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Modern Public Sector Architecture and Design

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Baxi Commercial Supplies Solar Water Heating For Oswestry’s New Leisure Centre Baxi Commercial has supplied Andrews Water Heaters solar water heating system and a high efficiency, condensing gas-fired water heater to provide domestic hot water at Oswestry Leisure Centre, a new state-of-the-art leisure facility which opened in 2011. The £8 million development replaced the existing 1970’s building, which was becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and the new centre boasts both main and learner pools as well as a sports hall, fitness suite, activities studio and multifunction room. The building was designed to comply with Shropshire Council’s policy on sustainability, incorporating a number of renewable technologies to minimize both carbon footprint and running costs. The performance specification for the new building’s mechanical services was prepared by consulting engineers, Ramboll, who selected the equipment as part of a series of measures to improve the sustainable credentials of the building, using appropriate renewable technologies. An important component was the Andrews Water Heaters SOLARflo water heating system which includes solar collectors mounted on the main roof. With 90.8% transmission efficiency, 95% absorption efficiency and a low emission loss of only 5%, these collectors transfer maximum heat to a 900 litre, non-corrosive, stainless steel unvented twin-coil cylinder. This, in turn, supplies pre-heated water to a SUPAflo SF66 condensing gas-fired water heater, thereby considerably reducing consumption of natural gas. The SF66 SUPAflo model has an output of 475kW and a recovery rate of 8,130 litres/hour through a temperature rise of 50°C and is linked to an Andrews SB500 buffer vessel. This system supplies all the domestic hot water for the building, serving 38 showers, 40 wash hand basins, three cleaners’ sinks and two tea room sinks. Integral controls are supplied with the equipment and these are connected to the BMS for time control and monitoring. The BMS also provides overheat, gas safety controls and fire alarm interlocks. The equipment was installed by Technic Mechanical Services Ltd. Eight solar collectors were mounted on the roof, which has a very low pitch. Consequently, the collectors were specially supplied for the project, having a landscape rather than a

portrait format and they were installed using the flat roof mounting kit supplied. The remainder of the equipment, comprising the water heater, buffer storage vessel and solar cylinder, were installed in the first floor plant room, along with the remainder of the SOLARflo package, which also includes solar controls, pump station and expansion vessels. SOLARflo glazed flat plate collectors are Solar Key Mark Approved and, similar to the stainless steel unvented cylinders and evacuated tubes in the Andrews range, carry a 10 year guarantee. Andrews’ SUPAflo water heaters are gas-fired, high efficiency water heaters, capable of supplying large volumes of hot water for a variety of commercial and industrial applications. These are low water content units with a copper or stainless steel finned tube heat exchanger and stainless steel headers and manifold. Suitable for either vented or unvented systems, they operate ‘instantaneously’, providing hot water on demand or, and, as in this case, can be linked with a buffer vessel. The SF60 KM series of SUPAflo water heaters is the latest addition to Andrews’ SUPAflo range, providing condensing technology with ultra low NOx and CO2 emissions. The units are high efficiency condensing heaters with downward firing blown gas premix water cooled burners that fully modulate between 20% and 100%. The heaters offer a seasonal efficiency of 106.8% at 75/60°C. Units are lightweight with a very small footprint, providing greater siting flexibility. The heat exchanger is constructed with stainless steel fin-tubes and stainless steel header manifolds. All models have a room sealed facility if required. In addition to the standard equipment supplied, units in the SF60 range also come complete with a gas filter and condensate trap and have the facility to control and power their own Bronze UPS primary circulator. A comprehensive control panel indicates all operational and lockout status with full history. Enquiry No 2



Leisure Time For Colourful Abet Laminates

Kemmlit Specified For New £5Million Welsh Watersport Centre

Abet Laminati’s compact grade laminates are colouring the new Westminster Lodge leisure centre in St Albans. For this £24m facility, S&P Architects specified a combination of compact grade laminates from the Plain colours and Legni woodgrain ranges. Together these have created bright, colourful and dramatic cubicles, lockers, vanity units and benches, all fabricated by specialist manufacturer Prospec. Abet Laminati’s High Pressure Laminates are a popular choice for this type of heavy duty application and are commonly specified for lockers, table tops, vanity units and cubicles. Their finish provides a tactile, hardwearing and attractive surface coupled with excellent resistance to impact, scratches and abrasion. The compact grade’s solid core construction makes it a perfect choice for areas prone to high moisture and humidity because there is no risk of peeling, cracking or delamination.

A new watersport centre has been constructed on Colwyn Bay’s waterfront. Liverpool based architects K2 specified Kemmlit’s seawater resistant Type R locker systems and Kemmlit’s Cronus cubicle systems for the changing rooms. The Type R locker system features an easy to clean seawater resistant aluminium construction which is 100% corrosion resistant. Kemmlit’s innovative compression jointing techniques ensure these lockers have a high tensile strength with no unsightly welding joints. The panels are made from 13mm high pressure laminate with a special overlay to protect them against abrasion, wear and scratches. Kemmlit bench seating and a range of accessories were also specified.

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Vicaima Reaches Greater Heights In Hotels Interiors Vicaima’s outstanding Portaro complete door system provides the perfect partnership between door, frame and architrave, providing fully finished door, frame, architrave and ironmongery together in one single system. This high performance system can now be supplied to a height of 2350mm to give full floor to ceiling height. The resulting look is dramatic and beautiful, and can be further enhanced by seamlessly integrating the door into full wall-width panels, to give a stunning contemporary ‘panoramic’ look. These doors can be supplied as FD30 certified, and FD60 certified. Designers now have a total colour spectrum at their command as the Portaro door system can be Pantone matched to specification reference. Enquiry No 5

Dallmer Aids Drainage At Newmarket Spa The privately owned Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket, a Victorian property once part of the estate of the sixth Duke of Bedford has recently launched a new Spa. The Bedford Lodge Hotel management called on Barnes Construction, a Suffolk based construction company, to carry out the refurbishment work to their respective high standards. The Spa offers a range of Heat Experiences as well as a Hydrotherapy pool cleansing, mud treatments, showers, steam, and sauna rooms, beauty rooms and a Spa lounge. With regard to most of the services provided, an abundance of water is used and needs to be drained away efficiently and unobtrusively, therefore a suitable product for wet rooms was required. Barnes Construction contacted Dallmer, a company with over 100 years experience in this sphere and sought advice as to which of its extensive range of products would be suitable. Dallmer recommended its floor channel Ceraline Pronto F 60Omm with a built in depth of only ….which would be suitable for each location in the Spa. The Pronto was extremely simple to install, flanges securing the drain to the floor are grade quartz sand coated onto an epoxy glue which gives optimal waterproof adhesion. The Pronto has sound insulated adjustable leveling legs as well as adjustable screws for leveling the steel cover plate. The drain body has a removable trap insert for easy cleaning and in each case a stainless steel cover plate was used. Each of the floor channels was then connected to a Dallmer Tisto one piece FAST TRAP, which is perfect for wet rooms on timber or solid floors. Tested to a flow rate of 45 litres per minute, the trap is specifically designed for use with the latest high-powered showers. The high quality, reliability and long life offered by Dallmer floor channels will help maintain the high standards provided by the Bedford Hotel Spa. Enquiry No 6



How A School’s Vision For Design Excellence Was Realised In this article, Ian Smith, Senior Manager at architectural aluminium façade systems specialist, Technal, looks at an ambitious redevelopment project at Yarm School which has delivered state-of-the-art teaching accommodation and an outstanding venue for performing arts. Yarm School is an independent co-educational private day school near Stocktonon-Tees in the north east. Associated Architects were appointed to develop a masterplan for the school which is located in the heart of the historic market town of Yarm. The principle objective was to provide new buildings capable of supporting modern teaching practices and to meet the needs and expectations of students. The school has developed considerably since it was established in 1978. It has occupied a Grade II listed 18th century Friarage, a number of purpose-built facilities have been added, and two residential properties were acquired in 2003. Key Design Requirements The school’s plan was to expand the current teaching facilities on its three sites in several phases to minimise disruption to teaching, and to create a state-of-the-art theatre facility to help deliver its academic aspirations. The key design requirements included: To enhance the experience of staff, pupils and visitors to the school To provide facilities that would be modern, light and welcoming with a strong sense of place and identity To take account of intensive use in the academic year and out-of-hours use by the local community Materials that would be low maintenance and durable Introducing high levels of natural light with the minimum loss of space Consideration of the visual impact of the lit building at night and to use this to help identify the school’s facilities to its visitors A high level of acoustic performance to minimise noise transference To sensitively improve the river frontage. Redeveloping the Senior School In the redevelopment of the senior school, which serves around 700 pupils, the

centrepiece is an academic block overlooking the River Tees and spanning around 3700sqm of combined accommodation. It was designed to respect the scale and height of the listed Friarage building. This riverside scheme is generally three storeys high and has a rectilinear form to accommodate high specification classrooms and multi-use dance and drama group activity studios. Outside spaces include a courtyard for quiet contemplation, a series of ‘grand’ steps to provide a central meeting point and an outdoor terrace with views over the River Tees towards the hills in the distance. A combination of paving, decking and reinforced grass allow for relaxed outdoor space during regattas. The architects selected a considered palette of materials to create a visually interesting form for the new senior school buildings. These included pre-weathered zinc cladding, rendered panels, western red cedar cladding and aluminium curtain walling, which were chosen for their robustness, sustainability and quality of construction for technical performance and efficiency. The Performing Arts Centre The most recent phase of the senior school redevelopment focused on the construction of a fan-shaped performing arts centre. This theatre building has a sculptural form to reflect its importance to the school. It provides a fully flexible auditorium capable of seating up to 800 people, and is connected by a double height entrance foyer which maximises the stunning views of the River Tees, to the riverside academic block. In the auditorium, an acoustic moveable partition can be drawn across the entrance to the stage to separate the forestage and auditorium from the stage area, allowing concurrent use as a fully independent studio theatre, and for the auditorium to be used for assemblies, lectures, music events, exams or dinner dances. The main auditorium seating is telescopic and has been designed to leave a completely clear flat floor if required. A large stage elevator that serves an orchestra pit can be pre-set to various levels, including basement for an orchestra ensemble, the main auditorium level or forestage level. Due to the close proximity to the River Tees, the internal floor level of the centre had to be raised above the surrounding external levels. The auditorium roof is



formed with clear span 40m long curved steel trusses clad in elongated hexagonal preweathered zinc shingles for the vertical faces and a combination of faceted roof glazing and zinc standing seam cladding for the roof. Internally a combination of acoustically reflective, absorptive and diffusive finishes was selected to provide a high standard of acoustic performance, suited to the multifunctional nature of the auditorium. The auditorium and stage studio are clad in 40mm profile European oak timber slats radiating towards the centre point of the stage with absorptive or reflective acoustic backing. An extruded and randomised profile of the same timber slat is repeated on the rear auditorium wall to provide a degree of sound diffusion. The Façade Solutions A double height entrance foyer for the auditorium to make the most of the beautiful views over the river, was created using Technal’s GEODE-MX Visible Grid curtain walling. This system was also used for the dance studios, classrooms and corridors, filling the building with natural light. The GEODE-MX SG Mechanical option was selected for the music room – this system allows a flush glass façade and less visible aluminium. Technal’s FXi46 window system delivers high levels of natural ventilation throughout the project. Large bays of four side hung casements were inserted into the curtain walling and interspersed with western red cedar panels for the classrooms, with top hung windows and integrated rendered panels specified for the dance studio. In the corridor areas, the windows are electrically operated top hung systems, with contrasting enamelstoved glazed spandrel panels also inserted into the GEODE curtain walling. According to the Project Architect, Barbora Bott at Associated Architects, “A key design element for the glazing was to achieve large spans with minimum sight lines to allow extensive daylight penetration and reduce artificial lighting. We were also looking for robust, low maintenance aluminium systems with good U values, visual consistency across the project, a high standard of aesthetics, and value for money. Technal’s façade products achieved all these criteria and have met our expectations. As a result, we would consider specifying them for other projects.” Specially-designed restrictors were used for the windows to the classrooms, and the position of the window handles was adjusted for the office areas on the east elevation,


to allow easy opening of the windows which spanned floor to ceiling height. All Technal’s systems were finished in dark blue-grey to complement the palette of materials selected for the building envelope – white render, western red cedar horizontal panels, anodised aluminium perforated rainscreen panels, and pre-weathered zinc cladding. Minimising Impact on the Environment Low energy features of the project include a 110m deep ground source heat pump to provide under floor heating for the whole theatre, solar panels to pre-heat water for changing rooms and toilet facilities; high efficiency gas boilers; high level brise soleil sun shading to reduce solar gain; heat recovery ventilation, and high levels of natural light to reduce the artificial lighting demand. The £20m redevelopment scheme and its diverse facilities are set to make a lasting impression on its students and on the local community, with its creative design for a bright and modern learning environment. And in recognition of this success, the performing arts centre has now been shortlisted in the RIBA North East Awards which celebrate the best in architecture and design in the built environment from across the region. It is an acknowledgement of a great building and recognition of the whole team’s effort, and most importantly, the school’s vision for high quality design. Enquiry No 7


Sika Watertight Concrete Keeps Coventry University Dry Over 1,500m3 of Sika Watertight Concrete was used in the basement construction of the visually stunning new Engineering and Computing facility at Coventry University. BBA approved Sika® Watertight Concrete is a guaranteed solution for the construction of watertight basements and incorporates state-of-the-art Sika admixtures to prevent water penetrating through the concrete. Within the system, construction joints were sealed with the BBA approved SikaSwell® jointing system, which consists of joint sealing profiles that expand on contact with water to seal any voids between adjoining concrete slabs. Enquiry No 9

Enveloping With Light This stunning space was designed by LSI architects as part of their work at INTO University of East Anglia. It is a dramatic example of how the unique Kalwall® translucent system diffuses daylight through walls or roofs to create the ideal ambience for study, learning and leisure in colleges and schools. U values as low as 0.28W/m2K, equivalent to a solid wall or roof, can be achieved by including translucent aerogel insulation within the panels. Kalwall is the most highly insulating diffuse light transmitting system available and comprises a translucent structural composite sandwich panel permanently bonded to a grid core constructed of interlocked thermally-broken aluminium I-beams. Kalwall roof systems can be bespoke or are available in self-supporting barrel and low profile vaults and self-supporting ridge roofs.

Educational Copper Dudley College’s aspiration for a bold contemporary building which respects its historic town centre context is realised with completion of Dudley Evolve, characterised by horizontal copper panels from Aurubis Architectural. The focal point of the scheme is a cantilevered theatre auditorium, clad in bands of randomly arranged horizontal copper panels with three different surfaces. In addition to Nordic Standard mill finish copper, Aurubis Architectural supplied panels in Nordic Brown and Nordic Brown Light, both pre-oxidised at its factory to give straightaway the same oxidised surface that otherwise develops over time in the environment. Enquiry No 10

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Potterton Commercial Condensing Boilers In Heating Refurbishment At Holyhead School, Birmingham When the boilers at Holyhead School in Handsworth, Birmingham needed replacing due to age and obsolescence, Baxi Commercial was able to supply an energy efficient alternative: Potterton Commercial condensing boilers which were ideally suited to the installation as they were selected to complement the existing radiator circuits. The existing boilers were original to the building and certain spare parts were no longer available so refurbishment of the heating system was essential. The three Potterton Commercial Eurocondense 500kW condensing boilers and three 800 litre calorifiers were selected by consulting engineers for Dodd Group with specialist input from the Baxi Commercial Division technical team. The Eurocondense model was specifically chosen due to the age of the remainder of the system and the required flow and return water temperatures. The boilers and calorifiers were installed in the ground floor plantroom and only pipework within the room was replaced. The three Eurocondense boilers operate with stand alone controls and are not connected to a BMS. The calorifiers provide Domestic Hot Water (DHW) throughout the school, serving wash hand basins, sinks and showers. Potterton Commercial’s latest Eurocondense floor standing condensing gas boiler offers a range of upgraded features, including a smaller footprint, improved modulation range and reduced operating noise levels. This new boiler incorporates a heat exchanger made from aluminium/silicon with a 10 year warranty, delivering exceptional energy efficiency as well as advanced ultra low NOx performance of 35mg/kWh (Class 5). Potterton Commercial has developed the Integrated System Regulator (ISR) control system in conjunction with Siemens for the Eurocondense range of boilers. The user friendly control panel offers display of operation status, built in weather compensation, time control facilities for both heating and DHW, summer/winter change over and fault diagnostics and the ISR control can be used with simple room thermostats or, as in this case, with a fully integrated, site-wide Building Energy Management System. Remote status facilities are built in for run and fault and the ISR control allows for remote control of set point of temperature or power output. Potterton Commercial also offers optional controls for DHW operation, start/stop optimisation, zone control and modular boiler sequence cascade control. Enquiry No 11



Kemper System Brings New Life To University Campus Roof Waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, has helped Anglia Ruskin University transform a former office block into a prestigious faculty building thanks to its Stratex warm roof and Kemperol V210 cold liquid-applied waterproofing systems. The University bought ‘Guild House’ as the new home for its Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, refurbishing the building throughout before turning its attention to the largely failing bituminous felt roof. The University’s projects team opted for a warm roof and specified Kemper’s Stratex system to upgrade the building’s thermal performance while providing a durable waterproof solution. Roofing contractor, Mells Roofing, stripped back the two failing roofs on Guild House’s East and West Buildings and cleaned the existing felt roof substrate on the South Building to prepare it for installation of the warm roof system. The installation team laid a Kempershield vapour control layer on all three roofs before beginning installation of Kemper System’s Kempertherm insulation board. Although Kemperol V210 is impervious to standing water, a tapered insulation board was chosen to create a slight pitch on the existing flat roofs to help with water drainage and, once this had been primed, the installation team applied the Kemperol V210 liquid membrane. Laid in a single process, the V210 resin saturates a tear-resistant reinforcement fleece and cures to provide a seamless monolithic membrane that is permanently elastic, tough, UV resistant, and doesn’t require any additional protective layers. Enquiry No 12

An Education In Flooring TARKETT LTD has used its century of experience manufacturing Linoleum floors to produce a new range of colourful flooring ideal for use in the education sector. The Linoleum xf2 range introduces 47 new colours to Tarkett's education flooring portfolio that already includes LVT, sports flooring, safety, homogeneous and heterogeneous vinyl sheet and tile products. With colour ranges varying from natural stone greys through to grass greens, raspberry reds and bright, bold yellows and blues - ideal for creating floors with impact. During manufacture 95% of the product scraps and all water needed for production are recycled. Tarkett then applies its xf2 surface treatment to the flooring making it easier to clean for the end user. This means Linoleum xf2 requires less maintenance and reduces the use of harmful cleaning products. Tarkett's Linoleum xf2 portfolio totals 112 colours including a range of Grande Classics - colours that are guaranteed to be in production through to 2033. Beyond linoleum Tarkett has developed an extensive range of flooring suitable for an educational environment. Wood and vinyl provide solutions for a variety of applications in every area to suit the design and budget. The company also has a range of safety flooring options and its Floorcraft design service can produce bespoke flooring designs to bring the floor to life. Due to the large selection of colours available, Tarkett has developed an intuitive digital visualiser to help designers and clients with the colour selection process. It allows designs short on time to see what the flooring will look like when laid in a specified environment. It also helps improve aesthetics and provides confidence when choosing a floor. Enquiry No 13



Yorkon Increases School Capacity With Off-Site Construction A new two-storey teaching block for an expanding Leicestershire school completed by off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, a member of the Portakabin Group, has been described as an ‘iconic building’. One of the highest-performing state schools in Leicestershire, Martin High School in Anstey, is expanding from a middle school for 11-14 year olds to a secondary school, catering for 11-16 year olds. A new building was then needed to accommodate 50 per cent more pupils over the next two years. The new facility provides eight classrooms and 12 toilets. The Yorkon preinstalled high performance concrete floor has been used to deliver superior acoustics and a robust finish for a demanding secondary school environment. Full height curtain walling to the entrance has created an impressive exterior and a combination of spandrel panels between floors, brickwork and cedar cladding give the scheme a distinctive and contemporary appearance. Off-site construction allowed the building to be delivered with much less disruption than a site-based solution and the modules were installed over a weekend.

Martin High School’s Business Manager, Sue Plunkett, said, “There were a number of benefits to working with Yorkon, including the speed of construction and low level of disruption to a busy school environment. The finished building feels more like a traditional construction rather than a facility built off site and we would be very happy to work with Yorkon again in the future.” “This was a new venture for the school and we have been very pleased with both the finished result and the construction process. The building is designed to make the most of the fantastic views from the windows of the nearby beauty spot, Bradgate Park. The design of the cladding blends in well with the countryside and we have created a truly iconic building for the school.” Yorkon has an extensive track record in the primary and secondary education sectors, having completed a wide variety of bespoke modular projects including selfcontained teaching buildings, classroom extensions and complete schools, delivering all the speed, quality, sustainability and efficiency benefits of off-site construction. Following completion of this project on time and on budget, Yorkon has since been awarded its fourth academy project in the Midlands – a two-storey sixth form centre at Woodbrook Vale High School in Loughborough. Enquiry No 14



Portakabin Awarded £8M Contract By Surrey County Council To Help Meet The Urgent Need For School Places Portakabin, the UK’s leading modular building manufacturer, has been awarded a major contract by Surrey County Council to provide around 20 new classroom buildings to help meet the rising demand for primary school places in the region. This is the fourth year Portakabin, who are on Surrey’s framework contract, has been awarded an annual programme of modular building, which is valued at in excess of £8m for 2013. Designed and constructed to permanent building standards and in line with the latest Department for Education guidelines for teaching and learning, spacious classrooms for 330 children at 11 different schools will be delivered by Portakabin in time for the start of the 2013/14 academic year. A further six classrooms for 180 children will be provided for the 2014/15 school year. Outof-date temporary classrooms at 10 schools will also be replaced with new stateof-the-art teaching accommodation. All the buildings will be finished to the highest standards, with architectural detailing such as cedar cladding, brickwork and pitched roofs to complement existing facilities on each school site, and high performance concrete floors for enhanced acoustic performance. At Ravenscote Community Junior School in Camberley, Portakabin will be constructing a double classroom block and two purpose-designed music rooms. Pupils at Oakwood School in Horley will benefit from a new drama block which will be fitted out with specialist equipment and finishes, a concrete floor for a high level of acoustic performance, lamp diffusers and blackout blinds.


Commenting on the appointment, Bill Christie, Project Manager (Schools) at Surrey County Council, said, “We have appointed Portakabin because we felt they could deliver buildings of the very highest quality to meet our stringent requirements for teaching accommodation. We also needed a supplier that will complete each project precisely on programme as our deadline for completion in time for the start of the new academic year is critical and immovable. Having worked with Portakabin for a number of years, we are confident in their ability to deliver on time, every time.” “The use of modular construction also radically reduces both disruption to teaching and time on site which are essential factors when we have to meet such an urgent requirement for additional school places.” It has been estimated that more than 250,000 new school places will have to be created nationally by 2014/15 which will have a huge impact on education facilities across the country. Each Portakabin classroom building can be fitted out to accommodate a wide variety of applications, such as science laboratories, art rooms, dance studios, food technology rooms, IT suites, general classrooms, school or college receptions, kitchen and dining facilities, and administrative offices. Enquiry No 15


Viessmann And Bolton College Unveil New Technology Training Facility

LG Hausys Flooring Range – Creating An Atmosphere For Learning The LG brand is one of the most powerful and fastest growing brands in the world. In the UK, David Clouting Ltd is LG Hausys largest distributor of surface materials including an innovative range of vinyl floor coverings for the education sector. LG Hausys have heavily invested in technology to create a superb range of floor coverings specifically designed for school and college applications – from classrooms, corridors and cafeterias to libraries and gymnasiums. Offering excellent sound absorbing properties for a quieter environment, design flexibility, good slip resistance, durability and wear resistance, all LG Hausys flooring products are easy to clean, maintain and install. Enquiry No 16

£100,000 worth of Viessmann equipment to provide local students and installers with hands on experience of renewable heating technology. Viessmann and Bolton College have invested in the new state-of-the-art construction centre, providing a cutting-edge facility for studying green technology courses. The dedicated training facility will also be used to train heating engineers from the local area, including those from the nearby cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. A mixture of domestic and renewable heating technologies is fully operational in the new building, including models from Viessmann’s popular Vitodens 100 and 200 ranges of boilers. Viessmann’s training courses are open to all installers, and are completely free of charge. Enquiry No 17

Firm Launches New Kitchen Range Project:ff&e, the specialist provider of furniture, fittings and equipment, has been chosen to use its innovative new Fortis kitchen, the first of its kind in the UK, on a trio of new student accommodation projects and won a FIRA Innovation award as a result. Project:ff&e provided its Fortis range for projects at Aston University, the University of Essex and Telford Court at the University of Hertfordshire. The brief involved providing water-resistant kitchens without a cost premium to deal with the reoccurring problem of moisture reducing the lifespan of kitchen units. Because there was no existing product on the market, Project:ff&e created its own unique designs. The Fortis range works by reducing liquids getting into the joints between two pieces of worktop and also running down the front of a unit, getting into the drawers and underneath the unit where it may not be noticed. Enquiry No 18

SE Controls Provides Safe And Comfortable Environment For Staffordshire Students 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 No 19



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Monodraught X-Air Systems Create A Future-Proof Controllable Natural Ventilation Strategy For A Primary School Near Stansted Airport Bold ambitions led an Essex primary school to move to a village’s new estate, and gain an exciting modern building by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Working with Essex County Council, the decision was made to relocate the school to the centre of the village’s 840 new homes on the Priors Green estate. Commenting on the specification of Monodraught X-Air systems for the school, the project’s architect Toby Carr says it was intended from the outset to specify low energy natural ventilation, as the practice specialises in low energy buildings and sustainable architecture. “We were keen to specify a natural ventilation solution and the client was hoping to achieve a high BREEAM rating,” says Toby: “so to meet both objectives we needed to adopt the most effective natural ventilation strategy available. The Windcatcher X-Air system from Monodraught proved to be an extremely effective and affordable solution.” All classrooms are monitored using a Monodraught iNVent control system, which works automatically but also allows teachers to override individual systems if they want to. On educational projects, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects is particularly interested in ensuring that buildings are not simply containers in which children attend school, but are also learning environments. To achieve this, systems employed within the school are, where possible, made apparent and visible to the children. And as Toby explains, the Monodraught X-Air systems are clearly visible on the roof, so children are able to appreciate how they may be working and, in their classrooms can also see how the X-Air units are helping to control their environment. Enquiry No 20

Vinyl Flooring Specialist Gerflor Wins Top Marks For School Project The first in a series of state-of-the-art schools in Scotland has specified international vinyl flooring specialist Gerflor’s products throughout the building. Architects Cooper Cromar specified the Tarasafe™ range of slip-resistant, hard-wearing safety flooring, available in more than 60 colours, for Eastwood High School in Renfrewshire. Fitted smoothly by MacGregor Flooring, the Tarasafe™ Ultra Comfort acoustic flooring was chosen to minimise the impact of noise where classrooms were built above each other. All the Tarasafe™ flooring installed at the school was impregnated with Sanosol® fungistatic and bacteriostatic treatment and incorporated Gerflor's unique SparClean® treatment, which eliminates dirt traps and cuts overall maintenance costs by reducing the need for cleaning materials. Enquiry No 21



Pressalit Care Adds Height Adjustable Toilet Bracket To The Select Range A new height adjustable toilet bracket is the latest addition to the Pressalit Care Select range. The Select bracket features smooth lines and surfaces, with minimal slits and grooves, for ease of cleaning. Available in both electric and manual lifting options, the Pressalit Care Select toilet bracket provides a smooth, horizontal lift to assist in this ease of transfer. Adjusted by a height of 300mm with the manual version, and 400mm with the electric version, both standing or seated transfer from a wheelchair is therefore possible. The electric hand control is operated with the simple press of a button, and is ideal for multi-user bathrooms. The manual option is operated by means of an easily accessible handle which can be mounted on either side of the toilet. Enquiry No 23

RigiSystems LokFold Creates Eye-Catching Display In Liverpool RigiSystems LokFold standing seam has been used to stunning effect on the new learning centre at Notre Dame Catholic College in Liverpool. All the walls have been clad in 0.9mm aluminium LokFold in a PVDF finish in luminous Moonstone Blue and Gold. The result is a kind of living wall effect that changes colour when moving around the building and with changing light conditions. Around 1,500 sq m of LokFold were used in three different cover widths to enhance the dramatic visual impact of the project. RigiSystems Ziplok was also used on the roof of the new centre which houses state of the art science, computer and design spaces, fitted with high specification equipment and hardware, as well as professional standard performing arts facilities which include two separate auditoria and two recording studios. Enquiry No 22

Moorland Is A Healthy Choice For New Care Cembrit has supplied 3000 Moorland fibre cement slates to Eagle Wood, a new Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough. The steeply-pitched slate roofs have attractive dormer windows, and the Moorland slates complement the soft-toned brickwork and timber features, to give the centre a gentle, welcoming look. Moorland slate is manufactured with a smooth surface and dressed edge to give the appearance of a natural slate from ground level, whilst retaining all the fixing benefits of man-made slate. Each slate is pre-holed and is a consistent size, weight and thickness, ensuring regularity and simplicity when fixing as they do not need to be graded and sorted as natural slates do. Enquiry No 24

Hush Acoustics For Educational Projects Research proves that poor acoustics within educational environments can affect both teaching and learning. Hush Acoustics have developed products and systems that will reduce impact, airborne and reverberation noise between or within learning spaces. All Hush products are in compliance with acoustic regulations for educational environments and fall in line with the Building Bulletin 93 (BB93). “We have developed many easy to install systems that are designed to optimise space within a classroom / teaching room for refurbishment projects or new builds. Creating better learning environments for students will make it easier for teachers to get their message across. We work on projects of any size from a single classroom to a whole school�, states Rob Crampton MD of Hush Acoustics. Hush Acoustics also offer a consultancy service outlining practical, economical and environmentally friendly ways to minimize noise levels within teaching environments. To find out more about Hush Acoustic educational sound proofing options and other market sectors that they work in visit their website or call to speak to one of their experienced technicians on 0151 933 2026. Enquiry No 25



Brett Landscaping Paving Design Unites Medical Centre And School Brett Landscaping has used its creative expertise to produce an aesthetically-pleasing, cost-effective paving design that provides a cohesive identity for a refurbished healthcare and education complex in Surbiton. The new development, which comprises Surbiton Health Centre and Lime Tree Primary School, is situated on the grounds of an old hospital. Brett was contacted by the site contractors, Farncombe Construction, to enhance the revamped facilities in a way that took into account the site’s sustainable needs and made best use of the available site space. After initial investigations, Brett Landscaping recommended a combination of Alpha Flow and Omega Flow permeable paving, complemented with decorative kerbs and Yorktone flag paving. Brett also manufactured a bespoke flat block kerb – a product that is not part of the company’s standard range – to deliver the optimum solution for the project’s requirements. The modern design of the Brett Alpha Flow permeable paving, which has tumbled edges to provide a durable, aesthetically pleasing solution, together with Omega Flow’s classic rectangular block profile, enabled Farncombe Construction to meet the Surface Water Management requirements of the installation without compromising on the aesthetic appearance of the block paving. To learn more about permeable paving from Brett Landscaping, check out PermCalc , the free-to-use software used by planners and architects to create permeable paving solutions. This works by assessing projects based on calculations of variables such as rainfall, traffic volumes and land composition to determine the appropriate sub-base composition. Enquiry No 26

Hush Acoustics For Healthcare Projects Hush Acoustics provide acoustic materials for floors, walls and ceilings in new build and refurbishment health care projects. In order to meet the specific healthcare requirements it is important to ensure that surfaces and materials are easy to keep clean and free of germs so conventional sound reduction solutions may not always be appropriate. One solution is Hush slab 100 sound absorber - a product that can be incorporated within walls to reduce sound transfer. Hush has also developed acoustic floor solutions that sit beneath all floor finishes and are used in healthcare environments. These products include cradle and batten floors, a variety of acoustic deck options and resilient rubber floor membranes. Healthcare facilities often have large areas of hard surfaces such as tiled walls and hard floors both of which reflect sound waves and increase ambient noise. A loud environment can be distressing for patients and it can stop them from getting rest that is vital for recovery. Patients’ confidentiality and privacy may also be compromised by insufficient sound reduction. All Hush products and systems are sourced responsibly from sustainable and recycled raw materials and exceed the requirements of UK Building Regulations including Approved Document E (England & Wales), Section 5 (Scotland) and Part G (Northern Ireland). This includes compliance with Robust Details and Code for Sustainable Homes if needed. Established for over 25 years Hush Acoustics are one of the longest established acoustic specialists in the United Kingdom. Visit www. or call an experienced Hush technician on 0151 933 2026. Enquiry No 27


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The Photon Project To Launch At London Design Festival 2013 All-Glass Pod Tests The Biological Effects Of Daylight On Humans The Photon Project is a ground-breaking scientific study that is being launched at the 2013 London Design Festival. A prototype all-glass Photon Pod will be built in the forecourt – and the public will be able to experience ‘life under glass’ from sunrise to sunset – as well as take part in specially designed tests to measure their levels of alertness or relaxation. This event will launch the Photon Project, and introduce the public to this unique and important study – which addresses a modern problem that’s negatively affecting the health, wellbeing, mood and behaviour of millions of people – disruption to the biological clock caused by lack of daylight. Cantifix Ltd – a market-leading specialist glazing company, has asked a scientific research team from Oxford University to be the academic partner on the Photon Project – and to establish a more direct link between daylight and living under glass on wellbeing - that in the long run will benefit our quality of life and health.The research phase of the Photon Project will last 4 years, and involve 300 participants spending time in Photon Pods – 30m2 all-glass living enclosures -which incorporate both living and sleeping areas between a module integrating kitchen and bathroom. These participants will be scientifically tested in order to investigate the impact of natural light on their biology and wellbeing. The results will create the blueprint for design to take account of human needs, and are likely to have an impact across the medical, therapy and leisure markets – as well as the global glass industry. Brent Richards is Principal of Transpolis Global Architects and a lead innovator in the field of glass architecture. As architect of the Photon House and conceptualiser of the Photon Pod and future living solutions involving greater access to daylight, he is the Strategic Creative Director for the Photon Project. Cantifix has applied its expertise in glass and engineering to develop a specification for the innovative ‘healthy’ glazing used on the Pod – designed to allow the optimum amount of natural daylight into

the interior, whilst still delivering the insulation and solar control required to provide a comfortable living environment. Over the course of the Photon Project this glazing specification will be developed using the latest nano-coatings – towards a surface that responds intuitively to individuals and climatic stimulus, changing colour and transparency for shading and privacy. The Photon Project will be launched at The London Design Festival between 14th to 22nd September 2013, with a prototype Photon Pod being built outside the Building Centre in Store Street, WC1. Each day will start with a Sunrise Experience (7am – 9am) – where visitors will be scientifically tested on their level of alertness and readiness for the day, and end with a Sunset Experience (6pm – 8pm) – where visitors will be tested on their level of relaxation and readiness for sleep. These tests have been designed specifically for the event by scientists at Harvard and Monash Universities. The prototype Photon Pod will be accompanied by a Photon Exhibition within the Building Centre, which will guide visitors through the wider vision, ambitions and context of the Photon Project. The launch event will also feature presentation and discussion sessions, which will be held on the afternoons of Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September – and will involve international scientists, academics, architects, designers and global corporations who will debate the link between daylight and science, technology, health, wellbeing, architecture and design. The prototype Photon Pod will be built in association with Philips – who have integrated their latest LED lighting technology to complement and harnomise with the artificial light system, when natural light (daylight) is not available. Dupont, Southwall Technologies, Sharda Glass, Cube Construction and 4C Developments have all also donated their products and services to build the prototype Photon Pod. Enquiry No 28


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Timber Expo 2013 – The Essential Selection Timber Expo takes place at the Birmingham NEC this September. Now in its third year, over 5,000 visitors are expected at the UK’s leading timber trade show including architects and designers, engineers and contractors, local authorities and a wide range of those working in the built environment. 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 exciting and diverse international market. So, where do you go and what do you look out for? With only a few weeks to go before the doors open, here are some of the essential highlights of the show not to miss at the UK’s truly national timber show…

products and systems, the Forum will still operate in the same fashion as in previous years.

Major Exhibitors from the UK and Overseas A huge range of 170 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 and representatives include: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

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 many of the leading timber trade bodies representing the supply chain of the forestry and timber industries, in the same place at the same time. The ProTimber 2013 summit will also take place here and discuss the role of timber in the Government’s Construction Strategy.

Comprehensive Timber Talks Seminar Programme A key element to the show and a central part of the Expo experience. Organised by TRADA, the eight seminar sessions are spread over two days and will give attendees a fantastic opportunity to draw on the knowledge, experience and advice of a concentrated group of high calibre speakers from all four corners of the built environment. From niche areas to leading trends, the Timber Talks will be characterised by key industry topics, major names, super projects and big issues – and they are all FREE! Talks are 25 minutes each, including 5 minutes for Q&A and will be chaired by a leading figure in the timber industry.

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. This year’s 30-strong shortlist drawn from a record breaking 318 British projects features unique private houses, stunning small projects, outstanding restorations, impressive public buildings and extraordinary bespoke and production-made furniture, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge. The 2013 shortlist will be on show throughout Timber Expo and you will be able to hear more about the projects in the Timber Talks programme.

Toolbox Talks Where do you find direct hands on information on the latest timber processes, technologies and specialist products? New for 2013, these 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 complement the Timber Talks and will be held in a purpose built 30 seat presentation theatre. From the sourcing of sustainable Southern Pine and specialist design software to building timber bridges and being EUTR-compliant, the Toolbox Talks are expected to be extremely popular, so make sure you get your seat filled early.

Media Centre & VIP Lounge 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 VIP Lounge is being built by EcoCurves and will feature magnificent bespoke glulam arches.

Timber Buyers & Specifiers Forum Sponsored by Vandecasteele, this co-located event within Timber Expo is a successful and dynamic part of the show, giving attendees the opportunity to meet for a faceto-face discussion with prospective new clients and business partners in a formal but relaxed environment. This year the Timber Buyers Forum has now transformed into the Buyers & Specifiers Forum. With a wider remit and now more attractive to an increasingly diverse range of those involved in the specification and design of timber


Worldscape - Visitor Lounge Worldscape is a huge continuous integrated piece of landscape furniture. It was the centrepiece of the extraordinary banqueting event Global Feast, coinciding with each evening of the London 2012 Olympics - 20 evenings serving a different slice of world food each night. It seats 80 people and will be a memorable spot to sit, relax and network during Timber Expo and marvel at looking at the world in wood.

TTJ Innovation Awards Once again Timber Expo sponsored the TTJ Innovation Award and this year’s five shortlisted candidates will be on hand at the show to present their successful products and development. You can find out more about Hess Timber, Frame Wise, X-Lam Alliance, SpanoTech and a joint bid by architect Pablo Zamorano and engineer Nacho Marti. Timber Expo will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, 24-25 September 2013. Keep up to date with show developments and pre-register at the website. Enquiry No 29

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Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects © Hufton+Crow

Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxford by BDP

Abraham Darby Sports and Learning Community, Shropshire by BDP © David Barbour

Wood Awards 2013 Announces Shortlist A shortlist of just 30 has been selected from a record entry of 318 British projects in the Wood Awards 2013, the UK’s premier award scheme celebrating excellence in design in wood. The Wood Awards is a flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design. This year’s 30-strong shortlist features unique private houses, stunning small projects, outstanding restorations, impressive public buildings and extraordinary bespoke and production-made furniture, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge. The independent judging panel of architecture, engineering, craftsmanship and design experts and specialists led by Michael Morrison of Purcell UK and

Sean Sutcliffe of Benchmark Furniture now see the shortlist in person before making their final decisions. The winners of the Wood Awards categories and which project will receive the coveted Gold Award - the winner of winners - will be announced on the 19th November at a reception hosted by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. The shortlisted projects include Wilkinson Eyre Architect’s Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth by Wilkinson Eyre Architects featuring Canadian Western red cedar, Bishop Edward King Chapel in Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects using European oak, and the BREEAM “Excellent” rated Abraham Darby Sports and Learning Community building in Shropshire by BDP using European spruce and larch glulam, cross-laminated timber and Canadian Western red cedar cladding.


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The Dune House, Thorpeness by Mole Architects © Chris Wright

The Exbury Egg, Beaulieu River, Hampshire by PAD Studio

Church Walk, London by David Mikhail Architects © Tim Crocker

Michael Morrison said, “The diversity of this year’s entries demonstrate the range of flexibility and problem solving which timber brings. This is exciting to see, and the quality of entries this year has made the selection of the shortlist particularly difficult.” David Hopkins, head of communications and external affairs for major sponsor Wood for Good, said, “Looking through the entries for this year’s Wood Awards, it is hard not to be struck by the impact that the timber industry is having on the face of urban architecture throughout the UK. Timber is carving itself an ever larger niche in the construction market and one factor which is repeated throughout the entries is sustainability. Timber is finally being recognised as a solution to achieving affordable, low-carbon urban development goals.”


For the first time, the shortlisted Furniture categories pieces will be exhibited at this year’s 100% Design from 18th to 21st September – the biggest event during the London Design Festival. The Wood Awards shortlist will also be showcased with selected projects giving Timber Talks at Timber Expo from 24th to 25th September at the NEC, Birmingham. As the flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design, the Wood Awards is made possible by the major sponsorship of AHEC, Canada Wood, the Carpenters’ Company, TRADA and Wood for Good. Other sponsors include American Softwoods, BRE and the Forestry Commission. Enquiry No 30

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Mapei Fuel Inspiration For Designers At 100% Design

HELIFIX Launches New Technical Product Datasheets

Mapei are encouraging designers to use their creative licence and gain inspiration from their exhibition stand at 100% Design between the 18-21 September 2013. Mapei will be exhibiting a selection of their environmentally friendly products including Silexcolor protective and decorative wall coatings system, Mapefloor resin flooring system and Ultratop Industrial cementitious flooring. Located at stand E1, Mapei will be displaying Silexcolor Marmorino. Differing design options in finish, texture, colour and hues will be on display to allow designers to explore ideas to enhance any project. Mapei will also be displaying their extended Mapefloor System range. Also being exhibited is Mapei’s cementitious Ultratop Industrial flooring.

To complement its new technical brochure, ‘Principles, Products and Applications’, HELIFIX has launched a full set of individual product datasheets. These provide detailed information on every helical fixing in the range, identify those that carry CE Marking under the Construction Products Regulation and aid product selection, specification and installation. Each of the company’s products has its own dedicated product sheet detailing their applications, technical specifications, installation procedures and recommended tooling. For smartphone users, the datasheets feature a QR code for instant access to the relevant Helifix web page.

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Now Available – New HOPPE CPD On The Important Area Of Liability In Door Handles Brand new to the market place, this latest presentation from HOPPE, the manufacturer synonymous with innovation, quality and performance in hardware for the architectural and window and door sectors, looks at regulations affecting lever furniture and how standards can help specifiers and architects meet their requirements. Jam packed with informative and enlightening content, the presentation entitled Liability and Lever Handles – an introduction to BS 8300 and BS EN 1906 includes ways in which to limit liability when specifying lever furniture. To register your interest, or to book a session at an event in your area, please visit or call 01902 484 400. Enquiry No 33

Yeoman Shield Once Again Retains Its CHAS Accreditation

Howe Green Linear Drainage Products Attain CE Mark

With over 45 years’ experience, a wealth of knowledge and the widest choice of products on the market today, Yeoman Shield has once again retained its CHAS (The Contractors Health & Safety Scheme) certification ‘mark’. CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers. Yeoman Shield has established itself as the UK market leader in the supply and installation of wall & door protection products and is at the heart of front line defence when it comes to savings on repair and redecoration.

Howe Green can give customers further reassurance of quality after its modular linear drainage products met the requirements for CE marking. The accreditation, applied to the company’s HG100 and HG200 channel drains, confirms their high quality build and proven performance and that they have been manufactured, tested and assessed to European standards as required by the Construction Products Regulation. Available in either 304 or 316 austenitic stainless steel, Howe Green’s channel drain products can be installed with a wide variety of floor types including ceramic tiles, resin and hard floor finishes. They provide an easy to clean, hygienic drainage solution suitable for a wide range of applications. Howe Green’s linear drainage systems require little maintenance and are available as made-to-measure systems as well as in modular form. Made of stainless steel, products are also 100% recyclable for more sustainable building.

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Mapei Introduces Their New Render Protected External Wall Insulation CPD For an introduction to, or more information on the topical subject of External Wall Insulation, Mapei have announced the launch of their new Render Protected External Wall Insulation (EWI) RIBA assessed and accredited CPD. Mapei’s informative, free of charge Render Protected EWI CPD provides guidance to specifiers on what EWI systems is, detailing the products that typically make up the succession of layers, where the system can be utilised, how EWI can be specified, advantages gained and best practices. The CPD also examines EWI performance criteria, reviews current standards and looks at construction techniques. All CPD’s are independently accredited by RIBA. To enquire further information on the Render Protected External Wall Insulation CPD or any other, please email cpd@ or phone Mapei on +44 (0)121 508 6970.

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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 No 37

Aquatiere Has The Soft Touch Designed for commercial use the No Scale Commercial Saltless Water Softener is Chemical free, Salt Free, Maintainance free, Power free units offer Guaranteed Scale prevention and removal. The TAC Water Softener is capable of 99.99% internal Scale prevention and removal. It does not require regeneration or backwashing. 50% more effective than basic vessels. These units are ideal for coffee machines or commercial dishwashers. It is supplied with a 3 year peformance guarantee. Units using Polyphosphate remove only 81% of Scale, release chemicals into the water and require regular replacement. The unique media creates a ceramic template which allows the calcium ions to form into non-scaling crystals (guaranteed). Comes complete with post filter. Aquatiere’s popular water conditioning system contains ceramet and ceramet sp for whole house saltless water softening and state of the art water filtration. Great for people with skin conditions and those who are chlorine intolerant. Designed to protect the internal pipework and equipment in a domestic plumbing system, the No Scale Plus unit will reduce spotting on glass and chrome surfaces but will not eliminate it entirely. This unit is often bought by customers who can not fit a traditional salt based softener due to difficulties in fitting a drain, separate drinking water tap or power to the unit. Some customers buy this unit because they can no longer store or carry salt or for environmental reasons (no water wastage or pollution). It comes complete with granulated activated carbon pre filter and post filter, fittings and full instructions. Enquiry No 38



Eliminator System Filter Has Fans In The North East Chris Jones is the regional manager for Rothwell Plumbing Services based in its North East office just outside Newcastle: “Many of us were brought up through the heating and plumbing sector relying on Sentinel products – the X-range of liquid products in particular – X100 inhibitor and X400 and X800 cleaners - and as with most things in life, if it doesn’t let you down you develop a loyalty to it. We had been installing a competitor brand of system filter for a couple of years, since the use of filters really took off in a big way, but quite frankly had too many problems with it to feel comfortable. When the new “Eliminator” was launched by Sentinel, just knowing it was a Sentinel product gave us enough confidence to give it a sensible trial run, and very quickly we were getting feedback from the guys in our team that this was doing the business for us. Enquiry No 40

Carpet Tile Reuse And Recycling Present Opportunities For FM Increasing the reuse or recycling of the estimated 58 million individual carpet tiles uplifted each year in the UK is a key focus for Carpet Recycling UK as it strives to divert more material from landfill and to help organisations achieve zero to landfill targets. In 2011, an estimated 750,000 carpet tiles were reused or recycled, representing a diversion rate of just 1.4%. However, the sector is expanding with 15 CRUK member organisations comprising five reuse organisations and 10 recycling or fuel flock specialists able to tackle this 64,000 tonnes waste stream. Projects for carpet tile recycling and reuse include DESSO’s nationwide collection and recycling Take Back™ programme, participants receive a Take Back™-certificate as a guarantee that the material was recycled according to Cradle to Cradle® principles and Greenstream Recycling’s national re-use/recycling collection for local social benefit. Enquiry No 39

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems Accredited Secured By Design Licence Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are delighted to have become a Secure By Design Licence holder for their Comar 5P.i, Comar 9P.i and Comar 7 range of windows and doors. ‘Secured by Design' (SBD) focuses on the design and security for new & refurbished homes, schools and commercial projects and aims to bring together the principles of designing out crime, effective crime prevention and security standards for a range of applications and products. Due to enhanced security options on their window and door systems, Comar offers the latest crime prevention features such as anti-snap and anti-bump locking systems. On points of attack stainless steel plates and protectors ensure that with prolonged abuse/attack entry is not attained. Enquiry No 41

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. 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 No 42


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The VEKA UK Group Launches Extended Colour Range The VEKA UK Group continues to enhance its offering with the unveiling of Variations; a new extended range of coloured foils for both VEKA and Halo customer. Ongoing product development is at the heart of The VEKA UK Group and the new foils offering is the latest in a long line of enhancements to the ranges. The new coloured foils range has been developed after listening to customer feedback and the result is a much broader range of colours, available in smaller pack sizes, with a clear and simple ordering policy. The VEKA UK Group's new swatch books also include a wall chart, so that VEKA and Halo customers can see at a glance which profiles can be foiled on the various systems.

Broaden your horizons.

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New District Heating Now Often Operates On Renewables Biomass Boilers From A Decentralised Plant Room Many opportunities exist to upgrade older houses and flats where multi-point water heaters are used and where space heating is by electric, solid fuel or partial gas fired space heating. The installation of an Aquair HIU heating interface unit, linked to a domestic high efficiency combi boiler has become an efficient and cost effective solution. It saves space and gives substantial savings in CO2 emissions. As Johnson & Starley handles the air in a dwelling, the company can therefore manage ventilation too. This includes both simple extract ventilation and right up to whole house ventilation systems with heat recovery where waste heat from the stale air rejected is recovered to warm up the fresh replacement air. Enquiry No 44

New High Specification, Low Cost Video Kits Videx Security has introduced new 6000 Series low cost video door entry kits which include features normally only associated with larger, more expensive systems. The 6000 Series kits offer increased security for houses and flats and gated properties. At the heart of the kit is the new 6000 Series videophone incorporating all the features of a higher specification videophone within a compact and stylish design. It has a colour high definition 2.4 inch LCD screen and a full duplex handset. Other features include its lock release button, camera recall, timed privacy, local doorbell input and a spare service button. Enquiry No 45

A wide range of rooflight solutions to suit any lifestyle and environment.

Glazing Vision is the UK’s leading manufacturer of innovative glass rooflight solutions. From Fixed, Hinged and Sliding Rooflights to Bespoke Designs Glazing Vision aim to lighten your environment and improve your lifestyle. To arrange a visit or for a brochure call us now on 0333 8000 881. Buy Online at STOCK ROOFLIGHTS DELIVERED WITHIN 48 HOURS! Enquiry No 47

Metrotile - The Public Sector Problem Solver Metrotile Lightweight Roofing is suitable for any roof project and this is why Public Sector authorities choose Metrotile - the durable, secure roofing solution as seen upon schools, new build homes and housing stock refurbishments nationwide. If you have a building project that requires a flat to pitch roof conversion, or you’re racing against time to complete a new school roof during a holiday period, Metrotile is perfect for your needs: an evolution of roofing products that features many traditional roof material-beating benefits. You can also follow us on Twitter: @metrotileuk Enquiry No 46


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Bridging The Gap - How Stannah Lifts Are Central To The Spectacular New Station In Reading 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.

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.

Company: Stannah Lift Services Location: Reading Product: 14 Stannah Bespoke Lifts More information: bridging-the-gap/ Enquiry No 48

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) 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.



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.�



Schindler Launches Revolutionary New Lift System – Offering The Widest Range Of Options From Any Lift Manufacturer In Europe Schindler has launched a new lift system which offers the widest range of options available from any lift manufacturer in Europe. The Schindler 5500 has up to three million variations and its intelligent design sets new standards in flexibility, space efficiency, reliability and sustainability. The Swiss-engineered system features a number of innovations that combine all the benefits of a bespoke lift with the cost efficiency of a standardised product for applications such as commercial offices, high specification residential schemes, hotels, hospitals, shopping centres, transport hubs and sports stadia. Suitable for buildings up to 50 storeys or 150m high and in groups of up to eight cars, it offers an advanced module system that can be configured for almost any building type without sacrificing valuable space. Custom configuration is simple, allowing a bespoke lift system to be created and ready for installation in the same time frame as standard products. The Schindler 5500 has been engineered to be highly sustainable and to minimise a building’s carbon footprint. Its clean drive technology and regenerative drive system reduces energy consumption by 30 per cent and it is the first lift system to achieve a VDI ‘A’ rating for energy efficiency on multiple sites. It can also generate energy which can be fed back into a building network or electricity grid.

The system offers a fast, smooth and quiet ride, with speeds from 1 to 3m per second and its noise reduction features make it ideal for residential schemes. Loads can be handled from 630kg to 2500kg for the widest possible range of applications and Schindler’s new PORT technology for highly efficient traffic management allows one single system to coordinate as many as 99 lifts and with less waiting and quicker arrival times. Flexible shaft placement is also an important feature of the Schindler 5500. The new Suspension Traction Media drive is 50 per cent lighter and more compact for optimum space utilisation and with no compromise on performance or reliability.

Company: Schindler Product: Lifts More information: Enquiry No 49

For additional flexibility, the drive can be located on a roof top in a mini machine room and there is a machine roomless option if space is constrained, making it even easier to fit the lift shaft into a building design – whether new build or refurbishment. The design of the counterweight gear also allows new spaces to be used below the shaft itself to maximise net rental area and space planning.



Design options include: A large range of door sizes – from 800mm to 1400mm and up to 2400mm high, meeting both Building Regulations and project-specific requirements such as easier access for mobility scooters, double buggies and wheel chairs. • Car entrances can be increased in 50mm increments – a unique feature in the market. This enables the lift to be installed in an existing confined shaft or a constrained building footprint, for example between two staircases, whilst ensuring the largest possible opening for ease of use. • The wide variation in car sizes allows a larger car to be fitted into various lift shaft dimensions. Widths can be adapted in steps of 50mm up to 2.5m and heights are variable up to 3000mm in 100mm increments. • Italian designers have developed four distinctive interior lines for the Schindler 5500 ranging from functional to sophisticated aesthetics and finishes such as stainless steel walls, warm or cool colours, back painted glass, wood laminates, gold or silver metallic glass, advanced ceiling and lighting concepts, patterns and colour gradients. • A bare car can be supplied, providing a blank canvas for interior design so the lift can be adapted to reflect a building’s specific architectural concept. Up to 50 per cent of the rated passenger load can be used for interior features. • There is the option of both bidirectional and unidirectional doors for efficient passenger management in high traffic areas. Doors can also be two or four piece centre opening, two piece left or right side opening and glass. • A choice of accessories is available, such as operating panels, mirrors to add a sense of space, handrails for a secure feel, illuminated skirtings and handrails, warm spot and ambient lighting.



Reynaers Aluminium Proves Energy Efficient For County Hall Bright, airy and a need to reduce energy consumption by 40 per cent were the requirements when Reynaers Aluminium was contracted to provide their quality aluminium window and door solutions for the County Hall in Trowbridge. Run by Wiltshire County Council, the £22 million refurbishment incorporates a 1930s civic building and a tired 1970s office extension with an underutilised external courtyard. With many stakeholders operating out of the town centre building, flexibility for future developments was key to the design as well as the heavy emphasis on energy efficiency. The external courtyard is now covered with a new ETFE ‘bubble’ roof, creating a vibrant public space between the existing buildings. The remaining sides of the courtyard are opened up to a new public library, dining area, registry services and meeting rooms, utilising Reynaers glazing systems CW60 SC and capped, CW50 capped, Eco windows and doors and the heavy duty Vision 50 ground entrance. Offering high performance solutions for a range of specifications, Reynaers CW50 curtain wall systems provided the optimum choice for both thermal insulation and flexibility of design for much of the glazed facades. For the larger, heavier glass surfaces, the thermally improved CW60 curtain wall system – ideal for renovation projects due to its ability to hold a weight of up to 450kg per glass panel within

sloping, vertical and curved constructions, was installed. Reynaers Eco windows and doors were used for their aesthetically pleasing design combined with high energy efficient properties. These offer a significant contribution to overall efforts to reduce energy consumption due to their 2.20 W/m²K Uf-value, meeting the latest thermal insulation requirements. Providing 200,000sqft of modern open plan working environment for 1,500 Wiltshire Council employees alone, extremely high durability within ground floor windows and doors was vital. Reynaers Vision 50 door solution is designed specifically for heavy traffic areas such as shopping centres so was the natural choice for the County Hall. Available with a variety of mechanisms for both inward and outward openings, these too provided the high performance and durability along with the flexibility required to meet the aims of the project. Paul Duffy, Sales Director of Reynaers Aluminium said: “There were two key requirements for this project; the need to reduce energy consumption significantly, and the need to incorporate an element of flexibility in the design for future developments within the complex. The Reynaers Aluminium solutions identified for installation were all developed with these needs in mind and have been proven many times before to deliver optimum results, so we are confident they will assist considerably to the overall project aims.” The Main contractor for the project was Kier, working with fabricator System Glaze and Stride Treglown architects. A BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating has been targeted due to the high level of energy savings made via a culmination of energy efficient glazing, thermally upgraded walls and roof and a services overhaul. Enquiry No 50



Sylglas Metalfix Protects Sea Front Railings Hartlepool Borough Council were experiencing problems with corrosion of the sea front railings which were exhibiting signs of rusting within a few months of applying a coating system. The Council called in Universal Coatings & Services Ltd of Port Clarence, Middlesbrough, who could see that the cause was due to sea water entering the steel work at the joints, where corrosion took place with unsightly rust stains running down the upright bars. To overcome this problem Universal Coatings & Services approached Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd for advice. Universal Coatings applied Winn & Coales’ Sylglas Metalfix to seal the joint areas prior to re-applying a protective coating. Sylglas Metalfix is a non-rusting steel-reinforced two part epoxy putty that mixes to provide fast permanent repairs.

Exclusive Supplier Contract Sees Stertil Stokvis Install Loading Bays For Royal Mail Stertil Stokvis has installed a series of eight loading bays for Royal Mail Group. The installation, which supports the Mail Centre at Strood in Kent, is the latest project undertaken to accommodate the Group’s ever-widening range of road vehicles. Stertil Stokvis supplied and installed a series of eight loading bays to speed the loading and unloading of a diverse range of vans, trucks and lorries. The Stertil Stokvis installation incorporates an extensive array of products from the company’s range of loading bay equipment including eight tonne capacity X Series telescopic dock levellers, WIS shelters, sectional overhead doors, composite control panels, dock lights, traffic lights and wheel guides. Enquiry No 51

Enquiry No 52

Mapei’s Protective Waterproofing System Provide Watertight Solution Mapei’s cementitious waterproofing products have been installed by contractors Preservation Treatments as part of the refurbishment of Raynes Park Station’s old ticket office in Greater London. Quantity surveyor’s inspection revealed that the old ticket office showed signs of water ingress through sections of the ceiling/soffit; with a crack in the soffit running diagonally from side to side and vertically down both walls. This was filled with Mapei’s Lamposilex, a fast-setting, hydraulic waterproof cement. Mapei’s Mapeband TPE It was applied to the perimeter wall/floor joints and to the perimeter wall/soffit joints. After surface repairs were carried out, Mapei’s Mapelastic Foundation, a fully bonded waterproof system was applied. Enquiry No 53

On The Buses Ensuring safe and easy access for all passengers, each of the twenty two departure bays at the City of Stoke-on-Trent’s new £15m bus terminal, are fitted with contemporary TORMAX automatic sliding doors. Powered by the technologically advanced TORMAX Win Drive 2201 bi-parting operators, reliability of the sliding doors is assured even in this exceptionally busy location. The TORMAX automatic doors help keep the internal ambient temperature stable, protecting waiting passengers from the weather whilst allowing smooth access to board the buses when they pull in. TORMAX has had previous experience in similar settings having successfully installed forty-four Win Drive powered automatic sliding doors at the Paragon Interchange, Hull in 2008. In developing the Win Drive operator TORMAX combined cost-effective door automation with simple day-to-day controls. An innovative component fastening system also makes them surprisingly quick to install. In addition, this is a particularly slim automatic door drive measuring just 142mm by 100mm, allowing door automation to be installed in the majority of openings. However, this is still a powerful unit having the capacity to operate either a single-leaf sliding door of up to 120kg or a double set of doors weighing 100kg per leaf. Offering an impressive opening width, the operator can provide up to 2000mm clear pass-through space. Enquiry No 54



Kubex Showers Grace Halls Of Learning Hotham Court is a purpose built Hall of Residence for the University of Creative Arts at Canterbury catering for the needs of a total of 107 students. A recent major refurbishment undertaken by Coombs [Canterbury] Ltd. included the replacement of some 56 shower cubicles and clearly, in a student environment, not only the need for efficiency and hygiene had to be met but also robust reliability had to be taken into consideration. Fortunately Hotham Court had previously installed 20 Kubex shower units in 2011 and these had proved more than adequate to meet all those requirements plus the compact size necessary in an en-suite single student living area. As a result it was an easy decision to call on Kubex UK Ltd. of Hull to supply the replacement shower cubicles. The Kubex Kingston units agreed upon have measurements of only 2000 x 785mm with a depth of 705mm yet give the impression of spaciousness. Delivered fully assembled, the units fit through a standard door and can be plumbed in ready for use in minutes making the Kubex slogan of”…Just Add Water” remarkably apt. Strength of the cubicles is ensured by 22mm composite side walls, a reinforced 13mm back wall and, in the case of the Hotham Court, pivoting doors in toughened safety glass to EN 12150. Bi-fold, curtain and corner entry models are also available in the Kingston range. Kubex UK Ltd. has, over the last 20 years developed a reputation for cubicles that are completely leak-free thanks to a unique jointing system, very easy to install and remarkably strong. Certainly the Kingston units, supplied by the local Travis Perkins branch, show every sign of standing up to hard use yet have the high appearance to be expected in a University Hall of Residence. Enquiry No 55

Sustainable Theatre Saves Water With Roca Arcola Theatre in Hackney is one of the most respected arts venues in the UK, with a commitment to sustainability as well as creativity. Arcola’s aim is to be the first carbon neutral theatre in the world; it has a sustainability/education arm Green Arcola and a sister company, Arcola Energy, an energy technology incubator, both set up to deliver this ambition Over the last three years, Arcola, housed in a converted paint factory, has undergone a ‘green’ transformation, including the installation of a waste wood biomass boiler, natural ventilation system and an innovative LED lighting system, powered by solar photovoltaics. The building also boasts impressive water-saving credentials thanks to Roca’s innovative W+W (water closet and washbasin) product. Funded by a £1 million grant from the Arts Council, plus additional support from donations and local volunteers, main renovation works took place in 2012, with Roca’s W+W installed last summer. Making W+W work even harder is the Singles-Pro basin mixer, which features Roca’s innovative Cold Start system, designed to help save both water and energy. The progressive cartridge means the tap turns on with cold water first, drawing on the hot supply only as and when it’s required. Ruth Mulandi, Arcola’s Commercial Manager, commented: “When we researched water-efficient toilets, Roca’s offering just made good sense. We loved the design of their products and now they’re in situ, visitors find them so intuitive to use.” In addition to saving water, W+W saves space, with the wash basin housed on top of the cistern. It’s modern, L shaped design, fits snugly into the restricted area of Arcola’s toilet cubicle. Part of Arcola’s remit is to inspire the community to live sustainably. Education is key and Roca’s W+W surprisingly assists in this element too. At a recent ‘Green Sunday’ event, a toilet cubicle, complete with the Roca W+W, played host to a performance of ‘Flush’, from Cape Theatre; an innovative piece set in the women’s loos that helps explain the very serious problem of water wastage. Arcola Theatre stands as an example of how an arts venue can do more than just entertain, promoting a greener way to live to its audiences and the wider community. Roca’s part in this project demonstrates the company’s own remit to make sure our most relied upon conveniences are innovative, functional and above all, sustainable. Enquiry No 56 GO!PUBLIC:SEPTEMBER 2013


Iconic Canada Water ‘Super Library’ Featuring Technal Curtain Walling Wins Major Architectural Award Southwark Council’s iconic new ‘super library’ in Canada Water, London, has won a major award in recognition of its outstanding design and contribution to the local community. The scheme features façade systems from architectural aluminium specialist, Technal, that were specified by CZWG Architects. Spearheading an ambitious programme of regeneration, Canada Water Library resembles an inverted terraced pyramid of successively receding storeys that partly overhang the Canada Water basin. The project has now won a Civic Trust Special Award. The Civic Trust Awards recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design that have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community. Special Awards reward those schemes, such as Canada Water Library, which are particularly outstanding in their field. Finished in bronze anodising, Technal’s GEODE-MX SSG structural glazing and commercial doors have been used for the ground floor of the library. GEODE-MX Visible Grid features as strips of curtain walling to the three upper floors of the building, with GEODE-MX top hung concealed vents for natural ventilation and PXi doors providing access to the balconies. GEODE-MX SSG is a flush curtain walling option which meets specifiers’ requirements for less visible aluminium and clear expanses of glass. Commenting on the glazing specification, Anna Ifanti, Associate at CZWG Architects said, “The Technal team was very responsive at specification stage and their input in


the design and choice of glazing options was helpful and valuable. We needed the façade systems to be robust, lightweight, have slim frames and to meet the required U values, which the Technal products were able to deliver. We are very happy with the end result.” Constructed by ISG Jackson, the £14m building sits at the edge of a new civic plaza and a stretch of open water. Its expanding pyramid form integrates a compact footprint at ground level with progressively wider floors above. The building is clad in light bronze anodised aluminium panels with sequined perforations, interspersed with recessed curtain wall screens. This design gives the scheme a sculptural appeal and a striking visual effect, symbolising ‘the crown jewel to the new plaza’. The Technal curtain walling is complemented by FXi65 tilt/turn casement windows used as ‘punched hole’ openings set into the cladding. The Canada Water Library has strong environmental credentials, with ground source heat pumps, grey water harvesting, energy efficient M&E services, and an extensive green sedum roof. The canted east and west elevations allow winter sun to warm the building and provide a high degree of solar shading for the glazing in the summer, minimising glare. The scheme achieved a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. The Canada Water Masterplan was created by master developers BL Canada Quays in conjunction with Southwark Council and includes around 900 new homes, as well as retail, community and public spaces. Enquiry No 57


United Utilities Choose Recycled Modular Buildings For New Office Accommodation Three recycled and refurbished modular buildings have been provided by Foremans Relocatable Building Systems to United Utilities – the company which supplies water and sewage services to around seven million people and 200,000 businesses in the North West. The buildings were needed on two sites to upgrade office accommodation and replace outdated facilities with purpose-designed office space and meeting rooms. Completion was just 10 weeks after receipt of order. At Gatewarth Industrial Estate in Warrington, a 22-module scheme is occupied by around 85 staff. Facilities include open plan offices, meeting rooms, managers’ offices, kitchen, toilets and customer service reception. A smaller Foremans building is used as a purpose-built meeting room suite. In St Helens, an 8-module building is now in use 24/7 providing interim office accommodation for 17 staff and up to 30 shift workers while another site is redeveloped. Each building was delivered to site around 70 per cent complete, reducing disruption to United Utilities’ operations. Foremans also supplied folding partitions, roller security shutters, air conditioning, and fire and security alarms. Commenting on the choice of recycled modular buildings, Gary Collins, Building Surveyor at United Utilities, said, “Each of these three projects was delivered on

time, as expected and to very high quality standards. Foremans also gave us the opportunity to spec the buildings to our exact service needs. Feedback from the users has been extremely positive and staff have been unable to tell these are not brand new buildings.” “We would definitely use the approach again. Indeed, having experienced recycled modular buildings, it is now unlikely we would specify new build going forward because the quality of Foremans pre-owned is so good and the cost is considerably less.” United Utilities is investing more than £3 billion in improving the water and wastewater infrastructure and the environment across the North West, covering over 42,000km of water pipes from Cumbria to Cheshire, over 76,000km of sewers, and 569 wastewater treatment works. The use of recycled Portakabin buildings is one of the most environmentally sound methods of construction. It generates less than 10 per cent of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3 per cent of the energy during construction, compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size (source: MPBA/Arup). Other benefits include programme times reduced by up to 70 per cent, reduced cost, and the buildings can be easily expanded, reconfigured or removed if an organisation’s requirements change. Enquiry No 58



Shackerley’s Contribution To Liverpool Central Library Is Written In Stone Shackerley has supplied two of the most visible new external architectural elements at Liverpool Central Library, now reopened to the public after a £50m project to transform the facility into a state-of-the-art civic centre. Behind the retained Grade II listed Victorian frontages is a stunning new five-storey library and archive repository building, the external elevations of which have been predominantly clad with Shackerley’s Sureclad® ceramic granite ventilated façade system. The new façades have a distinctive style, featuring randomly positioned panels of varying widths in a palette of carefully selected natural tones. In addition to supplying over 2200m2 of prefabricated ‘installation ready’ ceramic granite cladding, Shackerley also utilised specialist in-house facilities at its ISO 9001 accredited Lancashire factory to create the Library’s 20m high ‘Literary Wall’ – a gleaming black roll-call of famous authors, playwrights and poets associated with Liverpool, engraved in gold lettering on large format solid granite panels, cut to bespoke sizes measuring up to 2800x600x30mm. Architect Ben Aston of Austin- Smith: Lord commented: “Shackerley offers ceramic granite in an extensive range of colours and finishes from which we selected our tonal palette of neutral colours with a natural unpolished finish. The flexibility of the Sureclad® system allowed panels of different sizes to be used, achieving the non-monolithic appearance required.” “For the Literary Wall we wanted a high quality polished black stone that would retain its good looks in all weathers. Granite is by no means an easy material to work with but Shackerley had the specialist in-house cutting, drilling and engraving facilities to supply everything we needed.” Enquiry No 59



Total Glass Secures Contract With Grey On White Profile PVC-U and aluminium window and door fabricator Total Glass supplied and installed quality PVC-U windows manufactured from high-quality Grey on White profile for a new mixed affordable and private housing development in Liverpool. Supplying the RAL 7016 profile from stock with no additional lead time helped Total Glass to secure the 26-home contract with its main contractor client Lovell. Glazed rear doors were also fitted in the ten houses, four bungalows and 12 flats at Storrington Avenue, Norris Green. Riverside Housing Association manages the social housing element.

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Enquiry No 61

Making Water Sculpture Safe Heronrib barefoot matting from Plastic Extruders Ltd is keeping visitors safe as they experience the innovative ‘Appearing Rooms’ water fountain sculpture by Danish artist Jeppe Hein outside the Southbank Centre in London. This innovative mix of architecture and sculpture, which creates rooms via thin jets of water, is a huge hit with both children and adults alike. The matting helps them stay on their feet as they dash between the sprays. An important benefit is that the matting is impregnated with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additives which make it hygienic for bare feet as it reduces the risk of cross-contamination. Heronrib matting’s embossed surface is warm, comfortable and slip resistant. Enquiry No 60

Ultrascape Features In Award-Winning Scheme Witton Street Phase 1 – Cheshire West and Chester BC public realm scheme has won the ‘Highways’ LGN Street Design Award 2013. Ultrascape’s renowned flowable grout, Flowpoint was supplied for the project. The nominated panel of independent judges chose the Witton Street public realm scheme as this year’s winner. The new scheme provides an appropriate setting for the historic buildings lining the street and has given the area a very distinct identity. Ultrascape Flowpoint is part of Ultrascape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system, and it was specified due to its suitability for irregular joints and professional results. Paving grouted with Flowpoint can be opened to pedestrians in just 1 hour and vehicular traffic after only 4 hours, minimising disruption. Flowpoint is fast and efficient to apply leaving a perfect, stain free finish. Enquiry No 62

Marmox Aids Conversion At Hackney’s Village Green The Village Green 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. 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 No 63



ISO Energy Delivers £6K Savings For Listed Wiltshire Property The energy bill for heating and hot water incurred by the owners of a large country house in Wiltshire is expected to be reduced by as much as £6,000 a year, following the installation of a ground source heat pump solution by green technologies specialist, ISO Energy. The 17th century property, which is in the William & Mary style with accommodation over three floors has, until now relied on an oil fired boiler for warmth. Fuel prices, though, had rocketed in recent years, while repetitive maintenance was a further burden on the estate’s owners. However, when ISO Energy surveyed the Grade II* listed house and surrounding grounds last autumn, its engineers realised there was clear potential for the place to benefit from the renewable heat energy, which can be harvested by a ground source heat pump. For while in many instances, these high performance units have to be linked to pipework drilled deep into bedrock, the proximity of a 10 acre field was the ideal location to install relatively shallow ground arrays. While the existing boiler room towards the rear of the house was plenty large enough to accommodate two large light commercial high temperature heat pumps and the necessary hot water storage, the fabric of the building still presented challenging load conditions. Despite being altered, added to and renovated several times over the centuries, the building’s construction of brick and stone, along with many large single-glazed sash windows, offers minimal insulation standards. Nevertheless, ISO Energy’s survey and calculations concluded that the combination of a 10 kW and 34 kW CTC heat pump, with a nominal primary flow temperature of 65º degrees centigrade, would be adequate to provide good levels of comfort for the occupants using the existing radiators. Meanwhile the supply of domestic hot water from the trio of factory insulated, 800 litre storage vessels would far outstrip the performance of the original system. ISO Energy duly organized the installation of a fan shaped array of ground collectors that spread out across the field, navigating their way around the established


broadleaf trees. A total of 11 separate 300 metre long, 40 mm diameter collectors connect back to a manifolds, which is in turn linked to the plant room by the 65 metre long flow and return pipework. A spokesperson for ISO Energy comments: “There is a perception amongst architects and even some M&E consultants that heat pumps are only suitable for use in highly insulated properties with fairly low demand for heating and hot water. What this project in Wiltshire demonstrates, however, is that even a centuries old structure with very poor U-values and Grade II listing preventing any real improvement, can still have all its heating and hot water demands met using ground source heat pumps. Linking them to ground arrays keeps the capital cost down while the annual saving compared to relying on an oil boiler is going to be in the region of £6k p.a. That is impressive enough but when annual subsidies [partly estimated until the Renewable Heat Incentive Phase 2 is in place] of well over £7k are added, the figures are truly remarkable. “The large storage capacity provided enables the heat pumps to run for long cycles which makes them more efficient than stop-start operation; while the controls are very straightforward for the occupants to use.” CTC EcoPart heat pumps can be connected in series to meet the needs of the largest private residence and most commercial buildings including schools, hospitals and even swimming pools. They can draw their renewable energy from either subsoil, hard bedrock or lakes and can deliver it - via their advanced refrigerant gas cycles, offering seasonally adjusted coefficients of performance (COP) of up to 4.5 – through new or existing radiator and under-floor heating circuits. Enquiry No 64

Notes from the Comar design team... Flush threshold DDA compliant. Glazing depth up to 62mm. Slim sight-lines, constant, 5mm smaller than major competition. Exceptionally low U-values.

Moveable wall: up to 8 doors sliding in one direction.

Market leading adjustability on both hinge and jamb.

comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door Systems Flexibility in design and longevity are the cornerstones of the newly launched Comar 7P.i FSD, folding/sliding door solution from Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems. Market research indicated that long term operation and smoothness were key issues, so the Comar Design Team designed-in adjustable door jambs and hinge stiles to allow for up to 8mm adjustment. This means that the end user and supplier can rely on reduced call-backs as the door can be adjusted to suit on-site building tolerances and situations. In effect, the Comar 7P.i FSD is a versatile moveable wall, with up to 8 doors sliding in either direction, allowing space and light into any project. Even in the winter months the glazed facade offers light by offering the slimmest sight-lines in the market as well as keeping the building well insulated through the trade-marked Comar 7P.i innovative thermal break technology.

FSD Enquiry No 65

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