Refurb & Developer Update - October 2018

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04 Industry News

Contractor trials mixed reality headsets on school site Morgan Sindall has completed successful trials of the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset to perform installation checks on site.

The Construction & Infrastructure division and consulting arm BakerHicks tested the system at the new Ashmole Primary School site in Southgate, London. BakerHicks’ specialist BIM team projected their computer model onto the mechanical, electrical and public health (MEPH) installations on the site. A customised app allowed the project team to then view and check a section of the project’s MEPH work. The team used an image tracker to superimpose the holographic BIM model onto the soffit of the ceiling. This allowed the project team to walk through the building wearing the Microsoft HoloLens headset, which acts as a self-contained holographic computer, to check and audit the

actual built product against the original design. The headset can record what the wearer is seeing and is fully interactive, enabling any changes to be communicated to the design team. Trevor Strahan, head of BIM at BakerHicks said: “The success of this trial marks an exciting step in our journey in exploring the possibilities HoloLens technology could bring to our industry. “We have been quick to recognise the benefits that ‘virtual world’ technology can deliver and apply it in a ‘real world’ environment. “We’ve been working on developing Augmented Reality for a while now and it is really exciting to see all that come to fruition.”

Steffan Speer, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure’s business improvement director said: “The benefits mixed reality could bring to our teams and customers are vast – including remote conferencing, construction design and installation reviews along with the presentation of construction models via holograms. “I’m looking forward to our subsequent trials as we look to develop these exciting capabilities further.”

Leeds students selected for final of WorldSkills UK Competitions

Six students from the college have been selected to compete in the national final at the NEC in Birmingham Leeds College of Building is celebrating after the selection of six students for the national final of this year’s WorldSkills UK Competitions. Following the national qualifiers which took place throughout the UK this summer, the finalists are now in training as they prepare to compete for gold, silver and bronze in their chosen skill. Taking place from 15 – 17 November at the NEC Birmingham, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the country’s largest experiential skills,

apprenticeships, and careers event. The competitions run over three-days in 60 skill areas and in partnership with leading industry brands. This year, over 3,000 students registered nationally to take part.

“We’re delighted to see so many of our students make it through to the national finals. It’s a real testament to the work that they have been doing, and we foresee a bright future ahead for them.

The students will now compete against peers from all over the UK in front of over 70,000 visitors. The Leeds College of Building finalists from the Yorkshire & Humberside region are:

“Last year, we won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal, so we’re hopeful we can show the UK what we’re capable of achieving again! Now the hard work begins in getting these students ready for the finals.”

• James Hattersley (carpentry competition category) • Luke Palmer (plastering competition category) • Jake Emery (plastering and drywall systems competition category) • Joseph Turner (roofing: slating and tiling competition category) • Jay Webster (roofing: slating and tiling competition category) • Callum Pearson (wall and floor tiling competition category) Mark Sims, Leeds College of Building’s competition coordinator and lecturer, said:

Dr Neil Bentley, chief executive of WorldSkills UK, said: “I offer my congratulations to Leeds College of Building. Our competitions equip apprentices and students with the lifelong, world-class skills that will drive up training standards to the highest level to help boost UK productivity and competitiveness.” Eligible finalists who excel in the national finals may then be invited to join the WorldSkills UK training and development programme to represent the UK in the international skills competition, WorldSkills Shanghai 2021.

Industry News 05

Homebuilding & Renovating Show: Call for entry New research is said to reveal that The Homebuilding & Renovating Show provides a serious quality audience to exhibitors The number of visitors attending The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows who are working on a live project is said to be increasing year-on-year, according to new research from the event organisers Future PLC. The last show of 2017 showed that 80% of visitors were undertaking a live project. As a result, the organisers are now issuing a call for entry to those that are interesting in exhibiting at this year’s London and Harrogate events taking place in ExCeL between September 21-23, and HCC from November 2-4. According to the recent show survey, 32% of the audience had over £100k to spend and 84% made or considered making a purchase as a result of attending the show. For exhibitors, this is said to provide significant benefits, as the main reason the majority of visitors attend the shows is said to be to find the right products and services for their upcoming

or current projects.


In light of the new GDPR legislation, the event is also an opportunity for exhibitors to meet new clients face-toface and shore-up their databases with fresh quality and relevant contacts.

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show’s portfolio consists of seven shows this year, covering key venues including Birmingham, London, Harrogate, Glasgow, Surrey, Somerset, Edinburgh, and nearby affluent areas. In addition to these locations, the event organisers are planning the brand’s expansion by launching another exhibition at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in January 2019.

The events are designed to deliver advice and resources for visitors keen on building their own home or renovating it. They are said to cover a wide range of interests from extensions; conversions; home DIY; planning permission; interiors; lighting; doors; windows; renewable technologies; heating systems; project insurance; energy efficiency; home insurance; Building Regulations, and

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BDG architecture + design transform MoneySupermarket Group’s new home BDG architecture + design was appointed by MoneySupermarket Group to create a transformative scheme at its new 34,000 sq ft London office. The space, now home to approximately 250 employees, is a collaborative, smart, people-centric space with a focus on employee interaction. The lack of social areas in its previous office was identified as an issue for MoneySupermarket Group, who expressed a desire to create a more flexible workspace in order to promote productive social interaction between co-workers. A major design feature of the new workplace were new stairs with designated ‘stopping points’ between the three floors, to encourage healthy movement around the building and provide the employees opportunities to integrate and communicate with colleagues in chance meetings. BDG architecture + design’s Chief Creative Officer, Colin Macgadie said:

“It was all about making the space in the middle work really hard, we incorporated big sliding doors that can shut the space off and create a town hall environment while people can carry on working beyond. The predominant setting is that the doors are left open because the design concept is all about transparency and visual connections.” Continuing with its desire to promote a united workforce, BDG architecture + design created diverse communal areas that gave MoneySupermarket Group staffers places to work. The spaces ranged from casual and informal breakout spaces, through to serious meeting and open working areas. The layout also allowed for visiting staff from MoneySupermarket Group’s other locations to have sufficient drop-in

spaces to collaborate and work. The Project Team included Como as the fit-out contractor; FUTURE Designs for feature lighting; Spacecraft for furniture supply; Artigo (supplied by Chroma) for the rubber flooring; Havwoods for timber flooring; and Acrylicize for graphics and branding.

06 Industry News

South Wales Sees Largest Industrial Property Sale A 190,000 sq ft former engineering works on a 10 acre site adjacent to the East Gate at Port of Newport has been purchased by ABP South Wales. The sale of the site, known locally as the Neptune Works, is believed to be the largest industrial property sale in South Wales so far this year. By purchasing the Neptune Works, the port owner and operator will be able to expand its offering to customers interested in port-centric manufacturing. It will also serve to increase storage capacity for current customers who export and import via the Port of Newport. “The Neptune Works lies adjacent to the northernmost part of the port and its acquisition makes perfect sense –

either to enhance access to the port, enable us to expand by adding good quality storage accommodation or by letting it to a third party,” said Rhys Morgan, Head of Property, ABP South Wales. “For instance, its size, height of access, cranes and yard space make it potentially attractive to accommodate plant and engineering works for some of the major infrastructure projects under way in South Wales and across the South West, such as Hinkley Point C,” Rhys continued. ABP has invested significantly in Newport over the past few years, in schemes including new warehousing facilities, open storage areas, and additional rail sidings.

The Neptune Engineering Works was established early in the 20th century and soon after became Braithwaite & Co., Neptune Works. The works specialised in structural steelwork and continued to do so as part of the Rowecord Group. It was more recently used by AIC Steel. ABP South Wales’ five ports of, Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea contribute £1.5 billion to the UK economy every year and support 21,800 jobs across the nation, as well as handling over 12.5 million tonnes of cargo every year.

UK Building Boom In Regional Cities

Regional cities in the UK are playing an increasingly vital role in the UK construction boom. The demand for city centre property continues to be strong and the construction industry has been responding in turn. There has been an increase in building activity in many major UK regional cities. In Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester there were almost 17,000 homes being constructed. Residential property demand has been one of the driving forces in this construction boom. There was a 60% year on year increase in residential

units in Manchester last year, which is the third year of growth in construction levels. The UK has been experiencing an overwhelming housing crisis, with an ever-increasing need for residential rental property. The UK has been falling behind targets for new home construction and it seems that figures are finally on the rise. Government measures and investment schemes have been attempting to address this by making it easier for buy to let landlords to purchase property. They have also experienced a growing demand for residential property has seen an upswing in construction across the UK. The UK has experienced a significant shift towards city centre living in the past few decades. Many of these UK regional cities have grown in prominence due to their universities. The increasing number of students,

from both home and abroad who are studying and staying in UK regional cities has been transformative. Cardiff is a key example of the effect new students can bring to a city, with its students now making up 20% of the population. Young people are flocking to UK regional cities more than ever before for a world class education, the cost of living in many of these cities is also a key draw, as is the quality of rental accommodation they can afford. Manchester is one of the best examples of this recent construction boom. Manchester’s skyline has dramatically changed over the past decade. A high demand for city centre rental property has been compelling developers to build up rather than out. The amount of land available for developers is diminishing and increasing in price, so renovations and skyscrapers are becoming ever more common. As of January 2018, there were six towers above 25 storeys currently under construction in Manchester.

Industry News 07

Wrightstyle will be installing fire-rated screens and doors at the Woodside Care Village, an inspirational new care home in Warwick which will provide care for 72 older people and people living with a dementia, due to open in 2019.

The new home is being built for Warwickshirebased charity WCS Care, and has been designed by local architects Robothams. There will be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, and café, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two, complete with a cycle track. It will also feature a shop and traditional launderette, accessible by an open-air courtyard, as well as the latest technology including circadian rhythm lighting and night-time acoustic monitoring. Designing buildings for older people, particularly for those living with a dementia, involves many challenges for glazing.

Wrightstyle Supplies To New Care Home Wrightstyle is shortly to supply advanced glazing systems to a £7.5 million state-of-theart care home being built by Deeley Construction.

Floor-to-ceiling windows have been included to maximise light, which can have positive health benefits for residents, and avoid using window frames that block views from the line of sight of people using wheelchairs or who might be sitting down for long periods of time. The windows will provide uninterrupted views from beds which also aids recovery and wellbeing. Tamper proof window restrictors enhance safety and security in rooms. Suppression and containment capacity if a fire breaks out is also an important element in any healthcare facility housing occupants unable to self-rescue, and Wrightstyle has long experience in the UK and internationally in designing and supplying glazing systems to contain fire at source. In the UK, fire safety in residential care premises are subject to strict fire regulations and dealt with under Approved Document B Fire Safety, and fire precautions in England and Wales fall under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO). While fire suppression is important, the other component is containment – ensuring that any fire remains trapped in one area, and giving staff adequate time to evacuate the building. That’s where advanced glazing systems have a role to play, providing complete protection against fire, heat and toxic gases for up to 120 minutes. Wrightstyle systems, which are specified worldwide, most recently in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, can be found in a variety of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

08 Editor’s Choice

Keeping Up with The Complexities of Insurance in The Construction Sector Written By Callum Watkins, Marketing Executive at 1st Choice Insurance

The construction sector has transformed since 2008, leaving 1,000’s of businesses with inadequate insurance. It’s time to highlight these risks and outline why construction companies must now consider a contractor’s combined policy. A Decade of Change for British Construction There’s no doubt that the UK construction industry has transformed over the last decade. Despite slower growth this year, according to Statistica, the output value of the British construction sector hit £164 billion in 2017, more than double the value recorded in 2000. Besides growth, Health and Safety is becoming a more prominent consideration for the sector. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 80,000 workers suffer from work-related ill health each year. This has increased pressure as companies fight to reduce falls, trips and other injuries. This has increased the complexity of insurance policies. Possibly the biggest change in the sector is the increasing number of subcontractors. The Office for National Statistics found that there were 296,093 firms in the British construction industry as of 2016, and 2,731,370 people worked in the industry in 2018, with contractors making up roughly 1.9 million people, up a third since 2008. There’s no doubt the changes over the last decade have made insurance more complicated to calculate, complex to manage, and more vital than ever to have in place.

How does it relate to Insurance Undoubtably, sector growth, increasing competition, tight margins and a boom in contractors has transformed insurance needs. Projects are increasing in scale, sites are busy and congested, firms are relying on subcontractors and hiring more equipment to complete projects on time. There’s pressure, and those who operate in the sector will understand the management fiasco that has been unearthed. The risks are simply too high! Injuries on site are increasing, over 30 fatal injuries occurred between

2015/2016, which can break a business. Expensive equipment can fail, again costing money. Delays are possibly even more damaging than costs. Delays can destroy a firm’s reputation to deliver, win, or even keep projects. Perhaps explaining why 2,633 companies went insolvent in 2017. Put simply, insurance policies must react which changes in the sector. Many companies simply renew old policies which are then void when the time comes to claim. Ultimately, void policies cost time, money, hassle, and in some cases, even liquidation.

Why We Recommend Contractors Combined Insurance For complex industries, a combined policy is always the best way to protect yourself. Our contractor’s combined policy allows you to pick and choose layers of insurance you require and combine them into a single, easy to manage policy. You can add employers and public liability, professional indemnity, tools and plant, personal accident and buildings premises cover into one policy. In fact, you can add almost any protection you require. A combined policy will ensure that whatever happens on and off-site, your business is fully insured and protected against claims and financial loss. At 1st Choice Insurance, we are trade and construction experts with real expertise to help you build the perfect policy for your business.

Contact 1st Choice Insurance Hopefully, we have inspired you to discover if your insurance policy is correct, up to date and will protect you. We understand insurance can be timeconsuming, but we are here to help. Call 0800 078 7002 to talk to an expert today or visit our website

10 Editors Choice

Unfinished Oak in Jorvik Viking Museum, York We were asked by RMA Themed Attractions to supply and install a floor in the newly refurbished Viking Museum in the Centre of York. RMA completed the layout and design and then we supplied sample boards so they could choose the colour of the River and display area. The board installed was our E157 select grade 260mm wide engineered unfinished Oak. This was also used in the Design Museum. Being unfinished and high quality it allowed for the river to be created using a router and stainless steel insert and different coloured oils. This can be seen from the images below. The theme was to have a “River” that flows through the exhibits taking visitors to each different section of the Viking’s history in the UK. We were proud to be chosen for this project and our fitter did a fantastic job in less than a week. If you have any innovative design projects in any location, please contact us directly on 01666 504015

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Lillie Square, London SW6 One of the top developments in London, Lillie Square transformed a 7.4-acre car park in Earls Court into over 800 luxury residences, and a new below-ground residents’ clubhouse. With the multi-level basement encompassing a swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, gym and function room, amongst other areas, the project required a robust waterproofing installation from Newton Specialist Contractor Stonehouse Basements. The long-term partnership between Newton Waterproofing Systems and Stonehouse Basements has seen both companies partner on a vast portfolio of properties across the UK, and Stonehouse brought this experience to the table at Lillie Square. Located in Earls Court, the developments’ distinctive contemporary architecture draws from the heritage of West London and references the traditional garden squares, mansions and townhouses throughout Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham.

Phased Development Due to its scale, the project is being delivered in two phases over the course of five years, with Sir Robert McAlpine overseeing the first phase as main contractor. The first five

buildings were successfully completed in March 2014 and all the apartments sold so quickly that it became the fastest selling London development at the time. Designed by a multi-award winning team of interior and exterior architects and one of the world’s leading landscaping and garden designers, from the very beginning Lillie Square has been created with generous proportions and the finest materials in mind.

Protection for the Lifetime of the Structure Each element of the design has been specified with the structure’s lifetime efficiency, sustainability and cost in mind. Naturally this also includes the waterproofing specification, which is frequently not given enough consideration at design

Editors Choice 13 stage. However, in this case Sir Robert McAlpine and Stonehouse worked in conjunction to consider the best waterproofing options for Lillie Square early in the process, leading to the design of a comprehensive waterproofing solution, and also ensuring that it was effectively and accurately installed. The project also benefited from the supply partnership between Stonehouse and Newton Waterproofing Systems, whose advanced waterproofing products and industry-leading technical expertise perfectly supports Stonehouse’s specialist design and installation experience. This long-term partnership has seen both companies work on a vast portfolio of projects across the UK in the past, ranging from the smallest domestic projects, to residential developments, commercial buildings and extensive civil projects.

As well as the Type A membrane, Stonehouse installed extensive areas of the Type C Newton CDM System to a high standard

Basement Waterproofing The British Standard for waterproofing – BS 8102:2009 – defines three “Types” of waterproofing that can be used either independently or in combination to provide different “Grades” of waterproofing protection to a building. The desired Grade of protection depends on the desired use of the internal space, and the Types of waterproofing that are therefore used to achieve this depend on the type of structure being protected. For Lillie Square, Stonehouse combined Newton Waterproofing products to provide two Types of protection and achieve a completely dry internal environment, defined as “Grade 3” by BS 8102:2009. The products used to achieve this were the “Type A” Newton 107F cementitious membrane, and the “Type C” Newton CDM System cavity drainage solution. Newton 107F is a cementitious, liquid-applied membrane, and was particularly well suited to this large-scale project as it can be spray-applied quickly over large areas. From a technical perspective the tough membrane can resist large heads of both positive and negative water pressure, whilst also exhibiting a flexibility that accommodates movement in the structure. In support of the 107F, the Newton CDM System is an internally applied cavity drain membrane waterproofing solution that uses plastic membranes to create a cavity inside the structure. As the most failsafe form of waterproofing, the CDM System was installed throughout Lillie Square’s below-ground structure, capturing and depressurising any water entering the building within the cavity, removing it of its potency. Once captured, all that remains is for the drainage channels to direct the water to one of the four sump chambers, each containing two pumps and supported by alarms and backup systems, in order to mechanically discharge the water up and away from the structure.

The luxurious residents’ clubhouse is predominantly below-ground, including a swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, gym and function room

Result By getting involved early on with Sir Robert McAlpine as the waterproofing design specialist, Newton designed a fully integrated waterproofing solution for the project, whilst Lillie Square also fulfilled the recommendations of British Standard 8102:2009. The foundation laid by this groundwork was then reinforced by the specialist expertise of Stonehouse, whose professional installation has ensured that the below ground areas of this prestigious development achieve the highest level of waterproofing protection. For further information please contact us on Tel: 01732 806 983 Email: Web:


Samuel Alexander Building, Manchester University The neoclassical Grade II listed Samuel Alexander building was opened in 1919 and is part of the University of Manchester’s South Campus. Following recent significant investment, the building’s academic offices and teaching spaces have been refurbished and breakout areas created, and the reception and café have been remodelled. The building houses the University’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. About the project: Samuel Alexander Building, Manchester University Architect: Halliday Meecham Architects Contractor: Manchester & Cheshire Construction Ceiling Contractor: Brett Morris, North Derbyshire Interiors Products: Akusto™ Wall C Texona Oyster, Solo Rectangle and Focus™ E in corridors, Focus™ E in feature areas and lecture lobby, Focus™ Ds in entrance, café and IT room

For more information, please contact Matthieu Cassinadri on 07771 565391

Fiona Wilford from Halliday Meecham Architects explained the project and its challenges.


‘The academic accommodation within The Samuel Alexander Building was reorganised to allow for the move of the University Language Centre (ULC) facilities from Oddfellows Hall to the School of Arts, Linguistics and Cultures. The scheme allowed for all the divisional accommodation to be successfully re provided in a new consolidated school, with the ULC occupying basement and ground floors. New student reception areas with common rooms and accommodation for support staff were created for each academic division. Running alongside the consolidation project were works to upgrade the mechanical and electrical services of Samuel Alexander. ‘The works were extensive and affected the whole of the South Wing of Samuel Alexander, West and North Wing

and limited areas in the Classics Wing. Works to upgrade the South Entrance and the café and computer cluster were integrated whilst the project was on site. The building remained live during the construction period, with shared ‘decant’ accommodation provided for the academic staff.’ Ecophon’s Matthieu Cassinadri explained how the architects on the project were aiming for a high end look for the ceilings and how the use of Ecophon Focus products helped them achieve this. ‘We were able to offer support by coming up with a suitable specification and advising on the design to fit in with the constraints of the existing building. ‘In our experience it is always favourable to iron out any potential issues before the project gets to site,’ said Matthieu. ‘The architect was keen to get a visually pleasing ceiling system, so the integration with services and the existing building was key. They also wanted to include some colour in their design which Ecophon’s comprehensive Focus range was able to deliver.’ Fiona described how Halliday Meecham worked with Ecophon to find solutions. ‘The aim was to increase the ceiling height within the existing South Wing entrance lobby and café and computer cluster. As per the university requirements, all ceilings must be accessible and easily demountable. The Focus ceiling provided the access, whilst still delivering the ‘flush’ appearance we desired. We chose to install the grey ceiling at a higher level, with feature light fittings and a contrasting white ceiling with task lighting. Service vents and radiant panels were colour matched to the tiles to help them blend into the overall ceiling.’ ‘The building has a high footfall, particularly in the reception area and café and we were able to advise how best to deal with any potential room acoustic challenges. This was fairly easy to do given that the Focus ranges offers great visual and acoustic design in one,’ said Matthieu. ‘We were also on hand to assist when it came to installation giving on-site training and advise to the installer.’ ‘Matthieu is our usual point of contact, he’s always very helpful,’ said Brett Morris of North Derbyshire Interiors. ‘We installed all the ceilings, partitions and wall linings. ‘The product is fine to work with and acoustically they’re very good. Aesthetically they’re excellent,’ he added. ‘The work has been very well received.’ Commenting on the end result said, ‘The Focus ceiling tiles allowed us to achieve the clean, flush finish we required. By coordinating the tiles carefully with integrated services and lighting we were able to provide an attractive design within budget that allows for long term maintenance access.’

Perforated facade pays musical tribute The Music Box multi-storey car park in Hayes is part of a major development project on a site with a rich heritage of British music. When designing the facade for the car park, the architects wanted to pay tribute to the former factory buildings and achieved this by using RMIG ImagePerf to recreate an iconic photograph of a remarkable period in popular music history.

A major development project has been carried out on a former factory site in Hayes, Middlesex. The site is steeped in music history dating back over 100 years, as it once housed the Gramophone Company factory, the renowned HMV record label and the famous EMI record pressing plant, which manufactured records for some of the most legendary names in British music, such as The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. The site has now very fittingly been renamed The Old Vinyl Factory in honour of its record pressing past. The redeveloped area now comprises art deco office buildings, new homes, restaurants, shops, a gym, cinema and a live music venue, making this a diverse community of living and working areas, as well as retail and entertainment facilities. The architects at Studio Egret West saw this as a new beginning for the site, bringing it into the digital age and yet still embracing its incredible heritage.

An eye-catching and durable facade As part of the development, a multi-storey car park was constructed to cover the needs of the area. The car park was designed by Studio Egret West and consists of seven parking levels, providing a total of 424 parking bays. The car park also has an electrical substation with 96 vehicle charging points.

17 the challenges of architectural design. RMIG ImagePerf converts perforated metal into a ‘projection screen’ for art, photographs, illustrations and graphic designs. In keeping with the theme of both The Old Vinyl Factory and the Music Box car park itself, it was decided that for the west side of the facade, a photograph of screaming fans at a Beatles concert should be reproduced using RMIG ImagePerf technology. Using various hole sizes, it was possible to transfer and enlarge this amazing image, ensuring that it will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Secondary operation and time-saving process RMIG’s experience and expertise were invaluable for a project of this kind. More than 1,000 perforated sheets covering an area of 3,500 m2 were manufactured for the facade using 2.5 mm thick sendzimir galvanised steel. The sheets were subsequently powder coated, making them durable and weather resistant. In addition to the picture perforation and powder coating, RMIG was also responsible for bending and numbering the perforated metal sheets in order to make them ready for delivery and to ensure a time-saving process when installing the facade panels. •

Raw material: Sendzimir galvanised steel

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Innovative solutions and a quality partnership With RMIG City Emotion, architects can realise their visions and urban design concepts, and convert them into real solutions for buildings and interiors by utilising perforated and expanded metal products for various applications. RMIG offers a professional and reliable partnership with expert advice through all stages of a building project.

For further information email: Tel: 01925 839610 When designing a multi-storey car park, it is important to keep in mind the need for sufficient ventilation and lighting. To meet this challenge, it was decided that the steel frame structure of the car park should be clad in perforated metal, ensuring both adequate air and light, and at the same time creating an aesthetically attractive facade. RMIG, world leader in perforation, manufactured and supplied the perforated metal sheets for the project, and using their City Emotion concept, gave the facade a unique feature.

Famous image recreated RMIG ImagePerf is part of the RMIG City Emotion concept and presents elegant and innovative solutions to

18 Having a beautiful garden that you are proud of doesn’t need to take a huge amount of time and effort to maintain, in fact having the right balance between design, maintenance and effort is the key for creating an outdoor area that you’ll love spending time in.

Low maintenance gard you time and make you Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have put together some of their top tips for creating the perfect low maintenance garden.

Planning and Design One of the first things to consider when planning a low maintenance garden is to decide how much work you actually want to do in the area and what garden features and functions are most important to you. For instance, if growing your own vegetables is high up on your list, you might think about creating a vegetable patch while utilising very low maintenance features throughout the rest of the garden. Try to position the features that take more work closer to the house or shed to save on carrying or barrowing items up and down the whole garden, and if possible place a water butt near where you are most likely to need it.

Choosing plants There is a huge range of plants and flowers you can use that require little maintenance throughout the year including hardy evergreens, flowers such as lavender and crocus, and perennials. Climbers such as Ivy and Climbing Hydrangeas take up little space on the ground, but can add interest to walls and fences, and require very little watering to become established. Herbs are also a great low maintenance addition to the garden and can be easily grown in

containers to save space, with the added benefit that you can use them in your cooking too. Fuchsia, Mexican Orange Blossom and Gaillardia are all great choices for adding pops of colour throughout the garden and require very little looking after once established.


den ideas that will save ur garden stand out How to deal with lawns Lawns can be the most labour intensive parts of many gardens, but there are some things you can do to create a low maintenance lawn. If you do not need your whole lawn think about letting some of it grow keeping a small area as a formal area; this

will cut down the amount of cutting you have to do, as well as provide habitat for wildlife and insects. For those who don’t want the hassle of a lawn, then there are alternatives. Artificial grass has come a long way in recent years and now looks and feels like the real thing just with no maintenance needed. Artificial grass is also available in a range of different colours and is permeable meaning that rain drains through and doesn’t pool.

Those who don’t want grass at all can choose to use gravel, paving, decking or even bark to create a fantastic looking garden without the worry of the upkeep.


Picspave decorative concrete floor at Alpamare Waterpark, Scarborough.

PICS and the property refurbishment market. PICS have seen the demand for quality and high performance refurbishment products grow enormously over the last few years, as we extend, or try to bring back to life, old buildings and properties rather than demolish and replace. As a result of customer interest, we now provide a larger range of refurbishment products to suit many different applications for the developer or refurbishment contractor. There are products designed to aid the client with their refurbishment of a range of different paving and walling options, including decorative rendering effects to match to existing stone or brickwork, and concrete flooring stains, coatings and sealers to bring old concrete, block paving and tarmac back to life. From domestic properties to the commercial world of theme parks, zoos, drive thrus, and infrastructure works on roads, bridges and transport schemes, PICS have seen the range of products used across the refurbishment field grow steadily. Full product specification and training details are available to enable the client, designer or

contractor to confidently specify or utilise PICS products with confidence. By the careful addition of colour, texture and pattern to the surface finish, walls, floors and paved areas can be refurbished to a totally different visual style, aesthetic improvement and practical feel. By a simple addition to the design, we have seen contemporary, traditional and bespoke transformations, without expensive or technically challenging applications. Decorative concrete can be utilised as a complete refit of existing paving or an overlay to sound substrate for a simple addition of a colour or sealer layer to the existing surface. Minimal preparation can be undertaken

before most of the PICS products are applied, which makes it easier for contractors to undertake refurbishment projects with paving and walling without highly trained specialists. PICS provide online or face-toface training support and can assist on site where necessary, to supervise larger projects. Many of the PICS range of products are manufactured in-house at our manufacturing facility in Sussex and supplied through our distribution network of stockists and depots around the UK. PICSpave is the PICS range of decorative concrete surface finishes, from slabs of plain structural concrete to an engineer’s design, transformed into any design of


Before and After Picscoat Tarmac Refurbishment

Before and After Wallcrete render application colour, texture and combination the client can dream of. Slate, Tile, Cobblestone, Brick, Pavers, Granite, even a range of timber and decking effects can be created in the colour mix of your choice to suit any property or commercial scheme. Wallcrete is a printable decorative render system for both new build or refurbishment applications. We have seen theme park designers create artificial rock structures, housing developers recreate listed building finishes when extensions are added, and repairs to masonry achieved with effects which are difficult to distinguish from the original. A wide range of natural and modern finishes are possible and the artistry that is used by sculptors and set designers in the film industry, can easily be achieved by a novice with minimal training and experience. This brings the Wallcrete system within the daily practical use of all builders and refurbishment contractors. Practical training can be provided on-site if appropriate and the costs of these British

made products are competitive with imported materials, readily available around the UK. The range of sealers and colouring stains are used to transform concrete paving, from existing industrial and concrete floors, to newly laid pattern imprinted, exposed aggregate and block paving projects. Aiding the long term performance of the paving, as well as creating aesthetically bespoke designs, the artists brush can truly be used on the paving canvas of the refurbishment professional. Sealers are a simple low cost addition to the tools available to the refurbishment contractor, and help to dust proof, aid curing, protect against ingress of dirt, oil and grease, thereby reducing maintenance and protecting the expensive paving finish the client has purchased. This then helps to reduce the life time costs and cleaning regimes for the client, The sealer range includes Low & High Solid concrete sealers, water and solvent based

Cure and Seal, PICSeal block paving sealer, Permaseal jointing sand stabilising solution and PICScoat tarmac and asphalt sealer in black, red and green colour options. There is also a range of ancillary cleaning, degreasing, and site preparation products, including acid wash, Mossclean algae and lichen removal, and PICSclean degreaser. We can provide colour charts, project images and case studies, as well as technical data for all products, and would be pleased to answer any technical, application or costing enquiries for you. Our nationwide network of existing contractors is available to cost any project you may be working on, whether it is paving, walls or even roof cleaning, and our depots in Newbury, Sheffield and Manchester provide an opportunity to view and discuss all the PICS refurbishment products. We are experienced at supplying a range of export clients and projects, so please contact our export team for any requirements to specify or use our PICS refurbishment and renovation products abroad.

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Sustainable Water Management In the UK 2018 proved to be an exceptionally dry,hot summer with low rainfall recorded. However there was and continues to be heavy periods of rain. There is a debate regarding climate change but no matter, in the UK we should be considering how rainfall is managed.

Rainwater is collected via standard gutters and downpipes, filtered and stored preferably in an underground tank. Without light or significant temperature changes it remains cool and fresh.

Rainwater collected off the roof can be used within the home for toilets, washing machines and outside use. There is no need to flush toilets with drinking quality water and this can be a significant saving on mains supply. Also by collecting this fast flowing water off the roof it can make a fundamental contribution to excess water entering the drainage system or soakaways to prevent flooding. To good to be true? Actually No.

The water is then pumped back into the house.

Rainwater harvesting is a simple method and can help with both supply and drainage issues. RainWater Harvesting Ltd design and manufacture systems in the UK for UK homes.

The harvesting tank was traditionally sized to allow 21 days supply of rainwater ,as it was assumed that it would rain within that timescale. Calculations include average rainfall, roof area, number of toilets and usage and then a tank size is suggested. These range from 1500l to 7500l. Should there be a longer dry period it is important to have a mains back up so that toilets continue to flush.

There are two types of systemsDirect feed Back Up In A Box.


The pump is connected directly and so every time the toilet is flushed the pump runs. If the rainwater becomes low a small amount of water will be introduced into the underground harvesting tank but the system will always look for rainwater first. Gravity Fed-Rain Director. Water is pumped into a specifically designed header tank and the toilets and washing machines are fed by gravity. This system has many features and costs 1p/ person/per day to run. It is WRAS (Water Regulation Advisory Service) approved so accepted by all water providers as compliant. The switch from mains to rain is controlled automatically by a sensor within the harvesting tank. Our most recent product RainActiv combines the benefits of rainwater harvesting with a SuDS (Sustainable drainage system) solution. Rainwater is collected as before and the tank has capacity for use within the home but there is an extra capacity for excess stormwater. This volume is calculated to meet criteria such as the 1 in 100 year storm plus a percentage for climate change. During heavy storms the water will rise above the rainwater element and so is prevented from overwhelming the drainage system. It is then released at a controlled and calculated rate. This has two advantages. Drains continue to receive a certain amount of water to prevent blockages at a rate that they can cope with but as the water drains away the harvesting tank will again have the necessary volume to cope with the next storm. Planning applications have sections limiting water usage and drainage criteria. Some sites limit the water discharge rate and RainActiv can be set to be 0.05l/second which has never been achievable before. Fitting a rainwater harvesting system can help meet both issues in a cost effective way. Systems cost between ÂŁ1500 and ÂŁ3500 excluding VAT. They are designed to be simple to fit as and ideally as part of a new build or complete refurbishment. Who knows what the weather will bring but homes should be looking to sustainable water management by collecting,storing and using water at source where it falls. RainWater Harvesting Ltd Unit A Harrier Park Orton Southgate Peterborough PE2 6YQ Phone 01733 405111 Email Web

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Brio – the UK’s leading supplier of folding door hardware – has made a big contribution to an architecturally adventurous and historic site in Ilfracombe, north Devon, UK - a purpose-built wedding venue.


series of four tunnels were originally carved out of the solid cliffs in the 1820s - this gave access to the coves and beaches - and tidal pools for seawater swimming. This was known and still is as Tunnel Beaches. Now the site includes Devon Beach Weddings which can cater for 160 guests and is set on the beautiful, coastal landscape. Brio’s Weatherfold 4s folding and sliding door hardware made an adventurous curved door project a reality for the site. Weatherfold 4s was chosen for its resistance to this environment - the sea is well known to be highly corrosive to almost all building materials. But Weatherfold was also chosen for its smooth and easy operation. To reduce time and effort when opening up the venue to its breath-taking views, the project also utilised Brio’s new 286 Dual Point Lock which unlocks the top and bottom with a single action. This hardware upgrade not only improves functionality but also aesthetics as doors use a reduced amount of visible hardware. Brio Weatherfold 4s is a complete hardware solution that includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top track, bottom channel, seals, locking and flush bolt options. The hardware will

accommodate 8 panels folding in either direction. Weatherfold 4s will take a maximum panel height of 3000mm x 1000mm x 35-68mm thick weighing up to 50kg. David Newton, General Manager of Brio UK says: “Our Weatherfold 4s products are built to be extremely robust with a rugged construction that is eminently suited to the extremes of the British weather as well as achieving PAS24 and Secured By Design accreditations. Architects, specifiers and manufacturers can rest assured that when they choose Brio Weatherfold 4s non-mortice hardware for their projects they are working with a quality product that will not let them down and deliver many years of use.” Brio’s 286 Dual Point Lock was specifically developed for use with Weatherfold 4s. The 286 Dual Point Lock is ideally suited to timber or aluminum panels and is also suitable for single hinge panels and French doors. Brio’s General Manager, David Newton, explains: “Brio is constantly researching and reviewing the market place on folding and sliding door systems. Enabling better ease of use for the less able as well as aesthetic considerations led to the advent of the 286 Dual Point Lock which has been developed as an optional alternative to using flush bolts on panels.

“The lock is less intrusive than flush bolts and has the very considerable advantage of eliminating any bending down or reaching up to lock or unlock the door which is the downside of flush bolts. This makes it very friendly with regards to disabled access as wheelchair users will not have to rely on help to open doors.” The operation to lock is very simple – turning the low-profile handle by 180° activates a 25mm throw to lock off doors securely top and bottom. Both locking and non-locking options are available, all with an integrated escutcheon giving elegant, clean lines. The Dual lock is suitable for timber panel thicknesses of between 38mm and 70mm, with a height of 3.5m. For aluminium panels, minimum width is 35mm. As for insurers, they will be reassured with the 4 pin 20/10 Euro cylinder in stainless steel. Finish is polished stainless steel or satin nickel. In common with other Brio products apart from looking stylish, these systems are built to last. Brio offers an unbeatable 10-year warranty on all Weatherfold 4s hardware. For more information on the full range visit www.

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VELUX OFFERS MORE REWARDS TO CUSTOMERS THIS AUTUMN Up to £30 or €35 of rewards up for grabs with top brand partners VELUX® is offering customers across the UK and Ireland more rewards this autumn. The promotion will reward installers, builders and homeowners who choose VELUX white-painted roof windows during September and October. VELUX white-painted roof windows are the right choice for both lofts and extensions – perfect for modern interiors, creating a brighter, contemporary look. The white-painted finish reflects more light back into the home than darker surfaces would. The rewards of £30 in the UK are redeemable at a range of retailers and restaurants including M&S, Argos, Thomas Cook, Curry’s PC World and Tesco. In Ireland, retailers include Dunnes, Argos, Tesco and Milanos. Grant Sneddon, product manager for VELUX said: “More and more people are deciding to stay put but to extend their home to accommodate their evergrowing families, and in turn saving money as well increasing the price of their home. That is why we are urging our customers to take advantage of our latest offer during September and October. “It includes the entire VELUX range that is available in white-painted, from manual, centre-pivot and top-hung standard roof windows to combination solutions, and remote controlled VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows. It also includes curved glass rooflights that help to create lighter, brighter interiors inside the home as well as improve the overall look of flat roof extensions.” To receive rewards from VELUX, upload your proof of purchase at If based in Ireland, upload your proof of purchase here

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Water torture and the Great Exhibition Wrightstyle Limited is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of advanced steel and aluminium glazing systems and exports internationally. Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, explains the origins of the notoriously difficult US fire testing regime. Water is not something you usually associate with testing the strength of a glazing system.

1750 degrees F, testing the strength of the glass, the protective level of the glazing system, and its overall capability to maintain compartmentation in a fire situation. However, immediately after fire exposure, the American testing standard also requires the glazing system, to then be subjected to a high-pressure fire-hose test, aimed directly onto the super-heated steel and glass assembly. In the hose stream test, the longer the fire resistance being applied for, then the longer and more severe is the high-pressure water exposure. This tests the glass for the thermal shock of being deluged and suddenly cooled by the fire fighting services, as well as by the building’s own sprinkler system Like many test regimes, the hose stream test has its roots in a byegone age, and wasn’t even originally designed to test the glass. So byegone an age, in fact, that Queen Victoria was still on the throne.

But it’s still being practiced to test the protective level of glazing systems in the United States. Nowadays, it’s called the hose stream test. The test, controversial and challenging, is notoriously difficult.

The reason for this was a sea-change in architecture and, perhaps surprisingly, it was a British architect, Joseph Paxton, best known for designing greenhouses, who changed everything.

American test methodology requires, as in Europe and elsewhere, for the glazing system to be subjected to furnace temperatures of over

Paxton was the surprise choice to design the main pavilion for the 1851 Great Exhibition and Paxton

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simply drew on his horticultural experience to design a structure that contained over 300,000 panels of glass to a total of more than one million square feet. Joseph Paxton’s experience in garden design served him well because, by scaling up his earlier work, design to completion took just seven months. The result was a giant greenhouse: an entire, huge building made only of wrought iron and glass. The finished building was, of course, a wonder of its day. The public, and not a few architects, flocked to London from all over the world. In total, over six million of them – not bad for an age without budget airlines or the motorcar. Inside its great halls were some 13,000 exhibits and the money it generated allowed the government to build other great symbols of Empire, including the Albert Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Not a few of the architects who saw the Great Exhibition were from America, and they took the concepts they’d seen back to the United States. The balance between form and function was being rewritten: iron, and later steel, now allowed the architect to think in new ways about building design. The modern skyscraper was born. However, the hose stream test, first introduced in 1918, wasn’t designed with glass in mind. It was designed to test the integrity of the cast and wrought ironwork that had been popularised by the Great Exhibition.

At that time, there was little understanding of the critical importance of compatibility between frame and glass. The result was that the iron frame often failed – putting fire-fighters and a building’s occupants at risk. The hose stream test, once also a UK requirement, went out of fashion as iron was replaced with steel – a material immensely stronger and more resilient than the iron it replaced. However, and despite enormous advances in steel glazing systems, the hose stream test has been retained in the USA for all fire-rated systems seeking accreditation for more than one hour of protection – despite growing calls for it to be abandoned as an anachronism. At Wrightstyle, we export our curtain walling, door, screen and window systems worldwide, so our systems had to undergo the dreaded hose stream test. Not only is that useful for the US export market, but also important in parts of the Middle East, where many American architects are based, or when American companies are looking to build to US fire standards. It does however seem strange that, in a world where our glass and glazing systems are designed to withstand searing temperatures or the blast impact of a lorry bomb, the real test, at least in the USA, comes down to a stream of cold water.

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Impressive rooflights flood church extension with daylight St Michaels and All Angels Church Key to the project was to create an area which would bring new life to the church and would help to draw in people from outside the building, whilst also providing iconic views of the church. Having previously worked with Glazing Vision on some large, private house projects, Adrian James Architects sought out their expertise in providing a feature rooflight which would be a main component within the new Narthex.


Situated in leafy north Oxford, this beautiful church forms a peaceful sanctuary for its parish and locals. The recently built front extension creates a new threshold for the church, encompassing a large multipart Flushglaze fixed rooflight from Glazing Vision. The rooflight works to fill the entrance lobby with natural daylight and helps to create a lofty, open space with character.

RESPECTING HISTORY & ACCOMMODATING THE CONTEMPORARY Adrian James Architects were appointed to create this new front extension, a project that presented some difficulties. Building on the front of a listed and loved church is something that requires very careful consideration by multiple bodies, both statutory and corporeal. This said, the new addition doesn’t try and hide the curious historical anomaly of the brick west wall. Instead, it has been designed as if the church interior has continued to flow out of the entrance doors and into a unique and welcoming glazed entrance.

A generously sized multipart Flushglaze roof light, measuring 3922 x 2566mm, was chosen to flood the new narthex space with plenty of natural daylight during the day. The product not only works to draw people in from outside the building, but also draws visitors back out of the church via the narthex after ceremonies. Three smaller fixed Flushglaze rooflights were installed throughout this contemporary extension to help provide natural light into both the toilet and kitchen areas. This new modular Flushglaze rooflight compliments the beauty of the church and provides a clear, frameless internal view of the new west gable window, emphasising the importance of the church as both a community and religious centre. Ryan Taylor of Adrian James Architects explains, “the finished result is excellent; installation of the rooflight was straightforward and the units appear seamless. The minimal detail is ideal from an architectural perspective.” With the rooflight running between two existing buttresses, there were some complications as the architects learnt that standard kerb detail couldn’t be switched over to an abutment detail mid-run. However, with the advice of Glazing Vision, this was not difficult to resolve and helped to create a positive working relationship, once again, between both Adrian James Architects and Glazing Vision. The new design has been positively welcomed by English Heritage, the planners, the diocese, the parish and the locals. To find out more about design considerations for your next project, contact us on 01379 658 300 or request a CPD.

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The SentryGlas® interlayer is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials. With this kind of strength the glass can be a more active structural element in the building envelope, opening up design possibilities that didn’t exist before. Besides its strength, SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer retains its clarity – even after years of service. Unlike other interlayers, SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer is much less vulnerable to moisture exposure or yellowing over time.

Limitless possibilities Some of the many SentryGlas® interlayer applications include: Minimally supported and open-edged railings, facades and canopies Structural glass flooring, stairs, walkways and pedestrian bridges Hurricane resistant windows, doors and skylights Bomb blast resistant windows, doors and facades SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is used under exclusive license by Kuraray and its sub-licensees. For more information please visit

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Building The Future

L to R: Steve Backley OBE, Barbara Res, Dr Jacqui Taylor, Martin Bayfield The South East’s leading construction event returns to the Kent Event Centre on 4th October, when Kent Construction EXPO brings together around 2,000 construction professionals, contractors, developers and specialist suppliers to the sector. Brought to you by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Kent County Council and Medway Council, this major annual gathering brings together a fantastic line-up of speakers alongside the South East’s largest exhibition of construction suppliers: providing a unique opportunity for you to get the inside track on major infrastructure projects and the latest industry developments, while making valuable new contacts and building your business. This year’s information-packed event includes contributions from Olympian Steve Backley, Trump survivor Barbara Res and broadcaster and rugby legend Martin Bayfield – plus senior executives from major players such as Wavin, Kier, Baxall Construction, Mott MacDonald and Willmott Dixon, specialist advisors to business & government and many more.

Trump Tower, elite sport and cutting-edge technologies Launching the day in energetic style is former British Javelin Champion & Three-time Olympic Medallist former Steve Backley OBE, with a fascinating talk about the lessons that businesses in the construction sector can take from the world of elite sport, including key success factors such as self-belief, commitment and teamwork. Steve was one of Britain’s most consistent and popular athletes for over a decade, ranking in the world’s Top Ten in the javelin every year between 1989 and 2002, and now runs a highly successful property investment company (Perform in Property) in partnership with his fellow Olympian Roger Black. Later in the morning, you can get a unique glimpse of the future when Dr Jacqui Taylor explains what to expect as we move towards over 80% of the world’s population being connected online. As a key advisor to the government on Smart Cities, Jacqui will take you on a journey beyond Big Data towards the Internet of Things, sharing some key projects she has helped to deliver and the impact these have had globally.

After lunch, you can hear how industry pioneer Barbara Res rose to the top of the male-dominated world of construction in New York during the 1970s and 80s, overcoming sexual discrimination, harassment and intimidation to become the first woman to take charge of the construction of a major skyscraper: the Trump Tower. Barbara will describe her experiences as a female engineer managing the project, the successes and challenges of working with Donald Trump and the urgent need for greater gender equality in the construction industry. Also on the free programme of keynotes and workshops, you can get the latest news on the Lower Thames Crossing from Project Director Tim Jones at Highways England, a new perspective on BIM from industry leaders Wavin and expert thinking about key areas such as construction skills, automation, social inclusion, funding options and the looming spectre of Brexit. Book your free place now for access to the full programme of inspirational speakers, our comprehensive exhibition area and a huge range of special features.

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Major Exhibition & Special Features for 2018 Kent Construction EXPO provides you with a unique opportunity to explore the largest showcase of construction suppliers in the South East, with over 150 exhibitors covering every aspect of the construction industry and numerous special features to deliver maximum value from your day at the event. Big Networking Breakfast

sponsored by Maidstone Borough Council & Baxall Construction Why not get ready for your day at Kent Construction EXPO making new contacts over a delicious cooked breakfast? Our popular networking breakfast brings together senior representatives from the whole industry for an informal combination of food, chat and illumination. This year, our guest speakers will be examining how digital transformation is affecting the construction industry, with contributions from Microsoft, Baxall Construction and Maidstone Council. Places cost just £21 + VAT (including full cooked breakfast) and are available online at:

and impressive opportunity to see how a new build home could look at ‘first fix’ and observe how various building products work together.

Kent Futures Zone The Kent Futures Zone is a fantastic opportunity to get the answers you need about major construction projects in Kent and beyond, putting you face-to-face with contacts from all the key projects to find out how they might affect you and your company. Come along to this dedicated zone on 4th October to ask specific questions about Ebbsfleet, London Resort Holdings, HS4 Air, Otterpool Park Garden Town, KMEG, SELEP, McArthur Glen, Folkestone Hythe and more.

Panel Discussion: Preparing for Brexit At the end of the day, you can join your peers and several expert panellists at our interactive panel discussion about the thorny issue of Brexit and the challenges it looks most likely to present for the UK’s vital construction sector. As an industry that is heavily reliant on EU migrant labour, construction will be feel a significant impact from restrictions to Freedom of Movement and the uncoupling of building standards, so our panel will aim to provide new food for thought about the potential disruption you should be planning for, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and hear what your peers are doing to get ready.

Gala Dinner & Drinks Reception Visit The Naked House in the main exhibition

The Naked House One of this year’s most exciting new features is ‘The Naked House’ demonstration area, providing a truly original way to view building materials as they get used in a real build project. Using a full-size section of a real house, built within the exhibition hall, this is a rare


sponsored by Willmott Dixon and DHA Planning After a busy day at the main event, the Kent Construction EXPO Gala Dinner is a perfect way to unwind, talk, plan, learn, network and help us to celebrate excellence within the industry. Our after-dinner speaker for 2018 is Martin Bayfield, Crimewatch presenter,

A fantastic opportunity to meet new customers

Exclusive Meet-The-Buyer Feature Kent Construction EXPO also offers an exclusive opportunity to put your business in front of leading contractors, suppliers and government departments, with over 600 FREE meet-the-buyer appointments at our popular Meet-The-Buyer feature! Confirmed buyers for this year include: Ash Contracting, Baxall, BBS Construction, Bouygues UK, Coombs, Countryside Properties, DCB (Kent) Limited, Galliford Try, Guildmore, Jenner Group, Kent County Council, Kier, Lakehouse, LoCASE, Medway Council, Midas Construction, Module-AR Limited, Rap Interiors, Southern Construction Framework, Skanska, University of Kent, Vattenfall, Willmott Dixon and WW Martin.

Make sure you’re first in line when bookings go live, by registering online now! ex-England rugby player and Robbie Coltrane’s impressive body double as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. With this sort of background, you can probably guess that he has some fantastic stories to tell! Places cost £49 + VAT per person (including reception drink and three course meal), with tables of ten available for £480 + VAT. Space is very limited, so please call to book your place on 01892 820930.

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Great Western Studios Goes Higher Offering studio space for creative businesses, Great Western Studios in Notting Hill was looking for additional office space to enable expansion. Due to the location of the building they were unable to expand outwards. The only viable solution was to add an additional two floors on top of the existing building. These levels could only be opened up towards the end of the build programme to ensure the safety of the current studio occupants.

Ability Lifts was asked to consult on access requirements and following consultation, a location was found within a staircase to the one side of the building. Due to it’s unique self-supporting structure, the Optimum 100 Platform Lift fitted perfectly within the restricted space of the staircase. With a shaft of 1250mm x 1560mm the client had a platform size of 1120mm x1480mm making it fully compliant with regulations. The lift was specified in a black powder coated finish to match the staircase, with a fully glazed shaft and doors to maximise the light through the area. A small ramp at the lowest level was used instead of digging the usual 60mm recess. The project presented a unique challenge, as it was only possible to survey the existing 3 levels with no access to the additional 2 levels under construction. Ability Lifts worked closely with the main contractor and Project Manager, Craig Webb, to ensure accurate measurements were taken to ensure the installation met the scheduled programmed date Great Western StudiosCraig Webb, commented “I wanted to thank you all for the service provided. From design to installation this has been a fantastic project and the finished product is very impressive. We look forward to working with you on future projects.” To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit or call our dedicated sales line on 0845 006 8803.

Platform Lifts Here at Ability Lifts, we offer solutions for many different access requirements, from platform lifts and stair platform lifts, to external lifts, access lifts and much more. We aim to offer top quality service and highly competitive prices. All of our access lifts are in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD 2006/42/EC, EN8141 and Part M, and we’re happy to advise you with any questions you may have about access requirements. The Optimum 100 - The self supporting enclosed Platform Lift Ã

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Home lifts specialist Stiltz Lifts has helped a couple from Shrewsbury transform their compact 17th century home by installing one of their unique ‘through the floor’ lifts to make it easier to travel between floors. Maurice Allen was having to crawl upstairs every night to reach his bedroom after a spinal condition, he had been suffering from for the last decade, became progressively worst. The 81-year-old has a prolapsed disc which causes lower back pain and muscle weakness in the lower body. He uses crutches to move around and also an electric wheelchair.

But his condition became so painful that he could only crawl or bottom shuffle up the stairs when he wanted to go to bed each night. “I suffered a prolapsed disc about 10 years ago,” said Maurice. “I ended up having to use crutches to move around the house and an electric wheelchair for longer journeys outside of our home. “My condition got worse and worse and it was getting to the stage where I was crawling up the stairs like a kid when I was wanted to go to sleep every night. I just had to take one step at a time or just shuffle up and down in a sitting down position and it was just taking me ages to get up to the main bedroom each night, never mind being a bit undiginfied.” Wife Christine, 72, was concerned that Maurice’s condition would only detoriate further so the couple

decided to try and find a solution that would make his life easier. The Allen’s have been living in the historic two-bedroom Grade-II listed cottage they share together in the town since 1989 and the property is more than 300 years old. The property had a very narrow and turning staircase where an ordinary stairlift would not fit so they decided to invest in a Stiltz Home Lift, which they had installed by Shrewsbury-based company, Belvidere Lifts. As the lift required no hydraulics or load bearing walls it could be fitted simply and quickly and it is powered by a self-contained motor which plugs straight into a domestic power socket and travels on self-supporting stilts which allow the home lift to be positioned where more conventional, bulky lifts, will not fit. Maurice said: “Our staircase was only around three feet wide and also turned in places

so a stairlift wouldn’t have fitted. I didn’t like the idea of sitting on one anyway and waiting for it to go up, as they are often slow.

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“We decided we wanted to get a Stiltz Home Lift after reading about them online so we got a building company in and they carefully removed the stairs allowing Belvidere to install the home lift. “It only took a day, and was so quick and simple. It is situated in a downstairs space near our the kitchen and travels up to our main bedroom. “Having the lift has improved my quality of life immeasurably and has enabled me to get my independence back. “I can now move between floors whenever I wish and in the same amount of time, it would usually take an abled-bodied person to walk up the stairs. I’m just glad it was possible to get the lift installed in such a small space but it’s absolutely brilliant and I’d certainly recommend Stiltz without hesitation!”


The Hardest Wood Flooring in the World? Introducing Havwoods’ NEW Valour Finish A breakthrough innovation in floorboard strength and durability, the new Valour finish from Havwoods creates the ultimate hardwearing floorcovering. Suitable for all interiors spaces, but particularly high footfall and high impact areas, the latest engineered boards provides a superior abrasion-, scratch- and impact-resistant solution to extend the life and appearance of your wood flooring. Valour’s durable finish offers a similar surface to that of an oiled floor coating, combined with the resistance of a UV-oiled treatment; this makes it particularly suited for hardworking rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms whereby the oiled finish will protect the plank’s surface from moisture and daily wear-and-tear. The range, which is part of Havwoods’ Venture Plank collection, is presented in ten varying wood tones to ensure an option to suit any project brief or design scheme. Choose from the rich mahogany hues of Abrego and Dagota, to the contemporary washed-out tones of Yarima and Pelaya for a wood-flooring surface that will instantly update any residential or commercial interior. Combined with a superior engineered European oak construction, Valour provides a truly exceptional finish that is five times more resistant to cracking, marking and everyday impact compared to standard lacquered boards. +44(0)1524 737000


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Modular Bathroom Furniture “Creating the Look” Modular bathroom furniture is seeing tremendous growth in the housebuilding sector with developers recognising the versatility ‘modular’ brings as well as capitalising on consumer demand, which is increasingly being drawn towards the designer-inspired style that manufacturers such as Hudson Reed are producing.

Hudson Reed’s latest bathroom collection showcases a vast range of modular furniture that is ideal for the housebuilding sector, as well as inspirational ideas on accessories, wet rooms, showers and stunning LED lighting and accessories that together deliver that muchwanted on-trend designer look. A good example is Hudson Reed’s Sarenna Modular bathroom furniture suite (pictured); blending elegant curves and soft edges it offers a sophisticated style and the flexibility of both wall-hung and floor-standing units for the widest appeal. In addition, the subtle woodgrain texture of the furniture contrasts beautifully with the suites coordinating curved polymarble basin. Sarenna offers left- and right-handed two-drawer and cabinet and basin options as well as a standalone twodrawer cabinet option. A 350mm tall unit is also included in the range together with a 550mm floor standing

WC unit and all furniture in the range is available in cashmere, graphite and white colours. Accessories like the inclusion of the Vivo Touch Sensor LED mirrors (pictured), bring the bathroom to life too whilst adding that little point of interest that appeals to consumers.

The choice of shower is also important, and Hudson Reed has one of the most wide-ranging selections available. All are thermostatic for complete safety, whilst bringing together contemporary design and a host of co-ordinating taps. Interval (pictured) from its dream showers range is available in both round and square designs and chrome and stainless steel and are the ideal partner for the company’s modular bathroom furniture ranges. With bathrooms capturing as much attention as any other room in the home, the choice of furniture, showers and accessories has never been more important. For this reason, Hudson Reed offers housebuilders and developers extremely competitive prices, guarantees and all the support needed to create a bathroom that sells houses. For more information contact Hudson Reed on: T: 01422 417100



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One thousand possibilities with 3M™ DI-NOC surface finishes offered by William Smith Hundreds of stylish designs have been added to 3M™’s 2018 architectural finishes collection, taking the total number in the William Smith portfolio to more than a thousand finishes. William Smith has added over 200 3M™ DI-NOC new surface finishes to its range, boosting the Company’s commitment to offer its customers a variety of choice. Based on extensive research carried out by leading architects and designers, the finishes recreate natural materials at a fraction of the cost of traditional materials. The range includes a selection of patterns that accurately mimic wood grains, natural stone, metallic finishes and fabrics as well as solid colours. The new innovative finishes boast an ultra-matt top coat, which creates a natural, realistic and elegant look and is designed to make the films fingerprint and dirt-resistant - something new to the market. Hard-wearing and resistant to dirt, the abrasion resistant patterns possess longterm durability for areas that may require additional protection from premature wear and tear or damage, for example on bar tops or counters.


Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms 45 “3M™ DI-NOC material is a very durable, adhesive film that can be used for interiors within retail, restaurants, hotels and more! By wrapping surfaces, clients no longer need to rip out and replace fixtures and fittings, meaning less waste going to landfill and greater sustainability for businesses. “We recognise that designers and architects have always had to work to a budget and sometimes it’s hard to find solutions for creative ideas using traditional methods. 3M™ DI-NOC Architectural Finishes offer costeffective and imaginative solutions for a wide variety of decoration, refurbishment and re-surfacing requirements.” The additional patterns to the range supplement the existing product families within the portfolio from wood, metal, textile, stucco and ceramic to stone, leather and plain colours, offering a more comprehensive range of architectural finishes. Adhering to both rough and smooth surfaces, the finishes offer the ideal flexibility for designers and architects when working on interior or exterior new build and refurbishment projects. Each finish incorporates 3M™ Comply™ Technology, which is a system of small air release channels within the adhesive layer of the film that allows air trapped

between the substrate and finish to escape, making application quick and easy.

To find out more about the 3M™ DI-NOC extended range, visit or contact Lindsay at

Marketing manager of the group’s building-related film division, Architextural, Lindsay Appleton, said: “We are incredibly pleased to announce we’ve once again strengthened our portfolio of architectural films.

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

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

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

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


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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‘LOST’ VENUE FOUND A WAY TO BECOME ACCESSIBLE… One of the UK’s most popular botanical gardens is the latest venue aided by Closomat to deliver enhanced accessibility to visitors.

is not just the person who needs the enhanced toilets, but their carer(s), and often friends, families too.”

The Lost Gardens of Heligan has now opened its Changing Places assisted accessible toilet facility, supplied and installed by Closomat, the UK’s leading provider of such disabled toilets. It means that anyone who needs help, be it from people or equipment, can visit the Gardens knowing there are appropriate facilities. “We want to make Heligan as accessible as possible, and hopefully lead by example, so there was never a decision to be made as to whether we would install a Changing Places. The nature of Heligan, with its geography and historic buildings, means there are elements that we will always struggle to make accessible, but we could do this,” explained Sian Heason, Heligan Visitor Services Manager. “Closomat was recommended by other companies in the region that have already provided Changing Places: the service from its team was

excellent in helping deliver a great facility for our disabled visitors.” The Lost Gardens’ Changing Places is even bigger than the ideal laid down in British Standards (BS8300:2018), being 13.5m2. Within, it features a ceiling track hoist and mobile height adjustable adult sized changing bench, alongside the conventional fixtures in a wheelchairaccessible toilet. Located within the venue’s main toilet facilities, it is accessed via RADAR key. The Changing Places compliments a raft of further accessibility features at Heligan, including free wheelchair hire, mobility scooters and free entry to personal assistants/carers. Adds Kelvin Grimes, Closomat away from home project manager, “The perception is that wheelchair-accessible toilets meet the need, but a large

number of the 20% of the UK population registered disabled can’t use those facilities: they need more space, and/or extra equipment. “They don’t go to a venue if they think they cannot access suitable toilet facilities. Providing appropriate toilets, such as Changing Places, means those people who need help CAN now visit a venue. The increase in visitor numbers

Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places. Uniquely, the company can provide an in-house, ‘one- stopshop’ complete package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation, and can also provide subsequent maintenance and repair. Its website is the ‘go to’ resource available for campaigners, providers and specifiers alike, with a raft of support information including white papers, calling cards, CAD blocks, NBS specifications, video and case studies.

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This month sees AMP Air Conditioning celebrate its first anniversary following the company’s acquisition by the Panasonic Corporation in September 2017. Since the acquisition, AMP has more than doubled sales of Panasonic’s air conditioning products in the UK and this trend is increasing daily.

AMP and Panasonic have introduced a variety of innovative new sales tools into the market, including an Extended Warranty Scheme and Panasonic Premier Rewards.

Polly McConachie, director of AMP comments “Our success has been driven by our team’s strong customer relationships and this, combined with the quality of products and Panasonic’s high-profile collaborations with technical providers, has delivered record sales. “

AMP has also recently launched its Premier Solutions Partner Scheme to recognise the technical expertise of their customers and strengthen their bond to the Panasonic brand.

“Through continued learning, development and support, we have achieved outstanding results for the overall business. “ “Panasonic’s high-quality energy efficient solutions, global R&D excellence and in-depth technical experience together with AMP’s outstanding distribution skills and dedication to customer service, makes for a winning combination to deliver significant growth. “ “We have also remained fully committed to service standards, as shown through our high levels of customer retention during this period of change.”

Makoto Takahashi, Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Appliances Air Conditioning Europe (PAPAEU) says: “The acquisition of AMP has seen very positive results over the last 12 months. The aim of the purchase of AMP was to provide outstanding value-added support to organisations benefitting from our heating & cooling technologies, and to continue the successful growth of our air conditioning business across Europe. “ “Furthermore, our customers are also benefitting from the additional resource, expertise and excellent industry knowledge that AMP’s team have bought to Panasonic in the UK, which spans hardware, cloud services and technical support. We are delighted to


report that all this is very much on track, in line with our forecasts and we are excited for the future.” 2018 marks Panasonic’s 100th trading year and 60th year in the air conditioning market. As part of these celebrations, AMP will also be holding a series of roadshows and events to introduce several new and innovative products into the UK market. These include Panasonic’s new Hybrid (gas- and electric-powered) VRF and the MF3 VRF system, a full range of R32 splits, datanavi and nanoeTM X technologies, as well as many other exciting new products that will arrive later in the year. Polly concludes: “Although the last year has been challenging at times which is a normal

part of acquisitions, being a distributor specialising in Panasonic and having an input into product development is proving beneficial as we can convey the specific requirements of the UK market and tailor the product to meet those demands. “ “We have also found it rewarding to see the development of our strong team spirit and high levels of motivation as we continue to build on AMP’s success. “ “This has driven the company forward and helped us secure new business. We are now looking forward to growing our specifier team and delivering industry-leading technical training to even more customers.” For more information on AMP Air Conditioning please visit


Capricorn Eco Timber’s ethos is to supply naturally durable sustainable, certified, locally sourced high quality UK grown species which do not need potentially harmful preservatives adding to enhance their longevity and consequently have a very low carbon footprint, these timbers contribute directly to the local economy and make the UK less reliant on imported timber with long supply chains. Please find below a brief resume of some of the products and services offered by Capricorn Eco Timber. British Grown Red Cedar Shingles & Ridges produced in house to a similar design as the traditional Canadian Red Cedar Shingles, this product is ideal for garden structures, garages, tree houses etc Tiga Wood Burnt Larch Cladding, a very durable and modern looking product which is offered at considerably less cost than the few burnt cladding alternatives on the market .It is available in various finishes using selected FSC British Larch, this product can be made to keep it’s black colour, or if preferred to weather gracefully over the years without the unattractive transitional period of several years that natural Larch or Cedar can give if left to its own devices. Tiga Wood uses air dried Larch before charring and the burning process has the double benefit of drying the cladding to a suitable moisture content for exterior use as it is burnt but without the extra carbon emissions that imported kiln dried Siberian Larch produces. We are in control of the whole process here on the premises and we take a lot of care liaising with the customer or Architect to ensure the product fulfills their remit, we tailor the finish, quantities and sizes to suit the exact requirements needed by the customer.

Capricorn Eco Timber supply mainly Cedar, Douglas Fir, Larch, Sequoia and English Oak beams in lengths up to 12.0 metres and sizes up to 800mm x 800mm, these can be supplied to a planed or sawn finish and can also be strength graded to suit requirements Another interesting and rare product we stock is Ancient English Bog Oak in log form which has been carbon dated to 4300 years old, these logs have to be carefully sawn and dried for various end uses and we welcome any interest potential customers have for this mysterious and beautiful wood. This Ancient Bog Oak can be used for high class flooring , interior cladding , cabinet making , furniture , jewellery, knife handles ,coasters , woodturning etc once kiln dried and has various imaginative uses if air dried such as exposed beams , mantelpieces , rustic benches and tables. Capricorn have a regular, consistent supply of these logs so continuity of supply should not be a problem for the foreseeable future. We also machine cladding, bevel sidings ,high class landscape fencing and decking to order in various certified , sustainable and naturally durable species cut and machined to order and will deliver any quantity large or small to any area of the UK and sometimes Europe.

BRITISH CEDAR SHINGLES & RIDGES CHARRED LARCH CLADDING CAPRICORN ECO TIMBER specialise in machining and supplying cladding, shingles, ridges, beams & decking in British grown sustainable, certified, naturally durable species including Western Red Cedar, Larch, Douglas Fir, English Oak & Tiga Wood Burnt Larch Cladding. We are one of the very few companies producing British Western Red Cedar Shingles & Ridges from native grown Cedar in the UK. Capricorn Eco Timber also keep large stocks of very rare Ancient English Bog Oak logs carbon dated and certified to 4300 years old.

CAPRICORN ECO TIMBER Unit D | Ladfordfields Industrial Estate | Seighford | Stafford ST18 9QE Tel: 01785 282307 | Fax: 01785 282110 | Mob: 07774 692936 Email: British Grown Timber


RINNAI’S EYE-CATCHING SPONSORSHIP - FOR ALL As one of the UK’s leading manufacturing suppliers of commercial hot water heating systems, Rinnai has solidified sponsorships with similarly industry competitive partners, including the Super League Club, the Widnes Vikings. Striking a more novel tone, Rinnai’s name appears on the backside of players shorts. “Rinnai is a worldwide brand name in its field and has taken some major global sponsorships – including the Queensland Reds, The World Club World Cup event held January this year in Tokyo, the World Ice Skating Championships and the US Nascar competition held in Daytona, Las Vegas and other major American venues. It is certainly different, but works incredibly well for us and Widnes Vikings”, says Rinnai Operations chief Chris Goggin. “The sponsorship takes the form of the Rinnai logo and brand name on the back of the playing shorts. This is the first time both parties have taken this unconventional but innovative style of sports sponsorship. “We are absolutely delighted to take a very active sponsorship with Widnes Vikings. We, as Rinnai, share a common belief in approach and values of excellence, innovation and responsibility to the wider community”, adds Chris Goggin. That belief translates directly into the economic and reliable solutions for installers, specifiers and end users’ installers or all domestic and commercial hot water heating and delivery needs in Rinnai’s comprehensive range. Maintaining A rated energy efficiencies, temperature accurate water supplies their electronically controlled continuous flow gas fired units and systems are the product off choice within the UK.


RUGBY LEAGUE THE RIGHT REASONS Committed to sustainability, both in business and environmental impact, the Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for even the largest of commercial sites, without loss of pressure and heating at different delivery points. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range also embodies our business model for innovation within the industry. The Infinity 16i, weighing just 18kg and measuring less than 675mm (H) x 139mm (W), has a delivery capacity of 15.2 litres per minute, at a temperature rise of 25°. Water temperature can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding and potentially eradicating the need for thermostatic mixing valves. Designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, inconvenient and energy inefficient storage vessels, this unit is the perfect domestic heating solution. The larger Rinnai 26i continuous flow water heater unit is one of the company’s best-selling internal water heaters worldwide and has a flow rate of 19.6 litres/min, raised at 33°C. Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are high efficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. Compact and reliable, the Rinnai Heavy Duty HD50i operates between 1-10 bar pressure, which is suitable for mains and systems with boost pumps.

With a 125mm concentric flue, which can be extended up to 15m, less 1m per 45° bend, water can be delivered at high volume with minimum gas consumption. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use. All Rinnai internal HDC condensing continuous flow water heaters are room-sealed, power flue appliances while the external weatherproof models have forced exhaust which enables them to be compact, saving both floor and wall space. Rinnai’s unique condensing technology incorporates two heat exchangers to achieve optimum water heating generated from every cubic metre of Natural Gas or LPG. The condensing process delivers up to 95% thermal efficiency, which translates to significant energy savings when compared to standard on-demand water heaters or conventional stored systems. Rinnai continuous flow hot water systems deliver on all levels in a cost effective and practical manner. Easy to install and operate the units provide a flexible and energy efficient solution for domestic applications and for all sectors of business and industry. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

The HD50i Internal water heater is a wall hung, gas fired, continuous flow water heater capable of producing hot water at 756 litres per hour at a 50°C rise. Incoming water temperatures of up to 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems.

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As the largest environmental drilling company in the UK Dragon Drilling specialises in water and ground source heating borehole installations, site investigations and monitoring services. They operate a diverse range of specialist drilling rigs and equipment, which enables them to meet the specific needs of customers in the domestic, agricultural, industrial and environmental sectors. from the ground to heat a property is a sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources and could reduce your fuel bills. A few metres below the ground, the temperature is constant throughout the year and this energy can be harnessed to heat your home and water. They drill boreholes from which a ground source heat pump can extract, convert and transfer energy for domestic properties, commercial facilities and leisure complexes. The benefits of ground source heating systems include:

If you currently use a large volume of water and face costly metered charges a water borehole can save you considerable sums of money. It also offers an excellent alternative if you have poor water quality or an unreliable supply. Sustainable in drought conditions and offering a reliable pressure, water boreholes can deliver safe, clean water direct to your property. Ideal for farms, caravan parks, leisure facilities and rural homes, water boreholes enable you to become independent of mains water. Using compact, rubber-tracked and manoeuvrable drilling rigs, they can help you establish a self-sufficient

water supply with minimal disruption to you or your property. When investing in a borehole for your property, whether commercial or domestic, they will help you assess the feasibility of an installation and also identify the potential cost savings based on your current metered charges. They provide a complete installation package, which includes a storage tank, variable speed distribution pumps, pressure vessel, control system and, if required, water treatment. They also specialise in Ground Source Heating systems. Extracting energy

• On average, 75% free renewable energy • Government incentives available • Fixed and stable energy costs • Lower carbon emissions • Constant heat 24 hours a day • Fuels both hot water and heating • Directly replaces your existing boiler • Reversible to provide cooler temperatures in summer • Can add value to property If you have high water or energy bills why not contact Dragon Drilling today for a free site assessment to see if they could start saving you money. Simply call 01824707777 or email for more information.

60 External Works The new DrainMinor from specialist water, wastewater and sewage pumping system suppliers, Pump Technology Ltd., features some very useful developments.

New DrainMinor from Pump Technology now with built-in carbon filter

It is a self-contained, fully automatic, wastewater pumping system, suitable for domestic and commercial installations where gravity drainage is not possible. It is extremely compact – 380mm L x 290mm W x 322mm H - and will pump wastewater from locations such as sinks, wash basins, domestic dishwashers and washing machines. The rugged tank is manufactured from recyclable Polypropylene, and can be customised to suit the required installation pipe layout. The material also lends itself to shrugging off any internal grease to make cleaning much easier. The improved lid seal and fasteners mean that the latest version provides even easier access to the pump and tank interior for inspection and routine cleaning.

A cutaway of the new Pump Technology Ltd. DrainMinor, floor mounted, wastewater pumping system

The built-in charcoal odour filter

A great new feature is the activated carbon filter, which has now been incorporated into the lid, making the installation of the DrainMinor fast and simple, since a separate vent pipe is no longer required. This feature also means that the new unit can be installed in even smaller spaces.

horizontally mean almost all wastewater pumping requirements (even high head) can be accommodated. This makes it an ideal and extremely flexible option for homes, offices, schools, shops, pubs, restaurants, factories, hospitals and warehouses.

A choice of well proven, submersible pumps with fixed float arm for reliable on/off operation are available. These have all been tried and tested for wastewater or light chemical applications by Pump Technology Ltd. for several decades. There is also a low-level float option to virtually eliminate problems with fluid stagnation.

The new unit with appropriate pump options, High Level Alarm and FlowSafe to turn of incoming water feed to appliances such as dish and washing machines, is available from stock. It can be purchased direct or via local merchants.

Versions capable of pumping up to 5m vertically or 50 m

For more information: Pump Technology Ltd. 0118 9821 555

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Do you need guidance on specifying ‘green’? G overnment bodies now recognise that specifying ‘green’ is good news for healthy cities, improving air quality, reducing the heat island effect, improving biodiversity for pollinators, improving the health and well-being of city dwellers – the list is long and positive. Specifying ‘green’ into both interior and exterior projects is essential to support increased urbanisation and to improve urban resilience to extreme climate pressures. ‘Green’ comes in many forms – living walls, green walls, green hoardings, green roofs, trees and great landscapes – Scotscape provides all of these services. As a multi-disciplinary landscape contractor, Scotscape can deliver the complete green solution to our customers. This includes living walls (green hoardings, green walls & vertical gardens), living ceilings, green roofs, rain gardens, interior landscaping and landscape scheme construction for both commercial and residential projects. We also

design bespoke ‘smart greening solutions’ to meet our customer’s requirements, when even a living wall or living ceiling doesn’t quite meet the brief! Scotscape is unique in our service offer working with our clients to create solutions to greening strategies, to support green initiatives, health and well-being targets and to underpin corporate social responsibility messages.

We collaborate with architects, designers and specifiers, property developers and construction teams. Our large team of estimators, horticultural specialists and installation technicians work together to ensure that our smart greening systems are specified with the correct plant content to thrive and fulfil the design brief. Our approach across all disciplines includes a strong focus on functional horticultural content to improve biodiversity and air-quality. Scotscape is a thought leader within the green infrastructure industry – we invest in continual research to further develop and improve new

green technologies for the built environment.

To learn more why not book one of our three CPD’s? We offer detailed CPD’s on living walls, green infrastructure and FLEX MSE taking our listeners through an educational and insightful hour of learning. To book a CPD email

Introducing sustainable landscapes in the built environment to promote biodiversity, health and wellbeing.

Scotscape is an innovative landscape construction company. We offer the complete green solution to property developers seeking to improve their landscape, gardens, roofs and walls to meet green targets and create healthy buildings for residents, staff or customers of commercial property. Our services include the design, installation and maintenance of exterior and interior living walls, green roofs, hard and soft landscaping and landscape maintenance. In addition our knowledgeable team designs bespoke smart green solutions to fit any brief.

If you would like to discover a complete green solution for your property get in touch with – or book our CPD face to face or via webinar with

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External Works 65 The treatment plant you choose should be around 95% efficient thus allowing long intervals before de-sludge is required. The waste water must be cleaned to a standard meeting the usual discharge level requirement. You must apply for either an exemption certificate or permit before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, watercourse or soakaway. Thethe treatment plant you choose As system breaks down and aerates the solids, the should be around 95% efficient items such as wipes, sanitary introduction of non-degradable thus allowing long intervals products etc. should be avoided at all times in any treatment beforeThis de-sludge required. The and increase the need to plant. will clogisup the system waste water must be cleaned to empty the unit, follow this instruction and typical emptying will a standard meeting be around 3-5 years,the it isusual also recommended no medicines, or discharge level requirement, you harsh chemicals enter the unit, try to stick to Eco brands and must apply for either an exemption stagger washing throughout the week. certificate or permit, before making a discharge we can assist with this and advise on the method of discharge, be it a ditch, stream, Simple solution sewage watercourse or soakaway.

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The Alto BS 8620 podium has been shortlisted for two awards this year – The London Construction Awards Health and Safety Solution of the Year and the HAE Construction Product of the Year. When you look at the product, you can see why. When the BS 8620 standard was released, significantly upping the game for podium safety, Alto took their usual thorough approach to the project and redesigned their podium from the ground up to ensure that the new product really was a step in the right direction. They then went the extra mile and had the podium tested by an external laboratory to confirm that it really did meet all of the standard’s requirements. The result is a product with an impressive array of beneficial real improvements for the safety conscious site operator. • This is the first podium ever to be externally tested and certified to a recognised standard. A huge increase in strength and stability is required to pass the enhanced tests. • No wheels are in contact with ground when the unit is deployed – high friction rubber feet only. The podium cannot be “surfed” or “bunny hopped”. Its anti-slide capability was tested on mirror glass. • The stabilisers are permanently attached with pre-set deployment positions – they cannot be lost or omitted and a simple visual check shows whether they are correctly deployed or not. • There are no spring “saloon” gates to trap fingers/ clothing/tool belts. • The top tread on all configurations is a wide step – not a rung, to minimise risk of missing footing. • There are no horizontal bars on side protection that operatives can stand on. When you add the operational benefits of the unique booster system, the legendary Alto durability and fold flat storage with all components stowed, this starts to look like a quantum leap in low level access safety. It’s easy to see why a number of major construction companies are looking at standardising on the Alto Podium when falls are so prevalent in construction and so costly to deal with.


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Out of sight, out of mind? Hidden sources of fire risk in occupied buildings Occupied buildings are dynamic, living and breathing beings and as such are subjected to changes on a regular basis to accommodate the latest developments in IT and other service requirements (e.g. Energy conservation).

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 dictates that employers who have more than 5 employers(and/or building owners/ facility managers or occupiers) must carry out an annual fire safety risk assessment. The fire risk assessment, in the majority of cases, will focus on the more main stream, visible, fire protection measures such as alarms, smoke detectors, signage and fire doors. What is often neglected in these assessments, is the construction and state of repair of the fire stopping hidden within suspended ceiling voids and service riser ducts. A building is broken up into a series of fire resistant cells; the cell is composed of a fire resistant wall and walls which have a specified fire resistance in terms of Integrity (E) and Insulation (I) in minutes. The integrity is the time it takes for the fire to ignite a cotton wool pad on the non-fire side. The insulation value measures the heat transfer through the seal. When

the temperature exceeds 180 degrees above ambient this is deemed to fail the insulation.

Independent fire test evidence needs substantiate the use of a product in terms of:

Although the integrity, nature and locations of firestop seals may have been accurately recorded in the O and M manual for the building by the specialist fire protection sub-contractor, the seals may have been breached since the time of installation, rendering them useless.

1. Fire rating (E/I) 2. Wall and floor construction (e.g. 120mm wide dry wall) 3. Maximum/minimum aperture size 4. Size and type of service penetration (e.g. 110mm PVC pipe) 5. Minimum separation distances between services and between services and the 6. of the wall/floor edge of the wall or floor 7. Service support services away from the face of the wall or floor.

Any damage to their integrity of these seals will represent a major source of fire spread. In the light of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, many local authorities, businesses and institutions have had their fire stop provisions reviewed to see if: a. Seals are evident or not b. Records of installations are available in terms of seal description, type and location c. Establishing whether or not the seal is fit for purpose Trying to find out if the system used in the seals is fit for purpose seal in existing buildins is a tricky business.

This has recently led to a large number of fire tests being carried out to try and establish if ‘installed’ seals will comply with given fire ratings. Protecta has a CE marked firestop product range, which has information on all the factors required to make these assessments. The applications of its’ products are clearly defined in the aforementioned categories within our installations instructions, PFP Handbook and phone app.

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Get brick inspiration from Ibstock Brick at the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show Ibstock Brick will deliver a masterclass on brick selection at this year’s Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show in November.

The session - Picking Your Perfect Brick: How to use bricks to visually enhance and differentiate your build - will be presented by Tom Dews in the Masterclass Theatre on Saturday November 3rd (13.00-13.20). The leading manufacturer of bricks is also exhibiting at the event (stand M134) where its team of brick experts will be on hand to provide further advice and ideas on brick selection to visitors. Simon Taylor, Director of Sales, Builders Merchants, at Ibstock Brick, comments: “The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a great way for our team to meet homeowners and self-builders and help them find brick inspiration. We’ll have a wide range of bricks on display that are suitable for all kinds of home improvement projects. Our masterclass on Saturday will give them an insight into how they can use bricks to visually enhance and differentiate their project to give it real kerb appeal.” Visit Ibstock Brick on Stand M134 at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at Harrogate Convention Centre (2-4 November). For more information visit


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