Refurb & Developer Update - June 2020

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CONTENTS 20 Refurb & Developer Update - June 2020



Industry News


Editor’s Choice


Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades




Classified Ads


Recommended Suppliers



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Premier Inn restarts construction work on 35 sites

Premier Inn owner Whitbread is reopening 35 construction sites in England and Wales to restart building work on its pipeline of new hotels. Sites under construction include new build hotels led by Whitbread’s in-house construction team or by external development partners, as well as extensions to existing Premier Inn hotels. Work represents more than 4,500 rooms scheduled to open from 2020 up to the end of the 2022-23 financial year. Whitbread’s development team has been working closely with its construction partners to put in place additional measures on sites to protect workers and the general public.

Alex Flach, UK Development Director at Whitbread, said: “Despite the challenges currently facing the hospitality industry, our ambition to continue to grow the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn brands has not changed. “That starts with making progress with our construction sites across the country and bringing new hotels to the locations our customers want them.” Whitbread is also preparing to resume work at its four construction sites in Scotland once the Scottish Government confirms it is safe to do so.

London £130m Old Kent Road scheme approved Developers Avanton and Urban & Provincial have gained planning approval for two residential blocks on Old Kent Road in South London. Architect Farrells designed the 262 flats in two towers, of 19 and 10 storeys, which form the final piece of Ruby Triangle scheme. The project also includes a new public park, private and community amenity

space, associated car and cycle parking.

bed homes, corresponding to local family housing needs.

This new residential offer will provide 40% affordable housing, a significant amount of which are three and four

Omer Weinberger, Chief Executive of Avanton said: “Avanton is committed to our extensive regeneration plans on Old Kent Road, with a trio of important sites that will bring new homes, amenities and public space to the area. “We are delighted that Southwark Council has approved our plans for the redevelopment of the former Carpetright site into a new £130m scheme. Works are planned to begin in early 2021 with completion in late 2022.


Navigating a way through the Crisis Bond It Builds in the Community Bond It, one of the UK’s fastest growing manufacturers of sealants, adhesives and building chemicals, has, adapted and evolved forging ahead in a world dramatically changed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bond It’s adhesive was used in the construction of a 500-bed capacity NHS Nightingale Hospital the Harrogate Convention Centre by one of our major customers. It was opened on 21st April by Captain Tom Moore, the then 99-year-old army veteran who at the time had raised more £27M to support health service workers. Bond It has formulated a Hand Sanitiser and a Hand and Surface Sanitiser in response to the upsurge in demand for these products.

Manufactured to approved WHO formulation, these are now available throughout our network of Independent Merchants. Supporting one of its chosen local charities Bond It recently donated 100 bottles of sanitiser to NHS Overgate Hospice, Elland who have been providing palliative care to the Calderdale community since 1981. Jess Bailey, Events Fundraiser at the Hospice commented ‘A huge thank you to Bond It for kindly donating 100 bottles of Hand Sanitiser to the Hospice. This will help our doctors

and nurses continue to care for our patients during these unsettling times. Thank you for your continued support.’ For more information on Bond It contact our Sales Team on 01422 315300 or visit


Plans go in for 42 acre London food market

The City of London Corporation has submitted a planning application to create a new home for Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets at Dagenham Dock.

The submission to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) paves the way for the transformation of the former Barking Reach power station site. Construction will create the country’s largest wholesale food market across 42 acres of industrial land. Designs by architects Chetwoods will provide market tenants with

new modern facilities alongside a new food school to train the next generation of traders, butchers, fishmongers and fruiterers. If consent is granted, the City Corporation will be required to submit a series of detailed planning applications to the LBBD, with the target of opening the new markets by 2025/2026.

James Tumbridge, Chairman of the City Corporation’s Markets Committee, said: “As we look beyond the current pandemic, it is so important to invest in the future and help recovery. “These plans aim to provide an exciting new home for our markets at Dagenham Dock that will safeguard their long-term future, securing jobs.”


Adding a Continental Twist

Greg Godeau has been taken on as Commercial Manager starting with the Company in May this year. Originally from the Alps region in France, Greg has worked in the UK for over 20 years in various industries including the Textile, Homewares, Medical & Chemical sectors. Greg has a strong passion for Export and market growth and the various industries he has worked in have allowed him to deal with customers and distributors worldwide and gain a strong knowledge of market differences, customer specificities and diversification of applications. “I am really excited to join Bond It, a dynamic company with a clear vision and strong core values, as Commercial Manager where I will work alongside the already existing strong teams in our Export and Marketing departments to further develop our presence outside of the UK and keep on consolidating the strength of our brand. “

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SES Engineering Services MD steps down The Wates Group has today announced Jason Knights, managing director of SES Engineering Services, is leaving the business. Knights plans to take on new challenges elsewhere Knights will continue to lead the MEP business while a successor is found and will help in the transition to new management. He leaves as Wates enters redundancy consultations to slim the group business down by around 300 staff, many expected to come from the SES business. Knights said: “I’ve worked with some incredible teams throughout my time at Wates, and I’m immensely proud of the role I’ve played in helping establish SES as a leading specialist contractor. However, the time is right to take on new

challenges elsewhere, and I’m confident the business will continue delivering innovation to the UK’s MEP sector, as well as support the success of the Wates Group.” Knights joined the private building group 10 years ago from Mace where he had been an MEP operations director. He was initially a regional services director for Wates Construction in London. Later he developed Wates’ in-house mechanical, engineering and plumbing division, Wates Building Services before becoming managing director of SES in 2017, following its acquisition from the Shepherd Group in 2015.

During this time, Knights has helped spearhead the firm’s expansion into new and emerging sectors including high-tech builds, as well as the growth and relocation of its offsite manufacturing facility, Prism. Paul Chandler, Group Managing Director, Wates Construction Group, said: “After 10 great years, Jason has now decided to pursue other opportunities outside of the Wates Group, and we wish him the very best for his future endeavours. “I would personally like to thank him for the support he has given to the construction board and for helping to establish SES as an acknowledged leader in its field.”

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The IPG congratulate Roman for hitting record breaking numbers at KBB 2020 Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has revealed its delight at hitting record breaking numbers at the UK’s main bathroom event, KBB, earlier this month. The IPG, the largest and fastest growing membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists was one of the first to share in their delight. Roman Showers are one of The IPG suppliers who made an impressive impact at KBB with record numbers hitting their stand. Visitors were able to view Roman’s British manufactured products, including new launches and a range of innovative developments, demonstrating the company’s full range of capabilities and vast experience within the UK market. Roman were also thrilled with the news that their newly launched Liberty Fluted Glass Wetroom Panels had been selected by Designer Magazine as one of the most innovative products at KBB 2020 and featured in the event’s Design Trail. Glenn Fisher Managing Director at The IPG said “Roman has been designing and manufacturing showering solutions for over 35 years, and are known in the industry for their quality, precision and craftsmanship. Their

stand at KBB demonstrated beautifully their diverse, versatile and innovative products which offer a range of options for every style of bathroom. Roman’s Liberty Fluted Glass Wetroom Panels clearly deserved one of the ‘most innovative product’ titles at KBB, awarded by Designer Magazine.” Roman also introduced Innov8 Sliders and Innov8 Curved Quadrants which have extremely clever running systems and fast fix installation design - the obvious visual aspect is their availability in a matt black finish as well as silver chrome, this shows how mainstream matt black is now becoming in the market. The range features 8mm thick glass on the sliding doors and the large one door curved quadrants. Another featured launch on the Roman stand was their new Liberty Black Grid Hinged Door with an In-Line Panel which slots into the stunning Liberty range and is available in four colours: matt black, silver chrome, brushed nickel and polished nickel. David Osborne, Managing Director at Roman said: “It was a tiring but very enjoyable 4-day event seeing so many customers; old and new. We hope the event will be a great kick start for 2020.”

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Snickers New Stretch Work Shorts Comfortable and Lightweight Work Shorts for the flexible working environment - designed to deliver superior comfort and freedom of movement. Fabric, Functionality and Fit are hallmarks of Snickers Workwear, it’s the innovation and fabric technology in the design of the new Stretch Shorts for men and women that really set these new garments apart. These new AllroundWork and FLEXIWork shorts are great for working in the warmer months. Delivering superior flexibility and comfort, these lightweight work shorts come in a body-mapping design and a range of new colours including Hi-vis options. Made from a self-ventilating stretch fabric with Cordura reinforcements for all-round mobility and durability, they’re packed with comfort and functionality and

specially designed for the fast-paced professional who’s always on the go for delivering top class work on site. For professional tradesmen and women who rely on their gear in demanding environments, Snickers Workwear Work Shorts are a must for everyone who wants the ultimate in cool comfort this summer. To get more information on what’s right for you in the Snickers Workwear range, visit the website at alternatively, email or call the Hultafors Group Helpline on 01484 854788.

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Home renovators: should you choose French, sliding or bi-folding doors? Renovation can be an exciting project to undertake, but sometimes guidance is needed when it comes to choosing the right fixtures to ensure your completed renovation is perfect.


hen it comes to choosing windows and doors, it can be a difficult task weighing up the pros and cons of each – so how do you know which to choose for your home? Here we will look at the choice between installing French, sliding or bi-folding doors in a renovation. French doors are classic For a timeless design that suits any home, French doors are ideal. This design allows easy access in and out of the home without taking up or requiring too much space. They’re ideal for small to medium sized openings in the home, so are perfect for smaller homes too.


French doors allow for more light to enter the home than a single door, which can be opened to maximise light and heat in the warmer weather. Many people assume that French doors compromise on security, however they can be easily customisable with locking systems for maximum security, making them great for many types of homeowners. Aesthetically, they’re also a great option as they are available in an array of materials, depending on your budget and style, from aluminium, PVCu and timber. Consider a chic and functional sliding door If you choose sliding doors, your indoor space will instantly feel bigger and brighter. Sliding patio doors consist of large panes of glass that allow for wonderful views to be enjoyed from inside your home as well as a fantastic breeze on a warm summer’s day when opened. Featuring clean minimalistic lines, patio doors offer both value and versatility. Just like classic French doors, they are available in both PVCu and aluminium in a range of different configurations and colours. Consider sliding patio doors from Quickslide if you’re looking for a wide garden door with a large glass area and minimalistic features to really open up your downstairs social space.

Bifolding doors can fit any size space If you’re looking to create a seamless transition between the outside and inside, bi-folding doors are the ultimate way to transform your home because they are visually stunning, whilst still featuring the best of modern-day double glazing. The doors are versatile and made to measure to fit the aperture. They’re also available in configurations of 2 panels to 8 panels, making them a suitable option for small, medium and large openings and great to incorporate into any size home. Due to the weight of the glass panels, bi-folding doors are usually only available in aluminium to guarantee strength whilst also being lightweight and smooth to transition open and close. They are considered a contemporary and modern product in a classic heritage colour but can easily fit in with a more period home. Before choosing the right doors for you to complete your renovation, ensure that you consider your house type, project type (new build or refurbishment), size of the opening and the budget that you’re working with.


COME TO US AS INFORMATION HUB FOR ANY QUERY ON UNINTERUPTED SUPPLY OF HOT WATER FOR ALL CLEANING & HYGIENE IN HEALTHCARE SITES - RINNAI Rinnai is now offering a new service - a dedicated information hub - to all essential works installers and contractors in maintaining a constant and uninterrupted flow of hot water supply to all the key and critical sites.

‘All questions and queries on maintaining constant flows of hot water for hygiene and cleaning use in all healthcare, care homes and mobile hygiene, foodservices - including any new or planned sites - can be readily directed to us as an information hub,“ says Tony Gittings of Rinnai. “I would also suggest that all installers, contractors and sites make extensive use of the digital technology and extended services we have made available to support the end user in these times of social distancing. These include our online touch points, “Ask Me a Question” and “Help me Choose” which are in operation constantly and we aim to reply as soon as possible. These digital services are combined with the additional “essential services” which are listed below.” “It is also important for the installer and end user to understand that continuous flow can readily and quickly REPLACE any other form of hot water delivery that fails or cannot cope with demand. A site doesn’t need to do what they believe is a like4like replacement - essential services sites simply needs uninterrupted and reliable flows of hot water hygiene,” adds Tony Gittings.

As long as there is a constant supply of gas and water continuous flow units are guaranteed to supply temperature controlled and useable hot water in unlimited quantities for all hygiene regimes in all types of healthcare sites, temporary accommodations and essential services. Rinnai UK has continued to be open for business throughout the current situation with staff able to take any technical enquiries via telephone or online and the company has excellent stock levels of all units in the range plus spares and accessories. Rinnai already offers the following services: •

Out of hours and weekend technical support – installers, site manager and end-users simply call 01928 531870 select technical and if the call isn’t answered immediately leave a voicemail. Response will be within one hour between 0800 – 22:30 / 7 days a week. This means that there be a technical response every day of the week. Rinnai’s Runcorn UK HQ emergency weekend opening and

sales support – will be open for emergency / essential equipment provision of new units and for spares. • Collection of new units/spares from Runcorn HQ for Saturday and Sunday. All will adopt ‘safe distancing’ in any contact for this or deliveries. • Weekend operational & sales support help line - simply call 01928 531870 and select sales and if the call isn’t answered immediately leave a voicemail and we will be back within the hour. • Emergency delivery weekends / out of hours - under “essential works” circumstances and, where possible, Rinnai will readily offer a delivery service to site. Installers can contact the company direct in gaining access to the supply of units Call 01928 531 870 or email – ‘alternatively use the smart online contact points “Help Me Choose” or “Ask Us a Question”, all held on the website homepage at



Subfloor preparation for optimum results when refurbishing floors Ensuring a professional flooring finish as part of a refurbishment involves following the basics of subfloor preparation. These situations often mean dealing with damaged or contaminated subfloors. There’s also the common problem of damp, the leading cause of floor failure, which old buildings are more prone to because they will be less likely to have a structural damp proof course in place. Neil Sanders, technical director at F. Ball and Co. Ltd., the UK’s leading manufacturer of subfloor preparation products and adhesives for floorcoverings, provides a guide to these situations.

F. Ball recommends that contractors check that subfloors are suitably sound, smooth and dry before proceeding with any floorcovering installation. In the case of refurbishments, it will frequently be necessary to deal with subfloor contamination, including adhesive residues left behind after the removal of old floorcoverings. Where excess subfloor moisture is detected, an appropriate moisture management solution should be deployed to prevent floor failure. The application of a levelling compound is then

advisable to achieve a perfectly smooth base for floorcoverings. Damaged subfloors Upon removing old floorcoverings as part of a refurbishment, contractors may discover that the subfloor is cracked or damaged. This needs to be addressed before proceeding to the next stages of subfloor preparation. Where subfloors are very badly damaged, mechanical repair of the subfloor may be necessary. The appearance of cracks should always


be investigated in case there is an underlying issue that may result in floor failure. In most cases, cracks as deep as 50mm can be filled with a repair compound. Some levelling compounds can also be filled up to 50mm when graded aggregate is added and the water content in the mix reduced. It may also be the case that contractors find a sand/cement or calcium sulphate screed has a weak or friable surface – often the result of improper installation or curing. To avoid having to completely remove a weak or friable screed by mechanical means, it may be possible to treat it using a surface reinforcement system, such as Stopgap SRS, a two-component epoxy resin reinforcement material designed to quickly stabilise and reinforce weak sand/cement or calcium sulphate screeds. Contractors simply mix the components thoroughly, pour the mixture over the weak subfloor and spread out with a rubber squeegee, working into the surface until no more liquid is absorbed. Stopgap SRS is fastacting, meaning weak screeds can be reinforced overnight to provide a base suitable for the installation of subsequent subfloor preparation products. Contamination Subfloors in older buildings may also be contaminated with oil, grease or other chemicals. In this case, the surface will need to be removed using mechanical means before applying

other floor preparation products. In the case that the subfloor is very badly contaminated, the screed may need to be completely replaced. Old adhesive residues, such as bitumen and carpet tile tackifiers, may also be present after removing old floorcoverings as part of a refurbishment project. Traditionally, contractors would have to remove these completely by mechanical means before proceeding to apply other floor preparation products and installing new floorcoverings. Recent innovations now offer a new time-saving solution for preparing subfloors where old adhesive residues are present. As long as adhesive residues are minimal and well bonded, contractors can apply a levelling compound that’s been specially formulated for use over old adhesive residues. In such cases, there’s no need to prime before applying, saving further time. F. Ball’s Stopgap Isolator Membrane offers an alternative where subfloors are contaminated and cannot be prepared by traditional methods. Stopgap Isolator Membrane is an impervious loose-lay sheet that can be laid over damp or contaminated subfloors prior to the installation of vinyl sheet, linoleum or rubber floorcoverings and bitumen backed carpet tiles. Moisture management Just as when installing floorcoverings anywhere else, flooring contractors need to be aware of the problems

posed by damp when refurbishing floors in old buildings. Excess levels of subfloor moisture can result in moisture rising up and attacking adhesives and floorcoverings, possibly causing complete floor failure. Building regulations introduced in 1965 made it a legal requirement to install a structural damp proof course in new buildings, so damp is more likely to be a concern in buildings built before this time. Even if a damp proof course is present, contractors should always conduct a moisture test to determine subfloor moisture levels before proceeding to apply subfloor preparation products, least of all because the damp proof course may have been compromised at some point in the building’s history. Where a moisture test indicates that subfloor relative humidity (RH) levels are above 75% (65% if wood floorcovering will be installed), a waterproof surface membrane will be required to suppress excess subfloor moisture levels. Epoxy waterproof surface membranes are available that will isolate excess subfloor moisture where relative humidity values are up to 98%, with a single coat application, and fully cure in as little as three hours. Next steps Once it has been determined that subfloors are suitably sound, smooth and dry, contractors can proceed with preparing the subfloor for the installation of new floorcoverings. Where an isolator membrane has not been used, this should include the application of a levelling compound to create a perfectly smooth base for the receipt of floorcoverings.



Home Refurbishments That Can Improve Your Mental Health

Jonathan Hey, Founder Aliwood.

Over the past few years there’s been an increase, long overdue it must be said, in willingness and openness to talk about mental health, and rightly so!

An estimated 1 in 6 people in the UK are thought to regularly experience a common mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. Your home should be a sanctuary, a space in which you can feel completely at ease and escape from the worries of dayto-day life. There are several additions and changes that you can make to your home that are almost certain to help boost your state of mind and maintain a more positive outlook, in even the dreariest of winter months. Aliwood are a new company specialising in bespoke roof lanterns, and the founder, Jonathan Hey, has put together this article explaining some simple changes you can make to your home that will benefit your mental wellbeing. Roof Lanterns Roof lanterns make fantastic additions to any home. They help

bathe your living spaces in natural light which has been proven to benefit your health, both mental and physical. Increased exposure to natural light leads to your body producing more serotonin, the hormone responsible for lifting your mood. Getting lots of natural light is also known to reduce symptoms of anxiety, and help those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Aliwood’s roof lanterns not only look fantastic, they will make sure you get all the natural light you need! House Plants You don’t have to be an avid gardener to keep a few small houseplants around your home. Studies have shown that tending to plants has a soothing, therapeutic effect that is rivalled by very little else. With


so many psychological stressors in today’s society - a society that is perpetually ‘switched on’ - the simple habit of looking after houseplants is a fantastic remedy. Not only that, but well-looked after houseplants look fantastic, and help keep the air you breathe much purer! Open-Plan Living If you’re able to, converting your home structurally to incorporate more open-plan living spaces is a great way of positively affecting your mental health. If open-plan living does one thing well, it’s the improvement in the flow of your home. Each component part of your property becomes infinitely more connected; becoming cogs in a larger system, rather than separate, secluded blocks. Open-plan living fosters a feeling of community

and togetherness within a family. This is incredibly important in a time where we feel more and more isolated. Pastel Colours Painting your internal walls with calming, tranquil hues is a great way to instil a little bit of zen into your home. Your living spaces become instantly more relaxing if you use lighter shades to decorate. Striking statement walls have become all the rage over the past decade, but the big, bold colours can often become imposing and overly dark. Using pastel-coloured paints mitigates that risk! Spring Cleaning Thanks to self-styled home experts such as Marie Kondo, there has been a big social shift towards a less cluttered

lifestyle. Whilst we’re not advocating as drastic a clear out as dear, old Marie might be (does that statement spark joy?), there’s definitely something to be said for having a clearer living space. After all, how does the old adage go? A cluttered life equals a cluttered mind? So, why not take the time to streamline your belongings, somewhat; none of us really need the vast quantities of possessions that we own, and reducing the amount of stuff we have also ties in with the increasing need to reduce the singleuse, consumer culture!

If you’d like to find out more about Aliwood and our roof lanterns, then get in touch today! Call the team on 01245 967107 or visit

20 Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades

New build school gets a lift

Located to the South West of Sheffield, Ecclesall School serves the communities of Greystons and Bents Green.

The school has recently moved to a completely new building which required a lift to offer disabled access next to a flight of stairs. Balfour Beatty was the main contractor for the £4.9 million project, which has seen the site grow to a 600 place school, and they contacted local lift experts, Ability Lifts, also based in Sheffield, to provide expert advice and installation services for a suitable lift. The new building had a floor area adjacent to the flight of stairs, with a lift travel requirement of just over three metres. Ability Lifts recommended their Optimum 100 Platform lift as the perfect solution. With a shaft footprint of just 1250mm x 1560mm, and a platform size of 1120mm x 1480mm, this lift offers full compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations whilst still taking up little floor space. As the shaft is

fully self supporting, the only building requirements were a 60mm recess in the concrete slab, along with a single phase electrical supply and cabling within the building for the intercom unit. The lift was installed with an open through configuration utilising glazing to three sides of the shaft to maximise light into the area. Lift installation was completed in just two days. The school staff and children are thrilled with the new lift and new building. With a lift warranty of 12 months parts and labour, 5 years on motor and gearbox and 10 years on drive chains, they can look forward to many more years of trouble-free lift service. To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit or call our dedicated sales line on 0845 006 8803.

Platform Lifts Here at Ability Lifts, we offer solutions for many different access requirements, from platform lifts and stair platform lifts, to external lifts, access lifts and much more. We aim to offer top quality service and highly competitive prices. All of our access lifts are in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD 2006/42/EC, EN8141 and Part M, and we’re happy to advise you with any questions you may have about access requirements. The Optimum 100 - The self supporting enclosed Platform Lift �

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Historical School gets Modern Lift In the late 1800`s George Cadbury of Cadbury Chocolate, had a vision of how to join the worlds of industry with that of social and home life. After the Cadbury Chocolate factory moved to a rural area just outside Birmingham, he embarked on the development of Bournville Village. They constructed houses for the workers, shops, parks and schools, including Bournville junior school which was founded in 1906 and has been successfully educating the children of the area for the past century. This year, the school wanted to provide disability access to a section of the school that had a flight of 9 steps. Invalifts were contacted and after consultation, they suggested a possible solution with their Inva Stair Riser, an inclined platform lift. The unit was specified with a 90 degree curved rail at the lower level to enable it to park without causing an obstruction. The 1000mm x 800mm platform lift offers entry and exit from the short side of the unit and has a 300Kg capacity. The school chose to have the unit and the stanchion posts finished in a black powder coating. The lift has a full external specification and stainless steel guide rails along with a protective cover for when not in use. Wireless upper and lower level call stations were provided as part of the installation, allowing them to be positioned in the most convenient locations. The installation of the unit only took 1 day and required minimal builders work, with just an electrical supply and 5 concrete pads for the lower stanchions that were mounted into the existing tarmac floor.


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Platform Lifts Our range of platform lifts includes the MC2000 lift (right) - a high quality enclosed platform lift with a unique chain drive, and the option of glazing on all 4 shaft sides. With a fantastic guarantee, and 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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DRU Maestro 60/3, 3-sided hybrid fire

DRU Fires unveils new products for winter 2019 DRU Fires has unveiled a selection of new fires and stoves for the 2019/2020 winter season across all its brands, fuel types and price points

New hybrid gas/electric fire The DRU Maestro 60 is a hybrid gas/electric fire with a unique ‘Summerlighting’ feature. Known as ‘the first fire for all seasons’, it can be switched effortlessly from gas fire mode in the autumn and winter to electric fire mode during spring and summer. Like all designer DRU gas fires, it is controlled by the exclusive Eco Wave app for smartphones and tablets. In addition, DRU is offering free Clear View anti-reflective glass with all Maestro and Metro front model gas fires ordered between October 1 and December 31, 2019.

New Global by DRU TruFlame® series Global by DRU is a range of mid-priced gas fires. This autumn sees the launch of the new TruFlame® series, with their impressive new flame picture and choice of balanced flue, conventional flue or cavity wall fires in sizes that are compatible with standard UK chimneys.

New Dik Geurts Modivar modular wood stove Dik Geurts is the brand name for the wood stoves and fires that are manufactured by DRU.

Global by DRU 70XT gas fire

The new Modivar modular stove, with its selection of beautifully designed log storage compartments and plinths, is a welcome addition to the popular Ivar/ Aste stove range. Modivar is Ecodesign ready and has an A+ energy label.


Spartherm Arte Xh-3S front wood fire

New Spartherm built-in wood fires DRU is the UK distributor for the German produced Spartherm range of wood fires and stoves. This autumn has seen the launch of a new selection of built-in models in front, 2-sided and 3-sided versions, with their exclusive electronically controlled vertically sliding glass doors, high energy efficiency and many other unique features. All the new products from the DRU, Global by DRU, Dik Geurts and Spartherm brands can be viewed in detail at

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26 Roofing LANGLEY PROVIDES WATERPROOFING SOLUTION FOR GREEN ROOFS ON EXTENSIVE NEW-BUILD HOUSING PROJECT When approached to work on a large residential new-build housing project in Walthamstow, leading waterproofing and roofing expert, Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd was on-hand to provide the ideal solution with Approved Contractor, T & T Roofing Limited.

Walthamstow continues to be the centre of a large-scale modernisation and renewal strategy. Taylor Wimpey is one, of several developers, working to turn the former industrial area of Blackhorse Lane into a vibrant community that will attract a new generation of residents and businesses. As a part of the ambitious regeneration, Taylor Wimpey’s Eclipse development on Blackhorse Lane will deliver 499 one, two and three bedroom apartments across three phases. Each block features innovative green roof spaces over both affordable and private properties. Building pressure for national housebuilders to meet the targeted number of new build homes continues to increase year on year. Latest information included within a Commons Library Briefing (March 2020), now estimates the number of new homes needed in England is up to 345,000 per year. In 2018/19 the total housing stock in England increased by approximately 241,000 homes, and although this is 9% higher than the previous year, it is still lower than estimated requirement. On phase three of the development, Taylor Wimpey needed a supplier and trusted roofing contractor team that could reliably respond to the demand of delivering system installations swiftly. This project contributed towards achieving the defined number of new homes needed for the local area. To this end, it was important that the roofing system

specified could reliably be installed swiftly to help meet this requirement. Speaking on the decision to choose Langley’s roofing system solution, Ryan Gow, Externals Site Manager at Taylor Wimpey, commented: “The huge scale of the Blackhorse Lane development presented several challenges that we needed to overcome. For the roofing, we needed speed of installation without compromising quality and durability. We were impressed with Langley’s HM-40 Paratech Hot-Melt Roofing System performance. As this was the third phase of the development space

was a critical factor, it was therefore important that deliveries were closely managed to avoid delays to the build schedule. Langley ensured that this was always the case, so that delays never occurred.” Langley’s innovative HM-40 Paratech Hot-Melt Roofing system offers a number of features and characteristics that made it the ideal choice. Unlike other hot melt solutions, which tend to use fleeces, the Paratech system incorporates a reinforcement mesh allowing the system to be rolled out and thus making installation quicker.


Speaking on the installation process, Thomas Peebles, Managing Director at T & T Roofing Limited, a Langley Approved Contractor, commented: “The features of the HM-40 system provide a seamless, issue-free, roof installation, with minimal disruption and speedy install times. Langley’s technical team is always on-hand to provide assistance when necessary, working collaboratively to guarantee a consistent and high-quality installation.” The HM-40 Hot Melt Roofing system has been specially designed for new-build projects, particularly where a fast install and fully bonded system is required, meaning further trades can access the area. As such, the solution is primarily used for concrete substrates, but can also be used on plywood and for a warm or cold roof configuration. As well as offering quick installation, the solution can be used for weatherproofing for green roofs, terraces and podium decks. Additionally, when installed by an approved contractor, the HM-40 system provides up 40-years

durability. To this end, the system also meets NHBC Technical Standards Chapter 7.1 for roofs and balconies and its performance has been certified by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Speaking on the specification of the HM-40 Hot Melt Roofing system, Chetin Ali, Area Manager at Langley commented: “The solution used at Blackhorse Lane perfectly encapsulates what sets us apart. As with all our projects, we provided the project team with a full holistic package, which includes technical and design advice, specifications, site monitoring, reporting and warranty inspections. The monolithic, elastomeric waterproofing system is long-lasting and has incredible tensile strength. Its rapid drying solution means it can be quickly accessed by following trades on-site. It also enables rapid installation, which was a big benefit on this project.” Ryan Gow concluded: “We were thoroughly pleased with the waterproofing solution and how

efficiently it could be installed. The 40-year warranty that is included to cover both the materials and workmanship, provides us and the new homeowners at the development with peace of mind and the quality of construction we pride ourselves on.” The majority of the development is now complete, with the final homes due for completion in 2020, and a new community is developing as more residents move in. T & T Roofing Limited was awarded Langley Contractor of the Month in March 2019, for its extremely high standard of work on the project. For more information on Langley’s flat roofing solutions for new build developments, register and download their Flat Roofing System Guide technical-downloads. Contact details: Email: Phone: 01327 704778


Alongside Eco Green Roofs’ green roof offering we also design, supply, install and maintain:

Blue roof system solutions that can attenuate and store rainwater for environmental needs.

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Solar panel to utilise available roof space to generate electricity and support green initiatives.

GREY TO GREEN Green roofs are an important part of a sustainable future helping address environmental pressures. Eco Green Roofs Ltd helps clients across the UK make an impact with the provision of a bespoke sustainable solution. Providing a complete end-to-end service; from design and supply to installation, maintenance and after care. Optimising the roofs on buildings as opportunities, Eco Green Roofs create sustainable ecological environments whilst delivering the benefits of a sustainable green roof across the commercial, education, healthcare and housing sectors. Major development proposals should contribute to the greening of London by including urban greening as a fundamental element of site and building design, and by incorporating... green roofs and nature based sustainable drainage. - London Plan Draft 2019 Included within the design service, the following can be incorporated: •

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30 Highly visible and a practical necessity, balustrades are increasingly being chosen to make a focal point in building interiors. For this reason, and because of the many practical advantages it offers, glass is now often chosen, not only for interiors but for building facades too. This is a material that offers many practical benefits that sit well with specifiers working commercial and residential architecture, such as thermal insulation, solar control, acoustics, fire protection, safety and security. Internally, one of the biggest challenges is lack of natural light; particularly when there are lots of rooms within rooms which leads to the flow of light being halted, leaving the interior dark and uninspiring. Research suggests that the more natural light there is, the greater the wellbeing of the building’s occupants. The use of glass therefore enables natural light to flow and a high-end look to be achieved, while acoustics and privacy levels can also be managed effectively. The cost effectiveness of glass is another advantage due to its durability and timeless impression, so won’t need to be frequently replaced. Letting natural light through will also save on energy bills, making glass a very cost-effective resource too. Providing a fast and safe way to install glass balustrades, CRL’s TAPERLOC® system offers flexibility and control for accurate fitting, while

making replacing scratched or broken panels a relatively simple task too. Available for toughened laminated and monolithic glass between 12 and 25,52 mm and in a wide choice of finishes, TAPER-LOC® is a dry-glazed railing system that reduces fitting time significantly as it is a unique design that uses precision tension to secure the glass in the aluminium base shoe without the use of cement. Using CRL’s exclusive TLK12 installation and removal tool, the Tapers simply slide horizontally in the base shoe before being compressed, where it expands and locks into place. It also enables installation to be completed from the safe side of the balustrade from start to finish. Tested

to meet the strictest building code requirements such as BS6180:2011 and AbP, the system uses a horizontal design, allowing it to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set within minutes. Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements, TAPER-LOC® System from CRL can be completely installed from the safe side of the balustrade, eliminating the need for an expensive scaffolding and reducing labour times while being a safe option for installers For further information call 01706 863600, email, or visit


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Added protection where needed from Crittall MW40 Crittall’s Corporate MW40 steel windows can be specified where superior air, wind or water resistance and greater sound attenuation are required.

Offering the same high-quality appearance as the company’s successful Corporate W20 range the MW40 variant can accept glass up to twice the thickness as its stable mate. Either double, or triple glazing up to 32mm thick can be installed with a consequent higher level of thermal or sound insulation. This is achieved while retaining the same slender steel profile for which Crittall products are renowned thereby ensuring maximum light ingress. Corporate MW40 features a highperformance double weather seal and is supplied hot dip galvanised with a low maintenance Duralife polyester powder coating in a range of RAL and BS shades.

It is available in a wide range of configurations and its special properties are proving particularly attractive in the education, hotel and healthcare sectors as well as other commercial settings where thermal and acoustic properties are a major concern. The windows can be installed with solar control, laminated security or sound control glazing as required and the window has found favour with architects for both new build and heritage style replacement windows. Corporate MW40’s ‘stepped’ profile is particularly redolent of traditional fenestration dating back to the early 20th century. Avoiding a bland, flat-

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