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04 Industry News

AUTEM™ Acoustic Ceilings from FabriTRAK® AUTEM™ is an interior acoustic solution from FabriTRAK that absorbs noise and mitigates sound reverberation, ensuring sound quality is crisp, and safe on hearing.

Engineered to Perform AUTEM™ is designed for superior sound absorption and is both lightweight and easy to install. The product is customizable in shape and size, as well as thickness and comes in 3 colors: black, white, and grey.

Durable, Strong, Sound While AUTEM™ NRC ratings are higher than most acoustic ceiling products, the beauty of the system lies in its simplicity. AUTEM™ is also the perfect product for any retrofit and renovation as it can be custom sized on site. AUTEM™ can be directly applied to any ceiling substrate or corrugated metal ceiling, reducing labor costs. Because the product is so easy to work with, there is no worry that the material will chip, crumble like a typical ceiling tile or cause irritation like a fiberglass product. The product may also be used as an acoustic ceiling tile and cut to fit any drop ceiling system. AUTEM™ is available in a standard thickness of 2” (50mm) and available in 1” (25mm).

Sustainability AUTEM™ is an environmentally friendly product, containing over 80% of post-consumer recycled material. FabriTRAK manufactures AUTEM™ without the use of water and 100% recyclable, AUTEM™ is ideal for LEED v4 spaces. AUTEM™ is safe, naturally non-allergenic and non-irritant, and is free of all VOCs. In addition to considering the exterior environment, users of interior spaces with AUTEM™ are ensured health benefits – the product does not mold or retain moisture. Above all, due to high NRC values, AUTEM™ supports environments that enhance sound, mute unhealthy noise and create areas that are safe for hearing – whether in a small conference room or large industrial warehouse.

The GAI renews its call for action on fire safety competencies and fire door checks In response to the Building a Safer Future consultation on fire safety and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 call for evidence, the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has renewed its call for mandatory competency checks on those who specify fire doors and associated door hardware. The Building a Safer Future proposals build on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The report sets out ideas for the fundamental reform of building safety requirements, designed to ensure residents can be safe, and feel safe, in their homes. The GAI has also called again for mandatory fire door inspections and maintenance as part of Building Regulations. Its response noted that, while the report says residents and landlords in High Risk Residential Buildings (HRRBs) should ensure fire compartmentation is maintained to a suitable standard, this was in fact only a step in the right direction. Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI, said: “Any increased emphasis on competence in industry is most welcome by our industry. The architectural ironmongery industry’s view is that there is a clear requirement for fire-related and other complex specifications to be undertaken by qualified ironmongers, and that installations and maintenance should also be undertaken by qualified personnel or companies. Competence is key across all these areas when it comes to ironmongery, particularly for fire and escape doors.” In its submission to the consultation, the GAI has also highlighted its growing concerns about continued ‘value engineering’ by contractors and sub-contractors, particularly the frequent changes to architectural ironmongery specified for fire doors. The Guild supports the change control process recommended in Hackitt’s report, but also recommends taking it further to add ‘changes in specification on product with fire and life safety implications’ to the list of changes that would be deemed major. Major changes would require the principal contractor to consult the client and principal designer, and then, if they are happy with these changes, the principal contractor must then notify the regulator and submit further details before carrying out the work. “There is a danger that substitution of specified products which can have an impact on fire safety, such as architectural

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Native Manchester to open this September September will see the long anticipated opening of Native Manchester at Ducie Street Warehouse, an innovative new multi-use apartment hotel in Manchester’s historic Northern Quarter. This will be Native’s biggest and most ambitious opening to date, spread across six floors of a former Victorian cotton warehouse close to Manchester Piccadilly Station.The Grade II listed building has been re-imagined by David Archer of Archer Humphreys Architects, the firm behind Chiltern Firehouse & the new Standard Hotel, London. 166 high quality apartments will provide stylish city centre accommodation with unrivalled space and facilities for guests, including eight luxury penthouse apartments each with their own private outdoor terrace.

Wide cast-iron columns and exposed brickwork are contrasted with warm blues and bright reds in a nod to the building’s industrial heritage. From studios, to two-bedroom deluxe penthouses with magnificent roof terraces, each apartment enjoys city views, a fully equipped kitchen and handpicked 20th century furniture sourced by Conran. Guy Nixon, founder and CEO of Native said: “With over 180,000 square feet of space, this has been an extraordinary opportunity to take one of the great icons of Manchester’s industrial past and turn it into a major cultural and social destination for the city. We have worked closely with Archer Humphreys to make the most of the original features of the warehouse, preserving the huge glass atrium, the brick arches and thundering iron columns evoking the grandeur of Manchester’s industrial heritage.
” The ground floor social hub is independently operated by CULTUREPLEX, which will include a restaurant (Bistrotheque), a mini cinema, bar, coffee counter and flexible events and workspaces, creating a unique community centre and all day hangout. For more information, please visit:

ironmongery, may not be picked up as part of the existing proposals,” said Douglas. “We are most concerned that any potential degrading of a specification which has been prepared by a qualified architectural ironmonger could have severe fire safety consequences. “At the GAI we are still very much in support of reintroducing the Clerk of Works role to ensure that specifications are being followed to the letter, something that was sadly missing from the Government’s response.” The Guild supports calls for a national construction products regulator that can take action against any manufacturer which makes false claims about its products. But the GAI argues that its remit needs to go wider:

“A national regulator with the powers to take legal action should be a necessity against all major standards, not purely those which are harmonised standards, as suggested in the original report.” The GAI also backs recommendations to change the RRO so that the fire service has greater involvement with the sign-off of buildings, the industry-wide implementation of smart labels, greater clarity of approved documents, and third-party testing of products through schemes such as BWF-Certifire. The GAI is part of the Industry Response Working Group 12 relating to products, chaired by the Construction Products Association.

06 Industry News

Willmott Dixon turns site plastic waste into roads Willmott Dixon is turning non-recyclable plastic waste on a housing job in Bristol into roads for the estate.

making Ashton Rise a highly sustainable development with individual homes making lifetime carbon savings of 23.5kg.

By replacing part of the traditional bitumen usually found in asphalt with plastic waste Willmott Dixon has stopped the equivalent of 150,000 single use plastic bags from being incinerated or going into landfill.

“By showcasing these innovative solutions to support carbon waste reduction, we hope to inspire other developers.”

Residents at Bristol City Council’s Ashton Rise development will drive on some of the UK’s ‘greenest’ roads when they move in next year. Waste management company ETM collects any nonrecyclable plastic from the site before plastic road company MacRebur processes it so the resulting asphalt can be laid back at the development by Gworks Surfacing. Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the South West, said: “This innovation is also complemented by low-carbon heating which is also being installed at the site,

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “This innovative approach will set Ashton Rise as the benchmark for new, environmentally friendly residential developments as residents will drive on some of the greenest tarmac in the country. “It’s the introduction of innovations like this that will help drive us forward towards achieving our environmental goals as set out in the One City Plan.” Toby McCartney from MacRebur added: ‘‘Sustainability is a key part of the Ashton Rise development so it’s fantastic to see our technology being used here to repurpose plastic which would otherwise have gone to incineration or landfill for the roads and footpaths across the site.’’

Doors re-open at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

Following extensive renovations, the Roman retreat has re-opened in the heart of the city Five star hotel Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese has re-opened following a complete redesign by French architect and interior designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel. Situated in a former 19th Century Roman palazzo, Nuel has taken inspiration from the building’s original architecture as well as the landscaped gardens of the adjacent Villa Borghese to bring a fresh look with a nature-inspired colour palette for the city retreat. The 78-room hotel lies on a quaint street in the centre of the city, just moments from iconic landmarks including the Villa Medici, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Each of the guest rooms features a Baroque-inspired

ceiling that creates the illusion of a blue sky above as well as a signature Sofitel MyBed bed and marble bathroom complete with Hermès toiletries. The hotel’s Prestige Suites (some with private terraces) offer luxury amenities including a choice of room fragrance and monogrammed pillowcases. Suite guests can also enjoy bespoke experiences, from touring Europe’s oldest apothecary to vintage Vespa rides to well-known movie locations. The crown jewel of the hotel situated on the seventh floor and offering panoramic views of The Eternal City is Settimo– an elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant with bold interiors and both indoor and outdoor seating. Settimoserves contemporary Roman cuisine using locallysourced ingredients and Executive Chef, Giuseppe D’Alessio, incorporates traditional Roman culinary styles into all the signature dishes. Cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy sundowners with a view, with one of Settimo’s signature drinks which come with specially-paired finger food. Guests can also benefit from personalised wellness and fitness therapies with the SofitelFITNESS Wellness Programme in the hotel’s fitness centre.

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Project Etopia unveils first completed modular eco home at its London commuter village The first home in London’s only modular commuter village, Etopia Corby, has been completed inside and out. The superstructures of the first three-storey townhouses in Corby, Northamptonshire, were completed in just 34 days, and the first house — the scheme’s showhome — has now been decorated and furnished. Etopia Corby is a 47-home eco project in Priors Hall Park consisting of 31 houses and 16 apartments. They are all equipped to produce their own energy, coupled with an earth energy bank/GeoStore system, which stores heat energy while batteries store electricity. This means residents enjoy little or no energy bills. Etopia Corby has been chosen as one of five Building for 2050 research projects funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and is a model of how villages of the future can be developed quicker and more affordably. Corby is at the centre of an ambitious project to double the population from 50,000 to 100,000 by the early 2030s. It is already popular with young workers commuting to London, which is as little as an hour and ten minutes away by train. The commuter credentials of Priors Hall Park, where the homes will be built, have also been boosted by a high-profile publicity campaign featuring Stephen Fry, which dubbed the area ‘North Londonshire’. A typical three bed Etopia house in Corby will go on the market for between £295,000 and £350,000. Project Etopia homes are designed to deliver performance similar to the ‘Passivhaus’ energy efficiency standard to complement their eco-friendly technology. The developer uses a panelised build system, which means wall panels are produced in a factory and delivered to site for assembly. This reduces construction time, lowering the cost to homebuyers. The panels have a thermal efficiency U-value of 0.13, which is superior to the 0.16 U-value for a typical well-insulated wall in a new build brick property. Most importantly, the panels’ airtightness is markedly more effective at maintaining heat within the home than traditional build solutions.

Also key to the Etopia Corby project is the energy storage system married to each dwelling. The scheme embraces the CHESS SETUP (Combined Heat Supply System by using Solar Energy and Heat Pumps). This is a Horizon 2020 programme which aims to implement a reliable and efficient heating system that can supply buildings via renewable energy sources. The Corby project is the only UK location working with the CHESS SETUP. The technology reduces emissions by using hybrid solar panels to generate heat that can then be stored and used by the ground source heat pump for hot water and heating. The energy earth bank/GeoStore system stores heat energy while batteries store electricity. The system has been optimised to meet the specific demands of the Corby site, and the installation monitors key data such as available heat energy, weather forecasts and electricity prices to optimise the energy flows within the systems. It is also connected to an independent electric grid owned by utility network provider GTC and the energy produced on site can be diverted to the grid if necessary, ensuring nothing goes to waste. Homeowners have access to a smart control tool which can be optimised to take into account electricity prices and the users’ requirements.

Community interest company Electric Corby first devised plans for energy self-sufficient homes at Priors Hall Park in 2013, and gained planning permission in 2016. Project Etopia bought the site in 2018 after the project stalled and the company broke ground in December last year. Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, commented: “Opening the doors to the completed house for the first time was an exciting moment for the whole team. It’s the realisation of months of hard work. “When prospective buyers visit, we expect they will be surprised to learn these homes are all modular. There are no obvious giveaways and they look just like any other modern, spacious property, with a lot of natural light and outside space. The fact they use the latest off-site construction techniques is hard to discern, inside and out. “The Corby site is currently at different stages of construction and progressing well but we’re now ready to welcome our first prospective buyers into the showhome and we are really looking forward to blowing them away. “This house is evidence that modular housing delivers desirable homes for everyone in no time at all, with all the cost, labour and time savings that help us keep prices at an affordable level.”

08 Editor’s Choice

T Gunning successfully completes £600,000 refurbishment on landmark riverside apartments Sovereign View – an impressive riverside apartment block in Rotherhithe, East London – has received a complete facelift, thanks to the skills of the London-based refurbishment specialists T Gunning. Working flexible hours so as to keep disruption to a minimum, a team of 20 specialist contractors has refurbished the building throughout, renovating and repairing many dozens of timber windows as well as hundreds of metres of soffits and guttering. Tom Gunning, Managing Director, said T Gunning won the £600,000 contract on competitive tender: “Working on a project of this size and scale requires careful planning and control of our teams on site,” he explains. “We won the bid based on a proven track record on high-end residential projects of a similar size, our local presence, and cost-effective pricing, and have completed the work on time and on budget, and with minimum inconvenience to residents.” The T Gunning team included roofers, carpenters, and decorators to undertake a range of works that include roof and gutter repairs, and the renovation and repair of timber windows, soffits and doors, the latter using the Repair Care system specifically designed for sustainable timber restoration.

The front façade now looks as new as the day it was built, thanks to a further team of specialist cleaners recruited to Doff Clean the stone and brickwork – a steamcleaning solution that is very effective on more delicate surfaces. While the temperature in the system is high, the pressure on the surface being cleaned is very gentle and the volume of water is very low. As such, the wall surfaces do not become saturated, and dry in minutes. The exterior of the building has been redecorated using the Dulux Weathershield system.

THE EVIDENCE FOR REFURBISHMENT IS CLEAR. TRANSFORM YOUR BUILDING. UPDATE YOUR ROOFLIGHTS. Increasing the levels of natural light and reducing reliance on artificial light creates many benefits: • • • • • • •

Improves the health and wellbeing and productivity of the occupants in the building Improves internal and external safety for people accessing the building More natural light means more difficult visual tasks can be performed Produces savings in ongoing energy costs Impacts positively on the carbon emissions of the building Improves the aesthetic appearance of the building Can increase the property’s asset value

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10 Editor’s Choice

Stirling Council makes Scolmore its one-stop-solution As councils and housing associations across the country continue to review and improve their fire safety provisions in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, there has been a growing need to install wired smoke detectors in residential buildings. With this requirement adding to the financial burden of already overstretched local councils, one council has found a solution that is not only proving cost-effective, but is also saving on the time and labour required to install the necessary products. Stirling Council has been working with Scolmore Group and is now in the process of installing a range of products from across Scolmore’s portfolio in all 7,000 of the social housing properties that the council has under its remit. These include the Click Smart Switch Supply to Permanent Conversion Pack, the Inceptor EVO LED Bulkhead, as well as the Mode range of switches and sockets. The programme to upgrade the properties will see two Click Smart conversion packs installed in each property where required. This will allow speedy and damage-free installation of smoke detectors to the new LD2 standard within dwellings. The packs provide a retrofit smart solution to allow independent control of the lighting circuit, whilst still supplying a smoke detector with constant power. It eliminates the need for time-consuming and costly channelling and potential lifting of floorboards for access and then the necessary effort to restore everything back to normal. As part of the upgrade, the emergency and microwave sensor versions of Scolmore’s Inceptor EVO LED bulkhead are being fitted in the communal areas. This has allowed the council to opt for one fitting to solve a number of installation requirements. EVO offers a 3-hour emergency function in the event of a power failure, and features a microwave sensor with 8 seconds to 20

minutes time adjustment. Their IP65 rating, robust housing and anti-tamper screws were also key features when the council’s electrical team leader was selecting these products. Scolmore products have also been selected for the replacement of switches and sockets in each of the homes. The Mode range of ergonomic electrical accessories was chosen by Stirling Council for its extremely competitive price, sleek appearance and flexibility. The council also cited the range’s antimicrobial certification and 20 year no quibble guarantee as key factors. Liam Wilkie, Electrical Specialist at Stirling Council, comments: “Stirling council made the decision to move to Scolmore for a number of reasons. Scolmore produce a very good quality range of products that are not only more reasonably priced than others we were looking at, but they offer superb reliability. They are quick and easy to install and our tenants love the look of the stylish switches and sockets. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with Scolmore for many years to come.”

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Copperlight Glazing Our glazing products offers retrospective style and elegance borrowed from the 1900s Art Deco period, re-introducing the aesthetic originally associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and pioneered by the Luxfer Prism Company. Using either Copper or Nickel Silver framing and Glass, it creates a 30 minute fire rated glazing system, updated in material from a 19th Century glazing principle with an extremely strong, integrally engineered and hidden jointing method, to a 21st Century decorative fire glazing system. Gilbert & McCarty were formed in 1990 to re-establish this glazing principle, ‘Copperlight Glazing’ the only current retrospective aesthetic for Luxfer’s electro-Glazing. Historically developed and marketed worldwide as Luxfer electro-glazing, the original product, was initially created in the USA. It started in 1881 when a British-born inventor, Jame’s Gray Pennycuick living in Boston, received a USA patent for a new cast glass tile design, which featured a pattern of light refracting prismatic ridges to direct sunlight into dark interiors. It then took until 1896 for an American inventor William Winslow from Chicago to introduce his electro-glazing process. Using thin copper strips that bonded the tiles together into strong, rigid window panels, that were both waterproof and lightweight, the Luxfer Prism Company was established in Chicago in 1897. In 1899 the well-known architect Louis Sullivan used Luxfer tiles extensively for a new department

store in Chicago, receiving nationwide publicity, then after Luxfer windows survived a devastating fire in another Chicago building the company added fireproof glazing to its product line. Demand for Fire Resisting Glazing for windows was unknown prior to 1899, but its potential value as a means of localising fires in buildings, where people congregate in large numbers, was speedily recognised. In 1898 Luxfer established its first overseas subsidiary, The British Luxfer Prism Syndicate Limited, in London. They produced these windows all across the British Empire and extensively at home for buildings, for example, municipal, banks, offices, cinemas, department stores etc.. Probably their largest in London was Whitleys department store Bayswater opened in 1912 which included the entire facade on three levels and two elevations with an extensive elegant interior with matching doors and screens.

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Gilbert & McCarty Ltd Are still producing this Glazing system and have in recent years for Cafe Royal, Burberrys, The Bank of England, Marylebone Town Hall, Wimbledon tennis club, to mention a few. Varied 6mm standard production glass types can be used to produce totally clear or diffused glazing options or variable combinations and the glass module size can be varied according to the proportions of any required opening. Also with size variations within a single unit extra design potential is possible, together with the juxtaposition of different glass types and textures. Telephone Nigel Gilbert on: Mob. 07836 769944 or email


VELUX® team up with Farrow & Ball to shed daylight on colour in the home

Roof window manufacturer VELUX and paint and wallpaper experts Farrow & Ball have come together in a new campaign which highlights the transformative effect that daylight can have on interior design. The campaign centres on the transformation of the Toomey family’s single-storey extension using VELUX roof windows and Farrow & Ball colours. Working together, VELUX daylight expert Grant Sneddon and Farrow & Ball colour expert Joa Studholme showed the couple how to make the most of the available daylight and how to choose colours that look great in their space and suit their lifestyle.

Sean and Sophie bought their 1950s three-bedroom terraced house in Swindon 10 months ago as they knew it had great renovation potential. The rear of the property originally had four small rooms that were dark, gloomy and completely unusable, but with the help of a local architect and builders, they took on their biggest renovation project to date. Adding a single-storey extension, they created a large, open-plan kitchen and living room with three large VELUX INTEGRA® electric white painted roof windows to provide as much daylight and ventilation throughout the space as possible. To access the garden easily, they also added bi-fold doors. Grant Sneddon, daylight expert at VELUX, said: “Making sure that light penetrates deep into the room is important when you have such a big space, and roof windows do that as they offer twice as much daylight as vertical windows of the same size.”


Homeowner Sean said: “The roof windows with added rain sensors add so much daylight and air flow throughout the day, they’re a great way of bringing the outside in. Living in the UK, the weather can change in an instant so we feel reassured that they will close automatically if the rain comes on when we’re out. “We also chose VELUX dark blue electric roller blinds to tie in with the interior of the kitchen, and awning blinds to help control heat coming in, particularly on bright days.” To find the perfect colour complements for the modern fittings of their extension, Sophie and Sean enlisted the help of Farrow & Ball’s colour consultancy service. Joa Studholme, colour consultant at Farrow & Ball said: “When we chose colours for Sean and Sophie’s extension, we did it to reflect their personalities, to suit not only the way they live but to make the most of the daylight from their new roof windows.” “The daylight in the extension changes throughout the day and because our paint is so heavily pigmented the colours change a lot in different light conditions, which makes them feel really alive, particularly when you’ve got fantastic natural light coming from roof windows,”

If you want help transforming your home with daylight and colour visit and for more information.


Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps represent the next step in low carbon heating solutions for off-gas grid properties. When designed correctly they offer a highly efficient, low carbon & low-cost heating solution - particularly for a new home, commercial project or in a renovation where the heating system is being upgraded. Heat Pumps take the vast majority of the energy (66%75%) required to heat the property from low-grade latent heat stored underground or in ambient air. Electricity compresses a refrigerant to turn this low grade heat to high-grade heat suitable for Heating & Domestic hot water inside the property. Displacing existing oil, Electric or LPG heating systems they can offer the homeowner substantial savings on their annual running cost and no hassle from fuel deliveries etc. Due to continued product advances the units are becoming far more reliable, whilst the refrigerants used inside the units are becoming much less harmful to the environment, with R32, Propane and CO2 units all being developed currently. For the majority of domestic properties in the UK that don’t have a particular cooling requirement, a conventional wet system (radiators or underfloor heating) is the simplest solution for distributing heat in the property from a heat pump. With any heat pump the greater the temperature difference between the energy source and the required heating flow temperature in the property, the less efficient the system. Therefore it is key that the heat emitter is designed around a low flow temperature, to ensure the heat pump efficiency is maximised. Contrary to myth, Heat pumps can work with all retrofit installations providing the radiators or UFH are sized correctly. With a ground source heat pump, it’s also important to ensure there is a sufficiently large heat exchanger buried underground, and that pipework is spread over a large enough area to ensure that the extraction is sustainable for many years to come. A poorly sized heat pump, ground collector or heat emitter will lead to high running costs - there is no need for this if proper design work has been undertaken at the earliest opportunity.


The government currently has a grant scheme to encourage the uptake of heat pumps - this is called the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Put simply the tariff available will more or less pay for the cost of the installation of the heat pump over the 7-year period, although the initial purchase of the equipment has to be made upfront. All eligible installations must have been commissioned by a company accredited on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Spire Renewables is a market leader in the Design, Supply & Commissioning of both Air and Ground Source Heat Pump systems to the trade – either plumbing/ heating engineers, developers or self-builders. Spire Renewables can design solutions for Air Source heat pumps (both Domestic and Commercial), Ground Source Heat Pumps (Open and Closed loop), Water Source heat pumps (both streams and lakes) & Underfloor Heating. Philip Spicer, Managing Director, set up the business 5 years ago as he recognised that smaller plumbing and heating companies would not want the complication of the paperwork processes involved in maintaining MCS

accreditation, especially if heat pumps were initially only a small part of their business. Spire Renewables model enables all plumbing or construction companies to offer competitively priced heat pumps to their customers supported by warranties for the system design and components. Spire work with a number of manufacturers to offer the best available equipment at merchant prices and our range of highly competitive Under-Floor Heating products mean we often supply entire heating systems as a single package. In addition to the heat pump, a package typically includes a Joule cylinder, Altecnic Expansion Vessels, Wilo Circulation Pumps and Heatmiser Controls. The heat pump kit is also supplied with a pre-wired control board that is configured according to the heating system design. This Fast Connect Wiring Centre incorporates the heat pump controller and a Hager distribution board with ready to connect terminations that allow the electrician to wire by numbers, dramatically simplifying the wiring process. Spire’s mission is to enable businesses to make the transition into the renewable heating sector by simplifying the installation process whilst ensuring accurate system design. The company operates in approximately a 2.5 hour radius from a base in Cardiff, South Wales.


Schöck has major presence at vast Wembley Park regeneration It is anticipated that when the development is completed in the next ten years or so, the regeneration of Wembley Park, in North West London, will provide up to 7000 new homes. Isokorb structural thermal break systems from Schöck are being supplied across a number of different sites throughout this vast scheme, but one of the largest is South West Lands, which occupies an area running alongside the Chiltern rail line, adjacent to Wembley Stadium. This private rented sector residential-led mixed-use neighbourhood will eventually account for around 12% of the new homes on the entire Wembley Park development, which is around 900 units in total. Designed around a series of sheltered and south-facing garden squares, it is set in landscaped areas and a centralised ‘hub’ means that residents will also benefit from facilities such as a gym, cinema and concierge services. The South West Lands development is spread across four large separate blocks, which share a communal basement car park. They are all reinforced concrete frame buildings, which are up to 18 storeys high; and are finished using traditional brickwork and standing seam metal cladding. There are communal roof terraces and a considerable number of private balconies throughout the development, which create valuable aesthetic amenity space at higher levels, as well as offering far-reaching views across London.

The avoidance of thermal bridging is crucial As with any large-scale project involving so many balconies, minimising any possibility of the occurrence of thermal bridging is a crucial issue. Poor insulation at the many connection points will result in local heat loss. Which means that more energy will be required to maintain the internal temperature of the buildings. In addition to substantial heat loss, low internal surface temperatures around the area of the thermal bridge are very likely to cause condensation. This will lead to unwanted structural integrity problems with absorbent materials such as insulation products or plasterboard. It also encourages mould growth, which can have serious health implications for residents, particularly for older people and children, in the form of asthma and allergies,

Construction dependability and freedom of design As the leading international supplier of structural thermal breaks, Schöck has almost limitless variants available in its main Isokorb range, offering planners complete construction dependability and enormous freedom of design. The hundreds of Isokorb products used on two of the phases at South West Lands have an 80mm insulation thickness and are for connecting cantilevered steel balconies to a reinforced concrete slab. This is achieved by means of straight tension and compression bars, which are inserted into the on-site reinforcement. The steel balconies are then bolted onto the unit by means of a stub bracket.


Left: South West Lands Right: The Isokorb type KS Bottom: products in position on site

Proven performance and unrivalled choice In addition to concrete-to-steel connectivity, the comprehensive Schöck Isokorb structural thermal break range also offers solutions for concreteto-concrete, steel-to-steel – and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets which is both more cost-effective and more thermally efficient than conventional wrapped parapets. All products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, have NHBC approval and offer LABC Registration. There is also the added security of independent BBA Certification. The temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) which must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75, for residential buildings, is easily met by incorporating the Isokorb.

Main Project Team Masterplan: JTP Developer: Quintain Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group Architect:

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


INTERESTED IN TRAINING TO INSTALL RESIN BOUND? As the manufacturer of DALTEX – the no 1 brand in resin bound, Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates is the perfect company to turn to when you want to learn how to install resin bound driveways, paths and patios.

Resin bound is the fastest growing surfacing solution in the last 5 years and is being adopted by a wide range of contractors such as landscapers, developers and architects. Run from a purpose built centre in Derbyshire, this one day training course - presented by experienced independent contractors who can answer all your practical questions - is informative and hands on and it’s designed to cover everything you need to know to ensure your resin bound installation meets BBA Accredited criteria – the highest industry standard.

Typically run in groups of 8, questions are actively encouraged and you will have the opportunity to try out some of the techniques you have learned. Topics covered include: What bases can be used for Resin Bound Systems; Site Preparation; Mix Designs; Essential equipment; How to mix resin and aggregates Installation including mixing, luting, trowelling – plus useful tips on Quoting, Mistakes to avoid and Troubleshooting. There is also a practical demonstration of trowelling with your chance to practice what you have learned under our guidance.


The best selling Daltex Bespoke resin bound range just got bigger! Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates, the manufacturer of Daltex – the no 1 brand in resin bound - has introduced a new addition to its range of DALTEX BESPOKE resin bound blends. Following the recent return of the incredibly popular Staffordshire Pink, Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates have reacted to customer demand and developed a stylish pink blend called Sunset. The mix for Sunset includes 2 x Staffordshire Pink 2-5mm, 1 x Golden Pea 2-5mm and 1 x Golden Pea 1-3mm which creates a stylish and beautiful blend which is perfect for every style and age of property and suitable for driveways, paths and patios as well as commercial projects.

Lunch and refreshments are provided and typically the day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. A certificate of attendance is provided and there is also an opportunity for a site tour. The cost of the training is £75pp and includes a FREE Hygrometer and Themometer plus a FREE Daltex Sample Case worth £20.

For more information or to book your place, please contact: 01629 636 500,

Sam Buckley, Managing Director of Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates says “ We can’t believe the response we have had to the introduction of the DALTEX Bespoke resin bound range. We spent some time researching customer preferences and trends and are delighted that the range meets everyone’s requirements. The choice is incredible with stunning hues of reds, greys, golds or greens to choose from - and now with the addition of SUNSET - we feel we have created a future favourite! Resin Bound is the fastest growing driveway surfacing solution in the last 5 years. SUDS compliant, it meets planning requirements and provides customers with a hardwearing, natural and low maintenance finish which is a stunning alternative to block paving, tarmac, concrete or loose gravel. For more information please contact: 01629 636 500


Latest Technology from CT1 TRIBRID® Technology and the introduction of the Ground Breaking BT1 Ultimate Bathroom Sealant and Adhesive CT1 who were and still are the pioneers in the field of sealants and adhesives, were the people that introduced the Hybrid polymer over 15 years ago, which changed the face of sealant and adhesive manufacturing and marketing. CT1 were the first to introduce a multipurpose sealant and adhesive that replaced several products in 1. This was a sealant that was also a heavy duty adhesive could work on wet surfaces and even under water. CT1’s demonstration of the product is legendary, and many competing products have tried and failed to imitate it! CT1, always leading the way in research and development, never sleeps and as a result have yet again brought the latest technology to the building industry. They have now released technology that no one can match. Now introducing TRIBRID® Technology! They have introduced this latest technology in the form of a revolutionary product called BT1. The Ultimate bathroom sealant and adhesive. It’s also the healthiest option. How? The newly launched TRIBRID® Technology combats all fungus and bacteria. It’s scientifically impossible for bacteria/microbes to survive, making it easier to maintain a more hygienic surface which is free of solvents and isocyanates. It is the ideal sanitaryware product for use in all public health institutions including hospitals and clinics.

BT1 is the ONLY scientifically developed TRIBRID® Polymer with unique resistance to mould and fungal infestation, therefore creating the healthiest environment. As with CT1 its sister product, BT1 which stands for Bathroom Technology No. 1, also has several accreditations and certificates, making it the healthiest option. Not only that but an ETAG approval for bonding shower panels without mechanical fixings. This makes it the perfect product for installing shower trays, panels, all sanitaryware with no mould or fungal growth. Mould and damp caused by bacteria growth especially in the bathroom leads to respiratory problems. Moulds produce allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks. Using BT1 with the latest technology in the industry, can now decrease the risk of these attacks in the home. BT1 is the Healthiest option, it’s the only option!

Thursday 3rd October 2019 Kent Event Centre, Detling

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Event highlights: Largest exhibition of construction suppliers in the South East Over 600 FREE Meet the Buyer appointments Packed conference programme of inspirational keynotes, practical workshops and interactive roundtables Latest updates and news on projects and developments across the region

Live Demo Areas showcasing the most dynamic and innovative products in the industry Big Networking Breakfast with a focus on how the evolving digital world will affect the construction industry Post-Event Gala Dinner, with guest speaker Frank Bruno, Former World Heavyweight Champion

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Your One-Stop-Shop for New Contacts & Thought Leadership in the Construction Sector The South East’s leading construction event returns to the Kent Event Centre on October 3rd, when Kent Construction EXPO brings together 2,000+ construction professionals, contractors, developers and specialist suppliers to the sector. Brought to you by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Kent County Council and Medway Council, this major annual gathering offers a fantastic line-up of speakers, alongside the South East’s largest exhibition of construction suppliers: providing a unique opportunity for you to get the inside track on major infrastructure projects and the latest industry developments, while making valuable new contacts and building your business. See below for just a few of the hot topics and sector trends that will feature on the programme this year: • Collaboration & New Ways of Working Together

We already have a great programme line-up confirmed, with inspirational keynotes and practical workshops that will provide you with fresh insights into current construction industry challenges and opportunities on the horizon as well as emerging technologies, practices and innovations - helping you to keep up to date and thrive in the years ahead. Back by popular demand, our roundtable stream provides a focussed platform for discussion where you will have the opportunity to share your challenges and opportunities, hear your peer’s points of view and learn from their experiences, ask questions and voice an opinion.

2019 Keynote Speakers:

Piers Taylor Award Winning Architect, Broadcaster and Academic

• Sustainability • Environmental Issues • Digital Construction & Emerging Technologies • Disruptive Forces: AI, AR, Drones & Robots

Katie Kelleher Crane Operator, Select Plant Hire and Laing O’Rourke

• Building Offsite/ Modular Construction • Local developments, projects and initiatives • Addressing Mental Health • R&D Tax Relief • Digital Marketing • Obtaining Planning Consent on Strategic and Brownfield Sites

Mark Quinn CEO and Chairman, Quinn Estates

• Procurement & the Supply Chain • VAT changes to the Construction sector • Women in Construction

Matthew Griffin

• The Skills Shortage: Skills, Apprenticeships and Training

Fanatical Futurist, Disruption, Futures & Innovation Expert and Founder, 311 Institute

• Kent Construction: Opportunities, Threats and Performance vs. the National Outlook • Innovation

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Heritage venue demonstrates best practice in putting people first The UK’s most popular living museum is using its newest attraction to deliver best practice in accessibility, and truly open its doors to everyone. With a £10.9million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Beamish is able to undertake its Remaking Beamish project, which includes a1950s Town at the Co Durham site. Closomat- the UK’s leading provider of assisted accessible toilets- has supplied and installed the Changing Places therein, which enables people who need help- be it in the form of people and/or equipmentto maintain toilet hygiene, Wendy Wilshere, Beamish’s Volunteer & Access Co-Ordinator, said, “Over ¼ million people need Changing Places toilets, so they can get out and about, and enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted. These fantastic facilities will make a massive difference for visitors who need them, and we are delighted and proud to offer them in our new 1950s welfare hall at Beamish.” The Changing Places is installed in the welfare hall- the first building to be opened to visitors in The 1950s Town. In addition to providing the core features of a compliant Changing Places, Beamish has gone beyond, achieving

an exemplar facility according to British Standards by including a shower, and choosing a wash & dry toilet (a Closomat Palma Vita WC) in place of a conventional lavatory. In addition to the Changing Places, the Welfare Hall has two conventional wheelchair-accessible WCs, an accessible baby change, and changing room. Closomat tel 0161 969 1199;;

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Bog Standards: survey reveals the importance of washroom design in hospitality Toilets leave a lasting impression, reveals a new survey and report on the UK public’s attitudes towards washrooms in hospitality establishments. Formica Group commissioned the report to better understand what makes a bathroom good or bad, asking 2,000 respondents for their most common toilet bugbears and their best and worst experiences. The report also includes top tips for designing the perfect washroom. Overall, the British public is underwhelmed with toilets in places serving food and drink, with only 5% considered ‘spotless’. Trains top the list of washrooms people are reluctant to use, followed by nightclubs and motorway services. The biggest issues identified were hygiene and bad smells, with poor maintenance being another major complaint. Over a quarter of respondents admitted to checking the toilets before deciding where to drink or eat, demonstrating the kind of impact getting this space right can have on small businesses.

Clean enough to eat your dinner The survey identifies a clear link between the quality of public washrooms and the perceived quality of the establishment overall. Two thirds of respondents agree that the cleanliness of a bathroom reflects the quality of the food served. The design and aesthetic of a bathroom also leaves its stamp on us all, and can affect a bathroom user’s perception of comfort, whether consciously or subconsciously. Two out of five people surveyed affirmed that style and décor impacted whether they were comfortable using the facilities.

While word of mouth and Food Standards Agency hygiene rating are factors in choosing a place to dine, social media and online reviews are also increasingly influential.

Give the people what they want As part of the survey, people were also asked what they really want to see in a bathroom. The most popular features were those improving hygiene, as exemplified by the ‘hands-free’ toilet experience preferred by two thirds of respondents. Even so, excessive frills such as Japanese style wash and dry technology were considered unnecessary. Instead, there’s a high demand for basic privacy, with soundproofing considered to be ‘somewhat important’ by 42%. Unisex toilets are yet to gain popularity. A mere 5% don’t mind them, and around half of respondents, male and female, prefer gender-specific loos. Women in particular see the washroom as a space where you should be able to feel at ease and largely believe any toilet apart from their own to be of questionable hygiene. The report goes into more detail about the importance of colour and décor. Read the full report here.

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Digital showers come top as bathroom technology dominates homeowner’s bathroom Wishlist Smart home technology has been advancing at an unparalleled rate over the last decade and is changing the way we live our lives by giving us the chance to control all aspects of the home at a touch of a button.

Smart TVs, remote control heating systems and personal assistants are now common in many households, but new research by an online bathroom supplier has found that bathroom technology is now at the top of the list for many consumers as they look to make their bathroom experiences better and more efficient. Bathroom Planet asked 1,000 UK homeowners what their top bathroom product would be if money were no object. Digital showers were the most popular choice, with hot tub baths and smart taps coming in second and third respectively.

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The survey asked, “What bathroom product would you choose if money was no object?” providing a list of products to choose from and an open-ended field for participants to fill in their own answers. 29% of respondents voted for digital showers as their top bathroom product, while 22% opted for a hot tub bath, and 15% chose smart taps. Wet rooms (10%) and designer tiles (8%) completed the top five. The results are below: Digital Showers (29%) Hot Tub Baths (22%) Smart Taps (15%) Wet Room (10%) Designer Tiles (8%) Other (16%) Of the 16% of participants who chose to add their own answers, bathroom technology was still a popular choice with smart mirrors, TVs, integrated sound systems and smart toilets all being chosen by multiple respondents.

Talking about the research, Bathroom Planet’s director David Gallon said, “Although having technology in the bathroom is not new, the advances over the past few years has seen a range of innovating products come to the market.

systems, the bathroom is becoming a more efficient and engaging space within the home, and as the sector grows, we are bound to see endless innovations as manufacturers look to produce the next must-have product.”

From digital showers and voice-activated taps to smart mirrors and multimedia

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New Origin Brassware and Accessories

New Range Launches Copper, Matt Black, Brushed Nickel and Chrome VitrA, one of Europe’s leading bathroom companies, has expanded both its Designer Collection and the recently launched Signature Collection with a new range of brassware and accessories,available to retailers from the end of June. Subtle elegant design is the key theme of the outstanding new Origin brassware and accessories range from VitrA. Origin presents retailers, designers and consumers with a complete and versatile collection that is the perfect partner for contemporary sanitaryware.

There are over 150 pieces in the collection including monobloc taps in four heights, wall and deck mounted mixers, and both concealed and exposed thermostatic and manual showers with a choice of hand held or fixed overhead showers. Taps and showers are complemented by a comprehensive range of accessories. All pieces are available in chrome, brushed nickel, copper and matt black finishes.

Above right: Origin basin mixer shown in matt black on Plural monoblock basin also in matt black. Main image, left: Showerheads from the Origin collection showing all finishes; (top to bottom) brushed nickel, matt black, chrome, copper. Origin tall basin mixer in copper.

“This is a beautiful comprehensive collection,” comments Marketing Manager Margaret Talbot. “The design-for-all ethos can be seen throughout with the choice of finishes, sizes and product types. It goes without saying that top quality materials have been used with cartridges that allow light fingertip control and deliver an efficient flow rate. There are products to satisfy the most demanding specification with basin mixers, baths, showers, wet rooms, WCs and complementary accessories. VitrA Origin also includes colour-matched bottle traps and waste covers . The exposed and concealed shower systems can be installed using VitrA’s innovative Minibox and V-Box systems.” Origin taps require an operating pressure of 0.3 bar.

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Easy Bathrooms strengthens area sales team to support trades people Easy Bathrooms, which supplies bathroom products and tiles to trades people, has strengthened its sales team – specifically within its contracts department – to support its growing base of trade clients.

Paul Blanksby, who was formerly a manager of Easy Bathrooms’ Sheffield showroom; and Charlotte Wood, who has been a sales executive with the firm for a year; have both been promoted to area sales managers – joining Rob Holroyd, who has headed up the division since the business was founded in 2013. The team, who together have 57 years of bathroom industry experience, now cover the whole of the UK. Easy Bathrooms has bolstered the contracts department on the back of a particularly strong trading year, which has seen the firm open 10 stores within 12 months – including across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Commenting on the appointments, Rob said: “These internal promotions will serve housebuilders and trade customers perfectly – both Paul and Charlotte are extremely knowledgeable about the industry, as well as specifically about Easy Bathrooms’ products.

“The opening of the showrooms means that our trade clients can use our stores to inspire their own clients – so it makes sense that, as the consumer side of the business grows, so does our reputation within the trade arena.” Paul and Charlotte will support house builders, developers and plumbing contractors in particular, visiting clients’ building sites and head offices, as well as working at trade exhibitions. Further appointments are expected to be made in the next 12 months, as Easy Bathrooms continues in its ambition to become the UK’s number-one specified brand.

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Croydex celebrates 100 years on innovation Croydex’s new 2019 centenary catalogue showcases 54 new and exciting products to suit any bathroom. t plays homage to the companies’ vintage roots with a journey through time taking inspiration from previous catalogues and logos. After 100 years of trading, the bathroom accessories specialist isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.


Adding sophistication to your bath and shower set up is the brand new range of Amalfi shower handsets, which are available in a selection of functions, and the popular bamboo bath bench, which offers additional storage with a luxurious finish. Also available are a selection of new anti-microbial bath mats and a selection of elegant light pulls. The Croydex Inclusive offerings have also been strengthened by the addition of the Serenity Shower Chair. The chair was developed and tested by the in-house design team to ensure the highest standard of showering experience is had. It features adjustable legs, a curved back for added comfort and the option

of an additional seat cushions in either white or grey. Also available, to help maintain a hygienic and clean toilet, is the new swiper’ loo brush. The innovative design utilises wiper blade technology, which also includes an anti-bacterial brush head to prevent the build-up of dirt and germs, and comes in a contemporary dual colour design to suit any bathroom. All of Croydex’s products are tried and tested to the highest standard, and many come with a number of beneficial features and innovative designs.

To request a copy of Croydex’s new catalogue, call 01264 365881, email or visit

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A Parliamentary inquiry into decent and accessible homes(*) is highlighting the importance of utilising a universal design approach to make adaptation products appealing to all age groups.

Closomat, Britain’s leading manufacturer of toilet assistive technology, is already positioned to equip housing designers, developers and officers, to meet that challenge (at least in the bathroom). Its brand-leading wash & dry (smart) toilets feature contemporary design to make them aspirational as well as assistive. Uniquely, they can be personalised to individual user preference and needs, not just at initial install, but retrospectively, as needs change.

“The report made 13 recommendations on improving availability of suitable housing for older people. It states ‘many older people do not like the idea of being stuck with poorly designed and unappealing aids & equipment. One approach… is to take a universal design approach towards products & services to make them suitable and appealing to all age groups’,” observes Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager. “Fixtures such as wash & dry toilets are becoming more mainstream, and aspirational. A wash & dry toilet gives enhanced cleanliness and hygiene over wiping with toilet paper, and can be operated by almost anyone, independently, irrespective of age or ability. A wash & dry toilet is the enabling, universal

design answer to something we all do, on average eight times a day, and something that is very private and personal.” Closomat was the first company to introduce the concept of shower toilets into the UK, almost 60 years ago. It is now the #1, with the Palma Vita being the brand leader. Closomat wash & dry toilets feature built-in automatic douching and drying, so the user does not have to physically wipe clean with toilet tissue. Its website now features full cost of care analysis, plus a configurator to enable the Palma Vita to be tailored to individual user specification.


MINIMALISM AND CLEAN LINES YOUNG 2.0, With a whole host of exciting product features, such as showering height of 2000mm, through to the minimal matt black, matt silver or polished chrome profiling giving the enclosure a sleek and luxurious look. Coupled with the rise and fall door mechanism and the versatility to be installed on a shower tray or tiled floor, the Young collection gives you a multitude of showering options and fantastic value for money. Combine this with our Novosolid stone Designed shower andtray manufactured or Novellini Wetroom for the total solution. in MANTOVA

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RMIG City Emotion RMIG’s ‘City Emotion’ philosophy exists to capture the passion for creative and exciting urban design by offering innovative technologies and materials. We can help realise the most ambitious architectural projects. The projects that will give the city innovative visual statement and emotional appeal.

As the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of perforated metal, with manufacturing units throughout Europe, we have over 100 years of industry experience with a wealth of tooling and engineering expertise to help make your ideas come to life.

Kalvebod Fælled School State school, Copenhagen, Denmark Architects: Lundgaard & Traneberg Arkitekter A/S

Perforated facade decorates innovative school building When constructing Kalvebod Fælled School, the objective was to create a balanced atmosphere of school and leisure time for both children and adults, with the focus on learning and activities. This ambition has been achieved by a stunning circular construction with a gymnasium at the heart of the building. The glistening facade encapsulating the building is made from 1200 m2 of perforated sheets from RMIG. The perforation gives a flow of light and shadow, providing protection from the sun, yet still ensuring a view of the beautiful surrounding areas.

Technical characteristics Raw material: Aluminium 5754 Pattern: R1.5T3 Thickness: 2.0 mm Finishing operations: Bending


The Music Box MSCP Multi-storey car park, Hayes, Middlesex, England Architects: Studio Egret West

Music history brought to life with RMIG ImagePerf The Fab Four sang ”Baby, you can drive my car…” , and they would probably love to drive it into the multi-storey car park in Hayes, England, where a facade created from RMIG ImagePerf brings to life the famous photo of screaming fans at a Beatles concert. Over 1,000 perforated sheets were manufactured and supplied by RMIG for the project. The technology used for RMIG ImagePerf made it possible for this iconic photograph to be reproduced using various hole sizes. The sheets were subsequently powder coated, making them weather resistant and ensuring that this amazing image will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Technical characteristics Raw material: Sendzimir galvanised steel Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf Thickness: 2.5 mm Finishing operations: Bending Surface treatment: Powder coating


MSCP Time Square, Bridge Street Multi-storey car park, Warrington, England Architects: Leach Rhodes Walker

A facade of perforated sheets used for a state-of-the-art facility As part of the redevelopment of Bridge Street in Warrington, Cheshire, a multi-storey car park has been constructed, providing the town with more than 1,000 much-needed parking spaces. This massive eight-storey car park has a remarkable facade made from an astonishing 3,500 m2 of perforated sheets manufactured and supplied by RMIG, with RMIG ImagePerf technology being used to create the vivid perforated patterns.

Technical characteristics Raw material: Aluminium EN 1050 and Aluminium J57S Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf Thickness: 3.0 mm Finishing operations: Folding Surface treatment: Powder coating and anodising


Østjysk Våbenhandel Weapon store, Hedensted, Denmark Architects: Ginneruparkitekter A special facade for a special store The premises of the Østjysk Våbenhandel in Denmark can be clearly seen from a major motorway. For customers, as well as those driving past, the unusual facade of this building catches the eye and is a landmark for the area. RMIG have manufactured and supplied 400 m2 of perforated sheets that make up the facade, and with RMIG ImagePerf, a giant motif of a pheasant in flight decorates the building. The large open area of the perforated sheets provides good visibility of the outside surroundings for those using the building during the day, and at night the lights in the store’s foyer shine through the perforation, accentuating the stunning image

Technical characteristics Raw material: Aluminium 5005 EQ Pattern: RMIG ImagePerf Thickness: 3.0 mm Surface treatment: Powder coating

For further information or if you would like to book a CPD Presentation ‘Perforation in Architecture’ please contact


NEW from Solid Gear

The Onyx Safety Shoes and Great value safety footwear with the unique Boots. BOA closure system for maximum comfort. Nowadays, good safety footwear is part and parcel of a comfortable day’s work on site – just like good working clothes and quality hand tools. Combining maximum comfort and protection with a robust and durable design, Solid Gear’s Onyx is available as a shoe or a boot and ideal for different types of on-site work. This EN-accredited footwear has a modern-looking style that integrates a seamless upper and Cordura reinforcements with a poured polyeurethane midsole, a breathable footbed and strong rubber outsole for maximum grip on slippery and uneven surfaces.

free protection comes from the fiberglass toecap and penetration board for extra personal safety. What’s more, the unique BOA Closure System – used on many top-brand sports shoes - distributes the pressure of the fastened shoe evenly across your feet to ensure a glove-like fit all day for maximum comfortable protection. To get more information on Solid Gear - the Next Generation of Safety Footwear - visit the website at alternatively, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788.


Snickers Workwear’s NEW Loose-fit Stretch Trousers for Maximum Mobility On-site Hi-tech stretch fabrics and ergonomic designs ensure close quarter mobility at work. With a range of new AllroundWork stretch trousers available throughout the UK, there’s plenty of flexibility for every professional craftsman and woman to stretch their performance on site comfortably. The new stretchy work trousers for men have a loose fit for a classic Snickers Workwear look and feel, with stretch Cordura for increased durability as well as improved ventilation and close quarter mobility. What’s more, the new slim-fit work trousers for

women are shaped to fit the female anatomy. The ergonomic ‘women’s fit’ includes wider hips and a narrower waist for a street-wise, fashionable look with optimal comfort and freedom of movement built-in. So check out these newest designs – the optimal choice for craftsmen and women who need to get their jobs done comfortably on site. Getting information on the Snickers’ new stretch work trousers is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at or email info@

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Using a cherry picker:

how to use them safely in everyday life Unless you’re in a profession related to construction, or you work at a raised height for a regular amount of time, you’ve probably never used or been near a cherry picker. If this is you, then we’ve put together a guide for the amateur who wants to use this vehicle for the first time. In an age where we are increasingly reliant on ourselves rather than the DIY expert, here Nifty Lift provides alternative DIY projects where you can use a cherry picker, while saving some money on the decorator or workman along the way.

Hiring a cherry picker If you’re going to hire your own cherry picker, you’ll need to establish what type of job you’re going to carry out. If the job requires a lift height of up to 10m, then you’ll need a low-level access picker. If you’re doing this type of job, on average you’ll be looking to spend around £114 to £216 for every day that you use it. However, if a job requires a greater lift height of up to 21 metres, the cost will likely be higher.

How to use a cherry picker safely Check your terrain Before you start a job, make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and the surface area the machine will be working on. This is important because each machine has its own varying gradient specifications. If you’ve hired a picker with the incorrect gradient requirement and you’re working on a sloped surface, then you may not be able to work efficiently on your job. Or, if you’re working on a gravelled surface that is particularly uneven, you may need to consult the hire purchaser to ensure that the machine will remain mobile during the entirety of your job.

Check for surface water, as this may affect the stability of your machine while it is stationary, which will affect the safety of its user. If there is a lot of surface water, opt for a machine that includes outriggers. Outriggers spread the load of the machine with four extended legs, which ensure the balanced stability of a picker.

Are you working inside? If you’re going to be working inside, you’ll need to consider whether the building you’re in has ventilation. If it doesn’t, then using a picker with a diesel engine wouldn’t be recommended as the fumes produced may become polluting and hazardous to the health of the user and others. We would recommend that you use an electric powered engine when using work platforms indoors. Even if there is ventilation, hybrid electrical powered engines offer you as much power as a diesel and are more fuelefficient and longer-lasting.

Check your own competency You don’t need a specialist license to operate most cherry pickers, but you should be realistic. If you’ve worked in the construction industry and you’ve used other similar vehicles, then you’re probably a good candidate when it comes to using a cherry picker. However, we suggest that you become fully aware of the controls and the manoeuvres that are required to use the machine properly. If the picker is under 3.5 tons, then you can use these machines with a standard driving license. However, if you gained your driving license before 1994, you can use models up to 7.5 tons – so you have a greater selection to choose from. If it’s a picker any heavier than these specifications, keep in mind that you’ll probably need extra training.

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Beginning its life as a piece of machinery used to aid the picking of fruit, today the cherry picker is used for a variety of different jobs within a range of circumstances. • Fixing fascia or clearing guttering. Fascia is the horizontal board that sits flush with the brick underneath your guttering. This is often difficult to reach and fix properly with a ladder; a cherry picker can therefore offer you balanced stability while you’re working, and provide a greater reach vantage while performing this task. Similarly, if you want to clean your guttering, you’re able to see over the top of the gutter to clean it more thoroughly. If you’d like to gain extra qualifications to demonstrate that you’re a recognised cherry picker operator for prospective job offers, then you can apply for your PAL card (Powered Access License), which is issued by the IPAF (International Powered Access Federation). Most employers in construction will ask for this qualification if you’d like to get into this line of work, so we would recommend you apply for this license before you apply for the job.

When you might use the cherry picker If you’re performing everyday DIY tasks, these machines are a great alternative to scaffolding. They are mobile and don’t cause an unwelcome distraction to the exterior of your home for a long period of time, without the added mess. Here are some scenarios where you could use a picker instead:

• Fixing loose roof tiles. As pickers can extend upwards and outwards, they are ideal when mending broken or loose roof tiles. This means that you can work safely without risking injury if you’re working on the surface of the roof. • Trimming or cutting down tall trees. If you’re trying to use a ladder, you’ll find that these types of tasks are often very difficult and dangerous if you’re using a mechanical saw. It’s therefore more appropriate to use a picker, as you’ll be in a balanced position while operating a mechanical saw. Alternatively, if you’re simply cutting branches, you’ll be able to extend yourself to the root of the branch to achieve a good finish on the job you’ve worked on.


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The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, contains the world’s best collection of tanks, with exhibitions telling the story of armoured warfare from 1914 to the present day. This amazing display of over 300 vehicles includes the world’s first ever tank, Little Willie and the modern Challenger 2 The Optimum 100 platform lift from Ability Lifts was originally specified by Glasgow based design practice, Cooper Cromar, due to its free standing nature and small footprint within the stairwell of the new worksop offices. The Building Works Tender was eventually secured by Dorchester based Acheson Construction who worked with Ability Lifts to supply and install a platform lift to allow access to the new state of the art Gilchrist Conservation Workshop. The workshop was lottery funded and will allow more conservation work to be carried out on the collection.

2 level Platform Lift for Tank Museum

The two level platform lift was installed with glazed doors and a fully glazed shaft allowing for a light and open environment within the building. The lift has automatic powered doors with remote call buttons to allow easy access onto the lift platform. On the 18th May 2018, the completed new workshop was formally opened by HRH Princess Anne who was presented with a newly-restored Matilda II tank which was named the ‘Princess Royal’ in her honour. To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit or call our dedicated sales line on 0845 006 8803.

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

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Leading property letting agent, G&K Lettings acquires key acquisition funding from alternative finance provider, ThinCats ThinCats, the leading fintech lender, has successfully facilitated Southampton-based lettings agent, G&K Lettings to acquire six-figure key acquisition funding. This funding will enable G&K to acquire a new managed property portfolio, securing the company’s future growth ambitions within the market. Located in the heart of Southampton city centre, G&K Lettings Ltd is part of Martin & Co, one of the UK’s best known and most well-regarded property agents, with nearly 200 offices from Aberdeen to Falmouth. Martin & Co works with some of the UK’s most popular property platforms, such as Rightmove and Zoopla, to help owners with a range of property needs – whether buying or selling, letting or renting. Managing directors, Gavin and Carrie Naish founded G & K Lettings Ltd in spring 2007. With their combined experience and wealth of local knowledge, they have been able to grow their agency’s portfolio substantially over the last ten years. Yet, despite the company’s obvious successes, when Gavin and Carrie applied for acquisition funding at their local bank, they were refused a loan because they didn’t have the ‘bricks and mortar’ required for a loan. So, their accountant introduced Gavin and Carrie to Andrew Tapsell a Business Development Director at ThinCats, the alternative finance provider, who, instead of refusing to lend, looked at the intricacies of their business model and its strong growth projections. This combined offering enabled Andrew to offer a flexible funding scheme for G&K Lettings within a few months, securing the building blocks for further portfolio expansion. Gavin Naish, Managing Director, G&K Lettings: “This is a very exciting time for our business as we are seeking to scale with the market on our side. By funding us, ThinCats offered what every business wants and appreciates from a lender; a proactive, pragmatic and responsive approach, allowing the management team to focus on the business, whilst they concentrate on getting the transaction over the line smoothly.” Andrew Tapsell, Business Development Director for the South East: “We are delighted to support the management team at G&K Lettings with funding. We were able to structure a credit backed offering in a timely fashion, enabling them to take the business forward precisely in the direction that they want to take it.”



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Sustainable fsc 100% composite decking maintenance free normal and wood effect We are now able to supply composite decking with a 25 year guarantee either from stock for our two options or for specific requirements and colours we can deliver within 8 weeks from a confirmed order. Our composite decking is made with 60% wood fibres taken from waste timber with 10% additives and the rest non VOC HDP. If necessary, we can match our composite decking to our wood flooring so that the colour is more our less the same from inside to outside. This will only be made to order with a minimum quantity of 500m 2 for our projectbased clients. We have developed two types of decking with one that looks like real wood. Some of the images below show what is possible and what else we can supply. The image below shows three colours and with the light oak one being the wood effect.

To see it in more detail the Slate Grey real wood effect decking we have this shown above. This has excellent slip resistance and will enhance any garden allowing you to create a beautiful area that should not need cleaning and will stay relatively dry if a 5mm gap is left between each board. The decking boards are sold in lengths of 2200mm with the slate grey being 140mm wide. You should measure your area length x width and then work a plan of how you want to lay the decking. We supply per piece of board, so each board is 0.32 m2 (if you leave a 5mm gap between boards) . For 10 m 2 you will need 31 boards to cover the complete area. This is calculated as follows 10/0.32 = 31.25 so if under 31.5 always take the lower amount of 31 boards as the gaps between each one will make up the larger area. Composite Fencing and Posts: For the perfect non maintenance fence that will not rot you can order fencing as shown below. Posts are also supplied and details can be obtained by emailing your request to Swimming Pool surrounds are a perfect area for our sustainable composite decking.

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SEE THE LIGHT IN INDUSTRIAL ROOF REFURBISHMENT By William McDowell, National Business Development Manager, Zenon rooflights @ Hambleside Danelaw

Have you seen the light? In many industrial buildings, the answer is probably not: most likely because existing rooflights are so old, dirty or discoloured that the amount of natural daylight they allow inside is now minimal- assuming that rooflights were included in the first place. Yet well-specified replacement rooflights- be they in-plane or barrel vault- offer a comparatively simple means of upgrading the building externally, improving the internal environment within, enhancing workforce health & wellbeing- and productivity, and reducing energy consumption in running costs. That cuts long-term overheads- always an attractive proposition for building owners and operators! The fact that rooflights can make a positive contribution towards reducing a building’s carbon emissions is an added bonus. In refurbishment projects, the contractor needs to ask the client what the overall objective and budget is, as that will influence the proposed solution. It may be that just the outer weather sheet needs replacing, to ensure the roof’s weathertightness and improve

natural daylight below. The client may not be aware that it is possible to include an insulation upgrade into the rooflight too. Modern rooflights are at least double skinned with an outer weather sheet, internal liner panel, and a transparent insulating core in the middle. As such, they can contribute towards a building’s thermal performance under Building Regulations Approved Document L, attaining a U value as low as 1.1W/m2K, and further reducing energy bills. The ‘green’ and thermal elements can be further enhanced by choice of the rooflight materials. Zenon Evolution GRP sheet features an innovative process that gives a stronger substrate that is lighter in weight and has less embodied carbon than traditional GRP rooflight sheeting; Zenon Insulator core manufactured from cellulose acetate that is compostable at the end of its life.

There is a growing tendency for refurbishment projects to consider a BREEAM rating, driven by a myriad of factors including the UK target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, local targets such as the London plan, and rising energy costs. A BREEAM rating is proven to raise the purchase and rental prices of industrial and commercial buildings. Rooflights- specifically Zenon GRP rooflights- play a key role in achieving compliance in the three most heavilyweighted BREEAM categories - Materials, Energy and Health & Wellbeing. Zenon is the only GRP rooflight that has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) from the BRE, which alone gives 1.5 points in the Materials category. In energy, the benefits are proven. The National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) commissioned research into the subject (NARM document NTD10).

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thumb’. However, the optimum ratio will depend on a number of variables specific to the building and its use.

The research- Analysis of Improving Daylighting and Lighting Controls on a Number of Existing Non-Domestic Buildings – An independent report by Elmhurst Energy- found that typically, upgrading existing rooflights and ensuring the proportion of rooflights: roof area was between 15-20% achieved savings in running costs of £5.92/m2/yr (at prices current when the report was compiled), and reduced emissions by 28.7kgCO2/m2/yr. It is important to note the ratio of roof: rooflight in that report. Historically, a 10% rooflight ratio was the ‘rule of

With regard to health & wellbeing, natural daylight is proven to enhance workforce morale and increase productivity (NARM Rooflighting Best Practice Quick Guide 05). It’s not rocket science: think how we feel when the sun’s shining compared to a cloudy day. The type and quality of light affects occupant health & wellbeing too. Equally, the type of light can be used to positive effect in the space below. The type of light is influenced by the rooflight material. Conventionally, in large logistics or industrial buildings, the choice is between polycarbonate and GRP (NARM NTD09). Polycarbonate delivers direct light whereas GRP

delivers a diffused light. Direct light can cause solar glare and shadowing, which in turn can cause discomfort for occupants. The diffused light from GRP rooflights provides widely dispersed, uniform internal lighting. A further consideration in the process is longevity. NARM NTD09 maintains that modern GRP rooflights can achieve service lives of 30 years, whereas polycarbonate at best last 25 years and attain typically only 15-20 years’ practical life. The type and configuration of the rooflight influences the performance delivered once installed. The various benefits can be verified during the specification/ selection process using a handy online zenon rooflights performance-calculator tool The choice is also dependant on the refurbishment situation: is the building vacant, or is the workforce still operating below? One also needs to bear in mind whether only the rooflights are being replaced, or the whole roof. If the latter, is it being completely replaced, or overclad? A Rooflight Refurbishment Guide has been published that addresses the advantages and disadvantages of each option, enabling an informed decision to be made. A few moments’ reading may make a huge difference to how you see a “hole in the roof’.


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Homeowners urged to enter competition to find the country’s best daylight filled loft conversion

Win £2000 cash with VELUX® Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019 VELUX® wants to hear from homeowners across the UK and Ireland who have transformed their loft with the best use of daylight to create a light, bright space in their home. For the first time, the roof window manufacturer has launched a competition aimed at homeowners who have converted their loft into a beautiful new room using two or more VELUX roof windows. The transformation could be a master bedroom and en-suite, a home office, children’s playroom or grown up sanctuary. Regardless of the budget or size of the project, VELUX wants to see how their roof windows have helped create a better living environment, and to uncover those loft conversions that make the best use of daylight. Homeowners could win £2,000 / €2,250 in cash if they enter. The project must have at least two VELUX roof windows in the loft, and be completed between September 2018 and September 2019. Grant Sneddon, daylight expert at VELUX, said: “Soaring property prices and the prohibitive cost of relocating are preventing many people climbing the housing ladder. Now more homeowners are opting to extend their homes through converting their dark, dusty and unused lofts into a fantastic new bedroom, office or playroom. It’s a great way to add

more space to the home you love and tailor it to suit your family’s needs. “This is why we’ve launched our Loft Conversion of the Year Awards. We know there are lots of exciting projects taking place across the country and that daylight is a big factor when it comes to creating a better living environment that is light, bright and airy.” The VELUX Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019 is in partnership with Grand Designs and Good Homes magazines. Five runners up will win £100 John Lewis and Partners vouchers. For more information on the VELUX Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019 and to enter visit loftoftheyear Competition closes for entries on 30 September 2019.

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RINNAI - ‘E’ BEFORE ‘I’ OR VICE VERSA? Rinnai offers big performance, heavy duty, diminutive appliances that offer virtually limitless volumes of hot water at useable temperatures – all through engineering design and excellence. And both ‘E’ (external) - and ‘I’ (internal) versions are offered. Here Chris Goggin, Rinnai Operations Director, explains the why and the where of using either model to suit the application. Gas fired appliances such as hot water heating units or domestic or light commercial boilers tend to be wall hung on the interior of a site. Having a unit sited internally on a kitchen wall or a plant room makes for convenience for the end-user and for the installer or contractor in terms of installation, maintenance or servicing. However, external models of hot water heating units have become increasingly popular. We are seeing more and more units sold as installers seem to be favouring external siting for a variety of reasons. Firstly, having a gas fired unit internally has its own restrictions – lack of internal space, flueing restrictions and impediments, exact siting for installer convenience, inspections etc. On external units a whole stack of advantages come into play - starting with the fact that it is a gas fired appliance and it is outside habitable space; and with no need for a flue there’s greater flexibility on exactly where you place the unit; it is easier to service and maintain; all units have robust casings and comprehensive weather controls, for example a Rinnai external appliance is frost protected down to minus 25ºC. All these factors add up to possible economies for the end user and ease of installation for the installer.

Rinnai offer several units in both external – ‘E’ - and internal – ‘I’ - models. They are in the more heavy-duty part of our product range – 1600, 1500, 55 but also at the smaller end - the 17e. Rinnai’s HDC1600i/e low NOx, gas-fired continuous flow water heater, delivers commercial qualities of hot water, up to 37 litres per minute on demand - to any site and application. And they are ErP ‘A’ rated. The Rinnai external version HDC1200e gives end users 105.5% net efficiency* because the condensing process delivers up to 95% thermal efficiency, translating to significant energy savings when compared to standard tankless water heaters. All of which makes the HDC continuous flow hot water range by far the best option for all types of applications. With a continuous flow water heater you can never run out of hot water no matter how many individual baths or showers or delivery points are being used simultaneously. The only time the unit is using energy is when there is a demand, in other words it is only burning gas when a tap or shower is being run and, design improvements by Rinnai have

increased the lowered NOx levels and increased efficiencies to market ready levels. . The Rinnai 17e is designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, ungainly storage vessels. Weighing just 17kg and measuring 503mmH x 355.6mmW x 181mmD the Rinnai 17e has been developed to allow maximum flexibility as it can be easily mounted on an external wall thereby eliminating the need for flueing and freeing up valuable interior space. This feature gives greater flexibility at the design stage and can offer an alternative solution where flue runs are problematic or internal space is not available. A range of external ancillary items including a pipe cover box and security cage are available where necessary. Capable of flow rates of up to 510 litres per hour at a 50°C rise, the 17e is suitable for multiple applications, such as cafés, small restaurants and kitchen facilities.


DEVImat warms redeveloped neo-Georgian buildings Appointed by our client to design, supply and install the underfloor heating, this project was a high-quality residential redevelopment of a neo-Georgian building located adjacent to Tobacco Dock in Wapping. With transport links to both the City and Canary Wharf the location is ideal for city workers. The existing building forms a quadrangle around a central courtyard, which has gone through a change of use from underused offices to 124 high quality apartments. Extensive refurbishment work was required as part of the change including structural alterations, floor infills and major reconfiguration of load bearing walls. Now under the brand of ‘Tobacco Dock’ the area is a sustainable, lively, mixeduse neighbourhood made up of leisure, residential, retail and commercial developments. Situated not far from the Tower of London, it’s no surprise that there is a royal them to the terrace names, King Charles, Queen Anne and Queen Victoria.

The 124 fully refurbished, high quality apartments boast a 24-hour concierge set around a beautiful communal courtyard garden square, this development consists of 26 suites, 53 one bedroomed apartments and 45 two bedroomed apartments. Each apartment is finished to a high standard with wooden floors, the DEVImat under floor heating solution and contemporary bathrooms and kitchens. The DEVImat warm floor system consists of a self-adhesive mesh, with an ultra-thin heating cable preattached. On this project the system is controlled by the Heatmiser Neosat-e. The mats are simple and quick to install and only 3.5mm thick making it the right solution to fit directly on to an existing concrete floor. The DEVImat is installed within the thickness of the adhesives and therefore adds no significant height to the floor level. Consequently, there should be no need to reduce door heights or raise skirting boards, a benefit when changing

the use of an existing building and installing underfloor heating. The Heatmiser neoStat-e offers a smarter way to control the electric underfloor heating from anywhere. With new menu navigation the neoStat-e has been designed for ease of use making programming much simpler. Senior Account Manager Joshua Demetrescu said of the project “The project went very well from initial design stage through to installation. Electric underfloor heating is our bread and butter as we’ve been specialists in this system of underfloor heating for a number of years now”. For further information, please contact Gaia on 01359 242 400 or visit


The largest and fastest-growing membership group, The IPG, helps shape the future of its members by opening new flagship stores. The IPG have united with three of their members, namely Newline Plumbing & Heating Supplies, Plumb Inn, and Gas & Plumb Bits to launch their newfound flagship stores across the UK, this Summer. The IPG was formed in 2013 with one vision: to bring independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists together, and in turn, to give their customers the opportunity to buy the best brands locally at great prices. Fast forward five years, The IPG’s vision is now implemented across its member locations nationwide with a multitude of excellent brands on board. With the group expanding in size and success, The IPG has turned its sights to launching the first-ever set of IPG flagship stores, with three of its members. The first of the three stores, Newline Plumbing and Heating Supplies (“Newline”), is based in Kingswinford. The IPG have worked closely with Newline, to completely relaunch the store, looking at everything from store layout optimisation to new store fascia’s. Newline was founded in 1986 by Mike Kendrick, who was originally pledged £500 from his brother Pete Kendrick to start a business in Oldbury by selling plumbing and heavy side building materials. This then followed onto the next generation with Mike’s son, Steve Kendrick, who was keen to follow in his father’s footsteps and began working alongside his father in 1997 by serving on the trade counter and making tea. The development of the family-run business earned Newline larger premises in Kingswinford. In 2017, Mike retired, and Newline has been in the safe hands of Steve who is running the business, alongside his sister.

Steve said: “Today marks a milestone for Newline, I believe the future will be as strong as the foundation our partnership has been built on and I am excited for the times ahead. With the IPGs support, we have a store and a new website that we can be very proud of. We understand that an online presence is an important part of the customer experience today and our new store and website presents us in a professional way.” Newline is due to unveil its ‘face lift’ and celebrate the launch of their unique store on Tuesday 27 August 2019. Guests such as The Mayor of Dudley and Lee Wilcox, CEO of On The Tools will be in attendance to support this independent, family-run business. Key suppliers, customers, local and trade press are expected to be at the store opening and are an influential part of this exciting journey. Nike Lovell, The IPG’s Head of Marketing, said: ‘It is a pivotal moment for both our group and our members, The IPG is committed to encouraging communities to support their local independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists, where alongside unrivalled service and unbiased, honest advice; a customer is likely to find that their shopping basket is cheaper.” Get yourself down to the first IPG flagship store at Newline between the 27th - 30th August to take part in this unmissable event – you can win £100 to spend in-store, grab a goody bag or simply take advantage of some special offers. Support your local store as we bring the neighboring community together, in celebration of the great British independent!


Panasonic Introduces R32 Big PACi Series

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Expanded R32 line up with the arrival of Big PACi 20-25kW Easy to install with light and splitable duct indoor unit Water heat exchanger option

Leading the change to R32, Panasonic has introduced the R32 Big PACi Series. The series, available in 20kW and 25kW capacities uses R32 refrigerant, includes a water heat exchanger option and supports Panasonic’s ‘full switch to R32’ initiative and Environmental Vision 2050.

Business owners making the switch to R32 PACi can also benefit from energy and cost savings, thanks to a higher energy efficiency performance of up to 10% with R32. Due to the water heat exchanger connection, this solution is an ideal alternative to traditional boiler systems for small retail spaces and office projects that are environmentally conscious. Furthermore, the R32 Big PACi series offers a reduced amount of HFC refrigeration compared to conventional R410 models to help contribute to a green future. Designed for easy installation, the new models have a more compact indoor chassis with a reduced depth by 230mm versus the conventional Big PACi R410 range. The compact design still maintains the same level of efficiency overall and has an impressive SEER rating of up to 5.25 and SCOP rating of 3.61[1]. In addition, R32 PACi includes a split-able duct indoor unit which can be divided into the heat exchanger and fan parts, allowing for easier installation within narrow spaces such as small retail shops. The indoor unit is also up to 16kg lighter in weight than conventional Big PACi R410 model[2]. [1]

8HP R32 Big PACi model [2] 20kW (8HP): Conventional = 100kg / R32 BIG PACi = 86kg 25kW (10HP): Conventional = 104kg / R32 BIG PACi = 88kg

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EQUITONE works with architects to launch new, Quartz White shade Architects’ demand for an elegant white fibre cement facade material has been met with the launch of a new shade of EQUITONE [natura].


new Quartz White shade is characterised by a unique display of fibres shown within the material, giving it a distinct surface aspect visible from both the front and the edge of the panels.” CLICK HERE TO REQUEST YOUR QUARTZ WHITE SAMPLE “EQUITONE materials can be cut and fabricated into a variety of shapes and sizes, enabling architects to add intricate detail to the facade and create striking patterns in the exterior design. EQUITONE’s versatility provides architects with the ability to bring inspirational designs to life.”

The newly launched ‘Quartz White’ shade has been designed and developed with architects following robust research and factory developments. The subtle white hue has been inspired by the soft colour palette of nature, while perfectly matching EQUITONE’s authentic fibre cement shades. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST YOUR QUARTZ WHITE SAMPLE Quartz White joins the 26 other shades in the EQUITONE [natura] range – from Pale Mist to Anthracite.

EQUITONE [natura] offers a throughcoloured, tactile and smooth surface that allows the textures of fibre cement to show through the facade. Janie Mullaney, national sales manager at EQUITONE, said: “As architectural tastes and designs evolve, so have the demands for new shades and finishes. Our new EQUITONE [natura] shade has undergone extensive research and new development processes to cater to the evolving needs of architects. “While providing the same benefits as the current EQUITONE [natura] range, the

EQUITONE [natura] is a low maintenance, durable fibre cement facade material that has a life expectancy of at least 50 years and a fire classification of A2-s1, d0. EQUITONE [natura] has an optional permanent anti-graffiti protection making it suitable for a variety of building types. EQUITONE fibre cement facade materials are available in a range of through colours, offering an extensive palette of subtle and inspiring shades in a variety of textures and finishes giving full creative scope.


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