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HYDROGEN - WE CAN LEARN FROM HISTORY Chris Goggin looks front and back to the task of decarbonising the UK’s energy market

ydrogen has been identified as a viable replacement of the environmentally harmful carbon-loaded fuels on which we have depended for many generations. Hydrogen has the potential to become the primary source of energy which satisfies the needs of 29 million units of domestic housing stock, of which, 85% is powered by natural gas-fired central heating.


This national reliance on fossil fuels has contributed towards an international crisis. The UK must change its current energy supplies if it is to succeed in its governmental pledge to decarbonise by 2050 and help create an eco-friendlier future. A previous energy transition involving gas has been successfully completed in recent history. In this article I wish to underscore the insights that can be potentially gathered from previous experience and use them to highlight the realities of a transition to Hydrogen; several academic papers and information sources have been referenced in doing so. Before currently used methane gasses, the UK employed coal and “town gas,” a derivative of fossil fuels, as its main source of energy for domestic and industrial needs. Town gas was first discovered in the late 18th century by William Murdoc who lit his house and office in Cornwall using a composition of gasses comprised of Hydrogen, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen and Methane. Fossil fuels - coal for domestic heating - and town gas - produced consistent and heavy carbon emissions which often created acrid “smog” blankets causing transport chaos and serious public health epidemics. Clouds of smog are now recognized as a damaging consequence of carbonization; a process exacerbated by the industrialization of the Western and developing worlds. One notable incident became known as the Great London Smog of 1952. According to the Met Office, between Friday the 5th and Tuesday the 9th of December 1952, a carpet of dense, toxic smog hovered low over London. Once the smog dissipated, estimates quoted 4000 deaths, tens of thousands admitted to hospital with respiratory problems and cows at Smithfield’s market were said to have been asphyxiated to death. From the late 1950s the UK had to rely on importing foreign sourced liquefied natural gas to meet domestic and commercial consumer energy requirements. But in 1965 huge reserves of natural gas, predominately Methane, were found underneath the bed of the North Sea, negating any need to import additional and expensive reserves of fuel. Having discovered an independent supply of Methane based natural gasses, UK domestic and commercial fuel capacity was doubled, making the government rethink distribution practises in the UK. British Gas, a Government owned company, was created under the leadership of Sir Dennis Rooke who installed a



Chris Goggin looks front and back to the task of decarbonising the UK’s energy market with reference to converting the domestic housing stock from carbon-based fuels to the leaner, greener Hydrogen blends of gases for the mass market. centralised, nationalised body covering supply and operations of all gas and gas-fired appliances to consumer and industry. In 1972 legislation was introduced merging all regional gas outlets into one definitive source of distribution through centralized decision and policy making - British Gas. Sir Dennis Rooke’s innovative reconfiguration of internal structure translated into financial success: British Gas sales increased six-fold soon after. Pre-British Gas, UK gas distribution structure was convoluted: distribution was divided into 12 main area gas boards, often further divided into smaller districts, each a separate body with its own management structure, represented by an internally appointed Gas Council. Domestic fuel distributors numbered over a thousand. Centralized authority positively contributed towards British Gas overseeing the “town gas” conversion, which saw all existing domestic and commercial sites with gas fired appliances converted to distribute Methane based gasses rather than coal related fossil fuels. 40 million appliances spread across 14 million customers scattered up and down the entire country were adapted to deploy natural gasses, with what Sir Dennis Rooke observed

as being: “perhaps the greatest peace time operation in the nation’s history.” At its height, the conversion process was so efficient 2.3 million properties a year were converted in the mid-70s. The conversion was reported to have cost £600 million – around £3 billion today. The 1967-1977 transition process hinged around adapting domestic burners which were found on all old coal and oil-based cookers and other domestic appliances; whilst other countries used premixed aerated burners, the UK employed a non-aerated gas burner for its stable dispersal of flame. It has since been acknowledged that once these burners were relevantly adapted the development and growth of the natural gas industry was accelerated, further creating job opportunities across the country. One appliance manufacturer – The Radiation Group - produced conversion sets for over 3 million cookers, 2 million water heaters, 1.7 million fires and 52, 000 central heating units. In the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy a paper titled, ‘Conversion of the UK gas system to transport hydrogen’ by Paul E. Dodds and Stephanie Demoullin both of University College London, looked in great detail at the question and conducted extensive interviews with experts from academia, industry and government. The paper stated that appliance conversion costs would be dominated by labour expenses which could be mostly avoided if the government legislated to make appliances hydrogen-ready in advance of the transition. The paper went on to project two scenarios: In the first scenario, the government legislates for conversion in advance and the principal cost of conversion is to fit new meters and sensors at a cost of £300 per house, adjusted for today’s prices. In the second scenario, there is little forward planning prior to conversion and cost could be as high as £550 per house, after cost adjustment to today’s labour costs. The total cost of conversion would be around £5.5bn for the first scenario and £12.2bn for the second scenario if all households were converted. More work on preparing UK domestic homes for the transition will define and refine objectives and details. As 85% of all UK building stock connects directly to the gas grid, utilizing infrastructure capable of transporting Hydrogen means that a complete industrial and domestic conversion is entirely feasible. Additionally, there has been an ongoing iron mains replacement programme to ensure that the wider grid infrastructure is ready to transport Hydrogen using polyethylene pipe. As necessary infrastructure is already in place and equipped to deliver cargo, the Hydrogen conversion can benefit from previous experience gained during the Town Gas conversion as well as from safety and logistical developments made since 1977. Since the 60s and 70s discernible social developments are apparent. More households are emptier in the day. Renting

from private landlords is common, as is moving home more frequently. A wider sense of social diversity in culture and religion is also easily denoted. All these factors will be apparent in logistical difficulties should the conversion event rolls out. The volume of energy distributors since has increased. This could be of possible disadvantage to the Hydrogen conversion process. Unlike the Town Gas conversion there will be no centralized voice of decision making, rather a collection of competitors vying for consumer revenue and advertising attention. This question was highlighted in a presentation by the Low Carbon Institute of Cardiff University titled, ‘Implications of the Low Carbon Transition.’ The presentation stated that a bigger, more complex role for public policy & incentives than in the decades after gas privatisation in 1987 was upon us. However, this will be without the advantages of state ownership & control and it raised issues of who might fund the decline of the natural gas network – and with what incentives? And would there be recompense for any stranded assets? In the transition to natural gas, compensation didn’t arise for stranded town gas production assets when the industry was state-owned. It is apparent that current industry governance adopts extra significance in a system where governance is likely to witness dramatic change. However, competition in the energy sector can also present consumer benefits. A range of domestic fuel distributors provides a wider scope of home energy options to be explored across a platform of original, modern and eco-friendly appliances. A varied selection of domestic energy options will be matched by competition in financial rates charged to consumers. A multiplicity of domestic and commercial fuel outlets translates into a multitude of options for domestic energy cost savings. A national energy conversion demands a level of cooperation and logistical planning which will test the capabilities of all involved, yet the completion of the task will not be unprecedented. We have been here before. Having learnt from past experiences in planning and executing a substitution of gas, it can be done again. Rinnai manufactures over 2million water heaters every year and as such is at the forefront of creating real advantages for users. Rinnai’s complete range of hot water heating units are available for next day delivery on orders placed before the previous mid-day. Also available from Rinnai; 24/7 technical support; 24/7 product and spares availability; digital technology aids such as the ‘Help Me Choose’ facility on the www.rinnaiuk.com website. Contact the company direct by - Calling 01928 531 870 or – email engineer@rinnaiuk.com or sales@rinnaiuk.com or – alternatively use the smart online contact points “Help Me Choose” or “Ask Us a Question”, all held on the website homepage at www.rinnaiuk.com. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit www.rinnaiuk.com

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GRAHAM completes construction of The Copper House residential development GRAHAM has completed the construction of The Copper House, a major Build to Rent residential development overlooking Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, which had a construction contract sum of £57m. The privately-owned construction, facilities management and investments contractor delivered the high-quality, multi-storey scheme following an intensive 33 month programme. It was appointed by joint venture partners, Patten Properties and Panacea Property Development, on behalf of Invesco Real Estate, the global real estate investment manager, as part of its growing UK residential portfolio. The new landmark property features 383 apartments which are a mixture of one, two and three bed that offer stunning views across the River Mersey and Albert Dock. Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, The Copper House is framed around two concrete tower structures, with off-site podded bathrooms, and a system facade designed to withstand inclement riverside weather conditions.

development which is already attracting significant demand. The quality of both the design and the build sets it apart, offering future residents a modern living environment with a community feel. Our early involvement, and close collaboration with our client Panacea throughout the journey, have been crucial to the success of this project, bringing our collective skills together to positively influence design, the construction methodology and the delivery programme.”

Residents will also benefit from rooftop facilities, such as a garden space with flexible and fixed seating, booth seating areas with fire pits and fire tables, an outdoor covered kitchen, and a multiuse central space suitable for events or exercise. The area is enclosed by a 2m high glass balustrade to provide weather protection.

Commenting on making a “lasting impact” in Liverpool, Peter added: “It is important to us at GRAHAM to deliver lasting impact and to enhance opportunities for local people. Strand Street is a great example of how we engaged with the Liverpool supply chain and provided employment opportunities for local people, apprentices and students. With a significant presence in the city, we look forward to strengthening and building upon these relationships in future construction projects.”

Peter Reavey, GRAHAM Construction director, believes The Copper House has set a new standard for residential accommodation in the city. He said: “GRAHAM is proud to have delivered this high-quality residential scheme that provides a stunning addition to this iconic part of Liverpool city centre. The Copper House is a stand-out

Neil Patten, joint managing director of Panacea Properties, said: “We were ambitious in the vision we set out for The Copper House, and to see it realised in such a spectacular way is something the entire team is very proud of. This has been a long, challenging scheme, but the commitment to get every detail right

It includes communal space, resident’s lounge and a private gym, alongside 1,000 ft² of ground floor commercial units.


has paid off considerably. Liverpool now has a sought after residential development that encapsulates the optimism and ambition of the city. We have enjoyed working with Invesco Real Estate and the delivery of the project by GRAHAM has been first class. The consultant team including Leach Rhodes Walker, Curtins, DFC, Sharps Redmore, Lendlease, Capita and Squire Patton Boggs have all worked tirelessly to deliver a building that sets a new standard for the quality of residential living in Liverpool City centre. My thanks go to the entire team for their efforts, especially in the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic this year.”


he partnership marks the joining of two recognised industry leaders – NFRC, the UK’s largest roofing trade association and NBS, a company rooted in improving industry and compliance through digital data adoption. By working together, NBS and the NFRC will bring vast amounts of information and resources to its members and customers, providing support during the specification stage of various building projects. As a leading voice in roofing developments, NFRC is looking to establish closer links with specifiers by providing them with access to quality technical information and raising awareness of its membership network, ensuring consistent quality specifications across the construction chain. James Talman, Chief Executive of NFRC commented saying: “Specifiers have a critical role in creating a safer and more sustainable construction industry, and that is why we are delighted to establish a partnership with NBS. Through this collaboration, specifiers can be assured that NFRC’s wealth of technical knowledge and expertise on roofing features

NBS, the leading construction data platform, has announced its partnership with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) to promote standards and guidance within roofing specification to the broader construction industry.

within NBS’ platforms, will be available to them. In return, NFRC Members can gain exposure through the NBS Source platform and access specialist NBS Webinars. Together we can help specifiers ensure that they are using the highest quality roofing products and contractors.” NBS has a long track record in providing information and tools to the construction industry, and in recent years has transformed into a leading software provider. Both companies also plan to work together on digital events such as webinars and discussion panels to enrich the debate on industry topics and better support customers. Bob Richardson, Head of Technical and Training at NFRC commented saying: “We are pleased to be able to provide NBS with periodic review services and technical knowledge to ensure consistent information is provided throughout the specification process

right through to installation. We also welcome the opportunity to be part of future NBS events and webinars.” NBS conducted 58 different webinars during 2020 on various topics, which were a huge success and attracted over 25,000 registrations. Commenting on the partnership, Sascia Elliott, Head of Partnerships at NBS, said: “NBS is delighted to collaborate with the NFRC and highlight the benefits and importance of specification in the building timeline. It was a natural fit to partner with the NFRC, an organisation that shares a common goal with us to promote standards and guidance in this skilled profession to those in the wider construction industry. By using NBS products and services, specifiers can help guard against risk, increase efficiency and proactively drive better standards for the benefit of the wider construction community.”


EnviroBuild will become carbon neutral by engaging sustainable logistics company EnviroBuild Materials Ltd is moving warehousing and logistics to champions of sustainability, Howard Tenens Logistics. Howard Tenens Logistics are a quality focused, independent family business delivering mutual value through great people, collaboration and technology. t’s a bold step to further progress the company’s mission to become a carbonneutral company. Howard Tenens is a trailblazer in sustainable logistics and EnviroBuild is set to embrace and benefit from the company’s experience and achievements.


EnviroBuild has been supplying the construction industry with ecofriendly building materials such as cladding, decking and fencing for

thousands of homes throughout the UK. The company is firmly committed to offering high-quality sustainable products which are consistently the preferred choice of architects, landscapers and construction firms. In addition to providing innovative products which are the desirable choice for the environment, EnviroBuild has been donating 10% of profits to sustainable initiatives in the community since 2015. Sustainability is at the heart of everything the company does as well

as providing high-quality products and an excellent customer experience. The selection of Howard Tenens Logistics followed an extensive search for a logistics company which would meet the sustainability ethos and high standards of EnviroBuild. Howard Tenens Logistics sustainability track record is impressive. The company utilises longer and doubledeck trailers to reduce trips and 95% of its fleet meets the latest Euro 6


emission standard (as of November 2020). The company is proactive about welcoming new innovations and low carbon technologies. Co-founder James Brueton comments: “At EnviroBuild, we are always looking for new ways to improve our sustainability offering across all areas of the business. The move to Howard Tenens Logistics is doing just that and we are excited to work with a logistics company that puts sustainability at its core.” Essentially, EnviroBuild is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint in terms of product storage and deliveries as well as prevent the increase of greenhouse gases. By addressing both of these issues, EnviroBuild’s aim is to move further towards becoming a carbon-neutral company and play a part in improving the earth’s climate.

environmental impact is constantly being addressed and reduced.

Howard Tenens Logistics is a leader in sustainable logistics. Like EnviroBuild, its mission is to consistently find solutions to reduce its environmental impact as well as help its customers meet their own environmental reduction goals.

Significant investment has been made in the latest tracking technology. This enables Howard Tenens Logistics to monitor vehicle and driver performance effectively and consistently so that potential issues can be addressed swiftly and efficiently.

The company’s credentials include being an early adopter of dual-fuel vehicles as well as conducting the first trial of the Scania 26-tonne rigid dedicated gas vehicle in the UK. Howard Tenens Logistics is a multiaward-winning organisation dedicated to ensuring that vehicle efficiency is improved at all times as well as embracing new fuels and technologies when they meet strict criteria. For example, Howard Tenens Logistics is considering the viability of using cleaner transport fuels such as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) which can be used in existing engines without modification and can reduce CO2 emissions by 92% compared to diesel.

EnviroBuild will benefit from Howard Tenens Logistics’ use of longer and double-deck trailers which mean fewer trips for the same amount of payload and less impact on the environment. EnviroBuild will also utilise the logistics company’s 26-tonne rigid vehicles which operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). The advantage of switching to biogas is that it delivers an 81% reduction in CO2. All biogas is purchased by Howard Tenens Logistics via the Green Gas Certification scheme to maximise the environmental advantages.

Delivery vehicles are selected based on their whole life cost and environmental impact. When vehicles need replacing, the latest Euro-standard engines are purchased, ensuring that the

Howard Tenens Logistics has also invested heavily in energy efficiency measures in its warehousing facilities. This includes an ongoing scheme to replace all inefficient lighting with LED lights as well as installing solar photovoltaic systems to generate and provide free electricity for all the company’s sites.

As well as considering the use of HVO, future initiatives include ongoing discussions with manufacturers regarding new product development for the van and light commercial vehicle sector. Howard Tenens Logistics is keen to continually push forwards on its mission of sustainability and source hybrid and electric vehicle solutions so a trial can be conducted at one of its depots. For EnviroBuild, this proactive philosophy towards consistent improvement and innovation made Howard Tenens stand out from its competitors. EnviroBuild is delighted with its new relationship with Howard Tenens Logistics, which it views as closely matching its own ethos on environmental issues and objectives. The move is a significant step towards the company’s goal of becoming carbon neutral. The transmission of EnviroBuild’s logistics capability to Howard Tenens Logistics will be completed by the end of the year. For more information, visit www.envirobuild.com


DSR Visage Electric Panel Heaters - Stylish App Controllable Electric Heating This stylish range of DSR Visage electric panel heaters can be manually controlled for both Time and Temperature 24/7. They have also been designed to be Wi-Fi ready, allowing users to communicate with the product via their computer, tablet or mobile. Users simply need to purchase the optional Gateway and download the easy-to-use EHC Smart APP which gives them complete control of the time, temperature and programming of the Radiators either individually or collectively at the same time. Users can also access the Electricity Power Limiter, Electricity Monitor and Radiator Priority settings which help control the amount of power their heating uses at any time. •8•

Design The DSR Visage Electric Panel Heater is suitable for Domestic Heating purposes and has been designed to have a stylish designer look which is suitable for Domestic Properties, Hotels or Apartments as they are robust and reliable in operation. The outer casing of the heater is manufactured using high-grade steel which is zinc coated to prevent rusting and then powder coated to provide a lasting enamelled finish which is supported by the company’s 5-year warranty. The DSR Visage Panel Heater has a magmatic heat retention tablet positioned horizontally across the middle of the radiator, above the high-quality aluminium heating element. The heat rises off the element and passes through the radiator heating the tablet. The heating elements are designed to prevent corrosion, provide long life durability and heat up quickly whilst the tablets store some of the heat generated which consequently warms the room.

When the DSR Visage Electric Panel Heaters have achieved their required temperature, the thermostat will cut the power to the heater. This process enables the heaters to modulate and maintain a constant room temperature to minimise energy use and running costs. For end user protection, all contacts within the radiator are fully protected with heat shrinkable insulated sleeves and twin thermocouples which provide overheat protection.

High standards

Open window feature

The DSR Visage Electric Panel heaters are produced in Germany to the highest quality standards and meet the rigorous Approvals for both UK and European legislation and are available in a range of outputs suited to all types of properties with no access to mains gas.

The DSR Visage Panel Heaters also have a unique “Open Window” feature which will detect if there is a significant temperature drop in the surrounding area within a short period of time. If such a drop is detected, the radiator will switch off, preventing energy wastage and the costs that come with it.

Available in various sizes and with outputs up to 2000 watt, the heaters are supplied with an installation kit for wall fixing installations. The DSR Visage Electric Panel Heaters are also designed to be IP24 splash proof to enable installation in bathrooms and wet areas. Each heater has 1.5m of cable complete with UK three-pin plug for quick installation and operation however they may be spur wired. All DSR Visage Electric Panel Heaters are supplied in white RAL 9003 however they are available, upon request, in any of the 900 colours from the RAL chart to suit your décor.

Using the APP The DSR Visage Electric Panel Heater has been designed to be Wi-Fi ready, allowing users to communicate with the product via their computer, tablet or mobile when they purchase the optional DSR Gateway. Users just need to download the free EHC APP which gives them complete control on the Time, Temperature and Programming of the radiators with the ability to access the Electricity Power Limiter, Electricity Monitor and Radiator Priority settings.

For more information visit www.electric-heatingcompany.co.uk Email: info@electric-heatingcompany.co.uk Tel: 01698 820 533


Providing the UK with an almost clinically clean environment

BT1 Ultimate Bathroom Sealant & Adhesive TRIBRID® Technology. Made in Britain No More Mould or Fungal Growth CT1 who lead the way in research and development have pioneered the latest technology for the building industry over the last 18 years. The first to introduce a hybrid sealant almost 18 years ago, pioneered the way forward with a new era of sealants. CT1 showed the industry that you only need one tube for most applications with the correct raw materials and formulation. This new technology presented itself in a tube CT1. CT1 created a formulation with no solvents, allowing CT1 to perform under any difficult conditions, even under water. CT1 can guarantee that it will never shrink or crack, so it will not lose its bonding and sealing capabilities over time. Realising that hybrid formulations would be soon dated with old technology, as demands increase in what we expect from products and with the building industry producing more complex builds. CT1 was proactive rather than re-active. Introducing TRIBRID® technology. Another new era of sealants and adhesives. Now three times stronger, longer colour retention and elongation, TRIBRID® CT1 can’t be matched or compared to again for a long time. CT1’s technical field team also realised that in today’s current conditions people are demanding much cleaner environments and surface areas. Using the correct sealants and adhesives in installations and repairs is key keeping a surface area healthier. BT1- The Ultimate Bathroom Sealant and Adhesive was created as most sealants over time will allow bacterial and fungal growth. Some will grow quicker than others. The bathroom

can be a contaminated area, with heat, fluids and lack of UV light. BT1 based on the revolutionary TRIBRID® formulation, was created to prevent fungal and bacteria growth happening over long periods of time. This unique formulation makes it impossible for bacteria or microbes to form on the surface, and with almost zero indoor emissions, makes this the heathiest choice for your home. But what became apparent after vigorous testing was that using BT1 would reduce the risk of MRSA, E. Coli and campylobacter. Reducing bacteria by 99.99% and being able to retain its clinically clean white appearance is now proving to be the only sealant and adhesive being used by Hospitals, Aged Care Facilities, Clinics, Schools, Universities and Public Buildings. Solihull Hospital in Birmingham and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton to name a few have used and will only use BT1. BT1 - which can also be used in kitchen installations, launched initially in The IPG Member Stores. The IPG is the largest and fastest growing membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists, wanted to add BT1 to their stock profile and give their members the latest technology for plumbing and installations. Since the growth and reputation of BT1 and the important role it plays in keeping a healthier environment, Wickes stores, will now also be stocking BT1 nationwide. Go to www.CT1.com and https://youtu.be/kirVUrwWbaY


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Colour is Key to a Restful Night’s Sleep Through Lockdown Leading paint brand, Colourtrend, has revealed the importance of colour in the bedroom and how it impacts sleep. It comes as The Sleep Foundation launches Sleep Awareness Week, March 14 – 20, an initiative promoting the benefits of healthy sleep and its importance to overall health and well-being. olourtrend research revealed, online search terms such as ‘how to fall asleep easier’ have seen a 2,500 per cent growth over the past year and significantly more people are now searching for tips on how to sleep easier than in anytime over the last five years.


Colour can be one way of combatting the ill effects of nearly 12 months of lockdown where sleepless nights have become commonplace. Exacerbated by financial strains, uncertainty around jobs, a taxing home schooling and work schedule, alongside daily routines simply being knocked out of sync. Colourtrend has partnered with the Sleep Foundation to provide hints and tips on beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep health, including the colours we put on our bedroom walls. Elise Chahine, editor in chief at Sleep Foundation, said: “Beginning to create an environment which is conducive to sleep is simple with just a few steps. Paying attention to sleep hygiene is a big part of setting yourself up for better sleep, which means having a daytime and night time routine that promote an uninterrupted slumber. “In the evening, keeping your bedroom at a cooler temperature, avoiding blue-lightemitting devices two-to-three hours before sleep and turning off any lights in the room are the easiest ways to ensure your environment is conducive to dozing off. “Another important aspect is creating a relaxing space in which to unwind. The way you decorate your bedroom can play a big part in this.” So while many of us decorate our homes to follow the latest trends or choose colours based on their aesthetic appeal, the various colour palettes we use


may affect us psychologically, including our ability to sleep.

travelling on a slower wavelength to evoke feelings of relaxation.

Adele Roche, a Colour & Design Consultant who has worked closely with Colourtrend over the past 16 years and specialises in colour psychology for interiors across both residential and commercial projects, said: “Everyone has a different reaction to colour. It is an individual experience, so it is really important to choose colours that suit you rather than follow the latest trend – especially when it comes to the bedroom.

“The colours on your walls don’t directly affect your mood whilst you sleep, but for those who lie in bed and can’t get comfortable, who are thinking about their jobs or the pandemic and their mind is constantly racing – a high energy colour scheme will certainly not help you drift off.

“Colour travels on varying frequencies and wavelengths, you see it with your eyes but it is processed in the brain which is connected to the nervous system and creates energy. The faster a colour travels the quicker the energy it creates, so when choosing a colour scheme for the bedroom, it needs be

“Using muted and earthy colours that are quieter and less stimulating can give you a sense of comfort. Blues and greens can help to create a personal sanctuary much more conducive for sleep, even during these uncertain times.” Colourtrend offers a wide selection of colours that are conducive to good sleep such as Dressage, Long Weekend and Recollection. To see the full Colourtrend range or find your nearest UK Colourtrend stockist, visit: www.colourtrend.co.uk

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Andy Swift, ISO Chemie’s sales & operations manager, UK & ROI, said: “Systematically maintained building data helps the operator throughout the structure’s life cycle with the knowledge of what has been installed and where. If a window has to be replaced in 30 years’ time, it will be clearly identifiable which products were used and which component connections are affected. So renovations can be planned efficiently and carried out under controlled conditions.”

As one of the leading manufacturers in the field of sealing technology, ISO-Chemie is now able provide architects and specialist planners with BIM-ready product data for its sealing and in-front-of-wall installation solutions.


uilding Information Modeling (BIM) is playing an increasingly significant role in the implementation of large and complex planning tasks. The first step was to create a range of BIM data from the “joint sealing tapes”, “multifunctional joint sealing tapes” and “in-front-of-wall installation systems” product families; these are available for downloading as BIM-ready objects. More products are at the planning stage. The BIM data can be used free of charge, either via the in-house ISO-PORTAL at portal.iso-chemie.eu or using an external BIM database. It can also be used in CAD software such as Autodesk Revit. An electronic CAD product catalogue will be available as a supplement to this. The BIM model-based planning method is intended to facilitate planning, execution and management of buildings across all the trades involved using a common data model for all participants. The important factor is that all the relevant building data is digitally recorded, combined and interlinked in a model.


With the future-focussed project BAUFUGE 4.0, the building sealing solutions manufacturer is providing important support for architects and specialist planners by digitising processes, thus ensuring a high level of reliability in terms of predictive planning, efficient implementation and a smooth workflow. ISO-Chemie is one of Europe’s main producers of impregnated foam sealants, specialising in the manufacture of foam products from polyethylene (EPE), polypropylene (EPP) and polyurethane (PUR) using the latest production techniques. With hundreds of pallets in UK stock for next day delivery, the company can service the whole industry. More at https://www.iso-chemie.eu/en-GB/home/

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Norcros Adhesives Expands its Successful Rock-Tite Range Strong sales through distribution of Norcros Rock-Tite Exterior Porcelain & Stone System have led the company to introduce an alternative formulation for the mortar element of this innovative 3-part system.

to be simple to use by anyone who wants to create a seamless transition from internal to external living space in and around the home.

orcros Rock-Tite comprises a Primer, a Mortar and a Brush-In Grout and is designed for use by landscapers and garden designers, as well as tile fixers, and capitalises on a key trend in the tiling market currently. This is where internal tiled space is being extended to terrace or patio areas outside a building, which is part of a long-term lifestyle trend to enhance living areas by making better use of external space.

The full system includes Norcros Rock-Tite Porcelain Primer in three 5kg bags, supplied in a 15kg mixing bucket. The new Part 2a is supplied in a 12.5kg bag, while the original Part 2 comes in a 25kg bag. Finally the system includes a ready-to-use Brush-In Grout, in three 5kg bags supplied in a 15kg bucket. The grout colours available are Blanched Almond, Steel Grey and Tropical Ebony, matching other grouts from Norcros Adhesives.


The new Part 2a Rock-Tite Mortar Additive is a fibre-reinforced cement mortar mix, which is designed to mix with sharp sand to provide a high

strength mortar for bonding concrete, natural stone and porcelain paving slabs to a hardcore or solid base. It contains Rock-Tite additives to improve performance, workability and freeze/thaw resistance of the finished mortar mix. The new system allows customers to purchase their sand separately if they wish, and the existing Part 2, which has the sand included, will continue to be offered. The Norcros Rock-Tite system has been developed to overcome the problem that often porcelain tiles are installed by builders or landscapers, who may lack experience or access to guidance about working with tiles. It is designed

All elements of the Rock-Tite system are covered by the Norcros Adhesives lifetime guarantee. www.norcros-adhesives.com


All Bets on Neolith Neolith® Beton specified throughout chic Madrid apartment, creating highly attractive visual contrast


eolith®, the pioneering brand of sintered stone, is fast becoming a material choice for high-end, high-concept residential renovations. Recently, it played a pivotal role in a penthouse project, for luxury property developer and architect Herrero & Vázquez. A sparing choice of materials is incredibly important to Herrero & Vázquez’s approach; they usually specify just using three to four patterns across the entire property. This careful curation helps to bring understated personality to


their work, in a straightforward and unfussy way, with the over-arching goal of achieving a minimalist, balanced and beautiful interior. Significantly, their use of Neolith’s surfaces throughout the interior of a sophisticated Central Madrid apartment, in the city’s fashionable Chamberí district, brought the overall design concept together for visually captivating results.

Sculptural Elegance Entering this marvellously modish apartment, visitors find themselves in a light, airy, open-plan living area with a kitchen to the left, and behind

that a corridor leading to a wellappointed master bedroom. The eye is immediately drawn to the room’s centrepiece, a dual fireplace and shelf unit specified in Neolith Beton. This impressive feature brings the whole living area together in a contemporary and convivial way. It’s something to gather around during the cold winter months and admire all yearround, like a piece of abstract sculpture. This is further framed by high ceilings, brushed oak floors, crisp white walls and cabinetry, and exposed structural concrete columns, creating a light, airy atmosphere.

You can ‘Beton’ it Moving to the kitchen, Neolith is a natural choice for applications in this space. Not only does it look attractive, it also possesses performance qualities found in few other materials. Ultra-hygienic, highly resistant and scratch, stain and water proof, it can withstand the daily impact of culinary activity. Further, coming in a range of over 50 colours, patterns and finishes, it can match any design brief. Continuing with the concrete theme, 6mm and 12mm Neolith Beton has been specified throughout the kitchen space, cladding all cabinetry, applied across all worktops and laid as the area’s flooring. Spotlessly sophisticated, statement walls in honey-coloured timber provide and interesting optical juxtaposition. Choosing Neolith Beton also met the project’s rigid sustainability brief. Manufactured in a carbon neutral environment from 100% natural raw materials, its production is far less carbon intensive than architectural concrete. Further, Neolith slabs contains substantially less embodied carbon than poured or precast concrete.

Boxing Clever The contrasting theme of concrete and wood is also explored in the master bedroom, emphasising Herrero & Vázquez desire to create a consistent, holistic atmosphere across the property. Importantly, the design needed to deliver a distinct character, without becoming overbearing and intrusive, a home which the owner could stamp with their own tastes and preferences. Benefitting from plenty of natural light and minimalist detailing, Neolith Beton is used for the cladding of a statement ‘box’ which contains a wet room, equipped with a ‘his and her’ sink vanity, and for the flooring.

Just Wonderful! Commenting on the use of Neolith in the project, José Ignacio Herrero, from Herrero & Vázquez Housing said, “For the residential project, we wanted

to create a cool, contemporary and uncomplicated space using the very best materials, fixtures and fittings. Working with only three or four different materials challenges us to be more creative in the design process. We chose Neolith not only because of its versatility, but its incredible range of highlydefined colours and patterns.” José Ignacio continued, “From a contractor perspective, Neolith also offers the reassurance of longevity and performance. Fundamentally, it’s a material you can trust. As we are also the contractors, we need to be extremely careful in our choice of building products because we’re directly accountable to our customers for the quality of the workmanship. As such, its high durability, ease of fabrication and various guarantees made choosing it unavoidable!” To find out more about Neolith’s award-winning range of surfaces, click here.


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As we move forward into 2021 and the challenges that continue to face us, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our policy of stockholding and how it is even more relevant at present

“‘These are challenging times for all businesses, and the last thing we need to make our projects even more stressful is a delayed chain of supply,” says Managing Director, JIS Europe, Richard Thelwell. “We are able to maintain the chain of supply quite simply due to our longstanding policy of stockholding providing further financial stability to ourselves but as importantly to our customers.”

Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, and manufactured from over 90% recyclable material. It does not rust, flake or corrode. It is the sustainable, durable choice.

Furthermore the Sussex Range is manufactured from 100% stainless steel including our recently introduced Black Edition of powder coated rails.

We offer 3 formats of rail throughout the range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only and we offer both a polished and satin finish as well as the Black Edition Range.

“More and more people are coming round to the durability and sustainability of stainless steel, particularly after the year we have just had, we all need to be aware of our environmental and social impact.”

“The cornerstones of our business are quite simply quality, stock holding and ultimately customer service. The three work hand in hand.”

“On a practical note our customers don’t want to go to the expense and disruption of fitting out their bathroom to 2 years down the line find that an inferior mild steel rail rusts, leaks and they then need a complete re-tile when the replacement isn’t dimensionally identical to the original.”


We source our rails ethically and take our social responsibility seriously, from our sourcing to our manufacture to our charity initiatives.

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Magnet CKS Donates Kitchen to Solihull Local Paralysed in Life-Changing Accident Magnet CKS has teamed up with national charity Band of Builders to provide brand new kitchen for family ob Lamb, a quantity surveyor from the Solihull area, was left paralysed from the chest down after suffering a severe spinal cord injury last year. The 58-year-old dad of four was keen to return home following the accident but his injuries were so severe that the house needed special adaptations to ensure it was practical and comfortable for Rob. This is where Magnet CKS and national charity Band of Builders stepped in.


A team of 60 volunteer tradespeople, arranged by Band of Builders, worked on the house over the course of nine days. One of the main alterations was a new, state-of-the-art kitchen courtesy of Magnet CKS. The new kitchen features Magnet CKS’s Luna Matt Grey units, Nebraska oak laminate worktops, a rise and fall sink and a cooker hob. The new kitchen will freshen up the space and create a social environment for Rob and his children to enjoy. The new units and appliances will help to make Rob’s day-to-day life that bit BEFORE


easier as the rise and fall system is beneficial for those with limited mobility. The downstairs of the home will also have a new bedroom and wet room added so that Rob can easily access what he needs. Andy Gould, Sales and Operations Director at Magnet CKS commented: “We were extremely sorry to hear about the devastating impact that Rob’s injury has had, so when Band of Builders got in touch to see if we’d be able to help, it was an immediate yes. Our design experts were keen to create a practical, yet beautiful, new space for the Lamb family to enjoy and we hope it provides the family with a focal point of the home to relax and socialise in. We wish Rob and his family the best of luck with the recovery.” Band of Builders is a registered charity that helps members of the UK construction industry whose lives have been affected by illness or injury. Volunteers give up their time for free to work on projects like Rob’s, while materials are donated by companies across the industry such as Magnet CKS. Rob’s project is sponsored by Tarmac Blue Circle and was led by Band of Builders volunteers, Tim Winch and Craig Cashmore.

Speaking about the project, Gavin Crane, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Band of Builders, said: “When we heard about Rob’s story, we were keen to offer our assistance and coordinate a project that would make living with his injury that bit easier. Every project we do always makes a huge difference to our beneficiaries’ lives and this one is no different. Rob and his family have been through a difficult time after losing Rob’s wife Julie suddenly in 2017 and now his accident, so we just wanted to do what we could to help.” “We couldn’t do what we do without the support of businesses like Magnet CKS. We’re extremely grateful for all of the resources and time that people have kindly donated to aid in Rob’s home transformation. We know that this renovation will make a huge difference for the family and look forward to hearing how they get on with their new space”.

Magnet has over 100 years’ experience in creating high quality bespoke kitchens. To find out more about this project or Magnet CKS, head to www.magnet.co.uk/contract-kitchen-solutions/

Black Barn: Former Cotswolds Grain Store captured by Handover Photography studio, Handover, share their captures of Black Barn – the 6,500 sq ft development situated north of the Cotswolds, completed in 2020 by multidisciplinary architecture, interior design and delivery studio Rigby & Rigby. All images: Handover


eveloped as a holistic scheme which is utilitarian in design, a key consideration was referencing Black Barn’s former use as an agricultural grain store. The residence comprises accommodation in the main house with a Dutch Barn running in parallel, framing an inner courtyard space. By carefully respecting the buildings original form, the property was punctuated symmetrically with largeformat windows to provide lots of natural light and ventilation.

“Black Barn was a unique opportunity for us to work on such a large scale residential photography project.” Explains Daniel Tuck, co-founder of Handover. “Whilst capturing the traditional architectural elevations was key, we often work to capture the more abstract perspectives when documenting such a visually striking property. Having seen the concept develop from drawing to completion, we gained an in-depth understanding of how Rigby & Rigby wanted to showcase this home and how their talented design team fully deserve their esteemed worldwide reputation.” A central staircase and fireplace run along the length of Black Barn, reflecting the scale and depth within the double-height void. This provides circulation onto the mezzanine seating area from where a glass walkway provides access to private bedrooms with en-suites. At the southernmost part of the upper storey, a library is located with far-reaching views across the countryside. Externally the architecture was simplified by enhancing the detailing around the cladding with a contrast of materials used from black liner multi-width timber and sheet aluminium, both materials being honest to the building’s former aesthetic.


The Nordic style interior design scheme was developed from its minimalist background to create the multifunctional and open plan living area for family living, entertaining, dining, breakfast whilst relaxation is found in the media room with pool table and bar overlooking the courtyard. The interior is comfortable with design classics from Flexform and Poltrona Frau and the new Rimedesio range for coffee tables. A custom ‘Skyfall’ rug designed by Rigby & Rigby in collaboration with Colbourns surrounds the fireplace and informal seating area. One specific outstanding feature of Black Barn is the Dutch Barn which creates an inner shelter adjacent to the Japanese inspired courtyard space to the main house. The Dutch Barn features an annexe with a mezzanine bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living facilities. Also, Black Barn comes with a fully equipped gym, workshop garage - to house a classic bike and car, a covered BBQ area for the summer months and an adjacent kitchen garden for vegetables and herbs with an orchard to the rear nestled into a wild meadow.

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Doors & Windows Eurocell has always led the way in patio door design. In fact, we’ve long been the customer’s choice when it comes to security, strength and performance that never compromises on design. So what’s new? Introducing Syncro, a brand new in-line system that opens up even more possibilities in terms of design, energy efficiency and sustainability. Not just our strongest and most secure atio door system yet, Syncro also provides a new level of sustainability, plus improved design and performance that meet the demands of installers and homeowners alike thanks to several market leading features. These include main frames made using at least 40% post-consumer recycled PVC-U; better thermal efficiency, with triple glazed U-values as low as 1.0; a 3.5m maximum width, one of the largest PVC-U patio door systems on the market; and a unique soft close system, which, along with a choice of standard or heavy duty rollers allowing sash weights of up to 140kg, makes for a much smoother glide and closure action with no ‘bounce back’ if the door is accidently slammed. What’s more, is the option of a through-colour grey substrate – a first for Eurocell in a patio door. The grey substrate is extruded in PVC-U with special heat reflecting pigment to help reduce expansion on hot days. Not only does this the give designers a way to meet current design trends for the all grey look; but because patio doors are open so much of the time on sunny summer days, it also makes for much more pleasing visual appearance by removing any unsightly white extruded areas.

Benefits at a glance: • More sustainable with frame composition made up of at least 40% PCW (post-consumer waste) • Better thermal efficiency with U-values as low as 1.3 for double glazed units and 1.0 for triple glazed • Maximum width of 3.5m (2 pane) • Triple as well as double glazing compatible for even better insulation. • Grey substrate for total coordination with modern designs • Soft close option

Smooth or matt grey foil options can also be ordered along with traditional rosewood and golden oak from stock, plus 32 further colour options on longer lead times, extend the colour choices further. Like all Eurocell PVC-U products, the Syncro system comes with an exact colour-match guarantee. That means the colour is precisely matched to all Eurocell window, door and conservatory roof products, creating a coordinated, consistent look across any property. Syncro is tested to BS6375 and PAS24 2016 standards and therefore meets the requirements of Document Q - the newest security guidelines for patio doors. And for additional peace of mind, Syncro has been through 50,000 cycles of open and close tests to prove robustness.

Following customer feedback and as part of Eurocell’s continual improvement programme we have also introduced a new Aluminium Interlock to be used on all none PAS24 Syncro patio doors to help improve the fabrication and installation process. Ian Kernaghan, Head of Product Design and Development for Eurocell commented, “Syncro has been designed to meet the changing needs of the patio door market and we believe it does that job beautifully. It offers customers genuinely attractive options like triple glazing, a soft close feature and white or grey substrate options, in addition to using recycled PVC-U content and achieving new levels of thermal and acoustic insulation efficiency.

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P C Henderson’s Sienna System Specified for a Stunning Self Build in County Wicklow P C Henderson’s Sienna sliding door system has recently been specified for a stunning self-build project in the beautiful countryside of Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. ooking to build their dream family home, Fáinche and Donnchadh Murphy were delighted when they came across the perfect site situated in the Co. Wicklow countryside surrounded by stunning mountain views.


Planning the design of the 3 bed bungalow themselves, the couple’s main goal was to create a large open plan living area for the family to enjoy. To ensure flexibility of living, the couple opted for double glazed sliding doors to separate the living area from the bedroom block – vaulted ceilings were also included in the design to enhance the space even further.

Fáinche Murphy commented, “Our aim was to maximise floor space in the living area whilst having the flexibility to create open spaces during the day and then close the doors off on an evening to enjoy a cosier environment. Sliding doors seemed the perfect solution especially with the added benefit of saving floor space in comparison to a swing door”. P C Henderson’s Sienna sliding door system was identified as the best solution for the project. Designed with a stainless steel bar track and exposed top mounted hangers, Sienna offers an elegant and stylish system. “We required a sliding door system which followed the same barn-style décor scheme we had used throughout

the rest of the property - when we mentioned this to our builder, he was quick to mention P C Henderson. The Sienna system perfectly complements the other stainless steel features in our home and the doors glide open and closed with very little effort. We’re delighted with the flexibility that the system has brought to our home”, continued Fáinche. P C Henderson’s Sienna sliding door system caters for wooden and glass doors weighing up to 120kg. Available in a range of track lengths, the system caters for both single and biparting door applications. For more information visit www.pchenderson.com


An Outdoor Oasis with Lundhs Real Stone The ideal surface choice for this stunning Norwegian villa project, Lundhs Blue acts as an exquisite finishing touch to this enviable terrace space. Specified for the swimming pool interior and surround, the outdoor flooring and throughout the interior, the 100% natural stone boasts a number of practical and visual qualities when it comes to both interior and exterior use.



reating a resplendent continuous flow from the property straight to the ocean, the 100% natural stone’s unique blend of feldspar crystals glisten in the sunshine and Lundhs Blue’s enticing glow is brought to life through the reflections of the outdoor swimming pool, resulting in a serene oasis that exudes calm and sophisticated contemporary style. With a polished high gloss finish specified for inside the pool and a silk matte finish around the outside to create a less slippery surface, this visually complex material is the perfect choice to create a truly arresting outdoor feature. Set against the natural tone of the wood decking, the captivating natural stone beautifully complements the outdoor setting, delivering on aesthetics as well as performance.

works with a select network of distributors around the globe, with each product traceable from quarry to end product. Offering unrivalled expertise and advice regarding the use and sourcing of the stone, Lundhs prides itself on exceptional attention to detail. Each and every material is carefully extracted and sorted into selected colour and quality levels, suited to different types of use, ensuring sourcing of the right quality through its distribution network. Providing a first-class service to the A&D community, the Lundhs project team is always on hand to assist with samples, technical information and obtaining quotes for projects. www.lundhsrealstone.com/uk

A naturally durable and strong material, Lundhs Blue is suitable for wet areas thanks to its extreme low absorption properties and is not affected by pool chemicals. With different finishes available, the stone is ideal for both inside and outside swimming pool applications. Made from Larvikite, Lundhs Blue is a truly one-of-akind real stone. Crafted by nature 300 million years ago and quarried on the southern coast of Norway in a town called Larvik, there is no other place in the world where you can find the exact same type of natural stone. The largest producer of natural stone in Northern Europe, Lundhs extracts rough blocks of high-quality stones from its own quarries in Norway and exports the materials to stone factories around the world. With a portfolio of seven natural stone types, Lundhs


Outdoor Living AquaVeil® has been created to provide new inspiration for interior and garden designers, landscapers and architects, working in a range of settings. Every AquaVeil® is a refined work of art, and, like an extraordinary painting or sculpture, the bespoke water wall enhances its surroundings, creating an indescribable feeling for all those who experience it. We can’t wait to see all of the innovative uses for the water feature in beautiful gardens, buildings and spaces across the UK and further afield.”

Go with the flow: new water feature injects innovation into interior and landscape design Introducing a fresh wave of inspiration to the world of interior and landscape design is a new style of water feature, the AquaVeil®. Launched by Tills Innovations Ltd, one of the UK’s leading water feature specialists, the AquaVeil® has a mesmerising waterfall-like design – the water flows over an architectural wall of metal mesh, appearing to cascade seamlessly through the air, creating an embossed water effect. he AquaVeil® offers an innovative way to create an atmosphere of relaxation, and boost people’s wellbeing whether they are in an urban or private setting. While much research has been conducted into the benefits of green spaces in supporting psychological wellbeing, it is also thought that water features have the ability to lower people’s stress levels and boost their mood.


Every AquaVeil® can be tailor-made to any size or shape and is suitable for a range of indoor and outdoor settings – whether it’s a peaceful addition to a small and intimate garden, or a grand feature in a large, bustling venue. The water wall can be a free-standing structure positioned against a wall,


integrated into the wall, draped floor to ceiling, or even shaped to the curvature of the a building or space. Due to the translucency of the water feature’s metal mesh, wherever it is installed, lighting in the space will not be greatly diminished. In addition, the design of the AquaVeil® allows for a tailored lighting system to be included in the top and bottom of the feature, meaning the water effect can be experienced during both the day and night. Mike Tillett, Director, Tills Innovations Ltd, comments: “Since my brother and I founded Tills Innovations Ltd over 20 years ago, we have been driven to make a long-lasting contribution to water feature design; striving for flair, creativity and individuality in all we do. The unique nature of the

The AquaVeil® has been carefully designed to not only look beautiful, but to incorporate engineered solutions which enable straightforward and effective aftercare of the water wall. This includes an advanced filtration system, specially-created water treatment solutions, and options for automatic water top up and drain down for maintenance. In addition, due to the foldable nature of the metal mesh, the AquaVeil® can be easily transported, and large features can be installed in tight-access locations. To support architects and interior designers in their design process, Tills Innovations Ltd will provide easy-to-apply design specification documents which can be added to architectural drawings. The AquaVeil® is categorised into three styles, each of which can be tailored to different spaces: The Enigma, The Paradox, and The Quantum. For more information, and to make an enquiry about the AquaVeil®, visit: www.aquaveil.co.uk or call 01284 834 834.


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With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers.

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Outdoor Living his is good news for companies like H M Garden Rooms in Buckinghamshire. Having searched for garden offices for themselves, and finding a limited choice of well-priced, good quality options, Jordan Hickson and Jordan Marsh, both with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, set up H M Garden Rooms. Using quality materials, they produce a range of built-to-last, aesthetically-pleasing garden buildings that their clients have put to a multitude of uses.


Garden rooms made beautiful with SterlingOSB Zero With more and more people working and studying at home, the need for extra space has grown enormously. Whether it’s somewhere to make Zoom calls in peace, or to chill after a long day juggling home-schooling, or to get on your bike, a garden room has become a much-sought after addition to many homes.

One of the top-quality materials the company relies on for these structures is Norbord’s SterlingOSB Zero. As Director Jordan Hickson explains “SterlingOSB Zero is easier to use and lighter but just as strong as plywood. It throws up no challenges so we are able to get the job done with no fuss. It’s also cheaper than ply and readily available so it ticks a lot of boxes for us and we’ll continue to use it in our builds”. All of H M Garden Room’s buildings are clad in a variety of beautiful materials but Jordan has found that clients are increasingly asking for the SterlingOSB Zero to be left exposed on the interior as part of the design finish. “A recent client wanted the printed side of the OSB left bare inside their mud room as they really like the utilitarian feel of the material”, Jordan explained. H M Garden Rooms purchases SterlingOSB Zero from local builders’ merchants Travis Perkins and Grant & Stone branches in the Home Counties, depending on the project location. To find out more about Norbord’s full range of carbon negative panel products visit the website and you can download a product guide and can even order free samples.

For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit www.norbord.co.uk.


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Poldark Meets Contemporary Style-Driven Harbour Living

Cornwall-based property developer, Stephens + Stephens, in collaboration with multi-award-winning interior design agency Absolute, has just launched The Nest; a collection of 15 unique and boutique, two, three and four bedroomed homes in the heart of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site in Charlestown, Cornwall. Conceived in 1792 as a seaport for the copper, clay and pilchard fishing industries, today’s Charlestown features arresting Tall Ships, candy-coloured fishermen’s cottages and time-worn cobblestones. It’s this enigmatic aesthetic that has attracted countless film and TV location scouts, meaning you’re just as likely to glimpse movie stars taking a break, as you are to see local fisherman reeling in their daily catch. Charlestown was most recently continually in the national spotlight as the port in Poldark, as well as forming the backdrop for ‘Truro’ and ‘Falmouth’ in the drama, such is its versatility. ‘The Nest’ provides a subtle nod to the ‘Crow’s Nests’ atop the renowned Charlestown tall ships, whilst delivering a new contemporary Cornish designdriven lifestyle opportunity. Designed by renowned, multi-award-winning Charlestown-based architects, Alan Leather Associates, The Nest is completely in tune with their vision of creating architecture that has meaning, depth, and texture. In turn, Stephens + Stephens has taken a design-driven approach to ensure a cutting-edge style for today, concurrently paying appropriate homage to the original, industrial aesthetic of the area, rather than a ‘pastiche’ of the original properties. The beautiful development retains many


of the historical features of its site, including the key landmark chimney formation which will remain a striking centrepiece for all residents. The chimney will be within a public space, rather than privately owned and can be enjoyed at closer proximity by residents of The Nest and by visitors to the area. In addition, to further preserve the heritage, where possible, known and new features and artefacts discovered during the construction works will be revealed and displayed publicly, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the vital heritage that has been re-found and carefully collected during the build process. Just as displayed at The Nest, the historical and the contemporary perfectly synthesise in Charlestown and wherever you are in this beautiful harbour port, it packs a pretty punch. Textural and layered, yet quiet and calming, its industrial features are comfortable bedfellows with its dramatic, natural setting. The Nest will be accessed by a private road and is surrounded by a beautiful, traditional stone wall on three sides, with large evergreen and deciduous trees forming a dense, natural screen between the neighbouring properties. The Nest’s houses feature an architectural scheme utilising elemental materials including Cornish stone, fittingly bound with traditional pointing techniques. These historical flourishes are interspersed with huge sections of contemporary glass windows and glazed links, all merging with dark steels, providing sleek, seamless finishes. The homes are topped with living grass roofs and outside, ‘rubble’ stone walkways lead the way into calming, sustainable gardens.

A natural flow of life, light, energy and the elements is evident throughout all of the houses, with powder-coated aluminium windows and patio doors set-into the profiled metal-clad sheeting, timber and rubble exterior material mix. A natural, green roof extends the length of these houses, bringing new life to the previously harshly industrial space, all tying in with the ecological, wildflower planting around The Nest’s perimeter. Each home has two ‘car ports’ in the extended garaging space across from the properties, and in keeping with the Stephens + Stephens Cornish life + style philosophy, an additional shared bike shed will be available, taking up to six cycles for residents. In terms of interiors, multi-award winners Absolute are the Stephens + Stephens partners of choice, crafting bespoke interior design for each and every development and each and every home. The team has been inspired by the industrial heritage of the surrounding area, rather than directed by it. As with the architecture, a clean, contemporary interiors style is mixed with industrial hardware and surfaces, with on-trend muted colour palettes reflecting the landscape and elements. The turnkey interiors design service from Absolute works hand-in-hand with the Stephens + Stephens Home concierge service, meaning if you choose, you can quite literally walk right into your new home at The Nest with every single detail and appliance already in place. Creative Director of Stephens + Stephens and Absolute, Helen Stephens says, “We are delighted to bring these amazing coastal properties to the market. Charlestown as a coastal lifestyle destination is simply wonderful, with its unrivalled and inspiring mix of heritage, industrial past and modern-day Cornish lifestyle benefits. It’s a beautiful place, with traditional tall ships, a famous historic harbour and beautiful sheltered beach, but it also boasts some fabulous restaurants, wine-bars, delis and coffee shops. It’s simply the perfect destination for 21st Century boutique harbour living.” The team are now taking reservations for properties at The Nest. Prices start from £595,000. For more information about the development or any of Stephens + Stephens’ other developments, visit: stephensandstephensdevelopers.com or call the team on 01872 264 775.





















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Not all external platform lifts are the same! Is your external platform lift IP65 rated? This means it offers complete protection from dust, and protection against low pressure water jets from any angle.


e’ve just fitted our Inva Euro platform lift externally at Sheffield University, and the IP65 rating was one of the key factors in deciding to use this particular lift.

Installation can be completed in as little as 2-3 days, with minimal building work required, and the requirement of just single phase electrics can reduce the cost of an electrician and associated works.

The Inva Euro is manufactured from stainless steel and then powder coated in a choice of different colour finishes to provide a hard wearing and durable finish.

The lift is available with optional fire rated doors, tinted glazing and swipe card control, so it’s possible to customise the lift to suit your exact needs.

This lift is available in a choice of platform sizes, ranging from 1250mm x 900mm to 1400m x 1100mm, so you can find a size which is ideal for your needs. With travel heights up to 7 metres, as well as emergency battery lowering and an autodialler fitted as standard, this is the perfect choice for an outside lift.


Our client at Sheffield University has been extremely pleased with the installation, offering staff and students assisted access for many years to come. If you would like to know more about our platform lifts or other access solutions, please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively, email sales@invalifts.com

Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the Commercial Platform Lift (right) - a premium quality enclosed platform lift with a customisable finish, and the option of glazing on 3 sides. Designed for offices, schools and public buildings with small footprints available, this is a premier platform lift. We also offer stair platform lifts and a range of platform lifts for both internal and external use.

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