Refurb & Developer Update - March 2022

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DEVELOPER March 2022


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

This unique formulation makes it impossible for bacteria or microbes to form on the surface, and with almost zero indoor emissions, makes this the heathiest choice for your home. But what became apparent after vigorous testing was that using BT1 would reduce the risk of MRSA, E. Coli an d campyloba c ter. Reducing bacteria by 99.99% and being able to retain its clinically clean white appearance is now proving to be the only sealant and adhesive being used by Hospitals, Aged Care Facilities, Clinics, Schools, Universities and Public Buildings. Solihull Hospital in Birmingham and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton to name a few have used and will only use BT1. BT 1- which can also be used in kitchen installations, has exploded into all Toolstation branches

nationwide. Toolstation which has had rapid growth expansion themselves last two years, loved adding this new technology to an already impressive portfolio of leading products and brands, Since the growth and reputation of BT1 and the important role it plays in keeping a healthier environment Toolstation, w i l l n ow a l s o b e stocking BT1 nationwide. Branches and online. Go to and BT 1 will also be showcased at the upcoming KBB show, March 6th -9th March. The KBB- at the NECs t a n d s fo r Ki tch e n Bedroom Bathroom. All installers, manufactures, end users will be at this show. And once again we can show the technical developments and advancements of a TRIBRID® polymer.

STELRAD. FIT FOR THE FUTURE. Stelrad’s range of radiators are aesthetically designed to perform with the future in mind. All radiators, including current and new models are fully compatible with low temperature heating systems and are in stock for immediate delivery. Stelrad have the radiators to meet your installation, specification and contract needs.

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THE BLUEPRINT TO FUTURE BUILDING DESIGN How can good building design improve people’s well-being and benefit the planet? First and foremost, our approach to new and existing living spaces needs to change.


hen it comes to the built environment, we’re seeing a greater push for the consideration of both people and planet – however, the building industry experiences multiple challenges in trying to address them. So how can we live in a more sustainable, connected and healthy manner? This is one of several fundamental questions addressed in the Build for Life concept, developed by VELUX – a concept that is rooted in a strong commitment to show how it is possible to build sustainably and enable happier and healthier living places.

Taking its +18 years of best prac tices in sustainable buildings to a new level, the VELUX Group’s sustainable buildings and communities platform Build for Life addresses these challenges and acknowledges that the way we build today has an enormous impact on people, as well as the ecosystems that sustain us. The concept provides a compass for designers, city planners and building professionals – acting as a blueprint – along with suggestions for ways to address some of the most pressing social dilemmas we face, such as health, affordability and community.

Health We spend up to 90% of our time indoors but fail to create a healthy indoor climate, due to the application of a one -size -f its-all approach in our building designs and compromising on the quality of construction materials. By designing buildings using healthy indoor principles and materials, we can create buildings that don’t just make you less sick but also improve your health. Our commitment to the highest-quality materials also means our products last for generations – which leads to less consumption.

05 Affordability An additional 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050. At the same time, most cities across the globe have seen a substantial and steady increase in housing prices, making our built environment unaffordable for the people who would benefit from them the most. By designing a built environment that focuses on affordability through design, shared living, and new business cases we could unlock housing for the people that will benefit from it the most.

Community The social dimensions are a huge component of the Build for Life concept, as despite living closer together and being more connected than ever, people feel more lonely, anxious and stressed than ever before. By designing a built environment that encourages a community to develop, through sharing, participation, identity and safety, we could increase wellbeing and improve overall health whilst reducing anxiety, loneliness and stress. The Build for Life concept is outlined in a Compass Model, detailing seven strategic drivers – flexibility, quality, environment, health, community, local, affordability – to guide the building and development process. These drivers enable collaborators across sectors to follow an easy, open-source framework for developing and transforming buildings for the future; it is only by working together across the industry that we’ll be able to achieve healthier and more sustainable living places for all. “Homes and communities should be centred around healthy and regenerative design principles to be designed for both people and planet. Build for Life is more than a design concept, it is a way of thinking and living” explains Lone Feifer, Director of Sustainable Buildings, the VELUX Group.

The Compass Model had been created in partnership with EFFEKT architects, MOE engineers, LeaderLab and the VELUX Group. The Compass is intended as a partnership platform and invites more partners with like-minded visions to lead the change within the built environment. At VELUX, we started our journey with sustainable living in buildings in 1999 and since then have founded a global alliance, partnered in demonstration projects around the world and driven research that puts the spotlight on the need for building renovation solutions to address societal and environmental issues.

Environment Every action we take comes back to our pledge to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral by 2041, and our products are designed with health and well-being in mind, something that is more relevant than ever in the light of the pandemic and in our support of the UN’s 2030 third SDG ‘good health and well-being’ in buildings. The VELUX Group has set s c i e n ce - b a s e d t a rg e t s to contribute to limiting global temperature increases to 1.50c and avoid the worst impacts of

climate change. This includes a commitment to reduce emissions f rom the Group’s own operations to zero (scope 1 and 2) and halve value chain emissions by 2030. The VELUX Group has also committed to go above and beyond its value chain, and capture its historical carbon footprint since the business was founded in 1941 (approx. 5.6 million tons of CO2, including a 25% buffer) in 5 climate and biodiversity projects around the world. We seek to inspire not only our customers but also the entire building industry to create buildings with good indoor climates, eff icient energy consumption and a minimal environmental impact.

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06 AFTER LAUNCHING IN 1962, THE FLOORING SHOW WILL CELEBRATE ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY ON 18TH – 20TH SEPTEMBER AT HARROGATE CONVENTION CENTRE. 2021 saw a successful return to Harrogate for the flooring industry and this year’s show is shaping up to be another unmissable event. As the UK’s largest event dedicated to flooring, the show is highly respected in the industry for attracting high numbers of both retail and contract flooring buyers. Bringing together the front runners of the flooring sector, The Flooring Show 2022 invites buyers to connect, network, and strike deals with suppliers of carpet, laminate, LVT, wood, vinyl, cork, grass, as well as underlay, adhesives, and tools.

The Flooring Show To Celebrate Its 60th Birthday This September

“The flooring market is incredibly buoyant right now. Fantastic sales f igures are being reported by our exhibitors and we’re anticipating another successful buying season this expect this September. The quality of visitors at The Flooring Show is second to none and serious buyers know they need to attend to meet with their suppliers and stay up to date with industry trends.” said Event Director, Alex Butler. “The 2022 show is a must-attend event for everyone’s calendars.” Conf irmed attendees for 2022 include Abingdon, Adam Carpets, Associated Weavers, Ball & Young, Berry Alloc, Bostik, Cavalier Carpets, Cormar, F Ball & Co, Furlong Flooring, Hanson Plywood, Kellars, Lano, Likewise Floors, QA Flooring, Penthouse Carpets, Stroolmount, Tramex, and Unifloor, amongst many other new and Familiar names. This year’s exhibition is proving extremely popular, with 70% of stands already sold with more than 7 months still to go. An increasing number of exhibitors are choosing to extend their brand beyond their stands by sponsoring features and promotional materials, with a massive 75% of these opportunities already sold. The event is likely to sell out soon, so interested participants should get in touch as soon as possible to secure their involvement. Suppliers can discuss stand and sponsorship opportunities by contacting Keep up to date with industry developments and exhibitor sign ups by following The Flooring Show at

Location: Harrogate Convention Centre Dates: Sunday 18 th / Monday 19 th / Tuesday 20 th September

We’ve set the standard everyone else follows Once in a while a product comes along and changes everything, from the way it’s crafted to the way it works. Products are often copied and many are great ideas that never really see true success in their application. Many years are spent searching for a product that will ultimately surpass expectations, stand the test of time and become recognised as the leader in its field. We created one of those successful products nearly two decades ago and still today it has never been equalled. Why? Because we have never compromised on quality.

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hile we’ve all b e e n s t ay i n g at home that little bit more than we may have liked, many homeowners have been undertaking a vast amount of home improvement too, with the bathroom being one of the main areas of investment. In fact, research by insurance company found that Brits spent £34,000 renovating their homes, on average, during lockdown, with 94% of them choosing to upgrade their bathroom. The world looks a little different once again as we traverse 2022, but the investment in our homes looks set to continue and there are several stand-out trends that are coming through in terms of bathroom design.

Hygiene first As we continue to live with the pandemic in 2022, the heightened awareness of good hygiene means that ease of cleaning and anti-bacterial surfaces have really come to the fore. Touchless flushing on WCS like RAK-Sensation, for instance, encourages users to flush in a hygienic way, while the absence of awkward levers or buttons to press makes the bathroom that little bit more accessible to all too, something that is important in multigenerational households or when consumers are hoping to future-proof their current space. In terms of ease of cleaning, rimless WCs are a dream, while anti-bacterial coatings raise the stakes even further in terms of hygiene in the bathroom, acting as an invisible barrier to harmful germs and bacteria. Special glazes, such as RAK-Sanit, applied during manufacture see these off, with no need for lots of chemicals and copious amounts of cleaning products. A regular wipe down with a soft damp cloth is all that is required, likely to be music to the ears of busy families.

RAISING THE BAR ON LUXURY BATHROOM DESIGN WITH RAK CERAMICS Now more than ever the bathroom is a place of sanctuary, relaxation and comfort. What are they key trends that help create such a space? Ben Bryden, Sales and Marketing Director of RAK Ceramics, looks at the materials, colours and finishes that are coming through to will help architects and installers create bathrooms that meet up to their customers’ high expectations. RAK-Petit solves the problem of creating luxury results in compact spaces, with deep-based washbasins that can be installed alone or combined with RAK-Joy vanity units.

09 Bathroom style trends From a style viewpoint too, for a long time, the focus for sanitaryware in the bathroom has been starkly white, but things are changing, with soft pastels and muted shades increasingly being seen on sanitaryware. Less clinical than an all-white bathroom, these

pops of colour can be scaled up or down to meet individual tastes. Colour doesn’t need to mean bold and bright and in this instance the trend takes a far subtler approach, with nature-inspired tones, such as those found in the RAK-Feeling collection, adding character while creating a relaxed and tranquil vibe.

Shower power Creating a spa-like feel in the domestic bathroom has become increasingly important to consumers, particularly in the en-suite bathroom which often has a grown-up vibe. This is made possible with the inclusion of a contemporary, walk-in, wet-room style shower area. Shower trays with a very low profile create a feeling of space in the bathroom as the floor area is opened out and access much easier. For baths, think painted exteriors, freestanding tubs offset from other fixtures to make a statement and baths with slim rims.

Compact bathroom solutions

A countertop washbasin in an on-trend colour, such as the RAKFeeling bowl in Cappuccino will make a statement regardless of how much floor space there is to play with.

Not every bathroom will be blessed with a huge amount of space, but small doesn’t have to mean boring in any sense of the word, with sanitaryware and furniture designed specifically for small spaces being key here – reduced projection, slim profiles and plenty of storage are in order. All of these qualities can be found with RAK-Petit, a collection from RAK Ceramics that is designed specifically with small bathrooms in mind. For bathroom surfaces, porcelain and ceramic tiles have never been so popular and their practical advantages alone make them so. Hardwearing and easy to clean, porcelain and ceramics tiles can be chosen to emulate the natural beauty of materials like marble, raising the stakes in terms of luxury in the modern bathroom too. Large format tiles or mega slabs minimise grout lines and create a seamless f inish over large areas such as bathroom walls too. All of these trends together help create a luxurious and practical bathroom that consumers will feel quite at home in.

Contact: RAK Ceramics UK 01730 237850 RAK-Des features minimal lines for a sleek and streamlined finish, with a versatile range of bowls and freestanding washbasins, ensuring a solution for every bathroom.


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Pump Technology Ltd., founded in 1992, is recognized as one of the UK’s leading independent pumps and pumping system specialists focusing on drainage, wastewater and sewage applications.

A true “One Stop Pump Shop” for specifiers and engineers, the company boasts a long serving, experienced team who will be able to discuss just about any pump solution requirement with customers. Ultimate pumping performance and reliability is reliant on correct pump selection and Pump Technology pride themselves on their, right-first-time, ethos. The team say they believe that their main tool is the telephone and, when it comes to understanding an application and having confidence in any purchase, talking always wins! Avoiding the hassle of wrongly specif ied items, returns and confusion over missing accessories all contribute to being able to keep prices competitively low Pump Technology say that this is what makes them a true market leader. They are recommended by the leading

manufactures such as KSB, Lowara, Ebara, Dab, Flygt, Jung Pumpen, Saniflo etc. for the selection and supply of their equipment and hold possibly the largest and most varied stock of pumps in the UK. Orders placed before 3.30pm will be packed for next working day delivery with options for am and weekend shipping. Customers close enough to the warehouse in Aldermaston, Berkshire can always call in. Customers are learning that one call will identify a broken pump for replacement, ideally like for like, or if that model is superseded an equivalent for pumping performance and fit.


For new applications, typically pumping stations for basements, house extensions, garden rooms, warehouse, off ices, public houses, local flooding solutions, emergency onsite pumps, the team will be happy to discuss and recommend suitable and always cost-effective solutions. Ad d i t i o n a l l y, the Pump Technology engineers will be happy to provide training for all of their products in their online showroom. This includes being able to remotely show customers the products they want to order and explaining about future applications or product solutions, exactly how they work and are maintained. Current popular products include the MiniMatic below ground pumping station for house extensions and garden rooms. This consists of a 60L below ground tank with a single free-standing submersible sewage pump, high level alarm and cover with full installation and maintenance details. Also, particularly at this time of year, the Floodbox, which is a “Self-contained”, emergency flood package for areas such as patios, warehouse floors, door-ways etc. is proving popular with house and business owners More Information: Pump Technology Ltd 0118 9821 555


2022 SMART HOME DESIGN TRENDS FROM GIRA Gira, global leader and supplier of intelligent system solutions for the connected home and building, unveils the latest automated systems and technologies to enhance your home in 2022… “The last two years have seen us all spend more time at home and so it’s no surprise that we want to make our personal interior spaces as comfortable and versatile as possible. This is where the “connected home” has come to the fore, equipping the modern home with smart functions and devices that are specifically designed to improve daily life and contribute to a more efficient household” says Jacob de Muijnck, Managing Director at Gira UK Ltd. In fact, UK consumers are now very familiar with smart TVs, fitness trackers, voice-activated assistants and 24/7 access to all kinds of media, and this has become part of everyday life as the features and benefits appeal to multiple generations. The global health crisis and inevitable after effects have only highlighted that we need reliable systems in order to stay in touch with the outside world anytime, anywhere. With this in mind Gira present four key smart home trends that are set to redefine the idea of a ‘connected home’ next year and beyond: 1.

The home office that thinks for itself

Fewer people leave their house to go work in 2020 and the concept of working from home has become increasingly mainstream, but digital tools and services alone are not enough to maintain a high level of productivity. A home office requires a healthy, well considered environment that keeps you focused and motivated and so premium

manufacturers are creating innovative solutions for the connected home office. Innovations include clever chairs and desks reminding you to stand up, multifunctional charging stations for mobile devices and smart lighting and blind systems that adjust room brightness according to the time of day or work discipline under way.

2. Smart appliances for easy living From stoves that won’t let anything burn to bathrooms that know how you like to shower in the morning – intelligent technologies make life safer, easier and more energy-efficient. Automated vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and dryers are only the first steps towards a

15 connected home in 2022, with indoor greenhouses becoming increasingly popular as we bring the outdoors in. More and more, smart devices are compatible with IFTTT (“If this then that”) technology, which makes it easy to configure individual systems where products from different manufacturers need to work in sync. For example, you can switch off multiple electric appliances with just one command before stepping outside – to save energy and prevent accidental short circuits. 3. Connected Smart Home concepts are in demand Single, standalone applications are giving way to sustainable all-inclusive solutions as architects and builders consider the digital infrastructure and connectivity of living spaces early on in the planning phase. Lights, blinds, heating, entertainment systems, security systems, home gyms and electronics, along with smart tools and appliances, can be controlled via one central unit in connected homes adding luxury and touch of design exclusivity. Connected living is easy to facilitate whether you want to build a new house, renovate your existing, or just rent an apartment. Wireless systems such as Gira eNet SMART HOME communicate via radio transmitter – which means they can be retrofitted in both old and new buildings. Thanks to a synchronised interplay of all components, your Smart Home will do

exactly what you need at any given time. Smart sensors, for example, react automatically to external factors such as ambient brightness, temperature, or humidity levels. Jacob adds “Many digital services and applications are already indispensable to modern lives like Alexa light control via voice command to blinds that go up automatically at sunrise. Smart technology will become even more universal in the years to come so be future-ready with a connected house (or apartment). Once you’ve installed your system, you can add all sorts of functions and devices whenever you want so your home can evolve with your lifestyle.”

Since March 2015, the Gira interactive online magazine G-Pulse has been providing regular, up-to-the-minute information on interesting developments in multiple areas: smart home technology, interior design, lifestyle, trends and architecture. The online magazine is your source for interior design and lifestyle inspiration and your platform for exchanging views on your favourite topics with other design enthusiasts. 15 authors keep you informed, up-to-date and are especially keen on visiting key industry events, so you will always be informed about the latest interior and smart home trends. Discover more at:


We would like to firstly wish all of our customers a very merry Christmas and all the very best for 2022! We would further like to thank them all for their continued business and support in 2021. As we look back on our second year of trading since the pandemic and the challenges that continue to face us, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our policy of stockholding and how it is driving our company forward. ‘Last summer we saw widespread disruption to supply and many assumed by now these issues would have ironed themselves out. In fact they have worsened. Most of our competitors are still looking at long lead times. We are able to maintain the chain of supply due to our longstanding policy of stockholding which has provided further financial stability to ourselves but as importantly to our customers”

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

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

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

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

We source our rails ethically and take our social responsibility seriously, from our sourcing, to our manufacture, to our charity initiatives. As a stable business with long term stockholding that

has maintained a steady supply throughout the pandemic we are able to do all of this whilst protecting our pricing structure. We offer 3 formats of rail throughout the entire range: Electric, dual fuel and central heating only and we offer both a polished and satin finish as well as the Black Edition Range. “The cornerstones of our business are quite simply quality, stock holding and ultimately customer service. The three work hand in hand” Should you require further details please visit our website or contact us on 01825 722988 and

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18 Kitchens & Bathrooms

Duravit No.1: The complete bathroom range on a budget

Living design that is ideal for any bathroom


he complete bathroom series Duravit No.1 impresses with its minimalistic and contemporary yet timeless looks, a compact, clear and comprehensive product range, and excellent value for money in the entry-level segment. Whether in your very first bathroom, in a rental apartment, in a hotel bathroom, or generally in the project segment: all products stemming from Duravit’s new inhouse design enhance the quality of daily life. Concentrating on what really matters, Duravit No.1 opens up a whole host of combination options, creating the perfect foundation for a range of bathroom plans and requirements.

Washbasins that simplify planning The rectangular shape of the washbasins and the narrow design of the side edge produce a large inner basin – with a generous, comfortable tap panel – that exudes elegant serenity. Bathroom

concepts in the budget price range are usually dominated by round shapes. With the new series, Duravit presents an unusual alternative in planning-friendly dimensions. Washbasins, as well as handrinse basins can optionally be combined with pedestals, semi-pedestals, or vanity units. In addition furniture and built-in washbasins are available.

Practical furniture The minimal overhang from the washbasin to the bathroom furniture underlines the clarity and modernity of the Duravit No.1 design, as does the recessed grip, which is “seamlessly” integrated into the décor fronts and is pleasant to the touch. Available in White Matt or Graphite Matt, the furniture has been designed to enable easy retrofitting at a later stage. Vanity units with a hinged door are available for the handrinse basins (450 and 500 mm), and furniture with a pull-out compartment and on request with an additional, practical internal drawer can be selected for the washbasins (550, 600, 650 and 800 mm). A semi-tall cabinet affords generous storage options. Matching mirrors and mirrored cabinets impress with longlasting and energy-saving LED lighting and clever details. All furniture is supplied preassembled and fully adjusted, enabling quick and convenient final installation with minimal effort.

Universal faucets The stylish Duravit No.1 faucet range has a harmonious and balanced design. The handle, with its dynamic upwardfacing position, feels pleasant in the hand and underlines

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the high-quality aesthetics. The washbasin mixers impress both in terms of quality and function with their long-lasting ceramic cartridges, subtly integrated aerators, and sustainable product features: they are optionally available with FreshStart (energy-saving cold-water start) or MinusFlow (throughput limited to 3.5 l/min).

Comfortable bathtubs A further highlight in this price segment is the trapezoid built-in bathtub made from sanitary acrylic, which is available in three sizes and with the option of corner left or corner right versions. The bathtub enables a luxurious bathing experience with a comparatively low filling volume even on smaller floor plans - two people can also lie side-by-side, depending on the size of the bathtub. Rectangular built-in bathtubs in all standard sizes complete the range; the 1800 x 800 mm model is available as a two-seater. With depths of 40 or 46 cm, the bathtubs are guaranteed to be comfortable whether sitting or lying. This experience can be enhanced yet further by the optional whirl function with its beneficial massage effect. Bathtub handles, which can be ordered separately and are installed at the factory, improve safety.

DuraStyle Basic toilets, plus a wall-mounted toilet for children. Bidets and urinals complete the product range. Simple, manageable, and good: Duravit No.1 has everything that a contemporary bathroom needs, in optimum quality and at an unbeatable price. The outstanding quality is reflected in its new lifetime guarantee, which Duravit offers on all the ceramic elements in the range for selected countries.

Successful toilet standards The Duravit No.1 toilet range features the designer bathroom manufacturer’s innovative Duravit Rimless® flushing technology and the successful


HOMEBUYERS MUST-HAVES FOR 2022 Looking for a new home can be a tricky as well as exciting time. Buyers often fall in love with pictures of a property online but upon visiting can be put off by a poor layout, an ancient heating system, single glazed windows or poor storage; to name just a few. Whether its space for playing games, a growing area for those of us with green fingers, or a patio for the BBQ, a sun trap garden is very high up on most people’s must-haves list!

Kebbell’s Sales and Marketing Director, Andrea Fawell tells us what is on the homebuyer must-have list for 2022. 1.



Double glazing. Whilst not a new feature on the must have list, double glazing is a very necessary one as it improves insulation and security, as well as reduces outside noise. It can be pricy to install double glazing, particularly at the moment because of current supply and demand issues. Good central heating. An effective central heating system that can be easily controlled reduces your energy bills, especially with the new price increases coming into effect. It can also lower your carbon footprint which is increasingly important to environmentally conscious buyers. Ask your estate agent how old the boiler is and look at the boiler yourself during viewings. A new or recently installed boiler is a definite plus for now, but boilers will be banned from new builds by 2025, and new boilers will no longer be for sale by 2035. Therefore, alternative heating methods, such as ground source heat pumps, will become increasingly desirable.




Outside space. The past year of lockdowns has driven demand for both having our own attractive garden or terrace, as well as accessibility to lush scenery for walks and fresh air.


Driveway or parking spaces. A property with its own drive or allocated street parking is necessary for anyone with a car, especially if you’re moving to a built up and busy area renowned for parking space shortages which is an ever increasing problem. Having an allocated parking space means your car is more secure, easily accessible and close to your property. Plenty of natural light. A bright, light-filled home with good additional lighting makes each room feel bigger and helps to emphasise colours, textures and accessories, as well as improve wellbeing and mood. A very dark house can feel gloomy and can be an off-putting deal breaker at a time when we all need our spirits lifted. Downstairs toilet. Having a downstairs toilet helps to keep visitors on one floor when you are entertaining, meaning you can worry less about keeping your entire home tidy for these occasions. It also makes life easier for everyone, including those who are a little bit older or have mobility issues. For some it is also very handy for potty training little ones too! Upstairs having the choice of both a bathtub and a shower is also desirable. A power shower or rain shower makes it feel luxe. Good storage options. Storage can be easily overlooked at first, but once buyers start imagining themselves in their potential new home they will start thinking about where everything is going to go. Where will they store the hoover, golf clubs, toys, games, shoes, coats, sports gear etc? It suddenly becomes a very important

factor! Incredible storage has been one of the most popular features at our Heatherfields development which now only has three homes left to snap up. 8.

Energy efficiency. An energy efficient home means cheaper home insurance, lower energy bills and increased overall comfort. UK gas prices have skyrocketed this year and prices may continue to increase, so having an energy efficient home with good insulation is paramount.

Along with these essentials, other desirable features include clean carpets, a separate utility room, work-from-home space and a property that could increase in value with updates that don’t require you to move out for. Other top tips 1.

Have a non-negotiables list. Once you know exactly what your must haves are, you will be able to condense your search making it easier to find your new home.


Remember that location is everything. Location can never be changed, as opposed to things like décor and layout which can usually be altered when the time is right.


Trust your gut feeling. If you fall in love with a property online but in person you notice a couple of issues with it, remember to trust your instinct. Are the issues things that you can overcome, or do you need to discount this one?


Consider buying a new build property. New builds provide the perfect blank canvas for making a home your own and require minimal maintenance since structural defects and built-in appliances are usually all covered by warranties.


22 Industry News


The UK’s number one trade kitchen supplier achieves carbon neutral certification for its manufacturing sites in Howden and Runcorn To achieve this, the company has demonstrated year on year reductions in relative Carbon emissions by 30% since 2015 From 2021, both sites use grid electricity from 100% renewable sources

Howdens Joinery Ltd, the UK’s number one trade kitchen supplier, has announced its commitment to maintaining carbon neutrality for its manufacturing operations at key sites in Howden and Runcorn by achieving carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust. Established in 2001, the Carbon Trust works with businesses, governments and institutions around the world, helping them contribute to, and benefit from, a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies, and commercialising low carbon businesses, systems and technologies. The Carbon Trust: •

works with corporates and governments, helping them to align their strategies with climate science and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement provides expert advice and assurance, giving investors and financial institutions the confidence that green finance will have genuinely green outcomes supports the development of low carbon technologies and solutions, building the foundations for the energy system of the future

Headquartered in London, the Carbon Trust has a global team of

over 300 staff, representing over 30 nationalities based across five continents. The certification Howdens Joinery Ltd has achieved confirms that its Yorkshire (Howden) and Cheshire (Runcorn) manufacturing sites meet the requirements of the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality. Manufacturing operations at both sites constitute 40% of Howdens Joinery Group Plc overall Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. In 2021, these sites manufactured over 4.2 million cabinets. Rob Black, Director of ESG at Howdens said, “Our ESG vision to be the UK’s leading responsible kitchen business means that we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment in all areas. Carbon reduction has been embedded within our operational plans for many years and we are proud to have held the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon reduction for the last decade. We’re delighted to have achieved our Carbon Neutral

certification and can proudly say that we continue to look for new ways that will contribute to our sustainability effort as a company.” Hugh Jones, Managing Director at Carbon Trust Advisory said: “Howdens have been certified to the Carbon Trust Standard since 2012 and this year, we have worked with Howdens to verify their emissions at their Howden and Runcorn sites. We are delighted to confirm the two sites have met the requirements of PAS 2060 for carbon neutrality. This builds on Howdens efforts in reducing carbon emissions year-on year and further demonstrates their commitment to progressing on their sustainability journey.” For more information about carbon neutrality certification, please visit: what-we-do/assurance-andcertification/carbon-neutralcertification Find out more about Howdens’ commitment to sustainability, here.



HAVING continued to expand its service offering over the past year, leading supplier of specialist building products PermaGroup has expanded its team too as part of its ambitious growth strategy. The building products specialist has kicked off the new year by recruiting across several divisions, f rom accounts and customer ser vice to operations an d commercial, following a year that saw demand soar for all building products. The company has taken on a range of experts to fill new and existing positions at the head off ice in Alf reton. These include: Neiah Slater, customer service advisor, Lee Bingham, operations manager, Charlotte Caddick, telephonist, and Rob Hunt in PermaRoof Commercial. technical manager. The expansion of the team comes off the back of two consecutive record years for PermaGroup, which has led to exponential growth.

Adrian Buttress, managing director of PermaGroup, said: “We’re proud to be starting the new year with such strong additions to the PermaGroup team. Our priority is to ensure we hire the right people for the role that are not just experts in what they do but are passionate about what we offer. The latest people to join PermaGroup exemplify our company culture and I’m thrilled to welcome them to the team.” “We’ve really focused on what areas of the business we can improve with regards to

recruitment. For example, taking on extra support in customer service was essential to enhance our customers’ buying journeys, and Lee joining as operations manager ensures the eff icient delivery of our products. Our goal is to maintain quality as we expand, and not lose the fantastic experience we offer customers, merchants and stockists from start to finish. With more than 20 years of experience in senior logistics roles, operations manager Lee Bingham is responsible for the safety, eff iciency and performance of both the warehouse and transport aspects of the business. He was brought on to prepare for, and support, the further growth planned for this year. Lee said: “I was drawn to the company due to its rapidly expanding customer base, reputation in the industry and recent award wins. Adrian’s aspirations are amplif ied by the rest of the team, and I knew from this I’d be working in an ambitious and rewarding

environment. Since starting my position I’ve found there to be a really strong team spirit, and I look forward to implementing new processes that will build on the existing foundations and improve our capabilities as an operations department.” Adrian added: “This is just the start of our plans for 2022. We have exciting goals we want to achieve, but we can only do it with a strong team behind us, which is what we have. We’re looking forward to developing as a business and aiming for a third record breaking year.” To find out more about PermaGroup, please visit:




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MODULAR CONSTRUCTION MARKET KEY SEALANT TAPE GROWTH, SAYS ISO CHEMIE The modular house construction market will help to drive window and door foam sealant tape growth in 2022, predicts Andy Swift, sales and operations manager for ISO-Chemie. He sees the UK market staying buoyant over the next 12 months as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic and building and construction activity remains busy, particular in the face of a chronic national housing shortage and the need to build more affordable housing.

the amendment to the building regulations currently coming into force are set to have an impact as energy ratings for buildings and property become stricter proposed changes to Part L 2021 lay out a government roadmap to zero carbon and future homes standard.

This will see construction projects ‘surge’ ahead with cost effective products such as foam sealant tapes, which deliver improved energy performance and efficiencies, increasingly specified for retrofit applications and new projects.

These include energy and ventilation standards for residential and non-domestic buildings that are far better for the environment and fit for the future, says Andy Swift, who adds: “Higher air and thermal standards for house construction will be a priority. This is an important message that will continued to be pushed

In the modular sector, house designers are currently looking at new ways to deliver low carbon structures, which use sustainable technologies to deliver measurable airtight, acoustic and thermal sealing benefits. 2021 has been the best ever trading year for the ISO Chemie sales are up 45% - and Andy Swift says the modular construction market will be a key target for further growth going forward over the next 12 months. “Modular construction is gaining increasing traction and next year will see continued integration of the system with the more traditional methods of building, enabling developers to bring forward housing projects more expediently,” he adds. “Our ISO BLOCO range of sealant tapes and the WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket support system can add real value during the initial and post construction phases, so I expect to see more interest in these and other products in 2022 and beyond.” Andy Swift also points out that

to architects and other property specifiers over the next 12 months. With energy rated and conservation products continuing to be at the forefront of design and building regulations, there will be ‘discernible’ growth for air tightness and thermal sealing products. “There are effective products out there to ensure that airtightness and thermal efficiency within buildings should never be overlooked or ignored - it’s a matter of designing in these products,” Andy Swift says. More at home/

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nauf welcomed Lucy Hall as Sustainability Leader in September. Lucy will partner with all areas of the business from manufacturing to specification and sales to develop a robust sustainability strategy. Lucy has a wealth of experience and awards in the areas of sustainability and innovation. Her expertise will help Knauf to advance its sustainability agenda at a time when product manufacturers are shouldering increasing environmental responsibility. As part of these ongoing sustainability endeavours, Knauf is making the move to recycled plastic packaging. The Company’s new packaging will contain at least 30% recycled plastics and is often also recyclable at the end of its life so the circle can be continued. The Company has added easy to recognise logos to the packaging to identify when it has been made from recycled plastic, and if it is recyclable. Knauf will start by changing the packaging of key products within its portfolio and continue the move for other products over the coming months. The Company is using Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastics – materials which have been used by consumers, recycled and given a new life. Lucy gives an insight into the importance of the new packaging: “Our Product Manager, Becky Newell, has worked collaboratively and consistently to achieve Knauf ’s goal of improving the recycled content of our packaging. Realising her goal to make a difference on a bigger scale, the recycled content of plastic packaging will now also be high on the agenda of new product development. This is a fantastic achievement in Knauf’s drive to fulfil its sustainability goals.” Greenhouse gas emissions are associated with single-use plastics, and the National Geography Society estimates that more than 40% of plastic is used just once and that there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. This is a signif icant reason for Knauf adopting PCR plastics and a recognition of the Company’s commitment to Build for the World We Live In.

Knauf puts sustainability top of the agenda Knauf UK & Ireland is committed to a high standard of sustainability and has intensified its efforts over recent months with the appointment of a new Sustainability Leader and the implementation of several initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its products.

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This switch will see some small changes to the appearance of product packaging, such as a grey rim and base. This is simply due to a number of different coloured plastics being recycled to make a new product, and not adding in unnecessary dyes. It is important to note that it is just the packaging that is changing, not the product, so customers can rest assured knowing they’re still getting the same, trusted Knauf product. Another change being made to the Knauf portfolio to lessen its environmental impact is on the GIFAbond flooring adhesives range. These products are used when installing Knauf GIFA FHB and Hugo floorboards. From January 2022 the product range will be EC1 Plus Emicode certified. The Emicode certification rates flooring adhesives and installation products into three categories. Knauf has achieved the highest possible rating of EC1 Plus, very low emission, defined as ‘the limit of what is technically feasible today’. To achieve this rating, the products must undergo rigorous testing with limits on VOCs, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other hazardous substances which can affect indoor air quality and health. The Knauf EC1 Plus Emicode certified products will be GIFAbond Uno, a joint adhesive foil which is used with an application gun to the tongue and groove edge; GIFAbond Blue, a single layer joint adhesive in an easy to use

bottle for hand application, and GIFAbond Duo, a surface adhesive used on two-layer systems. It is not just its product range that Knauf is reviewing. The Company has recently rolled out fourteen new forklift trucks at its Sittingbourne plant bringing improved safety, greater management control and cleaner operation. In addition to having the latest safety features the new trucks are powered by Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). This means they are much cleaner, producing far less particulate pollution than diesel and emitting much lower levels of CO2. Knauf is also working with its distribution partners to provide customers with a more environmentally friendly delivery option. One of its key distributors, Nicholls Transport, Winner of the Greenfleet Fleet of the Year award 2020, was among the first operators in the UK to use LNG trucks and has recently been recognised as an IVECO Ambassador for its Green Logistics Operation. These initiatives are part of Knauf’s ongoing sustainability programme and tie in with its ‘people, planet, prosperity’ ethos. Sustainability considerations are becoming more prevalent across the construction industry and Knauf is keen to lead the way in meeting customers’ expectations for environmentally friendly products. For further information visit


Operators on a Nationwide Platforms scissor lift in an indoor setting



cissor lifts are versatile m a c h i n e s , providing access up to 33m in indoor and outdoor settings - from the 457 new scissor lifts added, 342 are fully electric. The investment in green technology is part of a wider push by Nationwide Platforms to reduce its carbon footprint and work more sustainably – more than 900 of the 1100 machines in the re ce n t i nve s t m e n t programme are either electric or hybrid. This investment means that the business is well equipped to meet

the needs of customer requirements, whether that is scissor lifts or another machine from its range, including boom lifts and lowlevel access platforms. Nationwide Platforms covers a huge variety of operational capabilities for working at different heights, on different terrain, indoors or outdoors, with diesel, elec tric or hybrid propulsion options. A l s o n ew to t h e company’s delivery fleet are nine 32-tonne rigid trucks and 19 44-tonne tractors, with the latest Euro 6 engines, and 27 trailers, improving safety, delivery reliability and emissions output.

Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s leading provider of powered access hire for working at height, has introduced 457 new scissor lifts to its fleet, the majority of which are either electric or hybrid. Glyn Brearley, Business Director for Procurement, External Training & BlueSky Solutions commented: “The new scissor lifts are fantastic machines, and we cannot wait for customers to try them. The fact the majority are either electric or hybrid is testament to the green technology being developed in the industry, meaning we are able to transform our fleet and minimise its carbon footprint. “We have continued to invest and innovate to ensure our customers have access to the latest selection of environmentally friendly platforms on the market”

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TRITON TEAM CONTINUES FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY The team at the UK’s leading shower manufacturer, Triton, has continued its ongoing support of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice with a sizeable donation.


oë’s Place provides respite, palliative and end of life care to babies and infants who have life-limiting or lifethreatening conditions. The centre features a tranquil garden space and stimulating sensory room, as well as organising play sessions tailored to each child, giving each individual personal and tailored care. The hospice is usually open seven days a week, however due to challenges presented during the pandemic, it has been forced to reduce its hours of services to just four days. Triton’s latest fundraising efforts follow a £10,000 donation to the hospice’s ‘Shine a Light’ campaign, h e l p i n g t h e ch a ri ty move closer to its goal of returning to pre-pandemic operational levels after it was forced to reduce its service as a result of the first national lockdown. Tina Simpson, Marketing Director at Triton Showers said: “It has been amazing to see the enthusiasm and support our team have shown for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice. They have always been extremely supportive when it comes

to charity initiatives and have proven this once again with their latest fundraising. “We’re delighted to be able to start the year with a sizeable donation and look forward to continuing our partnership over the months ahead, helping the hospice to deliver valuable services to those in the local community that need it most.” Tanita Mistry, Corporate Fu n d ra i s e r a t Zo ë ’s Place, added: “Triton’s ongoing support is a lifeline for the charity as without donations, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue our work. Their latest donation is a huge boost and will

help us edge one step closer to returning our service to pre-pandemic levels, helping as many babies and families as possible. I’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to each and every Triton team member, their continued support is astounding and reflects a business that really wants to make a difference to the community.” Zoës Place is currently accepting places for its upcoming ‘Tour de Zoës’ cycle fundraiser. The unique four-day, 270-mile challenge will begin at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough and travel across the breadth of the country to Zoë’s Place Liverpool, before heading south for a triumphant finish at Zoë’s Place Coventry. To f ind out more about Triton, visit or follow @TritonShowers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To find out more about Zoë’s Place and its ‘Tour de Zoës’ cycle fundraiser, or to make a donation, visit:

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P C Henderson has further expanded its range of pocket door systems with the launch of a brand new fire rated system for bi-parting doors. Originally launched for single doors back in February 2019 – this latest release of the company’s popular Pocket Door Pro system caters for bi-parting fire doors weighing up to 120kg and is fully certif ied to FD30 British and European standards.

The new system is available in standard and soft closing options, seven different kit sizes, for two different f inished wall thicknesses, self-closing and non self-closing variants and a simultaneous action kit available as an optional extra.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented, “Since launching Pocket Door Pro just over two years ago – the system has quickly grown to become one of our most popular products.

“We designed Pocket Door Pro with one key aim in mind – to create one of the most flexible and versatile range of pocket door systems on the market. As the popularity of pocket door systems continues to rise – it’s important that designers and developers have access to a system which can cater for virtually any type of application and in a number of different operation types. We believe we have achieved this through the development of Pocket Door Pro”, continued Andrew.

“Post launch market research quickly told us that demand for a bi-parting fire rated version was high – we listened to this feedback and are delighted to be able to bring this new variation to the market”.

A detailed and innovative design is what P C Henderson attributes to the products success – features such as push together parts, prea s s e m b l e d co m p o n e n t s and a wide range of optional extras has seen the products popularity soar over the past two years. The system is designed using a robust aluminium f rame making it ideal for new builds and areas of heavy use such as educational buildings, hospitals, hotels, office blocks and disability access areas. The fire rated version comes complete with intumescent seals and is made out of FDC Finger Jointed Laminated Redwood – providing a knot and defect f ree system – guaranteeing product reliability and longevity. Find out more at

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Simpli Advanced® from XL Joinery brings style to apartment fire doors


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Apartment entrance fire doors can now be visually stunning as well as safe and secure, following the launch of the new Simpli Advanced® range of high-performance fire doorsets from XL Joinery. The Simpli Advanced® range combines the best in oak door manufacturing with hardware from the global leader in access solutions, ASSA ABLOY. This enables it to deliver formidable resistance to smoke and fire while visually enhancing any living environment. Mark Kilbride, Technical Manager at XL Joinery, comments: “Fire doors are traditionally seen as more functional than attractive, but when it comes to living spaces, aesthetics are an important consideration – after all, no one wants an unsightly door in their home. That’s why we’ve launched the Simpli Advanced® range. It combines our beautiful FSC® certified doors with the highest specification safety and security components to create a solution that offers style and safety in equal measure.” The doorsets in the Simpli Advanced® range are available in a stunning choice of styles for maximum elegance and integration into the home. They can be matched to XL Joinery’s wide range of internal door designs – including Suffolk, Palermo and Monza – and the oak, handle, viewer and intumescent seal are all available in an extensive choice of finishing options. Available with either FD30 or FD60 fire protection, the doors offer exceptional protection against fire. Batwing® drop and perimeter seals from Lorient work together to prevent the passage of smoke and fire to other parts of the building, while the superior closing force of the

ASSA ABLOY door closer ensures reliable closing every time. As a range of entrance doors, Simpli Advanced® also provides optimal security. The PAS24 and Secured By Design-approved Yale Platinum 3 Star Cylinder delivers first-class protection against the common attack method of lock-snapping, and for added protection, the FD60 option features the Yale Lockmaster lock and deadbolt. Mark continues: “The different components on the doors work hand in hand to maintain integrity during a fire and keep intruders out. As well as this, the fact that they all come prefitted means the doors can be installed in as little as 20 minutes – leading to considerable time and cost savings for installers, especially on quick-build construction projects.

“Another benefit of this is that it serves to reassure everyone in the supply chain that the doorsets are fully compliant, since they have been preassembled by the experts and are third-party accredited. “As with all our products, the Simpli Advanced® range comes with our 10-year manufacturing guarantee, which means it will always be backed up by our dedicated support team, who are also on hand to help with any technical and installation advice that may be required.” To find out more about the Simpli Advanced® range of apartment entrance fire doorsets from XL Joinery, please visit



THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMPOSITE FIRE DOORS The award-winning Guardsman Fire Door from ODL Europe is a gamechanger for the composite fire door sector and gives architects and specifiers the fire safety credentials they are looking for. ODL Europe’s Technical Manager Ian Glenister explains.


or architects and specifiers specifying a fire door for a project, the requirement on the face of it is simple: it must deliver the required level of fire protection. But beneath that headline requirement, there are a wealth of other factors at play. For example, the door should have shown consistency over a range of test results and across a range of door manufacturers. Only then, can there be the confidence that the composite fire door has been truly specified and holds the necessary credentials when it comes to the door’s performance and stability. Our mission at ODL Europe is to build value into building products. So, when we started to develop a 30-minute composite fire door two years ago, our aim was

simple: a door that eliminated the unknown elements of a composite fire door’s performance and delivered tried and tested, consistent test results. In other words, a fire door that was a gamechanger for the sector.

We could have relied on British Standard test evidence, but while this ticks all the boxes legally, we knew it doesn’t take a door out of its comfort zone so wouldn’t meet the standards we had set for ourselves.

We partnered with the engineers at our par tners Caps tone, the world-leading supplier of composite door slabs, and a select number of experienced fire door manufacturers who shared our ambitions. And we set the bar high.

We also needed to eliminate the phenolic foam that forms the core of an industry-standard 30-minute composite fire door. We knew a solid core was the way forward and the material we are using is Agrifiber. It is a board material made from resinbonded agricultural fibres and is a renewable source so has good environmental credentials.

Any 30-minute fire door we brought to the market would need to pass the European fire test standard of EN 1634, which is the more onerous test standard required by Part B of Building Regulations.

Unlike a foam, it is capable of delivering very consistent material densities and at the right density it has both superb

37 structural properties and excellent fire resistance. The result of our six-figure development investment is the Guardsman Composite Fire Door. It has been tested in glazed and unglazed versions. It has also been tested across multiple manufacturers. And in the most recent tests to EN 1634, we have achieved an average of 100% overrun past the 30-minute mark. At the extreme, our 30-minute Guardsman fire door achieved over 70 minutes. The doors have been tested as part of a doorset including our TriSYS glazing cassette and a TS008 letterplate. They have reached test ratings they have never achieved before, which demonstrates the importance of the solid core in the construction. Of course, while safety is rightly the first priority for a fire door, day-to-day practicalities also matter. As a Capstone door it has hardwood stiles and rails and a 2mm GRP skin. It means it has all the pedigree you would expect from a composite door developed by a manufacturer with Capstone’s credentials. It is a durable and robust door that is virtually maintenance-free and more than capable of withstanding the realities of everyday use while still maintaining a good-looking appearance. We believe the Guardsman Fire Door is the f irst in the nex t generation of composite fire doors, a generation that delivers better, more reliable protection in the event of fire, and it would seem the industry agrees. The Guardsman Composite Fire door was voted Best New Product of the Year at the prestigious G21 Awards. The credentials and outstanding performance of the Guardsman Fire Door were notable qualities that impressed the G Awards judges: “Achieving a 30-minute fire door with both glazing, a letterplate and with PAS 24:2016 performance is remarkable.” So, for architects and specifiers looking to work with the best in composite fire doors, then the award-winning Guardsman Composite Fire Door by ODL Europe offers the credentials and fire safety needed. For more information visit or call 0151 933 0299

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FILLS BATH WITH LIGHT “The foil gives an appearance like timber and the colour palette includes the heritage type colours that fit in with a period environment such as Bath,” comments Paul.


eritage colours and kerbside appeal were among the factors that persuaded the planning authorities of Bath that Modus PVC-U windows from Eurocell – the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – were the appropriate alternative to timber on a prime, exposed location near the UNESCO World Heritage Site. “The planners originally wanted timber windows but that wouldn’t work for our designs because we wanted to install matching fascias and sof fits that fitted beneath considerable eaves. This is on an exposed site at the top of a steep hill so they wouldn’t look great for very long,” explains Paul Baker, Regional Managing Director for Bloor Homes South West. “Timber windows, fascias and soffits would require expensive maintenance because of the scaffolding required to paint them. These PVC-U alternatives not only have kerb-appeal but are maintenance-free”. Bloor Homes South West had also had experience of the product at other developments throughout the region and had found it answered planning department concerns. It worked with the Eurocell New Build division, which supplied four samples to show the various colours that might work on site and to demonstrate the slim, timber-like sight lines of the Modus system.

Once the Bath and North East Somerset planning department was happy with Bloor’s proposal to use Modus windows in Hazy Grey, it gave the go-ahead for the same product range, but in Agate Grey, to be used at an adjacent development from the other housebuilder. BBA certified to function satisfactorily for more than 35 years, the Modus range has a U-value of 1.2 W/m² using 4/20/4 mm sealed double-glazed units. This effective thermal performance is due to the 75mm six-chamber profile system used in the Modus that enables the range to achieve a U-value as low as 0.7 by installing triple-glazed units.

Consisting of 50% post-consumer recycled PVC-U as standard, this range of doors and windows has a smaller carbon footprint than products made or recycled outside of the UK. Eurocell achieves this by employing dual material extrusion technology (DMET) that layers post-consumer recycled and ‘virgin’ material simultaneously, so the recycled material is concentrated in the central core of the profiles where it cannot be seen once the door or window is installed. Read the full story here or visit for more information on how Eurocell can help with your next project.


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Market Leading Paving Brand Geo-Fix® Only Available From Bond It


rom 14th February we are pleased to announce that Bond It have acquired the sole distribution rights for the market leading Geo-Fix® All Weather and Geo-Fix® Original Paving Jointing Compounds. When Geo-Fix Original was f irst brought to market 25 years ago, the paving industry was a completely different landscape compared to today. With traditional cementitious jointing products causing huge problems for Local Authorities and contractors, it soon became clear that an alternative solution was required. After listening to the needs of the paving industry, Geo-Fix® developed a new technology using sand polymers to create Geo-Fix ® Original brush-in jointing compound – a truly original product that revolutionised traditional jointing methods. In 2013, the range was enhanced to include Geo-Fix® All Weather jointing compound, a superior brush-in sand that can be used in all weathers, and now offer a selection of beautiful coloured sands to complement all designs and tastes. Geo-Fix® is a ready mixed jointing that is simply brushed and compacted in to joints with minimal effort. Available in 2 versions, Original in 20kg buckets in Buff and Grey and All Weather in 14kg buckets in Stone, Mid Grey, Anthracite, Graphite and Slate Grey.

Bond It are a British manufacturer with 20 years’ experience manufacturing and supplying the construction, building and DIY markets. John Andrews Director of Geo-Fix® stated; “We are delighted to be working with Bond It to distribute the Geo-Fix® range, the team are committed to providing exceptional products and service and I am confident together we will produce even greater opportunities for our customers.” Dean Morgan Managing Director of Bond It says; “Geo-Fix® jointing compounds are recognised brand leaders and will be a perfect fit alongside our extensive Drive Alive range of products. In addition, we are committed to ensure a seamless transition and service for all customers both existing and new and feel this is a huge opportunity for Bond It to penetrate into new markets.” All Geo-Fix® products will all be available through Bond It through an authorised network of approved merchants and stockists throughout the UK and Ireland. Contact 01422 315300 or email for more information.


PEOPLE ARCHITECTURE WINS THE DAY AS GT3 PICKS UP MAJOR AWARD Leading architecture practice GT3 Architects has seen its focus on team development recognised with a prestigious national award. The f irm – which has studios in Nottingham and Newcastle – has received the ‘People Development’ award at Constructing Excellence’s national ceremony, beating nominees from across the UK. The award recognises organisations that value their workforce and ensure they maximise their team’s contribution to the business, something which GT3 Architects has nurtured through its ‘People Architecture’ approach. Alongside a new operations and flexible working policy introduced to mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the practice appointed a designated ‘people champion’ to lead its focus on personal and professional development. Liz Clarke, associate director and ‘people champion’ at GT3 Architects, said: “For a practice with a fundamental goal to place people – not buildings – at the heart of our projects, processes and practice-life, Covid-19 offered us an unparalleled opportunity to prove ‘People Architecture’ to be more than just a strapline.” The success of this approach was borne out in a staff survey, which showed that 97% of its staff base believed they are supported by their colleagues and team leaders, with 89% feeling that their work during lockdown directly contributed to practice success. Liz added: “We believe that our success stems f rom our commitment to placing people’s wellbeing at the heart of every business decision, and our quick

and sensitive reactions to feedback and changing circumstances.”

leisure facility in Staines-uponThames, Surrey – and grow its staff base by 10%.

“Throughout all the lockdowns, Sim on, Mark , an d our leadership team continued to prioritise a collaborative and transparent environment, communicating not just within our own practice, but proactively seeking peer reviews and external mentorship opportunities with our contemporaries.”

Simon Dunstan, director at GT3 Architects, said: “In a year when countless milestones, projects, and career choices were put on-hold, we made a conscious effort to continually put our people f irst, as well as contribute to the wider industry and support our local communities.”

Alongside staff-centric changes made during the pandemic, the workplace consultancy team at GT3 offered consultation sessions to local businesses struggling to adapt to a Covid-19 working environment, and the practice also launched its first Virtual Work Experience offering for students aged 14 – 18, subsequently supported by both the RIBA and Speakers for Schools. The award period also saw the firm secure new projects and R&D work – including the UK’s f irst wet and dry Passivhaus

“We are a rapidly growing practice, and we recognise that there is still plenty of work to do. We are exceptionally proud of our team, and will continue to align practice strategy and – hopefully – our continued successes with the individual development and wellbeing of our people. This award win is a real testament to our approach and we’re delighted to have been awarded to top spot.” For further information visit or join the conversation over on Twitter @_GT3Architects.




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