, the two residential buildings that make up the Landsby East and Landsby West development (Danish for village) are contemporary in design, with apartment interiors that continue the Scandinavian theme. Externally there are roof terraces and first floor level podium gardens, along with 280 generous balconies that add a stylish and aesthetic feel to the exterior finish of the building. Their appearance is undoubtedly pleasing, but inevitably there were technical challenges involved in both initial installation and long term performance of the balconies that had to be addressed – among them safety, precision, reliability and thermal efficiency. It needed a collaborative approach from two of the leading companies in the business, Brooksby Projects Ltd for its balcony technology and Schöck for its loadbearing thermal insulation solutions.

Slide-on balconies were a must Wates, the main contractor on the project, were very specific in requesting cantilevered, slide-on balconies and FlightDeck® balconies from Brooksby Projects Ltd offered the ideal solution. FlightDeck® balconies do not need to be fixed from a balcony below, which reduces the on-site health and safety risks. In addition, this ability to install from the top down, means that the balcony system saves crane time and requires no scaffolding or other external access. On a large high-rise project with multiple elevations, the installation time saved is considerable when compared with traditional bolt-on balconies,. An additional challenge was that the building’s design demands required that many of the 280 balconies installed involved subtle design adaptations and in total thirteen different variations were supplied to meet the Landsby project requirements. Thermal break elements are key A key element in the structural and long–term insulation performance of the balconies was the installation

19 Brooksby For full information on the FlightDeck® balcony range and other services such as architectural metalwork and structural steelwork; contact Brooksby on 020 7731 3310 or visit the website at

Schöck For a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide; the Schöck Specifiers Guide or to view the range of downloadable software, contact Schöck on 01865 290 890 or visit the website at

A balcony being fitted and the cantilever arms ready in position at the next level

of Isokorb structural break units from Schöck. Early involvement was necessary to ensure that the connectors were accurately cast into the building during the mainframe construction phase and Brooksby provided installation templates to ensure the line and level of all balcony connections were precise. A Brooksby stub bracket was attached to the Isokorb units prior to the concrete being poured. The balcony cantilever support arm was then attached (same depth as the balcony) to the stub and

The Isokorb with stub bracket fitted

the fully pre-assembled panel glass balcony chassis slid on to the cantilever arm and locked into position. The Schöck Isokorb units are structural, but their other long-term purpose is to minimise the risk of thermal bridging. Ineffective insulation at the connection points, especially with 280 balconies involved, means local heat loss, resulting in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. This is a major consequence of thermal

bridging, but there are other issues too. Low internal surface temperatures in the area of the thermal bridge can cause condensation, which leads not only to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials such as insulation products or plasterboard, but the potentially serious occurrence of mould growth. So for any project involving balcony connectivity the prevention of thermal bridging is a critical issue. Success is about teamwork The success of this project has been very much about teamwork and this was recognised at the London Construction Supply Chain Awards in late 2018. Hosted by Wates, to acknowledge sub-contractors with whom they have worked throughout the year, Brooksby were awarded ‘Best New Supply Chain Partner’ for the Landsby project. Brooksby Managing Director, Simon Goodenough commented: “It was great to have won this award which reflects how hard the whole team worked on the project to ensure that at all stages we delivered an excellent product, backed by exceptional service”.

Why SPATEX 2020 is the Expo for YOU Now in its 24th year, SPATEX is the UK’s ONLY dedicated water leisure exhibition and is bursting with the very latest products and innovations. It offers you the potential to meet over a thousand people from the water leisure industry in one day. Held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January, it is free to attend, and provides developers, architects, specifiers, builders with ALL they need to know about water features, spas, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools, enclosures and much more besides. Help to develop your ideas There’s few projects that can’t be enhanced with the addition of water. Whether for artistic effect or leisure, water adds another dimension, both in sound and vision. It literally brings a design to life. SPATEX 2020 promises to show you how it can best be achieved. Stay abreast of the Industry’s latest innovations - With 100 plus exhibitors, from home and abroad, all of the Industry’s major manufacturers and suppliers will be showcasing their very latest products. Get the green bug - Conscious of climate change, the depletion of the world’s natural resources and the need to reduce the Industry’s dependency on plastic, SPATEX 2020 aims to promote an awareness of the environment. Talks and demonstrations in the Show’s free-to-attend, three-day double seminar and workshop programme will, amongst many other subjects, focus on how we can all play our part in becoming more eco-aware. With over a hundred international and domestic exhibitors, there will be lots of new products, including those that support a low energy, low carbon footprint.

Learn new skills – SPATEX hosts three full days of free seminars and workshops which offer vital information such as new Standards and Guidance that affect all providers of wet leisure facilities. In Arena 1 the esteemed Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) is hosting a series of technical workshops and CPD points and a certificate of attendance are available for all attendees. Tap into a unique pool of free expertise for your projects - SPATEX 2020 is fortunate to count the Industry’s many esteemed associations amongst its supporting partners. There’s no better place to seek advice from an expert, and all for free!

Visit to see SPATEX’s impressive list of exhibitors, details of the free double seminar and workshop programme and register for the Show’s regular e-newslines. SPATEX 2020 – Tuesday 28th January to Thursday 30th January. The Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE is easy to get to - just 500 yards off the M6 and within two hours commuting time of 75 per cent of the population, it offers 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces.

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Brexit uncertainty stymies home improvement plans More than a third of home improvers have cancelled or postponed plans to either move or improve due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit over the past two years, according to new research by VELUX. The research among 2,000 homeowners with plans to carry out home improvements over the next 6 months, reveals that more than a quarter (27%) feel their plans will be impacted by the UK Government’s decision to leave the EU on 31 October, regardless of whether the UK leaves with or without a deal. For one in seven (14%) home improvers, leaving without a deal would most likely result in either postponing or cancelling plans. Conversely, for one in eight (12%) homeowners in improvement planning mode, leaving with a deal would most likely result in them pressing ahead with plans. The different impacts of Britain’s Brexit outcome on home improvement plans are even more acute when comparing different cities and demographics. For one in six (18%) home improving households in London and Edinburgh, a no-deal Brexit would likely result in cancellation or postponement of plans, a higher proportion than in any other key UK cities. The sentiment expressed by homeowners in these two cities towards a no-deal Brexit correlates with concentrations of Remain voters.

Likewise, 35 to 44 year old homeowners are twice as likely (18%) than 45 to 55 year olds (9%) to postpone or cancel plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Despite the undeniable impact of Brexit on home improvement intentions for a significant minority of homeowners with plans to move or improve, for almost half (49%) it’s simply business as usual, with the outcome of Brexit having no bearing on their plans to improve their homes. Grant Sneddon, product manager from VELUX, said: “The spectre of Brexit has clearly played a major factor in many households’ home improvement decisions during recent years and looks set to continue playing a key role in the decisionmaking process. “When it comes to making significant investments such as home extensions or loft conversions, it’s no surprise that some homeowners have taken a more cautious approach to improving their homes or even moving home. Concern around house prices and interest rates often impacts consumer spending plans when it comes to decisions around home improvements or moving.

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“However, it’s pleasing to see that a large proportion of homeowners remain unaffected by wider uncertainty surrounding Brexit. For many people, the emotional benefits of improving their living spaces outweigh wider economic considerations. For them and their families, creating the ideal living space is paramount to their lifestyle aspirations.”

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Fantom Magnetic Door Stop Introduced to the P C Henderson Range

Leading provider of sliding door hardware systems – P C Henderson - has partnered up with Fantom to introduce a new magnetic door stop accessory to its range of products. The Fantom Magnetic Door Stop is an innovative door stop solution which uses a neodymium magnet installed into the base of the door to pull a floor pin up and stop a door in the open or closed position. The accessory has been expertly designed to offer a more discreet and concealed alternative to a traditional door stop and is set to be extremely popular across the DIY, building and construction markets.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented; “What’s great about Fantom is that, unlike conventional door stops, it offers a completely concealed finish meaning no trip hazard and a cleaner finish. The striker plate is fitted underneath the door and the stop sits completely flush to the floor -meaning there’s no unsightly hardware on display and all moving parts are hidden”. “We’re noticing more and more that our customers are coming to us expecting a full hardware solution - beyond our traditional sliding door hardware offering. As a result - we’ve introduced Fantom to our range and will also be offering our customers with a new, extended collection of handles and flush pulls in October 2019”. The accessory can be used with standalone swing doors, swing doors within folding systems as well as sliding doors - lending itself perfectly to a number of existing products within the P C Henderson range.

“Our Roomflex folding door hardware system lends itself perfectly to the new Fantom Door Stop. With no floor channel, the system is designed to be extremely discreet and so a concealed door stop which can be used to hold the swing door closed, removing the need for a latch or lever handle, will be very well received by our customers. Fantom can also be used with the majority of our sliding door systems as a hold open solution and also to prevent movement from sloping floors and drafts”, continued Andrew. The Fantom Magnetic Door Stop can be used on a number of surfaces including carpets, tiles, concrete and wood and is available in a variety of finishes – meaning it can be used in virtually any swing or sliding door application. The product is available now from P C Henderson along with an optional 5mm packer (for larger door to floor gaps) and an optional 6 piece installation kit. Visit for more information.


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Solarlux cero sliding doors add to high spec finish of luxurious £15m Berkshire home Solarlux recently designed, delivered and installed a duo of bespoke cero sliding door installations to complete the external aspects of Titlarks House, a £15m, five bedroom development in Sunningdale, one of Surrey’s premier locations.

The addition of cero sliding doors to this stunning property - the first collaboration between Octagon Developments and Kebbell Homes - added to the truly luxurious finish. The sliding doors were the perfect option for the developer looking to make the most of the external aspect of the luxurious leisure suite, open planned kitchen and family room. Cero - one of Solarlux’s premier brands - is a highly versatile product with limitless design possibilities, offering ceiling-high glazing (with doors of 15m² surface area) and is the ultimate glazing option to maximise visible light transmission without compromising on ventilation or views. The fact that so few visible materials are used in the frame structure creates a stunning aesthetic in architectural window design. The frame and threshold construction disappear elegantly into the floor, making windows appear open even when closed, creating a wonderful sense of openness and opulence. Thames Valley Windows – a Solarlux Quality Partner – worked closely with Octagon Developments on the project to engineer the best glazing solution to encase the property’s envy-inducing leisure suite, with the indoor swimming pool is protected from the elements during the winter months. The design – spearheaded by Thames Valley Windows – ensures, owing to the full wall of cero sliding doors,

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this stunning space enjoys the most exclusive balance of indoor/outdoor living during the warmer months.

Doors to both the kitchen/living area and leisure complex, with both rooms opening out onto a large rear patio.

Angus McQuhae, Director at Octagon Developments, said: “Titlarks House is the epitome of modern luxury – with close to 17,000 sq ft of living space arranged over just two floors, this unique home sits in an impressive 1.4 acre south facing plot, located within one of Sunningdale’s most prestigious premier roads. Keen to show off the grounds in all their glory, we worked with Thames Valley Windows to install a full wall of Solarlux Cero Sliding

“Combining grand traditional architecture with contemporary luxury living, the high quality and sleek, minimal design of these doors was integral to our decision to use them at Titlarks House, and the results speak for themselves. In the winter months, these rooms stay light, bright and warm, thanks to the thermal insulation, and, at the touch of a button, become the ultimate indoor/ outdoor space, ideal for entertaining during the warmer months.”

Steve Ferrie, Managing Director at Solarlux, said: “The products installed at Titlark House are specifically designed to welcome the outside in. They are perfectly suited to this development, allowing for the glazing solutions to be as outstanding as the rest of the property.” To find out more and to explore the full Solarlux range, visit:

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TOP BRANDS ADD VARIETY TO VELUX® REWARDS SCHEME Installers taking advantage of autumn promotion can now benefit from five new brands Installers, builders and homeowners across the UK and Ireland now have even more choice when redeeming their VELUX rewards thanks to the addition of five new brand partners to the scheme. Customers can now take advantage of the latest autumn promotion at popular UK retailers TK Maxx, H&M, Adidas, Halfords and Costa in addition to the regular partners M&S, Argos, Ticketmaster, Pizza Express, John Lewis, Currys PC World and Tesco.

installers, builders and homeowners who can redeem fantastic incentives for their renovation projects. To be able to offer them even more variety when choosing what they spend their hard earned rewards on is fantastic and will no doubt encourage even more people to sign up to the programme. “Our customers have enjoyed some great benefits over the years, from seeing their favourite artists at concerts to treating their children to the latest high-tech gadgets and meals out as a family.”

The current promotion offers £40/€45 worth of rewards for every VELUX white painted roof window purchased throughout October and November with the last date to claim the 13th December 2019.

Launched in 2015, VELUX Rewards allow customers to earn year round incentives every time they buy a VELUX roof window, sun tunnel or selected accessories such as their smart home automatic climate control system VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO.

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Homeowners reminded to keep safe & secure this season Anglian Home Improvements reveal top tips for securing your home this winter October marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), and homeowners are being reminded to take a few simple steps to enhance home security this season. As the clocks go back and the cold winter nights draw in, millions of homes could be left vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. Fear not, as Anglian Home Improvements has revealed its top tips on how property owners can safeguard their home and stay protected this winter:

1. Appearance matters

3. Alert your alarm company

Burglars are often opportunists and will take advantage of your home looking obviously unoccupied. If you are out and about this winter, keep up the illusion of usual routines as much as possible. Consider installing timers so lights, televisions and music systems are switched on and off in your absence. Outdoor movement activated lights also act as a deterrent, as burglars don’t like drawing attention to themselves.

To ensure your alarm company can react as efficiently as possible in case of a break-in, make sure you alert them before you go away. On average, 97% of burglar alarms are false, therefore it will help to let your alarm company know before you leave to ensure it is appropriately reactive in case of an alert.

2. Up close and personal

Did you know three out of ten burglaries occur without intruders needing to use force, by taking advantage of open or weak locks – and with 30% of all break-ins occurring through windows? Fitted with state of the art cylinder locks as standard, Anglian’s brand new composite doors offer a high level of security. If you are unsure about the security of any of your fittings or locks, consider replacing them immediately to ensure you can leave your home with peace of mind at all times.

If you’re heading off for some much-needed winter sun, resist the temptation to shout about this on your social media channels; and always be sure to let a trusted neighbour know you’ll be away so they can keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Your Facebook photo album of your winter escape can wait until you are home!

4. Lock. Check

Caroline Mills, Head of Marketing Communications for Anglian Home Improvements, said: “We know home burglaries spike during certain times of the year, which is why we’re urging people to take time to review basic home security this winter. Whilst in a lot of cases it is simply just unfortunate bad luck with their home being targeted, there are simple steps homeowners can take to deter opportunistic thieves. “For more than 50 years, Anglian Home Improvements has played an important role in helping homeowners have a cosy winter, safe in the knowledge their doors and windows won’t let them down. We realise the importance of providing peace of mind to our customers. This is why we focus on the security features of our windows and doors to prevent any unauthorised access to your home.”

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Misinformation and Mistakes Continue to Hinder Productivity of UK Construction Firms New research suggests that nine in ten firms still rely on paper on-site, exacerbating preventable productivity drains Productivity in UK construction firms is being held back by the same challenges as twelve months ago, as efforts remain slow to adopt digital technology for the jobsite. According to Digital Groundwork: Closing the Productivity Gap, a new report from PlanGrid, an Autodesk Company, half of businesses say that dealing with mistakes remains the most unnecessary resource drain on the business. The survey of 251 construction professionals in the UK follows on from 2018 research by PlanGrid, exploring how firms’ efforts to improve productivity have progressed. As in 2018, issues with information-sharing on the jobsite are causing delays and wider operational challenges. Survey responses revealed three in ten firms are being hindered by a lack of accurate and timely information (28 percent), with half of professionals pointing to inefficient processes across the business (55 percent). Misinformation leads to businesses spending time and money fixing mistakes; half of the firms surveyed day that rework is the single biggest time-waster in the organisation, with errors alone costing the UK industry £21bn a year.

Construction firms are still struggling to collaborate effectively, without a source of shared and reliable information; 60 percent of businesses say that a lack of trust between contractors and subcontractors often impacts their performance. All of this comes at a time when using labour productively has never been more important, as professionals highlight that a lack of skills (40 percent) and talent shortages (39 percent) are major barriers to their organisation. These challenges reflect the slow adoption of digital technology by UK firms. The majority of construction businesses continue to use paper drawings and documentation, as only 13 percent use digital technology for three quarters of their projects or more. A fifth say all of their projects are entirely paper-based (19 percent) – a figure that remained consistent since 2018 (22 percent). There has been progress in adopting some technologies, such as file-sharing tools like Dropbox to access drawings (74 percent); however, these tools don’t appear to be making it into the hands of people on-site.


“Twelve months ago, we saw that sharing key project information on paper was leading to delays, costly mistakes and even conflict at UK construction firms. Unfortunately, these issues continue to hamper productivity,” said Matt Keen, Construction Industry Strategist with Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS). “Construction businesses are slow to adopt digital technology where the work is actually done, on live projects. At a time when talent is scarce it’s more important than ever to ensure time – and people – are used productively, not addressing issues or looking for project data.” There are even signs of a growing digital divide between those construction firms who invest strategically in technology and those who buy technology on an ad-hoc basis, if they do so at all. A quarter of businesses admit to having a complete absence of technology strategy (26 percent), while most businesses simply buy tools on an impromptu basis (36 percent). Meanwhile, only 50 percent of professionals say that improving digital skills will be a focus for the business over the next three years. “For our customers, adopting technology across their business can improve productivity on every project – but it can also improve the long-term competitiveness of each UK construction firm,” continued Keen. “Businesses can deliver thorough, as-built digital handovers with ease, improve how they work with other stakeholders and even use data in their operations to improve profitability. The global construction industry is being transformed by technology. UK firms can reap the benefits, if they look beyond short-term challenges, address their productivity gaps and lay a digital groundwork for the future.” The full Digital Groundwork report is available here.

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January Furniture Show gears up for 2020 with big name brands Well-known and highly regarded brands are set to get the new decade off to a flying start at January Furniture Show 2020. The 4 day trade show which runs from 19th-22nd January 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC will be bursting with new collections in living, dining, beds and bedroom furniture, home office and interior furnishings. Household names including Ercol, Duresta, G Plan, Parker Knoll and Sealy who all have long histories will be among the 500+ UK and international exhibitors and will show how they have adapted to not only stay current, but also set trends for the 21st Century creating beautifully formed and desirable furniture. Building on successful show developments from January Furniture Show 2019, the 2020 iteration will feature an extended BEDS at January Furniture Show sector with more bed companies introducing their latest beds, mattresses and sleep accessories. Major brands including Silentnight, Sealy, Highgate Beds, Highgrove Beds, MLily and Millbrook are among those showing their new models. LIGHT at January Furniture Show was another success story in 2019 and returns in association with the LIA (Lighting Industry Association). Both UK and international companies will display their extensive collections of general, task and accent lighting - with everything from small table lamps to statement chandeliers on display. Searchlight, Franklite, Girard Sudron, Impex Russell and Inspired Lighting are among the notable brands revealing their latest lighting designs. Exclusive high-end European cabinet is always a must-see at January Furniture Show and in 2020 prestigious brands from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Poland will pack a punch with new sleek styles

and rich finishes. ALF, Camel Group, Hartman, Skovby, Weimann are just some of the returning brands giving visitors a treat with their inventive and cleverly engineered cabinet furniture. British cabinet brands including Baker Furniture, Bentley Designs, Carlton & Vintage Furniture, Kesterport and Rowico will show their take on 21st Century form with the use of new and mixed materials including reclaimed and repurposed woods, reclaimed metals and plastics, pushing the boundaries of design and creating practical, handsome furniture. In luxury European upholstery Ego Italiano, Italia Living, ROM, Tomasella and SITS are among those who will make a splash with their prized, up-to-the-minute sofa and chair collections - soft leathers, deluxe jacquard fabrics, comfortable linens and rich wools will abound. Upholstery made in the UK is riding high and prestigious brands including Ashley Manor, Aleaxander & James, Collins & Hayes, David Gundry, Michael Tyler, La-Z-Boy and Tetrad showing new models in classic and contemporary styles in 2020. Looking forward to the show Event Director Cleere Scamell said that he was excited about JFS 2020 saying: “We know that we are delivering the brands and products that buyers want to see - buyers will not only see the very best of what is available on the market, they will also see ingenuity, clever use of materials and manufacturers answering the demands of modern living.” Entrance is free, to register and see the full exhibitor list please go to:

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Shower trays come in all shapes, sizes and materials these days…. Square, rectangular, quadrant, offset, pentagonal…acrylic capped stone resin, steel enamel, solid stone resin, ceramic, acrylic…the choice in shower trays these days appears to be endless and can be overwhelming. Shower trays have developed slowly since their conception with the shower bath in Victorian times. But now stylish shower trays can really influence the look and feel of your bathroom. Sophisticated shapes, natural materials and ingenious designs abound in the marketplace but the choice of shower tray still depends on the size and layout of your room. A useful aid ro buying a new shower tray is the new buyers guide to shower trays from UK Bathrooms, as it explains all of the options available. Square shower trays are no longer as popular as they used to be, still great though if you want a small tray to fit into a tight corner, a perfect example is the April 45mm Square Stone Resin Shower Tray. When you have more space in your bathroom a rectangular tray is often the best choice, they can be used as part of a walk-in shower enclosure too.

A quadrant shower tray used to be the most popular shower shape in the UK, whilst this is no longer the case they are still in demand because they’re often the best choice when size of room is compromising. The pentagonal shower tray also maximises space and can be more visually attractive.

As well as being available in a number of different shapes and sizes shower trays are now also available in a range of materials, the most popular at UK Bathrooms being acrylic capped stone resin shower trays, these are heavy and durable but with the same finish as an acrylic shower tray. A solid stone resin tray is also a popular choice, stone resin is very durable being a tough, composite material, they are also a great looking shower tray and can beautifully complement your walk-in shower design. Simpsons 25mm stone resin shower tray with linear waste is a great example. Acrylic shower trays have the same finish as stone resin, smooth but are very light, these shower trays work well for ground floor shower rooms where they are usually sat on a solid floor. Another option are steel enamel shower trays, these are basically made from a mix of steel and glass so the tray is solid, harder wearing and resilient. Traditionally shower trays were very deep, being some 80mm+ - due to their conception from the Victorian bath shower. This depth was required because the waste for the shower struggled to remove the water as it filled up, a deeper tray allowed the water to sit inside whilst water was removed. Modern trays have eliminated this issue and are now from 10mm upwards, almost flat some of these trays can sit into the floor for a flush finish. With todays

fast flow vortex waste the water is emptied almost as soon as it hits your shower tray. From a basic acrylic tray to as stunning designer option such as Villeroy and Boch’s ViPrint, an innovative printing technique which provides numerous options for designing your bathrooms the choice in shower trays, today is vast.

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Under British Standards (BS8300:2018), a Changing Places toilet in addition to conventional accessible facilities should be provided in buildings where the public spend time. As a minimum, the facility should be 3m x 4m (12m2), and include a peninsular WC, adult sized height adjustable changing bench, full room cover overhead track hoist, and wash basin (preferably height adjustable); the Standard notes inclusion of a wash & dry (shower/smart) toilet in place of a conventional WC further enhances users’ dignity &. Independence.

Heading To The Toilets Improves Accessibility Of Harbour Facilities A radio show item about the misery thousands of disabled people face if they need a WC away from home has inspired Ullapool Harbour Trust to prove that where there’s a will, there’s a way to improve accessibility. As a result, disabled people in the local community and visitors can head to the port, knowing it has appropriate toilets: a Changing Places assisted accessible facility, designed to the highest level set out in British Standards(*) has been installed. Explained Chief Executive/Harbour Master Kevin Peach, “I listened with heavy heart to a radio show highlighting the daily misery that parents and carers have to face trying to find suitable toilets. We had to do what we could to improve the lot of people with profound disabilities. We wanted the best and highest specification we could provide for these very special people- hence why we chose to install a Closomat Palma Vita instead of the basic, conventional WC usually provided.”

The free-to-use Changing Places toilet facility features more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible convenience, plus additional fixtures of an overhead track hoist, adult-sized height adjustable changing bench, privacy screen and a Closomat Palma Vita wash & dry (smart) toilet, all supplied via Able Care and installed by W Munro. The Changing Places is located, alongside a community workshop, in the ground floor of a Highland Council-owned building in the heart of the Harbour. Ullapool Harbour Trust approached the Council and arranged to rent the building so it could provide the Changing Places, assisted by funding from an accessibility grant from Transport Scotland.

The Government has just completed consultation on making Changing Places an obligatory requirement in new buildings or major refurbishments. Closomat has become the leader in the design, supply, installation and subsequent maintenance of Changing Places; its website is now the go to’ location for support information for all involved in the specification and build process, with NBS specifications, CAD blocks, white papers and guidance notes all available for free download. Closomat is also the only provider of Changing Places that has the capability, in-house, to project manage (to CDM standards) the installation, and to subsequently provide service & maintenance of the equipment it has supplied therein.

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BATHROOM BLISS Bushboard’s patented and award-winning Nuance bathroom wall panels have been a well-deserved success for the company – and now the range is even better with the addition of an exciting new Designer Collection comprising eight new decors and at the sametime, seven new stylish, glossy acrylics panels. Stand out designs include an impeccably book-matched marble. All the new designs are shown in an inspiring brochure packed with ideas..

Acrylic Nuance Marble is a time-honoured material for bathrooms. Much loved by Victorian and Edwardian sanitary pioneers, this handsome stone is beautiful but hard to work with. The fabulous marble slab designs from Nuance, in the new acrylic collection, reflect the natural beauty of authentic marble without the time-consuming cutting and installation problems. New décor highlight; Cararra Marble Slab, when panels are placed side by side, like the pages of an open book, the panels are mirror images. The contrasting veining matches to create one stunning, unbroken pattern. This offers a strong, large-scale symmetrical look which creates maximum visual impact without a high-end price tag or any offsite cutting or the time or mess of ceramic tiling. There are three new marble designs within the acrylic collection plus enticingly exotic Moroccan prints (Pictured: Nuance Casablanca Classic) and subtle Hexagon Marble and Natural Finestra. Acrylic panels are just 4mm thick and have a sleek, reflective gloss finish and like all Nuance panels they are installed without joining strips or trims.

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Beautiful book-matched marble look from Bushboard Nuance collection 2019

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The new Designer Collection will be a firm favourite for those who like the look of stripped brick and natural stone. There are eight designs in the range including washed brick, herringbone woods, fossil stone and washed timber.

Nuance bathroom panels from Bushboard are the market-leading alternative to ceramic tiling for bathrooms. Available in a range of decors and textures, Nuance panels are postformed and 100% waterproof – there is no need for unsightly trims and as a result the finished installation is often mistaken for real stone, marble or wood. Nuance features on ArtiCad and if installed using Bushboard’s own BB Complete superior adhesive is guaranteed for a full 15 years. Bushboard also offer a trial room service for qualifying customers.

Nuance is a unique patented, trim-free system. The large format panels have a post formed outer edge that means there is no need to use trims for finishing – giving a streamlined, sleek look that suits all sizes and styles of bathroom. The tongue and groove panels can be jointed using Nuance bespoke adhesive. This makes joints which are 100% watertight and virtually invisible to the eye. The new brochure is packed with design ideas on how to use the panels to create stunning and stylish bathrooms. “Nuance panels open a world of possibilities for exciting bathroom design.” comments Paul Findley, Nuance sales manager. “Sleek and upmarket, charmingly rustic, or nature inspired – whatever the look there is a Nuance design to suit. We know that this brochure and the exciting new products and designs featured in it will provide exciting inspiration for all our customers.” 01933 2322422

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name for heated mirror pads, but to avoid imitations, look for the demista trademark on the With over 400 sizes available in various voltages product, all of demista’s heatanywhere pads are completely manufactured in the UK and carry a 10-year means the heat pad can be installed in the bathroom or En-suite, even on cabinet warranty.

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42 Bathrooms & Washrooms


One issue not generally discussed when talking about multi-generational households is the bathroom- access to, and use of.

It’s a growing problem for the households. But it provides potential increase in sales for all involved in the business of bathrooms- architects, builders, plumbers, and retailers. There has been a 46% rise in multigenerational households in less than a decade(1). It is set to continue: some 60% of people would consider living in a multi-generational household.(2) Set alongside that the fact that, on average, we go to the toilet 8 times a day. Multiply that by each resident, and you have a very busy room! But each generation has different needschildren may be young, and not very adept at wiping properly; the senior citizens may equally struggle with wiping, for different reasons- general flexibility, manual dexterity, balance to name a few- but are reticent to ask family to help.

The solution is Closomat’s range of wash/dry (shower) WCs. Looking like- and capable of being used as- a conventional WC, the Closomat has integrated douching and drying- the best performance in each on the market. Thus, if preferred, the user does not have to wipe manually. The toilet cleans them instead, to a consistent high standard, every time. Each of Closomat’s range has bespoke benefits depending on the household’s needs. The core Palma Vita- Britain’s biggest selling floor-standing wash dry toilet- is the only one that can be accessorised initially or retrospectively to accommodate changing needs.

The Lima Lifter features height adjustability. This each user can electrically adjust the WC to their optimum height to get on and off; it even means that if an older person struggles to bend knees, the WC can be raised for them to sit on, get off, and lowered so their feet remain in contact with the floor whilst they ‘go’. The latest evolution, the Asana features wall-hung contemporary styling, a range of douche options for optimum wellness, and an integrated ambient light which makes it easy to locate in the dark/ at night. Full details of the Closomat range of wash/dry toilets can be found at alongside a raft of useful information to help choose the most appropriate WC.


MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES YOUNG 2.0, With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt silver or 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 Designed shower andtray manufactured or Novellini Wetroom for the total solution. in MANTOVA

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Foto Project Kitchen Oak Vintage Hoboken

The ecological answer to interior design trends Exclusive to James Latham in the UK, Decospan’s inspiring collection of Querkus veneers offer architects and designers an ecological option of using Oak with a contemporary twist.


45 In a unique production process, Querkus combines both FSC® certified European white Oak and reclaimed Oak timbers, which captures and enhances the beauty, colour, markings and structure of solid wood along with the many advantages of a veneered panel. A European leader in premium veneer processing, Decospan use strictly selected, slow-growing Oaks from controlled and regulated growth zones in Croatia. Timber is cut into veneers, which are glued together to produce a single, solid picture. This makes it possible to use various thicknesses of veneer, allowing flexibility and customisation for designers to select a panel that meets exactly their colour, pattern, touch and budgetary needs.

Decospan Querkus Oak Vintage

Using Decospan’s unique and innovative veneer matching techniques, boards are created that give designers unprecedented choice in a wood panel product. Wire brushing and patented “saw effect” scratching options impart character, texture and authenticity so that no matter how they are finished, Querkus panels look natural, adding dimension, depth and texture to any project. Panels are supplied untreated so that a wood stain or varnish can be applied according to taste and specification. Wood oil also offers optimum protection, while retaining the veneer’s natural feel and warmth.

Group Veneer Product Champion for James Latham, Dan Mahoney commented, “Querkus is a sustainably designed product that combines authentic materials with engineered stability. With four eyecatching and distinctive ranges in the collection, including Oak Natural, Oak Vintage, Oak Smoked and Oak Retro, reaction from architects and designers has been really positive, and we are seeing more and more specifications coming through, particularly for high-end residential, retail, commercial and hospitality projects.” As well as Querkus, James Latham’s exclusive collection of Decospan’s added value products also includes the Shinnoki, Nørdus, and Look’likes collections. For full details, swatches and samples contact your local James Latham depot or showroom at:

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46 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades

Platform Lift double for The Box, Fargo Village Located just to the east of Coventry’s city centre lies FarGo Village, a re-purposed industrial space exclusively designed for creative, independent businesses and their customers. Over 40 businesses call this place home, including artisan food, a music studio and a designer plant pot shop! A part of this eclectic mix of businesses, is The Box, a multi-purpose venue with over 420 square metres of floorspace, hosting events such as corporate functions, fashion shows and film shoots. Accessibility for all users was a core requirement for this space, and Harrabin Construction Limited of Coventry contacted the lift experts at Ability Lifts for their advice on access. Two lifts were required for The Box. The first lift was to overcome a 765mm rise into the backstage area. Ability Lifts were able to recommend and fit their Optimum 350 low rise unit. Due to the limited width, an 800mm platform unit with an open through configuration was chosen as the perfect solution. A steel infill gate was used at the top level and a travelling barrier was specified for additional safety. A dark blue colour was specified for the lift, which worked well with the industrial aesthetic of the space.

The second lift was required for the access between the ground and first floor. The Optimum 100 platform lift was a great fit to serve just over 3 metres of travel. Glazed doors with a mid bar were chosen for lift access as the client wanted to keep as much light as possible circulating in the area. In addition, the lift was supplied with a small aluminium ramp at the lower level in leiu of the 60mm usual pit. Both lifts were supplied with 12 month service contracts for additional piece of mind Please contact the Ability Lifts team on 0845 006 8803 or email for further information on the Optimum 100 or 350 and the other products in the Optimum range of lifts.

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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Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.

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The shaft was designed to accommodate Invalift’s most popular platform lift, the MC2000, with a shaft size of 1150mm x 1560mm. There were also some tricky planning difficulties to overcome, to ensure that the shaft matched the external design of the home’s stonework. The client wanted some light to enter the shaft area at each landing and so the external shaft was designed with windows at each level. Upon completion of the external shaft, the MC2000 platform lift was fitted inside, with matching shaft glazing. The lift was supplied with automatic doors and wireless remote pushes, so that Heather could access the lift without assistance. White solid doors with vision panels were used to ensure that the lift didn’t look out of place within the home.

As there wasn’t quite enough headroom height at the top level for the standard 2M door and frame, Invalifts utilised a slightly smaller 1.9M door and frame. The building company provided a sculpted ceiling in order for the door frame to be installed and allowing free movement of the door when in use. Mr and Mrs Turner were delighted with the lift and commented, “the lift has made life so much easier, we do not have to transfer from wheelchair to stairlift and back to wheelchair when just moving between floors and it has made the top floor accessible to Heather.” With a full parts and labour warranty for 12 months, and a 5 year parts warranty on the motor and gearbox plus a 10 year warranty on the drive chains, the lift will provide access for the home owners for many years.

Home in Cheltenham adapted for 3 floor lift Invalifts were contacted by Heather Turner MBE, for advice on how to add a platform lift to her home in Cheltenham, as she has a disability which means she needs to use a wheelchair. After visiting the site, and finding there was no room in the house to fit a lift shaft, the experts at Invalifts worked closely with local building contractor, Tradecraft Construction and the architect to design and build a three floor external lift shaft.

If you would like to know more about the MC2000 Platform Lift or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email


Panasonic Provide First CO2 Solution for Refrigerated Trailer Rental The Panasonic CO2 Cold Chain Condenser units provided the perfect mobile refrigeration solution for cooling specialists, Greencold. A reliable, efficient and eco-friendly solution to cool and freeze a mobile trailer was required and where the Panasonic CO2 units have now been installed. Simon Andrew, Director of Greencold commented “We had always wanted a large cold-room test facility in our premises to enable us to carry out product testing for our customers for both chill and freeze temperatures. However, due to limited space inside our workshop we decided that it would be a better idea to construct a mobile CO2 cooling system in a refrigerated box trailer. This could then be parked both on our premises and also taken to our customers site to test their products locally or demonstrate the technology. Panasonic worked with us to develop a perfect solution”. The Panasonic CO2 units are compact, lightweight, have low noise levels (a range of 35.5 dB(A) to 36dB(A)) and designed to fit into smaller spaces with dimensions of (HWD) 930mm x 800mm x 350mm and weighs only 67kg.

The condensing units use a natural refrigerant that has a GWP (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. Paul Taylor, UK Sales Manager for Panasonic UK further explains more about the benefits, “The Panasonic range has been specifically developed for small to medium capacity applications within the refrigerated retail and food service sectors. Furthermore, 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.”

51 With the Panasonic CO2 units already having a proven track record for reliability and efficiency with a clever single two stage temperature compression condensing unit and of compact size, Simon Andrew went on to explain, “We were able to combine the Panasonic units with a suitable air cooler of sufficiently high working pressure from a cooler manufacturer, we knew we had a great solution”. Greencold have also since identified their refrigerated trailer as an educational tool where they take it out to customers and prove the ecofriendly CO2 cooling system is nothing to be frightened about. 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. Greencold have also identified a further revenue stream and use for the Panasonic CO2 trailer and set up a sister company called ‘QuickFreeze’, whereby they are successfully renting out the branded trailer to a variety of customers in the food manufacturing business for events and storage logistic sectors such as smaller catering, hotels and restaurants, corporate hospitality events, weddings, pop-up stalls and emergency back-up for food and medical pharmaceutical companies with refrigeration needs. One recent use case was where QuickFreeze were contacted by

a youth football club for a large team tournament event where the refrigerated trailer was required for a three-day event. The Trailer was parked in a convenient onsite location and placed next to a portacabin where food was being prepared. Chris Terry, Team Chairman of FC Aztec Youth commented, “We commissioned Quickfreeze to set up the trailer for chilled conditions which enabled us to serve the food and replenish the stocks quickly, allowing us to store all our products in the vast amount of space and all kitted out with convenient shelving. The event ran trouble free for the whole of the tournament from Friday to Saturday evening and made our life a lot easier. The CO2 branding on the trailer also caused a few heads to turn and brought attention to the visiting public and showed the importance of green refrigerant technology”. The Quickfreeze trailer is helping to avoid the logistical challenges faced when delivering refrigerated solutions

*Monitored within a 5°C to 27°C ambient 12-month operating period. Compared to R404A

in an articulated HGV lorry, which is not always convenient for many smaller drop-off locations. The Panasonic CO2 units offer a practical and straightforward method of installation with complete design support available through the distributor network. The units are compact, lightweight and have very low noise levels. 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.* Simon Andrew further added “We are happy to be collaborating with Panasonic and assisting them in spreading the word about the benefits of CO2 and demonstrating its technology”. For more information on Panasonic air source heat pumps, please visit

52 RINNAI CPD ON CONTINUOUS FLOW HOT WATER DELIVERY ON DEMAND NOW FULLY APPROVED BY CIBSE Rinnai’s CPD courses on continuous flow hot water delivery units and systems have now been fully approved by the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE). “Demand for all of our training courses and programmes have risen steeply as the industry increasingly has to focus on energy, environment and finance efficiency in hot water delivery within a commercial context,“ says Rinnai’s Chris Goggin. CPD courses have been designed for M&E consultants and specifiers, design and build engineers and, facilities managers. These courses had already attracted praise from CIBSE. For example, it says of the

Four CPDs have been approved -: • Excellence in Design of Continuous Flow Hot Water Delivery • Continuous Flow Hot Water Appreciation • The Regulatory Horizon for Hot Water Delivery • ACOP L8 ‘CONTINUOUS FLOW WATER HEATING SYSTEM SIZING AND DESIGN’ course in an appraisal: “The course delivers what it outlines and is well constructed.” Rinnai has developed and manufactures the only complete and most comprehensive range of highly efficient ErP labelled A-rated

continuous flow water heaters on the market, from the smallest domestic model to industrial units. “Rinnai understands that time means money which is why we are happy to adopt an ‘any time, any place, anywhere’ approach to CPD delivery and training,” adds Mr Goggin.



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54 Vectaire’s WHHR-Midi/BYs have had great success in being installed modular homes. They belong to Vectaire’s MVHR range, incorporate summer bypass and frost-stat, and provide efficient, low-energy ventilation in residential properties up to 170m2. The Midi-BY has a heat exchange efficiency of up to 94% with SFP down to 0.50 W/l/sec. They are easy to install on walls, in cupboards or lofts and models without humidistat have universal handing. They operate very quietly with very low running costs. There is variable choice of trickle, boost and purge speed at installation and commissioning is via an optional, integral or remote LCD commissioning unit. To alleviate the very real problems of noise, keeping sound and air pollution outside, Vectaire has three new models in its vertical whole house heat recovery range. The Midi, Maxi and Maxi Plus are now available with integral acoustic attenuation - lined with superior sound deadening materials for really low sound levels and tested by BRE. Sound pressure levels are down to <5.0, <5.0 and 6.9 dBA respectively. They are easy to install – nothing extra is required other than the unit itself – they are the quietest, lightest and smallest on the market. Efficiency, performance and economy remain the same as the standard models. “BY-AT” models incorporate summer bypass and frost protection, and commissioning is via an integral LCD. Windows can be kept firmly closed while these MVHRs provide energy efficient ventilation and a comfortable environment. Products are SAP PCDB Listed and manufactured in our own factory in the UK to ISO 9001.

Also included in MVHR range are the EVOs. These together with the Studio and Mini are for in-line installation and are suitable for homes and offices and multi-occupancy establishments. The four models in the EVO range all have summer bypass and frost protection, and the Studio and Mini are available without those options. All are commissioned via a remote LCD commissioning unit and manufactured in our own factory. Vectaire also offers axial and centrifugal three and four speed dMEVS, single

room heat recovery and positive input ventilation – a truly complete range. Vectaire can design your ventilation system ensuring the correct units are installed in the best possible way - providing efficient, effective, low energy and very economic ventilation. Vectaire can also organise installation, commissioning and maintenance of these products as well as suppling all necessary accessories. All Vectaire’s residential ventilation is detailed in the latest Low Energy Catalogue.


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