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Company News SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AND DOUBLE TURNOVER FOR MERSEY ARCHITECTS Merseyside architect’s practice Studio RBA is set to more than double its turnover to £400k in just its second year.


his comes alongside news of three appointments to the growing firm, with two directors and a technician bringing the team to 10 permanent staff. Jack Johnson, aged 32, joins as an architect director, having worked previously for A2 Architects; while Kenny McNaughton, also 32, is Studio RBA’s new managing director, joining from Dutch firm Koole to take on a split design and business management role. The third new recruit is architectural technologist Matthew Johnson, 22, who has gained a reputation as a rising star in the industry, joining from L7 Architects. Adam Morgan, director of Studio RBA, said: “It’s been a great couple of years for us, one that has seen us carve our niche in the sector, punching above our weight to successfully compete for some huge North West developments. It’s important that a new business grows steadily and doesn’t sit still, so when the chance came to add vital skills and experience to the group, we didn’t hesitate.” Liverpool-based Studio RBA was formed in July 2017 by founding director Adam Morgan and has since built a strong reputation for original design and efficiency, backed by a young team which has turned around more than 140 projects, across the region, worth over £125m.

RHODAR PROVIDES TECH DONATION FOR YORKSHIRE PRIMARY SCHOOL Leeds-based Rhodar, a leading specialist enabling works provider of asbestos removal, demolition and remediation services, has donated 12 tablets to Farfield Primary School in Bradford to support its students across all key stage development areas.


he tablets were fully refurbished by Rhodar’s IT specialists and will be used to support students in developing their technology, mathematics, and English skills with educational games and apps.

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The tablets will also be used at Breakfast Club alongside other activities such as table football and arts and crafts. On Fridays the school offers students half an hour of ‘Golden Time’ where they choose fun activities and games for a reward at the end of the week. The tablets will also be brought into classrooms as a bonus treat for this.


Ewan Clark, business manager at Farfield Primary School, said: “We are so pleased to have been given these tablets because now-a-days you think that everyone at home has a tablet, but that isn’t always the case for our children. This donation gives them the opportunity to become familiar with the technology now in every day use at high school and for workplaces. Everyone was so excited, especially the school council once we were informed. “Earlier in the year, the children created a wish list of equipment and activities they wanted for the school and tablets were at the very top. We’d all like to say a big thank you to Rhodar for this generous donation.”

Raj Penaser, IT manager at Rhodar, said: “It’s a privilege to be able to donate these tablets to Farfield Primary School. New technology is constantly being developed but products can often come with an expensive price tag, meaning tablets and similar gadgets aren’t accessible to everyone. With this donation, we hope the children at Farfield are able to engage with their lessons through technology and that it helps prepare them for the future.”

“Earlier in the year, the children created a wish list of equipment and activities they wanted for the school and tablets were at the very top. We’d all like to say a big thank you to Rhodar for this generous donation.”

Company News Fisher & Paykel welcomes National Contracts Manager Sam Rogers to UK and Ireland team Fisher & Paykel welcomes Sam Rogers to the role of National Contracts Manager. Sam will be responsible for building F&P’s new Contracts team in the UK as well as strengthening relationships with SME and luxury developers and housebuilders.


avid Woollcott, Managing Director, Fisher & Paykel UK, Ireland and Europe said: “Sam is responsible for managing and driving the newly created Contracts division. With 10 years of experience in building and managing successful projects under his belt, we’re confident he will help strengthen relationships with housebuilders in this rapidly growing channel for the F&P brand. We are delighted to welcome Sam and his New Zealand roots to Fisher & Paykel.” Sam previously worked for Miele for nine and a half years where he was responsible for the specification of appliances within premium property developments across the UK. Sam’s prior roles as Business Development Manager and various sales and account

management positions make him a great fit for Fisher & Paykel in their motivation to drive sales in the premium housebuilders and property developers’ market. Sam Rogers says: “This was a fantastic opportunity to join a company I am very familiar with. As a proud Kiwi, it enables me to promote a brand that I grew up with and really align with its values. “This is an opportunity to build an entire specialist contract sales division from the ground up and support Fisher & Paykel’s global objective to become the world’s number one premium brand. “I’m looking forward to working with David Woollcott and the rest of the team as we progress our plans forward into the UK market.”

Moores Head of Product Development, Andrew Story, appointed Council member of the Furniture Industry Research Association Moores is delighted to announce that Andrew Story, Head of Product Development, has become the latest Council member of the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA).


he Research Association is a not-for-profit body and it is the Council’s role to represent the needs of members and govern how funds are allocated, ensuring that projects undertaken are reflective of the furniture sector and will add value to the hundreds of organisations who are members. Story is Head of Product Development at Moores Furniture Group, who manufacture and install kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture and accessories across the contract and retail markets. Moores has a three-brand strategy including the Affinity, Definitive and premium Roux Kitchen range in partnership with Michelin star Chef Michel Roux Jr. Story was also a British Standards Institute (BSI) committee member

during the recent update of BS 6222-2:2009+A1:2017 Domestic kitchen equipment. Fitted kitchen units, peninsular units, island units and breakfast bars. Performance requirements and test methods and BS 62222:2017 and BS 6222-3:2017 Domestic kitchen equipment. Performance requirements for durability of surface finish and adhesion of surfacing and edging materials. Specification. The appointment of Story helps the bolster the Council’s representation from the kitchen sector. Close to 10% of the Research Association’s membership are from the kitchen sector, with a combined turnover of around £2 billion per annum. Steve Parkin, CEO of Moores said: “We are very proud to have a FIRA Council Member as a designer and product developer on our team. Andrew’s appointment demonstrates Moores’ commitment to uphold the highest standards and lead by example in the furniture industry.”

“With our workload constantly increasing it feels like the right time to expand and make sure that the commissions our talented team are winning keep on coming.”

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Speaking on Story’s appointment, Phil Reynolds, Chief Operating Office at the Furniture Industry Research Association said, “It’s a key priority to have a good balance of Council members to reflect the membership. We did identify that we had a gap from the kitchen sector and by Andy joining us we’re readdressing this. It’s only through having a cross-section of Council members that we can ensure that the Research Association delivers across the entire furniture sector, without bias towards one segment. A few months ago, Andy met the Council and both parties were eager for him to get on-board. I look forward to his participation in his first formal Council meeting in June and for the kitchen sector to once again have a stronger voice.”


Company News Vogue (UK) heighten creative edge with two new appointments Suraj Rullay, Technical Designer, Vogue (UK) & Rebecca Mills, Marketing Assistant, Vogue (UK)


he UK’s largest British designer and manufacturer of premium radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), continue to heighten its creative edge, with two new staff appointments: • Suraj Rullay, new Technical Designer at Vogue • Rebecca Mills, new Marketing Assistant at Vogue Both graduates, Suraj and Rebecca each bring an inherent passion for the creative industries with knowledge spanning technical product design, fashion, digital media and marketing. Suraj Rullay studied at the University of Wolverhampton, where he achieved a degree in Product Design and fittingly, was located only minutes from Vogue (UK)’s factory which is also based in Wolverhampton. By virtue of this professionally-focused design course, Suraj excels in the development of his own ideas and innovative concepts which in turn, brings a new and modern approach to product design at Vogue (UK). By combining this, with the vast amount of knowledge and experience which has already made Vogue (UK) a market leader, you can expect to see some exciting new products joining the Vogue portfolio. New Marketing Assistant, Rebecca Mills also studied in the West Midlands, completing a degree in Fashion Business & Promotion at Birmingham

City University. This course enabled Rebecca to develop skills in order to undertake a number of industry roles which include Buying, Marketing and PR, Trends forecasting and Event Management. Employing these very skills in her new role at Vogue (UK), Rebecca will implement a host of new marketing strategies to increase Vogue’s digital footprint and online engagement with its customers: B2C and B2B. Steve Birch, Sales Director at Vogue (UK) says “With such a competitive marketplace, we have to maintain the pedigree of our workforce and through strategic appointments like Suraj and Rebecca, we will elevate our creative edge and amplify the promotion of both brand and products.” “We are really pleased to welcome Suraj and Rebecca to the Vogue family, helping us to maintain and improve our quality design excellence and develop new sales and marketing strategies to grow our brand and build on three decades of success” says Steve.

Adveco Appoints UK Sales Manager Commercial heating and hot water specialist Adveco, has appointed Greg Brushett as UK sales manager, responsible for all Adveco and A.O. Smith Water Heaters product and system sales.


s part of the appointment, Greg has spearheaded a review and restructuring of the UK sales function to drive greater focus on supporting customer engagement. Greg brings more than a decade of sales and engineering expertise in the commercial heating and hot water industry. Starting as a regional sales manager at Rinnai, he originally joined A.O. Smith Water Heaters in 2011 as a sales engineer. Having moved to Viessmann in 2014 in the role of area business manager (commercial & renewables), he has taken the opportunity to return to Adveco and A.O. Smith Water Heaters to manage UK sales. “Between Adveco and A.O. Smith, we have a strong and highly competitive product offering,” says Greg Brushett, UK sales manager, Adveco. “Now, we can back that with the best possible service for customers. We have focussed on building our professional sales teams to ensure that there is no single point of failure. Customers can be assured there will always be access to the specialist technical sales knowledge that sets Adveco apart when sourcing product for commercial applications and projects.”

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Customers of Adveco and A.O. Smith Water Heaters are supported by dedicated specification sales and account sales teams, both backed by in-house application engineers. The new team structures are important, ensuring the sales team members never feel isolated and customers always have an informed point of contact - critical for projects that can be complex and typically require a bespoke response.


“The new sales team structure is also really important in allowing us to bring on new talent, leveraging the existing experience within the team to nurture the next generation of application engineers and specialist specification sales, by recently expanding our graduate intake across these teams we are not only taking positive steps towards addressing the growing national skills shortage within the engineering sector, but also strengthening our business for long term growth as we embrace new technologies and expand into new commercial markets.”

KEUCO IXMO_ solo thermostat: The sensation for the shower Minimalism means eliminating the unnecessary. Minimalism in the shower means, IXMO_solo.

on the wall conducting the water, you have more freedom of design and considerably less installation work.

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hanks to innovative technology the fitting uniquely combines thermostat, stop valve, and a wall outlet for the shower hose, all functions in only one module. Operating it is easy and can be grasped intuitively. The water flow is regulated at the front, the temperature at the back, and the hose connection is integrated. Because there is only one element


“Bringing a new level of ‘glitz and glamour’ to the bathroom, heating solutions are needing to compete against a backdrop of PVD coloured basins, metallic brassware and crystal accents seen across the fixtures and fittings.”

Steve Birch

‘Glitz & Glamour’ with new contemporary finishes by Vogue UK The UK’s leading manufacturer of designer radiators and towel warmers, Vogue UK, tap into the market’s unwavering admiration for luxury bathroom design, with its new and exclusively distinct contemporary finishes: White Sparkle, Grey Sparkle and Satin Black.


dorning Vogue’s mainstream Focus MD001 Towel Warmer, the new Sparkle colour options are exclusive to Vogue UK, infusing a dazzling iridescent finish across one of its flagship multi-rail designs.

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New Sparkle finishes in White and Grey colour options by Vogue UK are luxuriously minimal yet strikingly ornate. Defined by a shimmering façade and clean, Scandinavianstyle design, Sparkle creates the perfect contrast when set against a matt black feature wall, whilst working in tandem with your existing white sanitaryware to give a fresh perspective on high-fashion, monochrome bathroom design.


Steve Birch, Sales Director at Vogue UK says, “Bringing a new level of ‘glitz and glamour’ to the bathroom, heating solutions are needing to compete against a backdrop of PVD coloured basins, metallic brassware and crystal accents seen across the fixtures and fittings. Our new White Sparkle and Grey Sparkle finishes answer this new desire for inspirational finishes, the likes of which have never been previously seen on heating solutions.”

Our Black Satin by Vogue UK is also influenced by the latest colour trends where black remains the colour of choice for 2019. Recognised as the most loved colour in fashion, black is known for its expensive façade, creating an air of sophistication and luxury: the perfect colour choice for a distinct heating solution. “Modern homeowners are looking for a more tailored style of heating, with online searches for black and dark colours up by 93% in the last 6 months! To answer this desire for moody hues, our range of towel warmers can be designed in a range of specialist colours, contemporary matt finishes and metallics, so that you can create a tailor-made heating design that is luxurious and aesthetically pleasing” says Steve. Beautifully proportioned, Focus MD001 is available in a wide-range of sizes to ensure a high capacity for hanging and drying, as per below: • H 800mm, 1200mm, 1800mm x W 300mm, 500mm, 600mm x D93-113mm • 3-5-6, 4-5-13, 4-5-12-13 bar arrangement

• 25mm round tubing • Up to 969/3306 Watts/BTU’s • Mild Steel construction with painted colour options • VL003 Arne Valve recommended by Vogue (UK) • Suitable for central heating systems, dual fuel and electric options • 15 years Manufacturers Guarantee

For more information regarding its full range of quality heating solutions, please contact: Vogue UK, T: 01902 387000 E: W: Vogue UK Ltd, Strawberry Lane, Willenhall, West Midlands WV13 3RS

Bathrooms & Washrooms Sleek with no leaks for the perfect wetroom “A few manufacturers have attempted to create something similar but, in our opinion, Abacus Elements has really nailed it with this clever design making it one of the best wetroom trays we have seen.” Roger Bisby, Skill Builder. Designed to create sleek, stylish wetrooms, the Infinity single-fall wetroom tray by Abacus Elements is the only product of its kind on the market today where the slopes of the tray former and drain are fully integrated and sealed. This ensures straightforward design installation of a leak-free, secure wetroom which oozes class. The Infinity single-fall wetroom tray helps achieve a subtle style statement and a minimalist look as the tiles fall seamlessly into the wall. The cleverly-conceived tray eliminates the need for fiddly floor tile cuts and grout lines, with their potential to look unsightly and trap dirt, while also avoiding the problem of damaging leaks. Fast and professional installation is easily achieved on both timber and screeded floors. The Infinity single fall tray can be installed level with the floor or raised using a sub-element to draw attention to the shower area. The tileable slot drain is perfect for fashionable, large format tiles and 700mm or 1000mm drain lengths are available, both featuring a high capacity drain trap. The competitively-priced Infinity wetroom tray kits from Abacus Elements are sup-plied with waterproofing tape and a comprehensive installation kit. Available in four standard off-the-shelf sizes, covering both left-hand and right-hand installations, the Infinity single-fall wetroom trays can also be manufactured in bespoke sizes and are backed by a 15-year guarantee against manufacturing defects. For further information contact 0345 850 50 40, or visit or the Abacus Manufacturing Group YouTube channel to view the installation videos.

A new sales brochure presents the Cistermiser infrared urinal control valve 14/02/2019 14:52:31

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Cistermiser’s market-leading IRC® infrared urinal flushing control valve is fully detailed in an informative new sales brochure, designed for ease of use by specifiers, installers and merchant counter staff. Fitted together with a robust and proven brass-bodied solenoid valve assembly, the IRC® sensor now features a compact body shape, an economy mode option to provide even greater water savings, a newstyle mounting bracket for recessed installations and an improved design which allows clients to replace batteries in convenient fashion by simply removing the front fascia to access the battery compartment. The IRC® employs motion-sensing infrared to automatically control the flushing of cistern-fed urinals, minimise water wastage and ensure compliance with Water Regulations. When the PIR sensor detects movement, the solenoid valve is activated, allowing water into the cistern. “Flexibility underpins the continued success of our best-selling IRC®,” says Cistermiser’s Marketing Manager Mark Schlotel. “The sensor is adaptable and can be pipe, wall or ceiling mounted, surface-mounted or recessed “The IRC® is ready to install straight out of the box and reduces water

battery or mains-powered and batteries can also be used to provide

consumption by over 80%,” continues Mark. “In normal operating mode,

back-up to mains supply, if required.”

the unit runs with a 30-minute cycle which means the cistern will flush a maximum of 2 times per hour. In economy operating mode, an

The IRC® is WRAS approved and designed with practicality in

additional delay of 15 minutes is provided before the normal mode cycle

mind. Communicative green, amber or red LED status alerts guide

is activated, to save even more water resources.”

installers and end users to ensure ease of commissioning, testing and confirmation of water-saving operating mode. RRN719101 Cistermiser HP.indd 1

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to conceal the unit and reduce the risk of vandalism. The IRC® can be



Clarity. Subtlety. A certain lightness of touch. These are the qualities that inform Essence, a design line created from gently organic forms. Perfect for those for whom the bathroom is a place of relaxation and contemplation, the collection’s slender profiles and natural lines are ideal for creating a calming scheme that is timeless in its elegance, and gives the whole bathroom space to breathe. Pared back to the essentials, Essence provides effortless, appealing design with innovative features you’ll enjoy day after day.

FIT FOR A QUEEN – HIQU™ AT HEVER CASTLE Aqualisa’s HiQu™ smart showers have been installed at recently refurbished, Hever Castle, in Kent, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The team at Hever Castle, in conjunction with interior design company Interiors at Nine to Eleven, specified the Aqualisa product primarily for its performance, reliability and modern aesthetic, but also, in no small part, because of Aqualisa’s local Kent heritage.


ever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent originally opened its doors to the public in the 1960’s and opened a stunning bed and breakfast in 2012. Over time, the castle has continued to require maintenance and refurbishment, especially in the luxury accommodation areas that provide 5-star bathing and showering facilities. The castle, renowned for its design style and meticulous attention to detail, wanted a shower that could meet all the requirements of a unique, historic destination that promises guests an exclusive and unforgettable experience. Aqualisa’s HiQu™ smart shower was therefore specified for all 28 guest bedrooms within the Anne Boleyn and Astor Wing. “Visitors to such a premium establishment, be that a hotel or a castle, expect a shower that adds a luxury feel but is simple to use – that’s why we picked Aqualisa’s HiQu™,” commented Sarah Clark, Interior Designer at Interiors at Nine to Eleven. “It’s sleek and attractive aesthetic suits the traditional room designs but also meets guests’ expectations of luxury bathroom facilities, using the latest technology for convenience and pleasure. It is also extremely easy to use, with a push button

“Visitors to such a premium establishment, be that a hotel or a castle, expect a shower that adds a luxury feel but is simple to use – that’s why we picked Aqualisa’s HiQu™,” commented Sarah Clark, Interior Designer at Interiors at Nine to Eleven.

start/stop control via the shower controller or wireless remote.” Aqualisa’s HiQu™ smart shower range has separate dials for temperature and flow. Blue and red LED lights indicate when the system is cooling down and heating up while a white light shows that the shower has reached the user’s intended temperature. Diverter technology also ensures that the user can easily switch between multiple outlets, again via the shower controller or a remote control. “The remote control was a priority feature for us as the shower can be switched on before the user steps in, which really provides our guests with a luxury experience,” said Roland M. Smith, House Manager at Hever Castle. “Additionally, inconsistent water pressure has always been a problem throughout the old building, an issue which the HiQuTM has removed due to its pumped smart valve, which adjusts to low or variable water pressure to maintain a powerful flow rate.

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“As the old building had a unique fabric to work around and visitors were continuously present, this was always going to be a challenging project. Nonetheless, Aqualisa’s high-quality system was easy to install and adapted to the specialist requirements of a building configuration that, despite significant restoration, stays true to its medieval and Tudor origins. The flexibility of the smart valve, in terms of location, as well as the push fit connections, means the shower has been simple to install and will be straightforward to maintain over time.”


The smart valve can be located up to 10 meters away from the shower controller in places with easy accessibility, such as in a cupboard space or under the existing bath, ideal for the castle where regular checks and servicing are carried out. Furthermore, the remote valve also frees up the showering area itself to optimise the shower design and make the most of whatever space is available. Sarah Clark concluded, “The feedback has been great across the board, with visitors stating that they especially like the design of the shower and the successful combination of the two different interior styles.”

Jerry Gorman, Head of Specification at Aqualisa also reflected, “It was wonderful to see how well the HiQu™ showers complemented the stunning and historic Hever Castle. As we are on the doorstep, we had the opportunity to work closely with the team at Hever Castle throughout the whole project. We were able to supply an attractive product that was easy to use and flexible enough to work within the structure of the building and which delivered a great showering experience. Everyone’s impressed with the result, and how the showers contribute to an enjoyable and memorable stay for guests.” For more information on Aqualisa, please visit or follow @AqualisaShowers. For further information contact Jerry Gorman on 07775 535780

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LEFT Aqua4ma is a wetroom solution offering a quick and easy install suitable for use on timber or solid floor areas and compatible to a tile or vinyl flooring finish. The uPVC pre-formed shower base and panels are secured with drywall screws and solvent weld for sealing so there is no drying time to factor into the install.

Pinnacle8 a collection of sliding and pivoting semi-frameless enclosure models that feature 8mm toughened safety glass throughout and are treated with Lifeshield™, a lifetime protective coating for easy cleaning. All models have unique slimline wall profiles concealing a 20mm wall adjustment for ease of fitting. SmartSeal technology is used on the crystal clear seals and glass-toglass corner join seals, to ensure a clean uninterupted finish and a water tight bond.


20 Years Giving You Kudos The Creators of Trusted Showering Solutions


udos has been designing and manufacturing shower products at their Cumbrian facility since 1999. Their product portfolio includes shower enclosures, shower trays, over-bath screens and wet-room solutions and they are sold through bathroom showrooms and merchants across the UK. Kudos shower products produce all their products in the heart of the beautiful Lake District, they are justifyably proud of their heritage and to be one of the few remaining bathroom manufacturers still committed to producing products in the UK.

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The company was initially formed by the current chairman Bruce Ledwith, ex Selecta and Jim Watson ex Spring Ram Bathrooms, both of whom at the time had many years of design and production experience within the industry. Kudos was born initially to create precision engineered luxury shower doors and enclosures that represent excellent value for money, packed with innovative and functional features and produced to a quality finish. And product innovations have undoubtedly remained the key driver for this successful business over the years. Commited to UK manufacturing and where feasible UK sourcing, Kudos acquired their shower tray supplier Spa-Jet, based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in November 2016 to provide a cohesive offer to perfectly


Kudos has been designing and manufacturing shower products at their Cumbrian facility since 1999. BELOW LEFT Kudos Connect2 tray comes in high gloss white acrylic capped ABS, filled with a structural resin bonded stone for durability. Its dual offset waste has been designed to avoid floor joists. It’s a slimline tray standing just 35mm in height and comes with an optional Kamba antislip coating.

Kudos showroom, offices and production base in Cumbria


complement their enclosure range and expand their product portfolio to include a unique wetroom solution too ‘Aqua4ma’. They had also built a strong relationship with their component supplier in South Africa and that manufacturer was also acquired to become part of the Kudos group, so the majority of their product components are now produced within the Kudos family of companies which equate to 140,000 sq ft of manufacturing space in the UK alone. Today Kudos has over 1500 showrooms displaying Kudos shower products in the UK and they supply many leading UK housebuilders and Hotels. The business has grown expotentially over the past few years, largely due to acquisition and the success of their latest product introductions,

the Connect2 low profile tray, the luxury Pinnacle8 shower enclosure range and their unique wetroom solution Aqua4ma.

More at, tel: 01539 564040 or email

Awards News SIG Roofing celebrates ‘Local Heroes’ at this year’s UK Roofing Awards Unsung heroes from across the roofing industry were given a chance to shine at this year’s National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) UK Roofing Awards, sponsored by SIG Roofing.


he three shortlisted roofers were invited to London for the annual award ceremony on 10th May, which saw Ben Large, of Bedfordshire’s BPL Roofing Ltd, named as the industry’s ‘Local Hero’ of the year. The recognition follows Ben and his team working against the clock to deliver a high-value project for a family who had been scammed out of £38,000 and left with an unsafe roof by bogus builders. Ben takes up the story: “I’ve worked in the roofing industry for quite a number of years, but this was one of the worst examples of shoddy workmanship I’ve ever seen. People put a lot of trust in roofers, and it’s horrible to see this trust abused. After the case was brought to our attention via social media, I knew we had to help out. Because of the poor quality work from the previous builders, the entire roof had to be reinforced. Once this was completed, we set to work – ultimately completing the job within two days, free-of-charge. Helping this family out was just the right thing to do, but being named as a ‘Local Hero’ by the UK Roofing Awards means the world to me.” Also nominated in the category were Sean Davis, of Riverside Roofing in Wigan, who is an active charity fundraiser and has helped vulnerable homeowners who have fallen victim to cowboy builders; and Gold Roofing Cornwall’s Ross Golder, who has raised more than £150,000 for children and young people with life limiting illnesses. Speaking at the ceremony, Stuart Base, marketing director for SIG Roofing, commented: “The three shortlisted Local Heroes represent the very best of the roofing industry. Each of them were truly deserving of the award, and their commitment to going above-and-beyond the call of duty in the name of first-rate customer service is truly inspiring to behold. I’d like to congratulate all three for being shortlisted, and Ben for triumphing in what was a hugely competitive category!’

The Flower Bowl Wins Again for Sika Liquid Plastics Sika Liquid Plastics is celebrating the continuing success of one of its stand-out projects of 2018 after The Flower Bowl won the Green Roof category in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Awards.


oofing contractor, W Hughes & Son installed Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decothane Root-Resistant system and Decotherm insulation at The Flower Bowl, a new-build leisure attraction on the outskirts of Preston with a curved green roof designed to echo the local landscape. The NFRC Award follows the project’s success in being named Liquid Roofing Project of the Year in a Buried Application in the Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association (LRWA) Awards late last year. It highlights the collaborative relationship between the client, Sika Liquid Plastics and W Hughes & Son, which has led to a unique roofing installation that creates impact for the development and has created a real talking point for visitors. Guy Topping from The Flower Bowl comments: “The building has been designed to echo the rolling hills of the Lancashire landscape and, thanks to the roofing system supplied by Sika Liquid Plastics, expertly installed by the W Hughes & Son team, we have successfully achieved that vision. Once

the grass on the roof has matured, we even hope to be able to graze sheep up there, which I’m sure will be a first for a leisure attraction!” Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decotherm insulation was mechanically fixed to the profiled metal roof deck, following the contours for the hillshaped roof. Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decothane Root-Resistant system was then used to provide a robust waterproof surface, which is compatible with a green roof build-up and provided the ideal solution for The Flower Bowl. Sam Kidd Area Technical Manager from Sika Liquid Plastics adds: “This is a stunning new build development and the curved green roof ensures that it looks distinctive and offers visitors a unique experience “We’re delighted that the project has been successful in another major industry awards programme and it’s testament to the whole team, including the client, the contractor and Sika Liquid Plastics.”

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Aluprof Unitised Systems Transforms Existing Belfast Building By Wojciech Brożyna - MD Aluprof UK Unitised curtain wall is normally associated with new high rise building, but in Belfast, Aluprof systems are being used to help transform an existing office block with a completely new building envelope.


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ocated at Wellington Place in the heart of Belfast, the Merchant Square Office Development will offer over 200,000 sq.ft. of Grade A office accommodation. The existing seven storey office block was designed by McAlister Armstrong & Partners and completed in 1975. The new £18.5 million redevelopment will add two further floors and will consist of a new Corten steel and aluminium high performance facade.


The external envelope was originally specified in traditional stick construction curtain wall, but Clarke Facades worked with Aluprof to put forward a superior offer using a unitised option. Crucial to this specification change with Like Architects of Belfast and their client, the Oakland Group, is that the proposal had to fall within the original facade budget. This was achieved using Aluprof’s MB-SE75 Capped Unitised Curtain Wall system.

“Our project will have a multiplier effect around Wellington Place, Queen Street and College Square, and we are confident the Merchant Square project will make a major contribution to the redevelopment of Belfast going forward” - Guy Hollis from the Oakland Group

With the rise in use of unitised curtain wall systems in medium sized projects, the option of unitised systems is becoming a real alternative to a traditional curtain wall, especially as costs are becoming much more competitive. It is well known that unitised systems can offer up to a 50% time saving on installation which can offer significant savings on the project programme. Aluprof’s MB-SE75 Capped Unitised Curtain Wall system was then specified in an anodised finish, which then contrasts in accordance with the architects design, with the external Corten steel used in a vertical column emphasis. Facade installation started

in early March and is expected to be completed in a matter of weeks, ensuring that the building envelope meets the tight installation programme. The Merchant Square project has been funded by the Northern Ireland Investment Fund and Fairfield Finance. The owner, Oakland Group is being advised by local firm Radius Corporate Finance. Guy Hollis from the Oakland Group states that the development will have a “transformative impact” on Belfast city centre and goes on to say: “Our project will have a multiplier effect around Wellington Place, Queen Street and College Square, and we are confident the Merchant Square project

will make a major contribution to the redevelopment of Belfast going forward.”

Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof’s UK head offices on +44 (0) 161 941 4005 or from their London office, based at the Business Design Centre, Islington, on +44 (0) 7908 781750.

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Installed by Clarke Facades of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, the project is due for completion in Autumn this year with a new anchor client, PwC, relocating approximately 2,000 staff to Merchant Square during summer 2020. Serving the whole of the UK and Ireland, Aluprof UK’s head office and extensive distribution centre is located in Altrincham, Cheshire. Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK.

Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained local companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards.


Coatings, Sealants & Paints SIKA FASTFIX ALL WEATHER – ALWAYS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT Sika® FastFix All Weather is a new self-setting paving jointing compound from Sika Everbuild, providing the ideal solution to perfect pointing on paving, paths and patios.

Sika FastFix All Weather can be used for a range of applications including footpaths, stone setts, cobbles and Indian sandstone paving slabs and once opened can be stored in water and reused to reduce waste.

With a unique formula containing Active Resin Technology for advanced durability, it is supplied ready to use with no mixing required, is easy to apply in all weather conditions; even in the rain and won’t shrink or crack over time.

Available in buff in 15kg tubs and grey in 14kg, Sika FastFix All Weather is available now in builder’s merchants nationwide.

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An 18th Century farmhouse based in Chobham, Surrey, has enjoyed a living room space and kitchen revamp with TeknosPro. Nick Sammut, a professional painter and decorator from Surrey based Rushmoor Painting & Decorating, who had previously spruced up the farmhouse’s tired exterior window frames with TeknosPro products, was delighted to return to the beautiful cottage to inject new life into the living room and kitchen.


The work required recoating the walls and ceilings in the living room along with the woodwork in the kitchen. As Nick’s customers had been so impressed by the finish and protection on the exterior of the farmhouse, they were keen for their interiors to reflect the same quality. TeknosPro 5 was used for the living room ceiling and walls; it is designed for dry indoor spaces and provides a full-matt finish with a low side sheen. The existing paintwork had been used to bridge the gap between the wall and the ceiling. However, as the original beams moved over time, the paint had become stuck on the beam making it look untidy. Nick fixed this with TeknosPro 5 taking into account the movement of beams, and also applied a coat of Timantti Stop, a primer to prevent any water stains. The kitchen cupboards needed a bit of TLC along with fresh coats of paint to the room’s ceiling and walls. Futura Aqua 3, a waterborne primer was used on the wooden doors and drawers followed by two coats of Futura Aqua 20, a waterborne paint with a semi-matt finish. This brightened the space and gave it a beautiful new look while RRN719076 Teknos HP.indd 1

maintaining the aesthetics of such a historic building. Nick commented, “I love working with TeknosPro products. I know they are high-quality and leave an excellent finish, and now my client does too! They are really happy with the results. And, with the growing network of TeknosPro distributors, it’s so easy for me to get the right paints for each job.” Rushmoor Painting & Decorating was formed in 2016. The team of professional painters showcases

the best in artisan painting producing high quality finishes on projects of all sizes, as seen across their active social media channels. Using the right tools for the job and paying attention to detail, Rushmoor Painting & Decorating prides itself on great quality work which is enhanced by the excellent quality of paints portfolios, such as TeknosPro. For further information, and to find a full list of stockists, visit or call Teknos on 01869 208005. 07/06/2019 11:50:29



As with any home, wear and tear is inevitable through everyday use, and with Summer upon us, now is the perfect opportunity to refresh the wooden surfaces in the home. Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes specialist, offers a range of internal finishing products, designed to protect, preserve and enhance wooden flooring, worktops and other joinery. Offering all the professional features of a traditional oil-based finish, Polyx-Oil combines the smooth surface of conventional lacquers, and the application ease of a water-based finish. Ideal for solid engineered or laminate wood flooring, Polyx-Oil is a high-quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood finish that is based on natural ingredients and available in glossy, satin, semi-matt and matt finishes.

The world-renowned Hayward Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within Southbank Centre in London. As part of a two-year restoration project, Remmers restoration products were selected by Cemplas, to complete extensive concrete repair and renovation works to the internal architectural concrete elements of this prestigious major arts venue. Remmers ‘Arte Mundit’ was applied to remove the decades of superficial dirt that had built up on the concrete walls and ceilings. Arte Mundit is a self-vulcanising cleaning paste that dries into a peelable natural latex. It provides thorough water-free removal of residues to varied substrates and there is no development of dust making it the ideal product for specialised restoration projects. | Email: | Tel: 01293 594010


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Made with natural oils and waxes, TopOil accentuates the wood’s natural beauty and leaves a flawless water-repellent finish to wooden worktops. It is almost odourless, contains no biocides or preservatives and will not crack, flake, peel or blister. The finish achieved with TopOil ensures the worktop is impervious to a wide range of liquids, such as wine, beer and cola. If you feel inspired to rejuvenate your interior this Summer and want to find out more about the range of Osmo products available, visit:

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Earthborn has relaunched its website with some wonderful new features, offering paint colour ideas, decorating tips, the latest news and competitions. Earthborn paint is special, with some truly unique qualities. Its signature Claypaint is made from real clay, making it luxuriously thick and creamy, highly breathable and with a distinctive ultra flat matt finish. To help spread the word, Earthborn asked five fabulous interiors bloggers to contribute to a year of inspiring projects and room makeovers. Throughout 2019 Earthborn will be working with five brand ambassadors, dubbed the Earthborn #claymates! Across the year, you can check out their personal projects and room makeovers, all using Earthborn. They are: • Soozi Danson from The Patterned Palace (@soozidanson) • Kimberly Duran from Swoonworthy (@swoonworthyblog) • Luke Arthur Wells (@lukearthurwells) • Jess Hurrell from Gold is a Neutral (@gold_is_a_neutral)

If you would like to get involved in the #claymates campaign, join Earthborn on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where there will be competitions – hosted by each of the #claymates – plus a special discount code for our website. So if you’re planning a project using Earthborn paints in 2019, don’t forget to hashtag #claymates! RRN719040 Earthborn HP.indd 1

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The Blue Anchor has called last orders in Fishpool St, St Albans This Grade II Listed Blue Anchor Pub, built in the 17th century, was one of the last remaining public houses in the historic Fishpool Street. In more recent times it was difficult to let out the pub, despite a substantial refurbishment in 2006; so the Blue Anchor closed its doors for the last time in Spring 2014.


n 2017, Osprey Development’s planning application was approved to convert The Blue Anchor into a two-storey four bedroomed home with remodelling and alterations to the single storey rear extensions including changes to the roof. This was dependant on the architectural style, roof form, windows and materials which had to complement its setting.

The conversion of the building was a success; however, it still required a solution for the thermally cold and inefficient single glazed primary windows throughout. Additionally, the other requirement was noise insulation from the busy thoroughfare. Due to the Listed status of the building, these windows could not be replaced. Osprey Developments consulted Selectaglaze, the leading specialist of secondary glazing for a solution.

The restoration was designed by local architects, Briffa Phillips and supervised by building surveyors Kirsop and Co. The main pub area has been considerately renovated into an elegant dining room and foyer; still sympathetically retaining the primary windows, wood panelled walls and a stunning heritage fireplace. The conversion of the building was a success; however, it still required a solution for the thermally cold and inefficient single glazed primary windows throughout. Additionally, the other requirement was noise insulation from the busy thoroughfare. Due to the Listed

status of the building, these windows could not be replaced. Osprey Developments consulted Selectaglaze, the leading specialist of secondary glazing for a solution. A total of 16 units on the first floor, ground floor and study have been treated thus far using a selection of three window styles. All the units installed are versatile and slimline framing systems, suitable for Heritage properties. The Series 10 horizontal sliding unit was required to provide easy access to some of the outer windows. The Series 20 was the perfect unit to install mimicking some of the traditional box sash windows. The Series 30 lift-out unit was applied to the smaller windows in the building, offering a practical solution for treating windows which are rarely opened but require occasional access for cleaning or maintenance.

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“The one area of concern to me was the glazing. Many of the windows were original and very draughty. With the sensitive work done by Selectaglaze, Blue Anchor House is now a pleasure to live in – warm and a good deal more protected from the noise of Fishpool Street traffic.” Kevin Keenan


Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in secondary glazing, established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004.

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Widely used by specifiers from multiple sectors, the 2019 edition of Vicaima’s Interior Door Selector (IDS) is available to read in print or to download as desired. With an array of products designed to inspire creative interiors for modern living. Whether for homes, commercial environments, health or educational establishments, Vicaima offers original style coupled with outstanding performance.


he 2019 IDS provides specifiers and distributors with an easy to navigate, priced guide through a myriad of styles and finishes that demonstrate the sheer breadth of possibilities available with Vicaima interior doors and doorsets. All doors are available in a variety of performance cores, extensive choice of dimensions and of course a colour palette that allows real creative flair for new build and refurbishment projects. Whether the vision calls for wood veneers displaying their natural specie or stained in a contemporary tone, originally designed laminates and innovative foils or even a spectrum of paint lacquers; Vicaima has one of the most comprehensive selections available.

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As if 80 pages of door models were not enough, the Vicaima 2019 Interior Door


Selector goes one step further, offering a wide assortment of additional modifications. Vicaima customisation provides the opportunity to select a door of choice from any of their Essential ex-stock solid core designs and to transform them with grooves, inlays and glazing plus many other factory servicing options. Effectively this creates thousands of additional doors patterns, all available with shorter lead times than conventional bespoke doors.

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THE COMPLETE HERITAGE WINDOW SOLUTION The heritage windows market is growing all the time – and as more windows in historically-sensitive areas reach an age and condition that mean they need replacing, homeowners are increasingly faced with the dilemma of finding suitable alternatives.


o many living in and restoring period homes, it can often feel like they have only one choice – pay for timber replacements that cost the earth and require a lot of maintenance, or put up with draughty original windows. Thankfully, though, there are other options – and two fast-growing Buckinghamshire businesses have thrived by offering a solution to exactly these issues. Founded in 1977, and now into its fortysecond year in operation, Olney window manufacturer Roseview is the first name in UK timber-alternative sash windows. In 1985, the firm collaborated with systems house REHAU and London’s Peabody Trust to create Britain’s first uPVC sash window product – and, in the intervening three decades, they’ve worked tirelessly to perfect that formula.

“Roseview are known throughout the glazing industry for their integrity, expertise, and uncompromising commitment to making the very best products they can. That’s exactly the approach we’re bringing to secondary glazing at Incarnation.”

The result is the Rose Collection - widely regarded as the highest performing and most authentic uPVC sash window suite in the UK. Competitively priced and highly versatile, the Charisma Rose is the perfect fit for everything from upgrading existing windows on older properties to installing on ambitious Grand Design-style projects. The superbly authentic Heritage Rose has been accepted for use in a wide array of conservation areas, including the London Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, Lincoln, Worcester, and Cambridge, plus dozens more. And the company’s Ultimate Rose does what it says on the tin – it’s the most authentic timber-alternative sash window ever created. With its slim, timber-like profile and 35mm midrail, no other uPVC sash window comes close in terms of original authenticity. But even Roseview acknowledges that there are some instances where replacement sash windows won’t pass stringent planning regulations – and that’s why, in 2012, the company created Incarnation Secondary Glazing.

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Secondary glazing is undergoing a serious resurgence, with a huge increase in demand for a product that can bring modern thermal


and acoustic benefits to a home without touching the original windows. Incarnation has benefitted massively from that growth, and is now one of the leading providers in the field. But while the two businesses are distinct, as part of the same group they work closely together. As Marketing Manager Mike Bygrave explains, that allows them to offer a complete conservation glazing solution. “We strive, and have invested extensively, to make our sash windows the most authentic products of their type available anywhere in the world. “We’re constantly improving them, not because our customers ask us to – usually they’re already delighted with the products as they are – but simply because we want to make them as good as they can possibly be. “But we also acknowledge that while our sash windows are widely accepted in conservation areas, they’re not appropriate for all historic and listed building renovation projects. “Luckily, in these circumstances, there’s a fantastic alternative – Incarnation’s outstanding secondary glazing.” Paul Bygrave, Incarnation Director comments: “Roseview are known throughout the glazing industry for their integrity, expertise, and uncompromising commitment to making the very best products they can. That’s exactly the approach we’re bringing to secondary glazing at Incarnation. “Like Roseview, we’re dedicated to driving the heritage windows market forward with products that combine the very best modern thermal and acoustic performance with the sought-after aesthetics of traditional windows. And we’re confident that, before long, we’ll be just as well-regarded in the world of secondary glazing as Roseview are in the sash window realm.” To find out more, visit or



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WINTECH AT THE FIT SHOW 2019 This year’s FIT Show turned out to be the most successful ever for Wintech, bringing in a record number of enquiries for their testing and UKAS Accredited WinMark certification schemes for the window and door industry. Record numbers of enquiries came from the timber joinery sector, with several companies wanting PAS 24:2016 testing for compliance with Approved Document Q.


intech Director, Steve Bramhill, who was part of the company’s FIT Show stand team said: “This year was a success for us, the amount of planning and strategic marketing leading up to the show ensured our stand had a steady flow of interested visitors all week. We are known throughout the industry already for our testing expertise, but exhibiting at the show opened up the opportunity to talk in real time with our target customer-base.

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“The marketplace is waking up to the importance of product testing and certification, and with regulations getting more stringent, fabricators and systems companies of all sizes can’t afford to not have some form of product testing and certification.”


“The marketplace is waking up to the importance of product testing and certification, and with regulations getting more stringent, fabricators and systems companies of all sizes can’t afford to not have some form of product testing and certification.”

Since the show, Wintech have become UKAS accredited to provide a new WinMark Certification Scheme for the General Performance of Windows & Doors. The schemes will help manufacturers certify products against the material specific product standards for timber, PVC and aluminium. The schemes are the first step in achieving Enhanced Security Performance Certification (PAS 24 Certification) with Wintech. For more information on Wintech’s testing and certification services for window and door products, then contact them on 01952 586580, or email

“This year was a success for us, the amount of planning and strategic marketing leading up to the show ensured our stand had a steady flow of interested visitors all week. We are known throughout the industry already for our testing expertise, but exhibiting at the show opened up the opportunity to talk in real time with our target customer-base.“

Doors, Windows & Fittings AWARD WINNING CONVERSION FEATURES ALUK WINDOWS AND DOORS AluK’s 58 window and door systems offer the An unloved and uninspiring 1970s office block in ultimate in versatility. BRE Green Guide A rated, Bristol’s Redcliffe harbourside conservation area they can be used to fabricate a wide range of styles has been transformed into a stylish contemporary LOGO OPTIONS WITH and configurations to suit both traditional and apartment development featuring AluK’s versatile contemporary BLUEproperties. 100/88/45/50 58BW and 58BD window and door systems. 4 COLOUR

FAWN 40/45/50/5 All of the windows and doors at Redcliffe Place were The project at Redcliffe Place in Bristol is part of an fabricated and74/44/21/24 installed by Cardiff based Vellacine award winning* scheme by Change Real Estate, which LIGHTER BLUE and the main contractors were Integral Build. has also included the refurbishment of six adjoining GREY 40% BLACK Georgian townhouses previously used as offices into *The redevelopment at Redcliffe Parade and Redcliffe Place luxury period apartments. Alec French were the architects for the 1970s conversion and used contemporary cladding framing AluK floor to ceiling windows to create a striking visual contrast with the Georgian terrace alongside.

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AluK’s slimline 58 window and door systems were chosen for the project because they have a proven track record in this type of residential development and could easily meet the demanding performance specification laid down. The windows are full height in all of the 14 apartments to make the most of the natural light coming into the open plan living spaces and to provide the best possible views across the city. They are triple glazed throughout, achieving a U-Value of 1.2 W/m2K and have PAS24/Secured by Design accreditation. The 58BD glazed balcony doors achieve a U-Value of 1.4 W/m2K and, like the windows, maximise the natural light. They also all comply with the Lifetime Homes specification laid down by the developers which ensures that the apartments remain accessible and adaptable for residents in the future, with features such as low thresholds on the doors and handles on the 58BW windows at a usable height. RRN719102 Aluk HP.indd 1

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The Clement Conservation Rooflight Crafted by experts in steel fenestration and building restoration. The Clement Conservation Rooflight is a replica of a Victorian original. Designed to lie flush with the roofline and in keeping with the character of your property, it is the only conservation rooflight that is available from stock in two profiles – for slate or clay tiles - to ensure the best finish.

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A perfect example of the slender steel glazing achieved with Janisol Arte

SCHUECO JANSEN RENOVATION WINDOW IS THE PREFERRED SOLUTION Janisol Arte 2.0, the second-generation renovation window from steel systems specialist Schueco Jansen, is proving popular with architects because of its enhanced specification, improved performance characteristics and ability to satisfy the aesthetic concerns of local authority planners and conservation officers.


ow being seen as the preferred solution for many refurbishment projects, especially those involving a listed building, elegantly ‘retro’ Janisol Arte 2.0 offers an enlarged range of profiles with slim sight-lines from 25 mm. A wider choice of glazing bead shapes – rightangled, bevelled, scotia and flat – makes it even easier to find an exact match for the steel windows being replaced.


New options include stainless steel (left) and Corten steel (right)

Furthermore, since laserwelded profiles can now be added to standard Arte profiles, mullion spans can be significantly increased, so enabling the Janisol Arte 2.0

window to accommodate much larger areas of fenestration. Available in all the opening types commonly encountered in both pre- and post-war industrial buildings, maximum vent weights have increased to 150 kg thanks to the introduction of state-of-the-art, 3D adjustable stainless steel hinges. Another benefit is that simpler fabrication techniques reduce manufacturing time by up to 85%, meaning that six and a half Janisol Arte 2.0 vents can be produced in the time it took to make a single vent in the previous system. Special new foam profiles located between the glass and the frame mean that the insulation in the Janisol Arte 2.0 window has been significantly enhanced and following the introduction of insert profiles – which also speed up fabrication times – results in drainage that is even more reliable.

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In addition, because all Janisol Arte 2.0 profiles now go through the latest ZF 100 galvannealed hot-dip process, corrosion resistance has been improved and processing weldability enhanced.


Finally, as well as standard, premium-quality steel profiles, clients can opt for Janisol Arte 2.0 profiles in high-grade austenitic 1.4401 stainless steel or Corten steel, completing a specification that is thought to be unmatched by any other renovation window on the market.

For more information on Schueco Jansen’s Janisol Arte 2.0 renovation window, visit or email

VEKA UK Group rolls out the welcome matt Industry-leading systems supplier VEKA UK Group has unveiled an exclusive ultramatt material unlike anything else in the industry.


his innovative surface, called SPECTRAL, is exclusive to VEKA UK Group and was launched at the FIT Show where it was welcomed with fantastic feedback, being hailed the ‘star of the stand’. Marketing Director Dawn Stockell explains: “This unique product uses ground-breaking technology to create an ultrasmooth, ultramatt finish that has unrivalled performance benefits. “Visitors to VEKA UK Group’s stand at the FIT Show were impressed by its smooth and modern aesthetic; someone admiring the Imagine Bi-Fold in SPECTRAL’s Umbra Grey even asked the team if we had started offering aluminium systems! “I’m told that Aztec Windows was already pricing jobs using SPECTRAL swatches the day after we launched it on the first day of the show. “SPECTRAL has been years in the development, and has been created with our customers at the very heart of the process. We understand the need for original products that not only look great, but offer exceptional performance. We identified a gap in the market for a highly durable matt product that we could guarantee would look great for years to come, and which would bolster our customers’ already impressive product offering.

“Matt has long been favoured by architects and designers, and this sophisticated aesthetic is now being demanded by style-conscious consumers.

“SPECTRAL uses next generation surface technology to create an extraordinary finish that simply cannot be matched by any other matt PVCu surface on the market. It is highly scratch resistant, has anti-fingerprint properties and is also extremely resistant to UV light, extreme weather conditions and harsh chemicals. Dirt can be wiped away with ease, for a product that stays beautiful for longer. “By absorbing rather than reflecting light, SPECTRAL offers a denser, richer quality of colour, and because it is velvet to the touch, it feels just as good as it looks.” Simon Wade, MD of Rugby Double Glazing, was very impressed with the SPECTRAL products featured on the stand and believes that sophisticated colours and finishes are the answer to further success for installers: “This is the future of our business. “Homeowners that we deal with want to add as much style and personality

to the outside of their home as they do with, say, a new kitchen. We need to offer a wealth of different options to stay ahead of the competition. I think the new SPECTRAL finish is phenomenal, and with its aluminium ‘look’, it could also potentially open up more commercial opportunities for us too. I’ve already requested some samples for the showroom.” SPECTRAL is available in four sophisticated shades – Graphite Black, Anthracite Grey, Platinum Grey and Umbra Grey. These specialist colours are made to order with a four week lead time and can be laminated on one or both sides of the product. They can also be complemented with stunning shades from VEKA’s Variations colour range. For more information, or to order a SPECTRAL swatch book, call 01282 716611, email or visit

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“Matt finishes seem to be growing in popularity on everything from cookers to cars, but rather than just being a ‘fashion fad’, the construction industry has been seeing a steady rise in demand for this look for a number of years.

SPECTRAL has been years in the development, and has been created with our customers at the very heart of the process. We understand the need for original products that not only look great, but offer exceptional performance. We identified a gap in the market for a highly durable matt product that we could guarantee would look great for years to come, and which would bolster our customers’ already impressive product offering.


INTERVIEW WITH KUNLE BARKER Refurb Renovation News speaks with Property Expert, Journalist & TV presenter Kunle Barker about renovation projects 1. What determined your passion for renovation and design? Tell us about the moment you decided this was the career for you. I always loved making things and was fascinated as a young boy by buildings. My father used to work for BT and would take me to the telephone exchanges which were these huge buildings with Victorian facades which hid a raft of electronics connecting us to loved ones through a miles of cables, lights and switches. I loved the fact you could not tell the buildings use just by looking at it. Then whilst studying my master’s degree at the University of Leeds I decided to buy a house, live in one room and rent the other out. I spent the summer painting, fitting doors and even fitting the kitchen. It was hard work but the results were great as I fitted laminate flooring and Ikea furniture which was not what most student landlords where doing at the time.

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2. Illustrious Homes have been hugely successful and you have conducted many high profile projects, what has been some of your favourite refurbishments and why?


Due to our reputation for working on period properties we were part of the team that renovated Headley Court, and were brought on to help finish the project in time for the opening by HRH Prince Charles. It was an incredible challenge but a project that I’m really proud of as the team really pulled together to make sure this rehabilitation centre for veterans was open on time.

3. Do you think renovating has become more popular in recent years? If so, what do you think the reasons are for this? According to the Hiscox Renovations and Extensions Report 2018, the number of homeowners choosing to improve rather than move has risen fivefold since 2013 – up from 3 per cent of households to 15 per cent so the stats suggest that renovating is only increasing. One of the main reasons is the high cost of housing making it increasingly more expensive to move. When your stamp duty bill is more than the cost of an extension, it makes sense to stay put. 4. In your opinion, what is the most important aspect to consider before starting a renovation project? How you use the space now and how you think you will use it in the future. Try to design your renovation with one eye on the future. If you are thinking of starting a family then make sure your renovation takes this into account. 5. With trends coming and going, is it common to get caught in the trap of forever redesigning and renovating and not actually enjoy the home? Yes, but normally because you didn’t ask the right questions when designing your space, so you probably haven’t identified the problem that you are trying to fix, hence continually renovating… 6. What is your ideal project? I love period conversations especially ones that mix period restoration with modern architecture. I’m a big fan of glass boxes on Victorian terraces – but only if they are designed and built correctly 7. You have co-hosted and been a part of many TV shows, has this benefited and extended your knowledge of the industry? Yes, undoubtedly mainly because working on TV has given me a wider exposure to materials, manufacturers, and designers. One of the biggest benefits has been working with Alan Titchmarsh and my appreciation of how important it is to really consider your garden and outside space when you renovate your home.

Yes, I think so. I’ve noticed more ambitious projects and not just in terms of budget but in terms of design ambition also.

12. Could you share with us some of your top tips for making home improvements?

Speak to an architect in the first instance, they will help you to understand what you want to achieve and more importantly how to achieve it. Always take your time and don’t rush into any project – this is how most problems happen

• Clearly set out your brief and articulate what a successful project means - budget/quality/time or a mix of all 3.

10. Do you have a signature design aesthetic or is each project completely unique?

• Take your time • Consider how you use the space and what you want from it

• Set a budget and don’t forget to add a contingency (15%) for unforeseen circumstances • If you use a builder check their references and view a live site they are working on. Kunle Barker, Projects Director, IH Flagship

Each project is unique and client led, although I have been told that reproduction period joinery is a feature of most of my projects. 11. In your view, do you think Brexit will affect renovation in any way? Yes, uncertainty in the market will I feel mean that more people improve instead of move.

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8. With renovating/home improvement shows becoming more popular, do you feel that more people are seeing potential with their current homes, and becoming more open minded with changing up their homes, and confident in taking on a renovation project?

9. What would you say to people who want to renovate their homes but are not confident and don’t know how to go about it?


Insolvency Practitioner SFP secures future of central Birmingham development When Developments One (Birmingham) Limited entered Administration in May 2018, it followed the liquidation of the main contractor developing St Anne’s Court, a block of 170 apartments in the Digbeth area of Central Birmingham.


ot only had work on the site already commenced, and despite a second contractor being appointed it was too late to prevent Developments One from breaching its banking covenants. Also 80 plots had been pre-sold to various purchasers, who had paid substantial deposits. As such, the secured creditor – UE Finco Limited – sought the appointment of administrators, turning to nationwide insolvency firm SFP. SFP immediately instructed a professional team; including insurers, structural engineers and chartered surveyors to review the work completed up to that point

“The communication from the team at SFP was excellent. I was kept informed whenever the situation changed. If I had any questions they were answered in an honest way and I was given indicative timescales.”

and the future prospects for the scheme, to inform the strategy for the Administrators going forward. The site was initially mothballed and secured until the future of the scheme could be determined. While completing its review, SFP sought a potential buyer, inviting registrations of interest from parties looking to acquire the site, and working closely with GVA (now Avison Young) on the sale. The efforts of the Administration team was rewarded when the site was acquired by the wellestablished developer, St Modwen Homes, who have engaged positively with all the purchasers. Behind the corporate story, however, is also a more personal story of those potential purchasers who had put deposits down on an apartment, and risked losing all with the collapse of Developments One. This is

where the diligence and sensitivity of the SFP team came to the fore. SFP ensured regular communication with all of the plot purchasers to ensure they were updated on progress, explaining the process and possible outcomes. Led by SFP’s David Kemp, the team are now able to share in the relief of the owners whose uncertainty is now over. Mandy Kaur was one such non-secured creditor who stood to lose her deposit on a one bedroom flat and car park space. She is considering whether to be reimbursed or continue with the purchase of her flat: “The communication from the team at SFP was excellent. I was kept informed whenever the situation changed. If I had any questions they were answered in an honest way and I was given indicative timescales.” James Smalley, another purchaser, put down a deposit on a one bedroom flat in December 2018 as a buy-to-let property. Once groundworks began it became clear that much more work would be required to clear the contamination from the heavy brownfield site. Delays and costs put the developer under financial pressure:

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“Everyone at SFP gave best guidance and allayed the fears of the many dozens of us who had put down deposits. The team acted considerately throughout and all letters were clear and concise. David Kemp even took the time to speak to me for 45 minutes.”


Simon Plant says that the SFP approach exemplified industry best practice: “The Insolvency profession works extremely hard to deliver the best outcomes for all parties. This particular instruction was complicated and challenging, given the nature of the development site. The ultimate outcome is extremely pleasing, particularly for those worried consumers – many of whom had committed significant life savings to the off-plan sites,” he said.


Editor’s Choice Helifix adds to its vast portfolio of Masonry Repair Details


Energy Saving Controls Structural repair specialist, Helifix, has recently made an addition to its extensive range of over 100 Repair Details, which give full technical and installation information on how to overcome a wide variety of structural faults.

DANLERS Limited are proud to introduce SMART PIR Sensors suitable to work wirelessly with ecosystems including: CASAMBI, SILVAIR and WIREPAS. These new controls compliment DANLERS highly regarded stand alone controls range which has been simply saving energy for our customers for nearly 30 years. Whether WIRED or WIRELESS communication is required DANLERS have solutions suitable for most applications: Contact us or visit our website for more information on our lighting controls.

The new Repair Detail, RD WT35, gives guidance on how to connect a new timber frame to an existing masonry wall, when the new timber stud is erected within an existing masonry building and there is no access to install wall ties from the outside. This Helifix repair detail can accommodate large cavity width variations by using stainless steel RetroTies. These fixings produce a secure mechanical connection in the masonry wall and are bonded into the timber frame with CrackBond TE resin. Resulting in no external work or scaffolding required and the outer face of the wall left unmarked. Every repair detail features drawings and provides details of the required products and tooling, specification notes and a step by step guide on how to undertake each repair using concealed installation techniques.

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the Burning Questions Answered by LeeSan What are they: Cinderella incineration toilets burn biological waste at high temperatures, leaving only an insignificant quantity of fine, harmless ash, amounting to the equivalent of about one teacup for four people during one week of use. The toilet may be used around 70 times before emptying is required. Cinderella incineration toilets are currently installed by over 60,000 users worldwide.


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How Do they work: Waste is burned in an integral combustion chamber. The harmless gases from this combustion are dispersed through a vent pipe. In contrast with other toilet systems, incineration toilets eliminate all waste on site without the need for connection to the main sewer or a septic tank. Correctly used, Cinderella incineration toilets are odourless, hygienic and safe, providing a user experience similar to a normal domestic system. The user simply inserts a paper bowl liner, uses the toilet then presses a button or lever to evacuate and incinerate the waste. Cinderella toilets are suitable for all ages including children. Where can they be used: Available around the world for decades, incineration toilets are a commonly used alternative in residential and commercial applications without easy access to public utilities. These include mountain cabins, remote areas, tiny homes, off-grid structures, mobile homes, boats and many more. They do not require a water supply or septic system.

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Power Requirement: Cinderella incineration toilets use either 240v electricity or gas as the combustion energy source. LeeSan are the sole UK distributors for Cinderella Eco Solution incinerating toilets. Phone: +44 (0)1295 770000 Website: RRN719038 Lee San HP.indd 1

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A breathable structure is one that allows the passage/transfer of moisture. Natural fibres constantly adjust humidity levels away from extremes of damp and dryness helping maintain air moisture at comfortable levels, reducing the risk of both surface condensation and the negative health risks from moulds, mites and viruses.

USING NATURAL INSULATION MATERIALS TO IMPROVE BUILDING PERFORMANCE The best buildings are life-enhancing and support our physical and mental health. Great design and healthy products enable the delivery of a healthy internal environment - meaning good indoor air quality, and excellent thermal and acoustic comfort.


electing the right insulation is about more than just reaching building regulation compliance or ‘keeping the heat in’. It’s about ensuring a building protects its occupants’ entire well-being and comfort.

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Overheating High internal temperatures can cause respiratory or cardiovascular problems. Work by CIBSE and Arup suggests that most people begin to feel ‘warm’ at 25°C and ‘hot’ at 28°C. Their report also defines 35°C as the internal temperature above which there is a significant danger of heat stress. For vulnerable occupant groups, the impact of overheating can take effect much sooner with potentially much poorer outcomes.


Low fabric thermal mass leaves buildings more vulnerable to uncomfortably high, and in some instances, dangerously high internal temperatures in summer. This problem of summer overheating has been identified, by the NHBC and others, as a particular problem in buildings vulnerable to excessive heat gain with inadequate ventilation. LEFT Damp within a stud wall showing condensation behind a vapour check over mineral wool insulation and evidence of timber rot.

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RIGHT Image courtesy of Professor Stephen Holgate Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, Medical Research Council. This image was part of a presentation given by Professor Holgate at the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) Healthy Buildings Conference, 2018 . Professor Holgate is chair of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) working party on air pollution and a co-author of the Every Breath we Take and Better homes, better air, better health publications.

Compared with synthetic insulation materials, natural insulation including cellulose and wood fibre insulation has a much higher density. This higher density means that natural insulation makes for a better heat buffer it is the issue of penetrating heat where the thermal mass of natural insulation systems can delay the arrival of this heat energy to the internal surface, a process that can be measured and designed for known as phase shift or decrement delay. This measure can be used to design buildings that resist the transfer of heat, but be aware it is NOT a requirement in the building regulations. Breathability A breathable structure is one that allows the passage/transfer of moisture. Natural fibres constantly adjust humidity levels away from extremes of damp and dryness helping maintain air moisture at comfortable levels, reducing the risk of both surface condensation and the negative health risks from moulds, mites and viruses. Of course, fabric breathability is not an alternative to a good ventilation strategy but should be considered as part of a robust and healthy building strategy. It is relatively easy to see and to cost the damage done to buildings where moisture imbalance occurs. It is estimated that perhaps 70 to 80% of all building damage is due to excessive or trapped moisture’ With such a large percentage of all building construction problems associated with water in some way, breathability is an essential component in preventing the accumulation of harmful water being trapped within the building’s fabric. This is fundamental in reducing health risks from mould and mites that those suffering from respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are particularly susceptible to. Natural fibre insulation is most effective as it suppresses potentially harmful water by binding and releasing moisture which helps regulate humidity levels as the moisture moves.

Creating and maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment is a complex and difficult challenge. Temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide (CO2) must be maintained at safe and comfortable levels. Moreover, the introduction of pollutants such as particulates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) greatly influences indoor air quality. A robust ventilation strategy is clearly critical to CO2 levels, but the building fabric can play an important role in helping to manage temperature, humidity and pollution levels.

Easy-to-fit How insulation is fitted into or onto the building also has an impact on performance, poorly fitted insulation will allow the passage of air through the structure which can quickly strip out the heat from a building. Tests by Paul Jennings from Aldas featured in the documentary The Future of Housing demonstrated that a building with an air change of 9 m3/hour/m2 @ 50 pascals (Building Regs stipulates 10) when subject to a modest 20 miles/hr wind will take just 7 minutes to remove the heat from the building, what this shows is that regulatory compliance is not a good indicator of building efficiency, a guarantee of lower bills or occupant comfort. Minimising air movement through insulation is helped if insulation is designed to help restrict airflow, features such as tongue and groove profiles and dense fibre friction fit batts help to eliminate and reduce air pathways through the building. Indoor air and occupant health Creating and maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment is a complex and difficult challenge. Temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide (CO2) must be maintained at safe and comfortable levels. Moreover, the introduction of pollutants such as particulates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) greatly influences indoor air quality.

A robust ventilation strategy is clearly critical to CO2 levels, but the building fabric can play an important role in helping to manage temperature, humidity and pollution levels. Sheep’s wool insulation, in particular, can mitigate and absorb harmful indoor emissions including formaldehyde; the high levels of Keratin based in sheep’s wool are known to react and eliminate formaldehyde test results[ii] showed that Thermafleece sheep’s wool insulation absorbed 90mg formaldehyde per 1kg of insulation. Cancelling out the noise for a peaceful night’s sleep The higher density of natural insulations - such as wood fibre makes them ideal for reducing noise. Sounds external to the building, such as traffic or music, as well as those from within the building, through walls and ceilings are attenuated better by wood fibre than synthetic equivalents. In providing better protection from acoustic pollutants, occupants often report a building as being more restful and relaxing thereby encouraging better mental health.


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Editor’s Choice ARP’S INNOVATIVE NEW DESIGN FOR SENTINEL RANGE HELPS IMPROVE LEAD TIMES ARP, a market leader in the supply of aluminium rainwater and roofline products is proud to continue on its pathway of bringing innovative design to the market, with the improvement of its Sentinel range of guttering to include a new jointing system for its Sentinel half-round snapfit guttering and an upgrading of all associated components. ARP has seen a sharp increase in demand for its contemporary Sentinel range, as specifiers and end users alike recognise the benefits of longevity, width of colour options and cost effectiveness over upvc systems, so the delivering of a simple no-mess jointing system is very timely. 18 months in the planning, the new jointing system works through a simple process of injecting silicone into a specially designed port in a joint (or stop end) and then letting it cure, leaving no silicone residue. In addition to this, all of the components within the Sentinel Beaded Half Round range and the Vintage Ogee range have been completely redesigned and feature very defined lines and a superior surface finish,

investment has been made in building stocks of all the new components ensuring that they can be classified as “off-the-shelf” and satisfy the demand for short lead times.

which makes these systems some of the most striking within the aluminium rainwater sector. ARP believes in the importance of continued advances within its supply process, so significant

All of these progressions are part of a plan which will bring a number of new products and design elements to the market in the coming months. Information on the above and updates on future

developments may be found on https://www. or alternatively please make contact on 0330 311 4445 and request a call from one of our Area Sales Managers. ARP pride themselves in offering a quality solution for all your roofline and rainwater challenges and will work with you to fulfil your requirements.

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RCM invests in own transport RCM have recently purchased their own branded delivery vehicle in order to guarantee a better service to their customers.

providers. There will be a guaranteed capacity at all times, with the ability to support RCM’s customers on a postcode/network basis.

RCM, the complete though wall solutions provider, have invested in their own company delivery vehicle in order to better meet customer’s requirements.

The latest specification Euro 6 vehicle brings improved fuel consumption and less emissions and therefore is better for the environment.

In the past, RCM, part of the Benx group of companies, arranged deliveries of their building boards and facades through large third party hauliers. Whilst still utilising this delivery network, the additional ownership of a 26t rigid vehicle brings with it many advantages.

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Investing in process improvements that will benefit and support their customers by providing more efficient and cost-effective services has been one of RCM’s main commitments.


Some of the obvious benefits will include the ability to exercise greater control over the distribution to better address customer’s requirements. Operating costs will be better managed and there will be clear improvements on driver’s MPG. The number of drops per day can also be better managed, thus ensuring optimization and efficiency on a national scale. RCM will be able to improve their customer service, by reducing the reliance on third party RRN719096 RCM Half Page.indd 1

“Delivery of our building boards and façades ranges to high value projects is now even better serviced by the recent investment in the company owned delivery vehicle. It will allow us to act much quicker and more efficiently to our customer’s needs and requirements.” (Ian Quinton, Managing Director, RCM) About RCM Established in 2004, RCM is a major supplier of complete through wall solutions to the UK construction industry. Supplying specialist building boards, façades, breather membranes and airtightness solutions, RCM offers a fully integrated approach to the building envelope whilst delivering on time and budget.

CPD Seminars For those interested in finding out more, RCM provides informative CPD sessions including a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen façades, covering: • What a specifier needs to consider • Board materials and benefits • Board applications • Work on site For more details call 0800 612 4662 or email

RCM are a market leader in providing innovative products and solutions designed and tested to meet the demanding needs of construction. Specified for use in external façades, fire protection, acoustic, airtightness and decorative applications, RCM’s extensive portfolio has been installed on many of the UK’s largest projects. 12/06/2019 10:37:19

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The LANDSCAPE Show - Battersea Park, London The LANDSCAPE Show is returning for another year on the 17th and 18th of September 2019, and it is already developing into their most exciting show yet. The leading trade event is dedicated to bringing together an array of industry professionals from all over the UK and beyond, including Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and Contractors.


t is the networking opportunity of the year, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services and technologies, dedicated to both interior and exterior landscaping. Located in Battersea Park, LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, including Garden Buildings & Structures, Stone, Paving & Aggregates, Tools, Machinery & Vehicles, and Metalwork. Alongside the exhibition, the event provides two days full of entertainment and enlightenment with their CPD Accredited Seminar Programme. The accreditation enhances the professional qualifications of its practitioners and allows visitors to earn up to 11 CPD points whilst attending the seminars. This year LANDSCAPE is excited to be featuring some of the industry’s biggest

At this year’s event, LANDSCAPE is thrilled to be introducing their new ‘Pet Friendly Garden’ competition in collaboration with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The competition will be a unique and exciting opportunity for entrants to display their creativity and design a garden space specifically catered to pets.

names, including Cleve West from Cleve West Landscape Design, Andrew Fisher Tomlin from the London College of Garden Design, Robert Myers from Robert Myers Associates, James Alexander Sinclair, Matthew Pottage from the RHS, Marian Boswall from Marian Boswall Landscape Architects, Kate Gould from Kate Gould Gardens, and many more. All of the seminars are completely free to attend and will include a wide range of insightful and educating topics from different sectors of the industry. The show doesn’t stop there! At this year’s event, LANDSCAPE is thrilled to be introducing their new ‘Pet Friendly Garden’ competition in collaboration with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The competition will be a unique and exciting opportunity for entrants to display their creativity and design a garden space specifically catered to pets. It is open to all ages and has 3 different entry categories: Under 16s, NonProfessionals, and Professional Designers. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts, including Peter Laurie, the Deputy Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home,

Volunteer Head Gardener at Battersea, Katie Morgan; and Garden Designer, Adam Frost from Adam Frost Design. The winners from the Non-Professional and Professional category will each receive £500 worth of HTA Garden Centre vouchers, and the Under 16s winner will get an exclusive VIP family tour of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. To find out more about the ‘Pet Friendly Garden’ competition, you can head to www. The LANDSCAPE Show aims to inspire and entertain their visitors with a variety of events. This includes the return of the Pecha Kucha 20x20; an exciting event that derives from the Japanese term ‘chit-chat’. This discussion will be presented in a simple format, where the industry’s most creative and professional landscape architects will be presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each. Additionally, they are also looking forward to bringing back the Best in Show competition, where exhibitors will be showcasing a particular product from their innovative ranges to introduce to visitors. It’s down to visitors to decide the Best in Show winner of 2019 so make sure you register to attend online to have your vote! The LANDSCAPE Show will be open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday the 17th September, and 10am-5pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019. Both the exhibition and all seminar sessions are free to attend. For further information about visiting the LANDSCAPE Show please head to the website.

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Project News Canmoor complete phase one of extensive Anchorage refurbishment Leading developer and asset manager, Canmoor, has completed the first phase of its multi- million refurbishment at Anchorage in Salford Quays.


he entire ground floor and atrium of Anchorage 2, the largest and central focus of the four office buildings which make up the development, has undergone an extensive refurbishment, resulting in a tenant-friendly, contemporary concourse with collaborative workspace and dedicated facilities to boost tenant wellbeing. The reconfiguration of the ground floor has also made way for The Quays, a stylish new food and beverage outlet. There are also plans to extend The Quays’ offering in the summer with proposals being considered for an alcohol license available some evenings for tenants to enjoy a relaxing quay-side drink before heading home. Part of the extensive ground floor refurbishment has seen shower and changing facilities installed, as well as a flexible wellbeing studio which can be used for pop-up yoga classes or personal training sessions. As part of this first phase of renovation, the 8th and 9th floors of Anchorage 2 were also

comprehensively refurbished and are now ready for occupation. The refurbishment programme continues throughout the Anchorage estate, with other vacant floors available for bespoke redesign for potential new tenants. Ian Murray, director at Canmoor, said: “The transformation of the ground floor of Anchorage 2 was an integral part of our refurbishment plans for the whole development. We envisage that this space will act as a social hub for tenants across the whole Anchorage estate, offering a base for informal meetings and social catch-ups, as well as a place they’re proud to welcome clients and guests to. Since The Quays opened, it has already created a new dynamic in the building, bringing vibrancy and activity to the heart of the scheme. “Anchorage is in a prominent location, directly opposite the Metrolink tram stop, so our focus is to now turn our attention to the external building so that it better reflects the high

quality, modernised space within. We will be enhancing the public realm, as well as the external appearance of all four buildings during this next phase, whilst continuing with the refurbishment of the vacant floor plates.” JLL and Edwards & Co are joint letting agents on the scheme.

RHODAR PAVES THE WAY FOR CITY CENTRE REGENERATION Rhodar, a leading specialist enabling works provider headquartered in Leeds, has completed demolition on the former ASDA Merchandising Centre of Excellence (MCE) building, which was located on the iconic Tetley Brewery site in Leeds city centre.


he demolition is the first stage of a larger regeneration plan, managed by Vastint UK, to deliver Leeds City Council’s vision to inject new life into the South Bank area of the city.

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Rhodar has demolished the steel portal frame superstructure of the ASDA MCE building, which covered approximately 100,000 square feet, and took 10 weeks to fully strip and


dismantle. The superstructure was razed to ground floor slab level and the fixtures and fittings were stripped with 220 tonnes of general waste removed and disposed of. A further 1,800 tonnes of brick and mixed metals removed and recycled.

Andrew Cobden of Vastint UK Services Ltd, said: “We’re delighted that the first step in the delivery of Brewery Site Leeds has now been taken. The dismantling of this building makes visible our commitment to the creation of a new neighbourhood for Leeds.

This project has created a new space for the next stage of the development by Vastint which includes a brand-new city park, muchneeded homes, employment spaces and hotels for the South Bank of Leeds.

“Rhodar has helped pave the way for the new development of Leeds’ South Bank that will help instil life into this once neglected area. The Tetley Brewery site is wellknown throughout the city, and with new developments on the way, we will transform a former industrial site into an exciting new part of Leeds city centre.

Jason Davy, managing director of Rhodar, said: “It is an exciting time for Leeds city centre and the Rhodar team is proud to have helped deliver the first stage of Vastint’s vision with demolition works at this prestigious site. The area has a lot of potential to be an innovative and creative hub within the South Bank of Leeds. We’re looking forward to seeing how the space will be developed and further harness the potential of the city.”

Rhodar is our trusted operator for the demolition phase and its team did a fabulous job on site. Rhodar’s professionalism gave us confidence that its team was best for the job and their work has enabled us to move smoothly into the next step in the development process.”

Project News CELEBRATIONS AS MULTI-MILLION CARE HOME NEARS COMPLETION IN BRISTOL A NEW purpose-built care home and reablement service development in Cadbury Heath, Bristol is one step closer to completion after contractor Stepnell hosted a topping out ceremony earlier this week.


ward-winning construction company Stepnell - which opened its Bristol office in October last year - was awarded the £8.5 million scheme by care specialists Brackley Investments and started on site in April 2018. The topping out ceremony, which traditionally signifies the structure has reached its maximum height, was attended by representatives from Stepnell, Bristol based charity Brunelcare and Cadbury Heath Healthcare. James Harris, Stepnell project manager, said: “We are really excited to reach this significant milestone in the delivery of this much-needed care scheme, providing high-standard care facilities to support the specialist needs of elderly people in the South Gloucestershire community. “Health and Care is one of the key sectors for Stepnell and we have a long history of successfully delivering a number of professional care projects across the country. Our team of specialists bring a unique perspective to the pre-construction process to ensure that each development is completed to the highest standard, with key details in mind to meet the resident’s needs. We’re really looking forward to seeing the end result once the development is fully completed.” Located at Earlstone Crescent, the 64-bed care home - named Little Heath Care Home and Reablement Centre - will also have a 24-bedroom rehabilitation facility, which will offer separate accommodation and posthospital support for people in need of temporary step-down care before returning home.

The fully accessible rehabilitation facility will include a gym, shared lounge and dining facilities, as well as a kitchen to help residents regain confidence and independence. Due to complete in early 2020, the two and three storey development will be operated by Bristol housing and care provider Brunelcare and will replace the former Heath Resources Centre and the former South Gloucestershire Council Newton House Care Home on the site. Kevin Fairman, CEO for Brunelcare, said: “It is exciting to see the development reach this milestone. Opening Little Heath means Brunelcare will be able to increase the number of care home places it currently provides, along with expanding our already very successful reablement service, supporting people returning home from hospital. This development will also provide over 100 new jobs, for both our existing employees and new recruits, in order to run this new service.” The new centre, designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects, has been built to provide the best practice in care, giving residents a secure and safe environment that can support specific individual care needs, including people living with dementia. The development features separate garden spaces, including fruit and vegetable beds, sensory spaces with tactile, scented and intelligent planting schemes which residents can use and enjoy, as well as photovoltaic solar panels on the roof. Shared community amenities, including communal lounges, a hair and beauty salon, function room and shop also feature as part of the facility.

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN WINS NATIONAL LOTTERY SUPPORT FOR GLASSHOUSE RESTORATION PROJECT Chelsea Physic Garden is delighted to announce it has received initial support and development funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Chelsea Physic Garden Glasshouses Restoration project.


ade possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to repair and preserve the iconic glass structures within the Garden for at least the next fifty years. Development funding of £172,500 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Chelsea Physic Garden progress its plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant of £680,000 at a later date. The funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will contribute towards this extensive restoration project. Today whilst the glasshouses are home to a range of rare and sub-tropical species, the structures are fragile and in need of significant repair and conservation to restore them to their former glory thus saving them for future generations to enjoy. When restored, the glasshouses will provide a much better growing environment for the important and diverse collection of plants. The work will include improvements to the paths and glasshouses to make them more accessible for visitors with disabilities. This will enable the Garden’s team to hold activities and workshops for a wide variety of people so they can discover and experience the history and contemporary relevance of the glasshouses plants. A programme of open days and events for local communities and schools will highlight plants from the many cultural backgrounds represented in London and in the Garden’s collections. The first known heated glasshouse in the UK was erected at Chelsea Physic Garden in 1683. This ‘stove house’ as it was known) is thought to have been the first of its kind in Europe. It was heated using pioneering technology of the period which enabled the gardeners to control the heating and venting to nurture new tender species such as melon and pineapple that had never before been propagated in the UK. The present glasshouses date back to the late Victorian period and are the most complete range of teak and iron houses in the country. Erected in 1902, these buildings house some of the world’s rarest sub-tropical species together with ferns, succulents and carnivorous plants. Many of these 1200 plants are historically important and some endangered in their natural habitat. Despite being damaged in the 1941 Blitz, these modest but elegant cast iron structures have survived to become an iconic feature within the peaceful surroundings of the historic botanic garden.

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Magnetic flooring can be installed direct to concrete, terrazzo, ceramic, plywood and vinyl, provided the surface in question is sound.

Magnetic flooring: transforming the refurb and renovation industry from the ground up

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Is magnetic flooring the solution the refurbishment and renovation industry has been waiting for? Ian Spreadborough, Co-Founder and Director at innovative technology company, IOBAC, lifts the lid on this gamechanging technology and what benefits it offers.



hether we’re enjoying a spa break, dining out with friends or visiting a museum, we expect attractive, interesting venues and unique experiences.

Good interior design is crucial to creating these experiences and flooring plays a critical role in this. Get it right and you can protect your bottom line with fast installation, minimal downtime and decreased lifetime costs. Get it wrong and you’re looking at days of disruption for customers, costly repair and maintenance bills, and a lack of flexibility, making it hard to update your flooring.

The power of magnetic flooring It was the desire to solve these all-toocommon flooring issues that led to the creation of a modern-day, sophisticated magnetic flooring system. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, this flooring system removes the need for adhesives. As a company, IOBAC recognised that a range of magnetic flooring solutions were required for different built environments, ranging from a metallised resin base for high traffic areas, to a dry-lay option for comfort and acoustic properties, to a simple tab solution for fixing standard nonmagnetic tiles to a magnetically receptive base, whether that’s a metal raised access floor or a metallic base from the IOBAC Magnetic Flooring system.

Super flexible Once magnetic flooring is in place, it’s also very easy to repair or replace. Damaged tiles can be swapped out in seconds and an entirely new-look flooring system can be installed within a matter of hours rather than days, without having to call in specialist external contractors. The metallised base stays in place and you simply lift up the surface tiles and replace them with new ones. A cost-effective and sustainable choice The cost savings of magnetic flooring continue throughout its lifetime too, thus bolstering the bottom line even more. Magnetic degradation, for instance, is very slow, with an estimated loss of one per cent of magnetism every 10 years. And

Looking at the needs of the refurb and renovation industry, speed of installation and costeffectiveness are likely to prove big attractions. But the most powerful benefit for this sector could turn out to be the design freedom that magnetic flooring offers.

because magnetic flooring is removable, it is considered eligible for capital allowances under tax rules, further improving profitability. And finally, magnetic flooring also makes sound sustainable sense, with contamination-free tiles being able to be reused, helping to avoid landfill. The design freedom you need Looking at the needs of the refurb and renovation industry, speed of installation and cost-effectiveness are likely to prove big attractions. But the most powerful benefit for this sector could turn out to be the design freedom that magnetic flooring offers. The ease and speed of replacing the surface tiles means you can quickly remodel, change and enhance your environment, customising individual rooms and transforming the aesthetics and feel of your building. Combine this with the other business benefits that magnetic flooring offers and you’re looking at a solution that can help transform your business – from the ground up!

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Magnetic flooring can be installed direct to concrete, terrazzo, ceramic, plywood and vinyl, provided the surface in question is sound. This reduces costs by eliminating the need to rip up the existing floor – a potentially expensive, time-consuming process. And if there’s a damp floor, there’s no problem. The metallised resin base works on damp subfloors up to 95 per cent relative humidity.

Fast to install Magnetic flooring is fast finding favour with a wide range of brands across the world, from leading supermarkets to hotel chains and it’s easy to see why. Firstly, it’s very fast to install. In fact, it can reduce installation time by up to three times. This means less downtime, disruption and upheaval for customers, guests and residents, as well as significantly reduced project costs.


What lies beneath Surface preparation for older buildings


aintaining and renovating historic buildings is one of the main ways to preserve important parts of our cultural history. These older buildings should be carefully and efficiently renovated to ensure they stay protected and can still be used today. Here, Dave Bigham director of global training initiatives at surface preparation equipment manufacturer, National Flooring Equipment, explains how contractors can prepare for surface preparation work in listed buildings. Older buildings may need floor renovations to restore a cultural heritage site, to adapt a building for a new purpose or to simply remodel a building that is outdated. No matter the reason, renovation of older buildings takes time and planning. In most circumstances, older buildings will have had more renovation work done over time. The layout of the room and the materials used on the walls and the floors could have changed many times, impacting the condition of the substrate. Surface preparation may therefore be more time consuming and require more machinery and labour to be completed efficiently. Preparation The best way to ensure that surface preparation is not a long process when renovating an older building is to assess the site. Before starting the work, contractors should establish the size and scope of the building as well as accessibility. This will help them determine the size of machine that they need. Contractors should also find out as much as they can about what is underneath the floor. The older the building, the more surface preparation steps required to get the finished result. Each step of the process might require a different piece of equipment, for example to remove coverings or adhesives and to prepare the substrate underneath for a new covering. Knowing what machines to bring to the job early on can streamline preparation work and reduce downtime and lost productivity. Logistics The building itself can also determine what equipment is best for the application. Contractors should ask the facilities manager about power accessibility in the building because it can impact equipment choice. Some older buildings keep all generators in the basement, so using a batteryoperated scraper would be better than an electric machine.

Older buildings are often less spacious than newer buildings and are found in built up areas. Contractors working in these conditions should consider how to keep the job site clear during a renovation. Dave Bigham

The age of the building may also determine its accessibility and machine choice. For example, older buildings may not have an elevator, so it would be impractical to bring a large, ride-on floor scraper to a job on a high level of a building. Knowing about elevators, door sizes and the logistics of the surface preparation ensures that a contractor can pick the correct equipment first time and reduce unnecessary downtime on site. Older buildings are often less spacious than newer buildings and are found in built up areas. Contractors working in these conditions should consider how to keep the job site clear during a renovation. They should plan how they are going to remove the covering, adhesive and dust debris from the site because leaving it there could negatively impact both productivity and health and safety.

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Dust control Safety should always be a priority during a floor renovation, particularly in older buildings where work might take longer than expected. During surface preparation, contractors can be exposed to dangerous airborne particles such as silica, a chemical compound found in construction materials like concrete. Extended exposure to these particles can cause fatal illnesses such as silicosis.


Contractors should ensure that they bring equipment to the worksite that will reduce exposure to silica dust and other harmful contaminants found in dust. Most floor removal equipment attaches to dust collectors to reduce the amount of dust in the atmosphere. National Flooring

Equipment has also released the ION4K to further reduce exposure to dust. The machine electronically charges the particles in the air and knocks them to the ground, making it easier and safer to clear the job site. Managing expectations Keeping in close contact with the facility manager and building owner is important during any surface preparation job. Contractors working in older buildings should contact the facility manager before a renovation begins to understand what the expected final result is. Knowing the customer’s expectations and the knowledge of what has happened to the facility in the past can help contractors choose the right equipment. Contractors should also speak to the facility managers to set their expectations about time frame. Surface preparation in older buildings can take a long time because it is not always clear of how much work lies beneath the top floor covering. Understanding what the facility manager expects helps the contractor to know what time frame the job can be completed in. A floor renovation can help bring older buildings back to their former glory, either for historical preservation or to give the building a new purpose. With time, planning and communication, contractors can ensure that surface preparation work helps gives older buildings a longer lifespan.


Floors & Flooring TTA AWARDS SHOWCASE TOP RESTORATION PROJECTS The recent annual Tile Association Awards have showcased a number of top projects, which impressed the judges for their use of tiles.

Limestone. The existing base was also removed and replaced with a high-strength, rapid drying screed that could work within the client’s limited time constraints.

For example ARDEX UK Ltd won the award for the Best Large Commercial Project for their work at St Andrew Holborn, which has stood as a Catholic Church for over 1,000 years. Throughout its history it has received several major renovations, but it is most famously known for its late 17th century rebuild by the renowned architect Christopher Wren, who later went on to design one of London’s most recognisable and historic landmarks, St. Paul’s Cathedral. The latest large-scale works date back to the 1950s, and six decades on it was deemed in need of repair again.

Meanwhile Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd won the Best Heritage Project category for their work on the Harrods Food Hall. The company has been involved in the restoration of the tiling in the Grade II* listed food halls for many years. In 2018 the company was contacted to produce new tiles for both the Roastery & Bake Hall and the Fresh Market Hall.

Completed at the end of 2018, the latest refurbishments spanned the entire internal area of the church, including some 600m2 of flooring in the main church area and its surrounding rooms, as well as its vestibules and tower. Consisting of old vinyl tiling, it was worn and damaged and was replaced with new Hopton Wood

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The Jackfield team were involved in surveying the original tiling, working closely with the client and contractor to enable the production of replacements for this prestigious project. The project used the glaze matching skills of the Craven Dunnill Jackfield team of ceramic specialists to colour match and replicate new tiles to sit alongside the originals on site.

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RECORD response for Milwood Group at FIT Show 2019 Milwood Group, the Kentbased outdoor living specialists have hailed The FIT Show 2019 as the most successful exhibition in company history, with a record number of enquiries for their range of premium aluminium verandas, canopies and aluminium decking solutions.


perating across two stands, visitors focused their attention on Milwood’s new product lines, officially launched at The FIT Show. The first was Simplicity Xtra, Milwood’s brand-new easy fit roof system, while the second was Ali-deck, the world’s first quick fit, slip resistant aluminium decking system. “It’s safe to say this year’s FIT Show has been nothing short of fantastic for us,” comments Kevin Horne, Managing Director of the Milwood Group. “The combination of Simplicity Xtra and Ali-deck, our groundbreaking aluminium decking system, generated a record response with over 100 meetings booked during the first day alone. “It’s no secret that the outdoor living market is absolutely thriving, and it was great to see such a diverse range of tradespeople respond to the opportunities offered by our product range. Whilst Simplicity Xtra offers an easy fit shelter that doesn’t compromise on quality or performance, Ali-deck gives trade partners the chance to offer something completely unique, which can increase the value of their installations. “As regular FIT Show exhibitors, once again the show didn’t disappoint. We are already hard at work catching up with those businesses we connected with in Birmingham and we very much look forward to more success at FIT Show 2020.”

“FIT presented the perfect platform to officially launch Alideck and we’re overwhelmed by the sheer level of feedback and interest. Ali-deck not only works as a standalone product – suitable for both commercial and domestic uses, it’s the perfect pairing for our aluminium verandas, allowing installers to offer a complete, premium outdoor living package.” - Mark Wood, Milwood’s Founder and MD of Ali-deck

The second Milwood stand was dedicated to Ali-deck and featured full aluminium decking throughout and showcased examples of their innovative Supa Joist. This robust aluminium sub-frame allows Ali-deck to span 300% further than both traditional hardwood and composite decking. This not only adds to Ali-deck’s inherent strength, it makes it incredibly quick and easy to fit. Mark Wood, Milwood’s Founder and MD of Ali-deck adds: “FIT presented the perfect platform to officially launch Ali-deck and we’re overwhelmed by the sheer level of feedback and interest. Ali-deck not only works as a standalone product – suitable for both commercial and domestic uses, it’s the perfect pairing for our aluminium

verandas, allowing installers to offer a complete, premium outdoor living package. It’s a fantastic way to stand out from the competition, offering a product which is not only unique but is faster to fit, safer and more desirable than the competition.”

For more information contact the Milwood Group on 0330 404 9086 or visit

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The FloorFixx range is a unique and highly versatile underlay system, instantly producing a perfect, stable surface for stuck-down floor finishes. As a range of four floating board systems it combines speed and ease of use with excellent smoothing capacity and the ability to overcome many time-consuming difficulties associated with traditional surface preparation methods. It requires no screeds, glues, nails or other fixings and is ideal for use on both solid and timber floor constructions. It requires no drying or setting time as with screed systems, no priming, no mixing, no rubbing down and it has no smell. It is not necessary to remove old floor coverings or surface coatings, which can be overlaid, neither is it necessary to decontaminate concrete in order to achieve a good bond, as the floating floor principle employed does not require any kind of fixing or bonding to the substrate. This also means that future removal of both floor-covering and underlay is quick, clean and easy, with no residues or damage whatsoever to the old floor surface, or previous floor finish.

Floorfixx smart is a system floor that, with the help of the handy lap joint, easily creates a new, insulating and even underlay that can bear load immediately. Floorfixx smart is suitable for residential, industrial and commercial applications. Floorfixx smart is 8 mm in thickness Suitable for the renovation of poor basic floors For use with linoleum, cushion vinyl, LVT, click LVT, carpet, carpet tiles and engineered wood with a minimum thickness of 2.5 mm No waiting or drying time and it can bear load immediately Levels out unevenness and provides maximum stability Insulates against impact noise and meets the 22 dB standard Developed for use in projects where higher quality standards are required due to heavy traffic Due to the low thermal resistance, suitable in combination with underfloor heating and cooling

Installation at 'The Walkie-Talkie' London

Floorfixx regular is a system floor that, with the help of the sandwich system and interactive adhesive, quickly and easily creates a new, insulating and even underlay that can bear load immediately. Floorfixx is suitable for household and commercial applications.

Installation at 'The Light Apart Hotel', London

Floorfixx regular is 9 mm in thickness Renovation of poor basic floors for linoleum, cushion vinyl, LVT, click LVT, carpet and carpet tiles with a minimum thickness of 2 mm No waiting or drying time and it can bear load immediately Dry and dust-free levelling Easy to install Insulates against impact noise and meets the 22 dB standard Levels out unevenness and provides maximum stability Guarantees a 100% smooth base for easy installation

Floorfixx comfort is a system floor that, with the help of the sandwich system and interactive adhesive, quickly and easily creates a new, insulating and even underlay that can bear load immediately. It is suitable for heavy commercial use and in combination with underfloor heating. Floorfixx comfort is 10 mm in thickness Suitable for the renovation of poor basic floors For use with linoleum, cushion vinyl, LVT, click LVT , carpet, carpet tiles and engineered wood with a minimum thickness of 2mm (when used with engineered wood, an appropriate adhesive must be applied) No waiting or drying time and it can bear load immediately Levels out unevenness and provides maximum stability Insulates against impact noise and meets the 22 dB standard. Developed for use in projects where higher quality standards are required due to heavy traffic Due to the low thermal resistance, suitable in combination with underfloor heating and cooling

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Installation at 'The Ockendon Academy,' Essex

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The Contract Flooring Association The Contract Flooring Association is one of the leading trade associations within the contract flooring industry. Members of the Association include contractors, manufacturers, distributors and consultants — both large and small, operating from locations throughout the UK. With such a high level of commitment from so many companies and individuals, the CFA has a wealth of resources at its fingertips. It is this breadth and depth of information that makes it so much more than just a trade association.

Specify CFA T members and he objectives of the CFA are to promote the highest standards of professionalism, safety and training while at the same time, providing essential services and expert information to ensure the quality and productivity of our members’ businesses.

own challenges and options in terms of installation specification. A quality contractor will know the correct adhesive for the flooring product, or the right primer for the subfloor and so will help maximize your investment and minimise flooring failures.

The CFA produces industry-leading publications annually together with the Contract Flooring Journal, the official journal of the CFA, to ensure that the flooring industry has up-to-date information to hand:

Architects, specifiers and main contractors require the quality of service, installation and support that CFA members can provide. Consequently, many public and private organisations and an increasing number of local authorities are now specifying that CFA members must be used.

• CFA Members’ Handbook – is a guide to all the CFA member companies and gives confidence that you are selecting professionals throughout the contract flooring supply chain. An online directory is available to search for CFA members by location or by flooring type at • CFA Training Guide – offers the latest information about flooring training opportunities in the UK • CFA Guide to Sustainability – is the definitive source of the latest information about sustainability within the flooring industry Additionally, the CFA Guide to Contract Flooring is a unique reference guide which is updated every 5 years and gives the latest information and best practice for the installation of common Specifying floorcovering types.

All our contractor members have passed the CFA membership vetting process and are annually audited to ensure that they continue to meet our membership criteria. They are all established quality companies offering high standards of installation. Through the CFA they all have access to up-to-date technical, environmental and quality Standards and all adhere to the Contractors’ Code of Conduct.

QUALITY BY ASSOCIATION All our contractor members have passed the CFA membership vetting process and are annually audited to ensure that they continue to meet our membership criteria. Specifying a CFA member for your next flooring project could mean the difference between success — or a flooring failure. Being a CFA member is a mark of quality. It will provide you with peace of mind and reassurance that you are dealing with a quality company.

The CFA supports members with a wealth of knowledge to assist with both flooring installation and a running CFA member for your a business, including:

next flooring project could mean the • British Standard Institute difference between success —(BSi) or a flooring failure. Most of the UK’s largest CHOOSE a CFA member - the difference between Codes of Practice and best known Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors and Consultants success and a flooring failure • Employment Law • Health— andand Safetyfor good reason. are CFA members Flooring is a major element in most contracts • Insurance and, with more products to choose from than • Technical support and advice ever before, obtaining the right installer • has CFA members promote high standards, knowledge and expertise • Training never been so important. Flooring is diverse and • Specifying CFA members will maximize your investment and technically demanding: each product type has its • Dispute resolution

minimize costly flooring failures Architects, • All members have to pass a vetting process specifiers and main contractors require the quality of service, installation and support that CFA members can provide.

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The latest project from GlasSpace GlasSpace have completed a Glass Bridge and Office Fit Out for a rapidly expanding telecommunication company who acquired part of nearby building in order to provide extra space for growing office.


ewly purchased 200 sq.m property had to be extensively refurbished to cater for the hi-end telecom specification, which includes a 100 sq.m roof extension to maximise the use of all available space. Central feature of the project is a glass bridge link which connects existing and newly expanded office, spanning 10m between two buildings. Website: Phone: 0845 2309569 Email:

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GlasSpace survey systems digitally scanned this space which allowed the bridge to be manufactured and fitted to within millimeters of the existing structures

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YORK HOSPITAL AGAIN CHOOSES RINNAI HOT WATER HEATING UNITS FOR UPGRADE Clifton Park Hospital in York, advised by A J Gastech - has chosen Rinnai to upgrade its hot wáter heating system to meet the increasing demand whilst staying economically and environmentally efficient.


lifton Park Hospital opened in 2006 has first-class medical facilities including 24 beds, two theatres, a day case unit, a large outpatient department with X-ray facilities and on-site physiotherapy, including a small gym area. In 2018, the hospital opened a new outpatient department with 11 consulting rooms, two treatment rooms and x-ray facilities. Clifton Park prides itself on offering exceptional care and service to all its patients and currently has a 5 star rating on NHS Choices, 4 star rating on Google and 4.7 rating on Facebook reviews. In the most recent survey - NHS Family & Friend’s Test, 100% of inpatients and 98% of outpatients recommend the hospital. The new water heating system features 3 Rinnai HDC 1200i plus a 500 litre cylinder. A Rinnai HD50i looked after the hot water demand for 10 years, without missing a beat, but due to expansion at the hospital a new bespoke system was required. The decision was taken to upgrade to more energy efficient condensing hot water heaters and incorporate the 500 litre storage vessel to give the hospital a means of dealing with peak hour demands. The heating engineer contractors, A J Gastech, were given just a 14 hour window in which to remove the existing system and replace it with the new one. This was achieved with a bit of time to spare, such is the expertise and professionalism of A J Gastech. A J Gastec Ltd provide plumbing and mechanical contracting and maintenance

It is worth remembering that Part L of the Building Regulations 2013 set minimum thermal efficiency levels of 90% for natural and 92% for LPG, consequently outlawing noncondensing gas fired water heaters for use in new build projects. Rinnai units and systems are now the number one choice for large buildings and businesses with a heavy demand for constant hot water or where high peaks of demand occur at certain times. Any number of modules can be manifolded, so the water handling capacity is truly infinite and there is no risk of the ‘cascade’ of hot water ever running out.

for private customers, construction organisations in domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. The company offers services from installation to maintenance contracts with the variety of works involving sites throughout the UK for both public and private sector works. Says Adam Stante for A J Gastech, “We are based in Bradford, the heart of Yorkshire, and we have a dedicated team of specialists that work throughout the UK, delivering high spec projects on time and on budget. Our standards are of the highest quality, cost effectiveness and to our client’s approval.” The Rinnai HDC 1200i continuous model is for use on all high demand sites as it is easily capable of delivering 2000 litres per hour. It guarantees unparalleled levels of efficiency and hot water delivery for the end user whilst streamlining installations and guaranteeing future regulatory compliance. This is a precision engineered water heating unit can also be combined as multiple units into one single, easy to handle module. Both HDC1200 internal and external models turn in a market leading energy performance of 107% net efficiency and offer superlative ranges of modulation as the system’s internal analytical system can modulate the burner range from 54kw to 2.4kw. The Rinnai HDC 1200i is engineered for minimal energy wastage and maximum energy performance.

It is worth remembering that Part L of the Building Regulations 2013 set minimum thermal efficiency levels of 90% for natural and 92% for LPG, consequently outlawing non-condensing gas fired water heaters for use in new build projects. Rinnai units and systems are now the number one choice for large buildings and businesses with a heavy demand for constant hot water or where high peaks of demand occur at certain times. Any number of modules can be manifolded, so the water handling capacity is truly infinite and there is no risk of the ‘cascade’ of hot water ever running out. The manifolded 1200i units can be delivered direct to site in one complete, easy to manage package and at a very competitive price. For the end user this guarantees considerable cost savings over other forms of hot water generation. The relatively compact footprint of all Rinnai units and systems means it can optimise plant room space and safeguard accessibility for maintenance and servicing. There is huge potential for on-demand style water heaters such as the Rinnai HDC 1200i units to play their part in new build and in refurbishments where there are still many old systems that need replacing as well as old-style gravity fed water systems that use stored hot water. The Rinnai Infinity HDC 1200i has lower greenhouse emissions because of the new reduced NOx burner technology.

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New Aquarea Cascade Control for up to Ten Heat Pumps Panasonic has introduced a new Aquarea Cascade Controller, with a highly integrated interface, to deliver increased energy-efficiency for large applications. The controller can operate up to 10 Aquarea air-to-water heat pumps (160kW) simultaneously or in cascade mode, helping to meet the heating or cooling demand of commercial buildings more efficiently. For large projects, efficiency is the key to creating a more sustainable building and reducing heating and cooling costs. Cascade control is increasingly being utilised, making use of parallel-connected heat pumps and switching on the most efficient number of these as demand is increased or decreased. The new Aquarea Cascade Controller makes it possible to connect up to 10 Aquarea heat pumps in parallel, to suit the needs of large-scale applications such as shops and hotels. Each heat pump within the cascade requires its own Modbus Interface (PAW-AW-MBS-H) to allow it to communicate with the Aquarea Cascade Controller. The Aquarea Cascade Controller directly integrates with the building’s BEMS by a built-in modbus for a smart way to manage heating, cooling, domestic hot water (DHW) and monitor energy-usage. Photovoltaic solar panel functions, a 3-way external valve for cooling and up to three external heat meters can also be connected to the controller at one time, enabling facilities managers and maintenance professionals to oversee all operations and view essential information in one place. In addition, the controller includes a touch screen display with information about each of the connected heat pumps - ideal for quick servicing and maintenance tasks. This scale of cascade control presents a more efficient solution for commercial buildings. It helps to maximise the lifespan of the Aquarea units, which can be intelligently managed to balance the load, and offers a contingency solution if maintenance is required, minimising downtime. For more information, please visit

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The world’s biggest Primark store is making the most of its space- through to its ventilation. Gilberts Blackpool- the air movement specialist that provided the air distribution outlets for Primark’s first UK store over 20 years ago- has now facilitated a fresh environment for shoppers at the latest Primark to open its doors: the Birmingham megastore, claimed to be the biggest of the chain’s outlets in the world. It even features three food venues, Disney and Hogwarts zones and a beauty studio. Gilberts worked with facilities management company Mitie to ensure air supply throughout the public and staff areas of five-storey, 161,000ft2 (14,957m2) new store, on the former Pavilions site in the heart of the UK’s second city.

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“The scale of the project made it complex,” explained Gilberts’ Sales Manager Martin Malyon, “. We have an established relationship with Mitie and Primark but this was certainly the biggest we’ve done together. The long-term partnership that we have helped make this actually one of the smoothest Primark project we have done to date!”


Gilberts designed and developed a strategy to ensure appropriate air supply throughout the five floors, from basement upwards, addressing air circulation through the sales areas, toilets, staff rooms, training rooms, fitting rooms, cleaners’ stores and even the detention room, taking into account the impact of a two-storey atrium and mezzanines around it, and air flow to the support plant. RRN719100 Gilberts Half Page.indd 1


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Gilberts had to address the variety of open ceilings to create the perception of space on the main sales floors, and suspended ceilings in fitting rooms, staff rooms and WCs, taking into account people movement through the various areas. A combination of GSFA swirl diffusers, DG4 ceiling diffusers, GX extract valves, GSL linear slot diffusers and transfer grilles provide air supply internally, complimented by smoke louvres within the atrium, and WGF38 external louvres on the façade from first floor upwards servicing the plant rooms. More than 300 diffusers, linear diffusers up to 2.4m long, and some 20no. façade louvres up to 2.5m x 1.5m were manufactured at Gilberts’ Lancashire factory for on-site installation by Mitie. “Usually with open ceilings we would fit coanda plates to ensure the occupants below did not feel a draught or be subjected to ‘cold dumping’,” elaborated Martin. “The feeling was that in a shop, people tend to browse rather than be static, so, with the high ceiling clearance, fitting of standard swirl diffusers was deemed acceptable to create a comfortable environment. Beyond that, the brief was to create a ventilation strategy that was fully compliant with appropriate Building Regulations in terms of air changes/hour and air quality.” Gilberts is the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist. Alongside its comprehensive range of grilles, louvres and diffusers, it has the ability, in-house, to design, manufacture, and test bespoke solutions to meet specific project requirements. It

also has one of the most technically-advanced inhouse test centres in the country- which it designed and built using internal resources- at its 90,000sq ft Blackpool headquarters. Gilberts tel 01253 766911; E: 12/06/2019 16:41:59

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MANAGING FIRE SAFETY IN A CHANGE OF USE BUILDING Anthony Cassidy, Health, Safety & Fire Technical Manager at Bureau Veritas


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eferred to as the ‘greatest challenge facing London today’ by the Greater London Authority , the housing shortage in the City and the South East in particular has led to the rise in change of use buildings. Primarily, the increased demand for residential flats, combined with the slowdown of the office market has resulted in many developers looking for opportunities to convert office premises into residential dwellings.


Whilst alleviating the housing crisis, there are considerations around managing fire safety in a change of use building, as requirements for residential buildings are different to other types of building. Some developers, especially smaller operations, may not be aware of this, especially as planning permission is not always required in change of use buildings; which poses a potential risk factor in terms of fire safety. As an added issue, these redevelopments or refurbishments often happen at a rapid pace which, alongside potential loopholes within the fire safety order and planning process, can pose a potential fire risk for residents. Generally speaking, planning permission is required when change of use works include what the Government defines as ‘development’, which includes but is not limited to ‘material change of use’. In theory this incorporates change of use buildings, as the transition

from say an office block (deemed a class B building) to a residential unit (deemed a class C building) would constitute a material change of use. A change of use where the before and after use falls within the same class would be permissible without planning permission; for example changing a shop to a café (both within class A). The lines become blurred however as there are certain circumstances that are the exception to this system, where developers may be permitted development rights which allow change of use, without having to make a planning application . The governmentpermitted development rights scheme allows certain change of uses to be carried out without planning permission in these circumstances and an example is change of use from an office to a residential unit. Although it makes the process more straightforward for the developer (notwithstanding that they are still required to submit a Prior Approval application with planning drawings and supporting documentation, as well as seek consent from the local council for change of use), the consideration around adapting and/or installing correct fire safety features adequate for a residential dwelling is paramount. Fire safety obligations and considerations It is important that both the landlord and any other organisations responsible for managing the refurbishment process in a change of use building are aware of their fire safety

duties and are mindful that these loopholes are not a means to cut corners. Additional legislation is in place to protect occupants of residential dwellings when it comes to fire safety, compared with other types of building use. All building refurbishment work falls under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 , which outlines what is required in order to comply with fire safety law. The Housing Act 2004 was also designed to impose more stringent housing standards to protect occupants of residential dwelling and includes fire as a category hazard to be assessed. There is ample guidance available around fire safety management, including but not limited to the Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing produced by the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) . There are also considerations around the building itself. Older buildings may have outdated fire risk assessments and fire preventative measures in place, which therefore must be revised. Refurbishments will need to follow the same stringent fire safety and fire risk assessment requirement as new builds and in these scenarios it can be more difficult to retrofit a solution that meets fire safety law. There may also be features in a building that were suitable for its original use but are not for residential use. Potentially safetycompromising scenarios to consider include

Tips of the trade Tips for DIY safety following rise in home improvement accidents Jason Orme, property expert for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, says: Don’t rush it With so many resources available online to show you how to do DIY, the number one reason for accidents or poor work is not the result of a lack of skill, but of trying to get everything done in a very short amount of time. When you cut corners, it’s either your safety or the quality of the job that’s at risk. If you approach DIY methodically, by taking time beforehand to do your research, anticipate what resources you need and how much time you should put aside, you minimise the chances of being caught offguard. Regardless of the type of work that you do throughout the house, the same rule should apply to all areas. It usually comes down to time – if you are tired at the end of a long week at work and then try to do these projects at weekends, when you have a three-hour window to finish them, inevitably you won’t be thinking about every single cut and the mini actions which go into the project, so that’s when you’re rushed. If people are quite tired physically and mentally, it becomes a strenuous activity, muscles fade and the weakness sets in. Professionals which do this day in, day out have the muscle memory and the stamina to take on board these projects. For DIYers, everything is new so there’s a higher likelihood of an accident. Use the right equipment Mistakes can happen when you also don’t have the right tools to hand and when you don’t use enough protective gear. Proper work trousers are a good starting point; these can be bought from DIY sheds for £30-50 and are a good investment, as they can stop the common scratches while offering you

things like compartmentation. For example, if an office unit had cables running through walls, the portholes created for this function might compromise fire compartmentalisation in a residential unit, unless this feature was modified.

The same considerations should be applied to the higher education community, where rapid refurbishments are often done in order to meet

I also recommend paying plenty of attention to the quality of the air which surrounds you. If you deal with adhesives and sealants, grout, cement etc. without wearing wellfitting gloves and a face mask, you might develop breathing problems or your skin could become irritated from all the dust in the air. Professional builders wear protection as a matter of course, so inexperienced people are even more required to do so. If painting in closed environments, you can get headaches if they aren’t ventilated. To avoid this, consider buying low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, available in specialist shops. You can also purchase dust-free net sanding discs, which when combined with the right tool and an extractor, will virtually eliminate dust. Ask for help DIY jobs, although they imply tasks that you can do yourself around the house, can benefit from an extra helping hand. Don’t hesitate to ask when you need someone at the bottom of the ladder to hold on to it, or when you need assistance in lifting something heavy off the ground. You could also benefit from a considerate, calm opinion from someone more objective than you, but be careful who you involve in the process as a lot of people or children around can actually interfere with your focus and do you a disservice. If alone on a ladder, take your time and make sure it’s at the right angle. When climbing it, don’t overstretch yourself without extending it, as the chances are quite high for an

incident to occur. Better still, if you’re using it constantly, consider investing in a ladder that’s flexible and can adapt to your needs without putting you in danger. Spatial planning It’s not just about having the right tools – you also need to have the right space to work in, where everything is organised and within easy reach. Especially when working in tight areas such as a bathroom, some people tend to leave everything in there and then struggle to manoeuvre, and this is when things can go wrong. Remove everything that’s unnecessary at the start of a new task – from storage solutions to untangling cords and decluttering tips, you have all the information a click away. If you set your mind to deal with the basics and allow as much time for this part as you do for watching DIY tutorials, you are a step closer to completing your projects in time and in one piece.

a short-term need but the long-term use and suitability of these buildings are not always considered. As such, fire risk assessments must be carried out on all change of use buildings before passing building control and a building is occupied. This is critical, as in a worst case scenario, if fire safety does not meet requirements, building control will not be passed and if a building is occupied, an emergency evacuation procedure will be implemented until remedial work has been done. In order to avoid this, developers, landlords and all persons responsible for the refurbishment of a change of use refurbishment should be aware of their obligations and always seek expert advice when it comes to fire safety. Bureau Veritas offers a one-stop solution for fire safety and compliance via an experienced team of technical experts. For more information, call 0345 600 1828 or visit

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The means of escape also may not be suitable given the potential changes in occupancy figures. Additional fire risks may be introduced too, through communal cooking and use of cooking equipment in small confined bed-sittype rooms; also items such as heaters may be brought in by residents to dry clothing where the provision of communal facilities are inadequate. Even small things such as lighting candles can pose an additional risk, which is why on this basis safety features such as automatic fire detection will certainly need reviewing.

durability and comfort. Eye protection is also critical, while good ear plugs come in very handy for people who use disc and tile cutters.


Tips of the trade THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF EXTENSION PLANNING Property extensions are one of the most common structural improvements undertaken by homeowners, increasing floor space and adding value. To put it into perspective, in 2018, insurer Hiscox identified a significant increase in the trend for ‘improving not moving’ over the last decade.


hether extending to the side, rear or both, it’s a decision which requires careful planning and an awareness of the potential disruption and inconvenience to daily life that such a project will cause. As such, you need to get your thoughts clear from the outset. All too often, I have seen people rush into this type of build gung-ho, without considering all the variables and potential outcomes. In short, this attitude can lead to costly mistakes. Begin with first principles, questioning the motivation behind the decision to extend: What are you looking to achieve? Why doesn’t the current layout work? Is an extension the best solution? Sometimes it might be concluded that a small adjustment of the internal layout of the property is all that’s needed, and is certainly more cost effective than an extension. Next, before you even engage your suppliers, develop a clear brief, and outline your aims and objectives. These will act as guidelines to all those who will subsequently be involved in the construction journey. This document will ensure the project stays on track, in line with the original vision throughout.

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Make a list of all the suppliers you might need to consult and identify their potential roles in the process. One mistake, which can have a big impact down the line lies in the misunderstanding of the roles and responsibilities of the different professions within the construction industry. For example, I’ve seen chartered surveyors confused with structural engineers. This resulted in disaster down the line when the homeowner found a major fault in their new extension, something which could have


been avoided had the right professional been consulted in the first place. Equally, it’s important to check the qualifications of those you employ. Make sure they are accredited with a professional association such as the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In the past, I have come across clients who have engaged an inexperienced, unqualified ‘engineer’ and then found problems during construction, which are either design errors or too complex for such an individual to resolve. Always ask for their experience and any examples of previous work. Once everyone is on board, it’s important to work collaboratively. Ongoing dialogue

between client, architect, builder and engineer is crucial to success. For instance, the architectural design drawings should not be completed without an engineer; this avoids the common problem of a scheme which doesn’t work or is physically impractical. I would advise creating a situation where all parties involved are in constant discussion and ultra-clear on every step of the build process. This will help prevent any avoidable structural complexity and, subsequently, keep costs down. One method to deliver this joined-up approach is to appoint a practice which offers both architectural and structural services, streamlining through a single supplier who is responsible for all outcomes. Create two budgets, one for costs and another for time. Regarding the former, this will keep your expenditure logged in one place and help to manage everything from builder fees to materials purchased. The latter will help with organising the construction journey and improve efficiency. Factor essentials into this activity schedule, such as planning and building regulations through to the estimated completion date. To put it into perspective, a simple extension which needs planning approval can easily take six months to design and get approved. Ultimately, the old principle ‘To fail to plan is to plan to fail, rings true. Organise yourself, and you will achieve the peace of mind that you’re working with skilled professionals who understand your vision and are equally aware of budgets and timeframes. John M Staves, CEng FIStructE, Fellow and Vice President of the Institution of Structural Engineers

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onygar Investment Company PLC intends to transform the site, which has laid derelict for many years, into new homes, grade A office space, creative market space, a five-star hotel, retail units, a ‘linear’ park and community space and student accommodation. The landmark decision, which was overwhelmingly supported, will see hundreds of jobs created, strengthening the local economy and helping to elevate Nottingham as one of the UK’s key regional cities for investors and employers.

Christopher Ware of Conygar said this was a significant milestone in Nottingham’s story and one they were proud to be a part of. “I am really pleased that the outline plans have been approved by Nottingham City Council and I look forward to working with our partners to meet the requirements set out by the council to develop all aspects of the mixed-use scheme into a thriving community.

project which is likely to take up to ten years to complete and will create hundreds of jobs in the region before and after the building work. Nottingham is a vibrant and creative city where several exciting developments are taking place and our plans for the site are a key part of this regeneration. We believe this is a unique development which will help to elevate Nottingham’s position in the Midlands and the UK.”

“We are passionate about delivering a sustainable development where people aspire to live and work. This is a long-term phased

Work is expected to start on site during 2019, with the first phase of office and homes intended to be complete by 2020.

FIRST PHASE OF HIGH-PROFILE PROJECT COMPLETE Rhodar, a leading specialist enabling works provider that is delivering the high-profile demolition of three 18 storey tower blocks at the Beech Hill estate in Halifax, has completed its first phase of works at the site.


s part of plans to regenerate a key area of Halifax in Calderdale, Rhodar was appointed by Together Housing Group, one of the country’s largest social landlords, to demolish the tower blocks, and has now completed the preparation works.

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80 Rhodar operatives managed the internal strip out, which began in June 2018 and has taken 40 weeks to complete. Having delivered the first phase of this £6m+ demolition project, Rhodar’s team now embark on the top down deconstruction of the tower blocks, along with a 48-metre super high reach excavator. The excavator arrived in April and will remove approximately 10 storeys from each block, allowing further high reach kit to demolish the remaining structures.


The regeneration of Beech Hill is part of the Calderdale Together Investment Partnership, a partnership between Together Housing and Calderdale Council, which aims to deliver up to 650 affordable homes over the next five years, including new homes at the Beech Hill site, as well at other sites across the borough. Jason Davy, managing director at Rhodar, said: “This is a prestigious and high-profile project and our teams are thrilled to be a part of a scheme of such importance in the region. Our expertise in both asbestos removal and demolition allows us to provide the complete

package to enable developments such as this and it is a pleasure to be able to deliver the first phase successfully alongside partners of the scheme.” George Paterson, group director of Property Services at Together Housing Group, said: “We’re very pleased that Rhodar has completed the first phase of works to enable us to replace these outdated tower blocks with new, affordable homes. This scheme is part of our commitment to address the housing crisis in West Yorkshire where the average home is now seven times the average salary and we’re looking forward to the next stage of works commencing.” Karen Lythe, Calderdale Council’s Assistant Director – Economy, Housing and Investment, said: “It’s good to see work progressing to redevelop Beech Hill, as part of Calderdale Together Investment Partnership’s aim to deliver up to 650 quality affordable homes across the borough over the next five years. The project supports the wider transformation of Calderdale and investment in transport, public spaces and businesses. It also supports the Vision2024 to be a thriving place where people want to live, work, visit and invest.” The site clearance is expected to take 20 weeks with the next phase of works began this month, May 2019.

Fisher & Paykel’s lead designer shares insights on the future of kitchen design Designing outside the triangle


ark Elmore, General Manager, Design at FISHER & PAYKEL on design in the kitchen. Mark has been designing kitchen appliances for decades. He is particularly interested in the physical and architectural changes that have occurred, and in the sociological and psychological ways in which kitchens have changed over the years. The so-called kitchen triangle is now redundant. Gone are the days when work in the kitchen was seen as a chore to be done as efficiently as possible, usually by only one person. The kitchen has become our studio for creating and socialising – it’s the social hub. The changing nature of today’s kitchen provides designers with opportunities to innovate and develop multiple right answers — after all, there is not one size that fits all. In today’s kitchen we create, we experiment: the kitchen is now our metaphorical ‘shed’ where we tinker, perhaps making it up as we go along, perhaps following a recipe. Today’s kitchen is multifunction room and a place used to communicate our social status. It is a place where cooking is a collaborative act. Distribution Appliances: This means not only that kitchens are growing bigger but also that we have to rethink the concept of the working triangle. As appliance manufacturers, we have had a look at what we can do to respond to these trends. We have started to separate the components. Now it is possible to have a CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for drinks by the dining table, perhaps a DishDrawer™ Dishwasher for crockery by the sink and

As kitchens evolve to be more like lounge spaces, the technology is becoming more embedded. Kitchen cabinets are looking more like furniture placed in the centre of a room and we have made sure that our appliances integrate seamlessly.

one for glasses by the bar. We also need to consider: where do we want the vegetables, where do we want the utensils, where do we want the freezer? As kitchens evolve to be more like lounge spaces, the technology is becoming more embedded. Kitchen cabinets are looking more like furniture placed in the centre of a room and we have made sure that our appliances integrate seamlessly. Domestic appliances are required to be multidisciplinary, not only performing multiple functions but also working with different people with differing skills. The design challenge: flexibility The range of things we cook in the kitchen has changed: sometimes we just want to heat up some leftovers or takeaways; other times we want to create gastronomic feasts to impress others. This range of cooking, from fast food to slow food and back again, affects the way in which we must design kitchens and the appliances that go in them. There is also a trend towards more freshfood cooking but often this is paradoxical, as the interest in locally grown, organically grown foods increases, so does the interest in international foods. Our palates are much more global; we eat foods from around the world, cooked in authentic utensils with authentic ingredients. This paradoxical situation provides designers with opportunities to be creative in providing bespoke design solutions. We are also eating more healthily—or at least trying to do so. This will have an impact on how we design spaces for different foodstuffs to take into account their requirements for storage, handling and preparation.

In the professional kitchen it is the chef that is the master, whereas in the home kitchen the technology sometimes has to work harder to make us look good. The amateur at home can have little knowledge and, with more children engaging with food, health and diet, the technology needs to be simple, obvious and suitable for small, large and elderly hands. It’s not just about physical ergonomics but also about cognitive ergonomics; it’s about how appliances make us feel. Domestic appliances are required to be multidisciplinary, not only performing multiple functions but also working with different people with differing skills. But we still want the same levels of control and precision. The appliances don’t have the rigour or scale of working of the professional items, but they must be intuitive to use and have the capacity to flex and improvise. Why the triangle is obsolete The concept of the ‘work triangle’ in kitchen design was based on working between the key components of the hob/oven, the fridge and the sink. It came from an efficient timeand-motion study—based on a productionline metaphor. Work in the kitchen was seen as a chore to be done as efficiently as possible, usually by only one person. In today’s kitchen we create, we experiment. In some countries we understand there are even ‘personal trainers’ who will come in and work with the cooks. And instead of just sitting there and watching the theatre unfold, the visitor is picking up the cooking utensils and joining in. Work in the kitchen is now a team effort.

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Design trends have brought elements of the professional kitchen into the domestic kitchen but some of the design parameters can be quite different. The professional kitchen is often simple, built around reliability and efficiency of use, whereas the domestic kitchen has to be quite flexible, doing many things well.

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SikaBit® adds to Sika’s Flat Roofing Portfolio with Safe2Torch Bitumen Range Sika is to build on its UK market leading position as a manufacturer of liquidapplied and single ply roofing membranes with the launch of the SikaBit® range bituminous roofing systems, developed to answer the requirements of NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) Safe2Torch guidelines.


he move follows a record-breaking year of sales for the company’s roofing division in 2018, with year-on-year growth across roofing for the past three years. With Sika’s acquisition of bituminous roofing system manufacturing capabilities in Europe, and advances in bituminous membrane technology, the company is now set to capitalise on trust in the Sika brand and service offering to leverage the opportunity in specification of bitumen roofs. “Bituminous systems still account for at least half of flat roof refurbishments in the UK,” explains head of Sika’s roofing business, Rod Benson. “Our focus has always been on bringing the most advanced roofing technologies to the marketplace, combined with the highest levels of service, technical support and safety best practice. “As a technically-advanced bituminous system, SikaBit® allows us to continue that approach with proven technology that offers specifiers another option for accessing Sika’s renowned package of service, technical support and guarantees. Thanks to the launch of the NFRC’s Safe2Torch guidelines in 2017, we have been able to develop our systems specifically to meet their criteria, ensuring the highest standards of Safe2Torch due diligence and accountable product performance.”

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A fully BBA-approved range of torch-on and self-adhesive bituminous membranes, SikaBit® provides a total solution for a high-performance waterproof roof build-up, comprising an air & vapour control layer (AVCL), underlay and a hard-wearing cap sheet. The SikaBit® Pro Bituminous Membrane range includes flame-free detailing options for completely Safe2Torch-compliant roof installations, along with a root-resistant offer


“Bituminous systems still account for at least half of flat roof refurbishments in the UK. Our focus has always been on bringing the most advanced roofing technologies to the marketplace, combined with the highest levels of service, technical support and safety best practice. As a technicallyadvanced bituminous system, SikaBit® allows us to continue that approach with proven technology that offers specifiers another option for accessing Sika’s renowned package of service, technical support and guarantees.“

for green roof applications and a solution for inverted roofs. “With SikaBit®, we’re not just launching a bituminous membrane,” Rod continues, “we are re-thinking bituminous membranes and offering a complete system that can be tailored to meet the design criteria and safety requirements of any new build or refurbishment flat roof. This proven, next generation bitumen technology will be offered with all the technical, application support and customer-service specifiers expect from Sika, including installation by a national network of fully-trained Certified Contractors and a suite of guarantee options to provide complete peace of mind. We have invested significantly in putting in place the infrastructure we need to enter the bitumen market, including recruitment and training of a dedicated SikaBit® sales and customer support team.” Developed to combine the flexibility and tensile strength of an SBS membrane with the hardwearing properties and UV stability of APAO, SikaBit® Pro Bituminous Membranes leverage these advanced bitumen technologies to ensure both exceptional durability and ease and speed of application. At launch, the SikaBit® range will include three core systems designed to meet the requirements of most roof environments. A Safe2Torch system will provide a roof build up that combines torch-on and self-adhesive components for both Safe2Torch zones and flame-free areas. The range will also include an inverted roof system and a green roof system.

All SikaBit® systems have been extensively tested and Sika has developed a wideranging training course for its Certified Contractors, including Safe2Torch guidance, which will be delivered at the company’s dedicated training centres with technical support also available on site. The SikaBit® training course will include training in all aspects of the product range and has been developed in close partnership with the NFRC. Gary Walpole from the NFRC comments: “We are delighted that Sika chose to involve us in putting together the training course for SikaBit® from the very earliest stages so that we could really embed the principles of Safe2Torch in the way the system is installed on site. It’s good to see an industry leader like Sika embracing Safe2Torch in both product development and training as we all work towards making sites safer for both contractors and end users.” Rod Benson adds: “There may be some who are surprised by our decision to launch a range of bituminous membranes but we believe the SikaBit® range joins the dots for specifiers by offering them a complete solution from a trusted supplier that they can rely on for product quality, technical support, safety best practice, customer service and robust guarantees.”

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Roofing & Cladding FREEFOAM RELEASE NEW CLADDING BROCHURE Freefoam Building Products are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cladding brochure – The Complete Cladding Solution. Featuring all PVC-UE cladding products within the range – the Single Shiplap in white and woodgrain options, the popular Fortex Double Shiplap and Weatherboard styles with attractive wood effect embossed finish and the most recent addition X-Wood, a premium composite cladding with foiled woodgrain finish. With detailed information on each range, colour options, board dimensions, fitting trims and technical data the new brochure gives customers all the information they need. Also featuring attractive imagery, the brochure highlights the wide range of applications and options cladding offers. PVC-UE external cladding is one of the fastest growing external building products. Its versatility means it can be used on a huge variety of projects, from new build housing developments or an exterior finish for a new extension, through to all areas of renovation from single wall features to an attractive look for a loft conversion. Cladding is one of the quickest and simplest ways of creating kerbside appeal by adding definition and interest to a property and when used for renovation, can totally transform the look of any home.

Louise Sanderson UK Marketing Manager explained “Our cladding portfolio has grown over time and we wanted to bring the full range together into one brochure. It will allow our suppliers to promote the different options to clients, to showcase the versatility of cladding and extend the visibility of our products” The new brochure will also appeal to homeowners as it showcases the full cladding range allowing buyers to compare and contrast with other products, and see the wide choice of colour and finish options. Also featuring the benefits of pvc, with its low maintenance, easy fit credentials and highlighting how PVC-U cladding can help improve the energy efficiency of a home when fitted with insulation, the new brochure helps homeowners make an informed choice. Colin St John, Commercial Director summarised “We are really pleased with this new brochure. Our cladding is one our fastest growing product lines and providing this literature will give our customers the ideal opportunity to capitalise on this interest. Our products are suitable for both the domestic and commercial markets, offering the complete cladding solution to service a range of growing markets.” Website:

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Roofshield, the unique vapour and air permeable pitched roof underlay has been chosen for a multi-million-pound project set to transform the transport links across Northern Ireland. The North West Transport Hub is an impressive £27 million redevelopment of the Waterside train station in Derry to create a multimodal transport facility, which includes a brand new train terminus, bus stands, park-and-ride facility, passenger waiting area, retail units and community space. The new hub will provide for up to 1100 new local and cross border bus and connecting rail services. Translink commissioned Farrans Construction to manage the project alongside railway engineers Rhomberg Sersa JV. Specialist roofing contractors D. Harkin & Co. Roofing of Derry was appointed to carry out all roofing works and selected the Roofshield membrane from the A. Proctor Group to ensure the highest level of protection. Danny Harkin, Managing Director of D. Harkin & Co, explains the reasons for the selection of Roofshield. “We chose Roofshield because of its superior air permeability, which removes the need for any additional ventilation and assures comprehensive protection for the new hub facility.”

Many vapour and air permeable underlays use an airtight VP film layer to achieve their performance, whilst Roofshield’s patented SMS (Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond) structure allows high levels of airflow, in addition to the transport of moisture vapour, making the formation of condensation in the roof space virtually impossible. RRN719048 A Proctor HP.indd 1

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The use of Roofshield can lead to savings in labour and material costs, due to no VCL being required, and its highperformance air permeability means that the roof space has similar air changes to that of a roof using traditional eaves/ridge ventilation.

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Office Transformation Delivers New Twist on Traditional Stone Façade Originally constructed in the 1920s, Axtell House is an office building that boasts both original Art Deco features and a location a stone’s throw from Regent Street.


refurbishment delivered by RED Construction has added three new storeys, with Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone ventilated façade system, specified in a creamy beige colourway to reference the Portland Stone of the original façades. The panels were sandblasted to create a textured finish and some were also detailed using computer numerical control (CNC) engraving, creating vertical linear fluting that replicates classical stone detailing. The design concept for the additional storeys was to integrate stone and metalwork into a contemporary mansard roof. The weight and strength of the engineered stone panels were key considerations as it was vital to minimise structural loading to avoid any need for strengthening the existing structure. Fire tested and certified A2/S1 in line with BS EN 13501-1, the SureClad Engineered Stone system is versatile and so robust that panels of just 2cm and 3cm thick could be used, creating the impression of natural stone at a fraction of the weight. Specialist contractor, Dmitro Facades worked closely with Shackerley to ensure production schedules were aligned to the detailed façade plans and installation programme.

“Shackerley helped us to ensure that the whole installation ran like clockwork and the results are stunning” - Mustafa Kurtumerov from Dmitro Facades

Mustafa Kurtumerov from Dmitro Facades explains: “The design of the new elevations was quite complex with curtain walling and anodised metallic cladding sitting alongside Shackerley’s SureClad® Engineered Stone panels, which meant there were a lot of interfaces between the different materials. “It was essential that fully-fabricated panels were available on site ready to install on a just-in-time basis, because storage and access were limited. Shackerley helped us to ensure that the whole installation ran like clockwork and the results are stunning.” All façade elements were custommanufactured at Shackerley’s ISO9001accredited production plant in Lancashire. This included CNC-engraved 30mm thick engineered stone panels. Each groove was precision cut to create a channel 35mm wide and 15mm deep, creating total uniformity for the decorative finish. A number of complex pre-assembled units were also factoryfabricated by Shackerley to enable faster and easier installation.

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In total, more than 100 different types of panel and detail were specified, including


panels of varying sizes, with the largest panels used on this scheme measuring 1732mm x 925mm. The system was installed using Shackerley’s SureClad® ‘Hang On’ system, which allows the panels to be lifted into position on horizontal rails and provides full support while they are being levelled; a feature of the specially-designed brackets that Shackerley fixed to the reverse side of each SureClad® Engineered Stone panel with stainless steel undercut anchors. Adjustment bolts in these brackets make manoeuvring each panel into the correct position on the façade quick and simple. Mustafa continues: “Although the cladding installation covered a relatively small area, the complexity of the design, the mansardstyle windows and the interface between different materials made this a potentially challenging installation. However, the close working relationship and technical support we had with Shackerley throughout helped the job to run smoothly.” Tel: 01257 273 114

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Bauder Total Roof System PLUS is the new formidable bitumen waterproofing system from Bauder. The system incorporates both rubber and elastic properties in the dual-modified BauderKARAT cap sheet to deliver superior durability, extended service life and exceptional waterproofing.

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The BTRS PLUS system is suitable for both refurbishment and new build schemes and can be installed on timber, metal or concrete decks. Specify BTRS PLUS for projects that require long life-span and high durability.


BauderKARAT BTRS PLUS supersedes BTRS as Bauder’s premier waterproofing system owing to the dual formulation capping sheet, BauderKARAT. Utilising a topside of atactic polypropylene (APP) modified bitumen with embedded slate granules, BauderKARAT increases the roof’s resistance to UV radiation and improves weathering. The APP modified bitumen has a higher softening point allowing it to tolerate installers walking on the membrane as it is laid without creating imprints. The proven styrene-butadienestyrene (SBS) modified elastomeric bitumen on the underside provides outstanding flexibility which eliminates splitting caused by climatic extremes and building movement. Due to our special coating formulation, the soft underside of the SBS bitumen reacts more efficiently to heat application, allowing for reduced installation times of more than 10%. The cap sheet also incorporates a lightweight polyester-glass composite which adds to the extreme strength and stability of the membrane.

Key benefits • Extremely enduring system • Fire classification BROOF (t4) • Installation time reduced by more than 10% • Outstanding guarantee package BTRS PLUS – The system The BauderKARAT cap sheet is only available within the BTRS PLUS solution that incorporates the BauderTEC KSA DUO 35 underlayer which is a 3.5mm self-adhesive SBS modified bitumen membrane. Together the pair of waterproofing membranes offer increased durability for the overall system and deliver a life expectancy of potentially fifty years. When to specify? The BTRS PLUS system is suitable for both refurbishment and new build schemes and can be installed on timber, metal or concrete decks. Specify BTRS PLUS for projects that require long life-span and high durability. Book an introduction to BTRS PLUS with your area technical manager by calling Alex on 0845 271 8800.

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2019 marks an exciting year for Sahtas. With a rapidly growing market share in the handmade plain clay roof tile sector and a growing network of stockists across the UK, the company has invested heavily in a programme of growth which will see an expansion of its operations at its Northampton base to support its brand new, state-of-the-art factory.


ahtas was established in 1979 and remains an independent, family owned and managed company in the year of its 40th anniversary. Its production processes are unique in the heavy clay and terracotta industry with its raw, excavated clay undergoing ‘clay washing’ before being introduced into its multiple production lines. Clay washing mixes the raw clay with water into a slurry before being sieved to remove coarse particles then forced at high pressure into ‘filter cake’, a malleable soft clay, prior to production. This process removes the coarse particles and deleterious soluble salts present in the clay leaving a pure, fine-grained raw material which, after drying and firing, produces an extremely durable finished product.

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Sahtas has distribution agents in the USA, Russia, Europe and Australia but its largest market is the UK where it is predominantly known for its Brookhurst range of hand-made plain tiles.


The new factory gives Sahtas a fantastic opportunity to significantly increase the output of its traditional hand-made roof tiles and bricks but also to introduce new products to the market including the Southdown handcrafted plain tile and a new clay pantile, both of which will be available this year. The production of the Southdown plain tile will include elements of machine extrusion and hand finishing enabling Sahtas to offer a clay plain tile with the subtle aesthetics of the traditional hand-made tiles but at a lower price, falling between the current ranges of hand-made and machine-

made plain tiles. The Southdown will be available with its own range of fittings and in three colours – Red, Brown and Dark which can also be mixed on site to create unique blends. 2019 also heralds the launch of a redesigned traditional clay pantile from Sahtas. Available in two colours; Red and Weathered, the new pantile will be available from stock across the UK but is particularly suited to those eastern regions where traditional clay pantiles predominate. The Southdown and the clay pantile are the latest editions to Sahtas core range of the highest quality roof tiles, but the growth of new products doesn’t stop there. Later this year the company will launch a new large format clay cladding tile and another new roof tile – the details of which they are keeping very close to their chest at the moment. Watch this space! Sahtas will also continue to offer its range of genuine hand-thrown clay bricks in a range of single colours and blends and these will be available from stock or on a short lead time direct from the factory. Sahtas also has a team of talented artisans working within its busy Bespoke Products Department to produce unique, hand-carved and beautifully detailed clay sculptures as well as replicating products long out of production. The company works closely with architectural and archaeological specialists on ancient and historical preservation projects around the world and is always happy to take on new commissions. The company is currently engaged at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ephesus in Turkey where it is supplying specialised reproduction bricks and tiles to enable sympathetic restoration of the historic site. Sahtas are very happy to send out boxed samples of all their roof tiles and bricks and they also offer free estimating and fixing specification services. All Sahtas products carry a 30 year guarantee against manufacturing defects. UK Managing Director Steven Blewitt said “We are evolving as a company to meet the demands of the market, to match our own growth expectations and to ensure that Sahtas has a long-term future as the supplier of choice amongst specifiers, roofing contractors and our valued stockist partners across the UK. We are a dedicated and passionate team of people who genuinely believe that the customer comes first and that a high standard of service is a given. We are currently looking to bolster our service offer by recruiting new, dedicated team members. Of course, we also have to be technically proficient and compliant with current regulations and standards and we work with external bodies to ensure that this is the case. We are represented at regional committee level within the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and are Technology Partners of Lucideon, the internationally recognised leader in clay technology and materials testing.

We are proud of our memberships of these respected organisations.”

There is clearly a lot happening within Sahtas – a company with its sights focussed on a bright future and with strong core values of quality and customer service. The Northampton team looks forward to being of service to customers old and new and welcomes enquiries via telephone 01604 434909, email or through the website Alternatively drop in and say hello – you will be most welcome.

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As Sahtas operates internationally we also take our global responsibilities very seriously and have recently obtained the highly valued Sedex Certification after a rigorous auditing of our business practices. Sedex members are committed to operating within a responsible supply chain and adhering to ethical trading standards including labour rights, health & safety, the care of the environment and sound business ethics.


Roofing & Cladding MARLEY’S LATEST ACME DOUBLE CAMBER CLAY TILE USED ON HENLEY-ON-THAMES PROJECT When an existing building is extended, a key element of the success of any construction project is often based on whether a seamless match in terms of tiling solutions for the roofing space can be found. Marley pulled out the stops recently to help a customer overcome this challenge and complete a roofing project, which included the supply of its brand new classic red smooth acme double camber tile before it had even launched. The customer, based in Henley-on-Thames, was undertaking an extension at his property and wanted to find a suitable roof tile match so the new build roofing space would blend in effortlessly with the older part of his property. Having enquired with Marley about the feasibility of acquiring some of the previously installed tiles to create the match in style and colour, Marley’s Regional Sales Director, Andrew Rooke, took up the case to assist him to find a satisfactory solution. Andrew Rooke, comments: “During initial discussions, it became clear that a soon to be launched Marley product – a new classic red smooth acme double camber tile – could well be the perfect answer. The challenge was that the new tile was yet to officially enter the market. “Undeterred, we were able to supply a sample from the new tile’s trial production run so that it could be evaluated on site in terms of its suitability. The answer came back that it would be ideal in terms of matching the existing roofing

aesthetics, and that the homeowner loved the look of the all-new classic red smooth acme double camber tile.” Determined to ensure the customer got the very best service, Marley subsequently arranged that the required small quantity of the new product from the trial run was supplied without delay, so the roofing project could be completed on time without waiting for the new product’s formal launch into the marketplace. In addition to their strong aesthetic appeal, Marley’s Acme Double Camber tiles are also accredited to the BES 6001 framework standard for ‘Responsible Sourcing’, which means projects

using the clay tiles can now achieve extra credits under BREEAM. The Acme Double Camber tiles add a subtle texture to the roof and can assist housebuilders who are striving to create a more rustic aesthetic on new properties, or who want to match in with existing tiles on extensions or refurbishment projects. This, in addition to the colour variations available, also make Marley’s Acme Double Camber range ideally suited for creative roof detailing and vertical tiling. For more information, visit

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EXTENTIA GROUP COMPLETES HOSPITALITY REFURB AT EMERALD HEADINGLEY Built environment specialist Extentia Group has completed the refurbishment of the Directors’ Suite, and fitout of the Executive Boxes and Emerald Suite within the North Stand at Emerald Headingley Stadium.


ts work on the North Stand via Principal Contractor Caddick Construction has seen the delivery of a full refit of 13 boxes, a banqueting suite, eight toilets blocks, corridors and the corporate reception. Styles&Wood, Extentia Group’s project management and delivery business, delivered internal finishes, including flooring, bespoke joinery and ironmongery. Extentia Group’s interior design specialist SpaceInvader and design led furniture supplier Ralph Capper also worked on the project. The firms produced the interior design of the Emerald Suite and executive boxes within the new stand and supplied furniture to the executive boxes and communal areas. The new areas provide panoramic views across both the cricket and rugby grounds, with the ability to reconfigure the space for conferences and events. In the Directors’ Suite, Styles&Wood acted as Principal Contractor to an extensive programme of works over 20 weeks, refitting the suite’s

main lounge, new toilet facilities, and back of house areas including two kitchens and private dining facilities. This included a full M&E stripout and new installation including air handling units, fire systems, lighting controls, and walkway gantry above the suite’s ceilings for maintenance purposes. It also refurbished the bridge connecting the suite to the North Stand. The concept design for the suite was undertaken by interiors specialist Nanu Soda, with all elements chosen to deliver a high-quality, luxury finish. All internal fittings and furnishings were bespoke, with carpets, wallpaper, joinery, flooring, trims and bulkheads all individually commissioned and hand-made. The works form part of the £45 million redevelopment of the stadium, which is home to the Leeds Rhinos rugby league club, Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Chris Slinger, operations director at Styles&Wood, said: “Headingley is one of

Leeds’ most iconic venues, with this extensive redevelopment setting a benchmark for luxury hospitality facilities in the sporting world. This project showcases Extentia Group’s expertise in coordinating and delivering a full suite of built environment services, from M&E and interior design right through to bespoke joinery, decoration and furniture. We’re pleased to have played a role in creating an environment that supporters will be able to enjoy for years to come.” Leeds Rhinos Commercial Director Rob Oates said: “This is the most significant refurbishment of the stadium since it very first opened in 1890, and we’re delighted with the results so far. Our partnership with Extentia Group has helped us to deliver new facilities of the highest quality, with the scale of our investment testament to the ongoing support of our fans. We’re excited to have created a world class sporting venue, as we prepare to welcome the ICC cricket world cup and the Ashes to Headingley later this year and the Rugby League World Cup in 2021. The redevelopment has also boosted the city’s conference facilities and produced an iconic venue for every occasion.” Styles&Wood, Ralph Capper and SpaceInvader are part of Extentia Group, comprised of 11 specialist businesses offering services across the full lifecycle of real estate assets from design, project management and delivery, to optimisation, FF&E solutions and facilities management.

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Profab Access Ahead of the Curve with Fire Testing Profab Access Ltd, part of the Access 360 portfolio, is prioritising fire safety in buildings with the introduction of fire testing for both sides of its 4000 Series riser door range.


stablished in 2001, Profab Access Ltd is a leading UK manufacturer of wall and ceiling access panels and riser doors. The company employs a team of 71 and operates from a 46,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Atherstone, Warwickshire. All aspects of the design and manufacturing process are carried out onsite. Profab has been working with the global testing, inspection and certification company, Warrington Fire, for several years and has the CERTIFIRE independent third party certification for its 4000 Series riser doors, 8000 Series access panels for tiled walls, 1000 Series access panels and steel doors. The 4000 and 8000 Series ranges are available with up to a 4 hour CERTIFIRE rating.

“From our perspective actions speak louder than words. In the spirit of the Hackitt Review we wanted to ‘start living the cultural shift’ and to lead the industry by investing in testing and certification because we believe it’s the right thing to do and not just because it’s a legal requirement”

Since the Grenfell Tower fire the issue of fire safety has dominated the construction sector. Following the Hackitt Review and the subsequent Government Implementation Plan, published in December 2018, four key areas were highlighted for improvement, including “Clearer standards and guidance, and product safety”. James Fisher, Managing Director of Access 360, comments, “From our perspective actions speak louder than words. In the spirit of the Hackitt Review we wanted to ‘start living the cultural shift’ and to lead the industry by investing in testing and certification because we believe it’s the right thing to do and not just because it’s a legal requirement.” “Fire testing from both sides is a significant investment on our part, in terms of time and cost. It takes nearly twice as long to test from both sides, requires two doors to be tested on opposite sides and doubles

the cost of the testing and certification process. The benefit to our customers is that they can have absolute confidence that when they specify a Profab fire rated riser door its performance has been tested and independently verified above and beyond what is legally required.” “We want all our customers to have this level of peace of mind and it is our intention to conduct fire testing from both sides on all the products in the Profab range. Testing on the 1000 Series access panels is already under way.” Warrington Fire, now a part of the Element Group, is a UKAS accredited laboratory which specialises in fire resistance testing for passive fire protection products. The riser doors are tested to measure the integrity of the door and frame when subjected to fire. The process involves ensuring that flaming cannot occur on the unexposed face of the door for longer than 10 seconds and that a 25 mm rod cannot be passed through the specimen. The transfer of radiant heat though the surface of the doors is also measured. Limiting the transmission of heat from one side of the door to the other to protect building occupants so they can safely exit the building is paramount.

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Amendments have already been made to the Building Regulations Approved Document B (Fire Safety), notably the ban on combustible cladding on all new buildings over 18 metres in height. Further changes are expected as a result of the call for evidence for the technical review of Approved Document B, which closed in March. By taking the lead in fire testing both sides of the 4000 Series riser doors Profab Access is future proofing the products being used in the construction sector. When it comes to riser doors building professionals now have the opportunity to specify products that exceed the legal requirements.


Fire alarms and human behaviour Wrightstyle is an international glass and steel glazing company. Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, looks at human behavior when a fire alarm sounds.


e’re sometimes asked why our advanced glazing systems are designed to give protection against fire and toxic gases for up to 120 minutes. The answer, of course, is that large or complex buildings such as hospitals or tall office blocks can take a long time to evacuate and, then, protected access is needed for fire crews to extinguish the fire. But it’s not quite as simple as that, because human beings aren’t predictable. For example, a major UK retailer took part recently in a series of unannounced fire test evacuations. Interestingly, and contrary to their training, staff didn’t always immediately start to move customers towards the exits. The majority first sought confirmation that it was a real fire alarm, which therefore delayed the evacuation.

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In other words, human behaviour can sometimes work against the fast evacuation of a building, whose evacuation models are often based on engineering and computational tools. However, research at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology


In most cases, therefore, a fire alarm isn’t in itself a call to action. More often, it’s a source of confusion because, even when we believe the alarm might be real, we don’t know where the threat is coming from. This also adds to a delayed evacuation because none of us wants to evacuate until we know that our escape route is safe. (NIST), among others, demonstrates that those computer models don’t always take human reaction into consideration.

evacuation because none of us wants to evacuate until we know that our escape route is safe.

After all, we’ve all been in a building when a fire alarm has sounded. Did you immediately move towards the nearest exit? Probably not. Our first instinct is not to take the alarm too seriously. We can’t see any smoke or flames. We can’t smell smoke. It must therefore be a fire test or a false alarm. Until we know for certain, we do nothing.

The fire alarm therefore precipitates a variety of responses. Some people will take it seriously; others will wait until they have more information. Some will seek guidance from co-workers or their superiors; some will ignore it completely. It’s estimated that as much as two-thirds of the time it takes people to exit a building after an alarm is start-up time – time wasted in looking for more information.

That period is called “pre-movement time” – the period when nothing much happens. Psychologically, our brains are telling us to think logically. There is no discernible threat, the chances of it being a real fire are remote and, frankly, I’m composing a rather important email to my boss in Bradford. In most cases, therefore, a fire alarm isn’t in itself a call to action. More often, it’s a source of confusion because, even when we believe the alarm might be real, we don’t know where the threat is coming from. This also adds to a delayed

It’s estimated that as much as two-thirds of the time it takes people to exit a building after an alarm is start-up time – time wasted in looking for more information. The most tragic example was 9/11, when fewer than 9% of the occupants of the World Trade Center towers immediately evacuated after the alarms sounded. The

The most tragic example was 9/11, when fewer than 9% of the occupants of the World Trade Center towers immediately evacuated after the alarms sounded. The average “start up” time before people began to move to the exits was between five and eight minutes. Others didn’t start to evacuate for up to 40 minutes.

average “start up” time before people began to move to the exits was between five and eight minutes. Others didn’t start to evacuate for up to 40 minutes. And then there’s “exit choice behavior” which computational models can also struggle with because, again, human nature comes into play. We don’t always exit a building by designated routes. We’ll exit a building by the route we’re familiar with, even it’s a longer journey – for example, the route by which we arrive at our desk in the morning.

All of those factors, and many others, can

And that’s why our advanced steel glazing systems provide up to 120 minutes of fire resistance, containing fire away from escape routes, and giving everyone, even the most complacent or stupid, more than enough time to escape.

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But behavior isn’t just about us as individuals. Groups of people can influence one another. People want to evacuate alongside colleagues, slowing evacuation down to the speed of the slowest person. In a shopping centre, we might be evacuating with elderly relatives or small children.

influence the level of protection that should be applied within a particular building. It’s not just about using a computer model to estimate how long a well-drilled evacuation will take. It’s also about adding in human behavior.


EASY WAYS TO HOME SECURITY THAT IS STREETS AHEAD With almost one quarter (23%) of Britons now owning one or more smart-home devices the industry is booming and users are demanding more easy-to-use and innovative home technology.


ecurity experts at RISCO Group are making it easier to bring cutting-edge security into the home by offering their latest appcontrolled and cloud-based system without the upheaval or expense of replacing the entire system. Home-owners can benefit from the some of the most innovative and police-approved technology on the market and only replace their existing keypad and control panel. Upgrading an older system futureproofs a home with the latest equipment and the use of cloud technology means future smart home automation can easily be added as innovations continue to advance.

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The RISCO LightSYS™ 2 security system allows users to secure their home with the touch of a button on their phone via a simple-to-use app ensuring that an empty property, or one housing loved ones or valued items, is safe and secure.


“This system allows users to see what’s happening in their property from anywhere which is not just a great deterrent against intruders but also provides reassurance that children are home from school, older family members are safe and even that pets are not misbehaving.”

Push notifications alert home-owners if there is an intruder so they can take action to notify emergency services immediately, contact a neighbour or return home. Optional accessories include video verification which enables homeowners to view the inside or outside of a property in real-time through live streaming and check whether there has been a genuine break in or a false alarm. Greg Smith, marketing manager for the RISCO Group UK & Ireland, explains: “We know that a lot of people would love to enjoy the benefits of a more modern and advanced system which includes enhanced features but is still easy to use and fits into modern lifestyles. “These days people do not just want to protect their houses when they’re out, but also want the peace of mind that their families are safe in the home. This system allows users to see what’s happening in their property from anywhere which is not just a great deterrent against intruders but also provides reassurance that children are home from school, older family members are safe and even that pets are not misbehaving.” “All this is now possible without the disruption of replacing the whole system and the costs associated with

“This is the only app-based home security system with the ‘Secured by Design’ seal of approval awarded by the police for equipment that designs out crime and the fear of crime, providing the ultimate peace-of-mind.” replacing sounders and detectors, providing a cost-effective way of upgrading systems which are 20, 30 and sometimes 40 years old.” Greg adds: “This is the only appbased home security system with the ‘Secured by Design’ seal of approval awarded by the police for equipment that designs out crime and the fear of crime, providing the ultimate peaceof-mind.” A portal has been developed with more details about the new system and where to find the nearest RISCO installer who will be equipped and qualified to install LightSYS™2 control panels and keypads. For more information visit en-GB/upgrade-your-old-alarmsystem.

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Exclusive Residential High-Rise in Dubai Selects Advanced An industry-leading fire system with integrated fire telephone and voice evacuation system from Advanced has been installed at an exclusive 30-storey residential high-rise in Dubai. Boasting state-of-the-art amenities, luxury interiors, a fully equipped gym and rooftop swimming pool, the Siraj Tower has become one of the most soughtafter residential projects in the ambitious $64billion entertainment complex, Dubailand, As Advanced’s exclusive distributor in Dubai, Cignetix were responsible for integrating this crucial part of the building’s active fire protection. Four Advanced Axis EN panels, which were recently certified by FM Approvals to the EN54 standard, and 2000 devices have been installed alongside its high-performance fire telephone solution. Sunil Gopalkrishnan, Managing Director at Cignetix, said: “Thanks to their reputation for performance, quality and ease-of-use, Advanced are our preferred choice of fire alarm, fire telephone and voice evacuation systems - capable of handling large networks of up to 200 panels and complex cause and effect programming.”

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Steve Carroll, Advanced’s General Manager for the Middle East, said: “The Siraj Tower is another fantastic example of the successful partnership between Cignetix and Advanced. In order to take full advantage of what our products offer it takes companies like Cignetix, who have the skills and experience required, to apply Advanced to sites such as this prestigious high-rise.” Available for European, Middle East and South East Asian markets, Axis EN is Advanced’s highest performance analogue panel range, combining 1-8 loop, fire panels configurable up to 200 panel networks with a complete range of wired and wireless loop devices and powerful peripherals. Axis EN, which is part of Advanced’s Axis range of systems, holds global approvals, including EN54, UL864 and AS1670. It is designed to go anywhere where high quality, reliable and easy to use fire detection and control is required. Advanced, owned by FTSE 100 company Halma PLC, have a long history of protecting some of the most prestigious high-rise residential developments in the world, including the Gold Coast’s Soul Building and Miami’s Sands Pointe. Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease of use of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large, multisite networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems.

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Advanced’s fire telephone solution is ideal for high and low-rise apartment buildings, hotels, universities, government and military sites where local fire departments and emergency personnel need access to fire / emergency communications. Designed for clear, easy-to-use control, the conventional system benefits from LED status indications showing its operational state - whether the system has a call-in, is connected or is in fault condition. The fire telephone system is compliant with EN54 parts 2 and 4 and can be configured as either a standalone, independent system or completely integrated into the Axis EN fire system.

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FIREX SHOWCASE FOR INDUSTRIAL FIRE PROTECTION Industrial fire detection specialist Patol will be returning to the Firex International exhibition, using Stand FX650 to demonstrate its wide ranging capabilities in protecting various sites from the threat of fire.


s a UK company based in Reading, Patol is a designer and manufacturer of systems, as well as a distributor for other leading manufacturers, often working with partners throughout the fire safety industry to deliver a solution-based approach to fire, heat and smoke detection applications. The focus at this year’s Firex International is the Fire Thermal Infrared (FireTIR) detection system, one of the more recent additions to Patol’s product portfolio. The system features fixed infrared cameras connected to a user-friendly software interface through which the surface temperatures of the area being protected are monitored in real time. The image from each camera can be divided into zones, allowing specific risk areas to be identified and to also establish nondetection areas. High or low pre-alarm and alarm set temperatures can be programmed for each zone, with outputs to fire alarm and process control systems. FireTIR is suitable for a wide range of applications, including storage and handling plants, manufacturing industries, transport and power generation. For hazardous areas, camera enclosures are available to IP66 or ATEX certification, with automatic camera lens cleaning ensuring the system is ideally suited to dusty environments. Kelvin Miller, Patol Sales Director, comments - “The FireTIR products are a very natural fit for us as a business and further strengthen our position as a particular specialist in heat detection technologies. Building on our existing portfolio which includes LHDC (linear heat detection cable) and infrared heat and flame sensors, we are able to offer further solutions to the challenges posed by the fire detection requirements of many varied applications.” Alongside FireTIR, Patol is also showing the latest developments in its LHDC products. In addition to the extensive range of cables manufactured by Patol at its Reading facility, the company also offers the Fibresense range of fibre optic linear heat detection cables. Kelvin continues - “The addition of the Fibresense cable was the missing piece of the LHDC jigsaw and means that we can offer a fibre optic option, as well as our LHDC in both analogue (resettable) and digital (nonresettable) options.” The Fibresense LHDC system has been providing reliable and intelligent fire

ABOVE The FireTIR range of thermal cameras are particularly suited to the challenges of waste processing facilities

“The FireTIR products are a very natural fit for us as a business and further strengthen our position as a particular specialist in heat detection technologies. Building on our existing portfolio which includes LHDC (linear heat detection cable) and infrared heat and flame sensors, we are able to offer further solutions to the challenges posed by the fire detection requirements of many varied applications.” BELOW LEFT Steve Wilder of Patol demonstrates how the infrared transit sensors are protecting the conveyors at Aberthaw power station in Wales

Car parks are just one of many applications in which Patol’s LHDC systems are employed


detection and asset monitoring on projects throughout the world for more than 20 years. It offers speed of detection, reliability and versatility in monitoring temperature and detecting incipient fires in a range of multi-discipline environments. Applications for the technology include protection of car parks, monitoring of vessels, automatic storage warehouses and power cable trays, with the capacity to configure the cable in multiple detection zones to meet the specific requirements of a given application. Kelvin comments – “we have seen a particular surge in car park applications following the fire which engulfed the Liverpool Waterfront car park, destroying the site and more than 1,000 cars in the process.”

Also on show at Firex this year are Patol’s conveyor detection systems. The 5000 Series of infrared transit sensors are available in heat and flame detection options. The suitability of the technology to protect conveyors in particularly challenging environments has been highlighted by a new video shot by Patol at the Aberthaw power station in Wales. Completing the line-up on the stand is the Securiton aspirating smoke detection (ASD) range for which Patol is the distributor in the UK. Securiton detectors are approved to EN54-20 class A, B & C and offer scalable high sensitivity smoke detection for small single premises to much larger facilities.

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Refurbishment: Smart, Stylish and simple By Nico Van Der Merwe, VP Home and Distribution, Schneider Electric


he chances are, you probably never in a million years thought you’d be cooking your dinner on your commute home from work. How is that even possible? With the surge in smart technologies, it is now possible to switch on your oven, answer your doorbell or even adjust the heating remotely through smartphones. The Internet of Things (IoT) and an explosion in smart home technologies has changed the way people in the UK are thinking about home improvement. These are exciting times for home improvement and renovation – people are no longer satisfied with surface level improvements for their homes, they are increasingly concerned with transforming their homes on a deeper level. Home improvers today are starting to look beyond aesthetics, ambitiously striving to convert their homes into smarter, safer, as well as more stylish, environments. This shift in the focus of end users presents an exciting opportunity for professional specifiers in the electrical sector. Those with access to a network of expert installers and the latest smart technologies will have a killer advantage. With the right tools, savvy electricians can guide end users in their journey towards smarter and better homes and lives through the refurbishment process. Refurbs and electrical installations A central challenge with many renovations is the upgrading of electrical systems. Light switches, temperature controls, and power distribution are the cornerstone of a home that is more connected, stylish and secure. Ensuring their optimal efficiency and the comfort and safety of the occupants should be a professional specifier’s top priority in any renovation project. This is why we are witnessing a wave of cutting-edge, connected devices entering the market. When it comes to home improvement, end-users are hungry for gadgets that provide more information and control over their comfort and energy usage. Indeed, network company, Cisco, predicts that by 2020 the number of connected devices will exceed 50 billion as homes fill up with smart sensors, meters and other connected equipment. The IoT facilitates the easy exchange of data and enables users to make the best, most informed decisions for their homes.

These are exciting times for home improvement and renovation – people are no longer satisfied with surface level improvements for their homes, they are increasingly concerned with transforming their homes on a deeper level. Home improvers today are starting to look beyond aesthetics, ambitiously striving to convert their homes into smarter, safer, as well as more stylish, environments.

Wiser Heat, Schneider Electric’s smart heating system, is one such solution. Wiser links a house’s room and radiator thermostats through the IoT, while a phone app provides users convenient and complete control over home heating. This kind of IoT solution allows users to monitor the temperatures of individual rooms and change them remotely with a swipe of their phone, wherever they are. This allows them to regulate temperatures when they need to and empowers them to be more energy efficient when they want to. Smart heating devices have become an increasingly popular addition to the smart home. A speedy refurbishment process Occupant safety and installation speed also cannot be ignored. End-users prefer installations that are fast, competitively priced and cause as little disruption as possible. Professional specifiers in the electrical industry are therefore under considerable pressure to ensure they can install the desired technology in a costeffective manner while meeting customer expectations and tight deadlines. In unfortunate circumstances speed can trump safety, leading to exposed wiring or faults that pose a danger to occupants. Neither customers nor these specifiers should have to compromise. The electrical market has seen an abundance of new products which are quick and easy to install. These products have reduced the time needed for installation, and is therefore more cost effective, as well as the danger of complications that can emerge down the line. These devices ensure electrical installers can work quickly and safely and that projects stay on track.

Home improvers may now be striving for smarter, more connected homes, but aesthetics remain an important consideration for end users. Cool taps and kitchen appliances have long been popular with end users, but we are starting to see this extend to wiring accessories too. Light switches are visible in almost every room in a home and increasingly, end users are concerned with sourcing wiring accessories that combine both visual appeal and increased functionality. Gone are the outdated, paint splattered light switches of the past, replaced by screwless, smarter switches. The plates can be attached and removed by a sturdy and reliable clipping system which can be clipped on and off for easy decorating and wallpapering. To meet the needs of increasingly connected and demanding end users, modern electrical fittings come with add-on accessories to make the home even smarter. Switches and sockets can have added smartphone and key holders, or USB port charging built in to the socket. Renovation has moved beyond the appearance of a dwelling to encompass considerations around optimisation, efficiency and safety. Homes are getting smarter, but electricians need to be smarter too to ensure that they make the most of the opportunities presented by this new trend. Professional specifiers in the electrical industry and end users alike need to seek out the latest, connected solutions and connected communities of experts for the perfect refurbishment process.

To find out more about these exciting new ranges, and keep up to date with future product updates, register to the my Schneider Electrician portal at electricianpartner

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To ensure fast installation and long-lasting protection, products such as Schneider Electric’s Easy9+ consumer units offer straightforward flexibility and generous space for electricians to work. Reversible enclosure doors allow greater access, and semi flush mounting designs allow the consumer units to be embedded within the building’s structure. This offers professionals maximum access while also keeping wiring and end users safe.

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Stone & Stonework Spacetherm® improves thermal efficiency of Bristol Waterfront apartments The A. Proctor Group’s Spacetherm Aerogel Blanket has been selected for its superior thermal performance, flexibility and suitability for space-critical applications in an impressive £14m development of Bristol Waterfront apartments. The Brandon Yard project in Bristol’s Harbourside earned client Acorn Property Group, the RESI Award highly commended for Development of the Year in 2018. A mixture of new-build and restoration, the design created by architects AWW Bristol involved the regeneration of a former gasworks site at Brandon Yard, which had remained derelict for almost 40 years, and contains the ruins of two Grade II listed buildings, West Purifier House and Engine House. A total of 58, one, two and three bedroom apartments will be created, consisting of a new five-

storey apartment block designed in keeping with the historic surroundings, with West Purifier House renovated into a three-storey apartment block, and Engine House converted into two duplex units. Grégoire Capron, Project Lead at AWW explains: “The solid wall construction of the two Grade II listed buildings meant that space for internal insulation was limited. We chose to use Spacetherm Aerogel Blanket from the A. Proctor Group, a high-performance insulation blanket, capable of achieving extremely low U-values, whilst providing us with the flexibility required to work around doors, window reveals, and walls with minimum loss of space.” Spacetherm Aerogel combines a silica aerogel with a fibre matrix and is suitable for a wide range of applications where thermal performance is crucial. With a

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Bedminster facelift with Eurobrick Bristol based brick slip cladding specialist Eurobrick Systems, supplied its P-Clad system to be installed as part of the exterior refurbishment of Catherine’s House, carried out by Firmstone Developments. This recently completed project was phase 1 of Firmstone’s scheme to regenerate St. Catherine’s Place by converting Catherine’s House into residential apartments.

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Eurobrick was delighted to be involved with this local project. With almost 30 years experience working with redevelopment projects, its P-Clad system was the perfect choice for providing a real brick finish to the project. Eurobrick supplied around 1500m² of its P-Clad system, along with Rustic Golden RRN719099 Eurobrick Half Page.indd 1

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Catherine’s House, built in the late 1960s, was originally an office block that formed part of the wider St Catherine’s Place mixed-use precinct in Bedminster, a residential district south of the River Avon and just 20 minute walk from Bristol city centre. The redevelopment project included adding two additional storeys to the original six-storey building, in order to provide a total of 54 contemporary one and two bedroom apartments, with views over the city.


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Multi brick slips and Rustic Red Charcoal Multi brick slips from its Britannia range and Ketley Dudley Blue brick slips from its Classic range. As part of the overall mixed palette of finishes that included render and Trespa, Eurobrick helped to give Catherine’s House a complete facelift. The resulting contemporary development is the first step in reinvigorating the area and creating a vibrant community at St Catherine’s Place. Website: 12/06/2019 14:43:46

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Awards News WREN KITCHENS DRIVING FURTHER SUCCESS WITH TRANSPORT AWARDS MAKING TRACKS: Wren’s new Mercedes-Benz Antos lorries packed full of innovative safety features.


he UK’s number 1 kitchen retailer - Wren Kitchens - has been recognised for its safe and innovative transport operations by being shortlisted for four awards at the renowned Motor Transport Awards 2019. The judging panel made up of leading transport figures shortlisted Wren for: • Home Delivery Operator of the Year • Operational Excellence • Safety in Operation • Technical Excellence Award

Wren employs over 4,400 staff and owns its complete supply chain delivering kitchens from its factories across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in its own fleet of 150 lorries. Wren delivers more than 70,000 kitchens each year direct to customers’ homes and 99.95% of deliveries are in full and on time. Wren Manufacturing and Logistics Director, Rafal Klimek, said: “Not only is it our mission to design and manufacture affordable dream kitchens, we are passionate about efficiency, safety and standards of the highest level in the delivery of our products. Our policy of keeping everything in-house including our 400-strong logistics team drives our successes and enables maximum control for continuous improvement. “ Wren is continually improving in all aspects of its logistics operations and one example includes the recent investment in new Mercedes-Benz Antos lorries. These state-of-the-art trucks are packed full of innovative safety features, as well as the ability to support the environment by reducing fuel emissions and optimising fuel-efficiency. Wren predicts to save £1 million per year in fuel thanks to this greener initiative. The leading kitchen retailer is up against some top contenders including DPD UK, Balfour Beatty and Hermes. The Motor Transport Awards have been seen as a benchmark for over 30 years among UK road transport fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers and other innovators. Winners will be announced at the glamorous ceremony on Wednesday, 3rd July at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

IDEAL BOILERS WINS TWO QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR INNOVATION AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE Leading heating solutions manufacturer, Ideal Boilers, has been honoured with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in recognition of its outstanding achievements in both innovation and international trade.


nnounced Tuesday 23rd April, the prestigious awards celebrate businesses excelling in four areas: innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

efficiency and reliability have set Ideal Boilers apart from the competition, both in the UK and further afield. The Logic System IE is the most popular domestic boiler in Ireland, where Ideal Boilers has 40% market share.

As the only boiler manufacturer that designs, develops and manufactures all of its products in the UK, Ideal’s boilers have become renowned for energy efficiency, reliability and simplicity of use – recognised in 2013 when the business won its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category.

Export is a dynamic area of growth for the business. Other markets where notable successes have been achieved – in both domestic and commercial sales – are Italy, Turkey and Spain.

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The past six years have seen a continued commitment to innovation through the evolution of the Ideal Production Process (IPP), which eliminates potential faults during manufacture, and therefore minimises disruption for customers caused by boiler breakdowns.


The success of the IPP means that boiler warranties have been extended to 12 years – built into the price of the appliance, to give customers extra peace of mind at almost zero cost. Since the implementation of the IPP, call-out rates to repair broken down Ideal Boilers have halved. Continued improvements in energy

Shaun Edwards, CEO at Ideal Boilers, commented: “Innovation, quality and value are our founding principles – and these award wins are testament to the way we live and breathe them throughout our business. “We’ve been providing the best quality boilers to our customers for over 100 years, continually working to meet their everevolving heating needs. We’re proud to be leading the industry in setting new standards and challenging technological boundaries, building on our rich heritage as we look to the future.” The awards will be presented by one of The Queen’s Lord-Lieutenants at a special reception this summer, and will be valid for five years.

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GREEN BUILDINGS Green Building, green construction, or sustainable building is not new; it’s the practice of designing, constructing, and operating buildings to minimize resource use, reduce waste and avoid negative environmental impacts. For 25 years - and more - we've been designing, manufacturing and constructing 'Green Buildings' and components in a 'Green way. Creating buildings that deliver a positive impact on our climate and natural environment. It's in our DNA! Low Energy Buildings are what we are about. By helping reduce your energy consumption we help you reduce your energy bills, increase your property value and, if you’re a business, increases your profits and marketing potential. If you’re a homeowner it gives you more free cash to spend on the other things you’d like in life. Lifestyle Living is, therefore, one more box our buildings can tick for you. It’s also one of our aims when working with you and your professional advisors. Understanding the way you live and operate, sharing your aspirations for ‘something better’ is part of what drives us. Going Green is not a fad or a fashion. It is a way of life and an important reason for adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle,

making conscious decisions about sustainability, reducing harm to our world and creating positive conditions for the environment to flourish and thrive. Green buildings conserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life.

Top Tips for Building Green Decide on your energy systems and on-site generation • Solar | Wind | Geothermal Specify your Thermal Insulation in relation to your: • Site location, building orientation and surroundings • Heating / cooling / climate systems • Preference for natural, recycled or other sustainable materials Assess the health and comfort factors Choose materials, like wood, that: • Are good natural insulators • Are easily and economically recycled • Have good ‘end of life’ value Consider prefabrication of components and building elements: • That minimise waste both off-site and on-site • For managing the site to improve the environment • With ‘lean manufacture’ to reduce energy use

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APC Forks was formed back in 2008 to offer customers flexibility when it comes to hiring a JCB Teletruk. Whether it will be for 1 week or 7 years APC Forks will cater to customers needs. With the uncertainty out there at present the flexible approach enables customers to get the right piece of equipment in the way of a JCB Teletruk for the job, without the burden of tying themselves up with finance houses on long term fixed agreements.


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PC Forks operates across a wide range of industries, ranging from builders’ merchants, waste & recycling, garden centres, logistics & distribution are just a few to name.


APC Forks have provided equipment into building sector supporting a range of projects from Crossrail, Underground refurbishment, New build sites, Landscape projects, Prop Up machines, Seasonal work, Builders/Landscape merchants, the list is endless.

APC Forks have provided equipment into building sector supporting a range of projects from Crossrail, Underground refurbishment, New build sites, Landscape projects, Prop Up machines, Seasonal work, Builders/Landscape merchants, the list is endless. The unique design of the JCB teletruk gives customers the ability to get into places where no other forklift can by utilising the boom, load/unload lorries from one side beneficial when working within cities and the front end set up makes the machine a great tool carrier, being able to swap between, forks, buckets, bag fillers, booms, hooks etc etc.

“A Flexible Machine On Flexible Hire From a Flexible Company” Every year APC Forks nominates a charity and produce a machine in different livery, where the profits are donated to support that cause, with it being 100 year anniversary of the ending of World War 1 there seemed nothing more appropriate than selecting “The Royal British Legion”, with the machines livery being the Union Jack. We are delighted that one of our customers has had the machine delivered, please see picture below.

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Sitepower UK have launched their latest 10 KVA construction site transformer, nick named the “Connect & Go” it is fully manoeuvrable as it has 4 strong and lockable castors, the 230 volt input socket allows for instant connection as all internal wiring is already in situ. Both 1 phase and 3 phase versions are available.

Including marketleading designs and the latest fabric technology innovations from the world’s leading Workwear brand. This 200-page catalogue has all you need to know about the UK’s most extensive range of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women.

Site Power UK have also provided 2 extra 110 V internal terminals via a separate MCB panel for fixed 110V lighting.

There’s something for every trade you can name in the Snickers Workwear range – AllroundWork, RUFFWork, LITEWork and FLEXIWork clothing - Trousers, Jackets, Tool Vests, Shirts, Underwear, Accessories and much more – plus an extensive range of EN-certified PPE working clothes. Added to which, there’s the most innovative street-smart stretch fabrics for mobile comfort and a Layered Clothing System that ensures you can choose clothes to suit the weather on site – rain or shine, wind or snow.

2019 is destined to be a big year for the company as it will be moving into a larger and purpose built factory to make them more efficient and speed the development of new and innovative transformer products. You can find them at and direct calls to free sales line 0800 9991103.

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Awards News


Three colleagues win individual RoSPA awards for inspirational safety

ack Gale, Kelly Hansford, and Andy Brierley have won RoSPA Inspiration Awards which recognise the exceptional contribution that individuals make to occupational health and safety.

Three colleagues working for drainage and utility specialist Lanes Group plc have each won national awards for their inspirational dedication to the health and safety of others, including saving the life of a baby.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is one of the UK’s leading health and safety organisations. Lanes Group Director Andy Brierley has won a RoSPA Distinguished Service Award, which is given to safety professionals or campaigners

Sika’s Rugby Stadium Project Earns Flooring Awards Nomination A project for which Sika’s flooring solutions provided the rapid-apply, seamless solution has been shortlisted for a prized industry award.


chönox FPL Plus used in conjunction with Sika ComfortFloor® Flooring system ensured a hospitality area at Twickenham, the home of English rugby, was supplied with safe, smart flooring as part of a major refurbishment of the stadium’s East Stand. Incredibly, the system was delivered and serviceable within two days, ensuring its readiness for the facility’s official opening in lieu of some high-profile rugby fixtures. This accomplishment has resulted in the project’s shortlisting for a CFJ/CFA award, run by Contract Flooring Journal and described as ‘the biggest awards on the flooring calendar’. The Twickenham refurbishment is among three nominated entrants in the ‘Best Use of Flooring in a Sports Venue’ category. Janice Wells at Sika said: “This awards nomination is wonderful news. The Twickenham project was one we’re particularly proud of. Schönox FPL Plus ensured this very demanding floor installation was carried out on time and ComfortFloor® provided the perfect seamless finish. The refurbishment is a flagship example of a manufacturer and contractor

working collaboratively to produce superb flooring; a fact that has been acknowledged with this excellent award nomination.” Contractor, MJF Specialist Flooring, installed the Sika flooring system during the East Stand’s refurbishment in autumn 2018. In total, 3000m2 of Sika Schönox FPL Plus levelling screed was applied across the building’s six new event spaces; its rapidsetting time allowing for foot traffic after just four hours. Sika ComfortFloor® PS-27, with its superior acoustics and seamless floor-towall connections, provided the surface’s soft ergonomic walking and standing finish. Janice Wells added: “This award nomination is not only testament to the technical innovation which makes Sika a leader in the flooring field; it’s a tribute to the skills and diligence of MJF Flooring’s installation team.” This year’s CFJ/CFA award winners will be announced during a ceremony held on June 14th at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London. The evening’s host is Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, who in 1988 earned worldwide fame by becoming the first ski jumper to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympics.

who make a sustained and long-term contribution to health and safety. All three colleagues work for Lanes Utilities, which is responsible for surveying, cleaning, unblocking and repairing drains, sewers and wet wells for Thames Water. Jack Gale has been awarded the RoSPA Inspiration Pride Award which recognises ‘acts of heroism’ in a life-threatening situation, while campaigning for health and safety, or when selflessly helping others. The wastewater engineer, aged 22, saved the life of a one-year-old baby boy who had stopped breathing. The lifeless child had been carried into the street by his distraught mother. Jack, a former British Army battlefield medic, with experience in Afghanistan, took the correct emergency action needed to revive the baby, who made a full recovery. Kelly Hansford is to receive the Influencer Inspiration Award, which recognises individuals who have made the biggest impact on health and safety in the previous 12 months. She is both a mental health practitioner and a trauma risk practitioner who works on a pioneering Lanes initiative to support the wellbeing of colleagues. A wellbeing app monitors employee happiness and puts Kelly in touch with individuals who want help with any problems. At any one time she is supporting around 40 colleagues with issues that include mental illness, personal debt and family disputes. She is also helping to develop a support network of voluntary groups. Andy Brierley is the lead director of Lanes Utilities, which employs 1,400 people, and carries out 1,400 jobs for Thames Water every day. He is also chair of water company’s health and safety leadership team. Since Lanes started working with Thames Water in 2012, he has devised, inspired and championed a string of pioneering and awardwinning health and safety initiatives. This includes the introduction in 2018 of the world’s first 360-degree video training theatre with virtual reality capability, allowing groups to interact together during highly-immersive safety training.

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Lanes Utilities’ focus on health and safety has contributed to its accident frequency rate falling to zero at the end of 2018, the illness frequency rate falling by 30% and employment churn falling by 57%.








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Refurb Renovation News Issue 38  

Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...

Refurb Renovation News Issue 38  

Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...