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Wicona Roof Glazing Contributes To Stunning Performing Arts Auditorium One of the most impressive performing arts centres to be built at a school in the UK features a bespoke roof glazing solution from Wicona. The Performing Arts Centre at Yarm School in the North East is a major component of the redevelopment of this co-educational private school. The new facilities includes a fully flexible auditorium. The roof to the auditorium has a combination of square and shaped glass panels constructed using Wicona’s WICTEC 50 aluminium roof glazing system, creating a smooth radius of roof lights. The WICTEC 50 roof glazing option has been engineered to create large unsupported spans and complex shapes such as domes, facets and pyramids on challenging and high specification architectural schemes.

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VISION Title: ISG Secures £16.5 Million Regent Circus Scheme Location: Swindon Architect: ISG PLC

ISG’s John Rawlinson, managing director – South West, commented: “Regent Circus is an exciting new addition to the retail and leisure landscape within Swindon, bringing high specification facilities to a new town centre location. The project is an excellent example of the value of early contractor engagement within the procurement process, enabling ISG’s expertise within major retail construction to deliver real cost and programme savings to this landmark development.”


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ISG has been awarded a ÂŁ16.5 million contract by Ashfield Land to construct the new Regent Circus retail and leisure destination in Swindon. Built on the site of the former Swindon Technical College, the high profile mixed-use scheme is anchored by a new six-screen Cineworld Cinema and a 50,000 sq. ft. Morrisons supermarket. Beating strong industry competition to secure this prestigious project, ISG has worked closely with Ashfield Land to carry out an extensive value engineering exercise, collaborating with the delivery team and supply chain to achieve key cost and time savings, significantly refining and enhancing the original specification.

In addition to the new cinema and Morrisons store, Regent Circus will comprise eight restaurant units, with tenants including Prezzo, Nandos and ASK, and a 450 space car park. The multi-storey scheme will regenerate the existing site and improve the street scene with its striking design featuring brick, curtain walling and composite metal cladding. Surrounding public realm space will also be upgraded as part of the development, with a new landscaping scheme and feature exterior lighting.

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VISION Title: Soundforms Takes Centre Stage Location: London Membrane: Architen Landrell Contact: 01291 638 200


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Part of the London 2012 Olympic Legacy is the development of an award winning revolutionary mobile acoustic performance structure guaranteed to deliver indoor quality acoustics to outdoor venues. During the lead up to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, a question was posed by event organisers: “How can we deliver world class indoor quality acoustics from an iconic portable outdoor stage – effectively bringing culture to more places and people”? The result is a series of new mobile acoustic performance shells called Soundforms. Iconic Fabric Design: The external skin for the Soundforms mobile acoustic shell is made up of eight inflatable, waterproof, white PVC coated polyester cushions that were designed and manufactured by Architen Landrell, creating one structural unit. The eight inflated sections of the structure are connected and sealed with specialised waterproof, air tight zips (also used in NASA space suits). Membranes are inflated to variable depths, allowing for the differing tensile loads across the structure. This ensures the skin retains its shallow curved, clam shaped exterior. The underside of the cushion is blackout PVC coated polyester which assists with the lighting control within the structure by preventing light exiting and entering through the structures surface. The elegant inside of the shell is manufactured from white joelastic© stretch fabric which is commonly used in theatres for its acoustic properties. Engineered for the Unexpected: Architen Landrell designed a bespoke, compact air handling-unit which inflates the structure and runs almost silently so that the noise doesn’t interrupt performances. The unit is designed to run constantly keeping the skin taught – engineered for wind, rain, and snow. Designed to Perform: The proscenium arch of the structure has been designed to project sound beyond the stage platform, reflecting as much sound as possible to the audience. The result is a dramatic portable venue offering musical definition and detail found in concert halls – raising the bar for what the best open-air concert venues can offer. Easy Up/ Easy Down: The system is designed for rapid erection and dismantling, using minimal manpower and plant in order in order to keep deployment costs to the minimum. The construction methodology is based on systems and techniques that are industry tried and tested, having been developed and refined over the last 35 years by leading staging companies. Honours and Recognition: • Winner of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) International Achievement Award of Excellence • Architecture World News said this about Soundforms: “The end result is exquisite... and the quality of sound is a triumph.” • World Architecture Festival Judges highly commended Soundforms for its innovative design and how it “extended the possibility of bringing culture to more places and more people.”

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Howe Green Celebrates 30 Years In Business As economic pressures continue to take their toll on businesses across every sector, UK manufacturer Howe Green celebrates its 30th year, citing the ability to adapt to change as vital for all companies wanting to survive. An industry leading manufacturer of access covers for floors, walls and ceilings, Howe Green was founded by Antony Centa and wife Angela in 1983 with their son Peter, the firm’s only employee. The company focused on selling metal fabricated access covers to Terrazzo flooring companies in its formative years. This was a market Antony knew well, having gained valuable industry experience with the St. James Tile Co., a manufacturer and installer of Terrazzo tiles. The 750 Series access cover was Howe Green’s first product. It was designed and developed specifically to meet the needs of the supermarket sector; a core market for Terazzo flooring. A high quality, medium duty, aluminium access cover, it provided a reliable method of accessing concealed under floor services in highly trafficked areas where a heavier loading was needed. Three decades later, and part of a much bigger product portfolio, the 7500 Series, successor to the original 750 Series product, is still one of Howe Green’s top performers. Now manufactured in stainless steel as well as in aluminium, it is the ideal access solution for a wide range of applications. These have included terminals for Heathrow’s T5 and London’s first urban cable car, the Cutty Sark and Kings Cross Station, to name just a few. A specially adapted 7500 Series access cover can also be found above a time capsule buried deep underground at Old Trafford, commemorating 100 years of one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. Antony Centa passed the mantel to his four sons in 2003 and with it the

firm’s ethos – that trust is the foundation of any relationship, that Howe Green can be relied upon to deliver and respond to customer requirements and to offer a truly flexible service. “It’s at times like this, when confronted with economic uncertainty, that a company faces its toughest tests,” says Richard Centa, Howe Green’s Sales and Marketing Director. “We are still a familyrun business and able to be flexible and responsive. We can offer non-standard sizes and specifications alongside our core ranges, typically with no premium to pay or prohibitive time implications. Our access panels are made to meet clients’ exact specifications and we provide the technical support and advice they need TopForm to arrive at the best possible solution for their project. Product development is a continual process here. This has undoubtedly given us a competitive edge over the last 30 years and gives us confidence and optimism for the future.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 1

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The Hippodrome Casino

The Custard Factory

The Cutty Sark Trust

Heathrow’s T5

Kings Cross

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The Emirates Air Line

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Downley House, Hampshire by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects with Eurban and Techniker

Wood Awards 2013 Entries Showcase With the Wood Awards 2013 Call for Entries recently closed with a record number of entries, Building Innovations takes a sneak peak at just a few the innovative projects which entered the competition this year. Downley House, Hampshire by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects with Eurban and Techniker - Cross-laminated structural timber frame and glue-laminated beams supplied by Schilliger Holtz from Swiss-grown spruce/fir, European oak and American black walnut Downley House is a truly innovative and extraordinary home where timber is used holistically for structure, external cladding and internal finishing. At the heart of the home is the foudre-barrel inspired dining hall formed in elliptical glue-laminated ribs which give a unique arching elegance to the space. Shilliger Holtz certified that the timber used for the CLT panels was regrown in 32 minutes. Cadogan Corner, London by Kyson Design Limited - US Douglas Fir and American white oak The three timber houses represent a contemporary interpretation of the Victorian terrace to which they adjoin. While the form, scale and articulation of the facade follow the rhythm of the Victorian terraces, the colour, texture and detail define these houses from its archetypal counterpart. A high level of workmanship has been achieved throughout the project. The buildings are predominantly clad in Douglas Fir strips that have been mechanically wire brushed and vacuum stained


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black to bespoke specifications achieving a greater depth to the timber’s natural grain and increased longevity. The constraints and site conditions inspired the innovations that define these three unique homes, have defied the preconceptions of the site as a brownfield site. Future Affordable, Fife by David Blaikie Architects - Local Scottish Sitka spruce, graded C16 Future Affordable is a collaborative project to deliver a sustainable & affordable housing system for the social rented & private market. The e.Core is an offsite manufactured, structural service module formed in nailed, stacked plank timber panels fabricated from 100% Scottish C16 timber for optimal use of its rigidity, acoustic and fire separation performance and low embodied energy qualities. Scottish Sitka Spruce is normally graded as C16; this corresponds to the lowest grade acceptable of structural applications due to corresponding strength and stiffness properties. However, Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS) used modern material measurement equipment to determine actual timber density and dynamic modulus of elasticity in order to optimise the performance of the end products. The use of modern equipment increased the structural capability of the system due to an inherent understanding of the resource being used. This is intelligent, zero carbon, low cost housing for 2016 and the future. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 2


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Timber Expo 2013 – The Best In Sustainable Construction And Innovation Timber Expo is ramping up for an expanded show at the Birmingham NEC this September. It will be two days brimming with the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector – not just from the UK but from an increasingly diverse international market. With only three months to go before the doors open, here are the Top Ten essential highlights not to miss.

complement the Timber Talks and will be held in a purpose built 30 seat presentation theatre. Call for papers closes on 28 June 2013 Timber Buyers Forum Sponsored by Vandecasteele, these 30 minute appointments are acknowledged as one of the successful and dynamic parts of the show giving attendees a perfect way to build business relationships in a formal but relaxed environment. The Forum’s primary aim is for exhibitors to access relevant buyers and match suppliers wants with the Buyer’s preferences. Timber Accord Pavilion Sponsored by Timbmet and building upon the Timber Accord agreement signed in 2012. The Pavilion will be situated at the heart of Timber Expo on the main exhibition floor, this will be a unique opportunity to touch base with twelve leading trade bodies representing the supply chain of the forestry and timber industries, in the same place at the same time. Careers in Timber Area While there continues to be a drive for higher skills levels everywhere in the timber and construction sectors, these skills are constantly changing. Hosted by ARV Solutions, pop in to see what your options are either for moving job, changing career path or securing the best calibre new employee.

Exhibition Floor & International Content A huge range of companies from all four corners of the timber industry will be unveiling their latest products and services plus giving advice on how best to use the construction industry’s leading mainstream low carbon building material. Overseas exhibitors include organisations from Austria, Bolivia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden. Timber Talks A key element to the show and a central part of the Expo experience. The philosophy behind the free seminar sessions is to provide a valuable learning experience based around case studies delivered by industry experts. The Timber Talks programme has been developed by TRADA with themes and specific topics based on fresh market research and feedback from the 2012 event. The seminars will take place in two bespoke theatres designed, developed and delivered especially for Timber Expo. Seminar Theatre 1 – the Fabric First Theatre Built by leading timber frame specialists Frame Wise, the Fabric First theatre will extoll the virtues of building with an airtight building envelope in mind. The Fabric First approach and its superior thermal properties, are ideal as the basis of a modern energy efficient building, without the need for expensive additional micro-renewables. Seminar Theatre 2 – the Solid Wood Theatre Built by B & K Structures, this eye-catching building will showcase the strengths of timber and advanced closed panel timber technology. Solid wood use is beginning to soar in the UK and is increasingly being seen as the finest way to build low carbon, architecturally impressive and structurally strong buildings. Toolbox Talks New for 2013, a new section of CPD presentations will focus on the detail of processes, technologies and solutions on display at the show. From manufacturing process to onsite engineering solutions, Toolbox Talks will 014

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Wood Awards Shortlist 2013 The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier award in the timber sector and will once again recognise outstanding design, craftsmanship and installations in wood that have taken place over the last 12 months. The 2013 shortlist will be unveiled and on show throughout Timber Expo and you will be able to hear more about the projects in the Timber Talks programme. Media Centre Sponsored by SCA Timber Supply UK, the Media Centre will be a central port of call to pick up press info, tweet your latest scoop, conduct interviews and soak up news from across the show. “The 2013 show is shaping up to be tremendous in every way,” said Timber Expo Event Director, Loretta Sales “The show is nearly 80% sold out with an expected 170 companies exhibiting this year. The move to the NEC has grabbed everybody’s attention and will make exhibiting and visiting very easy indeed. The content we have lined up is superb. TRADA have really pulled the stops out with the Timber Talks seminar programme and there will be something to appeal to everyone. The big boost for 2013 has been the level of overseas interest. Alongside an expanding European scene we are now hosting trade pavilions too. You won’t find this much timber technology anywhere else.” Timber Expo will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, 24-25 September 2013 For more information visit: or email: loretta.sales@ ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 4


Hobs Reprographics To Showcase 3D Printing And Augmented Reality In Coronation Festival At Buckingham Palace

Award Winning Architectural Practice Votes Yeoman Rainguard A Winner

Hobs Reprographics will demonstrate its 3D printing and brand new Augmented Reality services, which are in demand from the AEC sector, at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, from 11th - 14th July 2013. This unique and prestigious event is for holders of Royal Warrants, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. TThe Coronation Festival will be split into four specific showcase areas and Hobs will be appearing in the Design and Technology section, which will celebrate the best in cutting edge technology and design. AR (augmented reality) refers to the process of laying computer-generated rendered images, animations, text and even sound onto real-world images in realtime. Vision-based AR uses a device's camera, such as a tablet or smart phones as a lens through which you can experience an augmented world. This technology is particularly beneficial to the AEC sector, as clients can promote a realistic finished construction project or development by projecting onto a table at a presentation. tel 020 3217 0304

With over 20 years’ experience and a passion for stunning architectural design, Sutton Coldfield based Practice Janes Architectural, has specified Yeoman Rainguard Rainwater Systems on many of its award winning projects. Simon Janes, from Janes Architectural Practice, explained: “We first used Yeoman Rainguard seven years ago, as its products were the perfect solution for our projects, many of which are bespoke designed houses at the ‘high end’ of the market. We didn’t want to fit standard, plastic rainwater goods and Yeoman Rainguard’s XL Aluminium range really fitted the bill providing a high quality product with the traditional appearance required and good value for money.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 6


Edenhall Cast Stone Used By Supreme Winner Of London Evening Standard New Homes Award

New Videx Product Builder Is Packed With Unrivalled Features When Videx Security developed the eighth edition of their renowned Product Builder CD, they made sure that it included many new features not available in any other software of its type. The result is that Product Builder 8 is now the definitive method for any distributor or installer looking to create both door entry and access control systems in any format, from the simplest to the most complicated. The user can now create a professional, detailed estimate from just one program. The most important feature of Product Builder 8 is that it allows the creation of a door entry or access control system from the same CD. Another key feature of Product Builder 8 is that it provides the user with a choice of possible solutions from which he can select options based on cost, preferred products and system functionality. All printouts can be customised with the distributor’s or installer’s company logos and contact information. Visit YouTube com/watch?v=SJu80zKtQDY ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 8

A gated development of 5-storey Regency-style town houses built on a former council depot site in West London has scooped the coveted Grand Prix Award and Best Family Home Award at the 2013 London Evening Standard New Homes Awards. Located in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush, Lime Grove Mews combines classic English architecture with contemporary designer luxury, giving glamour and great value. The elegant development by St James of a row of 20 town houses and 49 apartments makes extensive use of architectural cast stone details from leading manufacturer Edenhall. The bespoke stonework was used in combination with mellow London stock brick and render to reflect the surrounding Victorian streetscape. The array of high-quality Edenhall cast stone details includes porticos, window surrounds and brackets, heads and cills, gables and finials, brackets, lintel details, copings and pier caps. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 7

Concrete Repair Association Welcomes Mapei Mapei are delighted to announce their membership acceptance to the Concrete Repair Association (CRA). As manufacturers of a wide range of Concrete Repair, Structural Strengthening, Waterproofing and Protective Coating products, Mapei look forward to contributing to the CRA, sharing expertise and engaging with fellow members in this specialist sector. Mapei’s fully comprehensive building line includes technologically advanced and sustainable products, such as their fibre-reinforced repair mortar range and the newly launched product Re-con Zero. Re-con Zero is Mapei’s sustainable solution to concrete waste, turning un-used concrete into re-usable aggregate with Zero Impact. The innovative product has the advantage of turning waste concrete into re-usable aggregate at the concrete plant without the need to re-direct the concrete to a specialist reclaiming unit. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 9

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Not Just Another Brick In A Wall! The Brick Development Association (BDA), one of the construction industries’ most highly respected trade associations, continues to increase the recognition of brick and why it should be the material of choice for all key decision makers in the UK construction industry, with a hard hitting marketing campaign. Fire Proof, Rot Proof and Future Proof; the message is loud and clear as the campaign focuses on the benefits of brick compared to competing cladding materials. Sarah Huelin, Marketing and Design Manager for the BDA explains: “Brick is one of the most successful building materials ever devised. It’s been used to shape the built environment since the beginning of civilisation and has proven itself time and time again just take a look at the brickwork at St Pancras Station. Brick is made locally by the community and for the local area with natural resources, minimising impact on the environment. It can be crushed and recycled on site – and old lime mortar bricks can be cleaned up and used again as bricks. Disused brick quarries are often returned to areas of natural beauty, encouraging wildlife”. As architects and designers strive to source modern and contemporary materials to enhance their design critique, brick has perhaps been seen as “traditional and uninspiring”, allowing competing cladding materials to emerge into the market place. But the BDA is determined is to set the record straight once and for all. Brick offers a sense of stability. With changing weather patterns bringing such weather extremes as floods and high temperatures, brick is much more robust than many man-made materials and won’t rot, rust, erode or decay. Brick walls are impact resistant and create buildings that will be around for generations to come. An inert material, brick is not affected by the ravages of water, wind or fire and with inherent sound insulation properties brick shuts out road noises and the howling of winter storms. Brick is a solid, permanent and low maintenance material that provides lasting beauty and appreciating value - brick offers true longevity. With many elements of past brick buildings still standing today, brick is one of the only truly tried and tested materials known to man. Sarah concludes: “Quite simply, we all love brick and it’s a favourite with architects and developers too. After all, there is a great deal of choice with around 1200 brick types produced in the UK alone. On versatility and pure aesthetics, few rivals come even close. Not only are brick buildings warm and secure, they are versatile and can be extended and adapted easily, cost little to maintain and offer long term building performance”. The website,, is the main call to action for people wanting more information and how to make brick the UK's first choice building material. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 10


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A. Proctor Group Attend Timber Expo A number of A. Proctor Group’s products will be showcased at Timber Expo this year, including Silverwood, a factory-finished painted timber cladding for a modern aesthetic look. Silverwood has been established for over 20 years and offers a diversity of colours, appearances & profiles. Its ease of installation & low maintenance make it an ideal product for use on new builds and renovations. There will also be the opportunity to find out about Canjaere Classic, a rough sawn cladding for a more natural finish. It not only has superior weathering properties, but is also an environmentally sound exterior cladding which comes in natural colours and various different profiles. The Osmose treatment gives softwood the typical properties of hardwood, by increasing the water resistance and stability, thereby enabling them to be used in applications generally more suited to hardwoods. Timber Expo 2013, Birmingham - 24-25th September 2013, Stand X50 ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 11

Sika Supports Young Apprentices As Part Of New Build-It Programme Sika Limited has supported a new initiative to help provide apprenticeships for young people in Lambeth. The company has donated 1,500 hi-vis vests to the scheme, as well as provided free of charge materials to help complete the regeneration of Stockwell Community Centre. Build-it is a multipartner programme led by London Youth, creating a platform for intergenerational skills sharing between young people and older tradespeople, working together to refurbish empty properties in Lambeth to be used for social housing. The relationship between Sika and Build-it first came about when George Clarke, from Channel 4’s Restoration Man and Build-it Programme Ambassador, tweeted a request for companies to help provide PPE for the 1,500 young people involved in the programme. Sika came to the rescue with hi-vis vests for the whole team. In addition to the hi-vis vests, Sika also supplied a number of products from its distribution range which have been used to help complete the refurbishment of Stockwell Community Centre. For further information about Build-it visit / or for details on Sika’s complete range of products visit ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 12

Nationwide Windows Celebrates A Coveted Silver CCS National Site Award For The Third Year Running Daryl Cashmore, Nationwide Windows' Operations Director comments: “The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards are presented to construction sites, both large and small, that have raised the bar for considerate construction. The awards recognise sites' excellent standards of consideration towards their neighbours, their workforce and the environment. Together with Nottingham City Homes, we were delighted to receive the Silver CCS award for the third year in a row.The site was particularly commended for the high standards reached in the categories of Appearance, Good Neighbour, Respectful, Safety, Accountable, as well as being praised for our exceptional achievements in the categories of Considerate, Environment and Responsible." David Watson, Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme commented during the ceremony: "The National Site Awards are an excellent showcase for these sites, and give the industry the opportunity to reward those site teams that have gone that extra mile. I wish to congratulate all those who received an award for their contribution towards improving the image of construction." ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 13

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Modified And Engineered Timber Provides The Answer Increasingly, the joinery and construction sectors are looking to specify products which are not only dimensionally stable and durable but also legal and sustainable and both Accoya® and WoodEx® - which are supplied by James Latham - offer an attractive solution, especially for the manufacture of windows and doors. Accoya® One of the most advanced wood products on the market, Accoya® is a modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified softwood, incorporating Accsys’ proprietary wood acetylation technology which delivers outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability. Guaranteed for 50 years in exterior use and 25 years when used in the ground, Accoya® is produced using modified, fast growing species and can be safely recycled. As impressively durable as the highest quality tropical hardwoods, Accoya® is a quality, long lasting product that is suitable for a wide range of external joinery applications. WoodEx® Produced from laminated Oak, Sapele and European Redwood, WoodEx® offers numerous features and benefits. It has two high quality, clear faces for use in joinery applications and is ideally suitable for use in timber doors and windows as the product offers greater dimensional stability.


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In addition, WoodEx® is made from finger jointed lamells which are glued together, and James Latham can supply the product either as finger jointed or as one piece. James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager, Paul Leach, commented: “As demand for sustainably modified wood continues to grow, whether for windows, doors, decking, cladding or other joinery applications, Accoya® is a fantastic material for external specification.” He added, “Having introduced WoodEx® to the market last year, we have had a fantastic reaction from the joinery and construction sectors due to the options it offers. In line with growing demand, our stock of WoodEx® now covers a wide range of sizes and species and provides a versatile addition to our already extensive timber range.” WoodEx® is available ex-stock in lengths of 0.8m to 3m, and in sizes ranging from 48mm x 95mm to 72mm x 120mm. Special sizes and lengths are also available to order. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 14


More Peace-Of-Mind For Steadmans Customers As Products Achieve CE Mark Customers of leading building products manufacturer Steadmans have further reassurance about the company's output after its cladding profiles and panels met the requirements for CE marking. The accreditation - applying to Steadmans' single skin cladding profile range, which features six differing profiles to suit every application, plus its AS 35 composite panels - testifies to their properties and performance, confirming they have been manufactured, tested and assessed to European standards. Steadmans' systems are manufactured from premium coated steel to create durable and functional trapezoidal and corrugated section roof and wall sheeting, in three standard thicknesses and six profiles, to suit a wide variety of uses. The sheets are hot-dip galvanised or Aluzinc coated to BS EN 10346:2009. The company's AS35 insulated panels consist of two coated steel profiles bonded to a core of PIR insulation. The panels are manufactured using non-ozone depleting insulation, providing designers with an environmentally responsible product boasting excellent thermal performance and a predicted service life of 40 years.

HELIFIX Confirms CE Marking Compliance Helical wall ties, fixings and masonry reinforcement specialist, HELIFIX, is pleased to confirm it has completed all CE marking requirements for its new build and masonry repair products. CE-marked Helifix products include the stainless steel new build wall ties TimTie, TurboTie and StarTie, plus the versatile remedial tying and pinning system DryFix, the multi-purpose fully grouted CemTie and the widely used structural reinforcement and crack stitching bar HeliBar. Under the new EU Construction Products Regulation, all products manufactured after 1st July 2013 and covered by a harmonised European standard must carry the CE mark or cannot legally be sold. Visit for immediate access to a Helifix Declaration of Performance. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 16


ANCON Completes The CE Marking Of Its Product Portfolio

It’s A WRc Approved™ First For Lanes Sewer rehabilitation specialist the Lanes Group is the first in the industry to be awarded WRc Approved™ certification for the installation of a WRc Approved™ patch drain repair system, and only the second company to gain WRc Approved™ certification for the installation of a full-length liner, with its UV cure, CIPP, manhole-to-manhole system. Clients appreciate the WRc scheme because they do not have to worry about a supplier’s claims regarding the product/service performance. WRc Approved™ means it has already been validated. To gain WRc Approved™ certification, Lanes went under the microscope for two days of inspections. The WRc experts looked at the products, how they were stored and used; housekeeping and material audits; watched installations and examined Lanes’ own health and safety procedures. The inspectors also visited two live work sites: a patch lining in Manchester and a UV installation in the North East.

Stainless steel fixings specialist, ANCON, has completed the CE Marking requirements for its full range of brick support systems, windposts, cavity wall ties, bed joint reinforcement, lintels and tension bar systems, confirming legal compliance with the new EU Construction Products Regulation. Ancon has published a new 12-page guide explaining this new regulation and identifying which products it affects. A CE mark is now standard on Ancon masonry support systems, windposts and other fabricated structural steel components manufactured to BS EN 1090-1 and designed to EN 1993 Eurocode 3. The mark also appears on standard wall ties, lintels and bed joint reinforcement manufactured to BS EN 845. CE marking is now a legal requirement. The guide, together with the company’s Declaration of Performance portfolio and factory production control certification, is available from Hard copies can be obtained by contacting Ancon on or by telephoning 0114 275 5224. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 17

Cavity Wall Movement Challenges PD 6697 Parapet cavity walls behave differently because both faces are exposed. Such dual exposure dictates the protection against damp penetration takes into consideration more variable elements than are normally encountered. When a traditionally constructed parapet wall becomes saturated with rain and in extremes of heat and cold, expansion of the masonry can prejudice the masonry structural continuity. As with any wall, expansion provision is necessary in the form of expansion joints. If one looks back at earlier British Standards an inward stepping DPC crossing the cavity was stipulated rather than an outward stepping DPC. Initially parapet walls built to that detail functioned correctly but after a few years cracking along the bedding course provided an entry route for penetrating water to enter. Cavity Trays approach was the opposite. They designed an outward stepping arrangement - the concept subsequently to appear within the revised British Standard. However, by further developing the Type P Cavitray so it builds into one skin only, there is an improvement in structural integrity and minimisation of cracking opportunities. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 19


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GALLERY/PROJECT/SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS Title: Retirement Villages for Senior’s Location: Pannel Croft Retirement Village, Birmingham Application: SPW600 Casement Windows & Doors And SMR900 Curtain Walling Visit:

We are all growing older and living longer, a fact confirmed by the Office of National Statistics, the most common age at death in England and Wales in 2010 was 85 for men and 89 for women. Over the last 50 years (19602010) the average life span has increased by around 10 years for a man and 8 years for a woman. So not only do we have an ageing population, but a UK population that is expanding rapidly. Housing and housing complexes, designed specifically for the needs of todays advancing elderly generation, offers a supportive, community based environment, with the latest technological developments and care close to hand if required. Currently care homes are nearly full to capacity and, with no alternative choice, single homeowners revert to these homes as seemingly no alternative exists. Many elderly are therefore institutionalised when they could live healthy, independent lives given the correct homes and support. To reduce the dependence on care homes, the UK needs to deliver modern homes for retirement. New to the UK, following the lead from countries such as USA, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, are ‘Retirement Villages’. These ‘new’ developments’ are built as new villages, surrounding a core of amenities or ‘village centre’ which includes leisure facilities, such as restaurants, bars, village hall, sports facilities, well-being centres, IT suites, craft rooms, greenhouses, allotments, to name but a few.

Rather than selling up your home and losing your possessions and taking a ‘resident’ status in a care home, people moving into a retirement village often have the option of purchasing their own home or apartment and take with them their own furniture and possessions, most provide at least one car space. When additional care is required in the future, support is available close by, all of which can be provided in various packages to suit individual needs. Senior Architectural Systems have been at the forefront of specification in this emerging sector with both aluminium, and timber aluminium composite, window, door and curtain wall systems. Specifiers choose these systems for their high perceived quality, high insulation, long life and total recyclability. Retired people are choosing to move to these new villages rather than succumbing to residency in a traditional, old peoples home, safe in the knowledge that they have all they will ever need close by and that they retain their own modern home and independence. Unlike the care home sector, retirement villages are not yet regulated in the UK, but this will only be a matter of time as more of these facilities are built across the country. Feedback from people making the move to a retirement village has been very positive. Pannel Croft Retirement Village, is a new development in Birmingham in conjunction with The ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Opened in 2012 the development uses Senior’s aluminium Systems, SPW600 casement windows & doors and SMR900 curtain walling. A low rise three storey development, the village offers a mix of 180 houses and apartments for both sale and rent. Coupled with the village centre and the amenities the development creates a real sense of community for its inhabitants. The project is the result of a successful partnership between Birmingham City Council, The Homes and Communities Agency, who contributed £9 million, The Department of Health, who contributed £3.2 million and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Oakland Village is a further new development located in Swadlincote, developed in conjunction with and supported by the charity, Trident Reach. Glancy Nicholls Architects specified Senior’s Hybrid curtain wall and window systems on the scheme which perfectly complements the timber structure used extensively on the development. Oakland Village boasts its own hairdressers, restaurant, bar, bistro, gym, convenience store and a host of communal facilities, including landscaped gardens, allotments, a lounge, IT suite, library and a village hall-style function room.


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Retirement villages and care for the elderly is a long-term growth market in the UK, as life expectancies continue to increase. This growth will create further opportunities for businesses that offer specialist care for aged-related illnesses, increase employment opportunities, importantly demand will be lead for high-quality homes and villages. Sector specialist Key Note have forecast that the long-term care market will grow by 13.2% between 2011 and 2015 to reach £16.2bn. We should also consider the growth in the construction refurbishment sector of care homes and retirement complexes where additional security, automation and insulation are required for new windows and doors to meet new legislation and standards. Quality is a crucial choice when it comes to moving to a retirement village. Often moving from a 3 or 4 bedroom property, a retired couple will be looking for an individual home or apartment with the highest quality fittings and this is where Senior’s products meet these aspirations perfectly. All Senior Architectural Systems products have been tried and tested in commercial as well as residential properties for over 20 years and all have been designed specifically for the discerning UK market. Crucial in product specification for retirement villages is early involvement with a fenestration specialist who can advise on suitable systems and necessary automation of doors and windows. Seniors offer early design guidance for architects, developers and contractors. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 20

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GALLERY/PROJECT/KEMPER SYSTEM LTD Title: New Städel Art Museum Contemporary Art Underground Location: Frankfurt, Germany Application: KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR - Waterproofing System Visit:

The basic idea was compelling from the very outset: the architects schneider + schumacher, who won the international design competition for the project in 2008, decided to go underground to build the extension for Frankfurt’s Städel Museum. Instead of adding another overground wing to the existing ensemble, the architects dug under the garden of the existing building to create a stunning new gallery. The 3,000 square metre exhibition space, where the museum will be presenting its contemporary art collection, opened at the end of February 2012. The spectacular new building – an underground art gallery in the garden, visible from the outside with its dome-like bulge and 195 circular skylights, has sparked enormous interest since it opened and brought an influx of visitors to the Städel Museum. The Städel Museum, located in a prominent position on the Museumsufer in Frankfurt, is one of the most important museums in Germany and has made a name for itself in the international art scene with its great art, inspiring exhibitions and big names. In 1815, Johann Friedrich Städel, a banker, spice trader and patron of the arts from Frankfurt, laid the foundations for the museum when he left his extensive art collection and his fortune to the citizens of Frankfurt. The museum has continued this close relationship with patrons to this day. Half of the


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total cost of u35 million for the new extension, which has practically unqualified public support, was funded by private benefactors. schumacher + schneider have achieved an astonishing feat. Their architectural work bows down to art and creates a truly unique space for art to shine. Inside, the all-white gallery rooms are dominated by the elegantly shaped dome which spans the entire exhibition space. The reinforced concrete structure, which is supported by only 12 interior columns and the outside walls, rises to a height of 8.2 metres at the highest point of the dome. The inside is illuminated by round skylights which are evenly spaced across the entire ceiling. The skylights, which have a diameter of between 1.5 and 2.5 metres, flood the space below with natural light as well as forming a captivating pattern of light in the garden area above at night. Outside, the green, dome-like protrusions – called ”Eyes for Art” by the architects and developed specially for the project, lend the Städel garden a unique look. The striking bull’s-eye ceiling is a work of art in itself: the architecture serves art and manifests itself as a work of art. The domed green roof also doubles up as a fully accessible garden. The geometry of the 195 round skylights in the

roof is typically difficult to seal, which is why the architects planned to use a liquid waterproofing system from the very start. The product of choice for this project was KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR, an odourless, solvent-free system which causes no odour emissions during application. PB Flachdachbau, a long-standing, experienced KEMPEROL® partner, was contracted to provide waterproofing and sealing. Work lasted from September 2010 until September 2011. Company owner Jürgen Bartmuß refused to be deterred by set-backs in the overall planning: due to delays, work on sealing the round skylights was not able to start until mid-December 2010 and ran until the beginning of April 2011. In keeping with the motto of all outdoor fans that there is no bad weather, only unsuitable clothing, Jürgen Bartmuß shrugged off this challenge and had the Städel construction site ”dressed” in waterproofs and heated tents installed. While the temperatures outside dipped far below zero, even going as far down as –15°C, the team inside worked their way forward gradually despite the adverse weather conditions. In the first step the substrate between the square skylight flanges was either sanded or blasted, depending on its condition. The contractors applied solvent-free KEMPERTEC® EP5 primer over the entire concrete

substrate. This product, which is based on epoxy resin, can be applied in ambient temperatures as low as 5°C. Like with all KEMPERTEC® primers, residual moisture in the concrete substrate must not exceed 5% in the top 2 centimetres. To avoid a film forming on the surface, care must be taken not to go below the dew point. When the product is applied the surface temperature must be 3K above the dew point. KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR waterproofing is an odourless, solvent-free liquid applied waterproofing system based on reaction resins which were specially developed for the most demanding waterproofing projects. The product can even be used in sensitive areas that remain open to the public as no ‘chemical odour emissions’ are generated. The waterproofing system is tested according to ETAG 005 and has W3 certification with a service life of 25 years. KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR has long-term resistance to roots in compliance with FLL standards. While the new extension was being built, comprehensive renovation work was also carried out on the existing buildings. To ensure complete, enduring watertightness all joints and details were also waterproofed with KEMPEROL®. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 21

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GALLERY/PROJECT/STANNAH LIFT SERVICES Title: Bridging The Gap - How Stannah Lifts Are Central To The Spectacular New Station In Reading Location: Reading Application: 14 Stannah Bespoke Lifts Visit:

The much-anticipated regeneration of Reading railway station features 14 Stannah bespoke lifts to ensure the easy movement of people and goods to every platform of this multi-million structure. In summer 2012 a huge new passenger bridge, which was constructed alongside the station, was slid into position across the existing tracks. The new station concourse, which opened at Easter 2013, was cleverly created on this gigantic bridge that provides access to every part of the station. On entering the station from the north side there are two 20-person (1500kg) passenger/goods lifts providing travel to the elevated bridge area. A third matching lift travelling three stops, with a capacity of 20 persons (1500kg), is for staff use only and is operated by a swipe card system. At bridge level these lifts appear as a triplex, adjacent to the escalators. The bridge features a series of five central lift shafts running right across the concourse, each plinth housing two lifts; one for passenger use and a second that can be used by staff with goods too. The five 2-stop 16 person (1200kg) 024

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passenger lifts travel 12.7 metres to the platforms below. The five 2-stop 20-person (1500kg) staff/goods lifts travel 12.7 metres to and from service areas. An additional four 4-stop 16-person lift for staff use only sits in the corner of the bridge back of house for office staff. All the lifts are hydraulically driven and all fourteen motor rooms are housed on the entry level of the station on both the north and south sides of the station. Stannah engineers worked round the clock during an intense three-month period when ten lifts were installed simultaneously to meet deadlines for their clients, Principal Contractor Costain/ Hochtief and Network Rail. All the Stannah lifting equipment at Reading is supplied with guarantees and will be maintained by the Brackley branch of Stannah Lift Services, covering South Midlands and Home Counties as part of the nationwide service and maintenance contract with Network Rail. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 22

Mark Jarratt, Project Manager for Stannah comments: “Working on the emerging new building, immediately adjacent to the existing and fully functioning station, was extremely demanding. The logistics and time constraints around the lift installations meant our efforts were 24/7 to meet the deadlines and open the new station to the public. The fully accessible station is on an impressive scale and our lifts are literally central to the day to day life of Reading Station.�

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GALLERY/PROJECT/CANTIFIX Title: Cantifix ProvidesLight Relief For North London School Location: London Application: Glazing Visit:

Cantifix worked alongside Marianne Davys Architects to create this angled glass enclosure at Arnold House School in north London, as part of a roof alteration project. Providing a glazed link between two parts of the building, the enclosure sits above a staircase and acts as a light well – bringing maximum natural light into the floors below. The enclosure is structurally glazed, with a gentle ridge at the centre of the roof – as well as shaped side panels. All these angles made this a tricky job to fit – but with some careful organisation and teamwork it was installed without a hitch. The roof of the enclosure is supported by a glass beam, which is nearly 4 metres long. The beam is made up of three layers of toughened safety glass, laminated together – a great way to support a roof without impacting on its transparency. Cantifix also installed a glass balustrade and a fire-rated window to complete the new stairwell. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 23


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GALLERY/PROJECT/SE CONTROLS Title: SE Controls Provides Safe And Comfortable Environment For Staffordshire Students Location: Stoke, Staffordshire Application: Smoke And Natural Ventilation Solution Visit:

A £30 million Science and Technology Centre at Staffordshire University’s Stoke Campus is relying on a combined smoke and natural ventilation solution from SE Controls to create a comfortable and safe environment for staff and students. Designed by architects Sheppard Robson and built by Miller Construction, the extensive facility is part of a £200 million flagship regeneration scheme, which is transforming education in the region with the development of the ‘Uni-Q’ university quarter. Working closely with façade and access specialist, Norking Aluminium, SE Controls was responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of the smoke and natural ventilation solution to ensure the fully automated system met design specifications and legislation for air quality as well as smoke safety in the event of a fire. SE Controls supplied 240 SCCO and TGCO type chain actuators to the project that which were used in conjunction with 40 OS2 controllers to provide complete control over the vertical vents, louvres and atrium vents. In normal operating mode, the actuators and controllers ensure that carbon dioxide and temperature levels are managed effectively throughout the building to maintain a comfortable working environment using signals from building management system. Night purging and cooling of the Science and Technology Centre is also handled automatically by the SE Controls’ system, which vents warm air and allows cooler air to enter the building. However, in the event of a fire, the system operates in smoke ventilation mode to ensure that all corridors, escape routes and public areas are kept free from smoke to aid the rapid evacuation of the building. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 24

GALLERY/PROJECT/ARMOURCOAT Title: Performance Concrete For Chelsea Flower Show Location: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Application: Custom-Made Ductal® Panels Visit: Image: Courtesy Of FERA Crown Copyright

Armourcoat were specified for an award-winning garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design, and built by The Outdoor Room, the silver medal winning Food & Environment Research Agency’s (FERA) show garden, incorporated Ductal® Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) panels. The garden design, entitled ‘Stop the Spread’, highlights how plant pests and diseases and invasive non-native species could impact our gardens and countryside. A sunken garden featuring herbaceous planting and a sculpture by Tom Stogdon, is bordered by woodland trees and lush shade-loving plants. This is contrasted with an avenue of lifeless trees and a border of concrete-panelled walls with an intricate pattern illustrating the tree disease ‘Chalara’ (Ash dieback). A series of large custom-made Ductal® panels were designed and manufactured by Armourcoat for the garden. Developed by Lafarge, Ductal® possesses a unique combination of superior properties including strength, ductility, durability and enhanced aesthetics. This enables designers to develop and realize new sculptural approaches to concrete forms. It can be cast in large thin panels with an outstanding level of surface finish detail, and has a strength and durability greater than natural stone. Jo Thompson is a landscape and garden designer based in Kent. Jo designs a wide range of gardens from tiny rooftop spaces to residential gardens, public spaces and country estates, both in the UK and overseas. This is Jo’s fourth Show Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 25

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GALLERY/PROJECT/BAXI COMMERCIAL DIVISION Title: Potterton Commercial Boilers Show Major Energy Savings Following Refurbishment Of Wigan Town Hall’s Heating System Location: Wigan Application: Floor Standing Condensing Boilers Visit:

Baxi Commercial Division has supplied five floor standing condensing boilers for a refurbishment of Wigan Town Hall’s heating system which has shown a 22% energy saving over the year to May 2012, compared with the previous year’s usage. This saving was made despite the heating remaining operational until the end of May 2012 compared to 2011 when it was switched off in early April. The five Potterton Commercial Sirius 160kW floor standing condensing boilers were selected by consulting engineers NPS North West Ltd., in a joint venture with Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. The NPS Group specialises in providing property design and management services to both public and private sectors and is wholly owned by the public sector. A spokesman commented: “These boilers replace units which had reached the end of their operational lives and so had become less efficient and less reliable. As access to the plant room was via weight restricted stairs and lifts we needed boilers that had low individual weight and had compact dimensions. The Client was very pleased with the project and especially the 22% saving in gas use over a measured 12 months.” The boilers were installed in the third floor plant room at Wigan Town Hall by Hayman Mechanical Services Ltd. This floor also provides office accommodation, so the Sirius FS range’s low operating noise level makes it a good choice for such locations. As well as being quiet in operation, this range is perfect for refurbishment projects as each boiler is compact and lightweight for its output, fitting through a standard doorway and, importantly in this case, fitting in a small lift. The boilers serve both constant and variable temperature circuits, running fan convectors, air handling units and radiators.


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New pipework was installed to each of the boilers, with the headers connected to existing pump circuits. The heating system is connected to a Building Energy Management System which provides monitoring and control functions including zone control. Potterton Commercial’s Sirius FS is a technically sophisticated range of floor standing, stainless steel condensing boilers, backed by a comprehensive five year warranty. Using the latest stainless steel heat exchanger technology in conjunction with a sophisticated controls system, the range delivers maximum condensing boiler performance. Sirius FS is easy to handle and install and, with ample internal space providing easy access to key components, is simple to service and maintain. The Sirius FS features include a modulating pre-mix burner adjustable between 30% and 100%. The boilers provide energy efficiencies up to 107% net at 50oC flow and 30oC return and Part L2 seasonal efficiency of 96% gross. An in-built weather compensation facility optimises seasonal efficiency and encourages the boiler to condense whenever possible. The range offers a full fault diagnostics system and in-built time controls as standard with system controls options available and, as in this case, BEMS connectivity. The boilers were supplied via Baxi Commercial Division’s Agents, COMPHeat Ltd. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 26

GALLERY/PROJECT/HISTOGLASS Title: Pioneer House, Dewsbury - Victorian Grade II Listed Landmark Building Location: Dewsbury Application: Sash Windows, Casements And Doors Visit:

Histoglass have supplied their extremely thin high-performance double glazing system for the Victorian, Grade II Listed landmark property Pioneer House in Dewsbury. Pioneer House has dominated Dewsbury’s skyline since 1878 when it was built for Dewsbury’s Pioneer Industrial Society as a place from which to sell its produce and wares. There have been a wide variety of tenants over the years including a theatre, library, French-polishers, butchers, cobblers and a restaurant. Kirklees Council have required the prior owner to sell the building in order to protect the building from further decay and they are working with The Princes Trust to revamp the building and bring it back into full use. The window project includes more than 200 original windows to be rot repaired, draught-proofed, re-glazed and renovated. There is a variety of sash windows, casements and doors. Most existing windows have a rebate depth of about 22mm allowing more than enough space for the use of the Histoglass D13 System. In the case of Pioneer House, Histoglass advised Aedas architects on the use of the D13 System, which has a spacer bar of 6mm and an inner and outer pane of 3mm, achieving a U-Value of 1.5. Compared to the approximate U-value of 5.6 of the existing single glazing, this will make an enormous difference to the heat-loss through the glazing. Many Victorian buildings have curved units in the top sash and that’s no different in Pioneer House. As the main purpose is to maintain the existing window frames, many units were made to template to fit the frames perfectly. Histoglass worked closely with Sash Windows Northwest Ltd to achieve the highest possible quality. In critical areas, toughened inner and outer panes were used. The beauty of the Kitemark stamps for toughened glazing is that we now put them as a line stamp on the edge of the pane, so that, once a pane has been installed, the

stamp disappears behind the putty or bead. “Little details like these are very important to us”, Michiel Brouns, Managing Director of Histoglass explains. “We supply the ultimate thin double glazing in both aesthetics and quality currently available on the market and we achieve this by our relentless drive for quality and attention to detail. The spacer bar, for instance was coloured in RAL 9001 to perfectly match the colour of the paint work on the frames.” “Although the quality of Histoglass glazing is re-enforced by our long track record, our units have the distinction of being the only IGU’s to achieve all 6 parts of BSEN 1279, the harmonised British /European standard for gas filled insulating glazing. The CE Certificate is available on our website.” Michiel Brouns continues by saying that “…the Histoglass Thin Double Glazing System has been around in Germany for almost 30 years and the projects in which this system has been used, are still performing perfectly. The failure rate for units supplied in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Belgium is less than 0.05% and since the introduction of Histoglass to the UK market, we have not had any failed units. This track record is further proof of the confidence we have in the quality of our product.” The Histoglass thin double glazing system was specified by Aedas, the global award winning architects. Neil Ward, the project architect from Aedas comments: “We specified Histoglass because of its proven track record and suitability for use in historic buildings.” He goes on to explain that the main purpose is to repair the windows in a way which is "…sympathetic to the environment but which is also fit for modern day use…” Michiel further adds: “It is great to have our product selected as the best for the job by Aedas, a company renowned for its universally high standards of design and delivery.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 27

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GALLERY/PRODUCT/HOPPE Title: Stylish, Hard Wearing – And Available From Stock: Demand Grows For HOPPE’s Architectural Nylon Range As School Holidays Approach Application: Nylon Levers And Pull Handles Visit:

HOPPE, the manufacturer synonymous with innovation, quality and performance in hardware for the architectural and window and door sectors, reports an increase in demand for its range of nylon levers and pull handles as schools and colleges requiring refurbishment start to close their doors for summer. Manufactured to exacting standards from polyamide nylon, giving great tensile properties, impact strength and wear resistance, as well as good antistatic behaviour and corrosion and chemical resistance, the Nylon range is available in 11 colours. The choice is further complemented by accessories including coat hooks, signage and finger and kick plates. Andy Matthews, HOPPE’s National Sales & Marketing Manager for the Architectural Division comments: “Although we've been manufacturing and designing with nylon for many years, it's traditionally this run up to summer time when demand increases as schools close for long breaks and refurbishment work kicks in. That's why in the absence of any other 'from stock' suppliers in the UK, HOPPE has increased its nylon stock to keep lead times down to a minimum. “Especially popular is our Paris Series including solid nylon and steel cored levers, available on round rose, radius plate and rectangular plates. As you'd expect with a product mainly used in high footfall public areas, the range meets the dimensional recommendations of BS 8300 and Approved Document M. The other great benefit in light of the compulsory CE Marking legislation, is the ease in which customers can achieve compliance. Just select the ARRONE AR915 escape lock with one of our compatible nylon Paris lever handles with AR228 spindle for your complete CE Marked Lockset and you’re covered. “ or tel: 01902 484 400. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 28

GALLERY/PRODUCT/HOWE GREEN Title: Howe Green’s Visedge Access Covers Pass All The Tests For Antrim Hospital’s New A&E Application: Access Covers Visit:

Howe Green’s Visedge Series access covers were approved to ensure crucial power and data supplies to state-of-the-art scanning and diagnostic equipment at the Antrim Area Hospital could be installed and maintained easily and reliably. The project is part of a new £9m Emergency Department being delivered by Farrans (Construction) Limited. Manufacturers of the multi-million pound diagnostic equipment for three new X-Ray and CT scanning rooms issued the main contractor with complex and exacting M&E specs. Having had direct experience of the quality and technical support that underpins Howe Green access cover solutions, Visedge was recommended as an ideal solution to the challenge. The Visedge Series was specifically engineered for use with flexible sheet flooring systems. Fitted quickly and unobtrusively, the covers are double-sealed to meet the highest standards of hygiene and are corrosion and maintenance-free. The Visedge Series access covers also allow sheet flooring, which can include PVC or linoleum, to be locked to the frame sections and hot welded to the surface rather than glued. This creates a permanent joint and eliminates any possible water ingress and peeling, which can cause a health and safety hazard and also has wider hygiene implications. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 29


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GALLERY/PRODUCT/FORBO FLOORING SYSTEMS Title: Forbo Plays It Safe And Sound With Surestep Wood Decibel Application: Surestep Wood Decibel Visit:

Providing R10 slip resistance underfoot and 17dB impact sound reduction, Forbo’s Surestep Wood Decibel range presents a desirable flooring option for projects with multiple application areas. For specifiers and end users alike, the enhanced range can be considered as both an acoustic and safety flooring solution – working perfectly as part of an integrated flooring design. Surestep Wood Decibel is also the first multiple width safety floor - uniquely available in 2, 3 and 4m widths – suiting a wide range of applications. Thanks to the floor covering’s dimensional stability, areas of up to 20m2 in residential locations can be loose laid, helping to reduce the overall cost of installation. In larger commercial installations, the availability of different widths means that welding requirements may be substantially reduced saving time and money. Incorporating aluminium oxide particles in its wear layer to provide sustainable slip resistance and maintain the clarity of design, Surestep Wood Decibel meets both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) requirements. The product also features a PUR Pearl finish that ensures an easy to clean surface, requiring a simple cleaning and maintenance regime and keeping costs to a minimum. Surestep Wood Decibel now offers twelve different wood choices including two new modern all-over wood designs. Seven of the popular colourways have been specifically designed to match the design effects available in the standard Surestep Wood range, allowing for a totally consistent appearance and safety rating to be achieved across areas of a building which might have different acoustic requirements. Paul Rogers, Technical Specification Manager at Forbo Flooring Systems comments: “Forbo has over 50 years’ experience in the manufacture of acoustic floor coverings and a long standing history in the manufacture of HSE compliant safety flooring which offers best in class performance. As a result, customers can be confident that Surestep Wood Decibel will enable them to achieve reassuringly safe, quiet and aesthetically attractive interiors in a wide range of commercial, education, healthcare and retail applications.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 30

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GALLERY/PRODUCT/DR SERVICES Title: Solving A Pool Wall Problem Application: Entre Pivoted Double Glazed Wall Visit:

Appleton Manor in Oxfordshire is a Tudor manor house where a pool room with a centre pivoted double glazed wall, was recently created by D R Services. The entire wall opens to create a roofed family room containing showers, a kitchen and changing rooms, next to the outdoor pool. The opening, on the southern side of the pool room, is about 12 metres wide and four metres high with eight centre pivoting doors. The double glazing has a U value of 1.6W/m² and the doors are brush sealed. In addition to this wall, D R Services created a clerestory style roof light, ten metres by one metre in three sections, on the north side of the building. Each of the doors is almost 1.6 metres wide. Critical problems included draught exclusion, manipulating these very large and heavy doors and providing suitable locking. Each complete door weighed in excess of 425kg. The job was awarded to the company because of its long experience of partnering with the architect Stephen Marshall. “We have the mechanical engineering and glass engineering expertise and as a result we have a good idea of what will work,” said D R Services director Julie Jarvis. “We've found this niche of having the site understanding and the academic knowledge and bringing the two together. The architect knew we had solved the practical problems on another project with a similar design, so we have now been able to take it to another large sized project having already eliminated potential difficulties.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 31


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GALLERY/PRODUCT/MARMOX Title: Marmox Aids Conversion At Hackney’s Village Green Application: Wood Wool Panels Visit:

The Village Green, launched in the middle of April this year, is the latest project from Creative Network Partners. Set in Hackney Downs Studios, The Village Green is a brand new independent East End experience; a shopping and cultural development initially incorporating five local small businesses but with the possibility of further expansion. Hackney Downs Studios was a fairly unprepossessing redundant printworks when Creative Network Partners took it over towards the end of 2011. Architects Iolanda Bianchi and Mirko Lupo’s conversion task involved a great deal of creative restoration and adaptation as they set out to transform the Studios from a large, fairly open works area into the attractive Village Green format of five separate shops. Two of the conversion problems were the need to build a new mezzanine floor structure above the shops and to ensure that the interiors of the shopping areas were quiet and intimate. These two problems were actually rolled into one as the Architects used Marmox Heraklith Wood Wool Panels as the cover material and as the final decoration layer. Heraklith wood wool panels are a natural product consisting of certified spruce wood, which originates in North European timber production forests and are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Heraklith panels are multipurpose and can be used internally or externally on walls, floors and ceilings. Being designed with an open surface structure they hold great acoustic properties that contribute to a quieter and more comfortable living and working space. These hygroscopic panels allow the building to breathe by absorbing the moisture in the air and releasing it back when most needed, when it’s dry. They are also renowned for their fire proofing qualities and in the event of fire they will protect for up to 90 minutes allowing ceiling and wall constructions to stay intact. They do not melt and drip, create fumes or toxic gases and they do not spread fire. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 32

GALLERY/PRODUCT/ENCASEMENT Title: Stylish Column Casings From Encasement For Salford’s Media City Application: Column Casings Visit:

Stylish column casings from Encasement’s Circa range are being used to conceal structural columns and provide an integrated contemporary finish within the Pie Factory building at the innovative Media City development in Salford. Located at Salford Quays, Media City is one of Europe’s most dynamic mixed use developments combining workspace, residential and retail, as well as one some of the world’s most advanced HD broadcast studios and multi-media and production facilities, which are used extensively by the BBC and ITV. To meet the demands for a contemporary design and high quality finish that integrates with the building’s décor, Encasement was chosen by the interior designers to supply and install a series of unique circular column casings, which are finished in durable polar white Formica laminate. Each 750mm diameter column casing stands 3000mm high and is made up from 16 separate ‘quartered’ segments, which are secured to the structural column and connected by brushed stainless steel laminate feature joints. Matching brushed stainless steel header and skirting collars are also installed, which add to the stylish finish. Encasement’s Managing Director, Martin Taylor, explained: “Media City is an outstanding development and although we have supplied and installed casing solutions to a diverse range of other prestigious projects, the meticulous finish and attention to detail demanded for these columns is particularly satisfying when they’re viewed as an integral part of the finished Pie Factory offices.” Encasement specialises in the supply of decorative casings, interior wall linings, protection solutions and sustainable products for the architectural, contracting and construction sectors. Tel: 01733 266889. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 33

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GALLERY/PRODUCT/KÄHRS Title: Founders Collection Launched In Celebration Of Kährs’ Heritage Application: New Flooring Collection Visit:

Kährs has introduced a new collection of rustic one-strip floors. A celebration of Kährs’ Swedish tradition and fine craftsmanship, the Founders Collection includes eight new oak designs and joins Kährs Original Range. Each floor is named after a member of the Kährs’ family, that founded the company in 1857, and features a stunning combination of handcrafted finishing treatments. Designs within Kährs Founders Collection include Oak Fredrik, Gustaf, Olof, Sture, Johan and Ulf. Each board measures 2420x187x15mm and has an individually-toned Nature oil prefinish. Heavy brushing, handscraping and smoking emphasise the lively grained timber and tactile finish, whilst a distinct bevelled edge complements the boards’ single plank format. All floors from the new Founders Collection feature Kährs ethical, high performance construction. Based on Kährs original design, patented in 1941, the award-winning construction uses sustainable hardwood down to the joint only, with fast-growing timber below. This design, alongside Kährs Woodloc® joint, provides greater stability, promotes fast installation and eliminates gapping throughout the lifetime of the floor. Floors are finished with waterbased stains and solvent-free oil and can be laid on most dry, level surfaces – and over underfloor heating systems. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 34

GALLERY/PRODUCT/RAK CERAMICS Title: Seamless Surface Design With RAK’s Porcelain Range Application: RAK’s Lounge collection Visit:

RAK’s Lounge collection includes a wide range of porcelain tiles, slabs and decorative inserts for a seamless surface design. The versatile products combine aesthetic and performance benefits, providing a stylish surface that’s highly abrasion and stain resistance, easy to maintenance and very affordable. For wall and floor application, RAK’s Lounge tiles are available in 30x60 and 60x60cm formats, as well as 30x30 mosaics. All designs are offered in a range of mottled shades, in ivory, beige, grey and black tones, as well as a mixed tone mosaic. RAK’s large format polished slabs offer seamless continuation and can be fabricated to create practically any surface - from vanity unit or bathroom surround, to window sill or step. Porcelain slabs are available in formats up to 179 x 119 x 2cm in size, and in matching tones. Complementary Lounge Listellos provide the perfect finishing touch. The slim porcelain wall decors feature a chrome glass insert, in a small single rectangle, double square or running square design. They can be used in individual areas to ‘zone’ or highlight statement pieces, or to create a continuous decorative feature around an entire room. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 35


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GALLERY/PRODUCT/BLACKHEATH PRODUCTS Title: The Solid Surface That’s Good Enough To Dine Off ! Application: Samsung Staron Solid Surface Visit:

Samsung Staron has been used to stunning effect in the new Caffe Rizzoli and Prosecco Bar at Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre. This innovative solid surface material, manufactured from a unique blend of natural materials, acrylics and pigments, is exclusively available in the UK from Blackheath Products. Working with the Roann Marble Company to a creative design by ABA Architecture Ltd, ‘Bright White’ Staron has been thermoformed into graceful sweeping curves to create an oasis of calm in the busy shopping concourse. The combination of its inherent strength, coupled with its tactile non-porous surface and virtually invisible joints, means that it is the perfect solution for this type of heavy duty application and offers a cost effective alternative to stone. Furthermore, as Staron is easy to clean and totally hygienic, it is also ideal for the bar and table tops as well as the kitchen food preparation areas. Staron offers designers a new way of creating and shaping surfaces for virtually every type of interior application. Available in over 75 solid colours and various other pebbled and speckled finishes, it is supplied in two sheet sizes: 2500 x 760 x 6mm and 3680 x 760 x 12mm. It is offered with a 10-year limited guarantee and selected designs have Greenguard certification, Euro Class B fire retardancy rating as well as NSF–51 Public Safety Certificates for food and drink contact. In addition to Samsung Staron, Blackheath Products is a national distributor of high pressure laminate, MFC, laminate flooring and a wide range of kitchen and bathroom products. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 36

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Axter At The NBS National BIM Library

BBA Endorsement For ROOFMATE SL-A Insulation

As a leading design focussed manufacturer of roof waterproofing systems, Axter has created, in partnership with RIBA, a series of Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects enabling design teams to include high performance, robust roofing in their 3D models. BIM is the way forward for building design and implementation, allowing all parties to share a common information pool. With BIM level 2 mandatory on all government projects by 2016, many designers, specifiers and main contractors are already utilising BIM. Axter BIM objects include our most widely specified systems – WILOTEKT-PLUS® structural waterproofing, ALPAFLORE green roofs, EXCEL warm roof constructions and ECOFLEX single ply. These can be freely downloaded in all major formats from the RIBA NBS National BIM Library.

Dow Building Solutions has been awarded BBA accreditation for its STYROFOAM ROOFMATE SL-A extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, designed for insulating inverted flat roofs. The product has high compressive strength and offers excellent moisture resistance thanks to its closed cell structure, resulting in low water pick-up over time despite rigorous conditions on exposed rooftops. ROOFMATE SL-A will also maintain its thermal conductivity performance for the expected lifetime of the building. With a range of single, extruded thickness up to 200mm, the material is lightweight yet robust, offering flexibility and durability across the range of inverted roof constructions, including green roofs and parking decks. Declared thermal conductivity of ROOFMATE SL-A is as low as 0.034 W/mK in a 100mm thickness.



A Happy Medium Between Wet And Dry Fix

BIM Sparks Fresh Interest In Dryseal Hambleside Danelaw’s Dryseal GRP flat roofing system has been attracting international interest from architects and specifiers since the system’s AutoCAD Revit building information modelling (BIM) components went live on the online BIMstore. Available on the Store are the various components that make up the Dryseal system, different roof build-ups and details. The BIM box gutter detail is getting the most views while the full system is the most downloaded component. Dryseal is the first flat roofing system to be available via BIMstore – another innovation from the British manufacturer. UK manufacturers’ content is now freely available to all practitioners in the industry for use in their BIM models via ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 40

Marley Eternit has become the first roofing manufacturer to introduce a mechanical fixing system for mortar bedded ridge and hip tiles, helping meet current NHBC technical standards. The NHBC requires all homes that it guarantees to have mechanically fixed ridges and hips – either through a complete dry fix system or using mortar bedding with additional mechanical fixings. However, a recent NHBC survey of 3,000 ongoing sites found that where ridges and hips were still bedded in mortar, a third of them had no mechanical fixings. At the moment there isn’t a commonly applied method for the mechanical fixing of mortar bedded tiles, so Marley Eternit has decided to take action now to clear up confusion and help contractors to meet the NHBC standards. The new Marley Eternit fixing kit offers a durable and secure alternative to mortar bedding alone but unlike a dry fix system, high level ventilation is still needed to meet the requirements of BS5250 and NHBC Technical Standards. Marley Eternit will be following up the system launch with a series of ‘how to’ videos, which will be available on the website and at ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 39

Metrotile Lightweight Steel Roofing Metrotile Lightweight Roofing systems are suitable for any building project, from sprawling, new build home installation to flat to pitch refurbishments. The inherent light weight of each Metrotile, combined with the use of the highest quality, Aluzinc steel for each profile, insures a durable product that features sufficiently more benefits than ‘traditional’ roofing materials while offering stunning aesthetics. Each Metrotile is backed by an industry-leading forty year guarantee. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 41


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Brett Martin Cascade Blends Old And New World At Manchester Oast House A traditional Kentish Oast House has been recreated in the heart of the Manchester’s business district with the careful specification of authentic design solutions – including the Brett Martin Cascade ‘cast iron style’ rainwater system. Brought brick-by-brick to Manchester from Kent, the reclaimed 16th century oast house stands out among the glass and steel of the city’s most contemporary skyscrapers. To maintain its rustic appearance in such a modern location, Brett Martin’s rainwater system offered project designer Paul Danson Imagineering the perfect combination of Tudor-style aesthetics with exceptional performance in accordance with BS EN 607:1995. Cascade is manufactured using a unique patented process, so close in detail to genuine cast iron that it is hard to tell the difference even from close range. Offering the full cast iron aesthetic with the benefits of modern plastic, it proved the perfect addition to the building’s outdoor barbeque area and the first permanently exterior kitchen in Manchester for more than 1600 years. As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits, Cascade offers many advantages to the installer. The lightweight system is quick and easy to handle and transport, so it delivers huge efficiencies in product, installation and site

costs. It is also corrosion-free, UV stabilised and comes with a 10 year guarantee making it very low maintenance in comparison to real cast iron. Sympathetically designed with careful consideration to original features, dimensions and detailing, the Cascade system was specified in a 112mm Half Round finish with 68mm downpipe. The authentic style of the half round system is equally suitable for period new builds and renovations to heritage buildings. Cascade is available in two additional styles of domestic gutter, the 106mm Profiled Ogee and for larger or steeper roofs the 115mm Deepstyle. All systems utilise either 68mm round or 65mm square downpipes. For commercial projects there is also a high capacity 160mm Roundstyle gutter with 105mm round and 4” x 3” rectangular downpipe choice. Originally opened as a ‘pop-up’ temporary bar in October 2011, the authentic oast house style not only helped it to become a permanent fixture in the city but also contributed to it being named Best New Site at the Publican Awards 2013. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 42

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Performance Movement Joint Profiles From Dural UK Ltd Flooring Accessories specialist Dural UK Ltd are continually updating their range of products and inventing new and better solutions that are both technically and visually exciting. They have been providing the perfect finish for all types of flooring since 1981 and all their products are at the cutting edge of design. Dural Movement Joint Profiles can cope with heavy stresses and distribute them evenly between the foundation and floor covering. At the same time, they can prevent conduction of noise from footfall and other bodies. Even floors subject to heavy stresses remain in better condition for longer when Dural Movement Joint Profiles are specified. For a high class finish the Dural Coloured Movement Joint Profile gives a room a seamless designer look. The Coloured Movement Joints have been the choice of specifiers for years on prestigious projects including many leading automotive brands, (Ford, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen). They are used in the car showrooms and workshop areas because of their durability and ability to handle a wide range of loadings. The Olympic Village, Marks and Spencers, Airports, Leisure Centers, Restaurants and Retail Outlets are other areas where this product is being / has been used. All Dural Performance Movement Joints are designed and manufactured to exceed the requirements of BS 5385 and can be used with Slate, Natural Stone and Ceramic tiled floors. Dural UK Ltd also provide highly competent advice and support. No matter how complex the application, they always provide the perfect solution, including both products and service at the disposal of the specifier or installer. For more information on Dural and their products visit their website or contact Judith Mawtus on 01924360110. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 43


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New Modular Slot Drainage Solution From Howe Green Howe Green has introduced the new HG200 Slot Drain to its popular range of linear drainage solutions. The ultra slim HG200 Slot Drain is available in either 304 or 316 austenitic stainless steel and can be installed with a wide variety of floor types including ceramic tiles, resin and hard floor finishes. With a slot width of just 10mm and sump covers for easy cleaning, the HG200 is the ideal choice for drainage in areas where aesthetics are important and a more streamlined and seamless flooring style is preferred. The HG200 Slot Drain complements Howe Green’s HG100 Channel Drain range, which has long been established as a popular choice with architects and building services professionals due to its high quality build and performance and choice of steel or polymer grating designs. Both the HG200 and HG100 systems provide an easy to clean, hygienic drainage solution suitable for a wide range of applications including changing rooms, shower areas, spas, surgeries and many other areas requiring reliable drainage. With constant invert or variable inverts available, Howe Green’s linear drainage systems require very little maintenance and are available as made-to-measure systems as well as in modular form. Made of stainless steel, the systems are also 100% recyclable; achieving the perfect balance of discreet design and high performance for more sustainable building. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 44

Gerflor’s Taralay Premium Is “A Class Above Its Rivals” THE reasons why newly improved Taralay Premium flooring range satisfies so many demanding clients are almost as numerous as the range of customers who rely on it. Produced by international vinyl flooring specialists Gerflor, Taralay Premium offers a high performance hard-wearing solution for specifiers in education, office, healthcare, retirement home, cinema, hotel and restaurant sectors. With a high-quality multilayer flooring suitable for high traffic areas, Taralay Premium Comfort offers excellent acoustic and shock absorption properties, while Taralay Premium Compact is ideal for bearing static and moving loads. Now a 20 per cent increase in the number colours means designers can choose from 120 options, while technical innovation has improved overall performance. For those who recognise excellence, but want to express their individuality with customised flooring unique to their business, Gerflor offers My Taralay: an unrivalled design service offering 400,000 colour combinations of Taralay Premium multilayered flooring. Always an innovator in design as well as technology, Taralay is made by compressing coloured chips on to a complex fibre glass grid, which is bonded to the underlayer. My Taralay allows imaginative designers to choose up to five colours of chips from Gerflor’s extensive palette. Having uploaded an image of the room to create an online simulation of the design, test samples can be delivered to see the product in situ. Both Taralay Premium Comfort and Taralay Premium Compact offer a 1mm wear layer, with an abrasion rating in the Group T category, while both are treated with Protecsol®, which renders acrylic polishes obsolete. Finally the range includes Sanosol® fungistatic and anti-bacterial protection for maximum hygiene. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 45

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Colourful Carpet Adds Aesthetic Appeal And Design Flair To Warrington School

Entrance Module Provides Safety And Low Maintenance

Pupils at a new primary school in Warrington are benefiting from a unique and eye-catching way of helping them to identify their classrooms, thanks to colourful carpet from Heckmondwike FB. The new Chapelford Primary School had 1000m2 of Supacord Fibre Bonded Carpet specified by SBS Architects in 10 different colours to create the vibrant floor design. Steel Grey was used as the base colour throughout the school, whilst Magenta, Violet, Blue, Willow (Green), Aquamarine, Heather, Purple Amethyst and Mulberry were used as accent colours in the corridors and throughout all 14 classrooms. In such a large school, with over 300 pupils, the colourful design will help pupils to identify their classrooms. The acoustic properties of Supacord will reduce noise levels in the corridors during busy periods and the clear navigational design will help to avoid congestion.

Frontrunner Plus Low Profile, manufactured in the UK by Plastic Extruders Ltd, is providing a safe, attractive and efficient solution at the entrances of two of the PUBLIC chain stores in Athens, Greece. This electrical, music and book retailer want to keep the stores interiors as clean as possible by removing dirt, dust and water from customers’ shoes before they entered. Greek flooring specialist Art George Beredimas recommended large modules of Frontrunner Plus Low Profile with ramped edges. This very effective and safe solution is providing many benefits, such as reducing maintenance costs and helping to keep interiors clean and attractive. With height of only 10mm, Frontrunner Plus Low Profile is ideal for applications where there is no recessed matwell and where the risk of tripping at the entrance must be reduced. Manufactured with integral absorbent inserts within a heel-proof vinyl grid, the unique matting scrapes, cleans and dries shoes stopping dirt from being transferred inside.



A Healthy Dose Of Tarkett Flooring WHEN tasked with replacing the flooring in two respite care centres, for Ward Flooring Solutions, Tarkett was the obvious choice. The Shaw Healthcare and Kent County Council centres needed updating and, wanting to create a more homely feel, Ward Flooring selected Tarkett Safetred Wood. The Tarkett range provided the functionality needed for a respite care centre without compromising on aesthetics. More than 1,400 square metres of the flooring has been installed in numerous dining areas, bedrooms and hallways used by patients. Chris Ward, director of Ward Flooring Solutions, said: “We had a number of challenging requirements to fulfil when picking the flooring for the care centres. Probably the biggest consideration was that it had to be pleasing to the eye, but also non-slip and suitable for a healthcare environment. The Tarkett flooring was natural in appearance and offered numerous advantages to our fitters, to Shaw Healthcare, Kent County Council, patients and to the various care staff and nurses who work there.” The Safetred Wood range comes in a choice of nine natural colours, is easy to install due to the superior flexibility of the sheet, and is made using a minimum 32% recycled content. With a small number of the people using the respite care centres suffering from dementia it was essential that they have as homely a feel as possible. Choice of flooring can play a significant role in the design of healthcare environments and it has long been known that a stimulating environment is best for dementia sufferers. Tarkett’s range of Safetred flooring also includes ‘Naturals’; a collection of authentic stone colours. As well as being suitable for medical and care environments they can be used in leisure, education and retail spaces. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 48


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A Rapid Way To Better Energy Efficiency UNILIN Structural Insulated Roof Panels by UNILIN, division insulation offer architects and developers a rapid way to provide improved thermal performance over spans of up to eight-metres. Thanks to UNISPAN HPIR OSB polyisocyanurate sandwich panels, buildings can benefit from thermal performance down to a U-value of 0.11 with spans achievable of up to eight-metres, ensuring a rapid build roof structure that delivers excellent thermal insulation while reducing supporting materials. Light, versatile and suitable for pitches from 0 to 90°, UNISPAN panels are available in insulation thicknesses between 115 and 205mm, providing different U-values dependant on the building requirements. “UNISPAN panels are ideal for developers and architects wanting to maximise a building’s thermal performance with consistent results off-plan,” comments UNILIN’s Richard Smith. “Along with the excellent thermal performance and the ability to accommodate large spans, which helps to reduce supporting materials, UNISPAN panels are also easier and faster to install than traditional roof structures, whether on large scale commercial projects or residential developments.” Available in a range of inner facings that provide a pre-finished or rapid finish ceiling, UNISPAN panels are factory-made to exacting tolerances and can be supplied in non-standard widths and pre-cut upon request, based on a roof panel layout that Unilin provides. Suitable for use under most roof coverings, UNISPAN panels are also available with mineral wool insulation material. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 49

Trend Control Systems Ltd Develops Energy Microsite As part of its on-going commitment to thought leadership, knowledge provision and best practice regarding energy and its use, Trend has produced the Energy Microsite – an exciting new resource that will provide building owners and facilities managers with all the latest information on reducing energy consumption using a Building Energy Management System (BEMS). As well as having regular news updates, Twitter feeds and links to relevant external websites, the Energy Microsite will also feature a series of 3 videos that identify the key benefits of a BEMS and how it can provide energy and cost savings. The video ‘Out Of Control’ looks at what can happen if a building does not use a BEMS to monitor and manage its energy use, ‘Take Back Control’ examines how an energy audit can identify ways to optimise the system, and ‘In Control’ provides an overview of how to maximise the energy saving potential of a building. Designed as a comprehensive information resource, the Energy Microsite will also feature case studies, product information and blogs about the latest industry issues and developments. Please visit to view the site. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 50

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Sentinel X100 – The Best Buy For Heating System Treatment

Celotex Ensures Sustainable Poundbury Is Fit For A Future King

Some water treatment products out there have very few active ingredients. Look for a product that has a transparent set of benefits to recommend it. Sentinel X100 has 3 buffer systems providing outstanding stabilisation of a heating system’s pH. You could do worse than look for a product that has three heavy duty corrosion inhibitors that give unrivalled system protection for all the metals in the heating system and three types of anti-scaling technology to combat limescale. You may want to consider using a product that genuinely cares about the environment and whose carbon footprint has reduced year on year – 5.4% since 2008 - and its UK manufacturer is committed to reducing it still further.

On the fringes of Dorchester, Poundbury has become a pioneering example of a sustainable 21st Century housing model but with this comes a strict building code imposed by the Duchy of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales’ estate that owns the land. With challenging environmental standards expected throughout the development, high performance PIR insulation from market leader Celotex has played a significant part in creating thermally efficient homes. For a development with such a high quality of construction and energy efficiency, the specification of high performance Celotex CW4000 insulation throughout many of the buildings met the client’s strict sustainability requirements, helping to achieve U-value targets with a solution which is approximately 10% thinner than traditional insulation.



Double Award Celebration For Stelrad’s Radical Radiator!

New Intelligent Heat Recovery With Vireo From Greenwood Airvac Greenwood Airvac announces the launch of Vireo - the next generation of intelligent Heat Recovery Ventilation. Vireo is intelligent across the board and addresses all aspects of ventilation specification. Thanks to a unique commissioning wizard, Vireo can be set-up in just 8 steps, taking as little as 90 seconds. Vireo offers optimal airflow performance whilst helping minimise running noise within the home. Loaded with additional Greenwood Apps to assist in the delivery of GIP throughout the lifetime of the product, Vireo makes SMART sense. Clean and discreet in design Vireo also fits seamlessly into modern dwellings. With three compact models available Vireo is suitable for all housing types and can be installed in-line or ceiling mounted for apartments, and in kitchen cupboards for small to large sized houses.

Stelrad Radiators is celebrating winning not one but two impressive accolades, both relating to its impressive new energy saving serial feed radiator, the Radical! The first award it won was in the national H&V News Awards 2013 where it picked up the award for Best Domestic H&V Product of the Year. It also won the Best Retrofit Product of the Year in the Greenbuild Awards 2013 as well. Along with the many product and installation benefits it offers, the Radical Radiator is fully assessed by KIWA as offering a 10.5% energy saving over traditional radiators, and it performs equally well with both traditional boiler driven and renewable heating systems. It’s the first ‘serial feed’ radiator on the UK market place and the first to come with an integrated thermostatic valve insert. Standard radiators are ‘parallel feed’, where the water enters the radiator and is fed via a ‘T’ piece to enter both panels at the same time and the same rate. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 53

New CAT5 Booster Sets From Wilo Wilo has launched its new CAT5 Booster set into the marketplace. UK water regulations – G6.1e – states that non-domestic hose union taps cannot be fitted directly to the water supply. It is essential to incorporate a backflow prevention device to ensure no back flow and syphonage leading to contamination of the potable water supply by bacteria returning up the hose pipe into the mains water supply. The new Wilo CAT5 booster set incorporates a 115 litre polypropylene break tank which is supplied complete with a WRAS approved AB air gap. The overflow and weir are screened to enable connection to hygienic systems. The units are supplied with either a single fixed speed pump or a variable speed pump as specified.



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BSRIA Tests For Part ‘F’ Failure Testing of domestic ventilation systems under Approved Document F of the Building Regulations has been compulsory since October 2010. Unfortunately it has proved a nightmare for the construction industry with a ridiculously high percentage of failures. BSRIA Compliance, a company dedicated to testing to prove compliance to the ever more stringent requirements of the Building Regulations, lays the initial blame for these shortcomings on a mixture of poor design, but mainly a disappointingly poor standard of installation, but also points out that the testing methods originally used [and in many cases still in use] can be wildly inaccurate unless proper corrections are taken to account for the idiosyncrasies of each system and the appliances they use. The latter contention was supported in a recent workshop organised by Modern Built Environment, which quoted the measurement of ventilation performance as the most significant deficiency in Building Performance measurement. BSRIA maintains that there is a domestic ventilation testing procedure that is simple, quick and accurate, using the most appropriate equipment, a Power Flow Hood. The Hood contains a fan that rotates at a controlled speed allowing the unit to achieve a zero pressure balance usually within 4-20 seconds when placed over inlet or outlet. This ‘unconditional’ test method overcomes the problems inherent with site-specific conditions such as fan types and adjustments, airflow direction and instrumentation characteristics. The Flow Hood is an air volume flow meter designed to eliminate back pressure and turbulent flow effects. It is based on a zero pressure method that compensates for the resistance of the measuring instrument and the characteristics of the air distribution system. It also senses air flow direction so that the unit can be used for supply or extract purposes without any configuration change. It sounds simple and indeed it is, providing an easy solution to what has proved a thorny problem for many builders large and small as the BSRIA team, that has been successfully testing on site for Part ‘F’ compliance throughout the UK, can confirm. Returning to the reasons for failures in domestic ventilation systems BSRIA maintains that most problems arise poor workmanship. Although fan manufacturers design their fans to comply with Regulations these frequently fail to operate to their stated performance due to poor installation particularly when flexible pipework is used. Part ‘F’ failure rates here have been quoted as high as 95% and in one recent case six metres of flexible pipe had been stuffed into a wall cavity predictably preventing all circulation. While this example is extreme it is symptomatic of the lack of care taken to support flexible pipe and maintain clear air flow. BSRIA is in process of producing a guide to the accurate measurement of airflow rates and it is to be hoped that this will aid the industry in correcting the present, almost farcical, failures to comply with Approved Document F. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 56

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London Ambulance Glazing Audits London Ambulance as responsible employers who were looking to make sure the glazing across their sites met all the required standards outlined in Regulation 14 (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, this act covers the safety of glass within the workplace. To this end they then went looking for a company able to undertake this type of survey, reporting and carry out any remedial works necessary for compliance of the act. Environmental Control Films Ltd were their preferred choice and so they instructed them to undertake the surveys on 83 of their sites within London, over a two month period the surveys were undertaken and the reports delivered back to London Ambulance. The findings on the whole were very positive for London Ambulance but where glass the occasional did not meet the required standard a polyester optically clear safety film was applied to the glass by Environmental Control Films, this film will increase the tensile strength of the glass and hold it together in the event of a breakage, it will bring standard 4 mm glass up to EN 12600 2B2 safety standard, necessitating the need and high cost to remove the existing glass and re-glaze, the film used is warranted for 10 years with a life expectancy of 15 years. London Ambulance were very pleased with the overall service they received from Environmental Control Films, that they have now employed the FM side of the company to manage all there glazing issues from replacement of glass, window restrictors and catches to complete replacement of windows. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 57


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Timoleon Under-Floor Heating Installed In Grade II Listed Country House When the present owner purchased this magnificent and imposing grade II listed country house situated in Dorset, which was originally built in the seventeenth century, his first priority was to restore the building to its original state. However with respect to the central heating the owner decided to modernise by installing under-floor heating on the ground floor and the first floor, whilst keeping some of the old style cast iron radiators. The ground floor had to be reconstructed as the old timber joists were past repair, so a solid concrete floor was laid. Timoleon Ltd., specialists in all aspects of underfloor heating, were asked to produce detailed designs for heating the ground and first floor; the plans submitted included Timoleon's Staple System, ideal for the new screeded ground floor and the company’s award winning LowBoard for the first floor. The Staple system on the ground floor provided a quick, flexible method of installing under-floor heating onto a screeded floor. The Timoleon gridded insulation was laid onto the sub floor, the 18mm, PE-RT pipe, at 200mm centres, was then stapled onto the insulation with barbed staples, which can be done by hand or Stapler, following the grids clearly marked. Once the pipe work had been pressure tested, a screed was applied and the final floor coverings of carpet tiles, flagstones and timber were layed. As on the first floor there was a need to maintain a low level, the Timoleon LowBoard was ideal, giving an overall height of only 13mm. The LowBoard panels were laid on top of 25mm plywood panels, which in turn were laid on the existing joist. The LowBoard panels are made from moisture resistance MDF with an aluminium layer on the underside, which helps spread the heat upwards into the room. The panels are pre-routed enabling the installer to gently tread in the 12mm PE-RT pipe swiftly and with little effort. 6mm ply was laid on top of the LowBoard followed by carpet on the majority of the first floor. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 58

Biomass TV – Euroheat Brings Wood Heating To Life Leading biomass solutions provider, Euroheat, has launched a range of short films designed to make understanding biomass easier for installers and end users alike. Housed on its YouTube channel, EuroheatHBS, the videos provide a general overview of wood burning as well as product specific information; perfect for biomass heating engineers and anyone who wants to know more about the subject. Professionally produced to ensure a quality and an engaging viewing experience, tune into the Euroheat channel to enjoy: • An introduction to wood biomass: watch?v=5F9zhbJVqrU. A comprehensive overview of burning wood, from its environmental credentials, to ensuring boilers and stoves run most efficiently. • Case studies explaining the benefits of Renewable Heat Incentive and fuel savings, such as Hill Farm, a Chicken Farm benefitting from biomass: www. • Overviews of Euroheat’s range of wood burning stoves: watch?v=rq2yzemdZxU and boilers, including Euroheat’s new pre-fabricated Energy Cabin: • Technical ‘how tos’, explaining maintenance queries for specific products: Simon Holden, co-founder of Euroheat, explains Euroheat’s decision to go ‘on film’: “We have always been of the opinion that the best way to understand biomass, for installers and end users alike, is to see it operational, which is where our exhibition centre comes to the fore. Having these videos is the next best thing, providing a point of reference for those who can’t get to us, or that simply want an easy, visual way to find out more, or refresh existing knowledge. For people interested in biomass, whether they’re Euroheat installers/customers or not, many of these films should provide an informative and useful way to understand how wood heating works, getting the best from it, the potential savings that can be made through reduced fuel prices and, in commercial applications, the cash back available from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).” Watch biomass TV at: ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 59

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Affordable ‘Green’ Energy For The Shaftsbury Stately Home St. Giles House in Wimborne St. Giles is the main dwelling on the Shaftsbury Estate and is one of Dorset’s truly grand houses. The “first stone of my house at St. Giles” was laid in 1650 by Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper, who was later to become Lord Shaftsbury on his appointment as Lord Chancellor of England. Although much altered over the years, St. Giles House remains as beautiful as it is impressive. Unfortunately neither energy conservation nor efficient heating were priorities with 17th Century architects, so that fuel bills had become alarming in this modern age when conventionally generated energy prices spiral ever upwards and the carbon footprint for St. Giles was also approaching the size of a seven league boot. Consequently, when a major renovation of the house was planned, isoenergy, expert in all forms of renewable energy, was asked to design a system that would provide hot water and central heating more cheaply as well as being considerably more ecologically sound. isonergy’s full brief was to use renewable energy to produce heating and hot water, to reduce the house’s fossil fuel dependency and its carbon footprint, to reduce running costs substantially and to achieve these aims making optimum use of Government grants and subsidies. The company’s eventual design was for a hybrid system utilising the lake in the grounds as the prime energy source for hot water & heating boosted by solar thermal panels on the roof of the main house. In addition the house’s walled garden [those gardeners knew the sunniest places] proved the perfect site for a line of 168 photovoltaic ground mounted panels, each panel capable of producing 190Watts of electricity. The choice of the lake as the prime energy source was a natural one since water is the most effective and reliable heat provider through the year. A 3,000 metres closed loop energy collector containing an anti-freeze solution was sunk to a depth safe from boats and fisherman. Having absorbed heat from the lake, the liquid in the loops is passed to three manifolds on the shore and thence led up to the Plant Room in the house via a 90mm plastic


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pipe. Here it enters two super efficient Viessmann Vitocal Heat Pumps linked in a master/slave conformation and each with an energy capacity of 45kW. By a sophisticated heat exchange process involving the pumps’ Compliant Scroll Compressors, the heat input is squeezed up to a temperature suitable for the house’s hot water. The energy then passes into two linked doubleskinned cylinders each of 1,000 litres capacity, one for central heating the other for hot water requirements, while the original input liquid, now at a temperature close to zero, is re-circulated back to the lake. One of the advantages of the ISO system is that the various renewable energy elements combine effectively so that the roof mounted solar thermal panels with a surface area of 16 square metres and a potential 12kW output cuts in whenever the weather permits to increase the temperature in the hot water cylinders and reduce the requirement from the lake-fed system. The PV panels arrayed in the walled garden with a total output of 32kW, serve a different purpose. Initially fed into St. Giles House’s electrical system [including of course meeting the electrical needs of the Viessmann heat pumps] the panels then provide an income via the Feed In Tariff [FIT] of 34.5p per kilowatt hour of electricity passed into the National Grid. The isoenergy remit to provide renewable resources for heating and hot water are clearly met and, thanks to the high efficiency rating of the heat pumps and superior insulation on the hot water cylinders, carbon emissions have also been sharply reduced. That leaves us with the energy savings to be expected when the house’s renovations are done and the system comes into full operation. The saving in fuel costs is confidently predicted to be around £16,000 per year, mainly from the underwater sourced heat pumps. That is impressive enough but when annual subsidies [partly estimated until the Renewable Heat Incentive Phase 2 is in place] of well over £21,000 are added, the figures are truly remarkable. It is always satisfying that renewable energy can be as efficient in centuries old buildings as in modern purpose built dwellings. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 60


BUPA’s Winter Air Curtain Cure

Heat Pump Sizing All Figured Out

The versatility and aesthetics of the Rund air curtain from JS Air Curtains has cured BUPA’s winter draught problems at the reception of its Health and Wellbeing UK offices in Staines. The attractive air curtain has been custom designed so it can be easily removed during the summer months when it isn’t required. Despite underfloor heating and the heat gains from the glass façade, the large reception atrium suffered from cold draughts during the winter as over 11,000 employees enter and exit the building through its revolving doors. JS Air Curtains’ solution was to vertically mount a 2.5m high, low temperature, hot water-heated Rund air curtain to the side of the entrance. The air curtain creates a warm air barrier across the inner opening of the doorway. This stops the revolving door acting like a slow moving fan, bringing in cold air with every turn. The Rund air curtain can be supplied in stainless steel or finished in any RAL colour, such as the light grey gloss chosen by BUPA.

With the increasing demand for Air Source Heat Pumps, the importance in sizing the correct product for installation has become a necessity. To help with this process Grant UK has launched two new design tools that can make both installers and merchants’ lives easier. The first basic calculator, known as the ‘Grant Quick Step Selector’ can provide a guide to the nearest Aerona, Air Source Heat Pump model suited to a particular property, simply by inputting basic information. The second more advanced system, aimed at installers, is known as the ‘Grant Heat Loss Calculator’. This is used for a more thorough analysis of the property’s needs, eliminating potential errors at quotation stage.To benefit from these useful tools installers would first need to attend the Grant G-One Aerona Air Source Heat Pump course allowing them to become a Grant Accredited Heat Pump Installer. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 62


Troldtekt Helps R&D Centre Take The LEED

Air Conditioning Advancement At QHotels Ltd QHotels, the four star hotel chain, has upgraded a number of rooms with the latest climate control technology. After trials at two hotels, an environmentally friendly, compact system supplied by Servcool has been installed at the Chesford Grange Hotel located in Warwickshire. A rapid response was required to provide air conditioning for Olympic football teams who stayed at QHotels’ Chesford Grange Hotel. The Servcool Easifit Climatrol 07 Heat Pump and Air Conditioner system was selected and installed in 105 rooms. Trials at QHotels’ Nottingham Belfry and Hellidon Lakes preceded the order: these confirmed low capital cost, rapid installation and reduced down-time and loss of room revenue. Key product features include simple plug in to a 13 amp electrical socket and a sealed refrigeration unit which eliminates the cost and inconvenience of annual checks by refrigeration engineers. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 64

Vestas Technology’s new R&D Centre in western Jutland is the first LEED building in Denmark to achieve certification in the platinum category. Designed by architects Aarhus Arkitekterne a/s, the latest building technology and materials have been used to create the most sustainable building as possible. This includes ceilings formed with Troldtekt acoustic panels and Troldtekt lighting installed together. To facilitate easy specification and to help architects and specifiers obtain LEED status for their projects, Troldtekt offers LEED assessors a free and comprehensive range of ready-to-use packages with thorough documentation and information for the relevant LEED criteria. They also provide similar packages for BREEM and DGNB assessors. Troldtekt’s lighting comprises a range of recessed spotlights plus round and linear fittings specially designed for installation within Troldtekt acoustic panels. Troldtekt acoustic panels are made from 100% natural wood fibres mixed with cement. Their benefits include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 63

Universal Dimmer Is KNX UK Product Of The Year The Universal Dimming Actuator from KNX UK member Theben is the KNX UK Association Product of the Year 2012. It has solved the problem of designing LED lighting systems in a world where there is no agreed standard for LED drivers. It leaves designers free to choose lighting from any manufacturer, mixing and matching to build the best solution for each application. This is, after all, the core principle and purpose of the KNX open protocol. One of the key challenges for KNX systems designers is the dimming of LED lights. There is no agreed standard for the design of LED drivers, which has made specifying a universal device to control dimmable LED lighting challenging. The new Universal Dimming Actuators provide step less dimming using optimised dimming curves included in the KNX ETS configuration software, and new dimming curves can be imported via the ETS as they become available. A useful feature is that, at the time of installation, dimming can be manually tested using push buttons on the front of the device before the KNX bus is connected. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 65

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Securistyle Helps Shape Shanghai’s Future It has been well documented that China’s economy has been growing firmly. Securistyle has long been exporting its products to China and beyond, where they have helped provide safe, secure and well ventilated buildings for a variety of projects. Tongji University in Shanghai, for example, has benefitted from Securistyle’s Parallel Plus Hinge system. This particular building is home to the Teaching and Science Research departments, and project architects Tjad-Tong Architectural Design decided they would benefit from the king of practical and well ventilated facility the Parallel Plus could help provide. The 55,000m2 building was fitted with the Parallel Plus hinges to allow optimum ventilation through an open window, whilst also restricting the opening in order to ensure high levels of safety and security. Securistyle’s Parallel Plus is produced from 304 grade stainless steel austenitic stainless steel which provides increased strength and guaranteed long-term resistance to corrosion. It is also covered by a 12-year guarantee. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 67

To arrange a visit or for a brochure call us now on 0333 8000 881. Buy Online at STOCK ROOFLIGHTS DELIVERED WITHIN 48 HOURS! Alu-Timber EFT Curtain Walling


The next innovation from timber/aluminium facade supplier, AluTimber, is now available. Alu-Timber EFT is a 60mm curtain wall system which offers Capped, 2sided Structural Glazing with vertical or horizontal capping, and 4sided Structural Glazing. Alu-Timber EFT provides thermally efficient Larch timber with time tested aluminium for protection. The inherent properties of timber provide two advantages: high strength as well as low U- values, ensuring that partners can meet the demands of future carbon reduction plans. As standard, Alu-Timber EFT is available in Larch engineered timber. For design flexibility, Alu-Timber offers a palette of timber species. The external aluminium can be finished in a myriad of polyester powder colours or anodising. Flushglaze with PV Walk on Flushglaze Circular Flushglaze Cells


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New Addition To Schueco Aws Open Out Window System Is Super-Insulated The tried-and-tested AWS range of outward-opening aluminium windows from Schueco UK has now been extended by the addition of a new system, the Schueco AWS 75.SI. This new window offers superb design flexibility and benefits from a number of optimised features which help it set new standards in thermal insulation. With a facewidth of 111 mm, Schueco AWS 75.SI can achieve a Uf value of 1.3 W/(m2K) and a Uw value as low as 0.91 W(m2K), figures which will not only comfortably exceed the new Document L 2013 regulations but which make it one of the highest performing aluminium outwardopening window systems in the UK. In addition, the new window offers excellent security thanks to Schueco’s own multi-point locking system. Large vent sizes are possible with the new Schueco AWS 75.SI window, with top-hung vents up to 2 m x 2 m (maximum 130 kg) and side-hung vents up to 1.45 m x 1.9 m (maximum 90 kg), allowing large areas of openable ventilation. The generous weight capacity of the concealed friction hinges or optional butt hinges, combined with the robust frame profiles, means that both double- and triple-glazed units may be accommodated. With an almost unlimited choice of vent/fixed light combinations, the windows are ideally suited for punched openings, window walls or for insertion into Schueco façades where maximum areas of daylight and thermal insulation are required. email ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 69

Prince Charles Given A Thermally Efficient Welcome In Stoke When HRH Prince Charles walked through the entrance to the CoOperative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent in Tunstall it is unlikely he knew he was walking through one of the most thermally efficient commercial doors on the market, Jack Aluminium’s Jack Door TD68. The Prince of Wales visited the academy to meet students taking part in the Prince’s Trust Industrial Cadets scheme, set up to promote careers in manufacturing. Jack Aluminium’s high usage Jack Door TD68 was chosen for the £23M construction project by Duplus Architectural Systems, the glazing and curtain walling contractor for the development. Jack Door TD68 aluminium door and framing system can achieve a 1.7 U-value, making it one of the most thermally efficient commercial doors available. The door achieves excellent energy efficiency through innovative profile design and the inclusion of a thermally broken threshold. Designed as a high throughput door, it can take electric strike opening as standard and, as specified for the academy, an optional automatic door header bar making it ideal for frequent foot traffic or disabled access. Picture courtesy of Staffordshire Sentinel News & Media Peter Gregory, MD of Duplus Architectural Systems says: “In total we installed 20 of Jack Aluminium’s Jack Door TD68, including two pairs in the imposing glazed entrance. We chose Jack Door TD68 because it solved a number of the problems associated with high usage applications. As well as thermal efficiency, other benefits of the door like high security accreditation to PAS023 and PAS024 were also important. ” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 70

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Technal Windows And Curtain Walling For New Flagship School Of Medicine In Cardiff A new flagship medical education centre in Cardiff features aluminium curtain walling options and casement window systems from Technal. Designed by Powell Dobson Architects and built by Vinci Construction UK, The Cochrane Building accommodates the School of Medicine on Cardiff University’s Heath Park Campus at the University Hospital of Wales. It is now one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK, home to over 3,000 students and staff, and is a major international centre for medical teaching and research. The brief for the project was to bring all the school’s departments together in a single location and to create an exciting and vibrant place for learning. The age and condition of the previous facilities on the Heath Park campus and a steep increase in student numbers had led to an acute shortage of suitable facilities for medical professionals. The new building is designed around a central atrium and features extensive use of Technal’s GEODEMX curtain walling to allow high levels of natural light into the centre of the building. The capped visible grid option was specified for the main entrance and the top two floors of this six-storey scheme. Structural glazing with a mechanical toggle rather than silicone bonding was used for the full height stair towers at the ends of the atrium, which provided a seamless, flush finish and an effective contrast to the capped curtain walling in the other areas. Ribbon glazing on some elevations and opening vents in the curtain walling were created from Technal’s FXi65 projecting side and top hung window systems. These allow the building to be naturally ventilated, drawing fresh air in through the exterior façades. A distinctive feature for the building envelope is a series of staggered aluminium panels finished in a bright lime green. These units were fixed into the window or curtain walling frames and provide a lively accent to the scheme’s otherwise neutral palette of gun metal grey and white render. Commenting on the glazing specification for the project, Mark Jones, Project Architect at Powell Dobson Architects, said, “Lots of natural light and good levels of natural ventilation were central to the design of this building – and


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the curtain walling and window systems were key to delivering that. We are impressed with the Technal products and would definitely consider using them again on other projects.” Fabricated and installed by Vision 2000, the Technal systems were polyester powder coated in dark grey and glazed in grey tinted solar control glass. Passive ventilation louvres were also inserted into the window frames on one elevation. One of the challenges for this project was its highly restricted hospital site with no room for material storage. The Vision team overcame this with a phased delivery and installation programme and the use of Technal products that are designed to reduce time on site. As this project demonstrates, Technal’s GEODE-MX curtain walling can be used to create a wide variety of architectural compositions from a single grid system – low to high rise façades, horizontal or vertical emphasis, and ribbon, structural, faceted, beaded and sloped glazing. Technal’s FXi65 casement window system, which is fully compatible with GEODE-MX curtain walling, features curved profiles and delivers superior thermal efficiency using a 19mm flush polyamide thermal break and innovative gasket detailing to meet or exceed the latest Building Regulations. It can accommodate 17mm up to 48mm glazing units for wider choice to provide additional thermal or acoustic performance. Configuration options include fixed lights, top, side and bottom hung, tilt/turn and tilt/slide. The 6,300 sqm Cochrane Building is a low energy building that is designed to BREEAM ‘excellent’ aspirations. Its design includes elements such as passive ventilation, a building envelope for minimal air leakage, good natural light, energy-efficient lighting and controls, solar shading, high levels of insulation, a green roof, solar water heating and high efficiency boilers. The scheme is designed as three interlinked areas unified by two atrium spaces. It accommodates a twin-storey inter-professional library, stateof-the-art clinical skills simulation training facilities for medical students, postgraduate teaching areas, seminar space, student support services, group study rooms and an innovative ‘learning hub’. For further information about Technal’s portfolio of aluminium curtain walling, commercial window, door, low rise façade and solar shading systems, visit or call 01924 232323. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 71


Minimalist Entrance At De Soutter Medical HQ A RIBA Design award nominee, the corporate headquarters of De Soutter Medical features a prestigious, curved automatic entrance system designed and installed by TORMAX UK Ltd. Delivering an entrance up to 40% larger than linear sliding doors, these contemporary 180° glass doors create a strong architectural statement whilst maximising available space to ensure smooth through-flow of pedestrian traffic. Reliability is ensured with the doors being driven by the technologically advanced TORMAX 2201 operator. Measuring just 142 x 100mm, this slim unit is easily concealed within the circular casing, maintaining the aesthetics of the entrance. De Soutter Medical is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of powered medical devices. The £4.56m headquarters in Buckinghamshire is a purpose-built facility that combines high quality office space with an extensive manufacturing resource. Enhancing the working environment, the development includes considerable external works and landscaping. Further emphasising this commitment to staff, the TORMAX curved entrance confers a high level of professionalism from the moment people arrive. Offering exceptional safety and security, the TORMAX 2201 operator incorporates an emergency opening system that reacts with split-second timing when an obstruction is encountered on closing. A substantial electromechanical bolt offers a solid and secure locking mechanism, effectively reducing the risk of break-ins. With simple keypad operation, the opening and closing speeds and hold-open time of the curved entrance can quickly and easily be adapted to match foot traffic and weather conditions, minimising heat loss from the building and successfully contributing to a more sustainable working environment. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 72

Professor Yi Captures The ‘Spirit Of The Location’ At 150Th Jubilee Celebration Against the spectacular background of Tower Bridge and the Shard, Professor Eun Young Yi shared his controversial architectural perspective on the London skyline at GEZE UK’s exclusive evening reception. More than 150 architects gathered on the deck of HMS Admiral Landside, enjoying drinks, canapés and an inspirational view, before listening to Professor Yi’s theory about a simple, more spiritual approach to new architecture. “If we look at the phenomenon of the architecture today, we can find a growing degree of disorientation,” explained Yi. “What we have to create is architecture which stays true to its essence and its implicitness. We can only make our world beautiful and admirable with such aesthetics.” The evening began with introductions by GEZE UK’s managing director Kaz Spiewakowski and GEZE’s worldwide managing director for sales, Michael Leuchte, before Professor Yi took to the stage for a 45 minute presentation of his work, including the famous Stuttgart City Library. Outlining the cultural and historical significance of the Stuttgart station area, Yi explained his inspiration for the monolithic design. Unpeeling the building’s layers through a series of pictures, he was able to show its links to classical architecture, ranging from Pantheon to Forum. A large section model of the Library, shipped from Germany specifically for GEZE UK’s event was a big draw for architects and architectural students alike. GEZE’s role in the development of Stuttgart City Library did not go unnoticed. One knowledgeable guest took the opportunity to ask Professor Yi how he felt about the quality of the door closers used throughout the building. Without hesitation, Yi replied: “GEZE has the highest standards and products are of excellent quality. We only had one problem – and that was with one of GEZE’s competitor’s products. We changed the specification to GEZE!” Reflecting on the event, Kaz Spiewakowski said: “Professor Yi is a fascinating and inspirational architect, who was delighted to share his vision and beliefs with architects in the UK. My team were also able to spend time with many existing customers and I hope, a few new ones, which will help us further improve our service and understanding of their needs in the future. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 150 years of GEZE expertise than in the company of such aspirational and creative people.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 73

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Sectional Wicket Door Option From Hรถrmann Combining form and function, a sectional garage door with an integral wicket door is another example of engineering excellence from Hรถrmann. Available as an option with both automatic and manually operated doors, this hinged door, within the sectional garage door, allows easy access without the need for a separate side entrance. Sales of sectional doors continue to rise as more homes benefit from the added insulation and security they can provide. The wicket doors adds to their convenience and reduces the need to fully open the door, helping to minimise heat loss. The attention to detail includes Hรถrmann's unique trip free threshold. This stainless steel threshold strip is only 5mm high at each edge rising to 10mm in the centre and features adjustable double seals to compensate for uneven floors. Innovation continues with patented finger trap protection across the wicket door, its frame and the entire sectional door. Colour choice is not restricted when a wicket door is specified, with 15 standard colours to chose from, along with the choice of any RAL colour as an option. The wicket door frame can be supplied as anodised, in a neutral colour, or to match the main door panel. Additionally this door is available in a range Decograin timber effect finishes. To further compliment the insulation values, when choosing the wicket door, you can add Hรถrmann's ThermoFrame. ThermoFrame is a simple device that creates a thermal break between the building and the door frame, improving thermal efficiency by a dramatic 15%. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 74


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Glassolutions Provides Shorter Lead Times For Emalit® Evolution

Bowater Produces High-End Read For Door Ranges

Lead-free toughened enamelled glass EMALIT® EVOLUTION can now be manufactured into sealed units in a range of 11 standard colours in 10 days, as a result of a £50,000 investment in new production facilities by GLASSOLUTIONS. EMALIT® EVOLUTION is used primarily for external façades in insulated spandrels or cladding panels in non-vision areas for an aesthetically clean appearance. The new production capability means that as well as the standard range of 11 colours, bespoke colours and colour-matching services are available, enabling most colours to be replicated. Standard sizes are 200mm x 200mm to 1600mm x 3000mm, although larger sizes are available on request. EMALIT® EVOLUTION is an opaque coloured glass, produced by uniformly enamelling one side of the glass. The enamel is free from lead and other dangerous metals making it more environmentally friendly and totally recyclable.

Bowater Doors – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of energy-efficient composite doors and a company of the VEKA UK Group – has boosted its marketing support for fabricators and installers with a number of comprehensive and detailed brochures that outline the benefits homeowners can gain through fitting a Bowater composite door. There are three brochures and an in-depth commercial spec guide to support the newly relaunched Bowater collection. Customers can use the new, beautifully-designed suite of brochures to choose their door or visit, where they can follow the simple step-by-step stages to design their own door and can even upload a picture of their home to see how the new door would look once fitted.


New Heritage Door From Smart

Smaller, Smarter Levolan Compact and modular, the brand new Levolan 60 manual sliding door system for interior use with Smart fix is coming to the UK this summer, and is already a hit with European designers. GEZE UK’s Levolan 60 has been developed specifically for lighter doors of 60kg or less, using small fittings integrated into an extremely slim 50mm-high runner and entirely hidden from view. Suitable for wood, glass or metal door leaves, this latest addition to the Levolan range is small, stylish and simple to install. Also available with GEZE’s special damping system, Levolan 60 SoftStop is one of the safest systems of its kind on the market. The sliding door leaves are guided gently and safely into the end position, with no more banging into the frame or the buffer. The risk of fingers being trapped is almost totally excluded. The lift protection is activated as soon as the door leaf is hung, automatically providing further safety.

The new Alitherm Heritage door from Smart Architectural Aluminium offers a modern solution to the problem of replacing traditional steel-framed doors. The door sits alongside Smart’s established Evolution window range, echoing the systems’ elegant lines and robust performance. Designed specifically to replicate the slim profiles of traditional steel windows and doors, Alitherm Heritage is ideal for sensitive planning areas and for heritage, renovation and refurbishment projects where traditional steel doors and windows have to be replaced. Providing all the advantages of modern, thermally-broken aluminium profiles, the door delivers a U Value of 1.8 W/m²K when installed with a suitable sealed unit. Suitable for both single and double door application, Alitherm Heritage doors are available in a wide range of colours and finishes and in sizes up to 2,100mm x 900mm. All doors are supplied with a traditional single point lock mechanism and face mounted finger thrown locking bolts. For more information visit or call the company’s support team on 01934 876 100. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 77

Halo Is Proud To Hit A New Low! Halo's new window system is unlike anything else currently available on the UK PVC-U market. The pioneering window system supplier has unveiled the 'TwinSash' which can achieve a U-value of 0.38 W/m²K and reduce noise levels by around 50dB. This level of performance is reached by using triple-glazed, krypton-filled units and foam-filled sections. Amazingly, it can even achieve extremely low U values using what is considered to be the industry's most cost-effective combination of components; using two 28mm double glazed IGUs (air filled, float glass and aluminium spacer bar) the TwinSash can still achieve an impressive U-value of just 1.2. Thanks to its enviable level of energyefficiency, TwinSash is one of the only PVC-U window systems to meet the requirements for Passivhaus. Designed with versatility in mind, the TwinSash can offer a combination of open-in/open-out casements along with Tilt 'n' Turn windows. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 79


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Wrightstyle And A Terrorist Perspective Wrightstyle, the leading UK steel glazing company, supplies glass and glazing systems worldwide to mitigate against fire or ballistic and bomb attack. In the wake of the Boston and London atrocities, Denis Wright, Wrightstyle’s Chairman, provides a perspective. Over the past few months terrorism has been much in the news, from the Boston marathon bombings to the murder of a British soldier in London. In the Middle East, Shia and Sunni strife continues to exact a tragic and heavy toll. Recent revelations about the USA’s Prism metadata gathering system have only added to the impression that the terrorist threat is growing, with a renewed debate on civil and individual liberties in the digital age. But it’s also worth reminding ourselves of the facts. According to an influential US security blogger, you are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack, and 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack. And as an echo of 9/11, you are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane. One of the most authoritative sources on terrorism is the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) which maintains statistical information on an unclassified database, the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS). 054

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INCIDENTS OF TERRORISM, WORLDWIDE 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Attacks worldwide 14,415 11,663 10,968 11,641 10,283 Attacks resulting in at least 1 death, injury or kidnapping 11,085 8,361 7,874 8,259 7,453 Attacks resulting in the death of at least 10 individuals 353 234 236 193 193 Attacks resulting in the death of at least 1 individual 7,229 5,040 4,761 4,704 4,502 Attacks resulting in the death of only 1 individual 3,982 2,870 2,695 2,691 2,550 Attacks resulting in the death of 0 individuals 7,186 6,623 6,207 6,937 5,781 Attacks resulting in the injury of at least 1 individual 6,231 4,831 4,530 4,724 4,333 Attacks resulting in the kidnapping of at least 1 individual 1,156 948 882 1,118 795 People killed, injured or kidnapped as a result of terrorism, worldwide 71,803 54,290 58,720 49,928 43,990 People killed as a result of terrorism, worldwide 22,720 15,709 15,311 13,193 12,533 People injured as a result of terrorism, worldwide 44,103 33,901 32,660 30,684 25,903 People kidnapped as a result of terrorism, worldwide 4,980 4,680 10,749 6,051 5,554

Over 10,000 terrorist attacks occurred in 2011, affecting nearly 45,000 victims in 70 countries and resulting in over 12,500 deaths. The total number of worldwide attacks in 2011, however, was almost 12% lower than in 2010 and nearly 29% down on 2007. According to the US State Department, in 2012, terrorist attacks occurred in 85 countries although, as in recent years, over half of all attacks (55%), fatalities


(62%) and injuries (65%) took place only in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. As the US State Department makes clear: “we are facing a more decentralised and geographically dispersed terrorist threat” as military operations continue to weaken terror group leaderships and organisation. The attacks in Boston and London probably support that assessment. Countering the terrorist threat is, of course, a matter for the intelligence and military communities, backed by long-term and pragmatic political policies. You can’t defeat political and religious ideology by military force alone. However, we have to recognise that terrorism does pose an international threat, particularly from explosive devices, and in that context, a first objective of governments worldwide is to remove explosives from their arsenal.

However, what many architects and specifiers don’t realise is that the glass and glazing industries have been fighting back, to rewrite the rules on stand-off distances and, specifically, on the danger posed by flying glass. At Wrightstyle, we have devoted considerable resource to developing and testing our high-specification systems. Importantly, our advanced systems, designed to withstand ballistic or bomb attack, have been tested as one integrated assembly because, if the worst happens, the glass will only be as safe as its framing system – and vice versa. Real testing is important because computer simulations can only tell you so much. Much better, if you’re testing a glazing system against a bomb attack, to put a bomb beside that system, blow it up, and see what happens.

In terms of the glass and glazing industry, it would be wrong to assume that high explosive alone is the main cause of death and injury when a bomb detonates. In urban areas, between 80-85% of all secondary blast injuries are caused by flying glass. When a bomb detonates, it produces gases at very high temperatures. This in turn leads to a rapid expansion of air and the creation of a shock wave travelling at supersonic speeds. The shock wave lasts only a few milliseconds and is then followed by an equally sudden but longer-lasting drop in pressure. It’s the enormous impact of the shock wave and the subsequent suction that shatters the glass and distorts the framing. Overall, blast injuries result in mortality ranging between 7.8% in open air to 49% in a confined space. A majority of victims (70%) will sustain soft tissue injury, and traumatic amputations will occur in approximately 11% of cases. Most people killed or badly injured in a blast involving high-order explosives (HE) are affected by either primary or secondary blast injuries. Primary HE blast injuries are caused by high-pressure gases from the explosion rapidly expanding to produce a supersonic blast wave. This has devastating effects on human air-filled tissue, particularly the lungs and gastrointestinal tract. Primary blast injuries are generally fatal. Secondary blast injuries caused by flying objects, for example glass fragments, are much more common than primary blast injuries and are the most usual cause of death in blast victims. The penetrating injuries occur most often in the exposed areas of the body such as the head, neck, and extremities. For example, in New York on 9/11, 15,500 windows were damaged within a mile of Ground Zero – nearly 9,000 within half that distance. Many injuries were glass-related. The NCTC provides some stand-off guidelines: Bomb Threat Stand-Off Distances Threat Description Explosives Capacity Building Outdoor Evacuation 1 (TNT Equivalent) Evacuation Distance2 Distance3 Pipe Bomb 5LBS/2.3KG 70FT/21M 850FT/259M Briefcase/Suitcase Bomb 50LBS/23KG 150FT/46M 1,850FT/564M Compact Sedan 500LBS/227KG 320FT/98M 1,500FT/457M Sedan 1,000LBS/454KG 400FT/122M 1,750FT/533M Passenger/Cargo Van 4,000LBS/1,814KG 600FT/183M 2,750FT/838M Small Moving Van/Delivery Truck 10,000LBS/4,536KG 860FT/262M 3,750FT/1,143M Moving Van/Water Truck 30,000LBS/13,608KG 1,240FT/378M 6,500FT/1,981M Semi-Trailer 60,000LBS/27,216KG 1,500FT/457M 7,000FT/2,134M

That’s what we did, at an independent UK test facility inside a secure RAF base. First we detonated a charge of 500 kg of TNT-equivalent explosive adjacent to the glazing system. That’s the size of a lorry bomb. We immediately followed that with a simulated car bomb attack (100 kg of TNT). The lorry bomb was detonated 75 metres from the test rig and the car bomb was detonated at a distance of 20 metres, producing a higher loading on the façade. Both tests were equally successful. Reinforcing the importance of integration, the Wrightstyle system’s strength was achieved through a glazing technique that bonds the glass to its framing support, so that in an explosion the components work together to safely absorb the shock and retain the glazing elements. Also importantly, the Wrightstyle system looks exactly the same as ordinary curtain walling – making it impossible to tell if a building has been bombproofed. In the glass and glazing industries, we have successfully achieved new levels of fire, ballistic and bomb safety, and are therefore making our built environment safer and more resilient. At Wrightstyle, our systems are increasingly being specified internationally, underlining our significant investment in design and manufacturing technologies. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 80

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New Innovation For Schueco Super-Insulated Façade System Provides Economic Solution A new innovation from leading UK building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, is the FW 50+ SG.SI, a large-scale, aluminium, structural glazing façade system which combines an attractive flush-fitted appearance with outstanding insulation values. The Schueco FW 50+ SG.SI optimises thermal insulation through the use of double - or triple - glazing up to 64 mm thick with enhanced isolator technology and features a new economical option for fixing the glass units to the aluminium structure. This new fixing option can also be used with existing Schueco SG façades. Another innovation is a new cruciform glazing support system that means the façade can accommodate glass units up to 2.6 metres wide and 4.2 metres high and weighing up to 650 kg. An apparently seamless all-glass external appearance is achieved by means of slender, flush-fitted, wet-sealed joints, the profiles being visible only from the inside. As an alternative, it is possible to give the façade a semi-structural look if required. Integrated Schueco AWS 102 top-hung and parallel vents are available with either manual or motor driven opening, depending on size. New vents, designated Schueco AWS 114 SG.SI, will be introduced in autumn 2013. These will allow glass dimensions up to 1500 mm wide x 3600 mm high or 2700 mm wide x 2500 mm high with a maximum weight of 250 kg. email ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 81


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Contraflam® Provides Fire Safety Assurance In Iconic Building’s New Atrium A stunning glass atrium in the newly opened £85 million extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has been created using CONTRAFLAM® fully insulating clear, fire-resistant safety glass manufactured by GLASSOLUTIONS Solaglas. Installed by leading façade designer and contractor Charles Henshaw & Sons, the fire rated glass atrium provides protection from the first floor through to the roof level, and helps to create a light and spacious area. The extension to one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings was designed by BDP Architects and completed by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, with project management by Mace Group. Manufactured by GLASSOLUTIONS Solaglas, in conjunction with sister-company Vetrotech, at their dedicated Coventry production facility, two formats of CONTRAFLAM were supplied for the EICC project to suit the different requirements within the new atrium. Henshaw installed 1,500m2 of EI30 CONTRAFLAM (30 minute integrity and insulation) in screens within the main atrium and 250m2 of EI60 CONTRAFLAM (60 minutes integrity and insulation) in screens on the ground floor areas. In addition to the CONTRAFLAM glazing, GLASSOLUTIONS also supplied designed, manufactured and installed five rooflights, one of which is used in the roof of the atrium, utilising SGG COOL-LITE® solar control glass. Graham Chung, sales director at Henshaw said: “The EICC was already a landmark Edinburgh building, but the impressive new extension makes it very special and it’s a project we’re proud to have been involved with. CONTRAFLAM has enabled us to meet the brief extremely well thanks to the unique unit construction that utilises toughened glass which assisted in meeting the guarding loads and acoustic reduction value.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 83

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DuPont Building Innovations Joins The Power Matters Alliance DuPont Building Innovations to champion embedding wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces used in furnishings for the home and public spaces. DuPont Building Innovations has joined the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and is working with other PMA members on wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets that can be effectively integrated into worktops made with DuPont™ Corian® solid surface. “The next phase in wireless power is seeing it embedded into surfaces used for furnishing solutions,” said Ron Resnick, President of PMA. “DuPont has been driving innovation for decades in the area of advanced materials. DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is a globally renowned premium solution in the markets of furnishing and interior design, both commercial and residential. The collaboration between PMA and DuPont Building Innovations marks another step forward in the PMA’s vision to make smart wireless power a ubiquitous part of our lives.” PMA was founded by Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble in 2012 and its board also includes representatives of AT&T, Duracell, Starbucks and the U.S. Government’s Energy Star (non-voting).


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“We are excited to join the PMA and demonstrate once again the ‘endless evolution’ capabilities of DuPont™ Corian® solid surface for creating the furnishing solutions of tomorrow,” said Ruslan Yusupov, global marketing director of DuPont Building Innovations. “We have been exploring the right technologies and partners for integrating wireless power into specific applications of DuPont™ Corian®, and we have found both in the PMA. We recognise that wireless power is fundamental for the further development of our mobile society, and we look forward to combining it with the design versatility and beauty of DuPont™ Corian® solid surface. For decades, surfaces made with DuPont™ Corian® have brought superior functionality and style into homes and public spaces. Now we aim to bring this level of performance to new heights, while meeting the emerging needs of industries and consumers to remain powered up throughout the day.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 84


Altro Floors And Walls Help Create BREEAM ‘Oustanding’ Co-0p Headquarters Altro floors and walls have been installed in the Co-operative Group’s new £100m beehive-inspired headquarters in Manchester, helping to create one of the most innovative and sustainable buildings in Europe. Designed by architect 3D Reid and built by BAM Construction, the structure uses a range of energyefficient features, ranging from a trio of giant earth tubes to a ventilated double-skin glass façade. These have helped the new Co-op building achieve the highest BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ score of any UK office.

for safety in wet and greasy conditions where frequent spillage is likely. Ideal for commercial kitchens, it boasts Altro’s highest rating for slip resistance. It minimises slip resistance in areas of heavy traffic and offers long-term durability and ease of cleaning. The 3mm thickness helps noise reduction and provides comfort and strength underfoot. It also contains a bacteriostat to inhibit the growth of bacteria, contributing to hygiene standards and reducing the risk of cross-infection.

Altro flooring and walling products can contribute towards a BREEAM assessment via the materials category, with many achieving the top A+ rating. All Altro safety flooring is 100% recyclable preinstallation, with some being 100% recyclable post-use. Altro safety flooring contains postconsumer waste as an integral raw material. The Co-op appointed Prime Design Shopfitters to specify floors and walls for the building’s new kitchens, and they recommended Altro products.

John Vann added: “For the kitchen walls, we had no hesitation in specifying Altro WhiterockTM wall cladding. This is a very popular and affordable surface that is easy to clean and low maintenance; plus it looks good too.”

Design consultant Jon Vann said: “We know and trust Altro products and recommend them for 98% of our projects. The quality is second to none and the service is always spot on. “For the kitchen floors throughout the building I specified Altro StrongholdTM 30 heavy duty safety flooring. The kitchens could see a lot of water underfoot, and this flooring offers superb slip resistance and long-term tolerance in those conditions.” It was also specified for general store areas within the building, providing a safe, durable surface. Altro Stronghold 30 is a 3mm-thick flooring designed

Altro Whiterock is a cost-effective sheet extruded from a high quality, food safe PVCu polymer for operating temperatures up to 60o. It is easy to clean, impact resistant and grout-free. It meets all current EU Directives on health and hygiene.The Altro Whiterock wall cladding was installed by MGD Specialist Interior Finishes. John Abbott Flooring installed the Altro Stronghold 30 in general stores, kitchens and tea areas across all floors, laying down 537m2 overall. Altro’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing was recognised with the Arup Award for Sustainable Manufacturing at the 2012 Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Altro is one of two founder members of Recofloor – the vinyl flooring industry’s take back scheme for post-use vinyl – which launched in September 2009. As the first manufacturer capable of recycling safety flooring in-house, Altro collects and recycles all the safety flooring on behalf of Recofloor, irrespective of manufacturer. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 85

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‘Reface Not Replace’ Experts Move Out Of The Kitchen Kitchen cabinet refacing, where the original units are upgraded with brand new worktop overlays, replacement doors and drawer fronts, is booming in the United States and this money-saving interior design trend has caught on strongly here too. So much so that kitchen makeover experts Granite Transformations, who pioneered the ‘reface not replace’ trend in this country, are broadening out their refurbishment options to include bathroom remodelling, utility rooms, garden buildings, outside living areas and patio barbecues. This expanded makeover portfolio, as well as exciting new products like mosaic splashbacks and hard flooring, are covered in their new range brochure, available by ringing 0800 044 5393 or downloading from their brand new, informative website at Despite the name, Granite Transformations are not just about transforming kitchens with their luxurious granite-based work surfaces. Their top-selling worktop is actually recycled glass, made from the used beer, wine and mineral water bottles that we discard, and they recycle. There are woodgrain and acrylic-faced replacement doors too, in a host of fashionable styles and colours. Whilst in the pipeline are earth-toned decorative surfaces produced from porcelain, one of the hardest substances on Earth, again made from recycled content, this time factory-fresh rejects rather than used sinks and bathtubs.


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Part of the Trend Group, the Italian-based international tilemaker known for its designer mosaics and handsome hard agglomerate flooring, Granite Transformations continually tap into their parent company’s product catalogue for further design inspiration. This includes their inimitable ‘mosaics on a mattress’ collection, for fitting over kitchen and bathroom tiles as splashbacks or shower liners, and elegant click-together flooring planks in quartz, granite and recycled glass finishes, for laying in kitchens and bathrooms. Nor is a wide choice of refacing materials, now extending to over 80 work surfaces, door and mosaic colours, the whole story. Through their growing network of showrooms and associated workshops, Granite Transformations’ tailor-make all their makeover materials off-site, then have them professionally installed by their factory-trained fitters, avoiding the mess, hassle and builder’s waste associated with new fitted units, and completing most projects in a day or so. With a slick makeover, homeowners can also look to save up to 50 per cent over new fitted kitchen and bathroom installations, justifying the growing trend to ‘reface not replace’. To request a copy of the new Granite Transformations range brochure, call 0800 044 5393, email or visit ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 86


AQUATIERE Launches Its Proportional Dosing Pumps And Equipment For Effective Whole System Scale Control And Removal Aquatiere are pleased to introduce its new range of Ecodose mechanical dosing pumps and systems for whole building use for drinking water, hot water and heating systems. Able to accurately dose at a maximum level of 5mg/litre these cost effective pumps and filter housings comply with EU directive 98/83/CE. Ecodose systems provide safe dosing of our unique blend of trisodium salts to ensure scale prevention and removal in all water quality environments. Additionally the liquid is suitable for drinking water and is also available in a biocidal form for legionella protection. Our mechanical pumps can deal with flow rates of 17 litres per minute and 42 litres per minute making them ideal for use on a direct heating system such as a combination boiler of megaflow cylinder. Our filter housing type dosing system is ideal for a whole house or commercial premises and will individually treat flow rates up to 62 litres per minute and fitted in parallel will treat much greater volumes. 1 litre of the dosing liquid (or the equivalent in granule form) will treat 50,000 litres of water at 3ppm. This level of dosing provides all of the benefits of traditional softened water (silky feel, less soap and detergent use). A big advantage of the Aquatiere dosing equipment is that no power is required, no water is wasted, they are very small and easy to fit. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 87

Kubex Showering You With Solutions –The Eclipse 800 Kubex UK Ltd., a UK based manufacturer, has been producing shower pods for over 20 years. A family runs business, it is now operating under Managing Director, Anthony Cook, who took over the ownership of the company from his father in 2011. Mr. Cook states “We have developed a fine reputation for a quality product at a great value for money. The range of shower pods is available via a network of stockists and retailers throughout the UK.” The latest addition to the range is the Eclipse 800, which reflects the polished expertise built up over those years. The Eclipse range arrives as an easily assembled and installed sectional pod, which once in situ offers a reassuringly low maintenance shower area that requires no tiling or grouting. A high gloss finish and smooth curved lines allow for easy cleaning and the fact any mixer can be added allows the user to tailor their Kubex shower pod to their specific design wishes. With a footprint of 800mm square and standing at 2000mm tall when assembled, the Eclipse Range delivers a leak proof shower area which eliminates the issues faced with traditional construction methods. The GRP construction affords a lightweight yet strong and durable shell that due to the sectional nature of the Eclipse range enables access and installation into the tightest of spaces. This new Kubex shower unit is suited to a variety of installations including new build properties, en-suites or indeed any retro fit application. A choice of pivot or bi-fold door, a waste, trap and raising kit all accompany the Eclipse 800 to allow immediate installation and complete satisfaction. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 88

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Kubex ‘Kingston’ Pivot Shower Pod Pre-Assembled And Reliably Leakproof The new look Kingston Pivot Shower Pod from Kubex, being constructed in the company’s East Yorkshire facility, delivers a unique quick and simple to install shower cubicle, that requires no on-site assembly. Stylish modern lines, a semi frameless door and over 20 years of expertise combine to offer the optimum showering solution. Arriving ready for immediate installation and use, the unit will accept any mixer or electric shower, it is suitable for any floor construction with the addition of the legs and plinth kit included and requires no disruptive building works or timely assembly. The Kingston Pivot Shower Pod offers a choice of left hand or right hand pivot opening in toughened safety glass. With 22mm composite walls, integrated bottle shelf, riser rail and handset holder, installation can be completed in minutes. Measuring 785mmx705mm, the unit will pass through a standard 762mm door and is the ultimate retro-it shower pod available. The design and fabrication of a Kubex cubicle ensures the ultimate lightweight, rigid and robust shower pod fit for any application. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 89

Waterproof Shower Under-Tile By Marmox Ten Pilates, with five studios in some of the most prestigious areas in Central and West London have just opened a new studio in Hatton Garden which offers clients a dynamic energising exercise programme in the very smartest of surroundings. To maintain these high standards they instructed Main Contractor Boxx Projects to design and install five new shower cubicles, two for male users and three for female. Boxx’s plan for the new cubicles naturally started with basics – a means of providing a fully waterproof under-tile layer with high thermal insulation. Lightweight, easily handled Marmox Showerlay sheets perfectly answered these criteria and also offered ample strength to support the heaviest of floor tiles. Showerlay is manufactured with a polystyrene core and a doublereinforced surface compatible with all major tile adhesives. For the Ten Pilates contract preformed Showerlay sheets 1000mm square proved ideal and their built-in thin stainless steel sheet completely protected the centrally placed drains. The shower cubicle design at the Hatton Garden studio is delightful, with large-headed power showers set in well-appointed light coloured cubicles floored with anti-slip white mosaic tiles and the shower cubicle walls are in Newstone Beige tiles. The shower room itself has walls in a white finish with large matching floor tiles of Rock Anthracite installed by Tilers Trade Direct. Boxx’s attention to detail is underlined by the cubicles’ stainless steel central drainage grills made by Aqua Innovations, where the design incorporates the Ten Pilates logo with ‘TEN’ in large capitals at the bottom. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 90


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Mapei Provide Sleek And Stylish Flooring System To New Restaurant Chain

Pressalit Care Introduces Its Select Washbasin With Optional Height Adjustment

A system of products from Mapei’s Resin & Cementitious Flooring line have been utilised in the refurbishment of the new Red Hot Buffet World restaurant in Nottingham. Mapei’s cementitious flooring system Ultratop was ideal for the renovation of the old night club building, transforming the existing concrete and ply wood substrates. Flooring contractors, Bill Construction, used Mapei’s Primer SN, a twocomponent epoxy primer, followed by a selection of colours from Mapei’s Ultratop range, including; Standard, Rust Red, Light Grey, White and Anthracite. The system was then completed using Mapei’s Mapecrete Stain Protection and Mapelux Lucida, a double-reticulation, highstrength, shiny wax. This complete system ensured that the 2,000m2 cementitious flooring, which was installed throughout the dining areas, reception, toilets and back of house, was finished to an extremely high standard.

Integrated handrails are a key feature of the new Select washbasin from Pressalit Care, leaders in the design of flexible bathroom furnishings. Ergonomically styled, the new washbasin has the option of being fitted with a discreet, height adjustable basin bracket for maximum flexibility. he two integrated handles at the front of the Select basin provide a safe and secure grip for users wanting to support themselves while standing, or to manoeuvre themselves while seated. The shallow design of the bowl means that users are able to get close in to operate the tap, and wheelchairs can be easily positioned without obstruction. To prevent water spillage, the Select washbasin features raised edges along the back and sides. Manufactured from coated marble, the basin is hygienic and easy to clean. At 600mm wide, the basin is suitable for bathrooms requiring optimal use of space. It can withstand a maximum weight of 200kg.



Redring Gets Active With New Shower Range Redring has announced the latest addition to its shower offering with the launch of the new Active range of instantaneous electric showers. The new range has been restyled with a modern and sleek new look, whilst remaining affordable. The range consists of the Active and Active Plus. Both models are available in 7.2kW or 8.5kW options for a wide range of installation applications. For ease of installation, Active and the Active Plus showers have right hand side, multiple entry connection options – top, bottom or rear. Both models feature also feature a removable corner section to ensure a straightforward installation. The Active and Active Plus both feature separate rotary power selection and flow/ temperature controls, ensuring end users can easily choose the settings to suit their needs.

Laminate Helps Transform Stunning Interior The Vault is a stunning new Data Centre in Bootle near Liverpool offering data colocation and workplace solutions. transition into one of the most modern data facilities in the north-west, the doors, cubicles and conference room desks have all been clad with ‘Stars’ laminate from ABET LAMINATI. Hundreds of sheets of Stars laminate were used throughout the building to complement the ultra-modern feel and appearance of the interior. Stars is a range of six metallic speckles with a Lucida or Mandarin finish. The sheets are imbued with photosensitive particles which catch the light and shimmer to create a stunning visual effect coupled with an easy to clean and highly durable surface. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 94


The ‘Bio’ Collection From Compac – Naturally The Nature ‘Bio’ Collection from COMPAC is one of the best kitchen and bathroom quartz worksurface ranges on the market. This exciting range, the first to use BIO resins from renewable organic material, offers exceptional hardness, resistance to abrasion, impact and acids and is extremely easy to clean. The Nature ‘Bio’ Collection and has been created with a perfect finish, depth of grain and uniformity of textures and colours. Available in 7 stunning colours including Perlino with its unique veined finish (featured in photograph), standard 3m lengths and a range of thicknesses, the Nature Collection is so resistant, stable and long-lasting that COMPAC are able to offer consumers a Lifetime Warranty. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 95

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Introducing Contemporary Display Cabinets And Counters From The Shopkit Group Design, innovation, attention to detail and high quality manufacture are the core values of the Shopkit Group, and these especially apply to our cabinet range. We offer contemporary frameless display cabinets and counters in a variety of materials, beautifully finished with high quality satin and mirror polished stainless steel and satin anodised aluminium components, all designed and manufactured by us in the UK. Refined detailing and minimalist construction define this range, which feature lockable doors and integrated low-voltage lighting with discrete transformers, secured beneath their base. They are elegant yet robust and they are designed to suit all types of interior applications, including office, retail, museums, hospitality and contemporary home environments.


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Recently, some of our most popular cabinet designs are now available to purchase online, with all you require to install them onsite. Made to Measure options available We can also customise our existing range, as well as design, manufacture and install many other different styles of cabinets and counters to suit all types of interior applications, for further details please contact our Sales Team on +44 (0)1923 818282 or email us on ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 96


A Surface For Design Kemmlit, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of cubicle and locker systems, offers the designer a unique opportunity to create stunning changing room interiors by being able to encapsulate virtually any design or corporate logo directly onto the surface of their cubicle systems. High pressure, solid grade laminates and melamine composites used by Kemmlit has long been recognised as an ideal material for providing a clean, hygienic and extremely durable surface for cubicles used in changing rooms and washroom environments. With advances in digital printing technology, Kemmlit can take a design and replicate it as the designer intended onto the surface of their cubicle systems doors and walls. As the design is encapsulated as part of the lamination process it will retain its colour and originality and also be protected from scuffs and scratches. Kemmlit’s high performance cubicle and locker systems are exclusively available in the UK from Skirmett Washrooms who also offer a design, project management and installation service. www. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 97

Beauty MakeOver Treatment From Remmers The Beauty Shop in Huddersfield required an upgrade to the flooring of the ground-floor treatment and tanning rooms. Although the existing floor was still in relatively good condition, the Salon required a change to the original colour scheme and selected a two coloured Remmers Colorid Flake system to be installed throughout. The revamp also required a corresponding darker floor to be installed in the tanning room due to the nature of the treatments. All of the floor areas were initially prepared; base coated with Epoxy BS3000 and then flaked with Colorid. All areas were then sealed with Epoxy UV 100 and two coats of Remmers PUR Aqua Top M to create the specified colours and design. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 98

Decoflame® E-Ribbon Fire Since 2007, Decoflame has become the synonym for Danish Design and Craftsmanship on the market for bioethanol fireplaces. Comprising a large variety of both standard and made to measure bioethanol fireplace models, the decoflame® range of fires are amongst the safest and most stylish currently available. In February 2012, the Denmark-based manufacturer introduced a second generation of electronically controlled ethanol-fuelled burner – the decoflame® e-Ribbon Fire (patent pending). Featuring cutting-edge technology, this remotely controlled burner can be installed as a stand-alone drop-down unit or as part of the decoflame® made to measure built-in bioethanol fireplace models Montreal and Orlando. The decoflame® e-Ribbon Fire combines ease of installation and operation with functional safety, introducing the joy and warmth of a real open fire to domestic and commercial fireplace applications without the need for a flue or chimney. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 99

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Portakabin Launches New Range Of Exterior And Amenity Options For Interim Office Buildings Portakabin, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, has launched a new range of exterior options and outdoor amenities to help integrate and equip interim facilities and provide a complete, ready-to-use working environment. Modular buildings available for hire can now be supplied with an even wider range of architectural options and essential amenities. Each option complies fully with British Standards, such as wind and snow loadings. Sourced and installed by Portakabin, the new range is designed to give interim buildings a more permanent feel. It includes: Canopies and shelters. Cantilevered structures or canopies supported by posts can enhance the entrance to a building and give it more architectural appeal. They can also allow better use of under-utilised outdoor spaces, creating sheltered waiting, social, seating and play areas. Covered walkways. A striking addition to any scheme, covered walkways are a practical solution to link an interim building with other facilities on the site and provide shelter from the elements. The roofs of walkways can be curved, high barrel, low barrel or flat.


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Vinyl wraps. These low maintenance finishes, which are simple to install and remove, can be applied to the exterior of a building to totally transform its appearance. Strong corporate branding, company logos and eye-catching graphics designed for maximum impact can turn a building into a valuable marketing asset. Murals and more subtle colour schemes can be used to blend an interim facility into its surrounding environment and can help secure planning approval in environmentally sensitive locations. Free-standing outdoor structures. Organisations can now extend their interim facilities outside. Robust shelters using a modular framing system and integral water collection will complement any building and create zones for waiting, meeting or socialising. Roofs can be glass, polycarbonate or coloured architectural fabric for even more design flexibility and choice. Cycle storage. These structures can encourage more people to cycle to work and can lessen the demand for car parking. They are designed to provide secure, safe and accessible cycle storage that also helps to reduce theft and vandalism. Smoking shelters. Organisations can now hire specially designed shelters to provide dedicated areas to control where people smoke, ensuring both compliance with legislation and best practice in health and safety.


Street furniture. The siting of an interim building can change the flow of traffic and people, leading to additional temporary requirements. In response to this, Portakabin can now provide litter bins, benches, picnic tables, bollards and barriers, delivering a complete solution to the exterior of an interim building.

These facilities can be supplied and installed just days from receipt of order complete with fire and security systems, access ramps and furnishings, and can remain in use for as long as required. Modular accommodation can be easily extended, reconfigured or relocated to meet an organisation’s changing needs.

Commenting on this latest range of options, Robert Snook, Director and General Manager of Portakabin Hire said, “We can now supply and install all the exterior furnishings and amenities that may be needed for an interim building. This highly flexible package of solutions will reduce our customers’ time and resources spent sourcing quality products for short-term use, and the options will help to integrate the facility on the site, providing a more attractive and productive place of work.”

Portakabin has the widest hire network in the UK, with 50 locations from Inverness to Plymouth. It also has the resources to deliver both bespoke projects and standardised accommodation solutions to organisations in public and private sectors, in the most challenging timescales, with less disruption and less impact on the environment. For further information about modular buildings for permanent and interim applications, visit, email or call 0845 401 0010. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 100

“We believe there should be no compromise on the quality of the working environment just because the accommodation is not permanent, and this range of solutions reflects that ethos.” Applications for interim modular buildings are diverse and include open plan office accommodation, security buildings, canteens, training suites, teaching blocks, shower and changing rooms, clinics and decant ward buildings.

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Foremans Supplies Interim Classrooms To Help Meet Increasing Demand For Primary School Places In London Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK’s largest supplier of pre-owned Portakabin buildings, has supplied two interim teaching buildings to primary schools in the London Borough of Newham, just eight weeks from receipt of order.

North Beckton Primary and Colegrave School each had a need for two self-contained temporary classrooms while redevelopment works are carried out to meet the rising demand for school places. North Beckton Primary has been taken from two to three form entry, increasing the number of places from 60 to 90. A double classroom block is now in use for the next two years until a new permanent building is constructed. Commenting on the project, Manjit Rai, Head Teacher at North Beckton Primary, said, “Feedback about the interim classrooms from teaching staff and the parents of children in year four who are now using them has been very positive. Everyone is happy with their accommodation and we would recommend the approach to other schools with similar needs.” The Building Surveyor at the London Borough of Newham, added “Foremans was recommended to us from another authority who had a similar requirement for good quality interim primary school teaching accommodation. We are very pleased with both buildings, which certainly don’t look or feel second hand, and are a cost-effective alternative to new. I am pleased to report the buildings’ installation was also safe, controlled and problem-free.”


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The buildings for both schools were delivered just eight weeks from receipt of order and were installed outside term-time to avoid any disruption to teaching. Each building comprises two classrooms, which were delivered to site around 70 per cent complete, further reducing time and disruption to local residents. Established in 1992, North Beckton Primary is a county co-educational primary school, taking children from the ages of three to 11. There are two classes in each age group, apart from reception which now has three forms to meet changing local demographic needs. Foremans specialises in refurbishing Portakabin modular buildings. In order to meet individual project requirements and budgets, the buildings can be supplied decorated or fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, mechanical and electrical services, doors, flooring, and cladding, to create high quality accommodation for a wide variety of interim and permanent education applications. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 101


The advantages of this approach include: • Programme times reduced by up to 70 per cent • A highly cost-effective alternative to new build • The buildings can easily be expanded, reconfigured or removed for complete flexibility should local requirements change • Off-site working is maximised for safer, quieter and cleaner sites and reduced disruption to teaching during construction • High quality steel-framed modular buildings are built to last • The buildings require fewer ground works than site-based construction – further reducing cost, disruption and programme times.

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Green And Pleasant Screens They absorb pollutants, deter graffiti artists and have a calming effect on those who live around them. Sean Farrell of green screen supplier Mobilane explains why ‘living walls’ can help us breathe more easily - and add wow factor to a scheme. Hardly a day goes by without a news story decrying pollution levels in the UK. Most recently, London’s North Circular has been identified by Transport for London (DfL) as the capital’s most polluted road. Big problems call for creative thinking and green screens – or living walls – represent a cost effective, instant weapon for tackling pollutants. Green screens also absorb noise, boost biodiversity levels and, quite simply, look great adding a welcome organic counterpoint to the bricks and mortar of urban development. Living walls are certainly garnering some high-profile supporters in the fight against poor air quality. London mayor Boris Johnson has secured funding for the London Clean Air Fund from the DfL to reduce vehicle-generated pollutants. Living walls are to be a key weapon in the fight against poor air quality in the city. Politicians' and business people’s interest in green walls is vindicated by the latest academic research. In the July 2012 edition of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from Birmingham and Lancaster universities investigated the potential health improvements that could be generated if more vegetation was strategically positioned in our busy roads. The research found that there could be a 30% reduction in our streets’ pollution levels through the intelligent use of living walls. As well as turning carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis, plants clean the air 070

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by soaking up nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. The bonus of using green screens compared to trees is the huge amount of space and time they save. A 17-23 sq m Mobilane green screen will remove the same number of pollutant particulates from the air as an average-sized city tree; the ivy that the screen consists of is also particularly effective at absorbing pollutants. A green screen can be installed with instant effect, while a tree can take many years to reach any stature. Mobilane’s green screens were installed at the Olympic stadium’s athletes’ entrance, and are also being used extensively as hoardings in London’s huge Crossrail transport project and a scheme to regenerate Ponders End in Enfield - also in the capital. They have also been used in supermarket Waitrose, further education colleges and even a multistorey car park on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit. But living walls are not just about improving air quality. When used in a targeted way, they can deter graffiti, promote more sensible road use, enhance security and privacy, and promote a sense of calm. Living walls can also form an integral part of a roof garden where space can be at a premium. Underpinning all these uses is an aesthetic element. Walls can be dour and unattractive. But with a living wall, an inert, lifeless space can be transformed into something vibrant and attractive. In this way, living walls have the potential to transform public spaces for the better, converting the drab into the desirable while also purifying the very air we breathe. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 102


Lanes No Dig Technology On Shopping List For Store Construction Firm A construction company had Lanes for Drains ‘no dig’ technology and expertise on the shopping list when it needed to urgently solve a drainage problem just before the opening of a new supermarket. Civil engineering firm Britcon called in Lanes for Drains to carry out a pre-handover survey and final clean of drainage lines at the food store in South Yorkshire. HD video footage from a remote-controlled robotic camera, operated by the Lanes engineers, showed a wooden stake had penetrated a storm drain underneath the building. The conventional solution would have been to dig a hole in the floor of the new supermarket to reach the pipe and remove the stake – which would have delayed the opening of the store and incurred significant costs. However, Lanes engineers were able to advise that their no dig expertise meant the solution would be far less drastic and time-consuming. They were able to deploy a powerful remote-controlled KA TE robot cutter, sending it through the pipe, underneath the building, directly to the location of the wooden stake. The Lanes engineer used a camera on the cutting tool, used to clear a wide range of blockages in drainage lines, to guide it into position and grind off the stake. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 103

LINK&LOCK Feature Speeds Drainage Channel Installation Hauraton have developed an innovative linking system for their RECYFIX® HICAP® high capacity surface water drainage channels. The new LINK&LOCK feature facilitates the alignment of each one metre channel unit with the next, providing a positive mechanical fix that makes the installation procedure of the whole channel run much easier. With their ductile iron slotted tops, in a choice of four configurations, the HICAP® system has proved very effective at draining large areas of asphalt and concrete. Each injection moulded channel, made from recycled polyethylene-polypropylene (PE-PP), comes completely assembled with its ductile iron slotted top. The system is suitable for loadings up to Class F900. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 104

Terram Truckpave Upgrades Busy Industrial Depot A large 9000m² site in Oldham Broadway Business Park, owned by Electricity North West Ltd. had been heavily under utilised. This was due to the unstabilised surface within the depot yard, which was prone to flooding and clearly unsuitable for HGVs and even forklift trucks could only be used intermittently, when weather conditions permitted. The options of tarmac or reinforced concrete were quickly discarded, partly due to the cost of stabilisation prior to installation and partly on environmental grounds since the surface water run-off from such a large area would have a significant impact on the surface water drainage network locally. The ideal solution came from Dunster Consulting Ltd. of Pately Bridge, who had previous experience of Terram Truckpave, Fiberweb’s robust and durable porous pavin. Terram Truckpave 100, laid on a free draining granular stone sub base, was selected as the surface course for this heavily trafficked area, amounting to some 3,700m². Terram Truckpave is extremely simple and quick to install. Each paver weighs only 12kgs – substantially lighter than concrete alternatives - and is compliant with HSE manual handling limits. The pavers (600x400x100mm) are simply butted together and the series of cells in each unit offer a void area of 55% which can be filled with angular gravel, or top soiled and seeded to provide a grass finish. Terram Truckpave provides a permanently stable, robust and durable surface laid on a permeable free draining sub-base ,achieving a sustainable drainage solution. The paving is flexible and resistant to cracking with high compressive strength. A major benefit of Terram Truckpave is that, unlike honeycomb cell type plastic pavers, Truckpave resists rotation and displacement of pavers caused by HGV and forklift manoeuvring. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 105

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Carea Launches New Cladding Colours, Textures And Sizes Leading developer of facade solutions, Carea, has launched a striking new range of double fitting cladding panels that bring texture and colour to building facades. Part of the company’s Aquila range, the new panels are available in four different finishes – Carvi, Dune, Pixel and Smooth. They are also available in four new grey colour shades, to complement the existing 36 colours of the Aquila range. Available in larger 600 x 1200mm sizes as well as the original Aquila sizes of 600 x 600mm, 600 x 300mm and 350 x 600mm, the extended Aquila range offers flexibility and versatility to specifiers, architects and contractors. The Aquila range has been developed by Carea to improve visual appearance and thermal performance, quickly, efficiently and cost effectively with a simple mechanical fixing process. Suitable for both new build and refurbishment applications, the texture of the new Aqulia range allows specifiers to play with light and colour to create facades that shimmer and glow as the sun catches it. Incredibly lightweight at just 7kg per square metre, the system can be fitted in virtually any weather conditions onto all types of walls – including concrete, timber or metal – making it ideal for refurbishment applications to overclad damaged or failing existing cladding and render.


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Offering easy maintenance for enhanced lifecycle costs, Aquila can be used in conjunction with aluminium flashings for use in corner details and around windows. With invisible fastenings, the non-porous panels ensure that they remain unaffected by graffiti. An additional resistance to external and meteorological damage will allow the cladding to look as good as new for years to come. As well as providing improved aesthetics and excellent thermal efficiency, the sustainable system is manufactured using around 95% natural minerals for superior environmental performance. With this in mind, Carea cladding systems can help buildings to optimise their thermal efficiency for a higher BREEAM rating, to achieve the high standards of modern building regulations. Available with insulation bonded to the cladding panel, the system provides a fast track method of upgrading properties without major internal work. The system is BBA (British Board of Agrement) approved, providing architects, specifiers and contractors with complete peace of mind that they are using a product that has been rigorously tested to the highest standards possible. The system is available in a range of insulation thicknesses from 40mm to 120mm and a range of product thicknesses, 3mm or 5mm thick, to suit a variety of building upgrade requirements. For additional flexibility, Carea offers other cladding products including its Alpha, Aranda and Arkea ranges, in a wide range of dimensions, finishes and colours. The extended Aquila range further reinforces Carea’s position as the market leader in innovative cladding solutions. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 106

OPINION Article By: Panel Systems Title: Pushing The Boundaries With Composite Panels Author: Danny Phelan, Sales Manager

Danny Phelan, Sales Manager of Panel Systems, looks at how architectural panels are increasingly being selected for their aesthetics, as part of creating iconic buildings. “Innovation in materials and fabrication techniques means that today’s composite panels combine stunning aesthetics with reassuring long term low maintenance. Composite panels are being increasingly used as infill panels within windows and curtain walling to create a contemporary or authentic appearance.

choice of colour had a major influence on the type of panels selected for this building, which is designed to attract young people to take part in activities ranging from skills development to volunteering, music recording and fitness. On this project, as is usually the case where composite panels are required, the panel manufacturer and building designer or developer worked together to look at the materials available, the aesthetics and the performance that needed to be achieved.

Modern materials also provide a greater range of surface textures and colours, which means being able to offer more options to specifiers and developers looking to create engaging buildings. For many building designers, it is simply a case of understanding the materials available in the creation of composite panels and this is particularly important when it comes to choice of colour. Aesthetics are still the number one reason that architectural panels are chosen – especially for modern urban and city centre locations. On a recent project, our Aluglaze composite panels were used for The Link, a flagship community building for young people, which is based under the Harrow Manor Way flyover in South Thamesmead, London. The project achieved what it set out to do – creating a building with a contemporary look but which offered a high level of energy efficiency. Specifiers know that with composite panels they have the reassurance that performance is guaranteed, due to the fact that the panels are manufactured in factory-controlled conditions. The exceptionally low U-values possible with modern composite panels allow designers to increase the amount of glazing, which maximises the natural light in a building. The result is that rather than windows having to be smaller, in order to conserve energy, gains in thermal performance from high performance composite panels offset some of the losses of incorporating large glazed areas. It is little wonder that composite panels are increasing becoming a feature of modern town and cities. Whether they are being used to transform existing buildings or to create exciting new ones, the wide choice of colourful and aesthetically pleasing materials available means there are endless possibilities to achieve the right aesthetics and performance with composite panels.” Powder coated aluminium was specified in red, orange, yellow and green to provide a vibrant facade to The Link that complemented the colour of the curtain walling. The Aluglaze panels included Styrofoam insulation, which achieved a U-value of 0.35 W/m2K, therefore achieving a high level of thermal performance.

Panel Systems manufactures a full range of bespoke architectural panels and high performance cladding boards which are used to create aesthetically striking and thermally efficient buildings. The company also supplies and fabricates a range of Dry-lining boards, lightweight staging and Styrofoam Insulation products.

The curtain walling and panels were specified in four colours of the rainbow, as the building is designed to attract and appeal to young people. The building has a distinctive look, with different colours used for each of the arches to provide a bright, contemporary feel. Like on many projects,

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OPINION Article By: Style Title: SILENCE IS GOLDEN Author: Julian Sargent, MD

Julian Sargent, MD of partitioning specialists Style, explains how to correctly interpret acoustic-rating reports to ensure final installation delivers required levels of privacy. The need to maximise available space within any commercial or public sector building has led to a noticeable increase in the use of moveable partitions. However, improved flexibility is only a benefit if it delivers a good acoustic barrier between the separated areas, effectively allowing events, meetings and lectures to run concurrently alongside each other. It is perhaps no surprise that research has shown that noise interference is detrimental to pupil performance, slows recovery rates for patients in hospitals and generally reduces the efficiency and well being of staff and visitors. So, what do you need to do to ensure your specification results in an installation that is functional and acoustically sound? Hi-tech solutions Many partitioning systems require the seals at the top and bottom of each panel to be manually expanded using a crank handle. Whilst these systems can provide very acceptable levels of acoustic integrity, technology has moved on. 074

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With the new semi-automatic systems, lightweight panels are slid effortlessly into place at which point the automatic expansion of heavy duty rubber seals is initialised. Pressure-sensitive, the seals expand to exactly the required level, creating a strong dividing wall that can provide an acoustic barrier of up to Rw55dB. Further advanced technology provides fully automatic solutions with even higher acoustic ratings. Interpreting Acoustic Ratings It is genuinely possible for a choir to rehearse in one half of a room whilst a lecture takes place alongside - but only if the installation of the partitioning system is undertaken with full consideration of the structure of the building and the intended use of the space. The R’w rating refers to the ‘in-situ’ acoustic performance of a partitioning system taking into consideration the flanking paths (where sound passes over the top, around or under the primary partition) and is different to a product’s laboratory tested Rw rating. The harsh reality is that the final installation of a moveable partition will rarely replicate the controlled conditions of a laboratory, as flanking will usually occur to some extent. The Rw rating is still relevant but only as a tool for comparison against


other similar products rather than as a reflection of real-life installation and use. Call in the Experts There are, of course, many occasions when it is clear that a proposed product will more than meet the specified acoustic criteria. Where there is potential for wider variance, it is important to employ the expertise of a qualified acoustician to offer objective, transparent advice. Although it is difficult to quantify the impact of flanking prior to completion of a project, a professional survey of the room will identify problem areas and offer extremely valuable, pre-installation guidance. Consideration will be given to the overall quality and robustness of surrounding walls, ceiling and floors – taking into account construction, materials utilised and age. Site plans can then be detailed to ensure appropriate steps are taken to minimise flanking. Absorptive treatment may be recommended to further improve acoustics. Ask the Right Questions Firstly, check that the actual manufacturer is clearly stated in any partitioning system quotation, detailing provisions for long-term maintenance and repairs. Ensure the quote also includes appropriate acoustic test certificates. These should clearly state the system being recommended

and again include manufacturer’s details. Even if this certificate has been produced however, it is only valid if the manufacturer has confirmed it can be used by the particular supplier/installer you are contracting. Proof of this authority must be established with the manufacturer. Check acoustic test certificates clearly state the name of an independent laboratory and that the product has been tested to latest standards - BS EN ISO 140-3:1995 or BS 2750-3:1995. As previously explained on-site tests are meaningless and should not be relied upon. A laboratory test for acoustic performance is standardised and directly comparable. Lastly, double-check that the test certificate matches the product being recommended for installation. Different products have different mechanisms for creating the seal and deliver a wide variance in acoustic performance. We’ve given this advice list to a number of companies so far – all who have said how helpful it is in clarifying the whole issue of acoustics. If you follow these points you shouldn’t go too far wrong, not only in determining the right product but the right supplier as well.

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Hochiki Europe Fuels The Need For Life Safety At Europe’s Biggest Service Station When the Extra Motorway Service Area (MSA) Group opened its facility on the M25 at Cobham in September 2012, it marked the culmination of a project that had first been discussed some 19 years earlier. Now, for the 190,000 or so motorists that use the biggest ring road in the world every day, the new £75m Extra MSA provides a welcome opportunity to refresh and relax. While those wishing to stretch their legs can take a walk around the large lakeside terrace and landscaped grounds, most of the visitors need one thing and one thing only – fuel. Extra MSA Group developed what is now Europe’s biggest petrol station on the Cobham site. With 36 forecourt pumps and six dedicated high-speed heavy goods vehicle (HGV) pumps – totalling 141 nozzles – it can serve around 3,500 vehicles a day. Worthing based Electrical Services & Projects Ltd (ESP) won the contract to supply the electrical services to the Cobham Extra MSA. ESP’s director, Colin Garwood says, ‘We needed a fire detection system that could ensure complete safety for the those visiting and working at the service station, while minimising the possibility of unwanted alarms. Having previously worked with Southern Fire Alarms we brought them in to design, supply and commission a system that could fulfil these objectives, while we handled its installation.’ A BS 5389 compliant category L1 addressable fire detection system was recommended. An L1 system is designed for the protection of life and deploys automatic detectors throughout all areas of the building with the aim of providing the earliest possible warning. Southern Fire Alarms sales consultant, David Fell, knew instantly which system would be most suitable. Asked to explain the rationale behind his decision, he replies, ‘We have worked with Hochiki Europe for many years and the quality of their products is second to none. Also, because of the way their systems are designed, we knew we could make significant time and cost savings on the project.’ The chosen system is based around Hochiki’s Enhanced Systems Protocol which is a robust total communications solution for intelligent fire detection and fully integrated systems. It has a multi-purpose structure that provides the flexibility and expansion to accommodate simple addressable systems, as well as integrated building management and complex life safety systems. A wide variety of devices were installed including ALG-EN optical smoke sensors that feature Hochiki Europe’s High Performance Chamber Technology, which minimises the differences in sensitivity experienced in flaming and smouldering fires. In addition, HCPE-E call points, YBN-BSB base sounder beacons, ACB-E multi-heat sensors and CHQ-MRC mains relay controllers were used. Remarking on the speed at which the system was configured, Fell comments, ‘Once the base is installed, fitting the devices is a fast and efficient process – usually taking about 30 seconds. This is considerably quicker than most other products on the market.’ The building contains a large void due to its barrel vault roof design and this had to be covered by the fire detection system. The devices that are sited in this space were pre-programed in advance so that ESP could complete a second fix before the suspended ceiling was put in place. This proved to be a highly useful feature that helped avoid some complex logistical issues and meant that the devices’ performance could not be affected by work being carried out nearby. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 107


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Fila Surface Care Regime Specified At The Hive A Fila surface care regime has been specified at The Hive - a partnership between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, and Europe's first joint university and public library. Locally-sourced Royal Forest Pennant brushed sandstone was installed, by W B Simpson & Sons (MIDLANDS) Ltd, throughout the main public floor - and was also specified externally. Stone treatments specified, as part of the Fila regime, included Fila Cleaner; LEED-compliant Fila W68 - a water-based stain-proofing protector - and Fila PS87, for ongoing deep cleaning. The Fila regime commenced after installation, when Fila Cleaner was used to carry out an initial wash of all sandstone surfaces. The highly concentrated water-based formula is pH-neutral, leaves no residue and can safely be used on all natural surfaces. The stone was then treated with LEED-compliant Fila W68 – a stain-proofing protector which is designed for internal and exterior porous surfaces. The water-based treatment is non film-forming and seals and protects without altering appearance. For ongoing maintenance, Fila Cleaner was specified once again, along with Fila PS87 for periodic deep cleaning. Fila PS87 is a 3-in-1 cleaner, stain and wax remover, which also removes epoxy grout residues. It’s designed to thoroughly clean stone, ceramic, terracotta and concrete, without compromising the natural surface in any way. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 108

RMIG Provides Elegant Solar Shading For French Château An extensive decorative sunscreen using precision perforations from RMIG is forming part of a major refurbishment of a historic château in Saint-Avertin, France, which is being converted into a ‘mediatheque’ library designed by Tours based architects Dominique Blondel Architecte. While the château’s individual architecture and external appearance has been preserved throughout the restoration, the interior of the building has been sensitively extended, modified and repurposed for its new role as an events centre and ‘mediatheque’ library, which revisits one of it’s former uses. The architects also incorporated an extensive sunscreen design to help provide shade and ensure thermal gain is reduced and the public areas are maintained at a comfortable temperature. RMIG France worked closely with the architects to create, prototype and develop the final perforated and laser cut patterns within the 130m2 of decorative solar shading panels, which are secured to the exterior of the building in front of the large windows, which allows natural light to enter due to the ‘netting’ effect of the perforation pattern used. Once the final pattern was agreed, RMIG produced the design using a complex array of 15mm diameter round perforations and special laser cut shapes within 2 mm thick ‘Corten’ alloy steel. The architects chose Corten as it is designed to ‘rust’ when weathered, which was ideal for the design as it enhanced the aged and historic architecture of the château. However, although the exterior might appear to look like rust, the oxide produced actually protects the material’s substrate from further deterioration and constantly regenerates the protection under further weathering. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 109

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Solarwall Delivers At New Parcelforce Distribution Center CA Group Limited has installed its SolarWall® transpired solar collector (TSC) technology at the new Royal Mail Parcelforce distribution center in Chorley, Lancashire. The 495m2 SolarWall® is the third consecutive TSC to be installed for Royal Mail as part of its corporate and social responsibility commitment, which requires that the business integrates sustainable design, where possible, to enable it to reduce its carbon footprint. The technology, which uses solar radiation to deliver naturally warmed fresh air into buildings, has the highest known efficiency of any active solar technology in the world, generating up to 500 Watts of thermal energy per square metre of collector. It is estimated that the new installation will save the Royal Mail somewhere in the region of 145,508 kWh and 28.81 tonnes of CO2 per annum. Project development engineer, Andrew Brewster, is responsible for the sustainable and environmental delivery of projects for CA Group. He explained: “SolarWall® was selected by the Royal Mail as part of its in-depth sustainability review, back in 2010. Since then, the technology has delivered proven results at the company’s distribution centres in Swan Valley, Northampton and Strood in Kent. SolarWall®, in conjunction with CA Building products’ Twin-Therm® roof and wall cladding system, helped the Swan Valley distribution hub to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation and an energy performance certificate (EPC) ‘A’ rating. Consequently SolarWall® has been incorporated into the company’s base building specification which means that the technology is automatically considered as part of the sustainability requirement of each new project which the Royal Mail undertakes.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 110

Marmox Multiboard Warms Rutland Cottage During the purchase of a delightful cottage in a rural location in Rutland the new owner noticed that the property seemed extremely cold. The main reasons appeared to be the fact that his new home had concrete flooring on the ground floor and solid exterior walls of concrete blocks faced with local stone throughout. To overcome the problem he decided to line the floor and walls with some form of insulation that was effective yet quick and simple to install. After considering the options available he decided that Marmox Multiboard fitted the bill on both counts. Multiboard is manufactured from extruded polystyrene with both faces of the board covered with close woven fibreglass mesh embedded in a cement polymer mortar. This creates a board that is lightweight yet extremely strong with a high degree of thermal insulation [a conductivity of 0.03 watt/mK for the technically minded] and is totally impervious to any water penetration from outside. This Marmox product is also simple to fix to solid or stud walls being easy to handle due to its light weight and simply cut or sawn to the size required using conventional tools. In the Rutland cottage, 50mm Multiboard was laid on the concrete slab floors. On top was placed a 12mm ply layer and then low level underfloor heating before a surface layer of stone tiles in keeping with the house’s appearance. In the ceiling of the ground floor 10mm Multiboard was applied between the joists. Then, with the floors completed, all the outside walls were insulated internally with 20mm thick Multiboard. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 111


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BIM Helps Deliver New Sports College In a bid to create more sustainable buildings and to improve efficiency during the construction process Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, one of the UK’s leading mechanical and electrical contractors, is using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to aid in the delivery of a new sports technical college in Stoke-on-Trent. Designed by architects Aedas and constructed by Balfour Beatty under a design and build contract with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the new teaching and classroom block at Holden Lane High School Specialist Sports College will feature curriculum-based hubs for teaching and training which allow for their own teaching and breakout spaces along with a large indoor area for use in inclement weather. Instrumental to the design process of this innovative new school building is Balfour Beatty’s adoption of BIM. At Holden Lane High School, Balfour Beatty has created a fully collaborated 3D model of the M&E (mechanical and electrical) systems enabling all construction partners to fully comprehend and visualise the complexity in construction sequencing and methodology. “BIM is a great way to pre-empt the issues you might encounter in a building project, even before you lay a single foundation. It allows us to digitally model the different elements of a building in real time” commented Mike Cooke, regional director at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. “The benefits are being able to build in a virtual environment and sharing all information between partners so that potential building integration issues and on-site clashes are eliminated.” The adoption of BIM for the construction of the school means that Balfour Beatty can build a theoretical model which can predict how the building will perform. This in turn eases integration of building services and the elimination of any issues between trades. The approach will also offer greater safety on site through improved planning and eliminates re-work, which saves time and reduces costs.

Architect Aedas has also adopted BIM and it’s firmly bedded into their team approach. “With BIM, we are able to collaborate with structural and M&E engineers to produce a ‘virtual building’ which helps us manage risk and environmental performance, “ said Imran Kassim, associate director Aedas Architects. “Projects such as Holden Lane High School have a higher degree of coordination through the use of BIM software, resulting in significant savings in cost, materials and waste.” Using this integrated approach toward building construction, Balfour Beatty is using BIM processes on all major new projects to strengthen communication and team transparency. This approach is aligned with the Government’s Construction Strategy and the industry mandate that will require fully collaborative BIM level 2, as a minimum, by 2016. With the building set for completion in January 2014, the use of BIM demonstrates Balfour Beatty’s continued commitment to delivering sustainable projects in terms of efficient delivery and low environmental impact. Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: “Our Building Schools for the Future programme is transforming schools across the city and improving educational facilities for our children. This is in line with our Mandate for Change to make Stoke-on-Trent a great place to live. “Innovative construction techniques and aspirational buildings are a feature of this programme, and it is a sign of the high quality of design of school buildings that BIM is being used at Holden Lane High School.” ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 112

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Sikatack Panel Adhesive Helps Transform Lambeth Water Tower Into A ‘Grand Design’ SikaTack Panel Adhesive, the secret fix cladding system from global building products manufacturer Sika, has been used to create a striking external facade at Lambeth Water Tower – the landmark redevelopment of a derelict listed building transformed into a luxurious living space fit for the 21st Century. To create a stunning façade that would encapsulate the building’s extension, 5mm thick Alucobond ACM sandwich panels were chosen in an Anthracite Grey finish. Cladding contractor Paneltec Services Ltd specified SikaTack Panel Adhesive System to provide a durable, cost-effective and high performance secret fixing system that would deliver stylish aesthetics and reliable, long term performance. The Paneltec Services’ operatives applied a panel primer to contact points between the Alucobond panels and the vertical ‘L’ and ‘T’ profile rail support system. Sika Fixing Tape was then applied to keep the panels in place whilst the adhesive cured, before the cladding panels were installed. SikaTack Panel Adhesive has been engineered to be applied on site. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 113

Pier Approval For Cultural Centre Access Southend’s new Cultural Centre has opened its doors to the public, offering spectacular water views through its glass façade. The centre provides shelter and a viewing platform. GEZE UK was commissioned to install a pair of EMD-F operators to enable access for all to the multi-purpose events space and café. With a nine metre tall fully glazed façade, the entrance is protected partly from the weather by a dramatic, geometric, overhanging roof. Combining a maintenance-free, high performance motor featuring low-wear characteristics, with state of the art technology, the EMD-F is the most reliable choice. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 114

Rainline Specified For Sustainable Social Housing Project

Gunwharf Quays Achieves Security By Design PERIMETER security and street furniture specialist, Townscape Products, has illustrated the versatility of its vehicle security system, CT Block, at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Project managers, MFD, approached Townscape to design a hostile vehicle mitigation system which would enhance the external landscaping whilst offering PAS 68 security protection to the development. Another important requirement was the upgrading of the existing cast-iron bollard system, ensuring their heritage marine design was retained. Townscape designed a hardwood FSC certified sapele timber surround to encase the CT Block system to create a planter, complete with a planting membrane and drainage material. To preserve the existing heritage bollards design, Townscape created 35 Performa-Cast™ polymer sleeves, in three different designs, to be fitted onto PAS 68 bollards. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 116


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Lindab’s steel based Rainline rainwater drainage system features on a sustainable social housing project in St Widnes. This project incorporates a host of sustainable specifications, such as PV panels; sun tunnels; high levels of insulation, FSC accredited timber and Lindab Rainline steel rainwater systems. In keeping with the environmental aspects of the scheme, environmental architects Denovo Design specified Lindab Rainline as it not only has an extremely low carbon footprint compared to other systems it is also low in maintenance and its high performance features delivers excellent whole life costings. It’s vandal resistance capabilities and robustness were also of particular importance to Denovo Design for this development. Rainline offers minimal movement and UV stability, it will not crack, fade or leak, is highly resistant to corrosion and virtually maintenance free. Comparable in price to a mid range plastic system, Rainline is also much less expensive than aluminium and cast iron drainage. Available in 10 stylish high build polyester colours, the finish of which is guaranteed for 15 years including the increasingly popular Silver Metallic, Rainline is also available in a natural copper finish. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 115

High Praise For Yeoman Rainguard Rainwater Systems Yeoman Rainguard has been praised for its products and advice during the replacement of old worn out cast iron guttering and hoppers at St Nicholas’ Church, Kenilworth which dates back to 1185 and is a Grade 1 listed building. Yeoman Rainguard has been providing quality Rainwater Systems for over 30 years and offers a comprehensive choice of stylish, cost effective, low maintenance products including Aluminum; GRP; Cast Iron; Copper; Zinc and Stainless Steel. Keith Grierson said: “Tim Hanks and the Rainguard team were very professional and helpful and we were very pleased with the quality of the materials and the advice and service provided by Rainguard, all at competitive prices. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 117


UK’s Biggest Healthcare Project To Be Built Off Site Is Craned Into Position Off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, part of the Portakabin Group, has installed the UK’s largest and most complex modular building project to be built in the health sector. The £17.9m contract for principal contractor Kier Construction is for a new Women and Children’s Centre at North Middlesex University Hospital. Due to be handed over later this year, the project which was procured under the ProCure21+ framework, was manufactured off site at the Yorkon production centre in York. 152 steel-framed modules up to 18m long and weighing up to 18.5 tonnes were craned into position in just 28 days. A 500 tonne crane was used for this operation which took place within the hospital grounds and in close proximity to existing facilities that remained in use throughout. The units were installed partially completed with window frames, first fix electrics, HVAC ducting, plumbing, and a high performance concrete floor. The off-site approach has radically reduced disruption to patient care and the build programme to ensure the new facilities will be operational in line with the Trust’s clinical strategy and prior to seasonal winter pressures. The centre will accommodate the increase in maternity patients and around 2,000 additional births in North Middlesex. It forms part of a major reorganisation of hospital services in the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. The architects and project managers are AHP Architects & Surveyors. Kevin Howell, Director of Environment and Joint Project Director for the Barnet & Chase Farm and North Middlesex Hospitals, said, “Given the extremely challenging timescales for this project, we needed to look at more innovative methods of procurement and construction. Off-site construction is giving us greater certainty and a substantial reduction in risk.” “The project is on time, the partnership between the users, Kier and Yorkon is working well, and in particular the flexibility shown by Yorkon in the face of changing healthcare requirements.” Clive Watson, Project Manager at Kier Construction, said, “Delivery and installation of the modules progressed seamlessly and I am pleased to report that all the units arrived on time. The project is a credit to the

Kier and Yorkon teams for achieving this key milestone in the construction programme.” Simon Ambler, Director at Yorkon said, “This is our third project with Kier and I am pleased to report that the cranage programme went well and all the modules are now installed for the final stages of fitting out. This is our largest ever contract and its complexities demonstrate just what is now achievable with an advanced off-site building system in a short timescale and on an extremely busy hospital site.” The scheme will provide a consultant-led delivery unit with additional high dependency beds, two new obstetrics theatres, a neonatal unit, triage centre, women’s outpatient department, and a midwife-led birthing unit with four birthing pool rooms. A roof top plant room is located on the second floor. The external appearance of the new building will reflect the design of the adjacent facilities and will feature rendered façades, ribbon glazing around the perimeter of the first floor, a large atrium entrance spanning two storeys with light wells providing further natural daylight inside. There is also full height glazing to the stair towers on each of the two wings and large projecting window bays provide a visual contrast to the rendered finish across the building envelope. The scheme is targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and has a number of sustainability features including a biodiverse green roof with a variety of meadow flowers to part of the first floor, photovoltaic panels above the plant room, and an energy-efficient combined heat and power system. Yorkon has an extensive track record in the healthcare sector, having completed a wide variety of bespoke off-site building projects including ward extensions, self-contained theatre blocks, emergency care units, haemodialysis centres, offices, community clinics, and complete hospitals, delivering all the advantages of off-site construction. Yorkon is part of the Portakabin Group. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 118

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Sika Ensures Dry Basements in Luxury Wandsworth Development CJ O'Shea and Co. Ltd, is building a stunning new development at Asquith Spencer Park close to Wandsworth Common. Each home has a lower floor basement, plus four additional floors above ground. CJ O'Shea chose a dual system from Sika Limited. This consisted of SikaProof® A, a totally new concept in membrane barrier design, together with the Sika® Watertight Concrete system. This was to ensure complete watertightness of the basement. The membrane surface of SikaProof® A is embossed with a grid pattern, which contains a sealant, and is topped by a thin layer of fleece which forms a mechanical bond to the concrete when it dries. The grid pattern offers additional protection, due to the integrated sealant, which bonds tightly with the surface of the concrete, forming mini watertight compartments. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 119

Cembrit Helps Community Spirit In Yorkshire Cembrit, has helped transform a beautiful but neglected town hall in Yorkshire, and bring the building back to the centre of community life. 10,000 of Cembrit’s Duquesa slates have been used on a major extension project to Hebden Bridge Town Hall and complement the building’s historic stone exterior. The materials used on the new wing reflect the characteristics of the surrounding buildings and landscape, especially in the use of natural stone facades and the Duquesa slate roof. Duquesa is a high quality natural slate from Cembrit which is produced by some of the finest quarries in Spain. Duquesa is available in two colours, blue black and grey and in a variety of sizes to suit individual requirements. It has a smooth, even texture, which creates an attractive appearance, and aids the preservation of the finish. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 120

UK's First Zero-Cost Energy Park Wins Two Awards

Flat Pan - High Profile RigiSystems Ziplok has been used in a flat pan format to create a traditional yet contemporary feel at Addenbroooke’s Children's Hospital in Cambridge. Removing the miniribs from the standard Ziplok profiles creates the pleasing aesthetics of the structure. Use of a triple skin, fully supported insulation system ensures that the roof sheets maintain their shape while also catering for the acoustic and thermal requirements of the building. Penetrations such as wind catchers and rooflights are welded into place to preserve the integrity of the roof while maintaining the clean lines and aesthetic appeal. Ziplok is a BBA approved system that is now in use on an increasing number of hospital buildings where it really comes into its own in meeting the requirements of this particular marketplace in terms of aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, ease of construction, lifespan and environmental considerations. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 122

Britain's first zero-cost energy park at Armstrong Point in Wigan has received further industry recognition with two awards at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2013. Submitted by building contractors Tolent Construction and partners Kingspan Renewables, the £2.7 million project from developer Armstrong Properties won the Sustainability Award and the Regional Project of the Year for Lancashire. The 2,095 square metre development comprises nine industrial units served by fourteen different energy-efficient technologies that mean tenants do not have to pay any energy costs. Armstrong Point was completed by Tolent in December 2012 in conjunction with lead consultants, Carbon Consultancy Company, consulting engineers Bailey Johnson Hayes and architects Jennings Design Associates. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, it is one of a select number of UK developments to attain a BREEAM Outstanding rating. All nine units have an A+ Energy Performance Certificate rating. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 121

Tesco Savings With Nvelope Working with building envelope contractor, Prater, NVELOPE has supplied its NV4 and NV5 support systems for an £86 million development for Tesco at Woolwich in London. The development features approximately 7,000 m2of aluminium rain screen and zinc cladding panels which have proved hugely significant in creating an attractive, multi-coloured appearance across the scheme. NVELOPE products and systems are ideal for supporting a wide variety of façade materials The NV4 and NV5 vertical systems (including brackets) used on this project are fixed to the substrate at set vertical and horizontal separations. Vertical ‘L’ rails profiles are attached to the brackets at intermediate locations and ‘T’ rails at panel joints to allow for expansion and contraction caused by dead loads and dynamic load. These flexible points are vital due to the differing thermal performances of the materials being combined. The façade has, in effect, to be able to float on the sub-construction, meaning that every single element must have only one fixed point while all the other fixing points must be executed as floating or moving points. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 123


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Rockfon Ceilings Provide Colourful And Acoustic Solutions To New Heartlands Academy Students and staff at Heartlands Academy, Birmingham, have a brand new £20 million state-of-the-art school building; which is part of the Birmingham ‘Building Schools for the future’ programme. ROCKFON ceiling and wall solutions were specified throughout for their visual appeal and performance characteristics, and to help achieve compliance with BB93 guidelines. Archial Group, Architect and Lead Designer for the Academy, produced the specification collaboratively with Lend Lease, specifying quality materials from trusted suppliers. Lead Architect, Elly Loach explained, “Each area within the building had differing requirements, including acoustic performance, aesthetics and humidity resistance. ROCKFON’s extensive range of affordable products enabled us to find solutions for all of these.” The main design inspiration for the atrium was the iconic TV test screen image. Rockfon Color-all acoustic wall absorbers in colours: plaster, concrete, black and chilli red were installed together with Rockfon Contour baffles. These created striking visual impact and defined the double height space. The Rockfon Color-all wall absorbers work with the baffles to control the amount of reverberation in the open atrium and help to reduce reverberation time and improve the ambient sound level – essential requirements for large open spaces. The Color-All range offers 34 colours for acoustic ceiling and wall solutions. Along with its superior smooth surface and matt finish, they inspire any interior design scheme and create an elegant look. Color-all allows architects and interior designers the freedom to create their own, personal and stunning designs thanks to the exposed, semi-concealed and concealed edges in a large variety of module sizes.

The Rockfon Contour is a frameless, baffle offering a minimalist look underlined by an elegant bevel and its smooth white surface ensures good light reflection. The baffles were hung from the ceiling as the walls were being used for display purposes and provided enhanced sound absorption to the double height space. Sound control was a must for the music classrooms. Rockfon Sonar B tiles meet the highest sound regulations and were installed to help control reverberation and prevent unwanted sound transference to adjacent rooms. The Sonar tiles were directly fixed to the existing ceiling making them very quick and easy to install. They also offer a unique combination of highest fire safety (Class A1) and Class A sound absorption. Scholar ceiling tiles were installed throughout the circulation areas at the Academy. The visible side of these robust tiles have a micro-textured white reinforced fleece which provides good impact resistance and its durable edges remain intact even when removed and reinstalled regularly. Scholar complies with BB93 Acoustics for Schools to create appropriate reverberation times for classrooms and learning spaces. To meet the high sanitation standards required in the kitchen areas Rockfon Hygienic tiles were chosen. Hygienic tiles were specifically developed to meet the exacting standards of hygienic areas and feature a specially painted white surface which incorporates a fungicide to repel water and dirt. The durable surface can also withstand essential cleaning pressure washing. The Principal and the students of Heartlands Academy are very proud of their new building and the contribution it will make to the local community. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 124

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Chetham’s School Of Music: Waterproofing Strategy Chetham’s School of Music is the largest music school in the UK. RIW provided a waterproofing strategy robust enough for their new-build Grade 3 basement project. It was essential that the construction programme on such a large project was kept to time, so careful consideration was given to the application process of any proposed waterproofing solution. Price & Myers, the engineers responsible for the specification of waterproofing on the project, were also conscious that when applying a Type A system externally, a methodical application and attention to detail were critical. The initial concept involved using a Type A bentonite tanking system applied externally. However, it was soon established that this approach would be time consuming, mainly due to complex detailing and the level of attention needed during application. The waterproofing strategy was revisited and it was agreed that a drained cavity solution would be more appropriate. RIW Cavity Drain was chosen, as this would both meet the requirements of a Grade 3 basement and allow the groundwork’s concrete frame to be constructed quickly, without the need for a stop-start process. Once the mainframe was constructed, the basement waterproofing was installed. The application was quickly completed, and the robustness of the product allowed subsequent trades to work in and around the application, without risk of damage to the membrane. The mainstay of the application took place during winter; RIW Cavity Drain’s temperature tolerance meant that there were no delays in installation due to cold weather. RIW Sheetseal 226 was then used as a waterproof membrane at wall floor junctions, column details and service entries, followed by RIW Toughseal and RIW LAC to damp-proof service trenches and lift pits. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 125


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You Have Tried Door Curtains .. Now Try The New Privacy Door Sleeve Having been approached by the Connaught Hotel to help with developing a product for their more discerning guests, the privacy door sleeve was born. The hotel was looking for a solution whereby they could cover up certain glass doors within the hotel giving guest privacy yet enabling the doors to still to be opened should they be required. The product had to be developed in a way that it did not damage the doors in anyway and could simply be put on and taken off as and when required. The privacy door sleeve having fabric on both sides of the door simply slides on giving total privacy. The product is designed and finished in a way that makes it makes it ideal for clients such as the Connaught Hotel who having recently purchased three pairs of the product. Soos Interiors are an interior design company working with some of the most famous hotels throughout the world. SooS Interiors was formed in 2012 by Susan Leadbitter specialising in soft furnishing for the hotel industry. Clients include The Maybourne Group as well as a number of other five star hotels. The key to the success of the company has been down to understanding and exceeding clients expectations, as shown with the privacy sleeve product which is totally new to the market place. ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 126

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