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Optimistic signals abound in 2016, according to Reynaers at Home architect survey There is a feeling of positivity amongst architects regarding the current business climate, according to Reynaers at Home’s national survey of industry trends. When asked “based on your level of business right now, do you feel that your business is doing better than this time last year?” 73% of architect respondents answered yes and only 8% said no. A further 20% said they were unsure. This compares to 67% of respondents who felt positive about the business climate in the previous Reynaers at Home survey in 2013. Marketing Manager Rebecca Cope said: “Our experience sales for Reynaers at Home in the past year. “We’ve found that consumers are still prepared to spend money on aluminium doors and windows, but are being more selective. When spending their hard-earned money, they are happy to pay more for a product that is well designed, carefully manufactured and installed by a company that understands the value of customer service.” Despite a general feeling of optimism, there are still a number of industry annoyances that remain. Around a third said compromising a design for planning was a source of frustration, followed by a quarter of architects saying

they didn’t have enough time to think. This has risen since 2013, when 20% of respondents said the same – implying that in the past three years, time has become more stretched. Having to scale a design concept to budget was pinpointed by 20%. One in 10 of respondents said that locating the materials that they wanted to use within budget was clients. while delivering projects within agreed low fees due to the current market was also singled out – as well as a lack of trust and respect from clients in the design team. Rebecca Cope said: “The latest survey has highlighted interesting trends in the market. At Reynaers we make sure that we work closely with our partners, so that their needs are met and we’re working towards the same goals.” Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information, see the website, email or call 0121 421 9707.

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The Versatile Choice For RMIG Expanded Metal is a light, versatile and attractive choice for building applications because of its aesthetic qualities and the creative freedom it offers.

Creative freedom Expanded metal from RMIG has become increasingly popular among architects for its wide spectrum of aesthetic and functional advantages, and is often the ideal choice when working with materials such as concrete, steel and glass. It can be used for both practical and decorative purposes and it offers architects a new level of creative freedom when designing applications such as facade cladding, sun screens, ceilings, fencing and protective screening. The high strength and anti-skid qualities also make expanded metal the best choice for walkways, platforms and similar applications. Expanded metal is inspiring to work with as it provides various design opportunities. For example, the panels can be mounted with a front or back view, and also with the

mesh pattern going in an upward or downward direction. This creates various degrees of see-through visibility, giving different expressions to a building. According to the needs of your project, various surface treatments and secondary operations can also be utilised on expanded metal sheets.

Stylish and functional Sun screens for modern buildings are in high demand and are one of the most popular applications for RMIG Expanded Metal. Offering protection from intense sunlight and adverse weather conditions while absorbing a controlled amount of heat and light, a sunscreen is the perfect combination of functionality, innovation and sustainable design. By using expanded metal, it is possible to highlight the building’s qualities, create a climatecontrolled environment and save a substantial amount of energy. RMIG Expanded Metal has a modern yet timeless look, and creates the possibility of designing unique and eye-

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Architectural Design catching shapes and expressions – yet another reason why architects favour this versatile product. The various secondary operations and surface treatments can shape the project, making the facade blend in or stand out, according to individual style and preferences. For example, the expanded metal sheet can be coated in a bright colour to make a statement, or it can be anodised, leaving the surface with a more natural look.

outstanding anti-skid qualities, there are many valid reasons for using expanded metal.

Tailor-made solutions RMIG’s dedicated architectural and construction sector

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in the optimal use of expanded metal and offers tailormade solutions according to the architect’s vision and requirements. This has resulted in a long list of architectural

RMIG has its own production facilities for expanded metal where sheets are manufactured from, for example, aluminium or steel. The expansion of the metal takes place

contributed to the overall aesthetic vision as the material of choice for sunscreens, creative facade cladding and other applications.

made in one piece without joints or welds, which makes it ideal for forming, pressing and cutting. There is no metal lost in the process and, as expanded metal is also virtually maintenance-free, this increases the cost-effectiveness of the material. Combined with its high strength and

See the wide choice of high quality products available to you in our new catalogue focusing solely on expanded metal and its many possibilities. Download at or contact us to order your copy.

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Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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SERVOMEX The Project: Lighting refurbishment at SERVOMEX

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The Solution: DANLERS ‘ControlZAPP’ the programmable lighting control. Richard Allison, Project Director for AMG Electrical refurbishment specialist, Saracen Interiors Ltd and asked to install a lighting control system that would be suitable for switching and dimming a recently installed LED lighting system. After some research, we found DANLERS ‘ControIZAPP’ ticked all the boxes. This programmable device with Bluetooth ‘Smart’ communication was straight forward to install and enabled SERVOMEX to have full control over the entire LED lighting system. This new installation means lights are now no longer individual work areas can be programmed to dim and

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16 Industry News & Shows Due to its unique size, drive mechanism and dual rail technology, the range of stylish domestic lifts by Stiltz Lifts offer architects, interior designers and house builders an easy way of making a house completely accessible. The innovative shape of the Stiltz Electric Home Lift means it is so versatile it can be installed virtually anywhere in a house making it an ideal and surprisingly affordable alternative to a stairlift and conventional residential lift. This is because there is no lift shaft or load bearing walls required and it does not have to its unique dual rail system, the Stiltz Electric Home Lift is a totally self-supporting structure and there is no need for hydraulics. Instead it is powered by an electric motor system that is very quiet and housed out of sight at the top of the lift. It plugs straight into the wall using a normal 13-amp power socket.


THE DOMESTIC LIFT THAT CAN BE INSTALLED ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE HOME Most commonly, the domestic living room and travel upstairs to a main bedroom or landing application but there are many other – almost limitless – options too. This includes installing the Stiltz Electric Home Lift within a turning staircase and using the dead space in the void which enables the end user to keep the stairs the way they

have always been in the house. There is no other home lift on the market that can offer this solution. WATCH: STILTZ DOMESTIC LIFTS VIDEO

The Stiltz Electric Home Lift is spacious but compact downstairs, and travel upstairs to a wardrobe in the bedroom. This application is ideal for end users who wish to conceal the lift. There is a ‘thru car’ option which allows users to enter sides of the lift. Houses with a from a Stiltz Electric Home Lift as the rails of the lift only need a horizontal surface to can be made to complete the installation. For end users looking for quick and safe access from their garage into their home, a construction of a simple shaft can also make it possible for a Stiltz Electric Home Lift to be Stiltz Lifts are compliant with all European standards and is available in different interior also a Stiltz Lift model available wheelchair. Standard features include a remote control to call the back-up, full height light curtain, full or half height doors, obstruction sensors, and the roof of the lift is covered when the lift is downstairs it does not intrude upstairs. For more information about the Stiltz Electric Home Lifts range, contact Stiltz Lifts on 0844 870 9087, email or visit – quoting Refurb & Developer Magazine.

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THE NEW FACE OF GRAFT Since entering the UK market in 2014 GRAFT Premium Sealants have grown and developed as a brand. We received a lot of feedback from the professionals and DIYers that praised the products performance but not its packaging. We took everything on board and spent the last six months making our branding and packing more succinct and we are now ready to introduce the new face of GRAFT. The ethos of GRAFT remains KEEP IT SIMPLE, and this has been encapsulated in our brightly colour coded packaging and unique application icons. Never again will customers have to be stood in shops starting hopelessly at a mass of tubes and a difference between them all. YELLOW - INTERIOR APPLICATIONS ORANGE - EXTERIOR APPLICATIONS GREEN - GRAB ADHESIVES AND FILLERS RED - FIRE RATED PRODUCTS

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BATHROOM & KITCHEN SEALANT the perfect bathroom and kitchen sealant. It’s the mould resistant, environmentally friendly sealant that will not let you down. MULTI SEALANT & ADHESIVE and adhesive is the one product you need for applications inside your home. DECORATORS SEALANT Specially designed for sealing around window and door frames, skirting boards, plasterboard, staircases, architrave and coving around your home.

As the name suggests it’s the ultimate product that provides a solution for almost any substrate. Suitable for a multitude of applications and even seals and bonds underwater. BUILDING SILICONE For high performance and premium quality silicone is compatible with most building substrates. FIRE INTUMESCENT SEALANT sealant not only helps to prevent as well. It has achieved the markets best European Technical Assessment (ETA) possible and has been awarded with the CE mark.

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Purus Limited Purus is one of Scandinavia’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of wetroom and level-access drainage solutions for the health, leisure, hotel and hospitality industries as well as domestic and social housing. Purus Limited, based in Leeds, specialises in a range of channels for commercial and industrial use. Many Purus products, including the Mini Series Floor Gullies, are

Floor Gullies A wide range of Purus Floor Gullies for vinyl, tiled and

gully incorporating a NOOD no-odour water trap at just 76mm including falls. The patented NOOD will not allow any foul air to leave the drain even when it dries out, making it ideal for use in health facilities, disabled access wetrooms and care homes such as the 67-bedroom Lord Street Care Home in Redcar, Cleveland, where the

Gullies is also available, with a choice of a stainless steel grate with anti-ligature features, or a lockable plastic grate. The Security Gullies are available with a selection of outlets and all include the NOOD no-odour trap. For any enquiries or to request further information, please visit or call 0113 289 3172, where the Technical and Sales teams will be happy to assist.



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THERMOSTATIC SHOWER RANGE FROM SHOWERING ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ MX Group’s impressive ‘one stop shop’ range of shower and bathroom products continues to be welcomed by the building trade looking for high quality, reliable products for new developments and refurbishment projects up and down the country. The response to the new products added in the past twelve months has been phenomenal with current and offering that features in the new ‘MX Collection’ catalogue, available in printed form or online by visiting trays, electric showers, thermostatic showers, shower a huge range of products. In particular, the range of thermostatic shower options has caught the imagination. MX has launched an valves, offering its usual combination of quality, great

range, with options available for every application. From stylish and modern to the more traditional single lever options, they are all fully thermostatically controlled and suitable for both high and low pressure systems. You can select from many different types of showers ranging

MX remains the leading shower tray manufacturer in the needs of customers around the UK. It continues to be

too. Its QI – Quick installation – range of electric showers sets new standards for simple installation. Featuring eight entry points for water and electric – these showers offer the simplest shower installation available. Call 01684 293311 or go to the website at for a catalogue or information.

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New YOUNG collection from Novellini. Designed and manufactured in Italy. All Young 1BS bi-folding screens come with rise and fall metal hinges, double seals and chrome optional anti-splash trim for a secondary seal. Equally suited for tray and tiled floor installations . *Available nationwide


With over 40 Years experience Novellini is the European and a World leader in the production and manufacture of Shower enclosures and trays, Baths, Whirlpools, Steam Enclosures and Wetroom solutions. In the last decade Novellini has made significant investments into environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and continues to strive towards ever more sustainable holistic production and distribution methods for the future.

Over the years Novellini has continually developed shower trays, being one of the first companies to offer fully engineered large format shower trays in a number of sizes and colours as either low profile or more conventional raised with legs trays - all from UK stock.

With the Olympic Plus shower tray - Novellini was one of the first manufacturers of large format shower trays to reintroduce the production of textured shower floor surfaces. For many years the Olympic shower tray by Novellini has been the only slip resistant (non- enamelled) product in the European bathroom market.

Novellini realised the importance of a more engineered shower tray from an early stage and pioneered the use of innovative materials and fabrication methods in the Olympic Plus shower tray, which today is still one of the strongest and most stable large format shower trays. The Metal reinforced composite construction, now also used in the new Custom tray, means that (unlike many low profile resin stone products), Novellini trays arrive On-site Flat and ready to install.

In recent years Novellini has developed the UK s leading Wetroom and tanking product, with solutions to suit both timber and concrete installations. The Novellini Wetroom systems allow designers to create uncluttered, lowmaintenance, spacious, level access & fully tiled shower spaces



IN OR ON THE FLOOR –The Novellini Custom Tray can be installed on the floor as a low level conventional shower tray or placed directly onto joists to achieve a flush level-access solution without the need for any further fixing frames. (in addition a raised tray with a void for plumbing including legs is available for surface plumbing)

UK STOCK COLOURS AND SIZES – The Novellini Custom Tray is available in White, Grey, Black & Beige from UK Stock and there are 18 basic sizes – in addition each Custom Tray can be adjusted in Length by up to 200mm offering many more sizes than the basic 18.

ANTI-SLIP – The Novellini Custom Tray is available with an optional Factory applied genuine European standard, Certificated, Anti-slip which is applied to the top surface of the tray - leaving a 10cm Border around the edge so that any Silicone beading is applied to an easily cleaned gloss surface. EASY 2 CLEAN – The Novellini Custom tray IS easy to clean! The materials used for the Custom shower tray are designed to be cleaned by conventional household bathroom cleaning products, including lime-scale cleaners and bleach. (The Anti-slip is a rough surface and will potentially hold grime and lime-scale – chemical cleaners will be required and unlike enamelled steel surfaces the materials used for the Custom Tray are not adversely affected.)

HIGH FLOW SHOWER WASTE – The Novellini Custom Tray has a specially designed shallow trap waste with a 50 litre/min flow rate. The Waste cover is completely flush with the surface of the shower tray, is easily removed for cleaning and is made from high grade stainless steel which, unlike a chromed waste cover, will not discolour or peel if in contact with bleach or lime-scale cleaning products. ROBUST

Novellini shower trays are built to last. Olympic and Custom shower trays arrive On-site in their own individual secure packaging which protects them from most handling accidents, avoiding chips and knocks, (a fairly common problem with enamelled steel products). The composite steel reinforced construction ensures that the trays arrive flat and ready to install; they are not subject to the warping, (which is quite likely with low profile resin-cast products).

CUT TO SHAPE – 200mm of one end of the Novellini Custom shower tray is designed so that if required the Custom tray can be cut to fit around a Soil Pipe Boxing for instance or perhaps an Out of True wall?.....

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Exclusive new herringbone style wall tiles set to top the tile trends in 2016 Solus Ceramics has launched a brand new and exclusive range of wall tiles that are set to be one of the top trends in the architectural and interior design industry for 2016. The company’s new Geometry range feature stunning herringbone style patterns that open up endless design possibilities. The chevron shaped architects and designers to create an array of and chic geometric stripes to scintillating zig zags. Available in an exquisite palette made up of seven

each module pieces to allow you to create your own sensational symmetrical designs. For more information, call Solus Ceramics on 0121 753 0777, email or visit

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Why wipe? Just demista™ ! T hink about it. A damp, misted up mirror in your steamy bathroom. Don’t wipe, install a demista™ heated mirror pad in the bathroom, and the mirror will be fully steam free in just a few moments. Using your hand is unpleasant and leaves streaks, even using a cloth is time consuming. Large mirrors, shaped with demista™ and if the mirror is

in multiples, so that the whole area remains steam free. Bespoke sizes are also available on request. New build properties or refurbished bathrooms are now with heated mirror pads. This manufactured in the United Kingdom to meet all required safety standards, both here and

abroad. demista™ is the original heated mirror pad, and has been

apartments and houses for more than 23 years.

the lighting system, this is a simple way of adding value to the bathroom design. So, if redecorating the bathroom, install a heated mirror pad and keep the mirror clear and clean.

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An abandoned water tower on the outskirts of Harrogate, Yorkshire, has been converted into a stunning family home by Carol and Majid the heart of the project, so they chose an air source heat pump from Panasonic to provide a low-Carbon heating and hot water solution. The four-storey water tower, which was built in the 1940s to supply a nearby several years. However, this offered the Nadrys a blank canvas on which they was one of the core principles of their restoration project, and this presented

designed and installed correctly will not deliver optimum performance. As a large four storey tower was so old and run down, the installation had more in common with a new build project adapt it to existing infrastructure, which appealed to the Nadrys as it meant that they could

heating, which was chosen as the primary method of delivering heating to the building, to increase the “We never have any problems with Uys of Heacol. “It is one of the most reliable heating systems I’ve ever come across, in three years of installing it I haven’t had to do one repair job, I would go so far as to say it’s bulletproof. Another really important feature for me is how simple it is to install, it makes completing a project so much easier. as well, which is great for a family like

outside temperature falls, the water temperature rises, meaning the system is always running


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RINNAI Andy, a registered Gas Safe engineer also based in Melbourne, who IS REALLY then ordered and undertook the installation. MOTORING Andy Dixon, who runs his own ABOARD THE plumbing and heating service, explains: “The boilers had to go on the back of the bus as Ollie was BEDROAM As the bus has an air con system, I had BUS already put a cooling radiator off the back so

‘Bedroam’ is the brainchild of Ollie Kemp, a farmer, motor racing competitor and enthusiast from Melbourne, Yorkshire. He wasn’t happy with the lack of onsite accommodation at events that would allow competitors to stay close to their expensive and irreplaceable racing gear. The constructive result of this dissatisfaction is the Bedroam bus, complete with 18 Japanese-style pod bedrooms. As well as using it himself for motorsport meets, Bedroam is available to hire. “If you can’t get a hotel when you’re going to a wedding or don’t want to camp at a festival then this is the perfect solution,” he told George Clarke of ‘Amazing Spaces’. Needless to say he has been inundated with bookings. The Bedroam has two fully-equipped bathrooms with shower, toilet and sink. Sinks and showers are supplied with safe temperature controlled hot water from controller, via motion sensor-operated taps. Two Rinnai drawing water from a bespoke designed tank designed and supplied by Barratt Tanks of Ferrybridge West Yorkshire.

the two Rinnai units sat very handily behind that simply hung on a metal grid attached to the back of the bus. cold outlets running to a little plant room where the back seats of the bus were originally which is directly beneath the bathrooms from where the water is pumped to the “Rinnai’s technical guys were very helpful when I phoned them initially for some advice and installation of the units Andy. The most recent event for the Bedroam was a River Rat Race, which involves contestants doing a 6 kilometre run with obstacles followed by a river swim. The organisers used the Bedroam for their HQ and for the principal runners to shower. They were very happy as the boilers provided more than enough hot water for everybody. “Demand for the Bedroam is phenomenal and I am thinking about building more, maybe even franchising the concept.

comfortable communal areas and a multifunctional

that,’ concludes Ollie.

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exhibiting at PHEX provides us with a fantastic opportunity to interact face-to-face with Gas Safe registered engineers and those looking to become Gas Safe registered,” said Rachel Boon from the Gas Safe Register. “The feedback we gain is invaluable and data capture from the barcode scanners provided has proven very useful in the past. We have been exhibiting at PHEX for a number for years now and the shows are always well attended, at prestigious locations and very well organised.” Having celebrated its 21st anniversary last year, the Plumbing & Heating Exhibition has established itself as the leading regional trade show for the industry. Providing installers with a platform to meet with numerous manufacturers and learn more about the latest products, PHEX helps visitors stay up-to-date with the market without taking too much time away from the job. While it has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the industry, the show remains a wellrespected and essential event in the HVAC calendar, having maintained it’s ethos to ensure a practical and “The original idea was that installers could do the whole show in half a day,” said event organiser, Claire Tilbury. “Obviously it’s grown from there. Visitors wanted more than just an exhibition, so we introduced seminars and allowed manufacturers more room to demonstrate their products. As such, the show now takes a little longer to make your way round, but those who need to keep it short and sweet are still able to do so.” PHEX now runs three shows throughout the year: PHEX Manchester, PHEX Chelsea and PHEX+ at Alexandra Palace for those visitors whose business crosses into the commercial sector. As well as allowing manufacturers to promote their products, the PHEX seminar programme gives industry bodies such as BEAMA and Gas Safe Register the chance to interact with the guys on the ground, explaining their role in the sector and how installers can get involved.

football stadiums, and the tours still remain a popular pull! The shows have received unrivalled support from businesses alike the opportunity to get in front of From boiler and pipe manufacturers to tools and exhibitors, all of whom have technical experts on PHEX also partners with both national and independent merchants to provide free transport to each of its venues, allowing visitors to network with other installers in their area and build relationships with their local reps. For more information and to register for your free ticket, visit


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The Ultimate Accolade for the Leadwork Craftsman At the beginning of October, some 57 LCA members, associates and their guests assembled at the Fawsley Hall Hotel, near Daventry for the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Murdoch Award and Murdoch Sponsors Award competitions.


he Awards are presented each year in recognition of the very best in leadwork design and installation, carried out by the specialist members of the Lead Contractors accolade for the craft of working with lead. As part of a pre-dinner reception hosted by Jamestown Metals, guests were able to assess the entries for the 2015 Awards and try to pick the overall winner from the keenly competitive and high quality nominations. The panel of Judges had met some three weeks previously and had eventually selected D Blake & Co (Worcester Park) and Norman & Underwood (Leicester) as the N Lee & Sons (Whitney), Leadwise Contracts (Co Antrim) and SWG

Award (for projects under 5 tonnes). In addressing the gathering at Fawsley Hall, Chairman of the Judging Panel Richard Murdoch once again paid tribute to the very high standard of the entries for the 2015 competition. He noted that this year there had not been any entries which might have stood out and distracted the judges, so all entries were subjected to particularly close scrutiny, down determine the deserved winners. Before announcing the winners, Richard again thanked Associated Lead Mills for continuing their long standing sponsorship of the Murdoch Award, in support of the LCA’s quality standard ethic. He noted that once again, all the main Murdoch Award Finalists were being hosted by Associated Lead for the evening as part of their sponsorship.

He also thanked them for their foresight in introducing the Murdoch Sponsors Award in 2006 which had since given some of the smaller LCA members the chance for wider recognition. Indeed he noted that there were in fact three new members entered for the Sponsors Award and two of them, Leadwise Contracts and SWG although perhaps Leadwise should be regarded as a returning, rather than an entirely new member, having previously been in the LCA from 1998 until 2008. Turning to the actual entries from Richard noted that guests had previously viewed photographs of the dome with unusual weatherings from N Lee & Son, the tile replacement leadwork at Stormont Castle from Leadwise and the dome and spire from SWG the consistently high standard of

39 Leadwise Contracts Ltd – The Parliament Building, Stormont, Co Antrim NI

both the design and workmanship that was evident throughout each project. However the judges had to pick a winner and Richard announced that Leadwise Contracts were the winners of the Murdoch Sponsors Award for 2015 and in the absence of Martin Cahalan from Leadwise, Ian Harvey stepped forward to receive the Award on their behalf from Alan Barker of sponsors Associated Lead Mills. Turning to the Murdoch Award itself, Richard noted the presence of two quality leadwork heavyweights stage, in the form of D Blake & Co (twice previous winners) and Norman & Underwood. Up against them this time was Lead-Tech Sponsors Award and were now going after the main prize. Again the projects were not eyecatchingly spectacular, with the focus more on precision detailing and consistent setting out, but workmanship. Whilst the judges had applauded over a thick stone substrate at Brothwick Castle by D Blake and the work carried out by Norman Staunton Harold Church, in their project completed by Lead-Tech that deserved to be the winner of the 2015 Murdoch Award.

Paul Mulry, who had worked extensively on Rygar House stepped forward to receive the Award on behalf of Lead-Tech from LCA Chairman Stuart Bailey. Lead-Tech MD Martin Walsh was delighted for Paul to receive such public recognition of his individual craft skills and workmanship and was very proud that his company had continued the quality standards ethos that had enabled them to win the Sponsors Award two years ago. Barry Smith, Managing Director of sponsors Associated Lead Mills, was delighted that this years awards in both categories had featured “new blood” challenging the more established LCA members. “It’s great to see new faces coming through for these awards” he said. “Not only does it show that anyone or even winning if their work is good enough, but also that the craft of working with lead is alive and well and in very good hands.”

2015 Murdoch Sponsors award Winner - The Parliament Building, Stormont - Leadwise Contracts, Co Antrim NI In a role reversal of recent trends, lead sheet replaced a failing stepped tile design in a project that relied heavily upon close teamwork between the architect and the traditional crafts Martin Cahalan reports that Leadwise were delighted to be

involved in the project at the Parliament Buildings, Stormont, an iconic Belfast landmark on an elevated site overlooking large swathes of the city and a building that has had, and continues to have today, huge relevance for all the citizens of Northern Ireland. The work itself was to the front sloping pediments and was necessitated by a longstanding failing in the existing stepped tiling arrangement. After discussing the various options, the project team from Hamilton Architects led by Mr Paul Millar took the decision to replace that would mimic the detailing of the tiled roof as far as possible. It was at this point that Leadwise as to the necessary sub-structure, sizing and ventilation needs and these were incorporated into the With the aesthetics now of paramount importance it was essential that the joinery work be of a very high standard and consistent throughout and thankfully this was achieved by the Contractor, Tracey Bros of Enniskillen. With the lead to BSEN:12588 sourced from Jamestown Metals, the 110 sheets of Code 6 lead needed were pre cut, formed and sent to site for installation. A building paper to BS 1521 Class A was laid onto the decking and the wood rolls then put in place as the work progressed. In total there were some 2600 copper nail heads that were individually dotted and everything was checked and rechecked to ensure continuity and it was through this attention to detail and pride in the project that such a pleasing outcome was obtained. Whilst Leadwise are delighted to have their contribution recognised by their peers it’s important to appreciate that it was the contributions of others also that made for overall success. The project Architect, Mr Mark Knight and Tracey Bros can take great credit too for all their input and desire to leave a lasting legacy on this landmark building.


2015 Murdoch Award Winner – Rygar House, London - Lead-Tech Consistency of design and workmanship was the key to the aesthetics of this large project panels and again working in partnership with the architect enabled design changes to be made to improve the long term integrity of the roof Martin Walsh reports that this new development is set in the heart of Mayfair in central London. LeadTech were appointed through the Main Contractor 800 Group Ltd to install all the roof timbers and new

Associated Lead Mills. A key factor in securing the project insurance backed guarantee. Once again the contractor and architect worked in close partnership and during the process of building the roof Lead-Tech were able to identify potential technical issues which might arise with the planned detailing and more importantly how the new lead roof would be ventilated. In most cases the Architects Drawings had been well thought out but when approached by Lead-Tech allowed details to be altered as required.

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the lead was installed well within its design limits. The wood rolls were staggered and included a ventilation ridge detail which was achieved using the Nicholson Air Track Products.

centres and the length of the bays were also reduced to 2.00 lm overall. At the head 3 rows of using 38mm copper ring shanks. have therefore been set well eradicating any future problems access would be problematic and costly. It is this attention to detail that was recognised by the Murdoch Award judges

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Sealing your EWI Peter Thompson, General Manager UK of ISO-Chemie, explains the best practice and products for sealing External Wall Insulation. As mentioned above, different EWI

the termination area, such as a window, then cover movement in the area where the two materials meet, as through into the insulation layer. The minimum requirement of any EWI system is to add additional Other installers recommend the EWI system is thermal insulation to the outside of the structure, then seal the extra insulation layer as well as the underlying fabric. the one thing they all have in common is that the insulation must of a very small amount of moisture. It is a general rule of thumb that a 5% ingress of moisture into this layer will reduce its thermal materials and accommodate constant differential

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Vicaima’s market growth prompt’s sales force expansion

With record sales in 2014 and 2015 Vicaima has begun a programme of expansion for its regional representation in 2016. Phase one see’s the appointment of Stephen Pearce as their new Area Sales Manager for the central northern and midlands region, and bringing with him a wealth of

Based from his home town of Wolverhampton Stephen will cover the important and

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Garador’s New Roller Designs Will Open a Few Doors Garador is already one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of garage doors and electric operators. With high precision engineering and superior designs, their garage doors are unrivalled on the market today. Garador remain leaders because they continually work to improve their garage door designs. Now, for 2016, they have enhanced their top selling GaraRoll roller doors with a number of brand new features. These include design adjustments to make the door’s travel maintain. There is a new hinge connector on the header box providing a better seal on the box itself. This is an important subjected to the weather. The new hinge connector also makes it easier to access the box for maintenance activities. In addition, the guide rails on the door have been widened to be more conducive to a smoother door travel, and with two more brush seals for each guide rail they now give even more of a water-tight door motion. The GaraRoll is available in a choice of 11 colour and timber transmitter and one 4-button hand transmitter as standard. But Garador isn’t renowned just for its roller doors. Garador also offer an extensive choice of Up and Over, Sectional and Side Hinged garage doors, each available in a variety of colours and in a variety of standard and purpose-made sizes; enabling you to In addition, Garador also offer a selection of garage side doors and ultra-modern FrontGuard entrance doors; each designed to complement an existing Garador garage door design. For those looking for high security doors, Garador also provides a collection of Up and Over garage doors with Secured by Design accreditation, which have been specially engineered to withstand a break-in by a burglar. Many of their FrontGuard entrance doors are also Secured by Design accredited for those looking to complete the package with a matching garage door and front entrance door. Garador is a well-established brand that has been manufacturing garage doors for over 50 years. To view the full Garador range, including the new GaraRoll roller door, visit

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Mighton Move into Paints The UK’s oldest established supplier of products to the sash window manufacturing industry, Mighton Products, have recently added a range of paints to their extensive offer. Set up in 1983 to sell nylon sash pulleys to the window joinery industry the company now boast over 2000 ‘high quality’ sash, casement and door products in their catalogue and online. Their aim has always been “to stay close to joiners and provide them with what they want”. Today the company has many thousands of customers Worldwide. The latest addition is the Drywood range of interior and exterior primers Drywood Coatings are manufactured by Dutch company G.B. Holst the industry began to switch to such coatings for environmental reasons. Today they offer a complete range of paint products with extremely long life cycles which have been assessed by independent test institutes for durability, adhesion, moisture permeability etc. The products have been used in a wide range of climates, from the freezing cold of Norway, to the often wet climate of Ireland and the heat of Southern Italy. Mighton are the sole UK distributor and say that because of the product’s durability, they offer a 10 year guarantee when applied using the Drywood system. Next day delivery, volume discounts and the ability to match any existing colour at their premises in Hinxton Cambs all come as standard. Mighton also stock other Drywood products such as Optijoint, a gap an exterior semi-gloss translucent self-priming coating. There are also

The Drywood range also includes quick drying exterior wood stains, water based spray white and coloured paints for sash restoration work. In particular, the factory applied paints have secured rave reviews amongst Mighton’s customer base with their ease of spray application, durability, close matchingstandards and 10 year guarantees all playing their part. Tel: 0800 056 0471


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