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Title: People First Architecture Gets the Green Light Location: Box Tree Lane, Harrow Architect: YOOP Architects

Title: Archial Completes Broxden Dental Centre in Perth Location: Broxden Dental Centre in Perth Architect: Archial

Harrow Planning Committee Members has given to an Origin Housing Group affordable housing scheme designed by YOOP Architects. The 14 unit scheme of 4 houses and 10 flats marks a distinct change in approach championed by YOOP Architects to provide housing focused on the issues of ‘liveable homes’ with ‘people first architecture’. Its ‘people first architecture’, delivers for people now and the future, with low running and maintaince costs. The scheme will be quiet and private for both the resident and wider community, a true sustainable and respectful developement for people. The scheme focuses on quality private amenity space and noise. The front of the building has a screen type wall which mediates between the street and homes. This allows residents to feel as if they are not on show. Balconies have been screened with a vertical louver type pattern to allow residents to see out but others not to see in. The screen solution also respects the wider community to screen any items on balconies which can negatively disrupt the visual appearance of a scheme. Noise between dwellings is a contemporary issue with increased densities. The scheme returns to very robust solid construction so residents can enjoy music while not affecting their neighbour. Title: STILETTO Designer: Splinter Works

Stiletto can be appropriated for all manner of functions; desk, console table or dressing table. The sinuous leg of the table evokes a ‘stacked heel’ stiletto, and is hand sculpted from solid stacked walnut. The iconic ‘red sole’, defines the underside of the table in polished red acrylic, with a French Burr Walnut veneer curved top (as seen here) or with inlaid leather (offering a modern twist on a leather topped writing desk). The drawers are perfectly fitted to glide open without runners, and they have no handles; just a neat hidden finger groove on the underside ensures the seamless hidden functionality of the clean sculptural shape. The drawers are lined in red nubuck leather. Optional cable management can be installed with a conduit for cables to run through the stiletto leg. Archial has completed the £3.85 million Broxden Dental Centre in Perth for NHS Tayside. Providing general primary care dentistry services and undergraduate teaching spaces for NHS Tayside and NHS Education Scotland, Broxden Dental Centre offers a quality working environment in this new landmark building. The new dental centre lies adjacent to the busy A9 trunk road linking Perth to Inverness. The site is sunken, with limited views from ground level. Graham Whitters, senior architect at Archial, said: “A two storey element carefully placed between the courtyard and the road acts as a buffer to the noise generated from the adjacent A9. The building’s exterior is a study in balanced contrast. A ground floor, white render plinth provides a base for the dark fibre cement slate clad upper storey, which cantilevers to announce and protect the main building entrance. Externally, randomly-sized, fibre cement panels at the windows


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introduce colour against the neutral backdrop of render and slate whilst, in the courtyard, the reception ‘pod’ is announced through the use of iridescent stainless cladding.” Internally, the centre is bright, airy and welcoming. Expanses of glazing to the waiting area and ground floor corridors allow natural light to flood public areas and offer panoramic views of the courtyard. Large windows in the first floor rooms exploit the views to the Perthshire hills whilst treatment rooms employ a calming pastel palette. Use of solar panels, improved U-values, improved air tightness, use of heat exchangers, natural daylight and ventilation, intelligent lighting controls and sanitary fixtures with reduced water demand are all incorporated to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and promote sustainable design in a way that is beneficial to the user.

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Armed with the topic “Let the market decide which is the most sustainable product”, Mr. Rhodes talked about the forest products sector and Coillte Panel Products’ “Time 2 Choose” imperative which has been a key focus and theme for the company for several years. “‘Time 2 Choose’ continues to be of international relevance as it challenges traditional specifying and purchasing criteria, none more so than in the design and construction of the infrastructure for the 2012 London ‘Sustainable’ Olympic Games,


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and both FSC certified Medite MDF and SmartPly OSB are used extensively throughout the Stratford site” said Mr. Rhodes. Language is changing, with LCA, carbon footprints, embodied energy, transport miles, BREEAM and LEED becoming more common points of reference, and Mr. Rhodes cited MDF and OSB cited as good examples of sustainable products from the forest products sector. The discussion turned to government procurement policies and international certification schemes such as FSC, PEFC, SFI, CSA and MTCC, and corporate CSR schemes led by Marks & Spencer’s Plan A, and with Tesco and Sainsbury’s Eco Stores. This raised issue of ethical sourcing of all products, not just regarding sustainability but including the impact of, in some cases, worldwide transport, and respect and fairness for the people who work to produce these products. “Here we are as the forest products industry working hard with certification and chain of custody, trading ethically and encouraging the market to make the right specification and purchasing decisions, but where does ethical sourcing come in for other materials?” Additional questions were raised including, how do timber-based products compete on the sustainability issues compared to non-wood products? “There is a need to educate staff, users, professional specifiers, site agents, quantity surveyors, architects, the list goes on,” concluded Mr. Rhodes. “Universities have key role to play and we encourage any increase in emphasis on the knowledge of materials in current UK university design education. The market must decide, but they also need the knowledge and the training in order to make those important decisions”.

New from Steico at Ecobuild 2011

Ecobuild 2011 exceeded all expectations for Carpet Recycling UK – the industrybacked association for recycling and reusing waste carpet – with more than 140 new contacts gained from across the supply chain at the London event. CRUK’s stand and seminar programme highlighting novel re-uses for carpet waste also generated several membership leads, including renewals and new inquiries from raw material suppliers, manufacturers and recyclers. Also exhibiting at Ecobuild were Desso, Miliken, Forbo - three of CRUK’s 14 manufacturing members. “The seminars covered key areas, such as eco design for recycling, trends in specification for sustainable carpets and using carpet waste as a resource in new applications. All were well-attended and well-received by a cross-section of attendees, from architects and specifiers to manufacturers and end users of recyclate,” comments CRUK Co-ordinator Jane Gardner.

Steico, Europe’s market leading manufacturer of wood fibre insulation and construction products, introduced several new developments at Ecobuild 2011 and new literature covering the expanded UK portfolio. Alongside its extensive ranges of flexible and rigid insulation panels Steico announced a new ultralam laminated veneer lumber flange for its Steicojoists; a new sealed waterproof Steicoprotectadek engineered floor; and a prototype fire retardent version which is now under final test. Insulation products on display included Steicoflex, Steicotherm and Steicouniversal. These provide energy saving climate control for houses, commercial, public and industrial buildings by enhancing the breathability of the building fabric.. The resulting healthy indoor climate ensures cosy warmth in winter and a cool retreat in summer. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 3


Coillte Panel Products ‘Talks Shop’ At Ecobuild 2011 With Kingston University Geoff Rhodes, Coillte Panel Product’s marketing and business development director was invited to participate in Kingston University’s ‘Talking Shop’ programme of informal events on Kingston’s stand at this year’s Ecobuild. These intimate short debates and workshops by academics and invited guests took place amid the organised chaos of the biggest Ecobuild event to date and explored the challenges of sustainability as they relate to design, the built environment and beyond. Geoff Rhodes first touched on the longstanding links Coillte Panel Products has with Kingston, including cooperation on several projects with their product and design students, some of whom have had the opportunity to visit Coillte’s manufacturing plants in Ireland for SmartPly OSB and Medite MDF.

Carpet Recycling UK Gains Many Leads At Ecobuild 2011


CAB’s Ecobuild Success With an estimated 56,000 visitors and over 1,300 exhibitor stands at the recent Ecobuild exhibition, the organisers, IBE, have successfully created a UK construction exhibition which we have not seen for the last couple of decades. Heading up the highly successful Aluminium Area, the Council for Aluminium in Building’s 150 square metre island site included 7 CAB member companies. The ‘drop-in’ lounge, hosted by CAB, offered visitors an insight into the latest issues regarding aluminium in construction and technical support was on hand to answer direct questions about standards and sustainability. Some of the latest sustainability information on the various materials used for fenestration has been published in the form of the ‘Windows Sustainability Action Plan’ published by Defra, which was the subject of one of the many fringe events taking place at the show. A new body the ‘Windows Sustainability Partnership’ (WSP) has emanated from this project, with the support of the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP), will be chaired by some of the material organisations and bodies involved on a rotating basis – CAB being chair for the inaugural year. Provisionally, the aim of WSP is to be able to update the Action Plan by the end of January 2012. CAB also launched its Annual Report for 2011 which looks at the work and membership of the association. and is available as a download from the CAB website. CAB chief executive, Justin Ratcliffe, was delighted with show and the reaction to the CAB Aluminium Area. He commented, ‘there was substantial synergy created by such a large group stand and it proved to be an excellent focal point for architects, specifiers and the aluminium in building supply chain. We are very much looking forward to being here in 2012 (20th – 22nd March).’ For more information on CAB, its activities and membership issues, contact Justin Ratcliffe at, ring the CAB office on 01453 828851 or go to ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 4

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ACO Launches Range Of Illuminated Channel Drainage Systems ACO Water Management’s new illuminated channel drainage systems offer an ingenious and simple way to add contemporary lighting effects into any landscaped area. The ACO Eyeleds system is designed for residential applications while the ACO LightPoint range is for use in medium duty and public areas. Both carry surface-mounted LED spotlights that are set within a range of channel options. The ACO Eyeleds system is certified for Load Class A and B applications – pedestrians, light vehicles, residential driveways and parking areas. The installed channel is 100mm wide and uses ACO’s Drainlock™ barless grating lock-down system to provide optimum drainage performance. The heavier duty ACO LightPoint system is certified for Load Class D environments and is available in a greater range of size, material and lighting options. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 5

The Ardex CPD Academy Goes Live! As part of their service to architects and specifiers, ARDEX UK has launched the ARDEX CPD Academy website. ARDEX is committed to providing RIBA approved Continuous Professional Development Seminars that allow an attendee to improve their knowledge and skills base within the key construction industry sectors of tiling and flooring. In addition to the option of delivering ARDEX CPD seminars at architectural premises, ARDEX have launched the CPD Academy which means that they can now be accessed online, and taken at the architects own convenience. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 6

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Sika Create World Of Entertainment At Concrete Show

Beaumont Forest Products The A. Proctor Group is pleased to announce a new partnership with Beaumont Forest Products. Beaumont Forest Products is a leading timber merchant serving the South East of England through three branches. The A. Proctor Groups’ new partnership will mean that Beaumont Forest Products will now be stocking an extensive portfolio of thermal laminates, acoustic floor and wall systems, and high specification membranes such as Roofshield. Beaumont Forest Products will also offer client support, backed up by The A. Proctor Group’s dedicated technical back-up. This includes the preparation of U-Value Calculations and Condensation Risk Analyses’, Online Technical Support, SAP calculations and Acoustic Testing facilities. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 8

Sika’s chosen theme of the Concrete Circus for their stand at the inaugural UK Concrete Show, held in Coventry in February, was a rip roaring success. Forsaking the traditional show stand format, Sika created a world of circus fun and entertainment to attract and delight their many visitors, who packed the stand throughout the two days. These visitors could try their skill at various challenges, such as the fastest (sealant) gun in the west or the buzz machine, with the ipod touch offered as prizes. The ‘fibre collider’ demonstrated the impact resistance of fibre concrete and the Air Void Analysis machine demonstrated its unique ability to work on air entrained concrete. Video displays and a tropical fish tank made with Sika Watertight Concrete were other attractions. Confounding visitors and passers by was Magic Circle member, lady magician Katherine Mills. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 7

Fendor Bucks Trend And Sees Output Rise Fendor has bucked the economic trend to record a healthy 18 % increase in growth during 2010. Announcing the figures, managing director Chris Duffy said, ‘’Since 2007 Fendor has invested heavily in both R&D and Marketing spend and this increased during 2010. We have aggressively targeted new market sectors specifically Healthcare this being highlighted by the introduction of several new patent applications for that sector. European Design rights have been granted for the CleanVent® system and for the first time International PCT applications are in place. ‘’The results of this strategic initiative resulted in 18% growth in 2010 output over 2009 during a period of particularly difficult market conditions in the U.K.’ Since the 2006 MBO we have seen consistent annual growth in our balance sheet and 2010 ended with a particularly strong cash position ‘’.

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AutoCAD for MAC The software you love on the platform you want! Sapphire Balustrades Re-Launches Website Sapphire Balustrades, the leading UK full service manufacturer and installer of premium balustrade systems, has launched its renewed website. Following research with a sample of contractors, designers and specifiers, the new site now includes detailed information on its extensive product range and useful online resources designed with architects and specifiers in mind. Customer support is particularly important to Sapphire. To this end, full NBS specifications for the entire product range, generic CAD drawings and technical information are all freely available to download from the new site. The site also includes a large database of case studies plus an extensive gallery of downloadable images which visitors can search using a wide range of criteria to find examples of a particular balustrade, application, accessory or sector. “We wanted a website that would tell prospective customers about our products and our approach to business that sets Sapphire apart,” explains Marketing Manager Nick Haughton. “But more than this we wanted to create a really useful site – something with the information and resources that architects and specifiers actually need. We believe we have achieved that and are keen for everyone to start visiting and using the new site.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 11

Unite Modular Solutions Wins YMCA Contract Unite Modular Solutions has been appointed by Warings Contractors Ltd as the specialist modular contractor for a new YMCA development in Croydon, London. Using volumetric modular construction - the fast-track design and factory manufacture of volumetric units in the form of lightweight steel frame technology that are then joined together on site – the 10-story building, which is to be called Cornerstone House, will boast living accommodation as well as offices and community and support services. The second to ninth floors are to be constructed from 161 fully structural modules to create seven flats per floor and a total of 56 new flats. The volumetric units, in addition to providing the structural integrity of the building, offer Warings - part of Bouygues UK Ltd – the additional benefit of having all services incorporated, such as plumbing and electrics, ready for simple connection on site together with factory fitted room content including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, before residents move in, making for more efficient construction and a tidier and safer site, producing less on-site waste. The new building will be completed by March 2012 and the ability of Unite Modular Solutions to meet this timescale was a significant factor in the decision for Warings to adopt a fully modular approach to the project.

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Remmers Wood Coatings – Now In The UK

The first 15 of a series of free to download details is now available from Klober via the architectural CAD database website, FastrackCAD. These cover key aspects of roofing, including cold and warm roof ventilation, dry fixing and airtightness, as well as timber frame ventilation. Each drawing is layered and includes an insertion point to manipulate on screen and position at will. Additions to the series will continue throughout 2011. Either go to www. for details or use the link from Klober’s new website

Remmers, Europe’s leading manufacturer of specialised building, repair and protection products for the construction industry have launched their top quality exterior joinery coatings in the UK. Remmers’ Induline range of Opaque and Translucent Exterior Coatings offers excellent durability, elasticity and blocking resistance giving a 10 Year maintenance free guarantee. Opaque coatings are of high opacity and build and are available in RAL, NCS, BS4800 and many more, while the Translucent coatings offer excellent clarity and feel and are presented in more traditional ‘timber’ finishes such as pine, mahogany etc.



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Keywood From Arch Timber Protection Keywood is modified timber from timber preservation and fire retardant specialists Arch Timber Protection. It has been developed to provide a building material with the widest range of possibilities and uses only natural biomass resins and Radiata Pine sustainable timbers. Keywood provides a versatile, durable and sustainable building material. It can be used both indoors or outdoors, either with or without a coating. The modification process imbues Keywood with improved dimensional stability and long term performance properties with a Durability Class which relates to a 60 year service life according to BS8417 for outdoor, above ground applications, such as decking, cladding, joinery and furniture. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 17

Aico Ltd. has published a new Housing Specifier’s Pocket Book designed to provide anyone involved with specification with all the information they require to produce a robust fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection system specification for virtually all types of single family dwellings and many Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The Pocket Book, with its ‘6 Steps to Successful Specification’, includes alarm grades and categories, choice of back-up supply, alarm sensor types, alarm quality, installation methods and additional features to consider such as alarm control switches. In addition to traditional alarm systems, the Housing Specifier’s Pocket Book also addresses new technology and innovations, such as RadioLINK wire-free alarm interconnection, the award winning Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm and control devices, all of which are unique to Aico. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 16

American Hardwoods Online And On Target The complete redesign and restructuring of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) information website for American hardwoods was both an investment and a risk. Would it really lead to a greater interaction with the target audience? Could it deliver easy access to a massive amount of technical information and yet still look and feel good to the user? Response to the site so far indicates a resounding “yes”. has been live since the end of 2010 and already visitor numbers have increased dramatically, as has the time visitors spend on the site. The new site contains many layers of technically specific information and a plethora of case studies on twenty commercial U.S. hardwood species. The core of the site is now available in ten languages. Publications can still be ordered for free, but there are now also options to view them as PDFs or instantly download them to PC.

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The Wood Awards Celebrates 40th Anniversary In 2011 The Wood Awards was launched 40 years ago this year as the Carpenters’ Award, and since its re-launch in 2003 has established itself as Britain’s premier architecture and furniture competition celebrating excellence in design and craftsmanship using wood. The aim of The Wood Awards has always been to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood; an aim which, with increasing demands and requirements for sustainability and environmental responsibility, is more important than ever. 2011 is a defining year for the Wood Awards. Change is in the air, and this year the awards organisation has undergone a complete restructure. There are many ‘firsts’ planned for the Wood Awards 2011, including working with the Building Centre in London to launch the Call For Entries with a “Wood Awards” seminar - a key event in the Building Centre’s ever-popular ‘Wood Talk’ series which will be chaired by Hugh Pearman, architecture critic for the Sunday Times and editor of RIBA Journal on 24th March 2011, the fee for entering projects has been removed so entries can be submitted free of any administration charge, a press reception in June at Carpenter’s Hall in London to unveil the Shortlist immediately after it has been selected by the judges, and for the first time ever, a complete change in the winners’ ceremony venue and timing, to TimberExpo in Coventry on 27th September. TimberExpo is a dynamic new event designed to bring the timber industry together for the first time under one roof.

Held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 27th and 28th September 2011, Timber Expo will reveal the widest and most comprehensive display of applications for timber within the built environment, and provide a timber showcase for construction and sustainable building design. As well as the venue for the Wood Awards 2011 ceremony on the 27th September, TimberExpo will also be hosting TRADA’s two-day ‘In Touch With Timber’ conference for architects, designers and engineers featuring the very latest developments, fresh ideas and innovation in architecture delivered by the timber sector. The Wood Awards is a showcase, a flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design. With the enthusiastic commitment of its sponsors, including the American Hardwood Export Council, the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, TRADA, Wood For Good, American Softwoods, the British Woodworking Federation and the Malaysian Timber Council, 40 years on, the Wood Awards and excellence in design and craftsmanship using wood, is thriving. The main categories of the Wood Awards 2011 are designed to attract projects of all shapes and sizes in architecture, joinery and furniture. The categories for entry are Commercial & Public Access, Private/Best Small Project, Structural, Conservation/Restoration, Best Use of British Timber, and Furniture, with the prestigious Gold Award going to the ‘winner of winners’. With permission from the owner, anyone associated with an eligible building or furniture project – from timber supplier to designer – can enter using the easy Wood Awards online entry form at www., where there is also information on how to enter, project criteria and more details on each of the categories. Full details of all sponsors and information on The Wood Awards can be found at

Sadolin Ultra at the Helix Building in Scotland

Sadolin - Offering Premium Protection For Wood In Social Housing Environments A popular choice with property and construction managers, designers and architects, Sadolin Ultra ®, is a highly translucent wood stain, which offers a premium quality finish for the long-term – with seven years’ protection. The formulation allows the natural beauty of wood to shine through, highlighting its natural features. Ensuring superior wood protection, Sadolin Ultra® offers a range of time proven benefits - including superior colour retention and the ability to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Julie Olsson, marketing manager for Sadolin, said: “Sadolin Ultra® has a number of qualities that combine to offer superior protection for wood. For example, exposure to sunlight and the weather can cause conventional wood stains to fade over time, but Sadolin Ultra® uses specially selected lightfiltering pigments to promote longer lasting colours. Easy maintenance is also assured to maintain Sadolin’s aesthetic appeal for the long term. The longer wood is exposed to the elements the greater the risk of conventional wood stains blistering and peeling – and applying a new coat will require extensive sanding and preparation if wood is weathered.”

“However, Sadolin Ultra® is specially developed to weather naturally, so applying a fresh coat requires only minimal preparation - reducing time, expense and labour. In the British climate, the ability to cope with rain and damp is also vital to ensure longevity. As a result, the system is designed to form a microporous ‘jacket’, which is both waterproof and allows the wood to breathe naturally, which in turn offers longer lasting protection.” Sadolin Ultra® is available in 16 shades. Colour is easily achieved with all shades created from a choice of a coloured top coat, delivered from just one basecoat. Finally, the system is also produced with attention to the environment. It features a new alkyd formulation that requires less solvent, achieving 2010 VOC Compliance, without any compromise on quality – and Sadolin has also been working with The CarbonNeutral® company since 2002 to offset energy use in the manufacturing process. Find out more about Sadolin Ultra® at ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 21



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New Roof Walkway System Is Designed For Fast Installation Neaco have developed a superb addition to their roof access range with the launch of Paldek 2, a new roof walkway system designed for fast and efficient installation. Paldek 2 walkway panels feature Neaco’s patented swage-locked construction with swage bars, frame and serrated load bars in aluminium alloy. The system’s dual action fixing clamp is secured to the roof seam and walkway with only one fixing, taking 50 percent less time to install than conventional clamping methods. A specially designed ‘T’ edging strip to the end of longer panels allows users to see clearly defined changes of direction. “When installing Paldek 2 there is no need to fix a seam clamp in first and then clamp the flooring to the seam clip,” explains Neaco’s managing director, Alan Green. “The dual action clamp completes both tasks when the clamp bolt is tightened, thereby saving valuable time and money spent on site.”

New Fabric Screen Sliding Shutters Offer Every Colour Under The Sun Hunter Douglas UK has launched a new range of colourful sliding shutters with glass-fabric screens, designed to give a softer and more bespoke architectural feel to building projects. Available in a range of no less than 59 colours, the new pre-tensioned outdoor screen fabrics are compatible with the existing Hunter Douglas sliding shutter systems, in both manual and motorised configurations. The screen fabric, which is highly durable and contains an anti-static treatment to repel dirt, sits in an extremely lightweight aluminium frame to give the impression of a frameless block of colour. The open-weave structure of the fabric has a three per cent openness factor, filtering direct sunlight and reducing the impact of solar radiation. It helps maintain internal privacy while still allowing optimum daylight to enter a building. The colourful screen fabric sliding shutters are particularly suited to high-quality apartment buildings where a bespoke architectural appearance is sought.


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Stephen Archer-Jones, sun control manager for Hunter Douglas in the UK & Ireland, said: “The outdoor screen fabric range has been incredibly popular across continental Europe since its recent launch. It represents the latest in a long line of exciting new sun control product innovations from Hunter Douglas. Architects in the UK and Ireland will now have an even wider palette of materials to choose from to ensure their buildings not only provide reduced solar heat gain and privacy for the occupants but that they also stand out from the crowd.” The high-quality fibreglass screen fabric is based on Enduris™ Glass Core Technology, which sets the standard in European woven glass fabric production.

“Paldek 2 is very similar in design to Techdek, our original walkway system. When the extreme technical capabilities of Techdek are not required, Paldek 2 is an ideal choice because it is very cost-effective. The two systems are very alike in appearance, providing aesthetic consistency in schemes where both are used.” “To complement Paldek 2 we have also launched Linedek, a new stand-alone handrail system providing safety for roof access walkways with a cost-effective and easyto-install solution. Ideally suited for use in conjunction with Paldek 2, Linedek is designed to maximise structural efficiency with strong and secure support attached to the roof sheet.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 23


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(Photos by Bradley Cameron for DuPont™ Tyvek®, all rights reserved)

(Photos by Bradley Cameron for DuPont™ Tyvek®, all rights reserved)

The Restoration Of An Architectural And Cultural Gem: St. Germanus Church On The Rame Peninsula In Cornwall Historic buildings have a special charm that require careful and sympathetic preservation even if they sometimes need a little ‘discreet’ help from very modern materials. The medieval St. Germanus Church on the picturesque Rame Peninsula in Cornwall is one such architectural and cultural gem which now has a new roof benefitting from a reliable, hi-tech DuPont™ Tyvek® underlay. This remote and exquisite 13th Century structure has continuously withstood the onslaught of time to serve its parishioners admirably, without even the need for contemporary amenities such as running water or electricity (its famed candlelit carol service draws international visitors). Nevertheless, the structure became vulnerable to the harsh coastal climate and had begun to lose roof slates at an alarming rate due to nail rot. This put the precious interior at risk from wind and water and so it was time for some vigorous fundraising by its community and the application of superior roofing solutions to ensure the longevity of the restoration. The project involved removing and saving whatever original Cornish Delabole slates could be re-used, undertaking any necessary structural repairs and then installing DuPont™ Tyvek® advanced-breather membranes before re-fixing both salvaged and new tiles. The membrane was essential both to protect the church from weather during the construction process (and should any slates fail in the future) and to allow for the evaporation of any interstitial moisture or condensation. DuPont™ Tyvek® underlays offer proven durability (as demonstrated by recent test results) and are distinctive in several key ways that make them ideal for today’s roofing projects, whether new build or to preserve the treasures of the past. Unique because of the high-quality single layer construction, DuPont™ Tyvek® is naturally vapour open but also watertight. This is due to its composition of millions of micro fibres that are bonded together to make a “maze” that’s impermeable to moisture and yet allows water vapour to pass through the natural pores in its structure.

Simon Crosbie, Director of Le Page Architects, (www.lepagearchitects. com) a Cornwall-based practice highly experienced in working with historic buildings, comments, “The church is very typical of the Cornish coast line with its rugged, simple architecture matching the surroundings. Built mainly of slate stone, its fenestration is of local granite as is the Cornish slate roof. As with all Grade 1 listed buildings of this nature a purposeful philosophy has to be adopted to ensure corrective work is undertaken that protects the fabric without damaging or removing any of the historic “nature” of the architecture. In this particular case, the roofs had to be stripped as the slates and rainwater goods were failing.” Simon Crosbie continues, “Due to the poor original levels where the slate roofs abutted the parapet walls, new granite copings have had to be set in place. This detail allows the correct lead soaker and flashing dimensions, and of course the DuPont™ Tyvek® membrane, to be turned up accurately behind. It was very important that we choose the right products for the new roof. Whilst the slates were sorted and those which still had a long lifespan reused alongside replacement Delabole slates, the requirement to have a reliable underlay of the highest specification was an absolute necessity, as it forms the second line of defence in case of wind-blown or water damage…and due to the structure’s locality this is a possibility over time.” So now parishioners and visitors can continue to enjoy the distinctive beauty, calm and spiritual solace of St. Germanus at Rame in good faith that they are well protected from the elements. The roof work was undertaken by Western Counties Roofing (Newton Abbot). ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 24

Easy to install yet robust enough to withstand the rigours and exposures of a construction site, DuPont™ Tyvek® is resistant to UV damage, wear and tear and to high thermal exposure over the life of the roof, factors which may cause some other membranes to lose crucial water tightness.


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Top Notch Rainwater System Does The Trick…

Installation Is Easy With Safetyworks Easyguard Handrails

Sandtoft Bolsters Technical Team

A Site For Sore Eyes From Unilin Systems

When the elderly cast iron guttering on Steve Parson’s house became detached from the fascia boards, he knew that the house needed surgery! Having been nearly decapitated by the old guttering, he had no desire to replace the old guttering and downpipes with new cast iron, and was impressed by the latest Elegance uPVC cast iron look alike system from Polypipe. The new profile, just released - the Elegance Ogee notched looked just right for the property providing a secure fit and countered the problem of gutters becoming dislodged from their retaining clips during warm weather due to heat expansion, making leaky joints a thing of the past.

In excess of 1000m of Easyguard permanent free standing handrails were supplied by ‘safety at height specialists’ SAFETYWORKS & Solutions, to the site of a major manufacturer of earth moving equipment, based in Leicester. The Easyguard system was chosen over other companies as it was able to offer a fast track, easy installation process, and system flexibility due to its simplistic design which does not incorporate counterweight components within the manufacture. The client expressed a desire to install the products themselves, with SAFETYWORKS manufacturing and supplying the system to site. SAFETYWORKS Easyguard free standing handrails are galvanised to BS/EN 1461 and offer proven durability and simplistic assembly. The base plates are fitted with bonded ribbed rubber mats, which include an EPDM foam infill which in turn, reduces heat transference to the roof membrane, therefore reducing degradation.

Sandtoft Roof Tiles has strengthened its technical services team with the appointment of Simon Dixon as Training Manager. Based at Sandtoft’s head office near Doncaster, he brings almost 30 years’ roofing experience to the team One of his key objectives at Sandtoft will be to provide training for the company’s new solar roofing system - PV48 - including developing an installation guide for roofers. Sandtoft’s technical services team provides comprehensive advice on designing, specifying and installing a roof in accordance with the latest legislation and building standards. It offers a vast library of technical data, bespoke information and calculations to meet customers’ specific needs.

Unilin Systems has redeveloped its website, to be better positioned in providing specifiers and developers with the necessary information on its range of structural insulted roof panels. The site contains information on Unipur and Unispan roof panels, as well as a range of spandrel panels, which combine as a system to create conventional gabled-look roof structures and to provide a completely modular approach to roof construction. The website also informs visitors on cutting services as well as full specification details.The website also documents successful installations of Unilin Systems structural insulated roof panels.






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Rainline – no matter what the colour, it will always be green

Klober Examines Effects Of Air Tightness On SAP Calculation The 2011 edition of Klober’s ‘Taking control of air leakage’ brochure provides a valuable insight into how to make roofs airtight. An accompanying ‘SAP supplement’ also details the impact of varied levels of airtightness on CO2 Target Emission Rates. It examines the effects of reducing air permeability from the Building Regulations ‘default value’ to that recommended by the Energy Saving Trust and includes variations in elemental U-values, types of heating, ventilation and hot water system and building fabric characteristics such as thermal bridging. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 27


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In Sweden they know a thing or two about manufacturing sustainable building products and their impact on the environment, so it’s not surprising that Lindab’s Rainline carbon footprint is significantly lower than many of the rainwater systems currently on the market. This combined with high performance, quality and competitive pricing makes Rainline one of the most effective and ‘green’ solutions for the control of rain drainage on all types of buildings.

Fakro Roof Window Offers Lowest U-Value Yet Fakro’s FTT U8 Thermo® centre pivot roof window offers an exceptional heat transmission co-efficient and U-value of 0.68 W/m2K. With a 30% thicker sash than a traditional double glazed centre pivot window, the 32mm thick triple-glazed unit provides a U-value of 0.5 W/m2K. An automatic air vent provides continuous adjustment of the air flow as external air pressure changes while the patented topSafe® system provides the highest standard of security and safety currently available - Class 4 EN13049. The FTT was recently supplied to the Scottish Housing Expo project for use in homes built to the Passivhaus standard and was also used in the North East’s first Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 project.

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Manufactured from high quality, zinc coated part recycled galvanised steel; Rainline offers all the features you would expect from a system manufactured by one of Sweden’s leading companies. Available in a range of attractive high build polyester colours, the finish of which is guaranteed for 15 years, Rainline is also available in natural copper, Aluzinc and plain galvanised. For an information pack contact us at the address below.

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Zinc Standing Seam Focal Point For Park Lane Skyline The new spa at the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane, designed by Eric Parry Architects, was conceived as a ‘spa in the clouds’. the purposedesigned rooftop extension providing a ‘hat’ to replace the flat roof which had left the hotel looking rather unfinished in the context of Park Lane. The design maximises the spectacular views offered by the tenth floor location using the VM Zinc Plus® standing seam roofing system as a distinguishing feature for the newly defined architectural form. The chosen metal roof had to meet strict planning requirements, carefully defined standards of appearance and, due to the spa’s high prevailing humidity levels, BS 5250 class 5. From an aesthetic perspective, success depended heavily on the use of a product which offered scope to provide a perfectly curved roof profile with a high degree of detailing. The rooftop façade is formed from a ribbon of glass which traces the plan form of the guest rooms beneath, set back from the parapet and topped with the dark zinc roof. The zinc complements the existing Portland Stone which was fully cleaned.


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Klober - The Latest NHBC Roof Ventilation Directive Though the overall refurbishment took 28 months, only a limited time frame was available for the roof’s installation. The VM Zinc Plus system obviated the need for additional ventilation and in conjunction with cellular glass insulation enabled a perfectly formed, warm roof build-up to be created. Not only is the system ideal for areas of consistently high humidity, the absence of obtrusive ventilation details and use of specially designed clips avoids mechanical fastening and penetrations of the insulation. Two zinc finishes were used, VM Zinc’s Quartz-Zinc Plus® on the main barrel vaulted roof and small areas of vertical cladding, and Anthra-Zinc Plus® on the ‘skirt’ and gutters around the perimeter. Apart from a few small sections, all the zinc was laid onto Foamglas® over a plywood substrate in sheets up to 15 metres in length. Accessories such as louvres were also made from zinc. Julian Ogiwara of Eric Parry Architects commented, “Being located in such a prominent location the importance of achieving a highly crafted roof was paramount from the outset. VM Zinc’s team delivered detailed advice which we incorporated into our specification and drawings. Key factors influencing the specification were product life cycle, which is up to 100 years in an urban environment and having a single sheet of zinc to cover a 14m barrel roof without the need for a ventilated ridge detail. This could only be achieved with the VMZINC PLUS product. Colour range and reflectivity of the material were also important. The Hotel operator has dubbed it the “Fifth Façade” which I feel is an appropriate compliment to this beautifully crafted roof”. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 32

The issue of how best to control condensation in the roof space has been debated ever since vapour permeable underlays (VPUs) were introduced. However, consistently cold winters have, according to roofing accessory specialists Klober, prompted an increasing number of condensation-related complaints to the NHBC. Managing Director David Arendell commented, “Despite the fact that the great majority of VPUs are supported by third party certification, the NHBC has now published new ventilation requirements for roofs in which vapour permeable underlays (VPUs) are used”. The risk of condensation in new homes is at its greatest during the drying out period and the situation is made worse by brief periods of vapour creation followed by many hours in which homes may be left unheated. Though traditional, low-level eaves ventilation is often preferred for ‘cold roofs’, its effectiveness depends on air flow quality, and wind speeds tend to fall in lower temperatures. By contrast, high level ventilation at or near

the ridge is effective in all weather conditions as it forms a stack effect. ‘Unventilated’ roofs had been considered acceptable where underlays were supported by BBA or similar certification but by stating that high level ventilation equivalent to a continuous opening of 5mm must now be provided, the NHBC has decided that such third party certification can no longer be considered adequate. It is important to note that the new requirement is applicable only to VPUs and not to air-open underlays and is only relevant when seeking the NHBC warranty. Unlike VPUs, however, there are currently only two proprietary air-open membranes currently available, with Klober’s Permo Air having the highest water vapour transmission rate currently available (2736 g/m2/day) and the lowest water vapour resistance (0.08Mn/g). Ventilation best practice is of course no less relevant to refurbishments, particularly in situations such as public sector housing upgrades. Klober MD David Arendell added, “Condensation has not become an issue with refurbishments though ceilings are less likely to be well sealed. However, it is ironic that by seeking to reduce long-term maintenance costs, the widespread use of ventilated dry ridges and hips has alleviated the potential for problems with VPUs.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 33

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GALLERY/PRODUCT/METHVEN Title: Methven launches Maia Skincare Shower™ Product: Shower Visit:

This month at Ecobuild and ISH, Methven – the New Zealand designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware – unveiled the Maia Skincare Shower™, which features an integral vitamin C cartridge to reduce the chlorine in water and the award-winning Satinjet® technology, which saves water and energy without compromising performance. Already a hit with homeowners, spas, beauty salons and hotels in New Zealand, Australia, the US and the Far East, the Maia Skincare Shower with its distinctive New Zealand design delivers a truly holistic, life-enhancing showering experience. The integral vitamin C cartridge sits inside the handset and releases vitamin C into the water stream, helping to purify the water by reducing the chlorine and thereby combating the drying effect of chlorine on the skin and hair. Chlorine, which is absorbed through the skin, can have harmful effects on the body as it strips the skin of its natural protective barrier and dehydrates hair. Regular use of the Maia Skincare Shower may leave hair cleaner, silkier and more manageable and skin may become softer. A formal study has shown that reducing the chlorine in water can also benefit eczema suffers. The Maia Skincare Shower also features a height-adjustable rail shower; a fourfunction handset offering three types of spray; and, a contemporary, smooth-style hose for easy cleaning, which is fitted with a swivel end to minimise twisting. Maia with Satinjet technology delivers a full body shower that cares for the skin by stimulating circulation. Unlike conventional shower sprays using single jets of water that can produce a narrow, needle-like spray, Maia with its clever twin-jet design, produces thousands of tiny droplets that feel soft enough for the face, yet invigorating enough for the entire body. The stylish, rotating showerhead offers four settings for the face and body. By simply twisting the showerhead, the spray can be changed from either the standard Satinjet spray or the massage spray, to the facial massage option, allowing the user to choose the sensory experience. When in facial massage mode, water passes through the outer jets only, creating a “breathing zone”, which lets the user enjoy a longer face-washing session. This gentle spray allows the end-user to fully immerse their face without fear of broken capillaries. In body mode, water cascades over the skin rather than bouncing off - ensuring better coverage. In addition to its ability to deliver a real life-enhancing shower that can benefit the skin and hair, the Maia Skincare Shower™ uses Satinjet® technology and can save on water and energy. Satinjet technology utilises twin-jets of water that collide – designed to produce thousands of tiny droplets that feel soft enough for the face, yet invigorating enough for the entire body. Satinjet technology uses just 9 litres of water per minute, saving up to 55% on water and energy consumption* while still providing a wonderful sensory experience. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 34


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GALLERY/PRODUCT/EXPRESS BI-FOLDING DOORS Title: Express Bi-folding Doors Continues Its Rapid Growth With TV Advertising Campaign, New Showroom And Recruitment Drive Product: Bi-folding Doors Visit:

Leeds based bi-folding door and window manufacturer Express Bi-folding Doors is enjoying an unprecedented period of growth, bucking all current economic trends. Having booked its first TV advertising campaign, which is running on Sky home interest channels (Travel and Living Channel, Home Channel and Style Channel) across January February and March, the company further displayed its confidence in the future by opening a brand new state of the art showroom in Redhill Surrey on January 29th. Officially launched by renowned architect and TV Presenter George Clarke and Celebrity TV Chef, James Martin, the showroom covers an area of some 1700 square feet allowing the showcasing of Express’ range of high quality bi-folding doors, windows and roofing systems. Steve Bromberg, Managing Director and owner of the company comments “There is an entrepreneurial and results based culture within Express, but there can be no doubt that our success is driven by offering our customers top quality products and unparalleled service. We have numerous window systems which are suitable for both residential and commercial applications. In addition there are various aluminium bi folding door systems which are available in over 200 colours as well as wood grain finishes. Our product portfolio also includes bi folding doors manufactured from timber as well as timber and aluminium composite. We also have a range of aluminium roofing systems including lean to, lanterns, rooflights and bespoke glazed structures”. He continues “For 2011 we have two new products which will definitely place us at the forefront of this market. The first of these is the introduction to the product range of composite windows, which are a combination of timber on the internal aspect for a traditional appearance and aluminium externally for its durability, strength, resistance to warping and twisting and freedom from the need for maintenance. The other new product is the Solarlux SL82 folding glass door. The SL82 offers a high aesthetic quality finish, using smooth uninterrupted triple glazed glass panels, high quality stainless steel carriages and rails and a mobile lock which guarantees safety and security, as it can be locked in every possible folding position. The addition of seals running in three different levels provide effective protection from wind pressure and driving rain. It is no surprise that the product has won both the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Award which is a seal of outstanding quality and design” As one of only four Solarlux dealers in the UK, we are very excited about the SL82, which I believe will raise the bar in terms of excellence in the bi-folding doors market”. Currently, Express’ Showroom in Redhill is the only place in the UK where the SL82 can be seen in operation. Express has further underlined its progress as a company with the advent of a major recruitment drive for a Financial Controller, reception staff and sales and installation staff. 08001214809 ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 35

Pictured: James Martin- Celebrity Chef, Steve Bromberg Junior- Express, Alex Mutch – Express, 2nd from right – Steve Bromberg Senior, MD and owner of Express and George Clarke – Architect and TV Presenter.


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Title: New Sound Absorbing Acoustic Panel System From RMIG Product: Wall Mounted And Free-standing Sound Absorbing Panels Visit:

Title: Full House For ABET At Mecca Bingo Location: Nationwide Application: High Pressure Laminates Visit:

A new range of wall mounted and free-standing sound absorbing panels has been launched by RMIG for use in building interiors to reduce noise and reverberations caused by hard surfaces to improve sound quality in schools, public buildings, offices and a range of other applications. The ‘Wall’ range of compact acoustic panels is designed to improve the environment in buildings where echoes or high sound pressure levels cause unacceptable noise and make it difficult to distinguish speech in areas including sports halls, classrooms and open plan commercial buildings, for example. By using a highly efficient sound absorption material faced with thin sheet steel incorporating thousands of 1.5mm perforations, mounted in an aluminium frame, the RMIG Wall system reduces sound in the 125Hz to 4kHz frequency band and achieves an absorption levels of between 75% and 100% across the 500Hz to 2kHz range. Wall 100 acoustic panels are designed to be easily wall mounted and can be used as an unobtrusive magnetic notice board, while the Wall 200 is a freestanding acoustic partition divider that not only absorbs sound, but also provides a physical barrier between areas, such as office workstations. While the free standing Wall 200 panels are 1200mm high and 908mm wide, the Wall 100 system panels measure 908mm x 604m, making them easier to handle and wall mount using just two fixing screws. RMIG Wall panels can be specified in a range of PPC finishes as well as having the ability to incorporate printed photographic images or special designs, such as company logos, graphics or patterns.

Several designs from ABET LAMINATI’s unique and diverse range of high pressure laminates are being used nationwide on a new interior concept for Mecca Bingo. The new scheme embraces different Collections from the ABET comprehensive range of high pressure laminates. HR LAQ is a unique laminate with a high gloss finish. It has high resistance to scratching, wear and abrasion. The highly reflective range is available in 24 bold and bright colours. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 38




Title: Vibrant White Quartz From COMPAC Product: Quartz Worksurface Visit:

Title: Curtain Walling From Structura UK For Teddington School Location: Richmond upon Thames Application: Curtain Walling Visit:

Absolute Blanc from COMPAC is a vibrant white quartz worksurface allowing for the creation of fabulous kitchens and bathrooms. With superb consistency of colour, practically non-existent porosity, resistance to impact, heat and abrasion, and its natural antibacterial protection (due to the almost completely impermeable nature of quartz) Absolute Blanc is absolutely perfect for a contemporary or traditional kitchen or bathroom. Available in standard 3m lengths and a range of thicknesses, Absolute Blanc like all COMPAC quartz worksurfaces can be easily fabricated, formatted and profiled to meet the most challenging of design layouts. COMPAC are so confident about their high quality of manufacture that they now offer consumers a Lifetime Warranty on their complete range of quartz worksurfaces. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 37

Curtain walling by Structura UK Ltd was specified for the £32m development and rebuilding of Teddington School on its existing site for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The new 2/3-storey, purpose-built complex was designed by BDP and boasts two new teaching blocks, dining and media area, workshop and art block, and sports hall to provide this 1,200-pupil, co-educational comprehensive with a spacious, modern, safe teaching and learning environment. Structura UK designed, manufactured, supplied and installed a range of high performance, aluminium Schüco FW50+ curtain walling screens, incorporating Schüco ADS65 entrance and fire exit doors, finished in a powder coated dark grey (RAL 7016). The glazing consists of an inner pane of 6mm clear, toughened and heat soak tested glass with Low ‘E’ Soft Coat to Face 3, a 16mm silver spacer, Argon-filled cavity, and a 6.4mm clear, laminated outer pane. Specified by the architects to allow the maximum amount of light into the building’s central area, the curtain walling neatly and cleanly fills the space between the elevations while meeting stringent thermal and acoustic properties. Other features by Structura UK include the clerestorey curtain walling, and the manual and automatic doors to the school’s main entrance. Part of Structura UK’s £1.1m contract included supplying and installing over 100 Velfac outward opening, composite aluminium and timber windows - and door screens - with solar control glass to some of the classrooms. The low maintenance windows consist of an external aluminium profile to match the curtain walling, and an internal structural frame of laminated pinewood. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 39


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GALLERY/PROJECT/TECHNAL Title: Technal Glazing Systems Help University Of Leeds Set A New Benchmark In Student Accommodation Location: Leeds Application: Glazing Systems Visit:

Façade systems from architectural aluminium glazing specialist, Technal, have helped the University of Leeds to set a new benchmark for student accommodation in the city. More than 3,000sqm of Technal’s glazing systems for the new Charles Morris Hall were fabricated and installed by Dortech Architectural in a £1m contract and fast-track programme for design and build contractors Morgan Sindall. Designed by concept architects Sheppard Robson and delivered by DLA Architecture, the £21m student hall of residence comprises two half-hexagon buildings sited around a central landscaped courtyard, providing 457 hotel-style study bedrooms. The challenging glazing specification involved the construction of large oriel glazing bays which project 300mm in front of the cladding, and contrasting angular projecting bays to the corners of the two buildings. The oriel bays provide a different architectural feature and an alternative to more conventional recessed panels of glazing. The floor-to-ceiling glazed units, which maximise natural light, were constructed from Technal’s MX grid curtain walling inset with FXi65 top hung casement windows. Dortech fabricated and installed the bays in more than 30 different sizes to create a less regimented appearance for the building envelope. Laminated glass made with


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Vanceva coloured interlayers adds further interest to each façade – in panels of green where the glazing is set into red brickwork on the external elevations, and orange for the courtyard elevations to complement the cream-coloured brick cladding. The glazing had to provide good thermal performance to contribute to the scheme’s BREEAM ‘very good’ rating, slim sight lines, and be sufficiently robust to achieve the required spans and sharp corners that project beyond the structural supports. Long runs of MX grid curtain walling using 1500mm modules enclose the common room and the link bridge between the two accommodation blocks. The window units in the common room are linked to the air conditioning system, which allows them to open automatically according to CO2 levels. All the other opening units on the scheme are operated by low-level levers to allow anyone, regardless of any disability, to open the windows. Set in landscaped courtyard gardens, the new Charles Morris Hall was constructed to replace a 1960s building as part of a major drive to upgrade the University’s student accommodation. The scheme features contemporary décor and high specification ensuite bathroom pods, which reduced time on site. The new hall will also provide hotel-quality accommodation for

delegates attending out-of-term conferences at the University. Technal’s FXi65 casement window system features curved profiles and delivers superior thermal efficiency using a 19mm flush polyamide thermal break and innovative gasket detailing to meet or exceed the revised Building Regulations. The 65mm module allows more economical glass specifications to be used, whilst still achieving the targeted U-value. The FXi65 system will also accommodate 17mm up to 48mm glazing units for wider choice to provide additional thermal or acoustic performance. Configuration options include fixed lights, top, side and bottom hung, tilt/turn and tilt/slide. MX curtain walling is fully compatible with the FXi window suite, and can be used to create a wide variety of architectural compositions from a single grid system – low to high rise façades, horizontal or vertical emphasis, and ribbon, structural, faceted, beaded and sloped glazing. MX Acoustic for additional noise protection and MX62 for larger glass sizes are the latest additions to the extensive range of MX curtain walling options. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 40

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GALLERY/PROJECT/SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS Title: Edinburgh Students See The Light Through Senior’s Systems Location: Edinburgh Application: Window And Curtain Wall Systems Visit:

Contracted by Laing O’Rourke, CMS Enviro Systems has completed the £700,000 design, fabrication and installation of several window and curtain wall systems from Senior Architectural Systems in one of Edinburgh’s latest new-build schools. Sitting against the picturesque backdrop of Holy Rood Park and Arthur’s Seat in the city, Senior’s advanced curtain wall, window and door systems were specified by CMS in the construction of the new 1,200-pupil Holy Rood High School. The impressive building, which showcases an arced and glazed threestorey gallery as its central feature, incorporates Senior’s SMR900 curtain wall system, specified for its high weather and thermal performance. Senior’s complementary SD commercial door system are incorporated in the project, alongside specially developed BS7950 compliant SPW300 thermally broken pivot windows, designed to offer equal top and bottom openings and operable from a low level. Senior’s SFG commercial flush glazed system, ideal for ground floor treatments, completes the suite of products used in the project. All windows comply with the ventilation strategy and achieve Secured by Design standards. Senior’s envelope systems are fully weather tested to the requirements of CWCT and meet the thermal requirements of the Approved Document L and Section 6 in Scotland. Mark Owens from CMS Enviro Systems added, “As well as being used extensively in the external façade, all stairwells and main entrance facades were completed using the SMR900 curtain wall, due to its suitability for high rise applications, whilst large areas of low rise curtain walling were facetted which was also feasible using the same system. This flexibility was one of many reasons why the use of Senior’s systems was an easy choice.” T: 01506 407640 ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 41


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On Board With Cembrit Cembonit cladding from Cembrit can be used for rain screen cladding and weatherboarding, and is popular as it is through-coloured, which is important where impact damage may be an issue. It was recently used as flooring in a major retail outlet (pictured). Cembonit is produced from cement, sand, cellulose, wollastonite and sodium silicate and is impregnated with an aqueous, hydrophobic liquid, to provide the sheets with a water and dirt repellent surface. It is a strong, yet lightweight product. Being attractive, cost-effective, maintenance-free and Class 0 fire-rated, makes Cembonit ideal for a variety of decorative cladding applications. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 44

A Landmark Year For ThermoFloor Ltd

Kingspan Access Floors Kingspan Access Floors Loose Lay Floor Panel is fully rated to the requirements of the Harmonised European Standard for raised access floors, BSEN 12825. The design incorporates a full depth edge band which provides total encapsulation of the chipboard core. This design also provides protection to the edge of the surface covering. Typical areas of applications are, computer rooms, equipment rooms, print rooms etc. or call 01482 781701. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 45

The DNA Collection – As Individual As You Are Forbo Flooring Systems has launched the DNA carpet tile collection, the result of its latest collaboration with Design Studio Sottsass Associati of Milan. Conceived to deliver the blueprints of life underfoot, this innovative floor covering range breaks down the boundaries of traditional carpet tiling giving creative specifiers the freedom to blend, fuse and create spaces with individual characteristics. The DNA design, inspired by random blocks of ‘genetic code’, has a textured cut and loop construction. Available in a range of eight sophisticated colourways, each tile is tufted from two contrasting yarn colours with a subtle tone-on-tone contrast. Each DNA colourway is in turn co-ordinated with two RNA tiles. These single colour tiles are designed to highlight and enhance the character of DNA, and are dyed exactly to match their DNA parent. Merging DNA and RNA tiles together delivers a distinctive and completely fluid aesthetic enhanced by the broadloom appearance of this unique carpet tile system. “DNA can be used as the building blocks for any interior architecture,” comments Jason Holmes, Forbo’s Head of Textile Design. “Conceived through a fusion of concordant elements and tones, a surprising aspect of the subtly


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geometric DNA is that perceptions of the design are continuously changing as one interacts with it. This is something designers can play with to draw people in and experience the space in which it’s used.” David Breen, Forbo’s International Product Manager for Carpet Tiles comments: “Sottsass Associati was asked to create a design concept with no restrictions or preconceptions, resulting in a design that presented Forbo with an exciting challenge. “The requirement for regimented and regular blocks is right at the limit of current tufting technology, while the colourations in the DNA cut and loop are extremely sophisticated toneon-tone interpretations in hues which are minimal, yet appealing.” DNA literature and samples are now available and the entire collection can be viewed at Forbo’s London Showroom in Clerkenwell EC1. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 43

Thermo-Floor Ltd is one of the largest providers of energy efficient underfloor heating and cooling systems to domestic and commercial properties in the UK. Not only do they celebrate their 25th Birthday this year but they have seen a record growth in turnover of 42.5%. General Manager, Neil Evans; “Last year was a successful year in company growth for us which reflects our expert, professional and personable service for design, supply and installation of our unique underfloor heating and cooling systems and 25 year strong position in the industry”. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 46

Milliken Contract Delivers On All Levels At Corporate Headquarters Milliken Contract’s ability to blend performance with custom style has seen it become the carpet of choice at the global headquarters of Halcrow Group Limited. Some 11,700m2 of high-performance carbon-neutral carpet tiles from Milliken Contract were specified in various areas of this London building, helping to create a flexible and collaborative working environment that allows project teams to grow and change with minimal impact. Utilising three designs from Milliken Contract, in Laylines, Upshot and Formwork, workplace specialist M Moser Associates’ scheme involved three neighbourhoods or team-working environments, connected by collaboration hubs that house a variety of meeting spaces, phone booths, resource areas and refreshment points. Milliken Contract could provide the blend of quality within budget, colour and design it was looking for in a range of carpet tiles which delivered a clear sustainable manufacturing story and acoustic insulation. By working with Milliken Contract and through the use of bespoke colours within its Laylines and Formwork collection, as well as the luxurious texture of Consequence within ground-floor meeting areas, M Moser Associates has been able to achieve a stunning floor scheme for the building, while also meeting performance and sustainability expectations. Milliken Contract carpet tiles are manufactured on an 80% recycled-content cushion backing that helps to provide acoustic insulation, while also improving underfoot comfort and enhancing wear resistance. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 47

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Cantifix Introduces FloorGlaze ™ – Stylish Yet Safe, The World’s Largest Fire-Rated Glass Floor! From stylish domestic renovations to cutting-edge international glazing contracts, Cantifix has been leading the way in all things glass for the past 24 years. Cantifix is committed to innovation and new technologies, and has recently introduced FloorGlaze, a range of fire-rated glass floors. There’s no better way to allow light to flow between levels of buildings than with glass floors. This is particularly true in hard to reach areas such as basements. Glass floors can also be fitted outside, allowing light to flood through into the room below. However, Building Regulations can dictate that these floors must be fire rated. Cantifix has created the FloorGlaze range to meet this need. Fully tested and certified to EN standards, it is available with fire ratings of either 30 minutes (F30), or 60 minutes (F60) insulation and integrity. What this means is that in the unfortunate event of a fire in the room below the glass floor, the panel will stay strong enough and cool enough to walk on for the specified time period. A Floorglaze floor will also reduce the spread of fire, limit the movement of flame and smoke, and minimise the risk of fire-induced structural problems. FloorGlaze comprises of multi-layered panes of toughened and heat-soaked safety glass, resin-laminated together to carry pedestrian and concentrated loads. This is done using DuPont’s Sentryglas plus, which is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials. It is the largest fire rated glass floor in the world, available in huge panel sizes, up to 3.03m2. The F30 FloorGlaze can be joined together to provide a virtually unlimited expanse of glass floor! The FloorGlaze range can be used in hotels, sports centres and arenas, offices, museums, laboratories, hospitals, private homes and anywhere else you can imagine. A fire officer can advise on requirements, but generally the following situations will all require fire-rated flooring; • Part of an escape route • Parts of a building that are occupied for different purposes • Ground floor level above a basement • All basement floors if lowest part is more than 10m below the ground floor level


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• Upper storey of buildings more than 2 storeys • All Floors of a building if highest part is more than 30m from ground floor level • Floors above an integral garage • Floors between separate flats or maisonettes • Car parks • Institutional buildings including health care • Shopping complexes • Places for assembly and recreation • Schools with floor areas greater than 800m2 • All floors with areas greater than 2,000m2 Cantifix has engineered FloorGlaze to achieve a U value of 1.1 W/m / K, complying with new Part L regulations and giving brilliant thermal performance. It also has an amazing acoustic performance of 50 Db (Rw), ideal for stopping the transfer of noise between floors. Sandblasting can be applied to the panels to allow a degree of privacy, or to make them less slippery to walk on. This can be done in a variety of patterns, and will create a soft, diffused light below. FloorGlaze is supplied fully integrated into a single steel frame, making fitting extremely easy and complication-free. The glass is structurally bonded within the frame, and will give years of trouble free operation without the need to dismantle and clean the various panes. 2

Cantifix Director Charlie Sharman says “the FloorGlaze range has been subjected to rigorous testing and has proved itself with room to spare. This level of fire protection is invaluable in building, and allows freedom and confidence when designing buildings with glass. We have had a recent enquiry from a museum who wish to use the glass floor to protect their artefacts below, whilst still having them visible to the public. This is a great example of the versatility of FloorGlaze.” FloorGlaze is available for both installation and supply only. For more information, images or sales enquiries, please call Cantifix on 020 8203 6203, or visit

Laidlaw Doorsets For Iconic Olympic Training Venue The rejuvenation of the the iconic Grade II-listed Uxbridge Lido, which had been closed for more than ten years, has produced a new leisure facility in West London which will be used by Britain’s leading swimmers in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics. The original Lido had been used for the 1948 London Olympiad and as part of the London Borough of Hillingdon’s new £25 million Sport and Leisure Complex the pool was formally opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson. The design and build scheme was headed by renowned sport and leisure sector architects FaulknerBrowns. A combination of Orbis Timber Doorsets including a ‘Steam Beech’ laminate finish with polished frames and profile lippings and primed doors with vision panels ready for painting was specified. For public access areas, pull and lever handles in Polished Stainless Steel were chosen from the distinctive Orbis Premier range. Satin Anodised Aluminium and Satin Stainless Steel hinges, locks, escutcheons, pushplates and kickplates from the Orbis Commercial range were also used. As a year-round facility of considerable traffic intensity, the doors and ironmongery will be put to the severest test. With its 15-year manufacturing and defects guarantee and distinctive visual aesthetic, the Orbis Premier range is proving popular with designers of sports and leisure facilities. In addition to restoration of the1930’s open air pool, the Complex features an indoor pool with moveable floor, health and fitness suite, community sports hall, café, crèche and an athletics stadium. The restoration will retain a lasting legacy to G Percy Trentham’s 1935 ‘Moderne’ style design. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 49


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IntaQuick Makes Accessible Bathrooms Stylish

Louis Vuitton Keeps Cool With Howe Green Refurbishing its flagship London Store in New Bond Street, London, Louis Vuitton was determined to meet the highest aesthetic standards. To provide functional – yet good looking – access to vital building services concealed within the store’s ceiling, they specified CombiHatch from Howe Green. Manufactured from a 1.2mm electro-galvanised steel powder coated with a RAL 9003 finish – a sleek Signal White – the panels provide a discreet addition that matches the suspended ceiling of the retail areas of the store. Produced from a corrosion free stainless steel, they are lasting and will not tarnish internally or externally.

Intatec has introduced a revolutionary new system called IntaQuick, which transforms an ordinary bathroom into an accessible one and back again in a few simple steps. IntaQuick is a stylish, high quality collection of removable hand rails, seats and accessories that pack away when not needed, so a bathroom can be accessible when necessary and not create an extra obstacle when it is not. This product makes use of a permanent wall mounted fixing rail at dado height, allowing individual accessories, such as toilet hand rails and shower seats to be easily and quickly fitted or removed. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 51

Glasen’s Got The Ultimate High Gloss Look

Optimum – The Ultra Low Profile “Wet Room Look” Shower Tray Optimum is the latest ultra low profile shower tray from leading shower tray manufacturer MX. It’s the slimmest tray on the market at just 25mm high. It brings an impressive combination of adaptability, strength and light weight and results in it being immensely strong and reliable – borne out by its 25 year guarantee. This patented low profile shower tray helps to create an idyllic minimalistic, wet room type look without the installation costs. Optimum is just one of a huge range of shower trays available from MX.

Glasen, exclusively distributed in the UK by David Clouting, is an innovative interior film developed by LG to be laminated onto the back of a glass sheet to provide the ultimate high gloss finish - both in looks and surface performance. Utilising high pearl printing techniques to give stunning 3D effects, Glasen film is ideal for both domestic and commercial interior applications. David Clouting offer a range of Glasen film designs such as Burnt Amber (pictured) that will revolutionise how decorative glass can be used. Glasen is certified to act as a safety film, achieving European EN12600: 2003-04 Classification.

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Rejuvenating The Prince Regent’s Masterpiece Touch Free Urinal Control With Schell Compact II The latest item to hit the UK market from SCHELL GmbH, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of water managing products, is the Compact II concealed, automatic urinal flush. The concealed flush valve is controlled by an infrared sensor wall-mounted above the urinal which automatically releases a 0.3 litres/second flush as soon as anyone walks away from the urinal. The valve unit itself is concealed behind the wall and the only part of the system visible to the user is a neat cover only 124mm x 153.5mm with a small horizontal glazed slit in it for sensor recognition. The unit itself is unobtrusive and has no projections but complete protection from vandals can be assured by use of a stainless steel front cover as opposed to the more normal plastic cover finished in either high quality Chrome or Alpine White. The Compact II can be operated from mains electricity using the 230V/50Hz power converter with plug supplied or by use of an easily accessed longlife 9 volt alkaline cell battery. This new concealed flush system, although technically advanced, has proved exceptionally reliable and the Compact II, with its advantages of minimised water use, uncluttered washroom appearance, vandal resistance and trouble-free operation is ideal for use in offices, public places and factories and installation is extremely simple whatever the urinal’s situation. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 53

A Grade I stretch of Georgian London’s Cornwall Terrace overlooking Regent’s Park has undergone a thorough refurbishment and conversion with the help of Stannah Lift Services. A bespoke Stannah 8-person passenger lift has been installed into each residence that comprise the development. A Stannah 50B Microlift, or ‘dumbwaiter’, has also been installed in the largest property to provide movement of food and diningware between the kitchen and dining areas ranged over the lower floors. The main people-moving criterion was smoothness of ride and operation. This was fulfilled by the ‘hydroelite’ integrated control and drive system, a unique, eco-friendly modernisation package which ensures that every ride is even and accurate. From marble floors to half-height, dark wood panelling, antique-finish mirrors and suspended white ceilings with discreet lighting, the finish reflects the immaculate neo-classical décor.

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The Elegant Afriston Towel Rail From JIS Europe JIS EUROPE of Haywards Heath has a new heated towel rail named THE AFRISTON. The towel rail is manufactured in an elegant round section shape with nine horizontal rails giving an appearance of refined luxury, together with a stylish 90 degree angle on the top rail. The AFRISTON is 1260mm high and 520mm wide. It can be used in central heating, electric or dual fuel formats, which will allow the rail to be heated when the central heating is turned off. The AFRISTON towel rail is manufactured in 100% stainless steel pressure tested to 12 Bar and is available in polished finish with brushed satin finish available to order making this radiator durable and hygienic and they come with a 25year guarantee. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 57

Robust Venesta Products For Modern Tudor Grange Academy ‘‘To meet the rigorous demands of this type of environment, all facilities in our academy have to be robust, efficient and fit for purpose. Centurion has fulfilled these requirements, and has given an excellent finished appearance in all washroom areas” - Graham Turner, Facilities Manager, Tudor Grange Academy. Tudor Grange in Solihull is a mixed, 11-16 age academy, formed in 1974 from the combination of well established boys’ and girls’ grammar schools on the same site. The academy has a reputation for excellence and academic achievement and is popular with parents and students alike. In fact, it’s always over subscribed. When it came to refurbishment, Facilities Manager, Graham Turner, was looking for a highly robust, high specification cubicle that would be able to withstand the many rigors of this large and busy academy. Solihull Council, having specified Venesta in the past, chose our Centurion range for the six male and female toilet facilities situated throughout the campus. Centurion combines strength and rigidity with wall channels and pilasters that extend to the floor, obviating the need for pedestals. This gave the academy the long-lasting quality that they were looking for. Tel: 01474 353333. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 58


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Vello basins

LOOKING GOOD. FOR LIFE. Smart styling. Eye-catching design. Impressive quality and performance. Bathroom and washroom collections with great looks that last for longer, from Twyford. An inspirational choice, for every building project. For more information call 01270 879777 or email




COMPAC - Influenced By Nature COMPAC’s range of quartz worksurfaces includes a collection of natural colours providing the designer with endless opportunities to create inspirational designs. ‘Kenya’ is the perfect example of how natures colours can blend together to create worksurfaces which will look simply stunning in any kitchen environment. COMPAC quartz worksurfaces not only look good, they provide: superb consistency of colour, practically non-existent porosity, high resistance to impact, heat and abrasion and natural antibacterial protection (due to the almost completely impermeable nature of quartz). Available in standard 3m lengths and a range of thicknesses, COMPAC quartz worksurfaces can easily be fabricated, formatted and profiled to meet the most challenging of design layouts. The company is so confident about their high quality of manufacture that they now offer consumers a Lifetime Warranty on their complete range of quartz worksurfaces. ‘Kenya’ a quartz worksurface from COMPAC –influenced by nature. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 61

Exclusive Trend Mosaic Collection Enriched With 10 New Colours For 2011, leading Italian mosaic tile maker Trend has enriched its top-line Liberty collection with 10 sumptuous new colours, all handcrafted from stained glass and featuring the signature chromatic and iridescent textures of this exclusive design. Composed of hand-cut tesserae in a variety of compatible shapes, Liberty reinterprets glass mosaic design by presenting a selection of different tile shades and sizes, with both straight and sinuous lines, so that the reflective light of the material is the predominant decorative element. The new Liberty creations extend from the shimmering brilliance of Diamond and Pearl, through the contemporary look of Denim and Dove, to the dramatic, deep tones of Bronzite, Onyx and Tobacco. They join six existing colours that include tonal Black and White statements, as well as luminescent Blue and Red stained glass effects. Ideal for accent mosaic panels or flamboyant showcase walls and ceilings, Liberty is offered in film-faced modules measuring approximately 26cm x 31cm and retails from £275 to £320 per square metre. In line with Trend’s ‘green’ ethos that is focusing on the use of eco-sustainable materials, Liberty mosaics are made from up to 75% post-consumer recycled glass. This allows architects, interior designers and builders to obtain LEED credits for sustainable buildings certification and enables homeowners to select Liberty glass mosaics with a clear environmental conscience. Unique to Trend in concept and execution, the Liberty collection results from a design collaboration with celebrated Italian artist Giulio Candussio, creator of the dramatic ‘Iridescent Lightning’ mosaic mural at New York’s World Trade Centre, and enables his


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artistic vision to become part of today’s interior design language. This dynamic creative vision is exemplified in the new Liberty designs, which are coloured en masse, so that each tile is tinted throughout and completely resistant to wear, sunlight and chemical agents. The metallic notes of Amber, Bronzite, Diamond and Topaz are highlighted with occasional mirror-finish tesserae, while opalescent Pearl plays gently and subtly with reflected light. Deceptively simple Denim offers changing textures in faded blue, whereas the gorgeous earthy tones of Dove, Onyx and Tobacco project real depth of colour in contrasting tones. A palette of plums and purples in characteristically different shapes and sizes completes the Liberty collection, in Purple. To enable Candussio’s distinctive mosaic designs to be installed with ease, each irregularly-shaped module is faced with clear film, so that it can be positioned, cut and adjusted without disrupting the essential pattern. A complete range of grout colours is available in complementary and contrasting shades, to enhance the finished decorative effect. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 60

Fermacell Powerpanel H2O – The Complete Wet Room Solution Fermacell Powerpanel H2O is the complete solution to wet room applications including: bathrooms, kitchens, hospitals, hotels, laundries, leisure centres, swimming pools and pre-fabricated units within the OEM market. Historically, the wrong materials used in wet room applications can result in mould growth and tile loss. With no clear British Standards for internal waterproofing, Fermacell Powerpanel H2O boards exceed the varying international standards for waterproofing. H2O boards can also be used for semi exposed external applications such as soffits. In wall construction tests the product provides high acoustic and fire performance – exceeding those achieved by other similar products, whilst still remaining competitively priced. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 62

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Bespoke Kährs Flooring Specified At The Lancasters

Timbmet Success With New Learning Centre

Kährs bespoke walnut flooring has been specified throughout The Lancasters – a stunning residential development situated directly opposite Hyde Park. Each property has been designed to reflect the grandeur of the original period architecture and interior features, combining lavish contemporary living with Victorian style. To reflect the building’s heritage, Kährs was assigned to produce two styles of sustainable walnut flooring to a bespoke specification; a block floor, which was laid fully-bonded over underfloor heating, in a traditional Herringbone design, and a one-strip floor which was bevelled along one edge. Specific grades of timber were used, along with bespoke gloss levels for the floor’s lacquered prefinish. Both the block and strip flooring were installed throughout the homes, in an intricate installation that flowed from room to room, spanning stairs and gallery walkways.

The new £3 million Bramall Learning Centre at RHS Garden Harlow Carr stands out as a resplendent two-storey structure, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. Timbmet was commissioned by joinery contractor, Dalton Joinery to source and supply FSC European Oak worktops for the interior of the new Blundell Library, which forms part of the construction. The specification called for timber that complemented the other sustainable materials used in the build process. FSC European Oak is a solid wood that does not deteriorate with age, rather it matures and improves to give a richer, deeper colour. Being solid, any surface damage in future to the worktops can be repaired simply and quickly. The Centre has achieved its design aim to be amongst the most sustainable buildings in the country, achieving an excellent carbon zero BREEAM rating, proving its green credentials.



Showered In SUCCESS Taplanes Showing Solutions are now the oldest British manufacturer of shower cubicles, minipods and ensuite pods. Using their own patented manufacturing techniques and materials, Taplanes are the only British company that can genuinely prove that they can meet a minimum 30 year life expectancy, if not in excess of 50 years. Taplanes have produced specialized equipment for private, military and government contracts for various applications which have involved highly specialized chemicals, plastics, electronics and robotic knowledge. Most of these contracts were completed under “Letters of Confidentiality” and “Secrecy” documentation. Taplanes manufacture all their products using a specially formulated polypropylene material with a minimum thickness of 10/12mm. This sustainable material allows Taplanes to take their products back at the end of its life cycle, regrind it, re-thermoform it and then re-use it. Each bespoke construction does not use any substitute material for strength, under-carriage support or component fixing, nor does the system carry any exposed sealant, grout or tiling which can be a costly, an on-going maintenance issue, and can also attract bacteria. The Taplanes material is tested and approved by an NHS test Laboratory as bacteria free and also totally inert. Their patented horizontal joint system is designed to prevent any capillary action allowing for the whole ensuite system to be taken in and out of the allotted room as many times as needed without invalidating the guarantee. The Taplanes unique design is a cost saving environmentally friendly solution, perfect for today’s economic climate.

BEKO - First Choice For Major Student Kitchen Contract One of the main distributors for Beko products has been involved in fitting out two new student accommodation buildings at The University of Reading, acting as a onestop shop for the supply, wiring and pre-commissioning of all the appliances within 122 ‘cluster kitchens’. JPD Contracts, based in Coalville, Leicestershire, provides a nationwide service, supplying housebuilders and main contractors with the full range of white goods and other appliances. In the case of The University of Reading‘s Stenton and Mackinder Hall buildings Morgan Sindall was the main contractor. Each individual kitchen was equipped with a Beko oven, hob, extract hood and an upright fridge-freezer. As is normal on contracts of this scale, JPD worked with the rest of the project team on the creation of prototype kitchen which the university’s architect and property management department could inspect and fine tune. The Managing Director of JPD Contracts, John Evans, comments: “We have been dealing with Beko for some three years now and will have seen our business with the manufacturer grow by 30 per cent in the past year. Not only do we get good service from Beko, but they are the right

products at the right price for the current market. Beko’s commitment to product reliability, a dependable delivery programme and technical support is a real asset to us”. “Our client base includes the UK’s top 10 housebuilders while we work extensively with the public sector, and Reading University is just one of a number of student accommodation contracts we have completed recently in conjunction with Beko. The appliances are delivered to our main distribution warehouse and then our teams of fitters take them to site where they then gas, wire and precommission everything before taking away the packaging and any rubbish. Stenton Hall had 50 cluster kitchens, and Mackinder 72, done in three and six phases respectively, where we had up to four teams working at any one time.” The University of Reading project was completed and handed over ready for the start of the current academic year. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 66



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Howe Green Leads The Way On The North East Fitness Trail Howe Green’s modular channel drain systems have been specified and installed at Gateshead Council’s brand new and recently opened Heworth Leisure Centre and Blaydon Leisure and Primary Care Centre. A reduced depth drainage unit was engineered with special footings and adjusted outlets in order for it to sit flush with tiled flooring in showering and changing areas. It was manufactured in 316 stainless steel and to a special width so as to accommodate a plastic cover, rather than a standard stainless steel cover, which was deemed to be more accommodating to the end users needs. This tailor-made drainage system provided a highly efficient and highly cost effective solution and so exactly the same specification was chosen for the Council’s new leisure centres at Heworth and Blaydon as well as the redeveloped Dunston Leisure Centre. Blaydon Leisure and Primary Care Centre re-opened its doors earlier this year featuring an impressive 6 lane, 25m pool and a 317sqm state of the art gym. Heworth Leisure Centre was opened in November and boasts a FlowRider indoor surfing and body boarding system, which is the first of its kind in the north of England. All projects form part of Gateshead Council’s Building an Active Future (BaAF) programme, which involves a £39million investment in the area to help improve the health of residents by 2030. The HG100 system is ideal for changing rooms, shower areas, spas, kitchens, surgeries and anywhere that requires effective and reliable drainage. It can be fitted into all types of floor – including ceramic tiles, resin and PVC and sits flush with the floor to create a safe and hygienic environment. It is also built to last and will withstand up to 3 tonne pneumatic wheel loads. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 67

Careful Conservation With American Black Walnut

Caesarstone Provides A Winning Concept For Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Hallam University prides itself as being one of the most progressive and innovative universities in the UK. When refurbishment works on their learning centre took place over the summer they turned to CaesarStone for a practical solution to upgrade the helpdesk countertops complementing the new modern, brighter space suiting the university’s contemporary aesthetics and providing a lasting finish. CaesarStone was chosen for the new countertops, as their quartz worktops offer longevity, durability and style. It was specified by David Jenkin of Alexi Marmot Associates, who used 6600 Nougat in a 20 mm thickness. The durable properties of the quartz mean the worktop is extremely chip, crack and scratch resistant. Its non-porous nature also means it is hygienic and resistant to staining, and with low maintenance properties it provides an ease of living that will look great for years to come. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 68


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Winner of this year’s RIAI Irish Architecture Award for the best conservation/ restoration project, the new library in the small town of Rush in Southern Ireland is an inspiring example of a modern intervention in a 19thcentury building. To make the project even more challenging for Dublin-based architects McCullough Mulvin, the building earmarked for the library was a Roman Catholic Church with many of the features you would expect to see in a place of worship still intact. The project required a sensitive approach to investigation and planning and the architects decided very early on in the process not to make any changes to the exterior of the church. And so a modern intervention was designed to hold all the library facilities within the church building, with a commitment to rescuing, as far as possible, the existing materials and to retaining the internal features of what had been a place of worship. The intervention is formed as an undulating American black walnut plane which fills the nave of the church, running across the floor and up on both sides, creating an inverted ‘U’ shape, which can be removed, with two galleries atthe top. The rich, dark American hardwood species used for the modern structure creates a strong contrast with the light lime plaster of the old walls, creating a striking reversal of what might be expected in a more conventional juxtaposition of old and new structures. And in a careful observance of the building’s original function, the architects have created gaps and spaces in the structure to frame features such as the confessional booth, creating further strong visual contrast between the old and the new.

Rush Library is the kind of project that lead architect Niall McCullough loves doing. And the choice of American walnut, with its rich colour and texture, was hugely effective in creating the contrast he was looking for between old and new in the interior of a traditional 19thcentury church. He Says: “This project was a huge challenge given the nature of the building we were working with. We had to be sensitive to its history and original function and, at the same time, create a practical, workable space that would house a functioning library. “American black walnut proved to be a great choice for this project. As well as its dark colour and rich texture, it is very stable and worked brilliantly for this wrap around form. We worked with a local joinery company, Dunwoody & Dobson, who brought theirtraditional skills to this outstanding conservation project.” The graveyard of the church has been turned into a garden of neat rows separated by concrete paving which reflects the Rush residents’ (a mix of Irish and Latvian) fondness for growing vegetables and flowers. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 69

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Hochiki Europe Proves To Be Hard Act To Follow At The Savoy Theatre Located in London’s West End, the Savoy Theatre is one of the nation’s landmark entertainment venues, with a history as rich and varied as the performances which take place there. Hochiki Europe’s innovative fire detection products have been installed throughout the building to ensure that the show always goes on. The prevention of fire within the Savoy Theatre is a top priority and the building’s owners and managers insist on having only the best fire detection systems to keep this Grade II listed building and its occupants safe.

panel. The system works perfectly and has been configured to perform in two modes – day and show. Day mode simply requires everyone to leave the building straight away when the system is activated, while show mode silences the call points and gives designated personnel 90 seconds to react to acknowledge the problem. Once acknowledged, staff get a further five minutes to investigate the situation and take the necessary course of action having been notified of the origin of the alarm condition via a full message pager.”

Kent based fire detection specialist, CTA Fire, recommended the installation of a BS5839 part 1:2002 compliant Category L2/P2 addressable fire detection system in the Savoy. An L2 system is designed for the protection of life and has automatic detectors installed in escape routes, rooms adjoining escape routes and high hazard rooms. For insurance purposes the system also had to be P2 property protection compliant to provide detection in parts of the Savoy where the risk of ignition is high and/or the contents are particularly valuable. P2 systems state that there must be fire detection in specified parts of the building to provide early warning of fire in areas of high fire hazard level, or areas in which the risk to property or business continuity from fire is high.

Theatres are home to a tremendous amount of electrical cable and the Savoy is no exception. The ESP protocol has faultlessly maintained the safety of the building and its occupants despite many moves, additions and changes to its electrical wiring system. A wide variety of Hochiki products were specified including heat sensors, call points, base sounders and sensor bases. Hochiki’s ALG-EN optical smoke sensors were also installed which feature the company’s High Performance Chamber Technology.

CTA Fire selected an intelligent analogue addressable system based around Hochiki’s Enhanced Systems Protocol (ESP). Stuart Davies, Hochiki’s Marketing Manager, comments: “ESP is a total communications solution for intelligent fire detection and fully integrated systems. It has a multipurpose structure that provides the flexibility and expansion to accommodate simple addressable systems through to sophisticated integrated building management and safety systems.” The installation involved replacing an old system with Hochiki’s products, utilising the existing mineral insulated cable (MIC). Sean Knight, CTA’s senior engineer and project manager, comments: “Once we had commissioned the ESP system we integrated it with a control


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Hochiki’s chamber design minimises the differences in sensitivity experienced in flaming and smouldering fires. The result is a high performance optical chamber that is equally responsive to all smoke types, helping to reduce the possibility of unwanted alarms. Unwanted alarms are a serious problem for any premises but for theatres they can be particularly disruptive. Sean Knight adds: “To minimise the possibility of unwanted alarms we installed Hochiki’s heat detectors around the edge of the stage where smoke detectors were not appropriate. We were also able to integrate a switch to allow a low sensitivity mode on the smoke detectors near to the stage for use during show time.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 70

Firefly Goes Horizontal Traditionally, flexible fire barriers have only been utilised for vertical applications. Not any more, FIREFLY in line with industry needs, have had ALL the fire barriers in the FIREFLY range tested and assessed for horizontal applications also, which widens the scope for their use tremendously. All the products in the range are also fully Certified by a Third Party Certification body, for both vertical and horizontal applications, which basically gives the Client, Specifier and Installer confidence, that the product will perform as required. It must be pointed out that you cannot assume that a fire barrier will perform the same in the horizontal plane as it does in the vertical, the products must be tested and assessed for performance, as a horizontal barrier by an accredited Test House, to ascertain the correct fire rating of the product.The same applies to requirements for increased performance, you cannot just install 2 layers of a fire barrier and expect to receive double the fire rating or the insulation, fire barriers do not work that way, years of development and testing have taught us this. The only way to ensure that a Fire Barrier will perform in the situation you need it to perform, is to ensure that you have sight of a test document, that clearly states the installation method and fire performance achieved. FIREFLY Fire Barriers are lightweight, flexible and have simple installation methods even for horizontal applications. With detailed installation drawings available for all applications FIREFLY gives you a simple solution to your Fire Barrier requirements. All FIREFLY products can now be manufactured in Black. Tel: 01706 758817 ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 71

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Dricon Protecting Stirling Castle Art For Scotland’s Future Historic Scotland has completed work on all six apartments of the Royal Lodgings at Stirling Castle, including a recreation of the 16th century wooden ceilings. The boarded ceilings and moulded ribs forming the coffers used oak protected with Arch Timber Protection’s Dricon fire retardant. The team at Historic Scotland chose Dricon for the project because it would provide reliable and proven fire-proofing without affecting the natural appearance of the wood. “We met with Arch to discuss our requirements, and found them very helpful, and able to meet all our needs. Some treatments will restrict the finish that you can use, so one of the reasons we chose Dricon is that it gave us full flexibility – we were able to use Dricon-treated timber for both painted and unpainted areas, and not even be aware that it was there,” says Ruth


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Vaughan, Project Architect for the Stirling Castle restoration and Senior Architect on the Major Projects Team for Historic Scotland. “Our contractor sourced the oak from Timbmet Glasgow, cut it into sections and then liaised with Arch to get the timber treated with Dricon. The whole process went very smoothly.”

to know that one of our products will be protecting a piece of Scotland’s heritage for many years to come. Dricon is the only BBA-certificated fire retardant treatment for timber and provides the perfect proven fire protection for interior applications such as this.” The most dramatic part of the restoration is the ceiling of the King’s Inner Hall, which was originally decorated with glorious painted oak carvings known as the Stirling Heads. The team at Historic Scotland set out to make a full set of copies based on the 34 remaining oak carvings, each measuring a metre across, to recreate the 16th century brightly-painted ceiling.

Jacqui Hughes, Arch Timber Protection’s Fire Retardant Sales Manager, says of the restoration work: ‘“We were delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project, and it is fantastic

The £12 million project, which began in September 2008, will open in June 2011, just in time for the castle’s summer visitors. The original Stirling Heads will be displayed in a special gallery on the first floor of the castle’s

refurbished royal palace, along with a partly painted modern head, allowing visitors to see the difference between the unpainted and painted wood. For a sneak preview of the inside of the six royal apartments see the short Historic Scotland film on YouTube ( ©Crown Copyright Reproduced Courtesy Of Historic Scotland ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 72

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Ceramic Granite Complements Copper At The Christie Shackerley (Holdings) Group Limited has supplied 1300m2 of Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated cladding for the new £35million patient treatment centre at The Christie hospital in Withington, helping architects at AFL in Manchester to create a standout building. The new three-storey development has been built to transform cancer treatment and research at the hospital. It includes the largest early clinical trials unit in the world, the largest chemotherapy facility in the UK and a new private patients unit. AFL Project Leader David Rourke said: “Our brief was to create a World Class hospital building that would provide the highest quality patient environment. Inside and out, it had to project The Christie’s brand values and reputation as a world leader in its field.” The building has a dramatic curved frontage featuring copper based panelling and extensive glazing. Presenting a strong contrast, remaining elevations have been clad with Shackerley’s ceramic granite ventilated facades constructed from pre-fabricated 1200 x 600mm panels with a charcoal ‘riven’ finish. These have been installed using the company’s Queen’s Award winning Sureclad Access system. Shackerley has also helped to create an eyecatching entrance area. In gleaming stainless steel lettering ‘The Christie’ stands proud against polished black ceramic granite panelling which has also been used inside to clad part of the reception lobby. David Rourke said: “Aesthetically, Shackerley’s Sureclad ceramic granite was an ideal cladding solution. It’s a high quality material with the visual appeal of quarried stone, and is offered in many colourways and finishes. We found two very different panel styles to complement the curved metallic panelling, one of which has also provided us with us with an impressive interior wall finish. As the material is exceptionally hard and durable, totally resistant to climatic extremes and impervious to pollutants, it will retain its appearance for the lifetime of the building. “The ventilated facades have allowed us to install highly effective thermal and acoustic insulation on the exterior of the building, helping us to meet our sustainability objectives and target an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. The Sureclad system is so flexible that we have been able to re-orientate panel courses at specific heights in the elevations, providing us with a perfect window module and adding visual interest.” The ceramic granite facades and interior cladding were installed by Eaga Contract Services Ltd (formerly known as EJ Horrocks), for the main contractors, Interserve. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 73


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Brick Is Best â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Naturally!

Wicona has won a major award for innovation for its aluminium façade concept, TEmotion, at BAU 2011 which takes place in Munich every two years. TEmotion, which won the prestigious Award for Product Innovation for 2011, is a pioneering, modular façade solution for a self-sustaining building envelope, which integrates all aspects of a buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mechanical and electrical services into the façade. It can incorporate a number of functions for creating a comfortable internal environment.

This year the Brick Development Association (BDA) will further promote the merits and benefits of brick with the launch of 7J>AIIDA6HI## yet another exciting and comprehensive C6IJG6AAN marketing campaign, as it continues to increase the awareness and recognition of brick as the material of choice for the UK construction industry. Continuing with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Think Brickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brand, the main purpose of this campaign is to focus on the natural virtues of brick and with the aim to dispel common misconceptions. The messages are clear and concentrate on three key areas: Brick is better for the environment: Brick is built to last and Brick is low cost.




Free Sample Tube Of Waterproofing Cream Stormdry Masonry Waterproofing Cream is a deeply penetrating â&#x20AC;&#x153;water sealâ&#x20AC;? cream for waterproofing stone, brick, and concrete. It penetrates into the masonry before curing to form a waterproof barrier. As the waterproofing ingredients in Stormdry line the pores of the masonry rather than blocking them, the masonry is still able to breathe. The new Stormdry sample tubes allow a small test patch of Stormdry water-seal cream to be applied to masonry prior to a full application to demonstrate Stormdryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suitability for application to a particular masonry substrate before full treatment commences.

Wicona Façade Concept Wins Major Award At BAU 2011



New Building In Harmony With The Old On Historic Site As part of the redevelopment of the Grade II* Listed offices of Salisbury District Council at Bourne Hill, architects Stanton Williams designed a new free-standing, glazed building that makes extensive use of Schuecoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FW 50+SG façade system. Despite the differing materials used, the new building and the old mansion work well together, proving that when the overall design is right, ancient and modern architecture can co-exist in complete harmony. Interestingly, the building â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which was designed to achieve an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;excellentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BREEAM rating - also features a design â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;firstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a window that operates automatically behind a feature grill that lies flush with the glass in the Schueco façade. This elegant solution allows the façade to be ventilated â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;invisiblyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Developed by Schueco engineers and Stanton Williams for this specific project, this design detail has proved very popular with architects and has since been incorporated into a number of other projects. The decision to use the Schueco FW 50+ SG system for the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s façade was agreed between the architects and Glamalco, the specialist curtainwalling subcontractor. It was judged ideal because as a mullion and transom structural glazing system, it has the strength and rigidity required to support the very tall glazing that is integral to the design. In addition, thanks to profiles that can only be seen from within the room, the façade is able to present an aesthetically pleasing flush appearance. From the outside, only glass surfaces with very slender shadow joints are visible. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 78


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Cork: The Natural Insulator From Alumasc The thermal and sustainable benefits of cork insulation were key in its specification for a unique social housing refurbishment scheme in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. The engineers and project managers, Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, carried out initial surveys to determine the condition of the properties and specified Alumascâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swisspan External Wall Insulation system with 50mm Cork panels, which is perfectly suited to non-traditional or problematic refurbishment applications. Cork is designated an A+ rating in the Green Guide to Specification for maximum benefit in BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessments and when used with Alumascâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s External Wall Insulation systems, the result is a high performance façade that offers all the benefits of an insulated render system, but with enhanced environmental credentials. Cork insulation can be used in conjunction with all Alumasc EWI systems and the Cork/Swisspan system at Aspire has increased the homesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; energy efficiency levels to the required u-value of 0.35W/m2K, creating a warmer, more attractive place for residents to live. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 77


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Tormax Entrance For Excellent Breeam Rated London Development One of the most sustainable office developments ever built in the UK, 14 Pier Walk is the first of many Class A commercial buildings planned for Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenwich Peninsula and features a prestigious TORMAX Classic revolving entrance system combined with an iMotionÂŽ automatic swing pass door. Powered by technologically advanced low-energy door operators, this access combination has been shown to effectively minimise heat lost from a building and contribute positively to energy consumption targets. The four-leaf 5251 Classic Revolving door is designed for reliability and constructed for longevity. Although the revolving entrance is fully compliant with current DDA regulations with advanced sensors adapting rotation speed to match that of users, the automatic swing door located alongside offers disabled users alternative access as well as flexibility for larger deliveries. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 84


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GEZEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Modern Masterpiece For Oxford GEZEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand new Slimdrive SL GGS system has made its UK debut at Modern Art Oxford, where it has been selected to form a minimalist glass entrance to the gallery and provide a contemporary backdrop to the new indoor-outdoor exhibition space. GEZE UK designed an entrance that looked like a virtually seamless glass wall, set into the brickwork of the gallery. Complementing the Modern Art Oxfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industrial look are two glass panels that frame the Slimdrive SL GGS automatic sliding door system, making the entrance as distinctive as it is accessible. Operated by the unique 7cm drive unit, it features high-grade stainless steel fittings that hold the glass doors, removing the need for unsightly door rails. Part of GEZEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive, industry leading Slimdrive range, the SL GGS offers flexibility, reliability, efficiency and safety.

The Flushglaze product is a fixed flat glass skylight. The concept is based on an innovative design that helps to achieve maximum daylight, longevity and high performance, in various shapes and sizes to enhance any building.

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D&E Architectural Hardware has one of the most comprehensive catalogues available. This 32 page brochure provides product information about all items in the D&E portfolio. The brochure allows easy crossreferencing to the full D&E catalogue, as well as the current price list. Ranges covered include the Liobex range of spring hinges, NHN door closers, BSW hinges, KWS Architectural Hardware, a full door viewer range, as well as a wide selection of ancillary items. To obtain a copy, telephone 01733 896 123, or download the pdf version from

Alpro has launched the Vortex range, a new generation of face to face electromagnets. The magnets are smaller than a standard slimline magnet, but combine higher holding forces of 1500 kgs with lower current draw than standard magnet. The magnets unique design embodies a conical aperture with a strong armature pin, which combines both magnetic and mechanical holding force to give better strength capabilities and which, allow the magnet to release under 100 Kgs of side loading. Independent tests have shown this unique feature to provide 1,500kgs (15,000Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) of genuine holding force. The magnet is dual voltage (12/24vDC) and draws 240mA at 12volts DC and 120mA at 24volts DC. The smaller dimensions of the unit (200mm long x 36mm high x 30mm deep), mean for practical purposes the units will also fit smaller type doors and frames. Combined with a weight of 450kgs the overall design clearly shows how much new and improved technology has been incorporated in to the range whilst taking the needs of the end user into account.

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New from Schueco UK is a 16 Schueco Fire and Smoke page, fully illustrated brochure Protection Systems of Schuecoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest aluminium fire and smoke protection doors, screens, windows and façades. The brochure includes detailed specifications, performance criteria, size parameters and suggested applications. In order to help ensure the right choice of system, it also contains guidance about the fire protection performance classifications of EN 13501-2, together with information on Document B and the Fire Safety Engineering Approach. One section is devoted to the increasingly important subject of SHEVS, a regulation that was introduced in the 2006 version of Approved Document B. For a brochure please email



Fendor has developed a window system that offers a revolution in terms of both performance and the living environment for a new secure unit at Rampton high secure Hospital. Fendor has supplied double glazed curtain walling for communal areas, as well as double glazed windows to patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rooms and other vulnerable locations. For the Therapeutic Core building there were 27 areas of AlphaLine Aluminium curtain walling installed with SwingVent opening windows on actuators. Fendor also supplied steel glazed doors and 26 Steel SwingVent windows incorporating anti escape top hung vents.

New Brochure On Fire And Smoke Protection Systems From Schueco


Safety, access and natural light are important considerations for homeowners looking to maximise the potential of their basement areas while increasing the value of their properties. ScapeWEL window well systems from roof hatch, smoke vent and access equipment supplier Bilco UK offer an ideal solution. Apart from providing a secondary escape route in the event of a fire and meeting all Building Regulations, the window well vastly improves the amount of natural light in basements and cellars. Wiltshire businessman Terry Larby is one of the first customers in the UK to identify the practical and potential advantages of the ground-breaking Bilco product. It has provided him with the necessary secondary fire exit and ensured his property is fully compliant with all Building Regulations. He is â&#x20AC;&#x153;surprised but delightedâ&#x20AC;? with the amount of extra natural light that now pours into the basement area.

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New Thermally Efficient Steel Windows For Houses And Flats

glassHUS Canopy Completes Tyne Tunnel HQ Offices Refurb An innovative glass canopy created using SFS intec’s glass attachment systems has completed the entrance to the newly refurbished administration building of TT2, the company that operates the existing Tyne Tunnell. The canopy has been created using 12 flat laminated glass panels in a faceted arrangement to deliver a curved appearance. The glass panels are secured to a dark blue structural steel framework using SFS intec’s articulated point fixings in combination with its spider fixings to ensure a reliable angled attachment. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 88

Comar 6EFT - Curtain Walling Comar’s 6EFT Curtain Walling System provides high performance solutions for façades. Comar’s 6EFT delivers curtain walling with 50mm standardised sightlines and includes options for 4sided structural glazing which achieves a cutting edge façade with no visible aluminium sight lines, and 2sided structural glazing with horizontal or vertical capping, concealed vents where a feature and bespoke finish can be achieved through a variety of cover caps. All systems can include side or top hung opening vents and roof glazing. Facetted glazing options for all systems are available in 7.5o increments both convex and concave.

The UK steel window industry has created a remarkable new window design that combines classic aesthetics with 21st century performance standards. The new W30 style meets the latest Building Regulation requirements for domestic dwellings. Steel Window Association members can now deliver a Part L compliant product for both the replacement market and domestic new build. The W30 is BFRC registered and achieves a Window Energy Rating (WER) Level C. The new design incorporates sections from the classic windows used in different ways. As a result larger sealed units can be incorporated and a ‘C’ energy efficiency rating is achieved. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 90


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New Kaba Industrial Door CPD Seminar Approved By RIBA A CPD seminar “Specifying industrial doors; what to look for” from Kaba Door Systems has recently been approved by RIBA. This informative presentation guides forward thinking architects through industrial door specification, with advice on correct application the implications of legislation and energy efficiency directives and innovations in industrial door drives and controls. Seminars can be booked through RIBA or by calling Kaba direct. The Kaba website also features a CPD request form and details of other seminars available. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 92

A competition from industry-leading system supplier VEKA plc - to win tickets for a Premier League football match - was won by Norscot Joinery’s Callum Grant. VEKA ran the competition before Christmas on its VEKA Composite Door System. Customers who bought more than 10 composite doors over a certain time period, were entered in to a prize draw to win tickets for the recent Manchester Utd v. Manchester City match at Old Trafford. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 93

Worcester Sources Crittall Windows As part of an extensive and long term project to revitalise the Lowesmoor area of Worcester, Crittall W20 steel windows have been specified for one of the most familiar buildings on the site. The Great Filling Hall was a feature of Worcester’s historic vinegar works. Planning demands were stringent for the Filling Hall, with conservation officers insisting upon like for like replacement for the windows, in order to maintain the continuity of appearance and character of the architecture and of the surrounding environment. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 94


Cut To Length Door Rails Available From CRL Cut to length door rails are now available from stock in Manchester. The CRL Door Rail System is one of the most innovative and versatile rail systems on the market today. It features the exclusive WedgeLock™ Glass Securing System for rapid installation and holding power. CRL Door Rails also feature the Kwik-Adjust™ vertical Jamb Alignment System for easy installation. Cut to length - between 750mm and 1250mm, for rails 102 mm (4 “) in height Adjust and align doors without removal Door assembly can be ready for installation in less than 10 minutes Fully adjustable in closed/final positions - no need to remove the door. For further information please contact CRL on freephone 00 800 0421 6144, email us at or look at our website ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 91


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Rundum Meir: Bespoke Garage Doors Steel Glazing Company In UK Installation First

Having just celebrated their 10th year in the UK, Rundum Meir have beaten off competition by winning “The Home Building & Renovating Product Excellence Award” with their “Rundum Original Garage Doors”. The HB&R Excellence Awards showcase the very best of what UK firms have to offer. The winners are selected from leading industry experts from The Federation of Master Builders, RIBA, RICS, and editors from leading industry magazines. Rundum Meir’s comprehensive service includes the ability to offer technical and creative direction to effect the implementation of many design requirements. Image shown (by Tim Crocker): Rundum Meir Bespoke Slide Around and Up and Over Doors (The Accordia project won the RIBA Stirling Prize award 2010) Tel: 01512806626

Wrightstyle Limited has become the only UK steel glazing system specialist to provide a complete design, fabrication and installation service, offering a turnkey solution and a quality guarantee at each stage of the contract process. The company, which supplies glazing systems, fabricated products and fire resistant glass worldwide, can now offer its UK customers a cost-efficient service that includes a full design and fabrication service at the company’s own specialist facilities – and an installation service using only Wrightstyle accredited personnel. This gives subcontractors, contractors and specifiers the option for single sourcing a steel glazing contract, often for complex design applications, to just one company – negating the need for ordering from multiple supply chains, and then using further sub-contractors to fabricate and install the finished systems. Wrightstyle is undertaking installer training programmes at its UK headquarters to ensure that it has a network of technically-advanced installers, trained by the same personnel that originally designed, tested and developed the systems.



GEZE UK’S Cubist Design A Hit At Tesco’s Gerrard’s Cross Two distinctive glass cube entrances to a flagship supermarket, with sliding glass automatic doors by GEZE UK, has helped Tesco win admirers after a ten year struggle to develop in Gerrard’s Cross. Glass fabricator Firman Glass knew that only one company could fulfil the aesthetic demands of the glass cube design, and specified GEZE UK’s industry-leading bolted-to-glass Slimdrive SL bi-parting automatic doors to provide both functionality and beauty. Combining easy access, life safety and sustainability, GEZE UK installed four of its Slimdrive SL bi-parting doors, one SL single and one SLT telescopic door to provide two draughtproof lobbies, complete with distinctive ISO aluminium profiles. The Slimdrive SL and SLT, part of GEZE’s unique Slimdrive range, are ideally suited to provide safe and easy access in high traffic areas. Their minimalist design ensures that the operator can be concealed in the façade, giving designers limitless aesthetic potential. Just 7 cm in height, the operators are one of the most compact available on a sliding door, giving a seamless visual effect.





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Hörmann Meets Your Design Challenge As market leaders in both garage and industrial doors, Hörmann has the technical expertise to provide the right solution whatever the project. For the bespoke look Hörmann has created a steel up and over door frame that you can clad in the material and finish of your choice. This way doors can be created to blend in with the building style and design or become a design feature in their own right. This door frame is fully welded for strength, pre-drilled and then galvanised and coated in high-grade polyester primer. The design allows the frame to be either completely hidden or used as the door edges as a part of the desired look. With space saving, insulated, weather-sealed sectional garage doors established as the standard across Europe, Hörmann has developed an aluminium sectional door frame that can also be clad to suit your requirements. Based on the proven ALR industrial door this is especially stable and designed for reliable long term operation. If your design calls for a timber sectional door Hörmann offer the additional service of creating the technical drawings from your outline design before manufacturing the bespoke door in either Hemlock or Nordic Pine. Hörmann has the products, expertise and commitment to help you develop the technical solutions you need. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 99


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The 3R’s of building are Re-new-Re-cycle-Re-vive and with the help of windows, doors, window walling and curtain walling from Comar The 3R’s of building are Re-new-Re-cycle-Re-vive and with the help Architectural Aluminium Systems & Alu-Timber, on-time, cost effective of windows, doors, window walling and curtain walling from Comar solutions are achieved. Architectural Aluminium Systems & Alu-Timber, on-time, cost effective Re-newing school could mean a total new-build or a refurbishment. solutions area achieved. Comar & Alu-Timber have a Nationwide network of approved fabricators, Re-newing a school could mean a total new-build or a refurbishment. who can handle a range of projects from a single window replacement in Comar & Alu-Timber have a Nationwide network of approved fabricators, term time, the refurbishment and installation of a new aluminium facade who can handle a range of projects from a single window replacement in for an elevation, or a complete new-build envelope. term time, the refurbishment and installation of a new aluminium facade for an elevation, or a complete new-build envelope.

Re-cycling, aluminium can be re-cycled again and again with no loss to its form and function, creating a bank of valuable aluminium for future generations. Re-cycling, aluminium can be re-cycled again and again with no loss to its form Re-viving, aluminium their aluminium high strength-to-weight-ratio, create and function, creating facades a bank ofwith valuable for future generations. sleek, slim sight lines that house co-ordinating glass or panels. These aesthetically Re-viving, aluminium facades with their high strength-to-weight-ratio, create pleasing sight-lines can be finished in a myriad of polyester powder coating or sleek, slim sight lines that house co-ordinating glass or panels. These aesthetically anodising colours. In a non-marine environment a standard guarantee of 25 pleasing sight-lines can be finished in a myriad of polyester powder coating or years is offered. However, with correct planned maintenance, the design life of anodising colours. In a non-marine environment a standard guarantee of 25 aluminium is indefinite; the Empire State Building has an aluminium roof and 100 years is offered. However, with correct planned maintenance, the design life of years after its construction still maintains its original striking appearance. aluminium is indefinite; the Empire State Building has an aluminium roof and 100 years after its construction still maintains its original striking appearance.

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Solarlux’s Versatile Horizontal Sliding Wall The SL60-Horizontally sliding walls are individual aluminium framed, glass panels, that are thermally insulated, allowing as many panels as required to be slid to a parking area to open up a space. It is suitable for shops, malls, leisure, education or any location where variable openings are required. A maximum panel size of 1200mm wide x 3500mm high is possible. The system is extremely secure. The system is available with 3 floor tracks including a flush floor track for barrier free entry. Visit www. or call 01707 339970. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 102

easy ✔ Cut to Length installation ✔ Adjustable ✔ Available From Stock in Manchester The CRL Door Rail System is one of the most innovative and versatile rail systems on the market today. It features the exclusive WedgeLock™ Glass Securing System for rapid installation and steadfast holding power. • Manufactured door rails cut to length from stock in Manchester • Features the Kwik-Adjust™ vertical Jamb Alignment System for easy installation • Cut to length - between 750 mm and 1250 mm, for rails 102 mm (4 ") in height

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Interior Doors Are No Longer A Poor Relation The interior door has become a leading player in architectural and interior design, thanks to manufacturers such as Vicaima which have pushed the boundaries of innovation, door technology, and contemporary design. Suddenly the interior door is seriously sexy! One of Europe’s foremost manufacturers, Vicaima offers an outstanding range of high performance, high quality interior doors to answer the aesthetic desires of contemporary home design, regulatory and environmental requirements, and the performance needs of specifiers, builders and homeowners.

The onus is on manufacturers to provide truly cost effective solutions for domestic and commercial building programmes. One of Vicaima’s innovations in this respect is its popular door kit solution Portaro which can considerably reduce on-site costs and alleviate costly errors. Portaro provides a fully finished door and frame solution, which is manufactured off-site, and delivered ready to install with door, door frame and architrave all matching and all fitting together correctly. Portaro is available in many styles, finishes and finishing options, including FSC and fire rated.

Last year saw the launch of Vicaima’s daring Black and White collection, which brought haute couture into the living room. So fashion-inspired is the design of these elegant doors, they are considered less as a functional item, and more as a piece of wall art demanding attention for their stunning looks rather than simply their use. The standard of manufacture and performance cannot be bettered in this highly contemporary range which is becoming favoured with interior designers and clients who are seeking individuality and luxury for their homes.

Vicaima has always had a strong environmental policy which has resulted in a wider choice in interior doors that offer sustainable credentials. Many of the doors produced by Vicaima are FSC accredited, and currently work is underway to extend their range further still. Vicaima also works with the Tropical Forest Trust and has an internal environmental impact evaluation program which brings environmental issues to the forefront of all product and manufacturing developments.

No-one knows more about wood than the skilled technologists at Vicaima who select only the finest solid woods (from managed forests) and solid wood veneers to use in producing beautiful doors. This has helped result in a wide range of interior door solutions that can answer a wide range of entrance needs. Vicaima leads the way in the development, production, and testing of fire doors and is the only UK door manufacturer to be third-party accredited by both the BM TRADA Q-Mark, and BWF-Certifire Fire Door Schemes, with testing to BS476 Part 22 (1987) at Chiltern Fire to provide unrivalled safety and fire door performance.


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Vicaima offers probably one of the widest ranges of high quality doors, door sets, and door kits which will answer the majority of door requirements. In addition they are able to provide many furniture and interior accessories including wardrobes, wall panels and skirting to ensure a completely matching and complementary range of products. Vicaima works closely with architects to provide outstanding door products to leading house builders, public sector building, hotels and leisure industry, social housing and refurbishment projects. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 101

The new Vortex magnetic door lock from Videx Security combines mechanical and magnetic security in a lock that is 75% smaller and has a lower current consumption than a standard magnetic lock. Yet it offers a 400% higher holding force than a standard lock as a result of incorporating not only a magnetic plate but also a conical orifice which retains a very strong alloy pin. Vortex features builtin monitoring that not only monitors for a door being forced, but builtin pressure sensors also monitor for attempted door force. This ensures a higher degree of security and provides an alert before the door security has been compromised. A highly visible red/green indicator shows the status of the lock. Additional features include the ability to release as normal under side pressures of up to 100kg and it includes a tamp proof security armature plate. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 103

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OPINION Article By: CGI International Title: Doing More With Less Author: David Jolliffe, Managing Director

Doing more with less is certainly the order of the day – public sector spending cuts are continuing to impact on all corners of UK commerce and the construction supply chain is already feeling the effects. In times of reduced budgets, it’s important to avoid taking a dramatic step backwards in product specification and to continue investing in the best you can. After all the cost of getting it wrong, both to peoples’ lives and buildings, is impossible to put a price on. Fire glass products can be grouped into three main categories. The first is integrity only (E) which prevents flames and hot gasses from spreading for a specified time – typically from 30 to 60 minutes. The second is integrity and insulating glass (EI) which has the same ability as integrity glass but also restricts the temperature transfer to the unexposed face in the fire. The third option is integrity and radiation control glass (EW) which provides radiant heat control and significantly reduces the amount of heat transmitting through the glass. Most common materials will ignite spontaneously once temperatures reach 500-600ºC, meaning that even if the fire is contained in an adjoining room, catastrophic damage and further spread of fire can take place on the safe side if an Integrity only (E) glass is used. For those experiencing budgetary pressures, integrity and radiation control glass (EW) can provide a superb mid-way alternative to the integrity and full insulation (EI) fire glasses, offering considerably better performance than integrity only (E), but without the higher cost. For advice and support on the best product for the job and your budget, you should seek advice directly from your glass supplier or contractor. The cost of fire damage has been rising steadily for the last decade and, coupled with figures which show that arson attacks increase in a recession, fire safety protection has never been more critical. T: +44 1942 710720


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OPINION Article By: Yorkon Title: How Off-site Construction Is Challenging Conventional Building Methods In The Retail Sector Author: David Johnson, Director and General Manager

to 15m long and 3.3m wide providing greater cost efficiency, fewer vehicle movements to site, less cranage and fewer construction joints. Highly Flexible Construction Solutions - Off-site solutions are increasingly being used for the provision of interim stores to the benefit of both retailers and contractors. Fully relocatable stores built to permanent standards can remain open while an adjacent existing supermarket is being redeveloped. The temporary building can then be broken down to its modular components and relocated to another site for use as either a permanent or another interim store. The advantages of this approach include:

With good design, enlightened architects, contractors and retail clients, and more efficient processes, off-site construction is now providing a full range of exciting retail schemes – from interim buildings for use during store redevelopments, extensions to existing stores, convenience stores and stand-alone kiosks to complete 28,000sqft eco-stores with unrivalled long-term flexibility and reflecting best practice in retail design.

• Each store is designed to have the look and feel of a permanent store to help maintain the customer experience. • This solution will minimise any disruption to customers during the construction or refurbishment of an existing store or following a major incident such as a fire or flood. • The modular approach will significantly reduce the cost of providing a temporary store because the building can be relocated to another site. • The interim stores are quicker and easier to install than other temporary retail solutions. • Facilities can include in-store bakeries, frozen food and chiller sections, offices, stores, staff facilities, plant room, cleaner’s area and bulk storage.

Changing Perceptions - Off-site construction is challenging conventional methods of building through innovation, and the approach can add significant value to the procurement process. Completion times can be dramatically reduced, quality is improved, and work on site is safer, quieter and cleaner – with a direct, positive impact on retailers’ customer service and trading. Traditionally-constructed supermarkets can now easily be expanded, both vertically and horizontally using an off-site approach and with far less disruption to trading. Non-load bearing walls and clear unrestricted internal spans of up to 28m – unprecedented in the modular building sector – facilitate store design and the retailer’s ability to meet changing local requirements. This approach provides increased trading weeks for the store, a faster return on investment and less interruption for the local community. Reducing the Risk of Time and Cost Overruns - An important but perhaps less well documented advantage of building off site is the higher degree of predictability it can offer – reducing the risk of time and cost overruns that are still all too common in the UK construction industry. Over the past five years, for example, Yorkon has delivered 96 per cent of building projects on time and 94 per cent on budget, rising to 99 per cent last year. And with the technological advances in off-site construction, there is no compromise on design and building performance: The latest innovation in off-site technology is the award-winning Yorkon high performance floor option. This factory-installed concrete floor accommodates heavy and variable loads and is a robust solution for high traffic areas. It also allows high specification flooring, such as terrazzo tiling, to be installed off site, further reducing programme times and improving quality. A wider range of cladding and glazing options, including full height shop front glazing, for example to store entrances, allows designers to achieve architectural variety for the building envelope, and meet any aesthetic planning requirements. Building configurations and layouts can be designed to suit individual sites and project requirements, with larger modules up 072

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How OSC is Meeting the Sustainability Challenge - The environmental advantages of taking an off-site approach include: The materials used to manufacture Yorkon buildings have a recycled content of 35 per cent, which ensures significantly lower levels of embodied energy. Yorkon is also committed to using building products in its modular schemes which are both low carbon and have low embodied energy. • Up to 67 per cent less energy is required to produce a modular building compared to an equivalent traditionally-built project (source: Arup) • Off-site construction can generate up to 90 per cent fewer vehicle movements to site – reducing carbon emissions, congestion and disruption (source: Mtech) • Off-site construction can reduce on-site waste by up to 90 per cent (source: WRAP) • Quality controlled off-site production means modular buildings are manufactured to more consistently rigorous tolerances than

conventional site-based building methods. In full-scale independent tests for air permeability, the Yorkon off-site building system exceeds Building Regulations Part L 2010 requirements by up to 70 per cent with no adaptation to the standard system. This means exceptional energy efficiency performance, reduced carbon emissions and lower running costs. • Yorkon also recycles 91 per cent of the small amount of waste generated in the off-site manufacturing process. Design features can improve sustainability but are no different to the technologies available for traditionally-constructed buildings – such as roofmounted photovoltaics, ground and air source heat pumps, light sensors, heat recovery systems, rainwater harvesting, and passive ventilation. These can easily be integrated into a modular building. The Advantages and Design Possibilities of Off-site Construction in Practice - Some recent projects undertaken by Yorkon in the retail sector illustrate some of the construction challenges that can be overcome by taking an off-site approach: A fully trading 1960s-style supermarket was completed for Tesco in just seven weeks from receipt of order to handover • A 13,000sqft supermarket was transported by ship to the Orkneys • A purpose-built and award-winning 13,300sqft interim supermarket was installed on a brownfield site in an unprecedented 18 hours – open and serving customers just 13 days after start on site to help the flood-hit community of Workington in Cumbria. The UK’s Largest Retail Project to be Built using Modular Construction A new 28,000sqft eco-store at Southam in Warwickshire was successfully delivered by Yorkon and main contractors RG Carter, from green field site to trading in just 15 weeks – reducing the build programme by eight weeks to the benefit of Tesco and its customers. In order to meet the deadline for the store opening, 24-hour factory shifts were employed at the Yorkon offsite production centre in York to manufacture and partially fit out the 70 steel-framed store modules, and the cranage phase included both weekend and night working. To view a video of the new store and its construction, see New Modular Store Design - The scheme is the first application of a new modular store design, which provides 20,000 sqft of retail space, and has uninterrupted spans for the sales areas of 28m. This was achieved by reducing internal columns by 50 per cent. The project represents a step change in the use of off-site construction in the retail sector and for a store of this scale. Improving the Building’s Carbon Footprint As an eco-store, the scheme has a number of sustainability features to further reduce its carbon footprint, including: • Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to generate electricity • A high level of glazing to the main elevation and above-shelving windows to one side elevation to maximise natural light • Sun pipes to the offices and toilets • Rainwater harvesting

• A draught lobby to the main entrance with sliding doors to reduce heat loss • Timber cladding from sustainable sources • Mixed mode ventilation • Air scoops for additional ventilation. Designed by the Saunders Partnership, the store design also includes backof-house, staff facilities and office accommodation on the first floor, and has concrete floors with terrazzo tiling for the sales areas. Commenting on the finished store, Lorraine O’Sullivan, Development Manager at Tesco, said, “From a customer experience perspective, you cannot tell this is a modular building. The over-cladding has been very effective and customers have been very complimentary about the new store. Off-site construction allows more work to be carried out in a manufacturing environment, improving both quality and the speed of construction on site. This enables Tesco to be faster to market and to open the doors of a new store to our customers more quickly.” Retail Kiosks – Open and Trading in Less than 24 Hours - Yorkon’s latest development in the retail sector is a revolutionary new design for retail kiosks which can be open and serving customers less than 24 hours after the arrival of the building on site. Measuring just 4.8m x 4.8m (240sqft) and designed to take up the equivalent of only two standard car parking bays, the kiosk has a slim floor allowing it to be located on a supermarket site, retail park or in a car park, whilst providing full DDA-compliant access. Built to permanent standards whilst still being relocatable, each kiosk arrives at its location fully fitted out with all electrics, glazing, door, roller shutter, and counters to reduce work on site to less than 24 hours. Fast, Flexible and Sustainable - This is a fast, flexible and sustainable retail solution, which can provide retailers and developers with increased trading weeks for a new outlet, a faster return on investment and less disruption to customers. Applications include retail banking, opticians, pharmacies, coffee bars, fast food, mobile phone outlets and bakeries. One of the first retailers to use the new concept is Timpson to offer key cutting, shoe repair and dry cleaning services at a number of supermarket locations. John Monks, Project Manager at Timpson, said, “We have been impressed with the efficiency benefits and the value for money off-site construction can bring to our business. It is just not feasible to use traditional methods of construction at trading supermarkets so we need to move the building work off site. Yorkon has proved to be very flexible, has delivered what we needed, and very quickly.” What Next? - There is more interest in off-site construction from the retail sector than ever before, a reflection of the growing demand for modular solutions in the commercial sector. The approach is now being used for a wide spectrum of new facilities – superstores, buildings for petrol forecourts, back-of-house facilities, customer restaurants, dotcom buildings and warehousing. But there is still work to do in educating architects and contractors about the huge potential for off-site construction and the options available for combining good design with all the benefits of innovative modern construction methods.

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OPINION Article By: American Hardwood Export Council Title: The EU’s Illegal Timber Law: What It Really Means Author: Rupert Oliver, Environmental Consultant

processed wood products. Operators will shoulder by far the largest burden of responsibility under the ITL. Innocent Until Proven Guilty Only the operators will be liable for prosecution under the “prohibition” articles of the law. These articles make it a criminal offence to place timber illegally harvested under the laws of any country onto the internal EU market. The prohibition does not reverse the “burden of proof” - operators are innocent unless proven guilty. The onus is entirely on European authorities to prove that a particular timber product is derived from an illegal source to prosecute under this article of the law. Therefore the “prohibition” articles of the law do not place any obligations on operators to positively demonstrate legality before selling timber into the EU.

The EU’s new “Illegal Timber Law” (ITL) is likely to bring about a fundamental change in the way European wood traders do business. However there is still little understanding of what it will really mean in practice. Seeking greater clarity, Rupert Oliver recently met with the law’s architects at the EC’s Directorate General of Environment in Brussels. The ITL was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 November and is due to be fully implemented by March 2013. So far media reporting on the law has been vague, at best, and in some cases downright misleading. Even the official website of the European Union misrepresents the law. On 3 December 2010, published a press release claiming that when the ITL is introduced “EU operators selling timber and timber products for the first time on the EU market – whether they come from the EU or are imported – will need to know where their timber is from.” Hardly surprising then that subsequent press reports have claimed, incorrectly, that the ITL requires full traceability of all wood to forest of origin to verify legality. However my recent discussions with EC officials in Brussels suggest that the reality is rather more subtle and complex than this. In fact, the idea of riskassessment lies at the heart of the ITL. European importers will only need to identify the source as far as is necessary to make a credible assessment of the risk of illegal logging. If the wood comes from a defined region where there is clear, objective and up-to-date evidence to demonstrate a negligible risk of illegal logging, then it should only be necessary to track wood back to that region. In some cases, regions of negligible risk might encompass whole countries. But to fully understand the law, it is necessary to go back a few steps. It is, for example, important to emphasise that the law doesn’t impose any new documentation requirements for timber at point of entry into the EU. European customs authorities will not be demanding any new certificates or legality licenses. Instead, the ITL imposes new obligations on timber trading entities within the EU. The law divides these entities into two distinct categories known as “operators” and “traders”, each with a different set of obligations. “Operators” are those people or organisations that “first place” timber on the internal EU market. They include forest managers that first sell timber harvested in the EU, together with importers of timber and 074

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The “prohibition” articles will, however, provide a very strong incentive for operators to effectively implement another set of articles relating to the “due diligence system”. This is a bit like an ISO9001 or ISO14001 system with a single objective: to ensure there is a negligible risk of any wood being derived from an illegal source. At minimum, all wood purchases must be covered by documentation identifying the country of harvest, species, quantity and “where appropriate”, the region of origin and/or “concession of harvest”. The system must also ensure access to “documents or other information indicating [legal] compliance”. There must be procedures that draw on this information to enable the operator to evaluate the risk of illegally harvested timber being placed on the market. And there must be procedures to effectively mitigate any risks not assessed to be “negligible”. Independent Legality Verification In High Risk Regions What this means in practice is that EU importers are likely to demand thirdparty verified certificates that wood is from a specific legally harvested forest with all shipments of wood from, say, Indonesia or the Brazilian Amazon where independent studies suggest at least a third of wood supplied might derive from illegal sources. On the other hand, EU importers may need only a reliable assurance of region of origin if it can be shown that there is a negligible risk of any illegal logging within that region. This would be the case, for example, with U.S. hardwood products. In 2008, the American Hardwood Export Council commissioned the “Seneca Creek Study”, which is probably the most comprehensive illegal logging risk assessment undertaken anywhere in the world to date. This study provides objective, independent and peer-reviewed evidence that there is a less than 1% risk of any hardwood sourced from the United States being derived from an illegal source. So for American hardwoods, the combination of the Seneca Creek study and existing shipping documents - such as exporters’ invoices, phytosanitary certificates, and U.S. Shipper Export Declaration forms which accurately identify species, product type, quantity and that the product is of U.S.

origin - should be sufficient to demonstrate negligible risk and meet the ITL documentation requirements. The ITL also specifies that timber supplied under the CITES legislation or with a so–called “VPA License” – verifying that wood comes from a country that has signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU to prevent illegal wood entering supply chains – may be treated as “negligible risk” and subject to no further mitigating actions by the operators. The law also acknowledges that existing systems of certification like FSC or PEFC should be “taken into account” during risk assessment procedures. Another feature of the ITL is that it recognises that many smaller operators may not have the capacity to develop their own due diligence procedures and would prefer to work within a group system. Trade associations or ENGOs imposing Codes of Conduct and Responsible Procurement Policies on member companies may apply to the European Commission for recognition as a “Monitoring Organisation”. The trade association or ENGO would then be responsible for verifying their members’ conformance to the due diligence system.

Traceability Obligation On Downstream “Traders” In The EU By comparison with “operators”, the responsibilities imposed by the ITL on “traders” are much less onerous. “Traders” are people or organisations downstream of the “operators” in the wood trading chain. They include internal EU merchants, manufacturers and retailers that do not harvest or import wood directly into the EU. Traders are subject neither to the “prohibition” or the “due diligence system” articles of the law. They are subject only to a “traceability obligation” requiring that each is able to identify their immediate suppliers and immediate buyers. This obligation may be fulfilled using existing financial documentation such as purchase and sales invoices. The aim is simply to help identify the EU operator that first placed timber on the EU market in the event of a challenge to its legal origin.

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OPINION Article By: SE Controls Title: Standards for Natural Ventilation and Smoke Ventilation Author: Will Perkins - Managing Director

Today we have more standards and regulations in the construction industry than ever before, which makes early specification all the more important in order to be fully compliant. Early specification decisions are required, as later changes required in order to comply often incur significant cost increases. This was one common theme brought up at a recent CAB (Council for Aluminium in Building) breakfast meeting between facade companies and key contractor speakers from the industry. Following these implications, contractors were willing to keep to the tender of the initial specialist supplier, as long as prices for the product/installation remained competitive. Falling price pressures aside, this seems to be a significant turnaround from what is currently perceived of contracting for building works at the lowest possible price. One area of rapid change in all our buildings today is that of natural ventilation and smoke control. Both these systems are often combined to provide a cost effective, safe and sustainable solution for our new and existing buildings. Looking at the regulations covering both these areas separately, adaptive natural ventilation methodologies help to keep buildings pleasant places to be with the minimum of energy input. Consequently, design guides and building regulations are referred to in the specification of these systems. Often using opening windows in facades and roof lights, operated by window actuators, adaptive natural ventilation strategies can prove to be sustainable and economical to run compared to other forms of cooling and ventilation. Approved Document F 2006 ‘Means of Ventilation’ covers the compliance side of the design requirements suggesting minimum ventilation requirements that need to be supplied. Approved Document L2A and L2B 2006 ‘Conservation of fuel and power in new buildings other than dwellings’ also need to be consulted regarding energy efficiency of any installed systems. Designing to meet the stringent BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) energy savings, reward points can be given to adopting adaptive natural ventilation systems, BRE 290 ‘Ventilation and cooling option appraisal’ offers a client’s guide to what can be achieved. CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) also promotes ventilation best practice in their guide, AM10. BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) offers a guide on Night cooling strategies. And there are many other guides which suggest various methodologies which have been successfully adopted.


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Specifically in education, design guide BB101 (Building Bulletins) recommends natural ventilation in teaching spaces. There are various Building Bulletins produced by the Department for Children, Schools & Families on all aspects of school design. In order to become a specialist in the area of adaptive natural ventilation, and to keep up to speed on the rapid development taking place, a great deal of on-going study is required. As mentioned earlier, this is where a specialist in adaptive natural ventilation should be consulted. Similar solutions to adaptive natural ventilation are used when we look at smoke control systems, with some main differences. As in adaptive natural ventilation, smoke ventilation often uses windows in facades and roof lights, however, control systems need to be independent of the buildings power supply. Often running on a battery back-up 24 volt system, smoke ventilation provision should be fully operational when there is a power outage. Smoke control systems also form part of a legal provision of fire safety from building owners. Preventative maintenance of these systems is crucial to ensure that smoke ventilation takes place when required and to ensure people in the building have a safe passage of exit. Badly maintained systems are the responsibility of the building owners and prosecutions are on the increase. Sometimes referred to as SHEVS (Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation) smoke control can be designed to use the rising warm air from combustion by offering an exhaust at high level (roof vent) and provision at lower levels (opening windows) to allow fresh air in. In more complex situations fan assistance is required to assist smoke evacuation. Standards are much more complex in the area of smoke control, CIBSE Guide E 1997 offers guidance on heating, venting, air conditioning and refrigeration. EN12101 ‘Smoke and heat control systems’ consists of 10 parts which offers guidance and calculation methods for the evacuation of smoke. There are also various British Standards and BRE design guides that offer design methodologies to correctly identify and make provision for smoke control systems. Adaptive natural ventilation and smoke control are often integrated in today’s modern buildings. This offers a significant saving on installation and maintenance costs. These issues can again be discussed at early design stages in order to maximise cost savings on designs. Smoke control systems and adaptive natural ventilation systems can operate as independent standalone systems or can be linked into the building management system. Newer systems are now becoming more intelligent and offer intelligent feedback of opening and closing operations so that equipment failures often caused by obstructions, can be identified and repaired at scheduled planned preventative maintenance visits, to ensure even higher levels of safety provision. For more information on standards covering various building uses, refer to the SE Controls website or contact SE Controls for an early design consultation. SE Controls are actively involved in government sponsored working groups and are able to share this developing knowledge base with clients.

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OPINION Article By: SFS intec Ltd Title: A Glass Act: Elevating Canopy Design Author:

The creativity that goes into building design and refurbishment can be ruined by ugly or unsuitable canopies over entrance doors, emergency exits and covered walkways. Despite the major difference that canopy design makes to the overall aesthetics of a building elevation, all too often the canopy is an after-thought. And the result can be detrimental. For example, using a heavyweight metal frame may not be consistent with a building’s design where the intention is slim sightlines and a standard rectangular canopy might not do justice to architecture which features curves or unusual angles. Today’s structurally reliable attachment systems ensure imagination is virtually the only limitation on canopy design. And the starting point is to consider the main attachment options.


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Suspended or steel framework?- When securing a heavy pane of glass three metres above our heads, it’s understandable to feel uneasy about structural reliability when using a suspended, tie-rod based attachment system. So the canopy is often designed using a structural steel framework to ensure the stresses and loads are sufficiently accommodated by the building structure. However, this isn’t necessary in many cases as the right specification suspended canopy system will be more than capable of dealing with the weight of the glass and the weather loadings. What separates the two routes is aesthetics, unless the canopy is exceptionally large in which case a steel framework is likely to be the only option. A steel framework can be a feature that is consistent with the rest of the building – and

the steel can be coloured to match elements of the façade or company branding. Glass panes are attached to the steel structure using single point fixings which can be flush with the glass, bevelled or the standard raised head. Spider fixings can be used in combination with point fixings to interlink the glass panels on more complex canopy designs. A suspended canopy system like the SFS intec VDS system offers a slimline attachment package. Tie-rods are attached to the glass panels using point fixings at one end and fixed to the building structure using a face plate. Most suspended glass canopies are also secured to the wall or façade on their rear edge using the required number of brackets which are angled accordingly for rainwater run off. If the design requires a canopy with low visual impact, to enable the

building design to be fully appreciated, then a suspended glass canopy is a must. The tie-rods can go almost unnoticed to achieve a floating effect. Shape up - Whether steel framework or suspended, the glass canopy can be designed in a wide variety of ways to accommodate shapes, corners and curves of all types. SFS intec’s VDS system can be specified with various tie-rod lengths and point fixings to achieve an arch with rainwater run off at the left and right sides. But it isn’t even necessary to use curved glass for achieving a curved canopy. Using flat glass, which is usually less expensive, a faceted canopy can be constructed using either a steel framework or a suspension system in combination with articulated point fixings and

spiders to achieve the different angles. Keeping it simple yet impactful, a single flat glass canopy can be used but it can be cut with curved or angled edges. Attachment can then be through a steel framework or suspension system using varied length tie-rods. Fixing to curtain walling - A curtain walling façade delivers plenty of natural light and minimal structural sightlines. Replacing the curtain walling around a main entrance door is a very effective and common way to upgrade a building as part of a refurb project. But this makes attaching a canopy to the curtain wall using a heavyweight metal framework virtually impossible unless it has been factored into the building at the design stage. A suspended canopy is the best option in these circumstances.

Architects are increasingly using the SFS intec VDS system with compound angle tie-rods to suspend the glass canopy, often in combination with spider fixings, with outstanding aesthetic effect. The weight is comfortably accommodated by fixing points secured to the transoms and mullions of the curtain walling and this means a relatively large single span can be achieved over double entrance doors, for example.

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OPINION Article By: Record (UK) Title: Door Care Is A High Priority Author: Colin Dillon

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Minute adjustments may need to be made to ensure the smooth operation of automatic doors, manual override features need to be checked, as do the activation and safety beam detectors, which can be either infra-red or microwave. But streetscapes change regularly, so Record’s engineers will also take this into account through risk assessment. For example, a pair of swing doors opening onto a busy thoroughfare could well knock passers-by. In this instance, the engineer would specify physical barriers on each side to ensure people had to walk round the opening arc of the doors to ensure their safety.

Most people probably do not give automatic sliding, revolving or swinging doors a second thought upon entering or leaving the supermarket, bank, library, retail or leisure facility; taking it for granted that it will function and they will be allowed to pass through safely and without inconvenience. But in reality, technological advances mean that these doors require more than the occasional application of a little oil on their hinges, and they require regular, quite complicated maintenance. If this is not done, the consequences can be dire; that is, if you want to be squeaky clean in the eyes of a court and avoid litigation, you must maintain your doors. BS 7036 (96) Safety at Powered Doors for Pedestrian Use stipulates that automatic doors should be serviced yearly. And that this should be done by an engineer who has passed the Automatic Doors Suppliers Association exam, with following five yearly reviews of that engineer’s standard of work. The BS also requires that companies like record keep accurate written documentation of every automatic door it maintains for its customers, even though it is extremely rare that litigation does arise. So what exactly does the engineer need to do to maintain automatic doors? The inevitability of mechanical wear necessitates routine checking of the drive belts driving the wheels that run on the track on the top of a door, as well as the guides on the bottom that stops it running against the frame.

All doors supplied by Record are thoroughly checked before they leave the factory, so thinking about their future maintenance is really the only issue when specifying them, for two reasons. The first being that if they are regularly maintained, adjustments made and appropriate replacement parts used as required, there will be less strain on the motor and control unit, which are expensive to replace – and, of course, the doors will last a lot longer. Secondly, maintenance helps to avoid prosecution, and litigation has increased noticeably in the UK over the last 10 years. But, if you have maintained your door and had your British Standard safety check and there is an accident, you have passed your duty of care and done everything within your capability to make that door safe. The result being that you are less likely to lose a case. With many businesses just beginning to recover after one of the most devastating recessions the UK has seen for decades, many may see the annual maintenance of their automatic doors as an additional and unwanted expense; as well as an inconvenience. But it is far cheaper than a large compensation claim. Record offers what it calls its Record 247 reactive repairs service, which is for all types of commercial doors and brands of door automation products. With teams of repair engineers throughout the UK, it can repair doors, in most cases, on the same day and in one visit, being that the company stocks it vans with commonly needed components.


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The tolerances of each separate component need to be checked, as does the speed at which a door opens and closes as a person approaches. Additionally, all automatic doors have combination activation and safety devices and are connected to a building’s fire alarm system. In case of electricity failure, swing doors revert to manual operation , automatic sliding doors also feature nickel-cadmium batteries that will open the way for emergency egress. These batteries should be replaced on a three yearly 080

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A well planned drainage infrastructure helps to manage water run-off by preventing domestic properties and other spaces such as paved public areas, car-parks, driveways and roads acting as conduits for run-off water. And it is more sustainable to manage storm water in a way that allows it to permeate naturally through the ground where it falls rather than being directed into already overloaded drains and public sewers. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) provide an alternative approach to piped systems. Whereas piped systems are characterised by a limited capacity, SUDS solutions such as permeable paving enable water to soak away from the surface where it falls, mimicking natural drainage processes. By reducing run-off volumes and encouraging recharge of the natural groundwater at source, they mitigate many of the adverse impacts of storm water run-off on the environment in terms of both volume and pollutants. At the heart of the philosophy is the need to address three key concerns: water quantity, water quality and biodiversity. By considering these three factors known as the ‘SUDS Triangle’ when designing developments, it becomes possible to create drainage systems that provide natural water quality treatment, encourage infiltration, reduce the impact of peak flows and minimise impacts on the local habitats of both communities and wildlife. Indeed, as a major legislatory step towards improving both flood risk management and the way we manage our water resources, The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 seeks to define clearer roles, responsibilities and standards for the creation of sustainable drainage systems in line with proposed flood risk management strategies.

Marshalls Water Management Solutions Rain never seems too far away in the UK, but as our climate changes we can expect more extreme downpours - especially through warmer and wetter winter months. While annual average rainfall may decrease slightly, the seasonal distribution of precipitation will change significantly, with winters seeing an increase in rainfall of up to 30%. An increase in extreme weather events, where winter storms will become more frequent, has also been forecast. And - as we’ve seen over the last few years - more intense rainfall means a higher risk of flooding. Under natural conditions, most of the water that falls as rain soaks into the ground or gets carried away by rivers. But in urban areas, the built environment alters the natural drainage of water, with hard surfaces increasing both the rate and amount of rainwater that turns into run-off. And it has to go somewhere. Traditional piped ‘drains’ have a limited capacity to cope with the high levels of surface water generated by extreme rainfall events. And, when the capacity of one or more parts of the drainage system is exceeded, the worst happens. For example, in the floods of June 2007 extreme rainfall in the Midlands and the north of England led to large-scale urban flooding, with over 55,000 properties affected: two thirds of these from surface water run-off overloading drainage systems. In addition to flood risk, large amounts of surface water run-off can cause water quality problems. As water runs over hard urban surfaces, it picks up pollutants that are washed into water courses. For example, run-off from roads contains heavy metals and hydrocarbons which can seriously impact on water quality.


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Whilst the act places responsibility for managing SUDS on Local Authorities’ SUDS Advisory Boards, responsibility for the specification, design, implementation and maintenance of SUDS schemes remains shared between local government, drainage planners and hydraulic engineers, town planners and civil engineers, land-owners, developers and even homeowners. With so many stakeholders involved, decisions about new developments and increasingly essential water management systems can be taken without a complete understanding of surface water risks - or the most effective solutions. Hence, everyone involved in creating our built environment bears some responsibility in implementing water management strategies to meet our changing climatic conditions. As such, each must play their part and work together. Wherever you sit in the water management process, Marshalls has the depth of expertise and wide choice of high performance drainage products to help you create more effective sustainable water management plans to meet your obligations. Marshalls fully supports DEFRA’s vision for water policy and management where, by 2030 at the latest, we can sustainably manage risks from flooding. And if those of us responsible for the development of urban spaces are to maintain our quality of life while protecting the environment, we must take action now. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 106

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MPB Structures Uses Smartply Siteprotect To Keep Westfield Stratford City Site Protected

Hauraton High Capacity Drainage Chosen For Newquay Cornwall Airport

Westfield Stratford City, the retail gateway to London’s Olympic Park, is set to become the UK’s second largest shopping mall, and the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. By the time the centre opens in September 2011, family owned MPB Structures, specialising in earthworks, drainage, substructure reinforced concrete works, civil engineering and railway infrastructure, expects to have used well over 50 packs of SmartPly SiteProtect supplied by through a local merchant as the secure hoarding for the entire site.

The £52.4 million transformation of the RAF St. Mawgan Airbase to the Newquay Cornwall Airport, was the first time a changeover of this kind has been attempted from military to civilian use in the UK. The success of the project has been largely due to the excellent working relationship between the MoD, Royal Air Force, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Airport Limited, the Civil Airport Authority and all the contractors involved in the project to resolve operational, technical and commercial issues as they arose. Starting in 2007, actual building work took three years to complete. Although the airport was granted their licence by the Civil Aviation Authority on 20th December 2008, building work continued, mainly at night to minimise disruption, for a further year. The re-development has included a new air traffic control tower, various refurbished and new terminal buildings, additional car park areas, the resurfacing of the 2745m runway, aircraft hard-standing areas and widened taxiways. Having supplied high capacity surface water drainage channels for aircraft hard-standing areas at both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, Hauraton were confident their RECYFIX® HICAP® channels would comply with the stringent specification asked for by the Newquay design engineers. With aircraft tow trucks alone weighing 80 tonnes, manoeuvring aircraft impose an enormous burden on any surface drainage system. Not only must the area be efficiently drained, the installed system must withstand the

SmartPly SiteProtect is the FSC certified primed site and security hoarding product from Coillte Panel Products. Michael Begley, project manager for MPB Structures at Westfield Stratford City, says “We originally used SiteProtect two years ago for hoarding, some of which is 4 metres high and it is still performing as well as the day it went up. It’s a great product; it has a smooth finish which is quick to paint and it doesn’t warp or split like some other hoardings. We’re just finishing the process of replacing non-SiteProtect hoarding panels with SiteProtect, hoarding which has been up for a fraction of the time but which has already deteriorated”.


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With the retail construction and fit-out well underway for ‘anchor’ stores Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, as one of the most environmentally efficient retail centres in the UK, Westfield Stratford City has been designed to achieve excellence in environmental sustainability, with some of the most stringent guidelines imposed on its construction and ongoing management. “MPB Structures has a strong environmental standing, and sustainable environmentally responsible site hoarding was key for this project,” continues Mr. Begley. Geoff Rhodes, marketing and business development director for Coillte Panel Products said, “When we launched SmartPly SiteProtect just over two years ago, we knew there was demand for a smart OSB answer for site hoarding and security applications. Site hoarding for all types of construction and temporary works is vital for safety and security and must be simple to erect, strong and durable. The feedback we receive every day tell us about the importance of presenting a top quality image and having an FSC certified product which performs as required. SmartPly is going from strength to strength because it is truly fit-for-purpose and good at its job”. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 107

twisting forces exerted by turning aircraft and numerous service trucks. The RECYFIX® HICAP® channels used in the project have fixed ductile iron slot inlet gratings that comply with loading category Class F900. During the construction stage, 300 metres of RECYFIX® HICAP® 100 were installed in the airport’s taxiways and hard-standing areas located in front of the terminal buildings. The photographs show the four main phases of installation. Steve Wiseman, the Hauraton Sales Engineer for the project, was pleased when his company’s high capacity channels were chosen. Made from specially formulated recycled Polyethylene-Polypropylene (PE-PP), each of the one metre HICAP® channel used weighed only 13.2kg so allowing one-man-lift of the component. This greatly simplified handling and logistics for merchants JDP – Launceston depot. Contractor Cormac also found the combination of a tough PE-PP channel and ductile iron slotted inlet resisted site damage during installation. The completion of this project means Cornwall has one of the best regional airports in the country, with modern facilities and state of the art equipment. The facility can now deal with up to six aircraft at a time and has an annual capacity of 700,000 passengers. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 108

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Fantech Breezes Into Tesco Portlaoise, Ireland

Levolux Checks-In At T4

Fantech Ventilation has just supplied its largest-ever order for car park ventilation equipment for a turnkey project at a new Tesco superstore in Portlaoise, Ireland. The Dublin-based company works closely with local engineers and contractors supplying a wide range of fans, grilles, diffusers, air handling and heat recovery products manufactured by Elta Fans. The order comprised fifty eight JetVent Axial Fans, eighteen unidirectional car park fans and eight Longcased Axial SmokeVent Fans (25 m3/s). It was subsequently revised to include an additional four Long-cased Axial SmokeVent Fans (30 m3/s) and eventually involved the supply of products worth over d210,000. The fans were all supplied with full ancillary packs to ensure ease of installation and operation. The JetVent range was specifically developed to safeguard car park users, by providing a simple, reliable means of removing pollutants in smoke-spill situations and for rapid, emergency clearance of hazardous fire, smoke or fumes. The high-quality, low-profile, centrifugal fans are generally used in “impulse ventilation” systems, where they provide a high-velocity airflow to overcome problems caused by the structural beams and low ceilings which typically characterise car parks. “Impulse ventilation” is based on a number of small, strategically located fans in place of the distribution ductwork traditionally used in car parks, each producing a high velocity jet which imparts thrust to the surrounding air. The impulse fans are positioned to direct the airflow towards the main extract fans, which are typically smaller and consume less energy, thanks to the elimination of the ducting and the resulting reduction in system resistance.

London Heathrow’s recently upgraded Terminal 4 building incorporates a striking new glazed extension, which benefits from an advanced Solar Shading solution from Levolux. The full height, south east facing glazed extension has transformed the 180 metre wide departures hall, adding 25 metres to its depth, to create a lighter, more spacious area for passengers to check-in. To help alleviate the potential risks of excessive glare and solar heat gain within the check-in and retail areas, Levolux devised a subtle, yet highly effective Solar Shading solution, incorporating its motorised internal Roller Blinds. The Blinds effectively filter direct sunlight to varying degrees as it enters the building, which is essential to maintain a comfortable, naturally lit environment. In total, Levolux installed 33 of its 780HD High Performance Motorised Roller Blinds, each measuring 3.4 metres wide and with a maximum drop of 8.3 metres. The Blinds are linked together electronically for simultaneous operation and at the flick of a switch the blinds can be raised or lowered to pre-set levels, for optimum shading performance all year round. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 113


Alfa Laval Produces A Simple Guide To Heat Transfer Continuing its policy of demystifying technology, Alfa Laval has produced an updated version of its pamphlet ” The theory behind Heat Transfer” which provides a simple yet detailed explanation of how and why heat is transferred from one medium to another. Within its 12 pages the pamphlet explains the natural laws of physics which dictate that the driving energy in a system must flow until equilibrium is reached. Therefore, heat, as long as there is a temperature difference, heat leaves the warmer body or the hotter fluid and transfers to the colder medium. Copies in hard back or pdf form of The theory behind Heat Transfer are available on request from The theory behind heat transfer Plate heat exchangers


Vortice Supplies Prometeo Heat Recovery System To Cornish Engine House

Alfa Laval’s Virtual Showroom

Vortice Ltd has supplied its Vort Prometeo heat recovery system to a contractor in Cornwall, Tee Ltd, to install within an old mine engine house at Wheal Kitty near St Agnes. Vort Prometeo is a heat recovery system designed to the highest environmental standards, with a tremendous heat exchange efficiency of up to 92%. It has Appendix Q eligibility when installed on a ground breaking Kitchen plus up to 8 additional wet rooms configuration. David Freeman of Tee Limited said: “Its installation at the Cornish engine house has had an added bonus, before the units were fitted the humidity was around 75 - 85% and after installation of the units it is now steady at around 50-55%.” With the Code for Sustainable Homes embedded into its design ethos, it extracts from wet rooms and recovers heat for use elsewhere in the building. It has DC Motors, remote status display of humidity and CO2 levels plus an automatic (or user controlled) boost speed.

Customers Of Alfa Laval Can Now Obtain 3D Interactive Previews Of Important New Products On A Re-launched Version Of The Company’s Virtual Showroom At www. Currently on display are seven of the company’s latest products for important sectors such as energy, the environment and food. Using 3D imagery, the Showroom provides visitors with the opportunity for a 360 degree overview of each product accompanied by concise details of each product’s key features and benefits. The showroom will be updated as new products are launched in the future. Since the launch, five versions have been introduced, each available in more than 30 languages. The most recent edition is available in 50 unique country / language versions and includes new features such as films, customer testimonials and downloads for, seven of the company’s most groundbreaking new products. Visit


Sesi - A Water Conditioner That Really Delivers If you’re looking to fit a water conditioner, you need to fit one that is proven and which has the science to back it up so an electrolytic physical water conditioner is the ideal choice. The SESI from Salamander Engineering uses a zinc electrode and a natural electrolytic process to flush hard salts through the system rather than allowing them to settle and build up as limescale. Its environmentally friendly and cost-effective operation has been proven in tests over the last 20 years, as has its efficiency at controlling limescale. The SESI from Salamander has the advantage of being able to protect an entire household pipe system from the formation of limescale encrustation and, in the case of steel pipes, rust deposits, without the use of chemicals or salt and without the need for any electrical power supply. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 112


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Talon Covers For Frank Godley’s Pipes Frank Godley Court is a sheltered housing development of 40 one-bedroom flats plus a three bedroom flat for the resident manager. Part of a recent refurbishment project consisted of installing Talon 105 Skirting Cover Profile over the heating pipes, giving vital protection to residents against burns should they fall as well as improving the tidiness and appearance of the flats. Talon’s Skirting Cover Profiles have proved extremely popular as a simply installed, neat, secure and safe method of hiding pipes at floor level. Once the pipes have been clipped in, the cover simply click-fits over the top, giving the appearance of a standard skirting board. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 115


ARQ Technologies Announces KNX Open Days KNX UK Association member ARQ Technologies, has announced a series of Open Days dedicated to KNX intelligent building technology. They will take place Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 April to mark the opening of the company’s new fully intelligent building showroom controlled by KNX technology. ARQ Technologies says that it is the only showroom of its kind anywhere in the UK and the Open Days will be inspirational all those interested in KNX. Each Open Day includes seminars run by KNX product manufacturers and the KNX CIBSE CPD presentation will also be run each day, contributing towards Continuous Professional Development accreditation. email info@ or call 01704 892641. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 116

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Timber - Significant Revival For Bridge Construction

Sika Feature In End Of The Pier Show

In collaboration with TRADA Technology, Spon Press (Taylor & Francis) will publish in April an inspirational new book, Timber Bridges, giving technical guidance on forms, materials, structural design and construction techniques suitable for both small and large timber bridges. Timber’s high strength-toweight ratio, combined with the ease and speed of construction inherent in the off-site prefabrication methods used, make a timber bridge a suitable option in many scenarios. Eurocode 5 Part 2 for the first time provides an international standard for the construction of timber bridges. Written by former TRADA engineering consultant Christopher Mettem, Timber bridges explains how to make use of a traditional material in a modern context to create sustainable, attractive, practical and durable bridges. The 176pp hardback volume costs £55.00 for TRADA members and £75.00 for non-members and may be pre-ordered via www. or by emailing

Sika concrete admixtures were in the concrete mix for the recent re-building of Weston-SuperMare’s Grand Pier. Concrete had to be pumped from the shore to the pavilion whilst retaining a high consistence and strength without segregation of the mix. Bristol and Bath Concrete successfully achieved this by incorporating Sika admixtures, Sikament® Boost Pak and Sika® Stabiliser® 4 in the concrete mix. Sika® Stabiliser® 4 is a viscosity modifying liquid admixture, whilst Sikament® Boost Pak is a unique high range water reducing/ superplasticising powdered admixture. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 119


Foremans Publishes New Literature For Recycled Modular Buildings

A-Safe - Paramount In Protecting And Preserving Precious Assets The innovative safety barrier specialists A-Safe, based in Halifax is working alongside architects, engineers and construction companies to ensure that their end use clients, manufacturers and businesses of all kinds, get the best possible safety advice in protecting valued staff and their valuable buildings and plant. Blue Chip companies like Kimberly-Clark, Coca Cola and Marks and Spencer all recognise the importance of safety in protecting their brand’s integrity and installed A-Safe barriers as their safety systems of choice, either for new build projects or the replacement of outdated and expensive to maintain steel. Kimberly-Clark appreciates the fact that their people are the most precious asset, but buildings, plant and machinery come a close second. Stewart Leary, Safety Technician at the Flint factory and instrumental in introducing A-Safe’s barriers in to the company said: “ A-Safe has proven time and again that they are superior to steel in all areas, offering my team peace of mind that the barriers are doing their job in protecting the workforce and machinery in a cost effective way.” Coca Cola, another internationally renowned company takes a similar strategic safety view. As part of its acquisition of the Abbey Well water brand in 2008, extensive investment was made in its Morpeth bottling site in Northumberland to ensure that the site and the brand continued

to go from strength to strength under Coca-Cola. This included upgrading its safety systems. Peter Stobbs, Engineering Manager at the Morpeth site explained: “The beauty of A-Safe is that, quite quickly and efficiently, we could replace the existing barriers with A-Safe’s yellow polymer traffic barriers which quite clearly demark the pedestrian and vehicle segregation. “A-Safe were agreed as the preferred supplier as they are incredibly capable in understanding our needs and providing the right equipment in response to this and to budget. Above all they had the right products that are effective in protecting staff and equipment.” Marks and Spencer also takes a thorough and uncompromising approach to its health and safety needs with its expensive equipment, large volumes of stock, warehouse vehicles and staff all moving around their new prestigious distribution site in Bradford, all at the same time. As part of a comprehensive range of barriers, protecting building columns was key. Danny Swann, Logistics Manager for Capital and Infrastructure at M&S Head Office commented: “I don’t think either of the column protectors for Armco looked great, therefore I preferred the A-Safe option.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 117

Revolutionary Restraint Gains LABC Recognition Industry leader Simpson Strong Tie recently announced the news that both its patented Heavy Engineered Strap (HES) and Light Engineered Strap (LES) ranges have been recognised for use by the LABC (local authority building control) as a registered solution, strengthening the company’s impressive portfolio of revolutionary products. 40% lighter than conventional 5mm restraint straps and thinner at only 1.5mm, both the HES and LES perform as well as conventional straps in terms of structural strength and robustness due to their unique design. CE approved, the HES and LES are suitable for vertical and horizontal restraint applications. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 120

Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK’s largest supplier of recycled and refurbished modular buildings, has published a new brochure outlining the design options and technical advancements now available for its highly sustainable, fast and costeffective accommodation solutions. The new literature is an informative guide to procuring recycled modular buildings for offices, schools and colleges, utilities, hospital, transport and project accommodation. The literature is illustrated with completed projects from a diverse range of sectors and features comments from architects, contractors and building occupiers. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 121

CE Marking First For Kingspan Kingspan has become the first manufacturer of purlins and rails in the UK to have its manufacturing plant accredited to BS EN 1090 parts 1 and 2 and to be able to CE mark its products. CE marked Multibeam and Multichannel sections are available on request. Kingspan Structural products have been accredited at the highest execution class EXC4, allowing Multibeam and Multichannel to be used on all types of construction. The accreditation was carried out by the Steel Construction Certificate Scheme (SCCS), and the process was managed on Kingspan’s site in Sherburn, North Yorkshire. CE marking is currently voluntary, but will become mandatory in the UK from 1st July 2013. Central government purchasing both specifically in the UK and throughout Europe will make CE marked products a requirement in their supply contracts for publically funded construction products. CE marking will be mandatory in some European countries as early as 2012, so for export markets CE marked products will be desirable, if not essential. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 122


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Yorkon Builds UK’s Largest Modular Supermarket – An Eco-Store For Tesco Award-winning off-site specialist, Yorkon, has completed the UK’s largest retail project to be built using modular construction – a new eco-store for Tesco at Southam in Warwickshire. Working closely with main contractors RG Carter, the Yorkon off-site approach reduced the build programme to increase the number of trading weeks by eight to the benefit of Tesco and its customers. The architects for the project were the Saunders Partnership. The scheme is the first application of a new modular store design, which provides 20,000sqft of retail space, and has uninterrupted spans for the sales areas of 28m, which are unprecedented in the modular industry. This was achieved by reducing internal columns by 50 per cent. In order to meet the deadline for the store opening, 24-hour factory shifts were employed at the Yorkon production centre in York to manufacture and partially fit out the 70 steel-framed store modules, and the cranage phase included both weekend and night working. To view a video of the new store and its construction, see Commenting on the project, Lorraine O’Sullivan, Development Manager at Tesco, said, “From a customer experience perspective, you cannot tell this is a modular building. The over-cladding has been very effective and customers have been very complimentary about the new store.”

As an eco-store, the new Southam scheme has a number of sustainability features to reduce its carbon footprint, including: • Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to generate electricity • A high level of glazing to one elevation for natural light • Sun pipes to the offices and toilets • Rainwater harvesting • A lobby area to the main entrance with sliding doors to reduce heat loss • Timber cladding from sustainable sources • Mixed mode ventilation • Air scoops for additional ventilation. The store design also includes back-of-house, staff facilities and office accommodation on the first floor, and has concrete floors with terrazzo tiling. Yorkon has worked with Tesco for the past 10 years, delivering around 200 projects, including more than 170 Express convenience and petrol filling station stores in the UK and Ireland, and is the market leader in off-site construction solutions for the retail sector. Yorkon is part of the Portakabin Group. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 123

“Off-site construction allows more work to be carried out in a manufacturing environment, improving both quality and the speed of construction on site. This enables Tesco to be faster to market and to open the doors of a new store to our customers more quickly.”


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Golden Trend Mosaics Adorn World’s Largest Clock At Mecca Italian mosaic tile producer, Trend, which has its UK headquarters in Kent, is nearing completion of one of the industry’s largest and most prestigious commissions in modern times. It is for the supply of almost 400 million glass tesserae, or individual tiles, destined for the world’s largest and most elevated clock faces, on the celebrated Mecca Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia. At total of 40,000 square metres of mosaic tiles, 13,000m2 of which are 24 carat gold leafed, will adorn the four 43m high clock faces, atop the tallest hotel in the world, which forms part of the Abraj Al Bait complex. To implement this colossal project, valued at around f18 million, Trend is utilising a new automated production line, again the first of its kind, at its plant in Vivaro, Northern Italy, which is currently dedicated to output for the Mecca Clock at a rate of 12,000m2 of tiles per month, to meet the mid-2011 final delivery deadline. The 24ct yellow gold mosaic tiles featured on this project are from Trend’s Aureo Modern range. The individual tiles consist of three layers, each with a thin leaf of gold sandwiched between a supportive layer of 4mm thick glass and a thin surface layer of perfectly transparent blown glass, both made from up to 66% post-industrial recycled material. The remaining tiles are from Trend’s semi-transparent Vitreo glass mosaic collection, also with a high recycled content, which are matched in size and depth to the golden Aureo. Upon completion this Autumn, the tower will stand as the tallest building in Saudi Arabia, with a finished height of 610 metres, and it will house a 7-star hotel, the most luxurious in the city.


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The newly-built largest clock in the world will dwarf the hitherto biggest four-faced clock, Big Ben, at almost five times the size and will be visible from a distance of around 25 kilometres. Each face is being adorned with 98 million Trend mosaic glass pieces, more than a quarter in 24 carat gold, creating an aspect of opulence and quality entirely fitting for a treasured modern landmark. At night the clock faces and hands will be illuminated by 2 million LED lights and 15 powerful projectors will send beams of light far into the sky. In a related commission from Premier Composite Technologies, Trend has also supplied glass mosaics for tiling foldable shading umbrellas installed in the Medina Haram Piazza. Home to the three oldest mosques in Islam and the burial place of Prophet Muhammad, Medina is another focal point for pilgrims and, with temperatures reaching 45˚C, the giant umbrellas protect them from the effects of the burning sun. The 17m x 18m hydraulically-operated retractable umbrellas create a vaulted interior effect, improving climatic conditions, and at night are closed to promote natural cooling. Composite arms protect the umbrellas’ membrane covering when closed and each 11m tall structure is mosaic tiled with Aureo and Vitreo pieces, adding durability, weathering performance and aesthetics. Since Trend’s Vitreo semi-transparent tiles are produced using a superior ‘fused glass’ technique and coloured en masse, each tessera is tinted throughout and thoroughly resistant to abrasion and sunlight, even in the extreme Saudi Arabian climate. Similarly, Aureo tiles have all the traditional lasting qualities of pure gold, providing durable highlights to the overall design. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 124

Secondary Glazing For New State-Of-The-Art High Dependency Neo-Natal Unit Reflecting the very latest in hospital design, the £226 million, 513 single bed roomed New Tunbridge Wells Hospital built in Pembury in Kent has been designed to address key issues, including patient privacy, dignity and infection control. Commissioned by The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, the new hospital features a dedicated Women and Children’s unit, into which a Level 2 Neo-Natal Unit has been provided to care for babies who require special and high dependency care. The Unit can also look after up to three babies requiring neo-natal intensive care nursing. The imposing new full height primary windows have been supplemented with an additional secondary window for a number of reasons - to provide better control over the internal environment, offer additional guarding and allow remote controlled privacy blinds to be installed in a protected space. Selectaglaze worked in conjunction with the main contractor to develop a design that met all criteria. Most windows have been treated with the Series 40 range of hinged and fixed panels. These have a chamfer bead to avoid dust ledges and the hinged unit has purpose designed flush

hinges and a flush lock with a minimal escutcheon plate to ensure the cleanest surface. The units are glazed with 8.8mm laminated glass to meet safety levels and electrically controlled blinds ensure that privacy can be introduced without breaching the environment. The secondary windows were finished in a grey powder paint to match the external framing. Selectaglaze has more than 40 years experience working within hospitals and healthcare establishments mostly to create clean or secure environments but also to improve building energy performance and reduce noise nuisance in busy city centre sites. Applications include laboratories; high dependency units, operating theatres, clean rooms and more general areas including wards. Security can be particularly important for laboratories and a high security range has been certified to Loss Prevention Certification Board standard LPS 1175 at levels 1, 2 and 3. The units are purpose made with a wide choice of styles and finishes. They are fully factory assembled and glazed to allow rapid installation. Secondary windows are generally fitted as apart of a refurbishment or upgrade of premises but are equally applicable to new developments requiring very specific performance as with the Pembury project. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 125

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Grey Heronrib And The Blue Lagoon Heronrib safety matting is widely used both indoors and outside all year around at The Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s unique and popular tourist destination. In order to provide a safe, slipresistant and comfortable walking surface, Heronrib matting, manufactured by Plastic Extruders Ltd, has been laid within the changing rooms, shower areas and on the outside decking which leads to the lagoon. Heronrib features an open grid vinyl construction with raised profile underbars which help water to drain away easily in all directions. The matting is very hardwearing yet comfortable to stand on while the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additives ensure it is hygienic. Heronrib is also resistant to extremes of temperature as well as to the natural and health-giving salts, silica, sulphurs and chemicals which are present in the lagoon water. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 126

Stannah First Choice For Olympic Views

‘Suregrip’ Ensures Sure Grip! ‘Suregrip 924’, manufactured by UK road safety products manufacturer, Ennis Prismo Traffic Safety Solutions, was chosen to provide anti-skid surfacing at Rhyl bus station in North Wales. Suregrip 924 proved the ideal surfacing for the project. The cold applied, twocomponent, bitumen extended epoxy material cures to give a high performance, high friction surfacing. It is certified to Highways Authorities Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) Type 1 for precisely such an environment. At Rhyl Bus Station, Suregrip 924 together with red granite was used to create safe anti-skid surfacing on the public walkways, whilst Suregrip 924 with 1mm to3mm buff and grey Chinese bauxite was installed to provide reliable traction for the vehicles. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 128

It’s lime green and made entirely from recycled shipping containers. It’s also the funkiest location yet for a Stannah Midilift SL vertical platform lift. It’s the View Tube – a social enterprise and community centre located on The Greenway in Stratford, East London – home to the best views of the Olympic Park as it gears up for the planet’s biggest sporting event: the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Midilift SL operates over a distance of 2900mm between the entrance foyer and the first floor. It brings easy access for all visitors and staff, whatever their level of mobility, to the venue’s facilities. Supplied within a structure-supported enclosure, the Midilift SL is easy to install. It is also simple and safe to operate. With a rated load of 400kg (4 persons), the platform is controlled by constant pressure buttons and has a maximum travel of 5m at a speed of circa 0.08m/s. The Midilift SL ensures the premises’ owners meet with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 127

Fast-Track Admaster Ideal For Grand Arcade Over 4,000 sqm of Admaster Composite Support System panels with an 80mm thick LPCB-approved PIR (polyisocyanurate) insulation core were specified for the low pitched roof and upper floor wall areas of the impressive new Grand Arcade retail centre in Cambridge. Comprising a pre-coated polyester flat outer steel sheet with a virtually flat white polyester coated steel inner liner and an LPCB-approved PIR insulation core with thicknesses ranging from 50mm to 200mm enables the Admaster CSS to achieve U-values as low as 0.10 W/m²K. Providing a temporary weathering platform capable of supporting foot traffic during the construction process, lightweight Admaster CSS panels have an 1100mm standard cover width with an air-tight tongue and groove side lap joint - the flat outer sheet forms an ideal base for an endless array of weather sheet finishes. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 129


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Elliptical Design Demands Inventive Schöck Thermal Break Solution The recently completed Kameha Grand in Bonn is already recognised as one of the world’s exceptional new luxury hotels. It nestles on the banks of the Rhine to the south east of Bonn and features 253 rooms, of which 63 are suites. The Kameha Grand was designed by architect Karl-Heinz Schommer Bonner who explains: “The most noticeable architectural feature of the hotel is its transparency. The view from the entrance looks through the lobby, the atrium and Kameha Dome space right to the riverbank. Guestrooms are arranged on only three sides of the atrium, the fourth being glazed with views to the river“. The unique elliptical section design did however make serious demands on the requirement for protection against thermal bridging. The architect discussed the issue with Schöck, the European specialists in thermal bridging solutions and it was agreed that a combination of three product variants would meet the requirement. The outer concrete arches on the roof and facade of the building cantilever 1.30m on each side and this, combined with the subtle design of the façade, meant that it was not possible to use a standard thermal break solution. To minimise any thermal bridging problems along the two outer arcs an inventive solution had to be found by the Schöck design team. This

was achieved by dividing the projecting element of the framework into a number of sections and using the appropriate Isokorb® for the required forces. At the ground floor type Q is used, with type D being installed higher up the structure, followed by type K on the top floor. Because of the arch profile, the type D Isokorb was cut and installed at 90 degrees and run under the curved edge of the roof emergency exits, providing F90 fire protection. The three isokorb® variants are designed for concrete-to– concrete cantilever connections and offer outstanding thermal insulation properties, dramatically reducing thermal energy loss in connective areas by guaranteeing the homogeneity of the thermal envelope between cantilever structures and the internal slab. They also transfer load and maintain full structural integrity, while at the same time enabling inner surface area temperatures to remain well in excess of those likely to cause mould formation and condensation. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 130

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Steni Helps Takes Derwent Living From Landlocked To Landmark

Healthy Daylighting

Cladding panels from Steni UK have helped to deliver a landmark mixed-use project in London. Steni’s Colour fibreglass reinforced polymer composite panels create a strong white feature frame around the facades of Derwent Point including a vertical column on the junction of two red routes into London - Wakley Street and Goswell Road in Islington. Architects Church Lukas discovered the Steni panels when they were researching competitively priced large panel cladding products that could be hung in a rainscreen configuration.

The £8million project for developers Derwent Living comprises 136 studio apartments with more than 3,000ft² of office and retail space at ground level on less than a fifteenth of a hectare – a space that also had to accommodate 20% on-site renewable energy generation but had no room for solar or ground source technologies to be employed. But it has achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” and EPC “A” rating with a mixture of CHP, biomass boilers and whole house ventilation as well as an extensive biodiverse green roof. Rights of Light issues had to be addressed early in the design as the site had been vacant for more than 20 years and was surrounded by residential properties. The practice worked closely with a Rights of Light specialist to arrive at a maximum scale of development.

One of Europe’s latest projects to use Cabot’s aerogel insulation (Nanogel) technology is in Dublin. Designed by Irish architects A&D Wejchert & Partners, the Pearse Street Primary Care Centre provides general practice care including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing clinics for the local community.

The Steni panels, which feature a smooth, UV-resistant surface of electron beam-cured acrylic produced without the use of solvents, were installed using industrial adhesive. Completely resistant to weather, water, chemicals and impact, and fire classified to SITAC standard (approval certificate no 0478/98), they feature a 25-year working guarantee. Available in three gloss levels (matt, half matt and high gloss), two thicknesses and 44 standard colours, they can also be supplied in almost any special colour from the NCS-, RAL- or BS- colour system.

The layouts of the 15m² apartments are based around a fire engineered escape strategy which helped to generate more than £500,000 of additional end value through increased bed spaces while also increasing building floor space efficiency. A Category D noise assessment was also overcome with high-performance facades and whole house venting with heat recovery to allow generous full-height glazing, maximising space and daylight in the rooms. The facades also feature innovative projecting desk pods.

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The three storey building, on an extremely restricted and dusty city centre site, has rooms ranged around a central courtyard. Significant is the extensive use of the airtight Kalwall+ Nanogel daylighting system which diffuses natural daylight and casts it evenly and deeply across the interior, without the presence of shadows or glare or the need for solar control. By using aerogel within the panels, a dramatic insulation U value of 0.28 is obtained - equivalent to a solid wall - thereby increasing the energysaving performance and reducing lifecycle running costs. The insulation is based on translucent silica aerogel, the world’s most insulating solid which comprises up to 90% air. For Dublin, the system incorporates the

new highly efficient Kalwall Eurowindow vision panels designed to facilitate external views and optional ventilation. It also provides the added benefit of privacy which is not possible with conventional glazing (internal image). Another good example is the Thetford Health Centre (external image). Designed by LA Architects, this community hospital combines consulting rooms with a variety of different treatment facilities, from general practice to chiropractor, from exercise to child care. Kalwall was specifically chosen because of its unique ability to diffuse daylight and create museum quality light which would provide an enhancing and uplifting ambience for patients. Unlike conventional glazing, the translucent cladding eliminates shadows and glare, and the stark contrasts of light and shade, and overcomes the need for blinds or curtains. Even on cloudy days, the interior is flooded with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are also reduced. LA Architects have also married the 300sqm Kalwall envelope with some clear vision panels and opening lights to provide a therapeutic view of the landscaping, while maintaining essential privacy. At night, artificial lighting makes the building glow. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 132

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Building Innovations Spring/Summer 2011 Edition  

Our Spring/Summer 2011 Edition of Building Innovations.