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Showcasing the most exciting Products, Services and Innovations in the Building and Design Industry.
Showcasing the most exciting Products, Services and Innovations in the Building and Design Industry.
All Stelard radiators are fully compatible to meet with the requirements of the newly updated Part L Documentation, with the intention of reducing carbon emissions, increasing the energy efﬁciency of both domestic and commercial properties, and future prooﬁng for low carbon technology.
Stelrad’s range of high output radiators are aesthetically designed to meet your needs, now and in the future.
Not just any rad. Stelrad.
Garador is now offering a free upgrade to Secured by Design on its premium sectional garage doors.
SBD (Secured by Design) is a police driven initiative which offers official recognition to products which meet specific security standards and provide a high degree of resistance to attempted attacks.
Garador is offering this highly regarded SBD status as a free upgrade on all its sectional garage doors that meet the eligibility requirements. These include the 42mm Premium insulated model Garador sectional garage door, without windows, fitted behind the opening and automated by a GaraMatic operator. The door must
also be fitted to the Secured by Design standard.
Garador’s Managing Director Jon Watson said: “Our Sectional Doors are among the best engineered, best looking doors on the market. Today, when garages are so often used to store valuable equipment, security is vital. Offering this free SBD upgrade on our sectional doors will provide our customers extra assurance that these doors are highly secure and will protect their belongings.”
To find out more, please visit www.garador.co.uk or call 01935 443722.
A company is only as good as its support sta so at the Magicman head o ce in Brighton, there are dedicated teams of technical experts and call handlers ready to help customers 6 days a week.
Magicman have repair technicians available nationwide so there is always someone ready to help customers in their local area. However the story doesn’t begin or end there, they are supported by dedicated teams of friendly call handlers and technical experts at Magicman’s head o ce and call centre in Sussex. There are specialists in every department ready to help with General Enquiries, Desktop Analyses, Insurance Claims, Bookings and After Care, six days a week.
Customers can upload photos and a few details about their damaged items through Magicman’s ‘Get an Estimate’ form on our website, company Facebook page or FREE APP for iPhone and Android devices. Technical experts with years of experience in the eld, carry out a Desktop Analysis to determine whether a successful and lasting repair can be carried out.
An estimate is then dispatched based on time needed to carry out works. This means that for most customers a site visit is not necessary, speeding up the bookings process and avoiding call out charges.
Suppliers of Specialist Repairs to Wood
....and much more, just ask!
For a free estimate visit magicman.co.uk/get-an-estimate/ or get our FREE app available for Apple and Android smart phones
Omega PLC CEO Simon Barber says, “The launch of Novus strengthens our product offer and complements our existing kitchen brands and will open new markets, customers, and consumers to Omega. We believe that our renowned quality, service, and supply stability coupled with the modern, clean, and sleek aesthetic styles within the Novus collection is a compelling proposition for our customers. Retailers and Developers are looking for high-quality handleless kitchen and Novus will allow us to compete with the trends established by European suppliers, backed by the operational strengths Omega have established over the past 25 years.”
Characterised by a modern, clean, and sleek aesthetic the minimalist kitchen is designed to offer customers flexibility and choice whilst ensuring ease of installation. The introduction of the New Generation profile system allows for quick, clip-in installation with no visible screw holes and hidden fixings improving the aesthetic finish and overall installation time.
One of the highlights of Novus is the new, innovative Grass V8 drawer system. Omega PLC is the first UK Manufacturer to offer as standard this award-winning drawer design. The slim and elegant 8mm thin drawers offers up to 16% increased capacity, maximising storage space whilst being 100% recyclable with
Omega PLC expand their offer with the launch of their new brand Novus. Novus is a modern leading-edge solution in one handleless kitchen that pushes the boundaries of design.
smooth running and gentle close action. The option of a free glass upgrade is also available.
Novus’s horizontal and vertical profiles are reset and mounted to the cabinets for effortless opening, with six colour profile options available to complement or contrast to create a personalised design finish. The new clip-in profile system ensures that profiles can be effortlessly updated and replaced.
Novus cabinets are all made to order, using precision glue and dowel construction to create a true rigid kitchen, available in three colours, white, light grey, and graphite. The wall cabinets come with coordinating colour profiles for that perfect finish. The striking clean lines are echoed by the end of island panels which creates a distinct style, enabling the profiles to wrap the island.
Omega PLC Retail Sales Director James Bishton says, “We continue to strengthen our partnerships with new product innovation, long-term price stability and holding significant raw material stock to ensure complete deliveries on time. Novus represents a significant opportunity for growth and expansion for Omega matching European suppliers in innovation and design while offering unrivalled reliability in supply with quick lead times and excellent customer service.”
Omega PLC boasts the largest, professional business to business display area in the UK and this state-ofthe-art showroom is now home to several new Novus kitchen displays created to inspire both retail and
contracts partners. Omega PLC Creative Lead Design Manager Ben Jones says, “Visitors come to the Omega showroom to be inspired. We have designed the Novus kitchens in our showroom to showcase the range and flexibility of the product in terms of the colour palette which has grown significantly, the design which uses open shelving to compliment the kitchen and exciting hidden nooks, pantries and unique storage solutions which give customers ideas and avenues to explore.”
“The colour palette includes on trend neutral shades complimented by warmer tones, nature-inspired colours, and more dramatic dark hues, plus we have a new exclusive beautiful Woodgrain Natural Oak. There are so many different door styles from slab frontal to slim shaker doors, including the new Monarch, a modern smooth five-piece painted shaker door. The new profile system gives more scope for us going forward. The price point at entry level is very affordable for what is an incredibly aspirational look.”
Omega PLC Contract Sales Director John Cahill says, “Our passion for creating quality cabinets and rightfirst-time delivery allows us to win repeat business from our customers. The Novus concept has already been welcomed by our developer partners who are looking for continuous product improvements for their customers to keep them well ahead of their competition at the quality end of the new homes market. Novus is a step up in quality of engineering with its unique profile system and its ease of installation. Novus also creates an improved finished product for the homeowner with a kitchen that is designed to be aesthetically pleasing.”
Edinburgh-based, Napier Bathroom & Interiors, has completed a prestigious bathroom project in a Georgian period property, situated on a World Heritage site in the New Town of the city.
Having lived in the house for some years, the property owners wanted to change the layout of their apartment, bringing a fresh modern feel without losing the original grandeur of the property. The brief was to respect the property’s original features whilst delivering a beautiful bathroom with modern functionality. Having reviewed the configuration of the apartment, they decided to combine the two current bathrooms to create one large room which could showcase a mix of classic and modern products with complementary accent hues to create a stunning finish.
The obvious WC choice for this brief was the 814 High-level cast cistern in white with polished brass fittings and backets from Thomas Crapper. The quality of Thomas Crapper’s products can always be assured as the items are still handmade at the UK manufacturing plant. Johnny Bacigalupo Napier’s owner comments, “Dealing with Thomas Crapper is always easy, as the company is very helpful.”
Napier Bathroom & Interiors has been designing bathrooms in Edinburgh since 2004 and won KBB Review’s UK Showroom of the Year in 2022.
For more information on Thomas Crapper, please visit www.thomas-crapper.com
KEUCO GmbH & Co. KG was founded in the Westphalian town Hemer in 1953, originally it was formed under the name Paul Keune + Co. KG. A lot has changed in the seven decades since the company was founded, but the goal and vision of the early days has remained: to make bathrooms that are both beautiful and comfortable.
KEUCO’s quality products continue to be developed and produced in Germany and the headquarters are still located in Hemer, Westphalia. The original focus was on bathroom accessories, but KEUCO has continuously expanded, revised and supplemented its range and today offers an abundant range of fittings, accessories, mirror cabinets, washbasins and bathroom furniture all “made in Germany”.
After all these years KEUCO knows how to skilfully merge tradition with innovation to create outstanding bathrooms and have collected numerous design prizes for its innovative bathroom furnishing concepts and products along the way
KEUCO products are sold across the globe, they have more than 500 employees worldwide working as a well-coordinated team, contributing to the positioning of KEUCO in the premium segment of the sanitary industry.
The company is still family run and owned as 100 % of the company shareholders are all members of the original founders. Today, KEUCO is managed by Lubert Winnecken and he is assisted by a management committee, this team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business.
This continuity means the employees consider themselves to be part of an extended family business, one that values its employees and understands that it is the combination of the company’s historical knowledge with individual expertise that creates the KEUCO brand.
They know that in order to be successful in the long term, you must have happy employees working to develop products that creates satisfied customers.
April 1953 Foundation of Paul Keune & Co. KG. Six employees manufacture the first hardware fittings for bathrooms.
1959 The company achieves sales of DM 1 million for the first time.
1960 Construction of the first own factory building.
1961 Development of the first own DE LUXE series.
1962 Market launch of high-quality metal mirror cabinets.
1967 Development of the ELEGANCE series - with over 40 million items sold, the most successful series in the world.
1975 Luigi Colani, the most famous designer in Germany at the time, develops the first revolutionary bathroom design with accessories, light and mirrors made by KEUCO.
1987 Takeover of the largest competitor Turk + Bolte from Iserlohn.
1988 Market launch of bathroom furniture. The solitaire cabinet Sesam becomes an icon of modern bathroom furniture.
1995 Takeover of the metal goods factory TWICK + LEHRKE, Gütersloh, market leader for mirror cabinets in Germany.
1999 Start of development of the world ‘s biggest equipment concept PLAN.
2002 Market launch of water-conducting fittings.
2005 First complete bathroom EDITION 300 (fittings, accessories, mirror cabinets, washbasins and bathroom furniture).
2008 Acquisition of the company LUDEWIG, Bünde, furniture producer.
2009 Market launch of PLAN b_free - the furnishing concept for the bathroom in a universal design with the aim of creating beautiful bathrooms for all life situations.
2011 Launch of the successful EDITION 11, designed by Dominik Tesseraux.
2015 Market launch of the innovative fitting series IXMO.
2016 In cooperation with TEAM 7, EDITION LIGNATUR is created, a luxurious bathroom furnishing concept with furniture made of natural wood.
2021 KEUCO produces and achieves an annual turnover of approximately 140 million euros with around 500 employees.
2023 Market launch of AXESS developed in cooperation with the design agency Studio F. A. Porsche.
2023 KEUCO headquarters in Hemer today.
2023 KEUCO celebrates 70th company anniversary.
Schlüter ®-Systems offers a comprehensive and well-engineered range of product solutions for the creation of waterproof, safe, comfortable and attractive tiled surfaces in a wide variety of settings.
Established in Germany in 1966, Schlüter-Systems is a family-owned business with a wealth of experience in meeting the aspirations of clients, consultants and contractors involved in the construction, conversion or renovation of both interior and exterior environments.
The company has already earned a reputation for style and reliability amongst architects, interior designers, contractors and other specifiers involved in commercial, retail, leisure, residential and other types of development. With reliability being a key benefit across the portfolio, many of the company’s 10,000 product lines find applications in the most challenging conditions, with bathrooms and wetrooms being areas of speciality.
Wherever the situation and whatever the substrate, Schlüter-Systems can provide an answer with underlayments like its innovative Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD which
is able to span varied or irregular surfaces, including masonry and timber; while there is a selection of matting and membranes developed to waterproof and safeguard tiles from movement and moisture ingress. Profiles can further protect edges or achieve trip-free transitions in level, while areas such as bathrooms, kitchens or living spaces can be optimised with a choice of underfloor heating systems.
Schlüter-Systems’ complete range can be explored on the company’s website and there are also technical advisory and site support teams operating from the UK headquarters in Coalville, Leicestershire.
The company has plans in place to grow its impressive turnover in the UK, strengthening its position as the premier supplier of tiling and waterproofing products, through superior service and quality. In the words of the founder, Werner Schlüter: “Our products cannot be sold, they must be understood.”
For further information, call 01530 813396 or visit www.schluter.co.uk
SCHLÜTER®-SYSTEMS SUPPLYING STYLISH, FAILSAFE TILING AND WATERPROOFING PRODUCTS ACROSS MULTIPLE MARKETS
“Our products cannot be sold; they must be understood.”
Accolades from the expert juries for the complete bathroom manufacturer’s outstanding design quality
Duravit was hailed the “winner” five times in the “Product Design 2023” category: Sebastian Herkner’s Zencha designer bathroom collection, the Tulum faucet range designed by Philippe Starck, and Duravit’s own Sustano shower tray all won over the distinguished Red Dot Design Award jury. The 133-member, independent and international jury of experts of the iF DESIGN AWARD was also won over by Zencha and the Duravit No. 1 campaign, awarding Duravit two “Winners”.
The accomplished Zencha bathroom collection by Sebastian Herkner is inspired by traditional Japanese rituals and craftsmanship. Above-counter basins with a gentle outwards slope and generously proportioned bathtubs meet minimalist furniture – outstanding design quality that won over the juries at the Red Dot Award. The collection, already the recipient of a German Design Award, was crowned the “winner” at the Red Dot Award and iF DESIGN AWARD.
The monolithic design of the Tulum by Philippe Starck faucet series – reduced to its elementary components – skillfully creates accents and is hugely adaptable. Available in two color options,
Tulum impresses with a balanced composition of round and square shapes to create an impression of visual clarity. Its iconic shape and sheer elegance were also crowned the “winner” in the Red Dot Award’s “Product Design 2023” category.
Sustano: Recyclable and customizable shower tray
Sustano by Duravit, the first recyclable shower tray, comes in six colors and is very easy to customize and cut to size. The Sustano can be installed flush with the floor, semi-recessed or on the floor tiles depending on structural factors and personal preference. The elegant, calm design language of the shower tray, made from the sustainable material DuroCast Nature, also sufficiently impressed the distinguished jury of the Red Dot Award to be crowned the “winner”.
The Duravit No. 1 campaign expresses that life does not end at the bathroom door. Not even when you’re just starting out – in your first home or shared apartment. Duravit promises an upgrade for every day and keeps this promise with the Duravit No. 1 complete bathroom series in the entry-level segment. t. Saint Elmo’s concept convinced the jury of experts of the iF DESIGN AWARD to award the creative product campaign of Duravit No. 1 as “Winner”.
Construction has started on a solar farm in Retford supported by leading building products manufacturer Forterra.
The solar power project is developed by the global solar energy firm Lightsource bp, who have also included plans to actively improve the ecology of the site once construction has been completed. Alongside protection measures to preserve the existing bird and badger populations and safeguard hedgerows, enhancement measures are being implemented to strengthen the woodland and create habitats suitable for amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates.
With construction expected to complete within a year, Forterra has taken significant steps to a sustainable future, and from 2025, the Northampton head-quartered brick, block and concrete producer will source 70% of its electricity needs from the solar farm.
This sector-leading investment will provide renewable energy to Forterra’s 17 sites for 15 years, delivering annual carbon savings of 14,000 tonnes, equivalent to the energy usage of 13,500 households.
Zosia Riesner, Director of Power Markets for Europe, Lightsource bp, said, “Forterra is showing real industry leadership with this deal, which will significantly reduce the carbon emissions of its operations. Solar power plays a key role within the energy transition through its affordability and scalability. This partnership with Forterra demonstrates how industries and corporations can decarbonise at pace while securing future pricing predictability by choosing solar.”
The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Lightsource bp and Forterra will be
facilitated by Dutch energy company Eneco, a licensed supplier in the UK.
Neil Ash, Forterra’s Chief Executive, said, “We’re delighted to see progress in our efforts to reach net-zero in our operations and achieve our ambitious ESG targets. Rather than relying on green energy generated by others, we are actually investing in a dedicated source of renewable energy generation, helping to decarbonise the grid, something that is critical to the UK’s net zero journey. We also aim to generate another 10% of our electricity requirement from our own on-site solar and wind renewables by 2025.
“Between 2010-19 we reduced our carbon emissions by 22% and have pledged to reduce them by a further 32% by 2030.”
The investment follows a series of other important measures announced by Forterra as it looks to reduce its carbon footprint, including a reduction in single use plastic used to wrap its products, the use of HVO (bio diesel) fuel to power all its mobile machinery at its Measham facility, the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles in its car fleet and a £21 million investment in its haulage fleet further advancing towards becoming entirely Euro 6 compliant.
Forterra is also currently developing the largest and most efficient brick factory in Europe at its Desford plant in Leicestershire, which will also benefit from on-site solar panels.
For more information visit www.forterra.co.uk.
As the latest market research from Statista shows most UK consumers aged 16-44 are more likely to buy from a brand with strong eco credentials, we speak with Paul Illingworth, Design Manager at Abode, on how the company is helping to save the planet with its latest environmental and social framework…
We believe it is our responsibility to effectively convey our commitment in these areas and as more manufacturers are investing in eco-friendly initiatives to design products, source materials and increase energy efficiency, it makes perfect sense for designers to partner with these types of brands so you can greenify your project portfolio with the introduction of recommended third-party eco credentials.
In my experience, sustainability can be used as a great USP to attract new customers and potentially reach a more environmentally aware audience who may have been previously unaware of you. In fact, a study from Simon-Kucher & Partners states 33% of UK consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products and services, indicating that the ethical shopper is willing to pay an average of 25% more for greener alternatives.
Part of our ongoing ESG strategy and corporate responsibility to reduce and offset its emissions, 125 state-of-the-art Solar Photovoltaic Panels have been installed on one of our building’s large south-facing roofs, which offers a combined output of 50k/watt every hour. The energy generated from the newly installed Solar Panels will produce enough electricity to independently power the Barnsley site, as well as produce surplus energy during the summer months to sell back to the National Grid.
We are also really proud to announce that as part of a 2022 Scope 1 and 2 assessment on emissions, our carbon output has reduced by 60% since 2018! In
March 2022, we celebrated another environmental milestone by becoming PlanetMark certified as Carbon Neutral, bolstered by our commitment to cut our carbon footprint by a further 5% by spring 2023; equating to 1.95 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent).
The Abode leadership team has set three SMART targets (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) as part of the carbon management plan to secure wins for our employees and the environment: Solar Energy, electrification of the company fleet to ensure that all vehicles will be hybrid or electric hybrid by 2025, reducing emissions by 51%, and an amended Business Travel Policy meaning that online conferencing will be used where practical.
With the solar panels fully functional on the roof, our next step was to install charging points for electric vehicles to ensure we can benefit from the power generated from this on-site installation. This change has helped to avoid
around 17,500 kilos of CO2 emissions annually, as the company continues its journey towards Net Zero Carbon. All office lighting has been converted to LED and sensor installations to use electricity more efficiently, saving energy and helping to protect the planet.
Sustainability means more to us than just ‘green’ products, it is an integral part of how we manage our business so that we can continue to make a positive impact throughout our business, the environment and our many customers as an ethical partner of choice.
A great example of this is through our recent partnership with British Mauritian TV Chef, Restaurateur and Cookery Author, Shelina Permalloo. Working together to make the UK kitchen a healthy, safe and sustainable environment to cook in, Shelina continues to share her culinary expertise and delicious recipes with Abode customers and demonstrate why a Pronteau hot water tap is the latest must-have for the expedient home cook.
Our work with Shelina Permalloo continues to raise awareness on the virtues of having one of our Pronteau hot water taps in the kitchen and utility space, with a view to inspire change, and make it easy to prep, cook, eat and hydrate at home, so UK homeowners and property developers can be kinder to themselves and the planet.”
Shelina Permalloo, Brand Ambassador of Pronteau by Abode says, “My motto in life is ‘good health is about having fun, eating well and living well’ but most importantly, it’s the enjoyment of preparing, cooking and serving healthy and delicious food for you, your friends and family that won’t leave you feeling guilty. With this in mind, I am proud to be the face of Pronteau in 2023, and spread the word that a hot water tap by Abode is a stylish and safe way to elevate your home cooking.
My Pronteau has changed my life and has fast become my new favourite gadget in the kitchen for boiling, steaming and poaching ingredients, as well as making hot or filtered cold drinks at the perfect temperature. Designed with exclusive safety features and easy operation, Pronteau offers 75°C to 98°C steaming hot water on demand, saving me precious time when I need to make meals for me and my daughter in a rush! Plus, the patented HotKey technology also gives me peace of mind as I can store the HotKey fob safely out of reach and turn my Pronteau into an ordinary 3-way mixer tap, which is great when I am not home.”
Shelina is the first culinary expert to feature in the new lifestyle section, Cook with Pronteau by Abode, which offers online visitors the chance to watch, listen and learn how Pronteau really can benefit both their home and lifestyle for the better.
For further info, please contact Abode: call 01226 283 434, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.abodedesigns.co.uk www.pronteau.co.uk
A shade that embodies natural beauty and organic elegance, green surfaces have become an increasingly popular choice for interior designers and homeowners alike. From captivating bedroom feature walls and bathroom panels to eye-catching kitchen splashbacks, this natureinspired shade will bring a natural and exquisite essence to interiors of all styles.
Featuring green, grey and white marbling, Fusion Green is a spectacular Brazilian Quartzite that offers the perfect alternative to the more common Italian surface choices. The hint of green in the veining injects a sense of nature into interiors and will act as a wonderful statement within a sage green Shaker-style kitchen as well as in a luxurious boutique-inspired bedroom setting.
As bathrooms become increasingly akin to at-home spa sanctuaries, the incorporation of more nature-inspired materials and design concepts has become more prevalent. A unique brecciated schist with a beautiful shimmering sparkle from within the stone, the Emerald Glitter Brazilian granite will add arresting detail to a bathing space, in particular when complemented with a dark, luxurious colour palette. With cloud shaped forms that resemble the look of a lush green leaf under the
microscope, Verde Vitoria is another Brazilian quartzite that will create a sense of connection to the outside world. With colours running from dark rich green through to brighter sage and acid green pops, team this stone with lighter surfaces and dark accents for a bathroom that will transport you to a calming state of serenity.
Nothing catches the eye quite like a statement splashback in the kitchen. For a striking yet understated introduction of green, consider a dramatic Onyx surface to contrast against a clean, white scheme. Onyx Smeraldo is a transluscent stone characterised by powerful striations of greens, reds and browns, and is guaranteed to add the wow-factor to the heart of the home. A quartzite with depth,
Caravaggio displays a range of reddish and brown hues in a mesmerising pattern, with striking veins of white and grey throughout. Ideal for more luxe-inspired kitchen settings, this unique material will add a refined essence to the finished scheme.
Sourcing some of the world’s most exotic and finest materials, Cullifords’ range of exceptional fine quality stone is guaranteed to help you make a truly stunning statement. From kitchen splashbacks and worktops to bathroom walls and surfaces, the arresting detail, rare colouring and striking patterns of Cullifords’ stones will transform your interior into an extraordinarily distinctive setting.
Elica, the marketing-leading Italian designer of cooker hoods and extractor hobs, will be bringing its show trailer and a number of brand-new appliances across Europe to Brewhouse Yard in the heart of the action at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week 23-25 May
The show trailer will be the first opportunity for UK designers, kitchen studios and interior designers to see LHOV, a brand-new product that integrates hob, hood and a revolutionary extractor oven in a single appliance. The design of LHOV will complement and enhance modern kitchen design, whilst providing extraction that removes vapours and odours not only from the hob but from the oven as well. The extraction system has been discreetly hidden, while the oven is positioned under the hob at the perfect height for ergonomic use.
Among other highlights will be:
NikolaTesla Unplugged the latest extractor hob which brings together the elegance of the hugely successful NikolaTesla Switch and the benefits of analogue control. NikolaTesla Unplugged is controlled through fixed clickrelease knobs with analogue touch and feel which provide instantaneous and intuitive access to all its features. All elements are incorporated into a boldlined appearance, developed to intelligently separate the cooking zone from the control area
The new range of VIRTUS ovens and RATIO hobs which fuse high performance and Elica’s uniquely elegant design language.
Veritas - Elica’s brand new built-in wine coolers
The Elica show trailer will also display many more of the iconic NikolaTesla extractor hobs and of course a selection from Elica’s huge range of discrete ceiling, ultra slim wall-mounted and minimalist built-in cooker hoods able to satisfy the requirements of every plan and style of home.
When looking for kitchen design ideas, it’s easy to play it safe with a neutral scheme, but a bold blue kitchen offers so much more. Whether you opt for mid toned, light or navy blue kitchen cabinets, follow these five steps to make sure you get the best out of this popular shade.
According to colour psychology, blue is associated with calmness, serenity and, often creativity, making it a great choice for a busy space like the kitchen. Darker blues may seem like a bold choice, but inky petrol colours are easy to work with when it comes to putting together a scheme. Starting with Moonlight Blue kitchen cabinets from Masterclass Kitchens as your focus, you could then team them with cabinets in a neutral shade, chosen from Scots Grey, Light Grey, Dust Grey or Highland Stone, and choose a worktop to add further contrast. Instead of a blank canvas, your kitchen will have a truly unique design.
If you think a deep blue door colour is too bold to work with traditional kitchen styles, put your scepticism to one side. Moonlight Blue from Masterclass Kitchens is a deep, rich and surprisingly adaptable shade. It’s guaranteed
to enhance the traditional grained effect of classic Shaker Hatfield units. When paired with an island in Highland Stone and plaster-coloured walls you’ll have a rustic effect with a touch of nostalgia.
Modern design enthusiasts, on the other hand, could opt for the sleek new matt finish Padstow range with hardwearing vinyl-wrapped cabinet doors. Finished in Moonlight Blue and with a marble countertop it will achieve a completely different outcome. The straight lines and minimalist design will look fresh and unmistakably modern. As a plus, this look is still easy to soften with accessories and furnishings.
Up next are the detailing and accessories which, despite being a small component, can totally alter how Moonlight Blue kitchen cabinets appear. Typically, knob or cup handles will emphasise a nostalgic kitchen look. Add an intricate cornice and brass fittings to hone in on the warm, comforting kitchen aesthetic. Extras to enhance the effect include a plate rack and wine display unit. In contrast, for a contemporary blue kitchen choose Edge pull handles and glass door panels to bring Padstow units to the cutting edge of kitchen design.
The best kitchen designs have a dramatic feature as a highlight to a familiar array of units. Masterclass Kitchens offers a whole range of Signature Collection pieces to help you think outside the box. For a flavour of Downton Abbey and a whole host of storage, consider a Lansbury corner pantry. It features a rounded edge, giving a traditional flavour. If you prefer cleaner lines, the Hathaway pantry contains a range of shelf options, pigeonholes, drawers and wine racks so you can match the storage to your personal preference.
Visit masterclasskitchens.co.uk to explore more options for blue kitchens.
In 2023, so far, activities such as internal fit-out, refurbishment and maintenance have continued to do well but new-build project starts have struggled to get out of the ground. This is reflected in the Construction Products Association (CPA) latest state of trade survey, for the first quarter (Q1) of 2023 Q1.
For a third consecutive quarter a fall in sales for heavy side producers contrasted with an 11th consecutive quarter of growth for manufacturers on the light side. The performance of heavy product sales – bricks, concrete, aggregate etc – is also partly down to the rain seen in January and March, the CPA economists suggest.
In 2023 Q1, a balance of 7% of heavy side manufacturers reported that sales of construction products decreased. For light side manufacturers a balance of 44% reported that product sales rose, extending a run of growth that began in 2020 Q3.
Forward-looking sales expectations improved but the strength of demand in construction remains the key concern for sales over the next 12 months.
Both heavy and light side manufacturers anticipate an increase in sales over the next 12 months, although with consumer-focused sectors of construction expected
to bear the brunt of an economic slowdown, activity is likely to be concentrated in infrastructure, energy efficiency retrofit and commercial refurbishments.
CPA head of construction research Rebecca Larkin said: “Heavy side manufacturers recorded another quarter of falling sales as the slowing economy and high construction cost inflation continued to lead to reticence over new project starts. Heavy rain and bad weather in both January and March will also have slowed down the external and structural works that heavy side products flow into. By contrast, interior and fit-out work that focuses more on light side products was able to continue largely unhindered and demand remains strong in any case, underpinned by large offices and commercial refurbishment projects.
“In terms of the economy, there was greater stability in Q1 following the post-mini budget turmoil at the end of 2022, which has improved manufacturers’ views for the 12 months ahead. The split in fortunes across construction is likely to continue, however, with housing and other consumer-focused sectors set for a struggle against a backdrop of falling real incomes and interest rate rises, whereas larger-scale refurbishment activity continues to be driven by energy efficiency considerations and new models of hybrid home-office working.”
Nothing reveals what is going on in the construction industry quite as clear as the pattern of sales of building products.
Concretene has been developed by Nationwide Engineering Research & Development (NERD) in partnership with the University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).
NERD has now secured backing from consulting engineer Arup and graphene supplier Black Swan Graphene. The deal with Arup –through Ove Arup Ventures Ltd – provides 4.2% equity in NERD in exchange for collaboration and expertise towards global roll-out of the technology.
Black Swan and NERD have swapped 5% equity with each other. Black Swan produces graphene powders, derived from graphite, tailored for the concrete industry. Based in Canada, was spun out of the UK construction chemicals group Thomas Swan & Co in 2021.
Rob Hibberd, chief executive of Nationwide Engineering Research & Development, said: “We see Concretene as the first product of many that this partnership will develop, with progress in paints, polymers and asphalt already in advanced stages as well.”
Arup director Matt Lovell said: “Continued innovation in the production of concrete can drive the construction industry’s journey towards net zero carbon emissions. Supporting that transformative change with our NERD partnership furthers Arup’s goal of shaping a better, more sustainable world.
“We look forward to using our commercial know-how and deep expertise in the built environment to help NERD’s innovators realise the full potential of Concretene.”
Black Swan president Simon Marcotte said: “The partnerships announced today are poised to have far-reaching implications for the global concrete industry. By leveraging the exceptional performance of the NERD process and Arup’s expertise, reach and leadership, this integrated supply chain can provide a turnkey solution and revolutionize the concrete industry on a global scale.
“Considering that concrete is the second-most-utilised material on earth, surpassed only by water, it is difficult to imagine a more exciting opportunity. I am very optimistic about the impact of this collaboration and its potential to catalyse sustainable and innovative practices in the industry.”
NERD envisages a three-year journey to full commercial roll-out of Concretene to the construction industry. The sales pitch for Concretene is primarily environmental: with Concretene added, the cement content of concrete can be reduced by 50% and less steel reinforcement is required.
The commercial development of a graphene-enhanced admixture for concrete has been given a boost by investment in the start-up company behind it.
21st and 22nd November 2023
Barrettine who were launching new products at the P&D Show is already making plans to be at the Show next year.
Last year’s Paint and Decorating show was excellent! Over the two days it was incredibly busy, we had quality discussions with both trade users and major retailers throughout. Live demonstrations were on show for our two market leading Paint removers, Peelaway the original poultice removal system capable of removing up to 32 layers of paint in one go and Paint Panther our super fast gel formula, great for removing metalised paints and it will remove 5 layers of paint or varnish in just 5 minutes.
There was also particular interest in our newly launched Armourflex Hardwax Oil which contains a blend of natural oils and waxes. It is suitable for protecting and enhancing the durability of all interior wood surfaces including hardwood, softwood, parquet and veneer and has excellent resistant to common stains. Armourflex Hardwax Oil has also been certified Food & Toy safe by EN 1186:2002 & EN71:3.
Finally, and just about to be released Barrrettine, Armourflex UV
Protection Oil containing a careful balance of UV absorbers and antioxidants, designed to capture the damaging UV rays from the sun and dissipate them safely as heat. In this way, the UV Protection Oil is able to defend the wood against greying and impart a subtle, enhanced warmth to its appearance, perfect for protecting exterior wood such as cladding.
The Arches is a set of 6 new terraced town houses set in the Dartmouth Park conservation area in North-West London. The site is just down the road from the famous Grove Terrace, one of the most beautiful Georgian terraces in London
It all started with a two-year planning process, we had to win every single argument no matter how small or large to justify the proposal. Then a further 2 years in construction just as the global Pandemic started. So over the last 4 / 5 years, this project was such a big part of our lives. Our place to go while the whole world fell apart through Brexit, Covid and the many wars going on in the world. Many different people from all walks of life came together and built something. We all dragged the metaphorical cart up the hill together while wearing blinkers to world affairs.
Our initial design idea was inspired by the historic green lung of open green spaces along the Highgate Road, our earliest discussion with Camden was to relink the 2 open public green spaces either side of the site. This meant reinstating the green lung as close to how it was back in 1873. A futuristic Victorian throw back!
The new architecture itself was a careful response to the comments of the Local Design Review Panel, (A
panel of local academics, planners, architects, designers). With David growing up in the area and Daniel having lived nearby, the design was developed firstly on instinct. We felt it was appropriate to have a small mass at the rear, using local London stock brick formed in arches to reference the local colours and the railway arches that sit directly to the site.
Many railway arches / tunnels / bridges crisscross the site and it just felt right to reference this important infrastructure. At University we explored the notion of the complete rejection of context to focus solely on explorative architecture, but in this project, we feel that we did both - the context made for a radical exploration of the architecture. We undertook a study of local buildings in and around the local area.
All these buildings show, in various forms, the evolution of Neo-Classical British Architecture, emulating the classical Venetian Pallazzo’s, Palladian and Inigo Jones’ architectural language. These buildings highlight a strong mixture of rectangles and arches set within a brick canvas that are common within the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area.
Of particular interest is the Roman arches and the use of a rendered rusticated base on the ground floor. Key Principles from this historic grain led us to refining the existing design properties in the area to its purest forms, the rectangle and arch - key ingredients of the design process. The new houses are positioned only marginally higher than the original petrol station, and this allows light to reach the ground floor windows of neighbouring Denyer House behind.
A green roof covers all of the houses so that the residents high up behind look down on to wildflowers and greenery creating a habitat for various birds and insects/wildlife.
During the public consultation in the planning stages of the project, Interestingly, one of the main comments back from the consultation was that the abandoned graffiti looking petrol station of the current site attracts anti-social behaviours
and that the residents would welcome life to that empty sometimes dangerous part of College Lane when at night, now completed we hope the new homes will bring life to this part of the College Lane.
The Construction & Sustainability.
The Old Petrol station that has been on that site since the 1950s was marked by the council as negative contributor to the local conservation area, with its large forecourt and oversized canopy blocking long views through and across the site. Cleaning up the contaminated site became a valuable benefit of this project.
The first port of call was to completely remove the old 1950s petrol tanks safely, removing any contaminated earth then covering this over with new open safe green public space. We used as much timber framed construction as possible.
The Planners requested that we dig down into the ground to create a subterranean structure, so the retaining walls are all reinforced concrete, but inside this sits a lightweight prefabricated timber structure was constructed off site then assembled in days. light weight steel cross bracing holds the giant arches in place.
A green roof was installed to harvest rainwater and photovoltaics are installed on the roof to add renewable power to the homes. We sourced an Ibstock Bexhill Red Multi brick for the facade work and explored brick bonding patterns to differentiate the different areas of the building and give order to each facade.
The Arches themselves were cast in concrete off site under controlled factory conditions rather
than traditional arches made from wet construction. These concrete arches were then clad with brick slips. The Dwellings / Layout. Each house is around 130sqm2 with 3/4 bedrooms and a study and garden room. The proposed dwellings have a similar layout, with entrances to the units from College Lane.
As the land slopes, the entrance to the units is either flush with pathway or accessed via a stepped entrance. All properties benefit from a front garden that incorporates a private bin storage area, entranceway and lightwell to illuminate the rooms that face onto College Lane at lower ground floor level. The lower ground level provides a further two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a lightwell to the College Lane facade.
The basement level comprises an open plan living / kitchen space and opens out onto the sunken rear garden that looks onto Highgate Road and the newly created grassed area. Because of the stepped nature of the site, this lower level does not feel like a basement and the living spaces enjoy a secluded feel with plenty of access to natural light despite sitting close to the main road. www.thedhaus.com
Richard Pedranti is an architect specialising in environmentally conscious building strategies. His firm, Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), has the ability to create beautiful buildings that achieve the rigorous Passive House standard.
Combining intelligent modern design and 21st Century building
standards, RPA creates extraordinary places that exist in harmony with the environment and fulfil the unique aspirations of each client.
A retired couple from New York approached Pedranti to design a modern, energy efficient weekend retreat home in Spring Lake, New Jersey. They had made the decision to tear the existing 2,000 square
‘The CUPACLAD® installation, my first as a specifier, was excellent’ – the words of an innovative American architect after using the CUPA PIZARRAS product.
foot structure down and replace it with a Net Zero residence that could be accessible for weekends year-round.
The residence won the Architectural Excellence COTE Award 2020, granted by AIA Pennsylvania for the performance of the building for the health and wellness of the occupants and the environment where it is placed.
Richard explains: “I look at new products almost every day, many of which are used for cladding. For this project, we initially considered an attractive new plastic product, which fit visually with the building’s planned design as well as with the surrounding landscape.
“After testing this product, it wasn’t nearly as durable as required for an all-weather rainscreen system.”
Matt Berk, of EcoSupply, introduced RPA to CUPACLAD®, a natural slate rainscreen system new to the USA, but highly successful throughout Europe and Scandinavia for years.
Ironically, the large windows specified for this house were also a product provided by EcoSupply.
The CUPACLAD ® 101 Logic rainscreen system has invisible connectors that make this stunning natural slate a major attraction of any facade.
This cladding offers any facade balance, always complementing other materials while sporting natural slate’s inimitable texture and sheen.
Consisting of 40×20 cm (roughly 16” x 8”) slates installed horizontally, CUPACLAD ® ’s 101 series offers a single fastening system with
self-drilling screws, which ensure optimal installation for decades, while remaining invisible to avoid impacting design. CUPACLAD® slate is a sustainable natural product, which requires no maintenance whatsoever.
As well as describing the CUPACLAD ® installation as ‘excellent’, Richard adds: “From the first samples, to the presentation from Matt Berk, and the details available on the website, it was a pleasure to work with the CUPACLAD ® product line.”
For more information about CUPA PIZARRAS and the CUPACLAD ® systems, visit the CUPA PIZARRAS website.