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Industry News


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04 Industry News

Proximity warning tech keeps Nightingale workers apart Some of the Interserve workers who are turning the Birmingham NEC into a makeshift field hospital have been kitted out with special backpacks that signal when they get too close to anyone else. way, it is intended to raise spatial awareness and affect behavioural change on site.

Although the first phase of NHS Nightingale Birmingham opened at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 16th April, providing 800 critical care beds to treat Covid-19 patients, work continues there towards an ultimate capacity of 4,000, if required. Proximity warning specialist SiteZone Safety has supplied six of its personnel distancing systems (PDS) to Interserve Construction to help enforce the so-called ‘two-metre rule’ of social distancing on the site. The PDS consists of a 2kg pack, and a detection ‘tag’ that can be worn on a hard hat, attached to a belt or strapped to the upper arm. The system has 100 hours of rechargeable battery life. The exclusion zone can be configured to suit the site’s needs. The proximity alarms are triggered if workers get too within the set boundaries, at which point both their wearable tags will vibrate and the PDS alarms. Two site safety ambassadors wear the PDS units full time and patrol the site to ensure remaining workers are observing the two-metre rule. If not, they are reminded, with accompanying demonstrations using the PDS. The other four units are being rotated between different key tradespeople on site to reinforce social distancing. In this

SiteZone Safety was approached by Interserve while the build was getting into full swing in early April. Its makes proximity warning devices are used on construction machinery but there was nothing off-the-shelf for this particular application, so prototypes had to be swiftly made, tested and approved. Interserve site manager Stuart Palmer said: “We knew about SiteZone Safety’s proximity warning expertise, and they have been able to meet the challenge for us in record time. There was an urgent need to get NHS Nightingale, Birmingham, completed, so high standards of health and safety practice were key drivers to the success of this project. SiteZone Safety’s PDS solution helped us achieve both.” There were specific challenges when developing the PDS, including making it lightweight, easy to use, and efficiently powered to function for long periods of time. The PDS repurposes the original SiteZone proximity warning system, which prevents collisions between personnel and mobile plant and vehicles. This time, other people are the threat, and the exclusion zone is rigid. Gary Escott, co-founder of SiteZone Safety, said: “We had an unusually short period of time to develop and produce a solution that we could deploy quickly. The biggest single advantage we

have is that our PDS is built on proven technology, with over 125 million hours in use. The technology has been repurposed for this new application i.e. an invisible virus is now the risk, not a moving vehicle or machine.” The PDS will be used for the duration of construction at the NEC – approximately four weeks. NHS Nightingale NEC has been provided with their PDS units for free as part of SiteZone Safety’s and its hire partner ESS-Safeforce’s appreciation of the work that Interserve and the NHS are doing in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. ESS-Safeforce is now offering personnel distancing systems for hire to others who feel they can benefit from it. PDS can later be re-purposed for vehicles and machinery after the requirement for social distancing is over, it says. ESS-Safeforce managing director Mick Jones said: “Social distancing is a priority during the Covid-19 crisis and the hire model increases accessibility of the SiteZone PDS to a wide variety of users, who we are pleased to serve in this time of urgent need.”

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Flexible working trial aids Fastflow’s return Building and infrastructure maintenance specialist Fastflow Group has implemented flexible working policies to prepare to resume suspended activities in line with social distancing guidelines. Fastflow had begun trialling flexible working in 2019, with a six-month pilot project conducted by subsidiary United Living (UL) in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the government’s Flexible Working Task Force. The trial included home and remote working – both of which have become essential business practices during the coronavirus crisis, although 80% of Fastflow’s 1,100 employees have now been furloughed. However the experience of last year’s trial helped UL and other group divisions DW Support Services (DWSS), Fastflow Energy Services (FES) and Fastflow Pipeline Services (FPS) to continue providing maintenance and repair services to infrastructure and buildings

during the lockdown. It has also informed preparations to resume some of the suspended operations of group member Partner, which builds new homes for affordable housing providers. Chairman and chief executive Neil Armstrong said: “We have all faced working and personal difficulties over the past few weeks. “For us it has been ensuring that everyone stays safe and healthy as we work on the UK’s gas and water networks and carry out important repairs to people’s homes. “There is no doubt that the lessons learned during the flexible working experiment gave us an advantage in planning new ways of working which meet the government’s safety and social distancing guidelines.

Leadership Council, whilst drawing on our own experience of working safely when providing essential services, we have now developed additional safe systems of working. “Over the coming weeks, we intend to re-mobilise new housing sites where it is safe to do so. “This will be on a graduated, phased and risk-controlled basis, prioritising external work and focusing on areas where social distancing can be maintained. “We will continue to review government guidelines and assess the ongoing safety and viability of our operations as the situation progresses.”

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06 Industry News

QMS returns to work

Devon-based highways specialist Quality Marking Services is another industry supplier retuning to work on Monday. statements to enable a safe and legal return to work for the company,” he said.

Quality Marking Services (QMS) put all its employees on furlough when the lockdown began, except for managing director Greg Clark and finance manager Peter Nicholson. However, Greg Clark says that he is now confident of getting the company

back to work in accordance with public health requirements. “I have been fully reviewing all of the guideline documents from central government, Public Health England and the Construction Leadership Council together with our own risk and method

“I therefore advise that we are now in a position to start a phased return for the business from Monday 27th April. We shall be undertaking training with those staff returning, providing updates in accordance with our review of the risk and method statements to ensure that whilst we are able to deliver the works for our clients, the safety of our staff remains top priority at all times.” He added: “The ‘new normal’ is upon us, and we must adapt our processes to ensure legal and safety compliance.”

Bouygues wins upgrade of German power plant

A subsidiary of Bouygues Construction has won a €100m (£87m) contract to modernise and extend the power plant serving a chemical complex near Leipzig in Germany. Subsidiary Kraftanlagen’s modernisation of the InfraLeuna plant is designed to secure the energy supply for companies based in the Leuna chemical complex and increase the capacity. Kraftanlagen will be the general contractor for the entire modernisation project. It will be responsible for the engineering studies, construction and commissioning of the whole plant, including integration of the existing installation. The modernisation of the existing InfraLeuna power plant will provide a high-performance combined-cycle gas and steam turbine plant, with improved efficiency and flexibility. In addition to the construction of the new combined-cycle plant, the contract includes the connection of the existing gas turbine to a new heat recovery steam generator.

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BAM builds fully electric road roller BAM Infra Nederland has built what it claims is the world’s first fully electric 10- to 12-tonne road roller. It was created by BAM’s plant and equipment department, working on an old machine that was due for an overhaul. This week the emission-free road roller was put to work on its first project, in the city of Almere. Koob Bovenhuis, manager of the plant division BAM Infra Materieel, said: “This has been an incredible achievement and a fine example of the expertise and can-do mindset of our people. From the initial idea during a strategy session, it’s taken us just one and a half years to make the electric road roller a reality.” The company said that electric alternatives are available for many types of lighter equipment but that the options in the heavier categories are few and far between. Staff put their specialist knowledge to use

in the design and fabrication in an effort to realise BAM’s sustainability ambitions and those of its clients. Thanks to its electric propulsion, the roller emits no carbon dioxide or nitrogen whatsoever. In addition, the electric road roller is much quieter than conventional models. BAM said that, compared to other heavy equipment, electrification of road rollers is relatively simple as they don’t have to perform repetitive heavy lifts tasks or prolonged excavation tasks. Much like a car, a roller needs energy mostly for driving and steering. Of course, the engine of a road roller needs to propel more weight, but unlike a car a roller doesn’t need an extensive driving range. The electric conversion saves seven litres of fuel per hour compared to

the roller’s original diesel engine. With the electric road roller, BAM is able to reduce its carbon emissions by approximately 236kg per day. On an annual basis, with 180 days of operation, the roller could reduce CO2 emissions by more than 42,000 kilograms. A fully charged battery will keep the roller running for eight hours, and recharging takes just three to five hours. As a result, the company said that it can count on the road roller to be ready for action every morning. BAM said that it considers the electric road roller to be just the first step towards developing a fully emission-free paving train. In addition to electric propulsion, the use of hydrogen could offer possible solutions for the propulsion of heavier equipment.

08 Editors Choice

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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10 Editors Choice

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.


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.


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‘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

Ashfield Academy installs Optimum 100s Spread across 40 acres of rural countryside, Ashfield Academy is a secondary school with academy status located in Kirby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Having already purchased a platform lift from Ability lifts back in 2005, when it came to looking for another platform lift for the expanding Ashfield Academy, Ability Lifts was the obvious first choice.

To provide access for all students from the ground to upper floors, the Optimum 100s platform lift was the perfect choice. After an initial site inspection, and meeting with the school, glazing was specified for the platform lift to offer an enhanced openess and additional natural light in the lift area.

With the minimum of preparation work required by the school and an installation time of only two days for this two floor platform lift, the project was commissioned and handed over on time with staff training being completed as part of the installation handover procedure.

For additional security and piece of mind, additional features such as school-locking at each landing, and a GSM auto dialler where also added to the Optimum 100s to build up a full package to cover all of the Academy’s requirements for the platform lift installation.

Please contact the Ability Lifts team on 0845 006 8803 or email sales@abilitylifts. for further information on the Optimum 200 and the other products in the Optimum range of lifts.

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.


If you would like to know more about the Inva Stair Riser or other platform lifts please contact the Invalifts team on 0845 468 2543 or alternatively send an email to

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.

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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

Out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind With budgets under increasing pressure, roof maintenance and repairs are commonly addressed reactively as issues occur. Here Tom Kerr, Sales Director at Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd looks at how taking a proactive longterm approach to maintaining flat roofs will help facilities managers maximise budgets, achieve cost certainty and manage their estate more effectively.

To minimise the risk of costly and potentially disruptive issues occurring, a roof should be viewed as an asset and managed in the same way as any other. In its most basic sense asset management is the process of introducing, operating, maintaining and then upgrading an asset. This can only be carried out effectively if the process is carefully planned and the status of each roof area is understood and monitored. Easily accessible data is a crucial element of managing any estate. Without good data any long term strategic approach is unattainable and the management of the estate budget is rendered a purely reactive one. A full roof condition survey by Langley, in which each roof area is assessed, allows for an in-depth condition report to be built. This will gather data on the roofing systems that were used, their current condition, the repairs already made and any immediate or recent concerns. Core samples, moisture readings and photography will be used to build up a comprehensive picture of the condition of each area. It will also identify any sections that need urgent work, and those that do not. Understanding the condition, long-term cost and compliance of your flat roof estate will help support a pro-active asset management plan. Condition A roof is a significant hidden asset and despite how it may appear, a roof will very rarely fail without warning. Most often the problem has been developing over time and with the right monitoring in place, could have been caught before

it reached a critical stage. An assessment of all the roof areas and the establishment of an asset management plan will help to ensure that defects are identified and rectified before they begin to undermine the structure of the roof. For example, a typical modern flat roofing system is made up of a layer of insulation with membranes above and below. If the waterproofing layer fails, it leads to potentially extensive amounts of water being trapped within the internal layers. Untreated, the condition of the system will continue to degrade until the water begins leaking into the occupied areas of the building. When this happens, repairs will need to be immediate in order to patch and repair the affected area. Whilst the intention is positive, these emergency repairs are unlikely to have addressed the underlying issue and the problem will often return. Cost In addition to the disruption caused by repeated reactive fixes, it is also more costly in the long run. Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) can find and fix relatively minor defects before they develop into more serious issues. Also, when a roof begins to leak it is not only the cost to rectify the defect but also the damage that the water ingress has caused to the fabric of the building. Asset management plans provide facilities managers with a costed, 25-year maintenance programme that is aligned

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to the projected budget and provides a clear view of what is needed and when. This helps to plan and manage budgets more effectively and minimise the risk of sudden or unexpected costs. Compliance Finally, as part of the survey and subsequent inspections the roof areas will be checked to ensure full compliance with Health and Safety and Building Regulations. Flat roof areas may need to be accessed to carry out maintenance of roof top equipment such as air conditioning plants and ventilation systems. The asset management plans will identify any potential hazards such as fragile roofs as well as the presence and condition of safety measures like guard rails and fall arrest systems in line with the requirements set out in Approved Document K: Protection from falling, collision and impact. Part L (Thermal Efficiency) compliance will also be looked at within the survey by core sampling and calculating the thermal efficiency of each roof area. Furthermore, our roof condition survey includes a full assessment of the level of compliance with regards to fire for each area of the roof. For example, it will assess whether the roof meets the external spread of flame requirements set out in Approved Document B.

Finally where any recommendations for repair or replacement are required, a survey and subsequent specification for remedial works will also pinpoint any areas where it would be unsafe to use flame applied systems and therefore ensure work can be carried out safely. This is an important part of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ (NFRC) Safe2Torch initiative. It aims to reduce the risk of fire caused by unsafe practices. The creation of a full asset management plan alongside regular, planned inspections will help ensure issues are identified before they compromise the integrity of the roof. It will also allow facilities managers to sequence work to achieve maximum efficiency. Langley’s services provide facilities managers with the knowledge they need to budget, maintain and repair effectively, which is crucial where resources are under pressure. To book a free Langley roof condition survey, please call Cassey Smith; Business Development Co-Ordinator on 01327 704778 or email Or, for more information on Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd’s services, you can register and download our ‘Pro-active Flat Roof Asset Management’ Company Overview here


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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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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