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04 Industry News

World’s first Passive House+

A single-family home in southern Germany has been certified as the world’s first Passive House Plus building. The house, built in the village of Ötigheim, combines the advantages of the Passive House Standard with renewable energy. The classic Passive House Standard is primarily based on the optimisation of energy consumption. The heating demand should be 15 kWh/(m²a) maximum, and the total demand for renewable primary energy may not exceed 60 kWh/(m²a). A Passive House Plus is even more efficient – here the upper limit for the total demand is 45 kWh/(m²a). At the same time, at least 60 kWh/(m²a) of renewable energy must also be generated – with reference to the projected footprint (the ground covered by the building). If a building plot is unsuitable for on-site generation, then investment in new off-site renewable energy installations can also be taken into account.

Dr. Wolfgang Feist, director of the Passive House Institute, said: “This building proves that creating an infrastructure based completely on renewable energy is already possible today for every building owner. “The considerably improved Passive House energy efficiency allows the issue of seasonal discrepancies between generation and demand and the resultant storage problems to be overcome with minimum effort”. Image credit: Scholz/Gerber

The building in Ötigheim has a heating demand of 13 kWh/ (m²a), with the total demand for renewable primary energy was calculated as 28 kWh/(m²TFAa) using the PHPP design tool. A 64 m² photovoltaic system on the south-facing roof generates electricity. The Passive House Plus thus produces 76 kWh/(m²grounda) of renewable primary energy. As in every Passive House, a high level of energy efficiency is ensured through an excellent level of thermal insulation, triple-glazed windows, a heat recovery ventilation system, an airtight building envelope and a largely thermal bridge free design.

London’s Nine Elms opens up to the public The redevelopment of a huge area of London’s South Bank is creating several landmark buildings as local residents are invited to view plans.

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership has hosted two open days for local residents and interested Londoners to find out what the regeneration of Nine Elms, Vauxhall and Battersea will mean to them. Taking place at the ROSE Community Centre in Battersea, on 14 and 15 July, local people spoke to those involved and viewed the detailed plans.

Exhibition highlights included the latest scale model of the regeneration plans, information on jobs and training opportunities and updates on construction of the Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. There were also opportunities to find out more about plans for new public space including the linear park and improvements to the Thames River Path. Spokespeople on the development of social infrastructure including plans for new affordable homes, schools and health centres were on hand to answer any questions that visitors had. The multi-billion pound private investment programme is transforming Nine Elms from a semi-derelict, light industrial zone into an ultra-modern residential and business distinct with several internationally renowned

architects creating landmark buildings in the area. Estate agent Knight Frank predicts property values will increase by 140% between 2011 and 2016 – the highest forecast growth in the UK. Over 600,000 sq m of new business space within the Central London Activity Zone will be created – a high density employment area and one of the most productive commercial territories in the world. It will support up to 25,000 new jobs and deliver billions in new economic growth and new foreign direct investment. A £1billion transport improvement package will make Nine Elms on the South Bank as well connected as the rest of Central London. Two new Northern line stations will create fast, direct links to the West End, City and North London. There will also be new riverbus piers, new bus services and a new network of cycle lanes and footpaths. The Vauxhall Gyratory will be remodelled to create a more pedestrian friendly environment and a new bridge across the Thames will link the area to Pimlico on the opposite bank.

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UK’s first ‘energy positive’ house launches in Wales The UK’s first low cost ‘energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants use, opens today in Wales. The three-bedroom house was built in just 16 weeks on an industrial estate outside Bridgend and cost £125,000 to construct. The house, designed by Professor Phil Jones and his team based at the Welsh School of Architecture, was originally built as a prototype to meet the targets for zero carbon housing set by the Government. The Government has since announced that plans for homes to be built to ‘zero carbon’ standards have been dropped, as reported by Building Products last week. Designed and constructed as part of the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) SOLCER project, the house is the first to combine reduced energy demand, integrating renewable energy supply and energy storage. “The building demonstrates our leading edge low carbon supply, storage and demand technologies at a domestic scale which we hope will be replicated in other areas of Wales and the UK in the future,” said Professor Phil Jones. The house was built with high levels of thermal insulation to reduce air leakage. It uses an energy efficient

design which includes low carbon cement, structural insulated panels (SIPS), external insulated render, transpired solar collectors and low emissivity double glazed aluminium clad timber frame windows and doors. The south facing roof incorporates glazed solar photovoltaic panels, fully integrated into the design of the building, allowing the roof space below to be lit naturally lit. The panels have been designed to reduce the cost of bolting on solar panels to a standard roof. The house’s energy systems combines solar generation and battery storage to power both its combined heating, ventilation, hot water system and

its electrical power systems, which include appliances, LED lighting and a heat pump. The TSC solar air system preheats the ventilation air which is topped up from a thermal water store. Economy Minister, Edwina Hart, said: “I am delighted to see Wales leading the UK with the launch of this unique property which has the distinction of being the first building of its kind in the UK. It is a great showcase for the technologies being developed in Wales, with the potential to be adopted and replicated in future housing developments across the UK creating wide ranging long term benefits for the economy, the environment and occupiers.

Zero carbon homes 2016 target axed The Government has announced that plans for homes to be built to ‘zero carbon’ standards have been dropped. Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’ report stated the Government: “does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards.” The Government will instead keep energy efficiency standards under review. Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council,

said: “Let us be in no doubt this announcement is the death knell for zero carbon homes. It is shortsighted, unnecessary, retrograde and damaging to the house building industry which has invested heavily in delivering energy efficient homes. Britain needs more housing but there is no justification for building homes with a permanent legacy of high energy bills. “The Government has not consulted the housebuilding industry sufficiently on this sudden announcement. This arbitrary and regressive action was not mandated by the Conservative Party manifesto. Just last year the Conservative-led coalition

Government enabled the allowable solutions policy in legislation. This stop-start policy making approach gives industry no confidence in the Government’s vision for a low carbon economy and condemns new home owners to higher energy bills.” Rob Lambe, managing director of Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said: “Since the original Zero Carbon announcement Willmott Dixon has been supportive of setting a long term trajectory enabling industry to invest with confidence. This announcement seriously undermines industry confidence in government policy and will diminish future investment.”

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Extension to Gentofte School unveiled Kebony, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, presents their latest project, in collaboration with Arkitema Architects, at Gentofte School. The new addition to the school in Denmark creates a further 460m² of space, which can accommodate 100 children, spread across two floors. The extension houses three classrooms, a common room and a double height workshop as well as a large roof terrace. The designers, Arkitema Architects, worked in a close collaboration with the school’s management and teaching teams to ensure the space was practical and ergonomic for both the primary classes and the after school activities. The children at Gentofte school age from 5-9 years, as such the building has been completed with special features such as sliding walls that also function as writing boards and can be easily operated by the children. The new space can also be converted into either a single or double-height space and can be divided into compartments to host several classrooms dependent on the needs of the students and teachers. The large south facing princess balconies will similarly afford further dynamic teaching methods by creating additional outdoor and recreational spaces. The interior has also been constructed with the unique needs of the pupils in mind, resulting in an innovative range of uses. For example, it is possible to drive cars in through the double doors located at the entrance, rendering the building operational as an engineering workshop. Additional functions of the building are equally inventive, the double height space can serve as an orangery; inkeeping with the ecological theme of the build. Sustainability was key to the design ethos, leading to the decision to clad the entire façade of the new extension, just

under 400m², in Kebony wood. Produced using sustainably sourced species of soft wood which are impregnated with a non-chemical bio-based product and heated under pressure, Kebony is a highly durable and environmental product. The use of sustainable Kebony wood also means that the façade is totally maintenance free and will not be susceptible to damage through wear and weathering in the future. Consequently, the façade will soon be covered by a ‘vertical forest’ with a depth of up to 60cm and a wall of climbing plants which will eventually house birds and insects. Carsten Løppenthin Møller, Managing Director of Kebony Denmark, commented “Kebony are really pleased to have been selected for this project; the flexible and innovate design is an exemplar for new school facilities but this flexibility has not compromised on the beauty of the building. We look forward to seeing the Kebony develop its silver patina and blend with the new trees and climbing plants.”

A run-down car park is being converted into flats in south London A six storey housing development for a run-down car park at the junction of Milner Road and Morden Road, South Wimbledon has recently been granted planning permission. Located approximately 1.2km to the southeast of Wimbledon Town Centre and less than a minutes’ walk of South Wimbledon Station, this residentially led development will comprise of fifteen apartments, three townhouses and a commercial unit at street level. Constructed using CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) the design had to incorporate lightweight construction materials due to a London Underground tunnel located directly under the site. The development will have a distinctive and elegant profile on its prominent corner position, when approaching

from Kingston Road and Morden Road junction and from afar, improving the urban setting of the area by complementing the existing urban grain and setting of the Grade II listed South Wimbledon Underground Station that is located nearby. The high quality buildings have been designed to respond to the surroundings; to enhance and to sustain and to improve the character and setting of the area, to complement but not necessarily replicate the local architecture character. All apartments and houses will have outdoor spaces in the form of balconies, terraces or winter gardens and the buildings use a simple palette of materials composed of glazed terracotta and timber cladding to interiors.

Construction is due to start on site end of January 2016 with completion due by mid-2017.

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National Trust to launch £30m retrofitting scheme The National Trust is to embark on a £30m renewables refurbishment programme of its properties, the charity has announced. The investment follows the successful completion of five renewable energy projects – part of a £3.5m pilot scheme the Trust launched with Good Energy in 2013. The projects included a biomass boiler at Ickworth in Suffolk. The new boiler has replaced a 5,000 litre oil tank in the grounds, removing the risk of contamination from oil leaks. The charity plans to invest in more than 40 further projects which include: • A 200 kW lake source heating project on the Blickling Estate in Norfolk, which will remove two oil tanks and 25,572 litres a year of oil consumption with an estimated saving of 68 tonnes of CO2 per year • Two biomass boilers at Upton House in Warwickshire to heat the mansion and other areas, saving an estimated 55 tonnes of CO2 per year

• A 250 kW hydro scheme at Hayeswater in Cumbria where there is a legacy of hydropower from historic corn mills and water wheels “In setting out our 10 year plan we recognised we’ll have to play our part in helping to mitigate climate change. A key part of that is to reduce our reliance on oil and look for greener energy solutions,” said Patrick Begg, rural enterprises director, National Trust. “We have a responsibility to look after the special places in our care, requiring us to make long-term decisions that will protect them for future generations. “Many of the properties in our care are energy intensive and in remote areas without access to mains gas. Installing renewable technology in these places is a huge challenge, but we’ve learnt a great deal and will continue to do so.

“It’s been fantastic to see how renewable projects like the biomass boiler at Ickworth are transforming the energy use of some our oldest and most special buildings. The National Trust is truly inspirational with this approach,’ said Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy. “Together, we’ve worked hard to inspire consumers to switch to cleaner, greener forms of electricity and help to build a more sustainable energy future for the UK.”

Interserve Underway on GBP18 Million Military Listed Building Renovation Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has started work carrying out specialist repairs to Sandhurst’s Grade 2 listed Royal Military Academy. The ‘Old College’ is currently in use as a teaching facility where cadets train in the hope of becoming British Army Officers. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, the building is also a museum, featuring gifts from foreign dignitaries and priceless artefacts. The £18 million contract for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is due for completion in May 2016, and was awarded to PriDE, a joint venture between Interserve and Scottish & Southern Energy Contracting. The renovation project, which is being carried out while the building remains occupied, involves the replacement of roof slates and the safe removal of around 3,000 square metres of asbestos from roof voids. It also involves the deconstruction and rebuilding of 58 chimneys, which requires the use of 1,700 tonnes of scaffolding which would reach 3,200 kilometres if laid end to end. Interserve has put in place safe systems of work, including the provision of fire rated tunnels to withstand falls and protection around fire exits to facilitate the daily operation of the college which will remain live. Passing out parades – attended by members of the Royal Family – for officers who have completed their training are being held in front of the building while the project is underway. For these occasions, in order to conceal the unsightly scaffolding, a specialist fabric façade has been placed over the building, over-printed with a life-size image of how it will look when work is completed.

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Angled shipping container houses a staircase for Israeli port office by Potash Architects Shipping containers are often repurposed to create buildings, and this structure by Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects features one container balanced at a precarious angle. Named Shipping Container Terminal, the building provides offices and technical facilities at the Port of Ashdod – one of Israel’s two main cargo ports, located about 40 kilometres south of Tel Aviv. It also houses an events space. Potash Architects wanted the building to reflect its industrial seafront location, so chose to construct it from shipping containers – the large steel boxes used for moving products and raw materials between countries. Various architects have experimented with these containers, by perforating them, turning them on their sides, or piling them in unusual configurations. But the approach taken here was to angle one of the containers to create a focal staircase. “The inspiration was drawn by the way containers are stacked across the facility,” explained project architect Sivan Joseph. “We wanted to extend that narrative and add some playfulness to differentiate it from its surroundings and accentuate the recreational function of the building.” “It also made a lot of sense from a sustainable standpoint because in this particular project, used shipping

containers were an abundant resource.” The staircase container is positioned at a 30-degree angle, with a scissor stair – which doubles back on itself – slotted inside. Three of its steel walls were replaced with glazing, while additional structural supports were added at the two main stress points to hold it firmly in place. The rest of the building is made up of six containers. Four on the ground floor accommodate the events space on one side, and offices and tech rooms on the other. The remaining two host more offices above. There are toilets on both levels. “The slender proportions of a shipping

container required us to join them in various ways to create the needed functional office spaces and halls,” added the architect. Another feature is a reinforced concrete shelter that bridges two of the containers. The Israeli Home Front Command stipulates that all new buildings contain one, so a customsized casting mould was prepared as part of the project. Back in 2010, Korean design office AnL Studio experimented with angled shipping containers for a seaside observatory in Incheon. More recently, London architect James Whitaker proposed a low-cost studio made up of containers that point to the sky.Tiers.

HSE improved land use planning advice service The Health and Safety Executive is launching the enhanced pre-application service to reduce the amount of red tape involved in the planning process, which will help business take advantage of commercial opportunities and will aid the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of local authorities. The service has been designed to support early and positive engagement using an enhanced pre-application service. Developers and others can now gain increased access to HSE’s assessment tools and techniques, simplifying and speeding up the process.

“By enabling easier and more transparent access to HSE’s Land Use Planning advice, developers and planners will be able to get quick or even immediate answers to queries related to a plot of land they may be interested in purchasing or developing”.

Peter Brown, Head of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Policy Division, said: “This advisory service has been designed around what users need.

The fee-based service will help business effectiveness and efficiency, will enable better informed planning decisions at a local level and will create greater transparency in HSE’s decisions and operations.

“Discussions with developers and other parties involved in the planning process have indicated that being able to find out more detail about a piece of land in advance of purchase helps to quicken the development process and can also save significant costs.

People can access the new service planningadvice link to external website or by calling 01298 218159.

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Sir John Soane’s Private Apartment Restoration Julian Harrap Architects There are few houses that hold more fascination for architects than that of Sir John Soane. The threetownhouse complex on London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields not only holds Soane’s extensive collection of artworks and architectural models, but also serves as an example of the British architect’s experimentation with interior layouts, lighting, and decoration. Until May, the only areas on view have been those he intended to be public. The second floor of the main house at No. 13, which contains Soane’s private apartments, has been closed to visitors since the 1860s, but thanks to a meticulous restoration by London’s Julian Harrap Architects (JHA), the suite of rooms is now open to all. The research for the restoration took nearly two years, almost twice the length of the actual construction period that followed. The effort was focused on re-creating the space as it was in 1837, when Soane died; it’s the key date for all restoration of the museum, as stipulated in the Act of Parliament that gifted it to the country. The architects and historians consulted the museum’s archives, which included engravings of the rooms that were prepared for an illustrated 1835 catalog. One such engraving of the Model Room is so detailed that “the pictures can be identified by this drawing,” says JHA partner Lyall Thow. “It would have been done by someone in Soane’s office, so Soane would have been standing over him looking at him drawing it saying, ‘Show this and show that.’ ” The team also consulted Soane’s own writings and the museum curators’ records.

rooms had been reconfigured. Nearly two centuries’ worth of alterations needed to be undone while the rest of the museum was still functioning—not just the public areas on the lower floors, but also the offices on the level above— providing no small logistical challenge. Helpfully, the cost of materials spurred many of the past renovators to reuse Soane’s original materials. (When curator James Wilde carried out the most extensive retrofit in 1889, he removed doors and partitions and reused them in new cabinetry and decorative elements.) This allowed the restoration team to reclaim many original materials and return them to their rightful places, rather than having to resort to replication. But, Thow says, “if the archive and the drawings don’t tell you everything, sometimes you have to step into the mind of what he was trying to achieve.” The result is a faithful return to Soane’s original vision. “I love to think of him not being able to sleep and wandering around the model stand,” Thow says. “It’s so interesting that he chose to sleep almost among his collection—he was so passionate about architecture.”

Until 2008, these curators used the private rooms either as their home or office, and some made substantive changes. Varnish had been applied to the perimeter of the wood floors (specifically, to the areas left exposed around large area rugs), wallpaper had been painted over (and over), architraves and elevations had been reworked, and entire

Ardmore bags £90m Sutton Point trio of towers Ardmore has won a £90m mixed-use scheme to transform a site in the heart of Sutton, south London. Client CNM Estates has appointed Ardmore on the Sutton Point scheme which will see construction of three new blocks up to 22-storeys high.

The project is scheduled for completion in August 2018. Cormac Byrne, Ardmore’s managing director, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this major contract by CNM Estates.

The new development will provide 332 new residential units alongside 40,000 sq ft of office and retail space and a 139-bedroom hotel.

“Our direct appointment on the job underlines our reputation within London as the go to contractor of choice for landmark schemes.”

Preliminary work has already begun demolishing the existing Sutton Point Tower on the site with the main demolition phase due to start this Autumn.

The win is a boost for Ardmore after the contractor recorded a £5.7m pretax loss in its latest results for the year to September 30 2014 on a stable turnover of £236m.

Two problem jobs hit the company’s bottom line and Ardmore has now tightened-up its estimating procedures and is confident about future prospects as the industry continues to recover.

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What a Transformation! A housing regeneration scheme, which has transformed homes beyond recognition, has used EWI systems from Wetherby to help complete the incredible makeover. Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) has undertaken a ÂŁ1.8m project to improve the internal and external appearance of five three storey blocks of flats in Warrington, Cheshire.

The installation of EWI posed many challenges as the walls provided very little by the way of thermal properties, with the area underneath the windows consisting of a single timber panel. This panel had to be subsequently reinforced with a single skin of brickwork, meaning the selected insulation system needed to be applied to two different substrates to provide complete coverage of each elevation.

The scope of the works included new windows and doors, new roofs, solar PV, external wall insulation, new heating systems, new ventilation systems, additional parking and communal area upgrades.

In terms of the aesthetics, with the development being situated along a major route into the town centre and directly adjacent to a new health and leisure complex, it was crucial that a visually appealing exterior was created. John McCall Architects set itself the task of producing an architecturally interesting façade that provided areas of contrasting colours, shades and materials to break up the mass of the buildings and alter the streetscape.

External wall insulation (EWI) was a crucial element of the scheme and not only offered the most significant energy-savings, but also provided a complete transformation of the exterior of the buildings.

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As a result, Wetherby’s BBA approved EpsiWall system was specified, incorporating EpsiTherm graphite enhanced EPS insulation and finished with 1.5mm K Silicone Render in bright white to create a clean, modern canvas for the buildings. Elements of pastel green and blue render were applied randomly to various elevations, as well as around windows that had been given a decorative raised profile. To complete the façade, areas of coloured Cedral Weatherboard cladding, in complementary tones, were applied to break up the design, providing interest and depth. The appearance of robust brick was also a requirement on this development, but with bricks in short supply, and cost prohibitive, Wetherby’s mid-grey brick effect render was applied to the ground floor of each of the five blocks of flats. A more cost effective alternative, the brick effect render provided the look of genuine brick, while adding another dimension to the façade.

Commenting on the project, James Nicholls from John McCall Architects said: “This scheme, which lines a major gateway into Warrington, was designed to create a visual identity for the five housing blocks. The materials and colours were carefully chosen and play a really important part in giving the buildings a new lease of life due to their clean design creating a modern and attractive façade.” Mark Moore, Energy Solutions Manager for GGHT, added: “This project has completely transformed this area and

exceeded all of our expectations. The work has completely revitalised the area, with residents now proud to say they live in the Alder Green flats. “Not only are the buildings unrecognisable, but they are significantly more energy efficient and now meet current building regulations. We have genuinely helped to bring families out of fuel poverty and, while we are still waiting for the exact cost savings that tenants will make, it is likely to be more than £250 a year.”


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EQUINIX CHOOSES MUNTERS INDIRECT EVAPORATIVE COOLING FOR SIXTH LONDON DATA CENTRE Equinix, one of the world’s largest data centre operators and Internet exchanges, has chosen Munters Oasis Indirect Evaporative Coolers (IEC) to achieve world leading sustainable server climate control for their new London LD6 data centre in Slough. The new data centre will meet the demand from Equinix’s customers in financial services, cloud and enterprise segments and aims to achieve platinum level accreditation in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). Forty Munters Oasis IEC 200’s will supply over 8MW of cooling for the IT Load for the first phase of LD6. The new LD6 data centre will provide a capacity of 8,000 square metres equivalent to housing 2770 server cabinets. With the help of the Munters Oasis units, LD6 will become amongst the most energy efficient data centres in UK. Equinix‘s investment in LD6 data centre utilises Oasis's award winning innovative patented indirect evaporative heat exchanger and 100% natural ventilation. “LD6 is a hugely exciting project; the facility will be the most advanced data centre in the UK. We are committed to providing continuous improvement for our customers and set new standards in efficiency and sustainability,” said Russell Poole, Managing Director of Equinix UK. For the full story including details about Munters Oasis IEC units installed at Equinix’s first ME1 data centre in Melbourne Australia, visit

NEW ZMART PANEL RADIATOR FROM ZEHNDER the building or homeowner. As a result the Zehnder Zmart Flex is ideal for use in new build, renovation or refurbishment projects as one solution covers all installation requirements. Ecologically responsible and energy efficient, the lifetime impact of the Zehnder Zmart Flex was a key component during product development. As a result independent testing has confirmed a 25% lower environmental impact across manufacture, transportation, operation and recycling, plus an 8% lower carbon footprint when compared to a standard radiator.

With the launch of the new Zmart Flex, Zehnder, one of Europe’s leading innovators in indoor climate solutions is set to challenge our definition of a flat panel radiator. Combining performance, comfort and sustainability with style, durability and ease of installation, the revolutionary Zehnder Zmart Flex takes radiator design to the next level, and offers many valuable benefits for specifiers. Fundamentally different to a pressed steel panel the Zehnder Zmart Flex is manufactured from polybutane, a hard wearing polymer, and comprises a network of plastic tubes configured behind an aluminium front casing. Designed to offer maximum freedom when designing a heating system the Zehnder Zmart Flex is fitted with a unique bracket assembly, which caters for varied locations and mountings. It also benefits from patented 360⁰ flexible flow and return tubes that fit all connections no matter where the pipework is situated, which can be discreetly placed behind the radiator to make them invisible to

What’s more, thanks to the choice of materials the Zehnder Zmart Flex is up to 60% lighter than a traditional pressed steel panel, significantly improving its manageability. This means the Zehnder Zmart Flex can be lifted, positioned and installed by a single person at all times, generating savings of 33% in transport and labour costs on site. As for quality and durability, thanks to its plastic constitution the Zehnder Zmart Flex does not itself corrode, nor does it suffer the consequences of corrosion. Even when installed within a system with poor quality water, the efficiency of the Zehnder Zmart Flex is not impaired. As a result it comes with a full 10 year guarantee, providing peace of mind that the radiators will operate effectively for many years to come. Available in a comprehensive range of 63 sizes and tested to EN442 requirements, a timeless classic design, with excellent functionality and cost effective operation, make it the Zmart solution to indoor climate control in both residential and commercial environments.

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APOLLO monza aluminium column radiator The monza is a modern contemporary design of column radiator available in over 80 sizes, both vertical and horizontal.

Any bespoke size can be made up on site. Delivery to merchants is within 3 days. Like all apollo radiators it is manufactured in Europe, in this case Italy. The monza is ideally suited to low temperature renewable systems, incorporating heat pumps and underfloor heating. Unlike most aluminium radiators it relies on waterways to conduct heat, the design and technology is patented, and also suited to high pressure systems. The monza is half the weight of steel column radiators, and available at a similar price. There are 46 colour options available within 7 days, the standard colour being ral 9016 white, available in 3 days.

APOLLO roma classic steel column radiators come in a wide range of sizes. Fusion welded sections manufactured in Italy with the latest technology and a 10 year guarantee. Over 150 sizes are available in white within 3 working days and a selection of 46 different colours are available in just 7 working days.

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SCOTTISH INSTALLERS COMPLETE FIRST UK INSTALLATION OF WINDHAGER HYBRID BOILER The very first UK installation of Windhager’s new hybrid technology DuoWIN boiler has been completed in Scotland. The wood pellet and log fired combined boiler has been installed at the new headquarters of Inverness based installers, McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables. The company has installed a 56kW DuoWIN boiler, a combination of Windhager’s LogWIN Klassik log gasification boiler and BioWIN2 wood pellet boiler, to heat its new premises whilst providing an ideal demonstration system to its customers. McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables have expanded into a new head office in the heart of Inverness’s city centre, which also serves as a store and showroom open to its customers where the fully operational Windhager DuoWIN boiler can be viewed. Lachlan McInnes, Managing Director of McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables, commented, “Our new premises did not have any heating or mains gas available and so it was up to us to install our own heating system. We wanted a boiler that we knew to be highly efficient but also one that we can use to demonstrate biomass to our clients and potential customers. By installing Windhager’s DuoWIN boiler we are able to offer a demonstration of a fully automated wood pellet and log fired biomass boiler whilst benefiting from a reliable and sustainable heat source for our new office.” McInnes Renewables is one of the leading market experts for renewable energy installations across Scotland. The company’s team of highly skilled, locally based engineers has gained MCS accreditation for biomass installations and are able to offer installations qualifying for the Government’s RHI scheme. McInnes Renewables employees have acquired a high level of technical knowledge for Windhager’s products having worked with them for many years on numerous installations. With their expert knowledge of Windhager’s systems the installers are now able to offer their visitors an exclusive demonstration of a working, fully automated BioWIN2 wood pellet boiler and a LogWIN Klassik manual log fuelled boiler in the combined DuoWIN biomass system. Available in four models with an output up to 56kW, Windhager’s DuoWIN boiler uses hybrid technology to combine heating with logs and pellets in one unit by combining two of the company’s existing boilers. The intelligent hybrid technology allows the user to alternate between using logs or wood pellets to fuel the system. The

system detects when the wood gasification is in burnout and switches to wood pellet operation either automatically or at a desired time. The automatic fuel switching function ensures the system remains both highly efficient and economical to run. Both the LogWIN Klassik and the BioWIN2 have extremely compact designs which together only require 4.19m² of space for the one DuoWIN unit. Owners of Windhager’s LogWIN Klassik can upgrade to the DuoWIN system at any time as it is ‘pellet ready’, meaning the BioWIN 2 can be added at a later date. Further information is available from Windhager UK on 01225 892211 email: or by visiting the company’s website at Further information on McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables is on 01463 231423 or by visiting Windhager UK is supported by Vantage PR

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John Lewis Kingston

new heating system drives up efficiency and lowers emissions John Lewis Kingston, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, selected Remeha to provide an improved and more efficient heating solution for its department store, which covers 359,000 square feet. The new heating solution involved the installation of two Remeha P520-24 sectional boilers, each powered by Baltur TBG 210MC fully modulating gas burners producing a total output capability of 3MW. The burners were supplied by EOGB based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. By replacing the existing atmospheric boilers with boilers powered by fullymodulating EOGB/Baltur burners, the store now benefits from significant efficiency gains leading to energy savings and CO2 and NOx reductions. At the same time, the units have superior reliability and lower maintenance costs. Martin Cooke, Technical Manager at EOGB, said: “The burner-boiler match in this heating system is extremely effective and enables the burners to operate at a 4:1 turndown ratio which significantly improves efficiency when compared to the old installation. The Baltur TBG range of fully modulating burners is well established and provides optimum combustion and performance which means that heating can be controlled in a more efficient manner.” John Powell, Maintenance Manager responsible for the John Lewis Kingston department store, said: “With over 900 staff and hundreds of members of the public visiting the Kingston shop every day, a high-efficiency heating system is a key priority to maintain an excellent instore environment. As well as improving performance, the new installation will also be beneficial in lowering our heating costs and reducing our carbon footprint.” The EOGB/Baltur fully modulating gas burner range is available with outputs from 50kw to 10,850kw. The burners have low CO and NOx emissions and are easy to install which enables a trouble-free commissioning which is fully supported by EOGB engineers.

The John Lewis store at Kingston upon Thames

The improved heating installation at the John Lewis Kingston store is highly-efficient and makes use of the latest technology

About EOGB EOGB is a leading manufacturer and distributor of oil, gas and dual-fuel burners for domestic, commercial and industrial applications. As the principal supplier of high-quality Baltur burners to the UK market with outputs from 17kW to 15MW, EOGB can offer the best solution to meet any requirements. With single-stage, two-stage or fully modulating operation, EOGB’s energy efficient low NOx burners are suited to a variety of commercial and industrial heating systems.

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Restoration heroes choose Ecodan renewable heat pump

When Alison and Matthew Grey decided to purchase a Victorian pumping house in Newgate Street village, near Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, they agreed to allow Channel 4 to follow the project’s progress for the TV series Restoration Man. The programme aired at the beginning of January and followed the Grey’s throughout 2013 as they struggled to keep costs down, whilst restoring the pumping house in ways which retained the design integrity and allowed them to create a modern, family home. “Our biggest challenge was deciding how to replace the windows, which are a major feature of the building,” explained Alison Grey. “George Clark, the presenter called us restoration heroes because we spent almost half our allocated budget on steel window frames which were much more sympathetic to the original design than the UPVC ones we inherited.” The couple’s angst over the cost of metal versus plastic or wooden window frames did take up a lot of the programme which unfortunately meant that the Grey’s focus on renewable

technology was not covered in as much detail as they wanted: “We filmed quite a bit on why we had chosen to install an Ecodan heat pump for our heating, photovoltaic panels to help generate electricity and a Lossnay heat recovery ventilation unit, but most of this ended up on the cutting room floor,” explained Alison. In fact the couple had spent almost as much time researching renewable heating as they did on the windows, it was just that the choice of heat pump was much easier to make. “We knew that heating a building of this size would be extremely costly without some form of sustainable energy,” explained Alison. “When we spoke to our installer about heating and looked at the options on the market, there was only one clear winner. Ecodan was streets ahead of other heat pumps on the market in terms of performance, flexibility and support from the manufacturer.” The Grey’s sought the advice of Tony Owen of AOS Solar, installers of renewable technology across Hertfordshire, Essex and North

London. AOS Solar is an approved Ecodan installer and has vast experience of both heat pumps and photovoltaic panels. Certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), AOS Solar customers are also eligible for any available government funded grants, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Built around 1888 on Darnicle Hill, the pumping station drew water from an aquifer, via a 250ft bore hole to serve Cheshunt and the surrounding area. It was decommissioned in 1970 and passed through various owners before the Grey’s bought it for £750,000 in 2012. The late Victorian industrial building retains many of the original features and is constructed in stock brick with rubbed red brick window and door arches, terracotta dressings and decorative console brackets supporting the cast iron gutters. The redevelopment is taking place in two phases, with the family initially living in the old boiler room part of the building, which had been converted by the previous owner. Phase one saw the complete renovation and

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Two designers from London, looking to create an ideal out-of-town family home have been called ‘restoration heroes’ on prime time TV for their uncompromising stance on quality.

refurbishment of the building’s pump room and the Grey’s started by stripping everything back to the bare brickwork. “Our first step was to take everything back to basics and see what we could retain and incorporate to give the building the credit it deserved,” said Alison, who project managed most of the renovation, whilst on maternity leave following the birth of the couple’s second child. The original glazed brickwork and sandstone detailing around the windows were renovated by experts to make a feature out of them in the new, clean modern designed home. This is one of the simple things that Restoration Man presenter George Clark felt showed that the couple were ticking all the right boxes to get a sympathetic, but modern restoration. The Grey’s have designed the main body of their home on two levels with a split across the tall, arched windows to provide light on both floors. Upstairs, the roof beams were cleaned and renovated to provide a beautiful feature and downstairs, the couple rescued two huge sandstone

blocks – used to anchor the steam pump engines. These were cut up to provide floor tiles for the new downstairs bathroom, which helped retain some of the history of the building. After spending almost £80,000 on a new roof and new sewage facilities to make the property habitable and then adding 14 Photovoltaic panels, two solar thermal panels and the 5kW Ecodan unit for the hot water, the couple had originally planned to spend £60,000 for the basic build of phase one. In reality though, they spent £30,000 on the fittings, £30,000 on the windows and around £80,000 on the basic build, meaning the Grey’s had to re-mortgage halfway through the project. George Clark called them true restoration heroes because of their refusal to compromise on design and quality of both the windows and the detailing. He presented them with original prints of the inside of the pump house when they held a party to celebrate the completion of phase one with family, friends, suppliers and the Channel 4 crew.

The new home utilises a 14kW Ecodan for the underfloor heating and the 5kW unit for the hot water supply. Alison Grey is confident that the heat pump system will pay for itself within a couple of years: “The heat pump and under floor heating system combined did cost more than a traditional carbonbased system would have cost to fit, but the running costs will be less than half of an oil or LPG system and we are also eligible under the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive,” she explained. RHI payments are guaranteed for the next seven years, so it will not only provide the Grey family with what could be hundreds of pounds every three months, it also helps to significantly reduce the payback period for the heat pump. The story of the pump house renovation can be seen online at the Channel 4 website: www.channel4. com/programmes/the-restorationman/4od For further information on the complete Ecodan range visit the company’s dedicated website at

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Your Need for Speed… F. Ball have always put flooring contractors at the top of their list of priorities, developing new and innovative products that deliver the very best results. All F. Ball products are specifically developed and extensively tested for the job in hand, and through the application of ‘joined-up thinking’ you can now combine their High-Performance, Fully Guaranteed products, that when applied in conjunction actually deliver better and faster end results. Fast-Track was born from F. Ball’s incomparable expertise, as they know that the most valuable asset to any flooring professional is TIME. Wasted time means reduced profits. You need a professional flooring system that gets the job done quickly without compromising on quality. When you combine F. Ball’s Stopgap F78 Waterproof Surface Membrane with Stopgap Fast-Track 30 and Styccobond F5 when laying vinyl flooring you can complete a full installation in a matter of hours, allowing difficult refurbishments in areas such as kitchens, residential home accommodation, bathrooms, student accommodation and in commercial situations where ‘time’ is critical because these areas cannot be closed for long periods… even in some public access areas. Stopgap Fast-Track 30, F. Ball’s Rapid-Setting, RapidDrying, Self-levelling Smoothing Underlayment contains the very latest advances in cement technology and provides a truly Fast-Track Solution and is suitable for use in light to heavy-duty applications for preparing sound absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors prior to the installation of new floorcoverings.

floorcoverings in ‘Time Sensitive’ installations. Its FastDrying properties allow for very early placement of vinyl floorcoverings. Styccobond F5 is ultimately adaptable and can be applied to structurally sound, smooth, dry, absorbent subfloors of concrete and sand/cement screed, Stopgap smoothing underlayments, plywood and hardboard.

Stopgap F78 impedes the passage of residual construction moisture, enabling early installation of floorcoverings in ‘Fast-Track’ building programmes. Stopgap F78 must be applied in two coats and can be used to isolate residual moisture where relative humidity values are up to 95% and is pigmented blue to enable uniform coverage – there’s no So choose F. Ball ‘Fast-Track Solutions’… you’ll reduce the need mixing required and can be resealed and stored for future for double site visits and halve your travel costs. You’ll also claim back many hours in time and make more profit. use, so eliminating waste too. F. Ball offer full product support from their technical reps and The most recent addition to the F. Ball Range of ‘Fastextensive website at Track Solutions’ is Styccobond F5 – a Fibre-reinforced, Fast-drying, Solvent-free adhesive for installing vinyl

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THE FLOORING SHOW 2015 POWERING AHEAD With more than 155 exhibitors booked, this year’s Flooring Show – the 53rd in the series – will be the biggest for many years, and the flooring industry is starting to gear up for an exciting and vibrant event. The show will be held at its habitual home in Harrogate from 20-22 September 2015. Event Director Wendy Adams comments: “We’ve worked hard over the past few years to bring back some big names to Harrogate, and it’s fantastic we now have a great mix of familiar faces and exciting new brands – I’m sure 2015 will be a great year for the show.” The event is relevant to flooring contractors, retailers, specifiers, architects, facilities managers and designers. In addition to favourites including Cormar Carpets, Abingdon Flooring, F Ball & Co, Lano, Lifestyle Floors and many others, the 2015 show welcomes a host of new and returning names including IVC Group, Asiatic Carpets & Rugs, Uzin, Whitestone Weavers, Hugh Mackay, Windmoeller, Jaymart and Ultimate Rugs. The 2014 show introduced ‘The Wool Trends Centre’ in conjunction with the British Wool Marketing Board and the Campaign for Wool; this popular area will return in 2015 in expanded format, and includes key manufacturers Brockway, Cavalier, Westex, Axminster, Brintons, Adams, Bronte and Ulster – all exhibiting. The ever popular Demo Areas run by NICF, FITA and CFA will return – the full three day programme is available on the show website. This year the Trends Hub team will create a ‘flooring retail shop of the future’, in conjunction with a seminar explaining the key points about the shop concept on the Sunday morning. The idea is to provide some ideas and food for thought, primarily for independent flooring retailers to take home and make some positive changes to their business. This project is being supported by Adam Carpets, Interfloor, Interface, Concept Handtufting, British Ceramic Tile and The Stocklist with their brand new ‘Vizifloor’ consumer product. The seminar programmes in the Business Enrichment Theatre will include sessions from HOUZZ – the fastest growing website in its category in the world; and Vanessa Brady of the SBID, newly appointed OBE for her outstanding services to the design industry. Full information can be found at, where visitors can register to visit the show free of charge.


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Polyflor flooring helps create stunning new homes in Bridgend

Polyflor’s market leading commercial and residential vinyl flooring was recently installed at Wales & West Housing’s new housing development in the popular seaside town of Porthcawl, Bridgend. Around 2500m² of Polyflor flooring was installed by Artisan Flooring of Swansea to help create 40 brand new, affordable homes at New Road Court which has been built by local construction company Jehu in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. Consisting of 24 one bedroom apartments and 16 two bedroom apartments, this new social housing development cost approximately £3.9 million to build.

the upper floor apartments. These wood effect designs feature virtually imperceptible safety aggregates for slip resistance guaranteed to last the lifetime of the product.

Polyflor’s Secura PUR flooring in the bold Antique Herringbone 2129 design was installed throughout the apartments in kitchens, corridors, bedrooms and living spaces. The Secura range of luxury vinyl sheet flooring beautifully replicates the look of natural materials, with this chosen design featuring an inbuilt herringbone pattern and authentically reproduced wood grain and knots to give a rustic feel in a practical loose lay format. The cross linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement PUR provides an easy to clean surface and prevents stains and scuff marks, reducing cleaning time and costs.

Johann Horton, Development Officer at Wales & West Housing commented: “We are delighted with the finished flooring at New Road Court, as are the residents who have now moved in. The wood effect designs in particular really add impact to the interiors. These new homes comply with the Welsh Government Design Quality Requirement (DQR) standards and achieve a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level 3+.”

High performance, decorative Polysafe safety flooring was fitted in the bathrooms to provide sustainable slip resistance in these frequently wet areas. Polysafe Wood fx PUR in authentic Rustic Oak 3337 was installed in the ground floor apartment bathrooms whilst Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix PUR, which features an integrated closed cell foam backing for improved acoustic performance (impact sound reduction levels of 19dB), was used in

Polysafe Hydro Evolve in Indus 4251 with its raised emboss for sustainable wet slip resistance in barefoot areas was also installed in some of the ground floor bathrooms where a walk in shower suitable for disabled use have been fitted.

All of Polyflor’s flooring ranges included in the project contain recycled material and are 100% recyclable via the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. Product samples can be ordered free of charge on the Polyflor website or by calling the Polyflor Samples Direct Hotline on 0161 767 2551. Further details of Polyflor’s extensive range of resilient vinyl flooring are available from Polyflor Ltd, Radcliffe New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 7NR. Tel: 0161 767 1111. Fax: 0161 767 1128. Website: Email:


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The Gulbenkien Ca at Kent University

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Project: The Gulbenkien Café Location: Kent University, Canterbury. Contracted company: SW Flooring (South East) Limited The job/challenge: The initial project was to replace the existing vinyl floorcoverings in the cafe as bubbles had appeared in certain areas. The initial area was 150 – 200 m2, but the floor area increased to 400 m2 after problems were encountered. The work was to be undertaken out of normal working hours, so that the cafe could stay operational during the day, to serve students and Staff members alike. SW Flooring were instructed to remove the existing floorcovering, prepare the subfloor with 1 coat of a smoothing underlayment, and replace with a variety of Dalhaus Sheet Rubber, and Karndean Vinyl woodplank. The works was due to be completed over a period of 10 working nights. SW Flooring removed the existing floorcoverings, and it became apparent that there was a moisture problem with the subfloor. SW Flooring were also presented with a variety of subfloors, ranging from 50 mm paving slabs laid onto 75 mm of sand, adjoining timber sections, ceramic tiles and screed. All with their own extremities and movement tolerances. Previous installations had been undertaken by other contractors by applying DPMs and latex smoothing compounds on top of each other at each stage of failure, which resulted in the moisture present in the subfloor, just constantly working its way to the surface failing each layer of preparation as it went. SW Flooring approached Kent University and advised them of the findings. Upon conversations with the Senior Building Surveyor, they agreed for SW Flooring to carry the work out using the correct methods. This created an increased expectation from the University to deliver a fault free solution. SW Flooring also had to appease the Client of the Estates Department, which was the Cafe`, to ensure that their customers were not inconvenienced in anyway.

The solution / implementation: SW Flooring started by removing all the existing latex smoothing compounds by hand with a small mechanical Kango drill. The timber section was replaced incorporating a structural DPM, and then was overlaid with a 6 mm of plyboard to increase rigidity. SW Flooring had to ensure the cafe was open at 8:00 am each morning during the project. This was achieved by making up the level differences with sand each night and then covering with Cordex to eliminate any trip hazard. SW Flooring needed high quality products from a manufacturer that instilled them with confidence, and also had products that could be used for this situation. SW Flooring had a very good relationship with the Richard Boorman, the UZIN Representative and he produced an UZIN specification for the project. He met SW Flooring on site at midnight at least twice a week to discuss the progress of the project, and offered valuable support, to enable the project to be completed. The specification was to apply 2 coats of Uzin PE480 to the paving slabs, incorporating an accelerator to speed up the drying time, for the reopening of the cafe in the morning. The second coat was fully blinded to create a mechanical key for the smoothing compound, and UZIN NC 182 was used in isolated sections to repair where the different substrates joined. The timber and plywood areas were primed using UZIN PE 630 and UZIN NC 175 fibre-reinforced smoothing compound was applied between 6 mm to 10 mm. This created a subfloor, that was suitable to receive any floorcovering of the Universities choice.

The result: The new floorcoverings have been laid for 10 months now, and apart from a slight settlement from the various substrates, the University are very pleased with the workmanship and specification that was created for this project.

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Taking the most dangerous room in the home and making it safer. D-Line, the cable management solutions specialist, believes simple steps to tidy wiring from electronic equipment could lie at the heart of making life in the home safer. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more accidents happen in the lounge or living room, a place often filled with electricals, than anywhere else in the home. Paul Ruddick, inventor of D-Line’s range of cable management products, said: “We have all heard the statistic about more accidents happening in the home than anywhere else and know of the vulnerability of children and young people. However, when you consider the dangers of stairs, kitchens and bathrooms, it’s surprising to hear that the living room is where most accidents take place. “One hazard in the living room, which can be eliminated quickly and easily, is trailing wiring from electrical equipment. As well as being messy to look at and a dust trap, such cables can create a trip hazard right in the heart of the home. “Falls are the most common accident there is, so if we can work to reduce that risk then it’s a great thing to be able to do. Despite the proliferation of wireless technology, we are still seeing continued growth in the amount of cabling there is in the home, so it makes sense to take action.”

D-Line's trunking in action

D-Line was invented to provide an aesthetically pleasing alternative to channelling walls and hiding cables. Mr Ruddick said: “People want a number of things from their home but, for most, tidy, clean and safe come high on the list of desirable attributes. It makes sense to be able to tick all of those boxes with a single product that is easy to fit, when possible, and we are seeing our range being sold in 21 countries, which shows this is a universal need across the developed world.” Contact Paul White on 01325 363436





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Outdoor LED lighting with a designer edge LED lighting should now be the norm, there’s no excuse for fitting energy-guzzling CFL, halogen and even incandescent bulbs in our schools, offices, public buildings or homes. All the options you need should be readily available from your favourite local wholesaler. One of the names you are most likely to hear when you enquire at the wholesalers about LED outdoor lighting with LEDs, is NIGHTeye from Timeguard, the firm that has consistently led the way with its combinations of innovative design, superior quality and fast-fix convenience.

Design The original ultra-compact pan-and-tilt Timeguard LED NIGHTeyes broke the mould and were a completely new concept in outdoor lighting design. Small and yet remarkably powerful, these floodlights are compact and stylish enough to be used anywhere. A range of more business-like looking LED floodlights followed, with precision- designed lenses and reflector plates to ensure that the light that is emitted is not only diffused and more pleasing to the eye, but also give more comprehensive coverage for security. The polycarbonate casing and easy wiring, make these lights an installers’ favourite. However, successful as the first NIGHTeyes were, the market soon let it be known that nothing is ever going to displace the original, traditional bulkhead design altogether. So then Timeguard designed new LED bulkhead lights that are compact, strong and attractive. The latest addition sees the addition of New super slim options to the range. Made from solid die-cast metal with polycarbonate lenses for impact resistance, they are tough enough for industrial and commercial installations and benefit from the even light pattern as do other models in the NIGHTeye range, thanks to the layout of the individual diodes behind the frosted light-diffusing lenses.

Quality and reliability The quality of light emitted by LEDs can vary between the stark glare of a light which is no more than an array of LED ‘dots’ and the pleasing output from units with lenses designed to create a more gentle, diffused light, as with the NIGHTeye range. Of course an LED lamp requires a lot more than the diodes – there is also a driver which needs to be suitable to last the intended life of the product and a heat sink to dissipate the heat produced and the all-important PIR detectors. The quality of these components is as important as that of the diode in building a long-lasting product. For instance, relatively few of the PIRs on the market are actually rated to switch LEDs which, despite their low rating, do generate a significant spike in switching – be sure to check these ratings. All the information you need should be on the box. . Some LED lamps do not even have proper cooling fins. Very cheap is rarely very cheerful. The most economical lighting of all is the lighting made from quality components which can be fitted and forgotten, and that usually means a trusted brand name like Timeguard. Check out the whole range at

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Astro Lighting


industrial echoes, distinctly Astro The brief for Astro’s genre-defying Ginestra was simple: “Create an outstanding addition to our family of metal pendants with an industrial feel but entirely distinct identity.” The design office gestation is over and Ginestra is now available from Astro, the British lighting success story whose extraordinary 20 percent average annual growth since its foundation in 1997 has included sales in more 70 countries. “Rather than create another reproduction industrial pendant, we went our own way, as we are prone to do,” said Astro design director and co-founder James Bassant. “There is a retro reference but the execution is entirely modern and individual.” The luminaire offers considerable design flexibility: There are two size choices and standard lamps, LEDs or decorative filaments lamps (squirrel cage) can be used. As such Ginestra can play the lead or supporting role in a variety of upmarket domestic or hospitality design schemes.

Astro brings something fresh to the bathroom The brief for Astro’s genre-defying Ginestra was simple: “Create an outstanding addition to our family of metal pendants with an industrial feel but entirely distinct identity.” The Kyoto Pendant is part of a family which also includes two sizes of wall light, which makes it ideal to create design cohesion throughout a hotel. Kyoto comes in polished chrome and has been specified by numerous European hotels seeking contemporary, alternative and memorable bathrooms to inspire their guests.

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VENTURE LIGHTING EUROPE OPENS NEW LED SHOWROOM Venture Lighting Europe has just opened its brand new showroom displaying its wide range of advanced VLED products. Located at the company’s Castle Donington premises, the showroom also hosts full conference facilities and is open for sales meetings and customer product training.

Integrated Driver Technology (IDT). Suitable for industrial, street lighting or flood lighting schemes, the slim-line IDT range offers enhanced longevity when compared with other LEDs, as the driver is integrated into the fitting and cannot fail before the life of the LED expires.

The company’s new showroom is the perfect demonstration to its customers of the performance of each of its products and allows the team to explain the sustainable aspects of the lighting solutions and the energy savings to be gained.

A number of VLED back and edge lit modular panels and circular down-lighters have been incorporated into the ceiling of the showroom to demonstrate to visitors how the products will look in their scheme. Presented in a range of sizes, the panels and downlighters are integrated directly in to the ceiling for a smart, seamless appearance. The various VLED circular down-lighters are offered with either a reflector or diffuser to distribute light dependant on the requirements of the room, making them particularly suitable for a wide range of applications.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metal halide lamps, Venture Lighting has since seen a successful transition to include solid state lighting (SSL) and has devised a range of LED luminaires to be even more effective. Such has been the success of Venture’s high performance VLED range since its launch, it has seen a tenfold growth year on year. Venture’s expertise in lighting and its extensive knowledge of product design and manufacturing has enabled the company to apply the very best technology to its VLED products to produce highly efficient LED lighting with great energy savings. Mark Needham, Director at Venture Lighting Europe, commented “Having the new VLED showroom gives us the perfect opportunity to meet with our customers and really explain our products and the benefits to them. We offer a full demonstration on each of our products so visitors walk away feeling confident in the quality and performance of our products.” Venture invites its customers to the showroom to view its range of VLED products, including the advanced

Venture’s Professional VLED Retrofit lamps are also on display to show visitors how the luminaire distributes 360°, high-quality light. The lamps are designed as a direct replacement to HID, mercury and other traditional lamps and are available in a range of sizes suitable for indoor applications and for outdoor fittings in bollards or globes. Other products in Venture’s range of VLED products, including LED tubes in a range of sizes and colour temperatures, the industrial range of Midibay Professional and Elites and the company’s waterproof, non-corrosive solutions are also displayed and demonstrated to allow customers to find the right product for their application. Further information on Venture Lighting Europe is available from the company on 01923 692600, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


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Return To Rise Hall:

Custodian and curator Helen Davies and her partner, Estate Manager Craig, live on-site and manage the day-to-day activities of the house, wedding venue and grounds. Sarah has transformed what was formerly her sister Caroline’s kitchen into elegant living quarters for the pair and their dog Percy. A sizeable corner of the room has been converted into plumbed-in kitchen space, complete with sink, fridge, microwave oven, base and wall units.

This Time The Kitchens Get It! Granite Transformations has returned once again to Rise Hall, the magnificent 19th century manor house restored by TV’s Sarah Beeny and artist husband Graham Swift, and this time the kitchen makeover specialist has actually helped transform two kitchens, the Butler’s Pantry and an ensuite installation in the hall managers’ live-in quarters. Previously, the home improvements company has focused its skill on beautiful, bespoke bathrooms, styled by Sarah and Graham, the success of which prompted Granite Transformations to diversify into bathroom remodelling, alongside its core kitchen business. “We found working alongside Sarah and Graham most inspiring, since they explored fresh applications for our surface finishes,” says Chief Operating Officer, Danny Hanlon. “Even on this phase, they’ve managed to challenge us with an ensuite kitchen and elegant upgrade of a classic butler’s pantry.” Rise Hall was the star of two Channel 4 documentaries, chronicling the restoration of this 97-room mansion in East Yorkshire, which is now rated as one of the North East’s finest wedding and conference venues. Sarah and Graham’s passion for Britain’s heritage and their attention to design detail are evident throughout, as is their use of functional and sympathetic new materials like Granite Transformations’ quartz, granite and recycled glass surfaces. This time it refaced the countertops in the Butler’s Pantry, which is used by long-term guests and features a selfcatering private kitchen facility for wedding parties. The original stone floor was retained in this high traffic area and a tough, luxurious Sachi granite finish was overlaid onto worktops, extended upwards as grease-resistant splashbacks and oven surrounds. Simple white shaker-style doors grace the cabinets, transforming the space into a relaxing yet purposeful breakout area for guests.

The Black Diamond recycled glass work surfaces and fullheight splashbacks, installed by Granite Transformations, tone with the marble-effect fireplace and create a corner of restrained style. White cabinets team with the room’s main walls and doors to minimise the visual impact, whilst looking smart and clean. For further enquiries and details of nearest showroom, contact 0800 044 5393 or visit

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MX EXTENDS PRODUCT RANGE STILL FURTHER! MX Group’s impressive range of shower and bathroom products has grown following the addition of a number of new products and a move into brand new product areas for the company targeting new build and refurbishment projects. Already the leading shower tray manufacturer in the UK, it manufactures 100s of different tray sizes, in 6 main product types, meaning that it can cater for the specific needs of virtually any customer. In recent months, MX has launched an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves, offering its usual combination of incredible quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing. So confident are MX of the quality of their new Thermostatic Mixer Showers, that they offer a three or five year guarantee on their Atmos range of valves. All materials used in these products are WRAS approved and Phthalate free where applicable. MX has added a significant number of new options to this range, making them a major force in the thermostatic shower marketplace. MX has been at the forefront of the shower accessory sector for many years, producing carefully engineered accessories that are used by most of the UK electric shower manufacturers. MX produces high quality accessories ensuring that its products meet all health and safety requirements and wherever possible uses WRAS approved materials. There’s an impressive additional range of hand sets and cables. MX continues to be a growing influence in the Electric Shower marketplace. Its QI – Quick installation – range of electric showers which sets new standards for simple installation has grown with the addition of a number of exciting new models. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available.

All the MX products are keenly priced but offer exceptional quality and impressive warranties. The company has just produced a catalogue of all its products and a copy of this is a must for all specifiers in the bathroom area – a comprehensive listing of all the products available from MX and one that will provide the solutions for many designers, specifiers and housing managers around the UK.

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MX has moved into the brassware marketplace for the first time, offering a range of taps and mixers – made in solid brass with an all chrome finish. In addition MX is introducing its first selection of electric water heaters, a logical extension to the range of electric Take a closer look at MX Group – its impressive web showers on offer. site at is a good place to start.

■ Functional and Adaptable ■ Point of use Water Heaters ■ Stylishly designed and affordably priced The MX Group* Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8JF. Tel: 01684 293311

36 Kitchen & Bathroom Design The BLOC hotel chain is a new concept in affordable accommodation, offering a high-end look and luxurious experience at prices that won’t break the bank. Applying a design-ethic which its owner, Colin Graham, describes as ‘pared-down chic’, the very best materials are used but in a way that’s focused on utilising space to the maximum. This approach allows BLOC hotels to be stylish and comfortable, in prime city-centre locations, but at room rates more akin with budget competitors.

Luxury for the masses

BLOC’s latest incarnation in Gatwick airport features bathrooms with fixtures and fittings courtesy of Roca. With products ranging from functional to high-end, and everything in between, the bathroom manufacturer offered the ideal levels of versatility Colin needed to create usable, yet luxurious washrooms. Sanitaryware and furniture was chosen to meet the individual needs of each space – BLOC’s rooms are priced on three levels; basic, executive and luxury. High-end luxury At the ‘high’ end of the scale, the premium brand Armani/Roca was chosen. Featured in BLOC’s ‘Presidential’ and ‘VIP’ rooms, Armani/Roca shallow washbasins have been installed, incorporating an exquisite tinted glass countertop. Designed to allow water to flow smoothly and without splashing, the basins also include an automatic waste and hidden overflow. The elegant matching taps are fitted with 7 litres/minute flow limiters, helping to save both energy and water. Colin explained why Armani/Roca was a must for his hotel. “The inclusion of Armani/Roca has enabled me to lift the level of the special rooms, while enjoying the kudos of being associated with a major luxury brand. Stylish and sleek in design, Armani/Roca fits perfectly with BLOC’s overall look and provides the ‘wow factor’ premium customers are looking for. “Throughout the project, my priority has been to choose major brands that are genuinely enthusiastic about what we are trying to do – Armani/Roca has been fantastic in that regard, and beyond the most expensive suites in my hotel, the general Roca range has delivered options for every room type.” Functional versatility In the hotels ‘Snug and Vista’ rooms, Roca’s Element brassware was chosen. For the ‘Aspire’ rooms, the innovative water-saving W+W, which re-uses water from the basin to fill the cistern, provides a contemporary, space saving WC, fitting into the tightest of corners thanks to its L-shaped design and multi-functional usage. “W+W is my personal favourite”, said Colin. “Its ground breaking, working perfectly with our pared down, luxury take on the hotel market.” Visit the Roca London Gallery to view the Armani/Roca collection. Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY Tel: 0207 610 9503 / Website:

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Technology Creates a Spa-Like Finish with



aising the comfort levels in the hotel bathroom, the Geberit Monolith Plus sanitary module has a wealth of technology behind its elegant glass frontage. With this latest model, not only is all the plumbing work neatly concealed, but it also features soft touch flush actuation and an integrated silent odour extraction unit. Where the Geberit Monolith Plus really benefits hotel guests though is with its discreet and indirect ComfortLight. Automatically activated as the user approaches the module, the light casts a warm glow which is ideal for seeing your way around the bathroom without the need for the glare of an overhead light. Available in a choice of white or black glass, the elegant sanitary module can be used to hang the Geberit AquaClean Sela shower toilet, providing hotel guests with the ultimate in comfort and spa-like luxury throughout their stay.

Geberit AquaClean Sela offers simple, hygienic cleaning, eradicating Motion detectors turn on the nightlight the need for a separate and heat water to body temperature. bidet, making it the ideal choice for the compact

hotel bathroom. With the connections for the water and electricity all integrated into the pan to make them invisible, Geberit AquaClean Sela looks just like a standard WC, enabling it to be seamlessly incorporated into any setting. Cleaning with a gentle, airy water spray at body temperature, Geberit AquaClean Sela is simple to operate via the controls on the side of the WC or with a remote control. The intensity can be adjusted to one of five levels, while the oscillating motion ensures a pleasant cleaning experience. Thanks to the clever integrated user identification, the water is heated automatically as the user approaches the WC, while its energysaving function ensures it consumes a minimal amount of energy, even in standby mode. Used in combination or alone, the Geberit Monolith Plus and AquaClean Sela ensure that guests enjoy their stay in comfort. For more details call Geberit on 0800 077 8365 or visit:


Novellini UK offers a full range of shower products including bespoke shower enclosures, wetrooms, steam rooms and much more, why not visit our website for more details.

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A very real concern of many people refurbishing a period property is getting the new interior to sit well in what can effectively be a completely new shell. In this respect staircases are no different and regardless of whether you choose a traditional or contemporary staircase it has to be in empathy with the building and not look like an obvious add on. Executed properly the staircase will update the property and see it confidently through generations to come. In 2014 Bisca were commissioned by Northminster Ltd to work alongside Rachel McLane Interiors and COG Architects in the conversion of a 1930’s car showroom in the heart of York into prestige, residential loft style apartments. There were two clear facets to the redeveloped building, the River Foss facing apartments, which were rather industrial in architectural scale and feel, and the more urban domestic proportions and outlook of the Piccadilly Street facing apartments. The overall theme for the redevelopment was industrial; the differentiator being the level to which the fixtures and

fittings of within each apartment or area soften the feel. In keeping with the industrial heritage of the building the main common areas staircase, from basement to ground and ground to first, was carefully designed to be part of the property in its new chapter. Visible from Piccadilly at street level, the staircase is showcased in a huge feature window at ground floor and the design had to be both stunning and functional. As the apartments at the Piccadilly side of the property were fitted with oak units and oak flooring, hardwearing treads of fumed oak were the obvious choice for the staircase timber. The inlaid tread detail provides a non-slip function as well as adding interest. Closed treads and risers are supported by slim and elegant steel structures and sweeping plastered soffits contrasting wonderfully with the warmth of the exposed brickwork. The balustrade is of hand forged, formed and textured uprights capped by a tactile hand carved oak handrail. Bisca have gained a reputation as specialists for staircases in listed or period properties and were proud to be part of the winning team at the recent York Design Awards where Piccadilly Lofts Staircase won the special judges award special award for detail design and craftsmanship.

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How to Make a Home Accessible – Without Compromising on Style With all the blood, sweat and tears that your clients put into their self-build projects and home renovations, they are unlikely to ever want to move. A home lift is an easy and stylish solution for retaining access to the entire home when the homebuilder’s needs change.

Since this type of lift doesn’t require a shaft they offer a spacesaving and unobtrusive option. In fact, the Lifestyle Lift does not even require fixing to a wall. Instead, the lift is fixed to the floor base, to the aperture ring and the ceiling on the first floor. This is not only aesthetically pleasing, it also alleviates the need to fix to a party wall which may back onto a next door neighbour.

Your typical self-build client will invest their heart and soul in their project to realise their dream home, so accessibility should be a major consideration to ensure the lifetime value of the project. Design criteria such as Lifetime Homes are growing in importance, helping to ensure the accessibility and adaptability of homes. There are many considerations; from access into the house, the layout inside, the width of the hallways and doorways and of course, the stairs.

When choosing a home lift, fire safety should be of paramount importance. The ceiling and floor in the house will almost certainly have an in-built fire rating of approximately half an hour. However, this may not be the case with some very old properties. It is vital to select a lift that can provide the same fire integrity the house had before the aperture is cut – whether the lift is parked upstairs or downstairs. Some companies are not able to offer this, however the Lifestyle Lift has the required fire rating and has been tested and certificated by an independent Fire Research Centre.

Finding the right home lift for your client’s needs

Selecting the right home lift can be a daunting process with so many considerations involved. Terry Lifts can help you not just to choose the right solution for your client’s needs, but to also manage the entire project including all surveying, preparatory and installation works all the way through to after-sales support.

Incorporating a home lift into the original plans will give your clients the means to future proof their dream home, allowing them to stay put well into retirement. With a plethora of home lifts available on the market, it’s important to consider which features are most important to your customer. If space is precious, a self-supporting through floor lift such as the Terry Lifestyle Lift may be the best option.

For more information on Terry Lifts’ full range of home lifts, call 0800 247 1811, e-mail or visit the website at

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3 Practical & affordable alternative to moving house if the stairs become too much

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Stannah: winning access campaigns in Britain When it comes to winning access campaigns, a Stannah Maxilift MRL motor room-less passenger lift has earned its wings in the Battle of Britain Visitor Centre in Folkestone, Kent. Housed in The Wing, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new building at the Capel-le-Ferne site of the National Memorial to the Few, the 8-person passenger lift brings access for all over two floors of exciting and informative facilities comprising:   The Scramble Experience – a hands-on, audio-visual attraction that gives some idea of what it was like for the Few in 1940; a classroom area – to help educate youngsters about this major campaign waged in British airspace, especially the heroism and sacrifice of those involved; and, last but not least, the Cockpit Café, and Viewing Balcony open to views across the Channel. The Wing was designed in the shape of a spitfire wing by chartered building surveyors, Godden Allen Lawn, with Kentbased Epps Construction as main contractor. Nick Hamer, Project Manager for Epps, comments:  “We put our passenger lift requirement out to tender with the Stannah Maxilift MRL coming in as the most cost-effective, fit-for-purpose solution. We have used Stannah lift products before and have had Stannah recommended to us within the industry. The Stannah passenger lift is performing to the desired standard and was even used by the Queen herself at the official opening of The Wing.” This EN81-70 compliant lift solution ensures accessibility for all. The lift is housed in an aesthetically attractive, circular structure, with the stairs sited to the left, winding around and behind it. Hydraulically rope-driven in a wall-mounted shaft, the lift operates over a distance of 4180mm, at a speed of .50m/s. The motor room-less capability saves space with the controller located in a landing architrave at ground-floor level.    The Maxilift MRL finish complements its environment, with silver-grey interior car walls, brushed stainless steel doors, a silver half-height rear mirror and dark slate floor. For added safety and reassurance, an autodialler allows communication between the lift user and the premises’ staff. As with all Stannah lift products, the Maxilift MRL passenger lift is covered by Stannah’s comprehensive 12 month lift servicing cover, with 6 service visits and continued lift maintenance by the Dartford branch of the London & South East arm of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.

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Door Entry... a day! The Telguard range of telephone and GSM based intercom systems are suitable for new build or retro fit. Telguard is a British company and we design, develop and manufacture here in the UK.

The telephone based system plugs in to a standard analogue telephone socket or phone system extension and the GSM system requires a SIM card. The only other requirement is for local power and the intercom can be installed. Installation is not disruptive as the installation takes place at the entrance to be controlled and there is no need to put handsets into flats or houses as they are already in place – their own telephone or mobile. The telephone numbers of the apartments/houses/businesses are programmed into the intercom system with any access codes required and the system is ready for use. A visitor enters the flat or house number into the intercom via the keypad and then presses the ‘CALL’ button. The receiver of the call picks the telephone and can speak to the visitor and allow access by pressing a digit on their telephone keypad. This sends a signal to the intercom that activates the door lock or entrance gate and the visitor is able to gain access. If the receiver of the call does not want to grant access they simply put their phone down to end the call. If the call recipient is on the phone when the call from the intercom is made the call will be seen on the telephone display and the user is able to hold their call and deal with an access request. Any alterations required to telephone numbers or PIN codes can be actioned by the system installer and can be carried out remotely reducing the need for on-site attendance. The Telguard system is not only quick to install compared with hardwired systems but also extremely flexible. Calls can be answered on cordless telephones making it possible for users to answer entrance requests while going about day to day business or it is possible for a

mobile phone to be called for access requests. We are able to provide systems with backlit keypads and buttons, integrated proximity access and video. The video picture can go to a dedicated monitor or into the communal TV aerial for viewing on any television in the premise. Our GSM 3g video system will send pictures to your mobile phone. Telguard provides great flexibility where users are elderly or infirm as they don’t have to get up from where they are sitting to answer an access call as they will have their telephone or mobile phone by their side. They will also be able to hear the call clearly. DDA systems are available with large halo illuminated Braille buttons with big letter, easy to read displays and audio and visual call progress indication. Bespoke applications are also undertaken making it possible to provide almost any style or shape of system. It may be that we have to provide a system to replace an existing installation so we are able to manufacture our panel to fit the aperture of an old, non functional system. We are able to manufacture systems in different finishes and colour schemes, we powder coat stainless steel so as to not impact on the vandal resistance of the panel. As advances in technology arrive in to the public domain, we are always in a position to make the most of these advances thanks to our inhouse development team. We are also able to engineer modifications to software and hardware should a specific requirement be requested. Our systems carry a 2 year return to manufacturer warranty which can also be extended, and our Technical Department provides installers with the very best in support.

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MAKING SHELTERED HOUSING SAFER Aico, UK’s market leader in domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection, has developed an innovative product to solve a safety issue facing people in sheltered housing and other vulnerable people that use Telecare/Warden Call Systems. Telecare/Warden Call Systems are commonplace in dwellings for vulnerable people and are an important tool to let people live independently in a safe environment – but in most situations they are not connected with the Smoke and CO alarms in the property. The new Ei414 Fire/CO Alarm Interface provides a dedicated connection between Aico Smoke and CO alarms and Telecare/ Warden Call Systems, enabling an emergency signal to be transmitted directly to that system if fire or CO is detected. The Ei414 is a flexible device that interconnects Aico RadioLINK Smoke, Heat and CO alarms with most new and existing Telecare/Warden Call Systems. The connection to the Telecare/Warden Call Systems can be made wirelessly with Radio Frequency (RF) signals using RF Universal Transmitters, if available, as part of the Telecare/Warden Call Systems, or via hard wiring directly between the two devices. As the Ei414 is a RadioLINK device and links to Aico RadioLINK Smoke, Heat and CO alarms wirelessly, it brings all the advantages of a wireless interconnect alarm system; these include far less disruption during installation, increased tenant compliance, more flexible coverage and greatly reduced installation time as a result of RF signal, rather than hard wired, alarm interconnection. The Ei414 can be powered directly from the mains or from a 12-24V DC supply, from the Telecare/Warden Call Systems for example, and has built-in tamper-proof rechargeable Lithium Cells which will power the device in the event of any mains failure.

Exceptionally easy to use, the Ei414 features a removable key with three settings: On, Off and Test. When ‘On’ the Ei414 responds to an alarm signal from House Coded RadioLINK Aico Smoke, Heat or CO alarms, and switches the relevant ‘Fire’ or ‘CO’ relay contacts to trigger the Telecare/Warden Call Systems. LED indicators provide visual confirmation of mains power and fire or CO alarm activation. The ‘Off’ setting stops all fire and CO alarm triggers being sent to the Telecare/Warden Call Systems, which is particularly useful if a property becomes vacant. The ‘Test’ setting allows a responsible person such as a Warden or Fire Engineer to test the entire system, which would include a signal being transmitted to the Telecare/ Warden Call Systems. “The Ei414 has been developed in response to a need identified whilst working in close proximity with the social housing sector,” explains Neal Hooper, Director of Aico. “The challenge has been to solve a problem that falls in between two specifiers within the same department – one for smoke alarms and another for the Telecare/Warden Call Systems. We are encouraging these two specifiers to work together and call on the expertise of our highly trained Regional Specification Managers to explain the benefits of joining the two systems together and demonstrate how simple it is to install and use the product.” The Ei414 Fire/CO Alarm Interface from Aico comes complete with a full five year guarantee and has RF performance to EN 300220-1 and EMC performance to EN 301489-1. Aico is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ei Electronics and is the first name in residential fire protection in the UK. All alarms are designed and built in Europe specifically to meet UK standards and regulations. For more information, please visit

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AUTOMATED DEFIBRILLATORS INCREASE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL TO 50% Most public buildings have a fire extinguisher which is sensible considering that around 350 people die in fires in the UK every year. Yet 200,000 die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), and thousands of them could be saved if they collapsed close to a defibrillator. While CPR alone (chest compressions and rescue breaths) saves around 9% of people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) increases the chance of survival five-fold to 50%. The computerised machines, which gives an electric shock to the heart to return it to normal rhythm, are a crucial lifesaving tool after sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are designed to be used by people with no knowledge or experience, as the device talks them clearly through the process and all decisions as to whether or not to shock the patient’s heart are taken by the machine. Also, after ringing 999, a call centre operator will talk rescuers through how to use the AED. In response to the growing awareness of the need for AEDs in public spaces and the workplace, Bull Products has expanded its range of quality AED equipment. With prices starting at just £700, it now offers its Life Point Pro defibrillator and its Zoll AED Plus defibrillator. The Life Point Pro AED is designed to keep SCA victims alive by directing the user with voice commands. The unit automatically analyses the ECG signal of the patient and decides whether or not defibrillation is required. Coming in a neat protective carry case, the Life Point Pro can be quickly deployed in the event of an SCA, with a simple three-step operation of simply turning the device on, unpacking the pads and attaching them to the patient’s chest, followed by defibrillation by pressing the shock button. The Zoll AED Plus defibrillator is a full rescue AED that provides real CPR help for rate and depth of chest compressions. With realtime feedback, the rescuer can provide the best manual CPR resuscitation possible in an SCA. The Zoll AED Plus also comes in an attractive and visible carry case for quick deployment. Both the Life Point Pro and the Zoll AED Plus have a fiveyear warranty and replacement pads and batteries are readily available. Bull Products also offers rental packages for its AEDs for those who prefer this option. Sometimes this is for short term usage, such as events, sponsored walks and festivals. However, the same rental packages help organisations with cash flow and provide comprehensive cover in the way of annual maintenance and servicing, software upgrades when legislation changes, and replacement pads and batteries as they expire. The rental also provides initial training and annual refresher courses.

Government funding is available to help with the purchase of defibrillators for schools, and Bull Products is able to provide guidance on this. Further information on the AED equipment is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing info@ or by visiting the company’s website at Bull Products is supported by Vantage PR

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Chubb Fire & Security Ltd. has been awarded an integrated fire and security service contract to help protect pupils and staff at the Gilmour Infant School in Liverpool. Chubb is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The servicing contract covers security equipment for classrooms, common areas, kitchens and workshops. Chubb recommended and installed a monitoring network that connects the school’s existing security infrastructure to the Chubb Alarm Receiving Centre that monitors and records activity for review.

Chubb Secures Contract to Provide Fire and Security Services to Gilmour Infant School

Gilmour is a single story school with a nursery provision that is certified ‘Outstanding’ by a 2014 Ofsted report. Currently, the school cares for 232 children but is expected to grow by 90 pupils within three years. These factors make a reliable, up-to-date fire and security system paramount for the protection of children, staff and property. “By offering an integrated contract, Chubb has been able to provide a tailored, highly versatile and

competitively-priced service,” said Marion De Vaal, business manager, Gilmour Infant School: “Contract-specific engineers are knowledgeable and maintain a good relationship with the school staff. They deliver a comprehensive service, are very easy to contact, are versatile in their timings and the equipment they recommended and installed is easy to use.” De Vaal added that she was impressed by the speed of mobilisation of the contract. “The flexibility Chubb showed in its timings to carry out work was excellent,” she said. “The engineers worked around us; rather than us working around them.” “Offering a tailored, integrated service adds to customer convenience, and providing contract-specific engineers leads to service enhancement,” said Gary Moffat, general manager, Liverpool branch, Chubb Fire & Security. “The benefits of integrated services are becoming ever-apparent, as councils and companies seek the convenience of one single point of contact for all of their fire and security servicing needs. Chubb has the versatility and flexibility to provide this with our unwavering commitment to improving the customer experience.”

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Perforated sheets from RMIG depict a

A combination of perforated TECU® Gold panels mounted on LED ligh Precision perforated panels from RMIG have helped to create a unique, show-stopping facade for Bang & Olufsen’s (B&O) new flagship store in Herning, Denmark. This new building reflects the audio-visual giant’s new design concept for its stores. B&O is renowned around the world for its high quality product design and technological excellence. When embarking on the project of creating a new flagship store, the primary objective was to ensure that the building’s exterior reflects the brand’s reputation for high-style and is as arresting in design and appearance as the store’s interior. The striking flagship store was designed by Arkitec as who, through RMIG’s City Emotion programme, chose perforated TECU® Gold panels for the building’s facade to cover approximately 350 m². Using RMIG ImagePerf, each bespoke panel has its own specially

designed perforation pattern, which when assembled, runs across the whole envelope of the building creating an unusual and fascinating design that resembles entangled snakes. LED lights sit behind the golden perforated facade which are programmed to fade in and out, creating a visual energy and a constantly changing light, both day and night, in the city square where the building is situated. The material selection and design of the whole building were a fusion of B&O new concepts for both its stores and product designs, as well inspiration from the modernist style from the middle of the last century. The hallmark of minimalistic Scandinavian design with a strong human component runs through

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a new Golden age for Bang & Olufsen

hts and large glass areas create a sensational building all of B&O’s projects, from its innovative audio and TV systems to the stores where the exclusive products are put on display. The combination of RMIG’s precision perforated panels and the building’s beautifully rounded glass corners give it a unique charm with lightness and transparency. At the same time, it beckons customers and passers-by to step in and experience the top quality sound, image and design and B&O is famous for. The B&O store project was handled under RMIG’s dedicated architectural and construction sector support programme, City Emotion, which assists architects and contractors in realising their urban design concepts and converting them into real solutions for buildings.

Further information on City Emotion and RMIG Group can be found by visiting

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Fire Protection, Structural

Structural fire safety is achieved either by what is called ‘passive protection’ for example fire resistant lining boards and/or ‘active protection’ through the use of smoke ventilation, alarm systems and sprinklers. For the structural engineer, the material choice within the structural solution will influence the passive and active fire protection strategy.

Y-Wall is rated as A1 non-combustible - this refers to reaction-to-fire classifications for contribution to fire growth in accordance with – BS EN 13501-1. Y-Wall has also been tested within the new BS8414 test and is suitable for buildings over 18 metres

Ian Quinton, Managing Director of RCM - suppliers of building boards and facade solutions to such high profile structural timber developments as the University of Hertfordshire, discusses the benefits of RCM’s solutions relating to fire regulations and technical specifications for structural timber buildings:

• Y-Wall tested by Warrington Fire research

“The Structural timber association recently published the document – 16 Steps to Fire Safety. The document states that structural timber construction processes can reduce the risk of fire through good design, taking simple precautions and ensuring good site security. It is proven that robust timber structures perform well in relation to fire by slowly forming a char layer and in the case of cross laminated timber, the structure can remain stable for up to 90 minutes. However, less robust timber is generally protected by fire-rated boards and great care needs to be taken on the detailing of this.

In order to demonstrate that as a company RCM is totally committed to delivering proven systems, our product range is CE Marked. CE Marking ensures a product meets with European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. It is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets stringent standards and guarantees that it complies with essential requirements, for example, products dimensions, thermal performance and its reaction to fire classification.

A1 A1Non-Combustible Non-Combustible RCM’s Y-Wall is an adaptable calcium silicate based fibre cement building board, offering excellent fire properties as well as high levels of dimensional stability. Y-Wall is used as a fire rated sheathing board and is applied extensively on both metal and timber frame structures, the product is applied behind all types of facade solutions, as well in floors and roofs.

ProductTesting Testingand andCertification Certification Product • Y-Wall is tested to BS 476 Part 4 • Y-Wall conforms to BS EN12467 • Fire rated throughwall solution to BS 476 part 21 BS 476 part 22 • Fire Rating A1 Non-Combustible Classification CE Marking

RCM’s Y-Wall is also BBA approved. This offers full technical approval for construction products and systems and is recognised by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifiers and building insurers. BBA Approval provides reassurance to architects, designers and contractors when specifying or installing building board products.

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Strength and Adaptability

Multipurpose MultipurposeTF TF--Tried Triedand andTested Testedfor forTimber TimberApplications Applications

AndFinally… Finally... And

Tested by BRE Global, RCM’s new Multipurpose TF Board has been specifically designed for the structural timber sector. Rated, A1 Non-Combustible, Multipurpose TF is a cellulose fibre cement 8mm board, delivering exceptional racking, adaptability, strength and fire protection. Multipurpose TF also has excellent weather properties and is very easy in relation to cutting and fabrication.

RCM are supplying many major projects within the timber frame and lightweight steel frame sectors. Our Y-Wall and Multipurpose TF boards are on an upward trajectory, experiencing excellent growth with more potential for the future.

Product ProductTesting Testingand andCertification Certification • Meets EN ISO 1716: 20101: Reaction to fire determination of the heat of combustion • Meets EN ISO 1182: 2010: Reaction to fire – noncombustibility • Meets EN 13501-1:: 2007: Classification of Reaction to fire – A1 Non-Combustible • BBA Certification Pending • EN594 Racking Resistance Project ProjectSnapshot: Snapshot:University Universityof ofHertfordshire Hertfordshire RCM’s Y-Wall was specified by Bouygues and U-Living to apply to a student accommodation project for the University of Hertfordshire. The timber-frame buildings will be ‘one of the most advanced’ developments in the UK in terms of sustainability. The £190 million, 18,000m2 project comprises 2,511 bedrooms, new sports pitches, a campus gym, informal learning and social spaces as well as a new dedicated bus route. Y-Wall was specified due to its fire resistance performance and high levels of dimensional stability. The new buildings are set to achieve a ‘True’ Zero Carbon accreditation and meet BREEAM Outstanding requirements under the 2011 regulations.

As Managing Director of RCM Building Boards and Facades, I would just like to stress that we are committed to developing products, applications and services to meet the needs of the structural timber sector and invest further in developing bespoke products. We would be interested to hear from companies who have specific building board requirements and are unable to source a solution.” Informative InformativeCPD CPDEvents Events For those interested in finding out more, RCM provide informative CPD sessions including: a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen facades, covering: • What a specifier needs to consider • Board materials and benefits • Board applications • Work on site For more details call 0845 1303725 or visit ALSO PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR OUR LAUNCH OF OUR AIR STOP AND AIRVENT SYSTEMS!

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Roof and Walls Merge in Stunning Sustainable Build • Ibstock helps architect realise ‘wraparound’ vision for development of high-end eco homes • Tilebrick in Riven Blue used to create seamless finish Ibstock’s Tilebrick range has been used to create a seamless finish on a series of high-end eco homes in North Bristol. Resembling pieces of origami, the four three-storey homes use the Fireborn Freedom Tilebrick in Riven Blue, coupled with grey roof tiles to give the illusion that both roof and walls are made from one continuous material. The homes boast a bold wraparound sculptural design, whereby bricks and tiles work together to merge roof with external facade, blurring the distinction between the building and surrounding areas and reinforcing the architect’s vision of a continuous form. Tilebrick was selected alongside the grey roof tiles to complement the stylish contemporary design of the builds. As well as employing distinctive aesthetics, the homes have been built to offer sustainable living, and take full advantage of solar-gain through the highly glazed southfacing rear elevations. The development has been awarded for its distinction in the Insider South West Property Awards for Residential Development of the Year. Andrew Halstead-Smith, Group Marketing Manager at Ibstock, comments: “This bold and distinctive project is a prime example of how brick can be used to bring any architectural vision to life. Our Tilebrick range provides architects with design solutions that give a new dimension to facades, enhancing the design elements of a building whilst retaining the benefits of structural masonry.”

The recently extended Tilebrick range offers an innovative tile-shaped front face brick which replicates a tile-hung wall elevation, offering three profiles; Planar, Banded and Curved shapes. The Planar, which was used on the project, gives a crisp and defined finish, the Banded adds a strong linear definition to the facade, while the traditional Curved finish provides the softer appeal of real tile hanging. The range comes in 10 colour options, including black and buff, and is supported by a range of accessories to satisfy any design requirement. Andrew Halstead-Smith adds: “Contributing to the creation of original and contemporary architecture across the UK remains a core focus for Ibstock and we look forward to the creation of even more innovative designs through the Tilebrick range.”

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Rodeca helps a Sacred Heart to beat again. Cladding panels from Rodeca feature on the redeveloped Sacred Heart School. Translucent cladding from Rodeca has breathed new life and light into a school redevelopment. More than 700m2 of the manufacturer’s polycarbonate panels have been used on two new buildings which form the new Sacred Heart School, a mixed Roman Catholic voluntary-aided comprehensive school with more than 600 pupils, in Camberwell, London. In the sports and assembly halls, where the Rodeca panels have been used as a clerestory feature, and in two lightwells in the new teaching block, they form a double-wall construction of 40mm PC2540 wall panels in Kristall finish.

The same panels also form a double-wall construction to a clock-faced lightbox on top of the teaching block which acts as a lantern when lit at night, providing a community focal point of reference. And they have also been used in an activity studio and “chimney” feature. In addition, an entrance courtyard is clad with 60mm PC2560 Rodeca wall panels in Opal finish on all sides at first floor level, while 25mm PC2625 wall panels in Kristall finish form an outside canopy.

four-storey teaching building clad mainly in brick but with the Rodeca panels as features and a steel-frame sports block also clad mainly in brick but with timber features as well as the Rodeca panels.

The entire school, a specialist mathematics, ICT and language college, had to be decamped while the 9,200m2 site was remodelled by main contractor Balfour Beatty to provide new and larger accommodation and increased form of entry. It lies within a Conservation Area and alongside a parish church which the students regularly use.

“It is a key element in the project within the most important spaces in the school, giving the opportunity to provide large areas of diffused natural light to key spaces while also satisfying the acoustic and thermal requirements of the brief.”

The new buildings comprise a two to

Part of the Southwark BSF (Building

Cottrell & Vermeulen architect Paul Taylor said: “We specified Rodeca as it acts as a counterpoint to the overriding mass of the brickwork, providing uniformity of lightness that can be provided in large areas.

He added: “Externally, the Rodeca is placed within the uniform matrix of the brickwork on the main elevation and assembly hall. Regular Rodeca specifiers Cottrell & It sits within the timber cladding on the Vermeulen Architecture designed the two sports block, providing natural light, new buildings to replace the existing school and lifts up above the highest level of buildings which date back to 1959. Ranging the teaching block to act as a beacon. from single to three stories, these were Internally, the Rodeca sits comfortably clad in metal and glass with some areas of with the material palette of plasterboard, brick stock. exposed concrete and blockwork.”

Schools for the Future) programme, a £200million scheme to transform secondary education in the London borough, the Sacred Heart project lay dormant for two years while another Southwark BSF project was built nearby in Elephant & Castle where Sacred Heart was temporarily housed while its own site was redeveloped. Paul Taylor added: “The new design for the school generates a greatly improved relationship with the existing built content and contributes towards improving the school’s presence and standing in the local community. The client has been surprised by the quality of the finish of the product and how the Rodeca admits light through in a variety of situations.” The redevelopment was based on a strategy of simple, integrated structure and services and incorporates a number of measures to minimise its energy and water use and ensure it provides a sustainable resource for the local community. The energy strategy was adopted to meet the Mayor of London’s aspiration for a reduction in carbon emissions to being lean (energy efficient measures), green (renewable technologies) and clean.

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Garden makeover puts

Cornish B&B on a firm footing A Cornish inn and restaurant has transformed a neglected, overgrown garden into a spectacular decked terrace with exotic plants, walkways, ponds and waterfalls. The Waterwheel Inn, which offers bed and breakfast accomodation, a restaurant and bar in the historic White River valley near St Austell, is creating an idyllic outdoor space as part of the property’s ten-year renovation. Owners Mark and Francesca took over the Waterwheel Inn in April 2011 and are giving the outdoor space an ambitious makeover as part of a ten-year project. They had assumed that timber decking would not be a viable option for the new terrace, which sits under mature plants and trees in a shaded valley and would become very wet and slippery. The couple were researching safer rubber flooring options when they discovered Gripsure – the UK’s leading non-slip decking manufacturer, based just three miles away.

The garden gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the mild climate of mid-Cornwall as well as appreciating the owners’ extensive collection of tree ferns and observing local wildlife. With the venue already proving popular for private functions, the owners are now in the process of getting a ‘grant of approval’ to hold civil marriages and civil partnerships.

Made from FSC-approved Scandinavian Redwood timber, Gripsure decking gives the warm, natural look and feel of traditional decking but its nonslip aggregate strips ensure it stays safe, even in wet weather. The owners opted for Pro Classic, Gripsure’s original design, which achieves the highest safety rating of any nonslip decking available on the market.

Mark Willis said: “When we took over the business, it had been on the market for four years, so the garden was really overgrown, with horrible old crazy paving and a falling-down pergula. It needed a huge amount of clearing but we knew there was potential for this to become a real asset to the business: somewhere tranquil for guests to relax over a their morning coffee, or enjoy a family meal on a summer’s evening. “Because traditional timber decking can be dangerously slippery, we never imagined we would be able to use timber to achieve such a spectacular result. We have had lots of positive feedback from guests – one even took a sample of the decking away with him!” The Waterwheel now has a five-by-eighteen-metre decked terrace, with a number of walkways around the garden in development. The owners are also improving disability access points with decked ramps into the property and in and around the garden.

Gripsure Director Mike Nicholson said: “Business owners often tell us that they had assumed timber decking was not an option for them, until they saw our products. It is very rewarding when we help them achieve beautiful timber decking that offers them the safety they need.

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LANDSCAPE, the industry’s annual meeting place, returns on the 22nd & 23rd of September 2015 in Battersea Park, central London.

This year LANDSCAPE is delighted to feature as a premium partner of THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2015. International Design Competition As part of the shows involvement with The London Design Festival, LANDSCAPE are launching a new ‘Design A Tree House Competition’. With a cash prize and a 3D model produced of the wining design, it certainly seems to have caught the imagination. It is hoped that the winning design is then built as part of the 2016 event. New Website The new LANDSCAPE website is now live and contains up to date details of our amazing speaker programme (www. On the website you will be able to find times, titles and bios of the speakers already confirmed to be part of things this September. Speakers Include Amongst the forty speakers that will be taking part, Tim Gosling from Goslings will be talking about the importance of landscape furniture. Noel Farrer from the Landscape Institute will be bringing us up to speed with their new developments. Horticulturally speaking will be award winning Chelsea Show Garden designers Kate Gould, Jo Thompson, Matt Keightley and Paul Hervey-Brookes. Jamie Eagles from the Nine Elms Regeneration Scheme will talk about the work being carried out in the Battersea area. There really is something for everyone! CPD Seminars As part of LANDSCAPE’s ongoing commitment towards uniting the industry and enhancing the professional qualifications of it’s practitioners, most of the ‘free to attend’ seminars at this year’s LANDSCAPE Show qualify for CPD learning points.

Internationally recognised The show attracts over 3000 visitors including landscape designers, architects, contractors, facilities managers, local government planners, councils and parks officers, groundsmen and interior designers to name just a few. With visitors from across the world, a diverse exhibitor list, engaging seminars and backing from key industry associations, LANDSCAPE is now internationally recognised as the ‘go to’ show for the industry. International Pavilion Due to high demand from overseas suppliers, we are delighted showcase our International Pavilion. Focusing on the newest trends, innovative products and exciting opportunities, the pavilion will allow visitors to experience ideas from all over the World in one location. SGD Product of the Year LANDSCAPE is delighted to once again support the SGD ‘Product of the Year award’. The short listed entries will be appearing at the exhibition itself with the winner announced live at the show. Extensive Media Partnerships This year there is again a chance to ‘Meet the Media’, - your opportunity to speak direct to the journalists that cover your industry. This year the show is supported by over 15 different media titles from as far afield as America, Slovenia and Russia. Alongside them will be a special ‘Meet the Author’ desk. Come and talk to the authors of those publications that have always interested you. Young Horts This year the Young Horts will again be holding their autumn conference at the show on Wednesday the 23rd of September bringing the industry up to date with their achievements across the course of the last twelve months.

LANDSCAPE is truly uniting the industry and has something for everyone. Make sure you are part of it this year and visit our website for more details. LANDSCAPE 2015 10am – 6pm – Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10am – 5pm – Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Free admission by registering at Courtesy shuttle bus from Sloane Square Tube Station. For more details on stand space contact: Danielle Hernandez on danielle@landscapeshow. or telephone +44(0)20 7821 8221


LANDSCAPE SHOW, TUESDAY 22 & WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2015 BATTERSEA PARK, LONDON The LANDSCAPE Show returns to Battersea Park in London on Tuesday & Wednesday the 22nd & 23rd of September 2015. Over 200 manufacturers and suppliers, over 3,000 visitors, over 40 CPD accredited seminars. For more details go to:

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A unique opportunity to enter a design competition which will form part of the LANDSCAPE show and feature within this year’s London Design Festival. The LANDSCAPE show is running a competition to design a ‘tree house without the tree’. The winning entry will hopefully then form part of the 2016 event, (subject to sponsors). The LANDSCAPE show is a truly international event and attracts gardens designers, architects, landscape contractors, local authorities landscaping professionals, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond. The show features contemporary, cutting edge technologies and methods and is supported by a comprehensive FREE CPD accredited Seminar Programme featuring some of the most inspirational names in the business. The competition is open to all and the lucky winner will receive: • A £1,000 cash prize. • A 3D printed model made of the design • Media coverage before and after in the LANDSCAPE online magazines and related trade media including features on-line and in social media.

Your brief The brief is to create a contemporary elevated tree house as a free standing structure with a footprint measuring no more than 3m x 3m. The finished structure should be able to be incorporated into an open public space or a private dwelling and be built independently of a tree but with the intention that it could be built around a tree or within a woodland setting. The structure should be sustainable and built to withstand the typical British weather! The total build should be achievable within a £20,000 budget

How to enter Your submission should be no more than 2 x A3 pages and include: • A plan of the structure. • One or two elevations. • A description of the materials that you will use.

Remember that we are only looking for a concept design at this stage and the winner will be asked to draw up a final plan in due course. Sketches are acceptable as long as they are well labelled and clearly understood.

You don’t have long, so don’t leave this to the last moment! Please send in 2 copies of your submission and include a PDF digital copy either on disc or memory stick so that we can distribute the entries for judging. Hard copy entries should be sent to: Jeremy Storey-Walker, Event Director, LANDSCAPE SHOW, P O Box 3049, London SW1V 3XG. To arrive no later than Friday July the 24th 2015. If you have any questions please email Jeremy at jeremy@ The Judges The judging panel will consist of a panel formed of industry experts.

LANDSCAPE Show, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – Battersea Park, London


LIVEN UP LANDSCAPES WITH BITUCHEM’S COLOURTEX SURFACE Hard landscaping specialists, The Bituchem Group has created a colourful and decorative surfacing material to brighten up any project or landscaping scheme. The company has designed its Colourtex material using fully bound natural aggregates in a range of vivid colours to give the same durable qualities as standard tarmac with a long-lasting vibrant finish. Available in red, green, blue and buff, Colourtex offers architects and specifiers the opportunity to be creative with their projects whilst still offering an extremely durable and long lasting finish. Designed to withstand pressure the material can be used for many domestic and commercial applications without losing its colour or quality and still maintains a high level of grip for pedestrians. The decorative material is extremely versatile and can be used to liven up any landscape or area, including domestic or commercial driveways,

pedestrian footpaths or school playgrounds. It can also be used to highlight designated areas within multi-use games areas, cycle paths or can enhance safety routes when contrasted against standard black or buff surfaces. This allows the application to be easily completed without needing to apply expensive markers to these areas and will reduce the overall time and cost of the project The colourful aggregates are bound using a clear resin binder which prevents aggregates from coming loose and over time deteriorating into large cracks or potholes, making it a particularly safe material for applications in playgrounds and games areas or other areas used by young children. Bituchem has seen many successful applications of its Colourtex material,

including the Duke of York Barracks in London which applied the material in pillar box red to its statement driveway. The material was also supplied in green and buff to the Forest of Dean School to offer a bright and colourful outdoor and sports areas for its students. The Colourtex material is supplied hot and can be fully applied in just one application at any time throughout the year. This quick and simple application has made the material a very popular specification to enhance any project that requires a decorative or multifunctional hard landscaping surface. Further information on Colourtex is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at


ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ Features Addagrip’s Terrabase Rustic To Restore Flood Victims’ Somerset Home ITV’s flagship gardening make-over programme ‘Love Your Garden, hosted by TV personality Alan Titchmarsh, has used Terrabase Rustic – a patented paving system developed by Uckfield-based resin surfacing specialists Addagrip – to restore the garden of a family whose Somerset home was devastated by floods in 2014.

The couple have now returned home to find their treasured garden transformed by Alan and his team into a virtual paradise, complete with American-style white picket fencing. The Colquhoun’s retirement is now firmly back on the agenda, happily coinciding with the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary this year.

Alan and his team’s transformation of the area wrecked by floodwater has come as an especially pleasant surprise to the Colquhoun family who had to deal with a double tragedy in 2014. Alex Colquhoun and his wife Sheila had been preparing to retire that year, but instead had to cope with the distressing news that Mrs Colquhoun had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after returning home to convalesce following exhausting treatment for her condition, the couple woke from their sleep to find their home knee-deep in water. The widespread flooding throughout Somerset subsequently made national news headlines.

Addagrip’s approved installer, Resin Bonded Surfacing, travelled from Yorkshire and worked tirelessly all day to have their part of the job completed in time to make the Colquhoun’s dream come true.

Eventually forced to evacuate their property, the Colquhouns found themselves homeless and had to seek temporary refuge in rented accommodation. At one stage, they even resorted to sleeping in their grandchildren’s bedrooms, meaning that all their carefully laid retirement plans had to be put on hold.

Two colours of Terrabase Rustic were used – Rustic Beach and Rustic Oak – to enhance the overall appearance and highlight the actual dining area. Commenting on Addagrip’s contribution to the project, Managing Director Roger Critchley said: “We were only too pleased to be involved with Alan and his team to make sure there was a happy homecoming for a couple who had endured such a torrid time. The overall job looks amazing and I am very pleased – I hope Mr and Mrs Colquhoun enjoy their retirement and go on to spend many happy hours in their new garden”.


BITUCHEM MATERIAL USED FOR SAFER PLAYGROUND A newly constructed primary school in Waterlooville, Hampshire has applied over 1500 square metres of Bituchem’s most popular hard landscaping material, Natratex Cotswold, to its outdoor playground and teaching areas.

Berewood Primary School opened its gates for its first year of teaching in September last year. Built to accommodate 420 children aged four to eleven, the new primary school is part of the University of Chichester Academy Trust and is just one element of the ongoing development in West of Waterlooville. Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold material was specified in buff due to its visually attractive qualities when compared with a standard black asphalt tarmac surface but with the same smooth properties that make asphalt a safe surface to use around schools. Paula Downard, Landscape Architect at Hampshire County Council commented, “The appearance and practicality of the Natratex Cotswold material make it the perfect solution for this application and we are very pleased with the end result. Hampshire County Council specified this material for another project nearby and so we were able to view the performance and colour beforehand. We received a sample of the material from Bituchem and were advised that the colour would eventually fade to a softer, more attractive colour, which was extremely helpful in managing our expectations.” The Natratex Cotswold material is formed of natural coloured aggregates combined with a specially formulated clear resin binder to produce a smooth, hard-wearing surface whilst offering a natural stone finish. This strong binder reduces the likelihood of the material deteriorating causing potholes or other breakages in the surface, making it a smoother and safer surface for young children to play on. Suitable for new constructions, overlays or regeneration projects, the Natratex Cotswold material is very versatile in its application and can be used for all areas used by pedestrians and light vehicles. The material is also very environmentally friendly with a fast and simple application making it an easy specification for both private and public sector projects. The Natratex Cotswold is available in a range of colours to meet the individual requirements of each contract, with the Bituchem design team available to find the right aggregate type and colour to suit the specification. Further information is available from Bituchem on 01594 826768 or 07584 311266, by emailing: or by visiting the company’s website at

Refurb & Developer Update - August 2015