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CONTENTS 8 Refurb & Developer Update - October 2019


Industry News


Editor’s Choice


Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms


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04 Industry News

Actis director chosen as Women in Construction ambassador

Actis regional sales director Jemma Harris has been chosen as a Women in Construction Ambassador by London Olympia’s London Build Expo. Jemma, who heads up the sales team in the northern half of the UK, will be among scores of women selected to help drive equality and diversity within the construction industry. She will be joined by fellow ambassador LABC’s head of business development, Anna Thompson, with whom she works closely delivering training for builders, architects and building control officers across the UK. Jemma and Anna will attend, along with around 1,200 other women, a panel discussion and networking event on the second day of London Build which takes place at London Olympia on November 27 and 28. Jemma started her career in the Royal Navy, serving seven years specialising in above water warfare and weapons, and gained an HND in mechanical engineering before moving construction industry sales. She explained: “Diversity and inclusion are always something industries should strive for. I’d like to think that, along with other women in the industry, we are making an impact and difference in inspiring the next female generation to get involved in construction.” Anna Thompson is a chartered surveyor and chartered building engineer and has been working in building control since 1985. After more than 20 years as a public sector surveyor she joined LABC as director of training and is now head of business development. She added: “Women in Construction is a fantastic initiative and one that I am so proud to promote as an ambassador. Few professions or sectors can offer the same breadth of roles and opportunities, from surveyors to construction managers, from bricklayers to SAP assessors and from architectural engineers to fire specialists. And most importantly, all of these are open to everyone as a career, regardless of gender, ethnicity and even age.”

Perfect Innovation Partners at Futurebuild 2020 Futurebuild, the leading event for the built environment, is solidifying its commitment to driving positive change in the industry through an all-new Innovation Partnership programme for 2020. This programme is central to Futurebuild’s core purpose as the home of innovation. The latest and most forward-thinking processes, materials and products will be showcased across the event providing visitors with the solutions they need to tackle the biggest challenges facing the built environment. The partnerships will be formed with the brands who share this purpose and are determined to make a difference to the future of the built environment. Martin Hurn, managing director of Futurebuild Events, said: “There’s no question that in order to create an industry that is not only fit for the future, but also fit for purpose now, we need to change and adapt the way we approach everything across the built environment. We understand that change comes with its own challenges, be they legislative or a simple unwillingness to approach something differently. This is why, at Futurebuild, we’re so passionate about innovation. One of the brands which will be part of the new Innovation Partnership programme is ecological construction product company, Steico. The company will be demonstrating its commitment to healthy, high-performing and sustainable buildings with its STEICO elements range. It provides fully-constructed, wood-based, building cassette systems which make on-site assembly of walls, floors and roofs, fast and affordable. Craig Colligan, national sales manager at Steico UK said: “We exhibit all over the world but we chose to launch our healthy buildings campaign at Futurebuild in the UK last year. Futurebuild’s visitors are genuinely engaged and so we generated some high calibre sales leads. We’re delighted to return as an Innovation Partner at Futurebuild 2020. The Concrete Centre will bring its expertise on material, design and construction to the Innovation Partnership programme. Claire Ackerman, director, The Concrete Centre said: “The challenges that face our built environment are increasing, as are the demands we make of our buildings, infrastructure and supply chain. Concrete, the material and industry, is part of the innovation and new technology needed to address the challenges faced by society and we are delighted to be a Futurebuild Innovation Partner. To find out more about Futurebuild’s Innovation Partnership click here.

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Employees: Inspiration for Office design As Hyundai Card moves towards an increasingly digital culture, seeking to deliver its digital-focused design innovation to customers, the firm required a new work environment; Pixel Factory - Gensler. individual concentration, departmentbased environments are carved out from whilst seamlessly woven in the flow of the open-plan environment.

Gensler set out to create an environment which would help the firm optimise, attract and retain the talent that it needs to focus on its digitalisation effort, whilst helping employees flourish in a vibrant and comfortable space. In keeping with the industrial aesthetic, environmental graphics and wayfinding programme is largely based on factory graphics with a raw and unpolished design language. Carlson Capital relocated their New York offices in November 2017 to the Seagram Building originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The design team’s solution - Carlson Capital - DLR Group | Staffelbach, a work environment that conveys adherence to the original intent of

quality. Using functional and elegant materials, the design team created a contrast of light and dark tones that convey a warm sense of hospitality to clients and guests. ID21’s move to a loftier duplex unit in the same office block presented an opportunity to give the staff more generous and inspiring premises, as well as reinvent workplace design to showcase ID21’s creative capabilities. The ID21 Office - Leading the Way in Workplace Design - Workplace Design & Build Specialist was designed to maximise the double-volume height and enhance well-being through an airy, naturally-lit environment. To achieve the ideal balance of social interaction, collaboration, and

Making our homes more energy efficient will boost wellbeing, says FMB Making the UK’s homes more energy efficient will reduce energy bills, tackle the scourge of fuel poverty and help address the climate crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in response to the speech by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats at its party conference. Sarah McMonagle from the FMB said: “The UK’s housing stock represents a significant contribution to our net carbon emissions and therefore the government must invest in making our homes more energy efficient, as pledged by Jo Swinson in her Leader’s speech today. The buildings in this country are some of the

The AIB Corporate & Customer HQ RKD space with showcase workspace accommodation for more than 800 staff. Taking advantage of excellent frontage onto Molesworth Street, the workplace concept is built around an internal street linking through to the back of the building to connect garden atrium, café and working areas to the rear along a string axial route. The effect is a largely uninterrupted view from the street right through to the heart of the workspace—reinforcing the idea that this is really a bank of change, openness, collaboration and transparency. The fit out of a Global Tech Service Company’s new European HQ at Dublin’s Digital Docklands; Technology Client European HQ - RKD unites the company’s Irish operations in a single hub and helps its people fulfill their mission to connect millions of job seekers to new opportunities every day. The client and the design team worked very closely and collaboratively from first introduction, and a positive creative experience has resulted in a very successfully delivered project for both RKD and our client.

oldest and leakiest in the world and therefore a programme of energy efficient upgrades would be a major step forward in cutting carbon emissions overall. What’s more, the Lib Dem Leader rightly points out that this would boost jobs in the construction sector and reduce the burden of energy bills on the very poorest residents. However, given that 60% of builders already can’t hire bricklayers and more than half can’t get their hands on a carpenter, any retrofit campaign must be underpinned by a robust construction skills strategy.”

06 Industry News

Design for Adventures at Work From being surrounded by mountains and forest, to urban culture, the designs of these offices create alluring experiences at the workplace.

Besides ecological zen studies, another important theme of XUPIN OFFICE - Xupin Space Design Limited Company is environmental protection. The design remains minimalist, there is not too much decoration on walls, and old boards are widely used instead of traditional emulsion paint and wallpaper. Walking into XUPIN, the smell is fresh, not the pungent smell of paint, emphasising the wonders and interests of nature, and not the dull atmosphere of the office. The Matrix Office - Matrix Design is located in Shenzhen, China, and is a new office space design project of Matrix Design. In this continued, restructured and representational space design, white walls and wood veneer with warm color and ruggedly steel frame material multi level texture contrast, combined with gray cement block their unique visual impact. In ornate natural space still shows unique

charm, this is our new interpretation way for office space. O+A’s concept was to create a floor-byfloor evocation of natural landscapes, in effect to turn a trip up the elevator into a virtual trip from Baja to the Pacific Northwest. The idea behind Slack - Studio O+A was to suggest not just a variety of topographical and botanical contexts, but to capture, as well, the experiential links between hiking a wilderness trail, and work.The unique configurations of each floor at Slack echo the mental stimulation—and need for community— that comes with taking a new path. When a company as rooted in popular culture as McDonald’s moves its headquarters after 47 years, it’s not just a momentous business decision - it’s a statement. To make the move an architectural event worthy of its business impact, McDonald’s hired

Studio O+A and IA Interior Architects to turn a lean, light-infused, shell into a celebration of the company’s spirit; McDonald’s Headquarters - Studio O+A and IA Interior Architects. The diversity of workstyles represented here mirrors McDonald’s large embrace and illustrates the power of place to bring people together. The interior of the Moscow L’Oréal Moscow Office - IND architects has combined two major features reflecting the company’s character and relevant tendencies. First, it’s a sensitive interior where each detail indicates its association with beauty industry; second, planning structure allows business processes run as smoothly and effectively as possible. The office is designed in Agile format; portable furniture allows change arrangement of workplaces depending on team requirements.

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Marley Alutec features traditional and Tudor ranges at historic buildings and gardens event Marley Alutec will be exhibiting at this year’s Historic Buildings and Garden Event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on November 12. The company will showcase its gutter and downpipe ranges, which are the ideal replacements for cast iron.

Building a modular future PVCu windows and doors manufacturer, Euramax, has released an infographic explaining modular building and the reason this construction method is increasing across the UK. Modular building is the process of pre-fabricating parts of a building offsite, before they are transported to the construction site. Modules, or individual parts of a building such as walls, windows, doors and rooms are manufactured in a controlled environment, in preparation for on-site assembly. This method of construction is becoming increasingly popular in the industry to help support the increasing UK housing shortage. “Modular construction has huge potential to revive the UK housing industry”, said Nick Cowley, managing director of Euramax. “It’s estimated that around 300,000 homes need to be built every year until 2025 to meet demand but the industry is struggling to keep up. “Prefabricating homes could prove to be the quickest way to provide the number of houses the government needs to reduce the housing shortage. Not only are modular builds up to 30% cheaper due to reduced labour and material costs, but they can also be completed 50% faster than traditional methods of construction,” continued Cowley. “With this new infographic, we want highlight the benefits of modular construction and encourage more developers to take this approach.

One of Marley Alutec’s most popular ranges, the traditional aluminium gutter system will feature at the event. Manufactured to original British Standard cast iron dimensions BS8530 and available in Half Round, Victorian Ogee and Moulded Ogee profiles, the range is an ideal replacement for cast iron rainwater systems and is suitable for listed buildings and conservation areas. Also, on display will be Marley Alutec’s Tudor and Traditional aluminium downpipe ranges. Available in a wide range of circular, square and rectangular sizes, the downpipes suit any property application. Crucially, the Tudor and Traditional design replicates the appearance of cast iron. Manufactured from marine grade aluminium, the Traditional and Tudor ranges have a 50+ year functional life expectancy with minimal maintenance and are 65% lighter than cast iron making them easier to handle and install. They come in 19 standard colours including Heritage Black to mimic the appearance of traditional cast iron. Mark Price, area sales manager, said: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating the benefit of our sustainable and innovative systems. We want to show how our modern alternative to cast iron will not only provide the design aesthetic required for heritage buildings but will also be more cost effective, require less maintenance and be easier to work with. “We pride ourselves on being the best in aluminium rainwater gutter design and our knowledgeable team will be on hand to answer any specification, replacement or general technical queries visitors to our stand D27 may have.”

“Chancellor Philip Hammond has committed to the UK using its purchasing power to drive the adoption of modular build technology in 2019. Modular build leaders must drive adoption by remaining ahead of the needs of the industry market and by working together, we can share knowledge, experience and innovation to support the UK economy in the future”, added Cowley. With over 65 years manufacturing experience, Euramax operates from a 205,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility in South Yorkshire, manufacturing windows and doors for the modular build, caravan and holiday home, DIY and retail sectors.

08 Editor’s Choice

PEACE OF MIND GUARANTEED With an increasing focus on life-time costs, a building’s product and system guarantees have become an integral part in the decision making process in modern refurbishment and new build projects. Tom Kerr, Sales Director at Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd, explains the value added benefit from choosing a system with a comprehensive guarantee and what decisionmakers should look out for. A guarantee on any new installation, whether as part of a new build or refurbishment should give specifiers confidence and peace of mind that if an issue occurs it will be rectified quickly. This is particularly true for roof systems that by their

nature are less visible than other parts of the building. This means faults may not be identified immediately and can then be expensive and disruptive to fix. While many manufacturers and system suppliers offer lengthy guarantees - often in excess of 20 years - the period of the cover alone is not always an indication of the true value to those managing the building. It is often the devil in the detail – and in particular the terms and conditions. For any guarantee, it is crucial to understand what is covered. Some suppliers may guarantee the materials and components that make up the system but not the design or installation. This can be problematic if a claim has to be made, as it will take time to establish the initial cause of the problem. For example, a product supplier may not take responsibility if its system has been installed incorrectly. On the other hand, roof systems that are provided with a truly comprehensive guarantee provide a streamlined process that ensures steps are taken immediately to rectify any issue. They often benefit from a single point of contact, to avoid time consuming communications with various parts of the supply chain. For example, Langley’s guarantees cover all components, including its wide range of accessories and materials of the roofing system as well as the design – and include protection for any consequential loss caused by defects in the system. In addition, Langley is able to offer a guarantee for installation because its systems are permitted to be installed by Approved Contractors and the work is monitored and inspected by Langley throughout the project. This ensures a retained level of workmanship.

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Furthermore, with guarantee periods covering multiple decades, its value can be undermined if the organisation providing the guarantee is no longer operating. As such the most valuable guarantees will be those that are backed by independent insurance policies. This means that even if the contractor or supplier of the system ceases trading, the policy will still be relied upon to be covered. Similarly, it is important to check if the guarantee will remain valid if ownership of the building changes. This can help improve the value of the property as an asset as it will give potential buyers confidence that they will not be left high and dry, if defects surface later on down the line. Each Langley roof guarantee remains active regardless of ownership changes and is backed by an individual insurance policy, paid for by a single premium included in the quoted price of the system. Finally, in addition to a reliable and comprehensive guarantee, a robust roof asset management plan is crucial. While guarantees will provide protection against defects to certain elements depending on what has been detailed in the terms and conditions, steps must also be taken to identify and prevent issues. As an example, blocked outlets or gullies can lead to rainwater backing up into the drainage system with the potential to cause major issues for the occupants due to water ingress, as well as damage to the drainage system. This scenario would be challenging for many guarantees as they may only provide cover to stop water ingress and not cover replacing any saturated insulation within the roof. This will severely affect the roof’s thermal

performance and even more concerning likely reduce the lifespan of the roof due to the water turning into vapour and blistering the system. Blisters are likely to be categorised as ‘aesthetic’ within a guarantee and therefore could run the risk of not being covered, despite the possible detrimental affect they have on the lifespan of the roof. An asset management plan combined with maintenance throughout the guarantee period will help ensure that any issues are picked up and addressed quickly. Often damage or defects can be corrected swiftly before it begins to seriously affect the roofing system’s structure, or damage to the building itself. Many roofing systems are supplied with long term guarantees but specifiers must look carefully at the terms of the agreement to understand what is covered. The highest quality guarantees will be insurance backed, cover all elements of the design, materials including accessories and installation and provide a single point of contact in the event of an issue. Langley can provide comprehensive independently insurance backed guarantees and a maintenance package for your roof to ensure that you have no hidden costs for the entire duration of the guarantee, up to 30 years. To view the wide range of Langley roofing systems, download the Langley Flat Roofing Brochure here

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RESDEV – creating total solutions underfoot An established world leader in resin flooring technology, Resdev supplies a global market with a comprehensive range of high performance industrial and commercial flooring systems, now exporting to more than 30 countries worldwide. Resdev’s high performance resin flooring systems utilise epoxy, polyurethane and polyaspartic formulations to provide the optimum choice of finish and performance. PUMADUR and PUMAFLOR – leading the field The company’s PUMADUR and PUMAFLOR brand names offer products ranging from floor seals through to heavy duty flow applied systems, for challenging applications including factories and warehouses through to clean rooms and galleries. The products cater for such criteria as decorative requirements, a seamless finish, ease of cleaning and hygiene. All installations are carried out by trained and approved contractors.

The decorative angle The latest developments in resin flooring systems now offer an ever-increasing portfolio of products providing both creativity and longevity in use. Over recent years, decorative terrazzo resin flooring systems have benefited from significant technological advances. These materials now offer versatile and elegant solutions, available in an almost infinite range of colours for industrial and commercial applications. Products from Resdev’s acclaimed range of terrazzo flooring materials have already been installed in some prestigious interiors including museums, visitor centres, theme parks and libraries. Resdev’s sophisticated flooring systems are now widely accepted as the industry standard benchmarks and leading edge products, successfully combining innovation, design flair and creative impact with the ultimate in performance characteristics. They can also be used to create even the most intricate inlaid decorative effects including corporate logos, individual designs and colour combinations.

Continuous development Resdev continues to expand and develop its product range to meet the needs of

industry worldwide. The company’s established world renowned PUMADUR flooring systems are widely used in almost every food production and preparation venue type all over the world, this range remains at the cutting edge due to sustained investment in resin development and other improvements to further enhance performance and quality. Resdev remains a guiding force behind many of the key technological advances in this challenging industry. The company is also one of the founder members of FeRFA, the only trade organisation exclusively representing manufacturers and installers of resin floors. Today, Resdev has applications on all five continents, supplying a fast-growing market worldwide with a comprehensive range of high performance polyurethane, epoxy and polyaspartic industrial and commercial flooring systems.

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Waterloo delivers fresh air to new £50m sports hub at the University of Warwick A £50m project bringing world-class sporting and leisure facilities to Warwickshire has received a new cooling and ventilation system from Waterloo..

Waterloo worked with designers to deliver a high-specification, energyefficient scheme to cope with fluctuating levels of occupancy.

The Sport and Wellness Hub, which sits within the University of Warwick campus, features a multi-purpose sports arena with a 230-station gym, six glass-backed squash courts, a climbing wall and swimming pool.

Ten months before it opened in April 2019, Waterloo produced a series of intricate and bespoke products to create the right aesthetics in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

As part of the multi-million pound project, air distribution products were supplied by expert manufacturers, Waterloo Air Products plc.

Special attention was given to the new indoor climbing centre to ensure the correct air terminal devices were installed to give a comfortable flow of air to users. Waterloo supplied high level nozzle diffusers to supply cool air in the larger areas of the climbing centre because these could be adjusted in any direction. These are used in areas where maintaining low noise level is important.

Branded one of the finest facilities of its kind in the UK and now officially open, the Sport and Wellness Hub was designed by Derry Building Services ­– one of the country’s most technically-advanced mechanical and electrical design and build contractors.

13 He was delighted to help create the Sport and Wellness Hub within the University of Warwick campus. Luke says: “From the design stage in 2017, to finally completing it in March 2019, we have been excited about this unique facility. Working with Waterloo was productive and provided us with exactly what we needed to bring this project to life. “From the beginning, Waterloo never failed to support us, and the company provided us with the exact products we needed to complete the build. “Over the years, we have worked with Waterloo several times and we are familiar with their products. We received a good level of service. “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this build. I know, for sure, that the sport hub will be well-used by students on the campus and members of the public.” Andy Wardle, Head of National Sales at Waterloo Air Products, says: “I first got involved with the University of Warwick’s new Sport and Wellness Hub about 10 months ago along with the design team at Derry Building Services.

In some areas of the Sport and Wellness Hub, which is hidden away in a tranquil woodland area of the university campus, Waterloo had to create special finishes to its grilles and colour-match powder paints to blend in with the University’s required colour scheme. Luke Fearn, Mechanical Project Director at Derry Building Services in Birmingham, was involved with the project from the start.

“Working with the design team as early as possible was a critical part of this project because it helped to deliver the customer requirements with the solution that worked and integrated with the building at its best. “A wide range of Waterloo products were used in various area of the Sports and Wellness Hub, including the indoor climbing centre, the squash courts and areas within the changing rooms. “In the indoor climbing centre, care was taken to ensure the correct air terminal device was used to give a comfortable flow of air for the climbers using nozzle diffusers for supply at high level along with low level extract linear bar grilles which had additional support to help stop damage from light foot traffic. “It was really interesting because we manufactured panels with our SDVSA type swirls in to match the special acoustic panels that had been designed by the architect and the client wanted to see dimensionally the same units across the ceiling plate for continuity and visual affect whilst still offering a working solution to the correct air flow for the many people who were using the equipment.” Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sports and Active Communities at the University of Warwick, says: “We believe the hub will be one of the finest facilities of its kind in the UK. “At the University of Warwick, we have a vision to ensure that we have the most active community in the UK. “That’s why we’re investing £49m into sport and wellness across the university, with our new Sport and Wellness Hub as the sporting centre of campus.”




The Original Poultice Paint Removal System Fast and effective paint and varnish removal. The original, authentic Peel Away® range is available exclusively through Barrettine Products Ltd and approved Trade stockists. The Peel Away® paint removal system is designed for the complete removal of accumulated layers of paint with up to 32 coats of paint removed in one application. Use will not damage profiles or other surfaces where multi-layers of paint are removed. Peel Away® is available in two different formulations; Peel Away® 1 and Peel Away® 7. Both are Methylene Chloride free (Dichloromethane). The Peel Away® poultice paint removal system was first developed in 1981 to deal effectively with the problems associated with the removal of multiple layers of old leadbased paint, where burning, scraping or sanding would allow lead particles to escape into the environment with the associated health risks caused by such practices. The stripping compound is formulated to turn the lead into lead hydroxide within the paste, so that it can be safely disposed of without endangering the environment or user. The system is designed to work with the special Peel Away® poultice cover supplied which allows the user to extend the time available so the stripping process can be as complete as possible. This is especially useful where crevices and profiles have allowed the build-up of several times the thickness of the paint compared to flat surfaces. The system will remove paint from many exterior and interior architectural surfaces, including stone, cement, brickwork, plaster walls and ceilings, plain and ornate fibrous plaster cornices, plain and carved or turned woodwork, plain and cast metal work. Automobile, aircraft and marine coatings are also efficiently stripped with the Peel Away® system.

The Peel Away® poultice paint removal system has been used for very many high profile restoration projects all over the world. In the UK these have included railings and interiors at The British Museum, ornate plaster ceilings at Greenwich Palace, ironwork on the London Underground and delicate panelling at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The system is frequently specified by architects as the only appropriate solution for paint removal, where damage to the surface or risk to the environment is an issue. The chemicals used within the stripping pastes are carefully chosen to minimise fumes and odours and are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

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Autumn tips to prepare your garden for the winter As the weather starts to change and the nights draw in, it is time to get your garden ready for the winter months. This time of year is all about creating an easy to maintain outdoor space and to protect your outdoor space from the elements. Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have put together a handy guide to autumn gardening and how to keep your garden looking great throughout the cooler months.

Cleaning and preparation Autumn is the time to declutter the garden, getting rid of annual plants and flowers which have died off as well as cleaning and maintaining garden structures such as greenhouses, garden sheds and wooden fences. Clean the inside and out of the greenhouse with a solution of hot water and disinfectant, removing any plant debris first, and make sure to clean the greenhouse floor and the paths leading up to it. It is worth making sure the greenhouse is well ventilated to dry it thoroughly for a few days after cleaning.

Another good tip is to clean out and wash any plant pots and seed trays that are not in use; this will ensure that you always have spare pots on hand for the spring sowing season. Dig up any annuals in your borders and add them to the compost heap, you can add in new winter bedding plants such as pansies or wallflowers that will create a colourful focal point to the garden in spring. Once the borders are tidy spread a layer of compost or bark chips over the top to protect the soil from the winter weather. Take advantage of any dry days to maintain fences, sheds and other garden structures. Take the time to repair any damage and to paint or stain any wood to help protect it over the winter months and to keep the garden looking well looked after. It is also a good idea to clean any patios and paths now to stop them from becoming slippery during the winter.


Planting winter vegetables Getting you vegetable patch ready for the coming year means that you will be able to harvest your vegetables even sooner, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from that are hardy enough for the colder weather. Sowing vegetables in the autumn allows you to extend the season, with many of the varieties that can be grown being ready to harvest quicker than spring plantings. Onions, shallots and garlic are perfect for planting in the colder months, and will virtually look after themselves during the winter. They have a long growing season and won’t be ready till summer, but are well worth the wait. Winter hardy varieties of Spring onion and peas are also ideal to sow now, and will produce a crop ready to harvest in spring, making them great for salads.

weather and will keep the lawn looking green and healthy. If you are thinking of changing your lawn, then autumn is also a great time to lay new turf, as it gives the grass plenty of time to establish before the summer. Also make sure to trim back any evergreen borders and hedges to keep them healthy and looking nice throughout winter.

Protecting garden equipment Before storing your garden equipment away for the winter, ensure that you service any motors so that they are ready for next spring. Any blades such as shears and secateurs should be sharpened and spades, forks and other tools should be thoroughly cleaned. Rubbing oil onto any metal parts will prevent rust, and wooden handles can be protected with linseed oil to keep them in tip top condition.

Other winter vegetables that can withstand the winter include broccoli, spring cabbages, kale and parsnips, all of which will have your veg garden producing great food for most of the year.

Lawn care and maintenance Autumn is the perfect time to revitalise and prepare your lawn for the coming months. Use a rake to remove of any loose grass clipping and moss, and aerate any high traffic areas by making holes with a garden fork every 4 inches; this will help to improve drainage as the soil may have been compacted during summer use. To prepare the lawn for the colder months use autumn lawn feed; this will help to protect the grass from the winter


As the most convenient and cost-effective form of renewable energy, solar is undoubtedly an essential part of our future... Paul Hutchens CEO Eco2Solar


Building a smart model for sustainable The government’s new plans to implement a Smart Export Guarantee for solar panel owners from 1st January 2020 could represent a significant step towards creating a cleaner, greener future. The question is, how big of a step? Paul Hutchens, leading green energy advocate and CEO of solar installation specialists Eco2Solar, answers this question and explores how future energy models might develop over the coming years. Ever since the energy system was designed 60 years ago, our predictable behaviour as consumers has remained relatively similar. We come home at around 6pm, cook a meal, have a shower and watch TV. Now, that pattern is changing. Our use of electricity is becoming much less predictable; we have a lot more devices but they’re more energy efficient. Our homes are better insulated.

Today, however, solar technologies are more affordable than ever, and under the new Smart Export Guarantee, the government’s proposed mechanism beginning on 1st January 2020, homeowners who install solar after that date can still generate free electricity - but instead of being paid a flat rate of, for example, 5p for every kilowatt of surplus energy they export, they’ll be paid a variable amount depending on the value of that energy at the time.

And, most significantly, we have more households producing their own energy through solar panels; a trend that began with the introduction of the UK government’s Feed-In Tariff in 2010. Through the original Feed-In Tariff – which ended in April 2019 homeowners would be paid a set rate for each unit of electricity generated, use as much electricity as they could, and export the remainder; for which they would be paid via the tariff’s Export element.

Energy is still more valuable to communities at 6pm after work than it is at 3am when most of us are sleeping - so rates will depend on these usage models, as well as the energy provider themselves and the package they’re offering to homeowners. It’s hoped this will create a thriving market for surplus energy sellers, as they’ll know when it’s most advantageous to produce, store, use and sell energy, and be able to seek out the most competitive export packages from energy companies.


energy production The National Grid and the District Network Operators have yet to develop models around how this market could work. There will invariably be opportunities for homeowners with solar panels and a battery to sell energy at the most advantageous rates, but we may also see the emergence of more complex models where the homeowner effectively leases the panels until they’re paid off, or the energy company installs and owns the panels and sells the energy produced from them to the home or building occupier. It’s similar to the model we see with phones; people will rarely spend £1,000 on the latest iPhone, but they’ll happily spend £30 a month leasing it. Just as the way we currently use data, where we can easily buy, store and move data around, the energy market could - and should - adopt the same model, where we’re able to buy unlimited energy on a particular rate. Since solar energy is generated during the day, when people are generally out of the house, it will also be crucial to develop a mechanism to capture and leverage that energy; whether it’s for our own use or for export. Therefore, as the Smart Export Tariff becomes more embedded, we’ll begin to see a greater emergence of supportive technologies like lithium batteries that allow us to store energy and sell it at the most advantageous times of day.

We’ll also see more technologies that allow us to sell energy to a specific buyer at a certain location, such as our next door neighbours or nearby schools, shops and services. No dirty power stations, no endless cables; just clean, green, locally produced energy, directly from the sun. But there’s another, more pressing driver behind the need to create more sustainable energy. As our lifestyles develop, so too will electric vehicles, battery storage and technologies that are capable of moving energy around as and when it’s needed. In turn, this will significantly grow our electricity usage; while a typical UK household currently uses around 4,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year, that same household could be using 10 times as much within a matter of years. That’s why we need more solar. As the most convenient and cost-effective form of renewable energy, solar is undoubtedly an essential part of our future, offering us a clear model for sustainable energy production where clean power is both generated and delivered locally. If the Smart Export Tariff succeeds in creating a full-blown marketplace for energy, and if energy providers can build competitive models, and if housebuilders construct the kind of homes that move us towards our Net Zero target, and if we as consumers begin to explore producing our own energy - a cleaner, greener future could be closer than we think.

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Since the Health Act 2006 prohibited smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, the e-cigarette market has grown rapidly. However, they bring with them unexpected safety issues: fire detector false alarms.

– Setting off Alarm Bells

entering the alarm chamber. By calculating the ratio of these Lee James, General light sources, which operate at Manager, Nittan Europe different wavelengths, the detector can determine the particle size and thus easily distinguish between smoke and non-combustion products.

E-cigarettes generate water vapour and, when a group of people vape simultaneously indoors, the vapour can have the same effect as steam on smoke detectors, especially optical ones, resulting in a false alarm. For business, false alarms are costly, disruptive and taint customer experience. So, what are the options when it comes to preventing false alarms? The Fire Industry Association (FIA) puts multi-sensor detectors forward as a more resilient alternative to standard optical detectors. However, multi-sensors tend to delay alarms from non-combustion materials which might allow for any transient false alarm sources to disappear before the fire threshold is reached, but it does not entirely stop a false alarm in these instances. Furthermore, to ensure this delay, some multi-sensor detectors are configured to be less sensitive which is not ideal. A further option, also put forward from the FIA, is dualwavelength or dual-scatter optical smoke detectors. These use the ‘traditional’ Infra-Red light used in a single optical detector, plus blue LED light technology, to ‘view’ particles

This technology, which is employed in Nittan’s Evolution EV-DP smoke detector, is proven in the field. At Southampton’s pub and music venue, The Frog & Frigate, vaping was leading to regular false alarms. Venue owner Derek Gardener comments: “we have a relaxed, fun vibe here and are happy for people to use e-cigarettes inside. However, it has led to the alarms activating, especially when people are vaping right underneath them. We can’t stop people from vaping underneath them and equally we didn’t want to ban vaping.” The existing detectors were replaced with dual optical ones and, six months later, not a single false alarm was reported. Nittan has now taken this technology a step further, by incorporating dual optical technology into a multi-sensor with a heat sensor, in the form of the EV-DPH multi-sensor. With e-cigarettes certain to remain popular, organisations that permit vaping should consider using dual optical alarms to prevent false alarms; modern times call for modern solutions!





Nittan EV-DPH with Dual Optical technology More than a Multi-Sensor!

Multi-Sensors help reduce false alarms, but not in all cases. Put a standard Multi-Sensor close to a source of steam, such as a bathroom, and the chance of it false alarming rise considerably.

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Nittan’s EV-DPH is a Multi-Sensor, just not as you know it! It’s a Dual Optical smoke and Heat Sensor that uses Infra-Red and Blue LED light sources, plus a complex algorithm to distinguish between smoke and non-combustion products along with two thermistors to measure

Reacts to SMOKE not STEAM

heat, allowing the panel to make a truly intelligent alarm decision. • Highly resilient to false alarms, including those caused by water vapour (including steam and e-cigarette vaping), aerosol & dust • Highly sensitive to genuine combustion products to generate an alarm

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Develop your ideas at SPATEX 2020

Looking to inject some verve and excitement into your projects? Now in its 24th year, SPATEX is the UK’s ONLY dedicated water leisure exhibition and is bursting with the very latest products and innovations. It offers you the potential to meet over a thousand people from the water leisure industry in one day. Held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th January, it is free to attend, and provides developers, architects, specifiers, builders with ALL they need to know about water features, spas, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools, enclosures and much more besides. 1. Design knowledge - There’s few projects that can’t be enhanced with the addition of water. Whether for artistic effect or leisure, water adds another dimension, both in sound and vision. It literally brings a design to life. SPATEX 2020 promises to show you how it can best be achieved. 2. Stay abreast of the Industry’s latest innovations With 100 plus exhibitors, from home and abroad, all of the Industry’s major manufacturers and suppliers will be showcasing their very latest products. 3. NEW for 2020 – Sustainability is the word - conscious of climate change, the depletion of the world’s natural resources and the need to reduce the Industry’s dependency on plastic, SPATEX 2020 aims to promote an awareness of the environment. Talks and demonstrations in the Show’s free-to-attend, threeday double seminar and workshop programme will, amongst many other subjects, focus on how we can all play our part in becoming more eco-aware. With over a hundred international and domestic exhibitors, there will be lots of new products, including those that support a low energy, low carbon footprint. 4. Increase your knowledge base – SPATEX hosts three full days of seminars and workshops which offer vital information such as new Standards and Guidance that affect all providers of wet leisure facilities. In Arena 1 the esteemed Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) is hosting a series of technical workshops and CPD points and a certificate of attendance are available for all attendees. 5. A unique pool of free expertise for your projects SPATEX 2020 is fortunate to be able to count the Industry’s many esteemed associations amongst its supporting partners. There’s no better place to seek advice from an expert, and all for free!

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

SPATEX represents all sectors of the wet leisure industry from pools, spas, saunas to hydrotherapy, steam rooms and play equipment, in both the domestic and commercial arena. More than just an exhibition, SPATEX is also the venue for a free to attend and unrivalled double seminar and workshop programme, hosted by industry associations ISPE, STA, PWTAG and more!


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24 Bathrooms & Washrooms The transformative bathroom brand nuie, formerly known as Premier Bathrooms encompasses the epitome of bathroom excellence. Combining modern designs with clever manufacturing for over thirty-five years, nuie delivers everything that any bathroom lover could wish for, without breaking the bank. From stylish furniture to traditional ceramics, no design has been overlooked, ensuring you can make the most out of your bathroom space regardless of whether space is at a premium or you have ample room.

Offering many options, one of nuie’s most comprehensive furniture series is their Athena range. Bringing a clean, modern look to the bathroom, Athena furniture comes with an impressive eight stylish finishes giving the freedom to have complete design control over your bathroom. The Athena furniture colours include; gloss white, natural oak, stone grey, driftwood, brown grey avola, hacienda black, gloss grey and newly released this August, gloss grey mist. With a combination of colours spanning light and dark tones, this range can make the most of any space, allowing the creation of a bathroom that suits any style. Nuie’s Athena furniture range boasts a variety of options which starts by offering the choice to opt between four contemporary basin styles or a worktop if you would rather make use of a vessel basin. Once you have decided on your ceramic style, the Athena range has additional options to help you choose your dream bathroom furniture.

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With cabinets in both floor standing and wall hung styles, the Athena range consists of bathroom furniture that offers vanity units with ample storage and options for drawers or doors depending on preference. Not only does this range have a variety of colour and basin options but, it is also available in different sizes starting from the more compact 500mm cabinets, to the wider double 1200mm options offering more space. The contemporary nuie furniture range also has coordinating mirrors, storage cupboards and WC units as well as colour matching bath panels to create a complete bathroom. Nuie don’t simply focus on the look of a product. Although every piece of bathroom furniture they manufacture is simply stunning, they also have a passion for developing practical products that are designed to last. With all furniture supplied rigid saving time when it comes to installation, many products within the range come with soft close doors or drawers meaning they endure less wear and tear and have a smoother, quieter action ensuring peace ensues throughout the home. Taking pride in their Athena furniture, nuie are pleased to offer an impressive five-year guarantee with many items holding the made in Britain accreditation. Not only this but, it is also FSC certified meaning it complies with the highest social and environmental standards on the market.

Bathrooms & Washrooms 25 In addition to manufacturing a huge range of bathroom furniture designed to suit any style, nuie have also launched a variety new taps within their brassware range in order to keep their products fresh and contemporary without setting you back on price. With great value for money, nuie’s brassware range offers impressive styles with square and round profiles being a base for their designs. Their tap ranges are available in a variety of sizes from mini mono basin mixers to high rise mixers and bath fillers to bath shower mixers meaning you can complete a coordinated look. The new Strike range in nuie’s brassware section has a bold square design with defined edges leaving a crisp and contemporary finish. With two options available from waterfall to open spout, you can even decide on the type of water flow that you would prefer. In nuie’s round brassware section is the new Bailey, Limit and Rhyme options all of which have soft edges and delicate lines adding subtle finishing touches to any bathroom. Offering complete coordination, nuie’s taps can be paired perfectly with their matching range of showers and accessories with their extensive tap range also offering ceramic disc technology. Clever ceramic disc technology works by using two ceramic discs with holes in them, when they are aligned water can flow through and when they are not, water can’t pass. Thanks to this clever design, ceramic disc technology means that there is only a quarter turn needed to turn the tap completely on and off. This makes them user friendly and particularly great for those with mobility problems or young children. Quite simply, if you are looking for bathroom products that offer exceptional quality and design, look no further than nuie. Encompassing a pride for British manufacturing and a determination to only deliver the best products and service, nuie covers it all. Everything manufactured not only looks the part but is designed to last whilst meeting every budget.

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Go to the toilet to deliver bathrooms for now and the future Whether you work in the domestic or commercial sectors, what you provide in the toilet is becoming of growing importance. In non-domestic settings, the Government has just completed a major consultation into whether Changing Places assisted accessible toilet facilities should become a compulsory requirement in large new build or refurbishment projects affecting buildings to which numbers of the public have access, where they spend long periods of time. Currently, such washroomswhich give more space and more equipment than conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets- only ‘should be provided’ under Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013 and BS8300:2018.

In domestic environments, there is a strengthening call for more housing to be built to Lifetime Homes/ M2 accessibility standards. There is consideration as to whether the whole accessibility standard should be reviewed, so homes are built or remodelled to be adaptable and accessible. The process to obtain funding for adaptation work is being reviewed, to enable such work to be executed in a more timely manner, without delay, and facilitate its availability to landlords. Regardless of best practice and Regulatory requirements, it is logical to address accessibility to meet

end-user needs. We are an ageing population, as we are all too aware with the frequent news stories about demands on social care. We are increasingly an obese society: obesity affects mobility; a common side effect of obesity is diabetes, which in turn often brings with it an increased need to urinate.

There is a simple solution. An all-party Parliamentary enquiry suggests taking a universal design approach could help address the issue. Bathroom fixture manufacturers are rising to the challenge.

Bathrooms & Washrooms 27 toilets. Particularly if they need a Changing Places, they will either stay for only a short time, or not go at all. That loses revenue for the venue, be it a café through to an amusement park.

Stella Maris had her bathroom refreshed to accommodate her disability, but still kept her style Wash & dry toilets are a perfect example. The WCs do what their name implies- integrated douching and drying mean there is no need to wipe with toilet paper. The fixture delivers a hands-free, hygienic clean. In Japan for example such toilets are the norm. As we travel more frequently and widely, more of us are encountering such technology, and appreciating it, to the extent that in the UK wash & dry (also called smart) toilets are becoming an aspirational fixture. Yet they have been available here for more than half a century- traditionally only as an enabling solution for the disabled sector. The benefits are such that the British Standard for accessible design- BS8300:2018- notes that the inclusion of a wash & dry toilet in place of a traditional close-coupled WC in a Changing Places facility gives users greater dignity and independence.

The toilet may be something simple, but it matters, and impacts more widely on daily life and peoples choices than we realise.

Whatever toilet facilities are provided, in whatever setting, they need to be properly designed and installed. Many factors are common sense, obvious if one thinks about it; however, unless you are disabled yourself, most of us who design, install bathrooms, washrooms etc do not even think about how we would get on and off the toilet, what support we need to deal with our intimate care. A ‘top tips’ has been produced to cover the key points for Changing Places installations: CLICK HERE. Many of those elements also apply to domestic bathrooms, but there is a bespoke version to help get it right: CLICK HERE.

On average, we move our bladders and bowels eight times a day. It therefore massively influences people’s decisions if they need additional support. Indeed, in domestic settings, the bathroom is the most frequently adapted room under Disabled Facilities Grants, and the WC the most frequently altered fixture therein.

A little thought over the design and flexibility of a bathroom or washroom means what is provided meets the need, now and at least in the medium term future. It delivers domestic bathrooms that will be more suitable to a wider section of the population. It delivers away from home facilities that more people can use, so more people will come, spend money. It pays to be accessible- at least in the loo.

Away from home, research shows people make a conscious decision about where to go based on their perception of availability of suitable

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It all serves to enhance a wash & dry WC’s suitability as a universal design solution: people with limitations can use them to ‘go’ with little or no help, and their technology means they appeal to the able who want optimum hygiene, the Generation Ys, Millenials. The tech further enables satisfaction of certain Islamic cultural demands. Thereby something as simple as a toilet can deliver accessibility in the widest sense, in all bathroom environments- at home, in multi-occupancy buildings from care homes to hotels, through to away from home locations as diverse as the supermarket and the top tourist attraction.

Tamworth Castle has just refurbished its toilets to be inclusive, by remodelling one unit to include a Changing Places

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Aqualisa launches new dual control mixer valves range Innovative shower brand Aqualisa has launched Mian, a striking new range of dual control mixer valves adding to its existing specification collection. Designed to focus on form, style and function, the Aqualisa Mian blends clean lines, modern aesthetics and compact shaping, creating an overall feel of quality. Read more about the Mian range here. The Mian range of robust dual control mixer valves comprises of single, dual and triple outlet variants with a choice of wall plates and control dials. Mian carries a full set of accessories to give designers and specifiers bespoke options and flexibility for showering and bathroom projects. All with the same guarantee of performance and reliability throughout the range and suitable for all approved UK water systems.

Commenting on the launch Head of Specification at Aqualisa, Jerry Gorman said “As one of the top UK bathroom brands, we are continuously striving to develop products that meet and exceed the requirements of national building regulations and recognised industry standards. We know that cost-effective, stylish product solutions and flexible installations are of the utmost importance, and that is what the Mian collection delivers.” Aqualisa has an established stronghold in the mixer shower market due to its pioneering technology. The launch of the Mian range compliments their existing product offering and delivers a comprehensive 5 Year Guarantee.

All purchases offer customers access to Aqualisa services and expertise, and their commitment to supply chain partnerships means comprehensive end-to-end service. The Aqualisa customer care team has an expert resource dedicated to contract and specification customers and access to a nationwide database of trained and approved service engineers. The Aqualisa Mian shower range is available via our Merchant channel.


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Bushboard Evolve Chosen for Solar Powered Narrowboat When Tim Knox, founder of Mothership Marine, wanted a stunning kitchen for his company’s remarkable solar-powered narrowboat, he chose Evolve Caldiera for the worksurfaces.

The Mothership Electric Narrowboat concept is the first of its kind. She is a purpose-built solar-powered boat with an electric motor supported by a backup generator. The idea born of many uncomfortable water-based outings like sailing and rafting combines boating with the facilities and cosiness of a family home – hence ‘Mother’.

Morris and Co to develop interiors that celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th century while resonating modern-day chic. The kitchen was hand crafted to fit the narrowboats slender proportions using reclaimed wood from a hospital in Wiltshire, with steel surrounds fitted to the doors to create the retro feel. The selection of Bushboard Evolve worktops finished the kitchen in a modern and understated way. Tim again, “The Evolve surface is simple to work with, light and easy to handle. It’s slim profile, at just 12.5mm thick means it blends perfectly with the kitchen making the kitchen flow. It also meant we could cut it on-site to the exact requirements of the galley and accommodate an under-mount sink and a small format hob. Being able to create curves and upstands so easily finished the kitchen perfectly. The Mothership Narrowboat reflects a real meeting of ideals between the Arts and Crafts movement and modern-day conservationists – both celebrate the natural world and wish to preserve and protect it.”

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Tim Explains “For my wife, Sue, boating, canoeing and rafting have been a source of terrific family enjoyment. Now the children are older; I felt she deserved something a little more luxurious. So I built SHINE. A solar-powered narrowboat that we can comfortably use all year round. The steel-hulled narrowboat is also quiet, exceptionally green and

easy on the pocket too. Eco-Friendly boating means we can travel the waterways without leaving an impact; no noise, no clawing diesel fumes and absolutely zero emissions. It’s like going back a few centuries when just one horse pulled all boats.”

Holly Turnbull, marketing manager for Bushboard worktops “This is such a remarkable project. Evolve’s super slim profile makes any kitchen makeover feel modern and contemporary, but as we can see, it works with more traditional décor, like the William Morris design here. The surface is solid so it can be crafted, by any competent fitter, into curves of any radius and refinished – the edge looks great no matter what the shape.”

built solar powered narrowboat with an electric motor. Specialising in creating innovative craft for inland waterways, leading eco boat builder Mothership Marine provides a range of solar electric and hybrid boats designed for inland waterways in the UK and throughout the world. Mothership Marine has just launched the first-ever purpose-

When it came to fitting out the interior Mothership worked with Lightweight and easy to fit without the need for templating or special tools, Evolve is smooth, easy to clean and has sleek, slim lines perfect for the restricted space in a boat galley. 100% waterproof and extremely hard-wearing Evolve is ideal for a real galley kitchen where it will perform as a kitchen, dining and working surface. The material is available in a choice of natural stone effect decors, and there’s an inspiring collection of splashbacks to complete the look. Order a sample from Bushboard. Tel; 01933 2322422

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THINK ABOUT TOILETS AS PART OF TOURISM SECTOR DEAL Venues involved in the Government’s new Tourism Sector Deal are being urged to address their toilet provision as part of the accessibility target. The Deal aims to see the UK become the most accessible destination in Europe by 2025. Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of accessible toilet solutions, says appropriate toilets play a bigger role than people realise in the decision over where to go, what to do, where to stay. Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager, puts the concept into perspective: “We go to the toilet on average eight times a day. Next time you go out, with family or friends, take a moment to think about the impact if you can’t find a suitable WC. Next time you stay in a hotel, think about how you would cope if you couldn’t stand or walk unaided: how would you get to the bathroom? The Government’s own research as part of the Tourism Deal states some 1/2million British adults cited lack of accessibility provision as the reason why they did not take a domestic trip in the last year. “The key criteria are a wash & dry toilet, ceiling tack hoist and

sized changing bench. The wash & dry toilet actually goes way beyond conventional ‘disabled’ accessibility: it meets Oriental and Islamic hygiene practice, and is increasingly perceived as aspirational fixture in the bathroom. The hoist takes up no additional space within existing hotel bedrooms, en-suites, nor in a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet. Providing such facilities can be used as a promotional tool to encourage more people to visit, stay at your venue, enabling you to take a greater share of a market currently worth £12billion a year.” Under British Standards (BS8300:3018), 5% of bedrooms with en-suites should be wheelchair accessible; 1% should include a tracked hoist. Similarly, venues to which the public have access should provide an assisted accessible WC (aka a Changing Places toilet) in addition to wheelchair-accessible facilities. This latter is currently the subject of a Government consultation, which may see Changing Places made a compulsory requirement in

large developments (new build or refurbishment). Closomat brings a unique package. It manufactures, supplies, installs, commissions and provides in -house service & maintenance support all in-house. Manufacture, sales and service is also based in the UK. Its Palma Vita wash & dry toilet is the brand leader, and complimented by the full ambit of accessible washroom, and bathroom equipment, including ceiling track hoists, adult-sized changing beds, shower seats, heightadjustable wash basins and body dryers. The company is also the dominant force in the design, supply, installation and subsequent maintenance of Changing Places; its website is now the go to’ location for support information for all involved in the specification and build process, with NBS specifications, CAD blocks, white papers and guidance notes all available for free download.

Business rate review is only part of the solution says leading finance provider Henry Howard Finance urges SMEs to stay flexible in the current climate Henry Howard Finance has welcomed news that business rates are to better reflect property prices in future – but says the move is only part of the solution for British businesses now dealing with a multitude of challenges in the current climate. Ministers recently introduced new legislation which means bills for UK business rate payers should more accurately reflect current property values in future, maintaining fairness by redistributing the total amount payable across the country in the process. Sarah Freeman, Sales Manager at Henry Howard Finance, says business rates are only part of the issue, however: “If we look at the past 20 years alone, and the extent to which the business landscape within that time has changed, it’s not surprising to think that small to medium sized companies are most probably feeling those changes the most. “We have helped over 30,000 UK SMEs to achieve their goals and during that time seen many of these not just weather a variety of economic storms but literally turn their businesses around by thinking laterally when it comes to

all kinds of business decisions, not least their refinancing options.” “With this in mind it seems a pertinent time to reinforce the message that smaller companies that are willing to work at adapting and evolving, and that are prepared to continue doing so year in year out, are surviving and in many cases thriving too,” Sarah added. UK SMEs name ‘economic uncertainty’, ‘ongoing digitalisation efforts’ and ‘increased competition’ as the three biggest challenges facing their organisation over the next two years, new research shows. Access to talent and ‘regulatory changes’ were also in the top five issues SMEs in Britain foresee tackling within the same period. Sarah continues: “Despite the challenging environment, small to medium sized businesses UK-wide all

have the power to overcome issues arising from advances in technology, growing overheads, decreasing footfall and a host of other modern-day factors.” “Where many larger corporates have enlisted the help of dedicated strategists to deal with the rise in digital commerce practices, changing employment trends and the balance of online and offline service provision, among other things, smaller companies have to a large extent been left to feel their way.” “We’ve seen first-hand time and again that staying flexible when it comes to the introduction of technology, investing in staff and changing location can work wonders for businesses across a wide range of industries.” Sarah added. For more information on Henry Howard Finance please contact 01633 415222 or visit


The Rise of Aluprof in the UK An interview with Wojciech Brozyna Managing Director of Aluprof UK Limited

35 Established in the UK in 2006, Aluprof has grown in the UK to become one of the major players in the UK facade industry. With so many active facade systems companies operating in the UK, how did Aluprof succeed in taking a sizeable portion of the UK market? Wojciech Brozyna, MD of Aluprof UK, answers some of these questions:


So why break into the UK market when it was so wellestablished back in 2006?

“In Poland we have always viewed the UK as a challenge for us, we knew that it would not be easy to set up and gain projects from a virtually unknown system such as ours. We had the benefit of logistics behind us, as we were already exporting from Poland to several other European countries and believed we had

a good grasp of product delivery, offering an on time and complete order fulfilment. Added to the logistics, we had won several awards for our systems in Poland and believed that our product range could take on any other system currently available in the European market at that time. “The market crash in 2008 possibly helped us grow as fast as we did in the early years as fabricators in the UK looked for alternative systems which were a little

more competitively priced. At this time we were ready with stocked product in Poland and planning two deliveries per week to the UK. As a result specifications were switched to Aluprof, we delivered on our promises and these early adopters of Aluprof systems continue to be valued customers today.”


How did you penetrate the UK market in the early days being virtually unknown?

“We decided to send a small team over from Poland, which included myself and several other employees who knew our systems very well. We then interviewed and took on a small team of enthusiastic people who could also see the benefits in our systems and services. It is these early members of staff who promoted our systems and helped us gain our first projects. The majority of the original staff are still vital members of our team today. “To create awareness, we joined several associations in the UK and supported their meetings and events. Our approach was quite simple, we believed that our systems could stand up alongside any other system and perform as well, if not better than our competitors. We revealed the credibility of our offer which was enthusiastically accepted in the UK by specifiers and facade companies. The UK has always had a passion for European style systems and we did not disappoint!”


How have you kept up with the growth of Aluprof in the UK?

“When we were looking at the UK back in 2005, we decided that a central base for our office and warehouse facility would be preferential, so we decided to settle in the Manchester area which gave us close access to all the major conurbations across the British Isles. From our initial offices and warehouse in Norman Road, Altrincham, we moved seven years ago to a new, larger unit at Altrincham Business Park. “Whilst we do carry some stock material in our Altrincham warehouse, most projects are supplied direct from our huge warehouse facility located in BielskoBiała. With just a two day shipping window, we continue to supply complete orders across to the UK on a weekly basis.” “In order to keep up with the growth and support our customers, four years ago

36 we started to offer fabricated product as well as systems. This has gone down very well with our customers, as it has allowed them to take on larger projects and at the same time eased their own fabrication programming.”


How have you persuaded specifiers to use your range of systems?

“We have done little advertising and have relied on word of mouth and regular presence in the press by way of PR and editorial promoting our constantly growing portfolio of projects, however, the growth would not have been possible without our dedicated, customer facing, technical and procurement teams. With their extensive knowledge of the UK industry we communicated our strengths and most importantly, met our promises of support and delivery times. We also have an experienced back office team and R&D facility in Poland who offer a package of technical support. Honouring site deliveries with our fabricators has put us in place for future work on many projects and something we have capitalised on. “One of the growth systems in our portfolio has been our fire rated windows, doors and curtain wall systems. When we brought these systems to the UK, the market for fire rated aluminium systems was in its early growth cycle. By introducing these systems to specifiers, where there was a project requirement, has enabled us to range build with our other non-fire rated systems which offer a perfect match keeping the all important glazing sight-lines. I believe we still lead the field in this technology as currently we are the only systems company in the UK that can offer a cap-less fire rated curtain wall system, our MB SR50NEI EFEKT which is tested to EI60 and certified by Certifire warrington.


What are your future plans for the UK?

“We have plans to double the offices and warehouse space this year in Altrincham to provide a showroom and media centre for specifiers. Together with this facility we also have an active office and ‘drop-in’ showroom at the Business Design Centre at Islington to support our growing number of specifiers using our systems in the South East. We also regularly interview for new staff as we continue to expand our team.

New systems are also in the pipeline, some dedicated to the UK, but you will have to keep an eye out in the media for the launch of these new systems and services. I would say that we continue plan for future growth and strengthen our position as a strong, reliable supplier despite the UK being in uncertain times. Serving the whole of the UK and Ireland, Aluprof UK’s head office and warehouse facility is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK.

Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained local companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards. Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK head offices on +44 (0) 161 941 4005 or from their London office, based at the Business Design Centre, Islington, on +44 (0) 207 288 6415.

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New homelifts will be driven by customer insights The vision for the next generation of homelifts is all about tailoring the product to the individual users’ needs according to the newly-appointed Product Manager at Stiltz Homelifts. John Alimi joins the homelift specialist as the business continues to rapidly expand its research and development team at their West Midlands Head Office. Mr. Alimi, who recently gained a Master’s degree in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management from the University of Cambridge, revealed that builders and architects should expect to see future products driven by innovative and customer insights. He explained: “One of my core objectives is for customer insight and human behavior trends to inform the next generation of Stiltz Homelifts. This, together with embracing technology to drive effectiveness and efficiency will mean we continue to provide customers with the best product experience possible.” Mr. Alimi has previously worked in the healthcare, building services and audio technology sectors. He was adamant joining Stiltz Homelifts would be the best move for him as he felt the business was at an exciting development stage with what was already a ‘lifechanging’ product range.

“I was particularly impressed with how Stiltz has spearheaded the development of a fledgling market,” said Mr Alimi. “The rapid growth of a completely new product category such as homelifts within the mobility, or indeed other traditional manufacturing industry, was almost unheard of.

“Stiltz produces a product that people want and felt empowered by, but what also attracted me to the company was the visionary individuals who make up the company’s leadership team. The values and energy of the business resonated with me and I was convinced I had found the right environment to grow with professionally. “The design has evolved significantly since the introduction of the first generation of homelifts. I expect them to continue to improve incrementally in terms design and functionality, becoming increasingly tailored towards meeting and exceeding individual customer needs and expectations in future. It’s a massively exciting time to be involved in the homelift market!” Tel: 0330 222 0334 Email:

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The implications of the new Government Advice Note on fire safety The new Building (Amendment) Regulations in December 2018 require stricter fire safety compliance for new, refurbished and converted residential buildings with a floor above 18 metres from the ground. Architects and developers have been adjusting to those changes, but the recent Barking balcony fires have prompted a new government Advice Note on Balconies in Residential Buildings, which will have a wider impact. It applies to all existing residential buildings with multiple dwellings, irrespective of their height. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) issued the document in June, recommending fire risk assessments on existing buildings which have potentially serious implications for building owners in particular. The Advice Note sets out clear responsibilities for building owners, stating that they “should be aware of the materials used in the construction of their external wall, including the construction of balconies and the potential for any horizontal and vertical fire spread due to their arrangement on the external wall. These should be considered as part of any fire risk assessment.” While the Building (Amendment) Regulations prohibits the use of combustible materials in buildings with a floor above 18 metres, the Advice Note states that building owners should “ensure that they understand the materials used in the construction of existing balconies, irrespective of the building height. B4 of the Building Regulations refers to external fire spread and the Advice Note also cites paragraph 12.5 of Approved Document B which sets

out that “the external envelope of a building should not provide a medium for fire spread if it is likely to be a risk to health or safety.” The Advice Notes states that “the removal and replacement of any combustible material used in balcony construction is the clearest way to prevent external fire spread from balconies and therefore to meet the intention of building regulation requirements and this should occur as soon as practical.” The regulations now require the use of materials that are A2-s1, d0 rated or Class A1 under the European classification system (Euroclass) set out in the standard BS EN 13501-1 subject to exemptions. These standards have a significant impact on the compliance of existing decking: various materials with elements of wood, including composite products, are not compliant as they are not A2-s1, d0 rated or Class A1. Aluminium flooring provides compliance as an A1 Euroclass-rated material. It provides exceptional spanning

capabilities, which reduces the need for structural supports, an especially useful attribute in buildings where timber joists must be removed in order to meet compliance. Aluminium also represents a long-term, maintenance-free solution for building owners. Navigating these guidelines and regulations can be daunting, but expert advice can make compliance relatively easy. Neaco have been asked to assist in compliance upgrades on behalf of a number of housing associations, replacing existing balconies with Neaco systems comprising non-combustible materials as part of long-term housing improvement programmes. With protection against external fires becoming an increasingly prominent issue, this kind of collaboration demonstrates how specialist manufacturers can impart their experience to help minimise fire risk.


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40 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades Infinity Gym, based in Boddam, North of Aberdeen in Scotland, is a state-of-the-art gym with the very latest in workout equipment to suit a full range of users. The gym opened it’s doors in 2019 to the local community.

Platform Lift works out at Infinity Gym Infinity Gym was in the process of adding a new steel staircase with 16 steps, designed to fit into the current building. To aid access to wheelchair users, Ability Lifts were contacted to design a suitable stair riser platform lift that would work with the staircase layout and would match aesthetically. However, the staircase had an incredibly tight landing space at the lower level that could make access to any stair lift tricky. Fortunately, Ability Lifts had a solution, in the shape of their Optimum 200 platform lift. The lift can be designed to fit the most compact of areas, and in this case, the platform was specified at 1000mm x 800mm - a perfect fit for the lower landing area, whilst the ramp was modified to accommodate the tight space available. The Optimum 200 lift has a very impressive weight capacity of 300Kgs, so is available to use by even the heaviest of wheelchairs. The lift seamlessly blends in with the style of the gym interior design, with a stunning metallic grey finish, and stainless steel rails. What’s more, the lift uses clean rail technology, enabling the upper rail of the unit to double as a handrail, making it useful for non-wheelchair users too. The platform lift comes with a useful one year parts and labour warranty, with a further two years parts warranty on the major parts, ensuring peace of mind for the future. Please contact the Ability Lifts team on 0845 006 8803 or email for further information on the Optimum 200 and the other products in the Optimum range of lifts.

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

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The future of modular flooring

Whether it’s repurposing space, refurbishing for new tenants, accommodating changes of technology or adapting to changing floor plan configurations, evolving business requirements mean that modern commercial building designs have to work harder than ever before. Fixture and fittings manufacturers have to innovate as a result, providing agile and flexible solutions that work with changing building needs. This is never more true than for flooring solutions. We caught up with IOBAC’s CEO, Paul Woolvine, to discuss how modular flooring has evolved to meet these challenges and why he believes IOBAC’s new MagTabs – recent winner at the National Flooring Innovation Awards 2019 – represent the future of modular flooring installation.

Evolution of Modular Flooring Installation Modular carpet, also known as carpet tiles, was first invented in the 1970s by Dutch manufacturer, Heuga (later acquired by Interface), as a more versatile format to rolls, offering less wastage and easier transportation and storage. It rapidly gained popularity, especially in the growing office sector where its flexibility, simplicity and speed of installation were seen as key advantages. Paul continues: “Originally carpet tiles were adhered using adhesives

or tackifiers, with the objective of ensuring that the carpet tiles remained well adhered to the base. Future uplift and replacement of the carpet tile wasn’t a particularly high priority. However as times have moved on, various installation solutions have been developed which hold the carpet tile in place without the need for wet adhesives, meaning less mess and more flexibility. We wanted to go one step further and develop a new solution that enabled an even cleaner, more flexible and faster installation. So after listening to lots of feedback

The solution maintains direct contact between all three components of the system, and unlike methods which incorporate floor tiles with selfadhesive or high friction backings, its performance is not as affected by potential dust contamination, reducing the risk of squeaky floors as a result. Contamination-free access Widely used in modern office buildings, data centres and larger retailers, raised access floors create a hidden void for the huge passage of data, mechanical and/or electrical services required in today’s working environments. Indeed, research suggests that a large corporation can have over 20,000 miles of cabling in a single facility.

from the industry on how current solutions perform, IOBAC MagTabs were born”. Strong Little Squares MagTabs are little squares, magnetic on one side and self-adhesive on the other. They work by locking floor tiles both tightly to each other and also to a metallic base such as a metal raised access floor. Not only are the tiles held together horizontally as per conventional floating floor attachment solutions, but magnetic attraction also strongly fixes them to the floor in the vertical direction. This unique two-dimensional grip ensures tiles are secured well in place, movement-free, until the time comes to uplift them.

Paul comments: “MagTabs affix flooring tiles directly to the raised metal access floor, with no need for any additional preparation bases to be used. They can be pre-loaded directly onto the metal floor, with the surface floor tiles loose laid on top, accelerating installation time by up to 30-40% versus other tab based systems. This installation method clearly eliminates the need for any messy tackifiers or wet adhesives, enabling a clean, odour free process. Uplift of the surface tile, either for temporary access to the metal floor and services below, or for a more permanent change of design, is quick and clean – simply pick up the existing tile and replace. There’s no residue or contamination of either the tile or the metal floor. “The metal floor remains uncontaminated and ready for installation of new tiles straight away, no preparation required, and the flooring that’s been uplifted is perfectly safe and fine to be reused elsewhere or be more easily recycled. The MagTabs themselves can either be recycled by the manufacturer or down-cycled by specialist waste contractors.”

In contrast, when adhesives are used, the flooring tile is more likely to be contaminated by not only the adhesive but also the subfloor to which it was adhered. This means that many flooring types are not suitable for recovery and reuse and are often difficult to dispose of in an environmentally friendly manner. Around 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arise in the UK alone, with over half of this currently going into landfill. Using solutions such as MagTabs increases the volume of waste diverted from landfill, helping the cause of organisations including Carpet Recycling UK and Recofloor that promote the re-use, repurposing and recycling of flooring waste. Design Freedom MagTabs allow most carpet tiles in the world to be installed, as well as +4mm Luxury Vinyl Tiles, enabling multiple floor surface types to be installed seamlessly alongside each other. This increased design freedom is particularly welcomed in the office sector, where serviced offices and co-working spaces often have the need to differentiate spaces for particular uses and/or company branding. New companies coming in can quickly and easily uplift the existing floor and replace with flooring affixed with MagTabs in-keeping with their unique brand identity. Meanwhile, the outgoing company can take its flooring and use elsewhere or recycle it in an environmentally-friendly manner. Paul concludes “For all the reasons we’ve discussed – superior grab, contamination free floors and tiles, faster installation, easier uplift, design agility – we believe MagTabs really do deliver enhanced benefits in line with the changing needs of installers and building-owners, enabling fast and easy access and saving significant time, effort, and money in the process.”


This Gas Safety Week homeowners are advised to prioritise gas and heating maintenance Local gas engineer offers advice and insights on common heating and boiler issues that can save homeowners money, time and possibly even lives.

Gas Safety Week is the 16th – 22nd September and plumbing, heating and gas specialist Neil Marsh (MCIPHE RP RHP EngTech) MD of Forthright Services, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Bromyard is keen to advise homeowners how to properly maintain their heating and plumbing systems to avoid costly repairs or dangerous accidents. He says that easily avoidable issues are becoming bigger and more serious concerns that can cost huge amount of money or even put lives in danger and attributes this to people using sub-standard contractors or ignoring regular or proper maintenance of their systems. Marsh established Forthright Services in 2013 with a vision to become a leading example of professionalism and quality in the industry and has gone on to become an established service provider in the region with a large customer base. He says it’s the things we cannot see that often become most costly to repair. Central heating sludge, which typically comes about from the corrosion of central heating radiators

as they rust, is a leading cause of boiler and central heating component premature failure. According to Marsh there are four common reasons for the build-up of central heating sludge, limescale and other sediments that wreak havoc within the central heating system. 1. Homeowners are miseducated by installers on the method used to clean a central heating system 2. The installer fails to do any flush at all 3. The client skips power flushing to ‘save’ money 4. Magnetic filters being advised as an effective alternative to power flushing.

adequate to clean an existing central heating system, the truth is that these methods will often fail to remove a lot of contaminants such as sludge, limescale and other sediments, leading to related issues down the line. “The most effective way to clean a central heating system is to use an acid-based power flush. Without the acid-based chemicals, power flushing effectiveness will often be drastically reduced,” says Marsh, “However, as acid-based power flushing is more complicated, most installers opt for less effective chemicals when they do a power flush and the results are poor.”

What about filters?

The proper power flush

Although magnetic filters can be a good addition to help protect expensive items, such as the boiler, Marsh says they have a limited capacity to do so because they do not stop corrosion and only pick up some of the magnetic corrosion that passes them, depending on their design. Effectiveness between models varies significantly.

While most installers advise that a flush, chemical flush or a cleanse are

“We regularly find boilers suffering from sludge related faults that have

But, he says all types of corrosion (including galvanic and chemical corrosion) are preventable by cleaning a central heating system thoroughly using the right methods and treating with a high-quality corrosion inhibitor.


filters fitted before the boiler. If filters were as effective as they are made out to be, this would not occur.”

including the boiler fitted to them, will not only last longer but have fewer repairs.

The right man for the job

“Finding the right installer can be difficult. However, an installer that advocates power flushing and takes the time to explain its importance is a good starting point,” says Marsh, “It’s a fallacy to expect to save money by skipping a correctly administrated power flush. We have seen central heating systems requiring significant amounts of repair just a few years old as a result of these sediments.”

Using the right installer can save a homeowner thousands of pounds as a clean central heating system,

It’s important to note that, currently, not all current boiler manufacture warranties and guarantees will cover repairs due to sludge, limescale or other sediments. Often a homeowner will be charged for such callouts and have to pay for the repair in addition, plus they will be required to clean the heating system thoroughly to be entitled to future callouts. Don’t neglect your boiler A correctly administered boiler service will not only ensure a boiler is working safely but will help prevent common faults and help identify defects that could lead to expensive repairs down the line and ultimately extend the lifespan of the boiler.

“If you want to ensure you are getting the best service possible, make sure your engineer advocates a detailed service. Boiler servicing not only saves money, but it can save lives too! Boilers can become very dangerous and lead to fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and even explosions!” Many companies offer a safety check instead of a boiler service and, while a check is good to do, it may not be in-depth enough to identify defects that will lead to faults. This Gas Safety Week, Marsh advises homeowners to prioritise the maintenance and checking of gas equipment throughout the home. “Most home insurance policies require all equipment to be serviced as per the manufacturer recommendations and most gas equipment advises an annual service. Homeowners take a significant risk with their homes by not maintaining the gas equipment properly every year!” For more information or PR enquiries, contact: Phone: 01242 374013 Email: Website:


Hultafors NEW Range of ‘Snap-Off’ Knives Precision, quality and long-lasting sharpness are the hallmarks of these superb new products. Hultafors Tools has launched a new range of ‘Snap-Off’ Knives for professional craftsmen and women. With 13 different knives and 4 longlasting precision blades, these allround, ergonomic knives are designed and built to suit a wide range of jobs on site. From industrial and warehouse applications to specialist work on site – from like cutting boxes open and shaping plasterboard, to trimming flooring and paring cables. Symmetrically designed so that the blades can turned over, they’re

adaptable for both left and right hand use so that left handed craftsmen and women can adapt the knife rather than their own usage. What’s more, the blades are available in three widths of 9, 18, and 25mm, with different blends of sharpness and long life built in to suit regular hard work on site. Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools product range easy. You call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or check out and download a digital catalogue.

The Ultimate Choices in Work Trousers From Snickers Workwear New Styles, New Designs and Snickers Workwear’s most advanced work trousers yet – with 4-way stretch. September sees the next generation of Work Trouser choices from the premier brand of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women. There’s the Flexiwork 2.0 trousers, designed for craftsmen who want nothing but the best.

Then there’s the ‘loose-fit’ AllroundWork stretch trousers with a classic Snickers Workwear look and feel plus the new FlexiWork Denim Work Trousers where Workwear meets Streetwear in these slim-fitting work trousers made of washed stretch denim.

These high-spec trousers are made of durable 4-way stretch fabric that offers a new level of comfort and freedom of movement.

Also take a look at the new regular-fit RUFFWork Canvas+ heavy duty trousers. But the ladies will definitely have a close eye on the ALLroundWork

womens stretch trousers, specially designed and shaped to fit the female anatomy with a narrower waist for optimal comfort and freedom of movement. All in all, probably the best possible additions to the Snickers Work Trouser range with something to suit everyone, whoever you are, wherever you’re working and whatever you’re doing on site.

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P C Henderson Partners up with Gliderol to Relaunch Exclusive Range of Sectional Garage Doors

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce its return to the garage door market with a premium range of sectional garage doors, via a strategic partnership with longstanding garage door manufacturer - Gliderol Garage Doors. Henderson Garage Doors, first established in 1954, quickly became a household name and by the 1960’s, P C Henderson had supplied approximately fifty percent of all garage doors installed in the UK. Trevor Cossins, Managing Director at P C Henderson, commented, ‘’P C Henderson has a long standing relationship with the garage door industry, in 2008 P C Henderson moved away from the garage door market to focus on the sliding and folding door hardware element of the business. Due to increased interest, we are now taking back the brand and bringing a high quality

Doors & Windows 49 range of Henderson Garage Doors to the market. We believe our portfolio of sectional garage doors provide our customers with the opportunity to expand and grow their businesses with a trusted and recognised brand.’ Prior to the UK garage door business being sold in 2008, Henderson’s range of sectional doors had sold in the thousands and continually improved and evolved over the years to suit the needs of both the homeowner and the installer. Since 2008 those improvements have continued through state of the art manufacturing and distribution facilities in Europe and - whilst a small number of doors continued to be distributed around the UK - Henderson is now in a position to increase those numbers by working with Gliderol to provide the national coverage they can offer to customers. Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented, “Since 2008 we have continued to manufacture and supply spare parts in order to ensure all previous installations could be maintained – so we have always kept our foot in the door. We are now looking forward to growing that side of the business and offer an exclusive range of garage doors to the UK market once again”. The range is made up of two types of sectional door - the Henderson Smart 42 and the Henderson Superior 42. Both products are available in 5 models,

3 surface finishes, 7 standard colours as well as the option of RAL colours. The Superior door offers a number of features and benefits unique to that range such as concealed rollers, an integrated tension spring system - offering optimum safety as well as a minimalistic finish - and a ventilated floor seal which offers a continuous flow of clean air inside the garage reducing damp and mould growth. Along with a range of optional extras and a state of the art remote control system, the possibilities are almost endless with a door to suit every home. Roy Sinclair, Managing Director at Gliderol Garage Doors commented, “We’re delighted to be partnering up with Henderson to bring this premium range of products back to the UK market. It’s a brand which was - and still is - renowned in the industry for its high quality and outstanding performance. We have witnessed the state of the art production facilities first hand and have seen the trust and recognition this product has earned for many years - we can’t wait to reintroduce it and we believe our customers will love it”. The new range of Henderson garage doors comes complete with a 10 year warranty and full working models can be viewed by visiting the Gliderol Garage Door showroom in Peterlee, Co. Durham. For more information or to request a brochure, contact Gliderol Garage Doors on 0800 834 250 or email

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P C Henderson Expands its Range of Rustic Top Mount Systems with New Stainless Steel Finish Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of a new stainless steel finish for its popular Rustic Top Mount system. Launched earlier this year, Rustic Top Mount offers a stylish contemporary twist on the company’s classic Rustic 100 system with its exposed steel hangers being mounted to the top of the door. Originally launched in a matt black finish, the company has now introduced a new stainless steel finish to the range in order to cater for a wider variety of taste and design preferences. Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson commented “Sliding door hardware isn’t just about space saving functionality any more, customers are using our hardware to create unique features in the home and workplace and - with its exposed steel hangers – Rustic is a great way to do this”.

The launch of the new finish comes off the back of an ongoing expansion of P C Henderson’s range of sliding barn door hardware. The company’s original Rustic 100 system is now available in matt black, stainless steel

and most recently a unique ‘antique rust’ effect finish - along with a new fast fix soft stop accessory launched late 2018. Both the Rustic 100 and Rustic Top Mount have also recently benefitted from an increased weight capacity - now catering for doors up to 100kg. Stephanie Lee, Marketing Manager at P C Henderson commented, “Expanding our range of sliding barn door hardware ensures that we are providing our customers with the creative capabilities to create a range of looks to suit virtually any application. Whether teaming our hardware up with a reclaimed barn door, contemporary cottage door or vintage style glass framed door – we will have the hardware to suit”. P C Henderson’s Rustic range caters for doors weighing up to 100kg and is available in 2 metre or 3 metre track lengths. Fittings kits are available for when an extra door is required and a fast fix soft stop accessory can be specified to gently decelerate doors into the open or closed position. For more details visit

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Development of 20 New Homes in Cambridgeshire Installed with Panasonic Aquarea Air Source Heat Pumps Spire View, a development of 20 new executive four and five-bedroom homes in the market town of March in Cambridgeshire by James Development Co Ltd, has been equipped by Panasonic distributor Oceanair with renewable Panasonic Aquarea Monobloc air to water heat pumps to supply heating and domestic hot water to each home.

With sustainability and quality high on the agenda for this new modern development in popular March, Cambridgeshire, making the right choices through intensive research for all elements in the specification throughout the properties, was very important to the developer.

they were all very pleased with the way the homes functioned once they had moved in. Now, information online and in the media has made the average purchaser visiting site today more aware that air source heat pumps are a desirable way to provide renewable heating.”

Marcel Cooper, Construction Director of James Developments commented, “We find that today’s prospective purchasers are far more aware of environmental issues, emissions and the need for their homes to be sustainable. Purchasers increasingly look for cleaner, greener homes and are far more mindful of potential running costs. By comparison, we installed air source heat pumps in a development of 36 homes about ten years ago but then, purchasers were not aware of the benefits and economies that air source heat pumps offered although

Tony Holland - Southern Area Account Manager for Oceanair added, “Following the initial decision to go with the Panasonic systems, we had various meetings with all parties to agree on all aspects of choosing the correctly sized system and position of each individual install at Spire View, deliveries to suit the progress of the development and full training for all the engineers working on this side of the project. This has been a team effort between Oceanair and Panasonic from day one when we witnessed the archaeological dig on site through to the installation of each

system in the fully built residential estate and the final result of a very satisfied customer which we always strive to achieve and gives the most satisfaction”. Spire View consists of 20 new high end executive four and five bedroom homes, with the four bedroom homes having one en-suite and a family bathroom while the five bedroom homes have three en-suites and a family bathroom so the adoption of large, high efficiency Panasonic Aquarea hot water storage tanks is the ideal way to provide a constant and abundant supply of domestic hot water for the occupants. The Aquarea Monobloc is extremely energy efficient with a COP of 5.08 for the new 5kW range, is very quiet in operation and offers a superb and sustainable alternative to traditional boilers with zero emissions at point


the peace of mind that you’ve made an optimised investment. A reputable manufacturer will also have the confidence in their products to offer a comprehensive warranty, such as Panasonic’s seven-year warranty*1.”

Tony Lathey, Panasonic’s UK Air to Water Pre-Sales Manager further added “Up to 80%*2 of the energy generated by air source heat pump comes from the air, with electricity making up the remaining 20%, so not only is this an extremely cost-effective alternative, but it is also environmentally friendly. With increasingly volatile energy prices, an air source heat pump is a great option to reduce overall energy bills by up to 60% (when compared to fossil fuel alternatives).” The Aquarea Mono-bloc line-up can maintain the heat pump output capacity until -15oC outdoor temperature without the help of an electrical booster heater. The range is designed and produced by Panasonic and among the technologies listed on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Blue Map, whose goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to half the levels emitted in 2005, by the year 2050.

of use and a lower carbon cost than mains gas, oil, LPG and direct electric. Furthermore, all residents will benefit from reduced heating and hot water bills. Marcel further went on to explain “after comparing the benefits and costs of air source heat pumps with a traditional gas boiler solution and the attendant cost of bringing a gas main into the site and installing all the service ducts and meter boxes etc., we came to the conclusion that air sourced heat pumps were more cost effective and beneficial for us, as the developer, for our purchasers and most importantly, for the environment. Furthermore, we researched air sourced heat pumps currently available, often dealing with manufacturers directly but ultimately

we were guided by Tony Holland at Oceanair, whose personal and attentive service, market knowledge and in depth product awareness led us to specify the Panasonic system which offered the optimum balance of high energy performance, perceived quality, an internationally trusted brand, good and approachable technical back up, advanced technology and a fair price.

The Spire View Development is nearing completion (July 2019) with many of the homes now ready to move into. To get in touch with James Developments please go to For more information on Panasonic air source heat pumps, please visit

Tony Holland of Oceanair further commented, “It is important, when buying a heat pump, to choose a reputable manufacturer who will provide a quality service, a comprehensive warranty and provide proper guidance about the buying and installation of heat pumps. The initial outlay of a sustainable heating system may be slightly higher, however buying from a reputable manufacturer will ensure a high-quality, long life product, low maintenance costs and


RINNAI 1600i GAS-FIRED WATER HEATERS DELIVERING ENERGY AND COST EFFICIENCY Now available is Rinnai’s ErP A-rated Infinity 1600 range of continuous flow condensing gas fired water heaters, designed to deliver the most energy efficient and cost competitive hot water heating units to any UK site or application. Rinnai manufactures over 2 million hot water heating units each year and so can offer advantageous cost savings for installers and end users. The units are probably the most competitively priced type of their kind currently available to the UK sector. The company’s low-NOx Infinity HDC 1600i models utilise Rinnai’s patented pre-mix burner technology with a 14-1 turn down ratio – the largest on the market – of 58.4kw-4.05kw with extremely quiet operation. Integral controls on the units enable the water heater to achieve high efficiencies whether locally or integrated into a building management system. In reducing Legionella proliferation, Rinnai has developed additional ‘SMART’ controls for secondary return DHW systems in the form of an advanced temperature control system which allows for safe running of water at 42°C core temperature during the day and 60°C overnight. Another Rinnai innovation addresses an age-old industry problem with hot water delivery - lime scale build-up. The company’s integrated scale control system is an innovative solution and comes in the form of an LC (lime check) code on the display of the controller. Ultimately, ongoing use with hard water may shorten the lifespan of conventional water heating appliances and systems. To safeguard against this Rinnai units continually self-monitor for lime scale deposits around the heat exchanger. If a lime scale build-up is identified, a message is sent to the built-in interface panel on the front of the appliance. The message is displayed as ‘LC’, which alerts the homeowner to contact a Rinnai service agent to perform a lime scale flush to clear the potentially harmful deposits. The industry uptake of Rinnai’s series of low-NOx high efficiency products is that continuous flow heater systems are proven to be more energy efficient than conventional storage systems and are increasingly the experts’ preferred method of hot water provision. Rinnai units easily cater for any size projects that need high volumes of water at intermittent times of day. The Rinnai Infinity 1600i offers condensing technology with up to 107% gross efficiency, ultra-low-NOx of less than 20 ppm, a widely expansive modulation range of 54kW-4kW and high flow rates of 37/ltr/min. Add to

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