Page 1

january/february 2012  ISSUE 1  WWW.EBPR.CO.UK




Welcome to the digital edition of January’s EBPR magazine. The latest building news, opinions, products, projects and images - they’re all here! Just click to enlarge and reduce the page size, click the page edges to turn the pages, or click a thumbnail image at the bottom of the screen to view a particular double page spread. We’ve added an ‘icon panel’, so that you can see which button does what, at a glance. If you’d like to visit any websites that are contained in the magazine - they’re all highlighted - you guessed it...... click!

If you’d like to use our online reader enquiry facility to ask for more information, just click HERE to open up our virtual enquiry card, type the enquiry numbers in (just refer to the individual enquiry numbers on each page - which aren’t clickable - for reference), complete your details, and click again to send it to us. We’ll take care of the rest. There’s also an autosave facility so that you don’t have to fill in your details next time. We hope you enjoy this edition of EBPR online - if you’ve got any comments or thoughts on the magazine and would like to share them with us, just email


Email/Share Document

Print Document

Search Document

Return to Contents

Click to View Video Clips

Contents 4 Project View 8 GALLERY 1 14 Ecobuild 24 GALLERY 2 28 news 34 Doors & Glazing 42 interiors 46 Environmental control 52 Floors 54 Roofs 56 External Works 57 Structures 58 Walls 62 PROJECTS Front cover photograph supplied by Dow Building Solutions - full story page 16 Inside cover photograph supplied by Stannah Lifts Services - - full story page 10-11

Some of the colour photography used in The Essential Building Product Review is provided and paid for by contributors. Whilst every effort is made by the publishers to ensure that the content of the articles is accurate, the publishers do not accept liability for errors that may appear in the publication. The Review is published quarterly, free of charge. Copies are otherwise available on request at cost of ÂŁ5.00 per single issue including postage. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the publisher. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording in any storage or retrieval system without the consent of the publisher. Published by: Link2Media Ltd Editorial Office: Barn 3, Dunston Business Village, Stafford Road, Dunston, Stafford ST18 9AB Tel: 01785 711591 Fax: 0845 862 8639


Largest zero carbon housing development in the UK complete Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), a Registered Provider with more than 31,000 homes, opened the doors to Park Dale, the UK’s largest zero carbon housing development at the official launch event on 2 November 2011. Working closely with community regeneration specialist Keepmoat and property design and management consultants NPS, the pioneering £12 million project consists of 91 homes to Level 6 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. From the outset Park Dale, in Airedale, West Yorkshire, was designed to offer a realistic and affordable solution to achieve zero carbon at large scale. To keep costs down, Keepmoat used block and brick work to achieve superior air tightness, rather than the prefabricated methods of construction conventionally used in zero carbon build. In turn, the use of traditional build methods has had a beneficial impact on the local economy, maximising employment opportunities for local trades people. With part funding of £5.77 million from the Homes and Communities Agency, Park Dale includes 71 homes for social rent and 20 for intermediate rent. Each of the two, three and four-bedroom homes uses mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems and has in-roof photovoltaic panels, superior levels of internal air tightness and grey water recycling.


The homes draw heat from a district biomass heating system powered by renewable wood pellets produced in Yorkshire from recycled pallets. The development also includes a Learning Centre where residents can find out how to make energy savings and take qualifications in energy management. Park Dale took 12 months to plan and to coordinate the Code for Sustainable Homes submission. Work started on site in March 2010. Trades people from across Yorkshire have worked on the project, many of whom learnt new skills in order to build to high standards of energy efficiency. More than 40 apprentices also gained eco-experience on the site during the build. Keepmoat worked with WDH to explore and test renewable technologies to ensure products chosen for Park Dale gave confidence and best value, factoring in long-term maintenance costs. Eco-features at Park Dale include: • Triple glazed windows - The size of the windows achieve excellent levels of natural daylight while not exceeding a total Heat Loss Parameter of 0.8. • Mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems - The systems use a low energy fan to feed fresh filtered air into live/work/sleep areas which has been pre-warmed by recovering heat from the stale moist air pulled from kitchens, bathrooms and other indoor wet areas.


• District biomass heating system - Powered by renewable wood pellets, the system will provide heating and hot water for the whole scheme using a network of underground distribution pipes. • High performance fabric elements - U values, which measure how well a building component, e.g. a wall, roof or a window, keeps heat inside a building, are typically twice as good as building regulation specifications. • Superior air tightness - Internal air tightness of 3.0@50 pascals and below - three times that required by building regulations specifications. • In-roof photovoltaic panels - SAP calculations were carried out to establish the photovoltaic requirement for each plot. In-roof panels were chosen, which give a better aesthetic, as they are more streamlined than onroof panels. • Grey water recycling - Waste water from baths/showers is used to fill the cistern of the ground floor toilet. • Soakaway drainage - The substrata of the site is limestone. Water permeability tests were carried out to confirm the percolation rate. Water from highways and the homes goes to soakaway drainage rather than the pipework system. • Learning centre - Where residents can learn how to make energy savings and understand the new ecofeatures of their home, for example, taps run at a slower discharge rate to save water. Heating demand is expected to be one fifth of an average home. Total energy bills are expected to be 40% less than an average home and 25% less than a modern new build home. Other benefits will include water bill savings from lower water use fittings and grey water recycling, and the potential to save more on bills by using appliances during the day when the photovoltaic panels will power for free. Energy use in all the properties will be monitored through SMART meters, which will help assess where tenants can make even more savings in the future.

Neil Baxter, Managing Director of Keepmoat delivery company Bramall Construction, said: “Park Dale has changed the zero carbon landscape in housing. We are proud to have worked in partnership with WDH and NPS to achieve Code 6 at this scale. “We set out to deliver a cutting edge, large scale zero carbon development, but also one that was realistic, affordable and repeatable. Park Dale was designed to be a mainstream development that can be replicated across the country. “The use of traditional brick and block work not only reduced costs but ensured investment in the local economy, by providing employment on site and opportunities for tomorrow’s generation of trades people through apprenticeships.” Naz Parkar, Head of Area at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “This step change in the way we provide social houses shows what can be achieved with vision and imagination. These houses not only provide local tenants with homes they can afford but will help protect the environment for future generations.” Richard Hodgson, Managing Director at NPS, commented: “In the light of recent and predicted increases in gas and electric prices, NPS are delighted to be involved in the design and development of Park Dale. As a result of its innovative features, tenants will benefit from substantially reduced energy costs and enjoy a better standard of living.” The new homes at Park Dale have proved extremely popular with more than 3,754 expressions of interest received, which equates to more than 40 expressions per property. Enquiry No 1

WDH Chief Executive, Kevin Dodd, said: “WDH is very proud that we have created the UK’s largest zero carbon housing development. In addition to the creative look of the homes, they offer fantastic savings on energy bills. The entire project has had some outstanding benefits for the local community, including the WDH apprentices who learned many skills while working on the site.” 7




RMJM’s Merthyr Learning Quarter is granted planning permission Planning permission has been granted for the Merthyr Learning Quarter Project (MLQ), which is being designed by RMJM’s London studio. RMJM was commissioned in July 2010 to improve and expand the ‘learning landscape’ in Merthyr Tydfil through the redevelopment and expansion of the existing further education college and the establishment of new facilities in the town centre. The new 13,450 square metre college building will accommodate the curriculum areas including science, ICT, technology, arts, hair and beauty, independent living skills, health, catering, business, sports, public services, social sciences and humanities. The building will also house a multifunctional sports hall designed to Sport England standards, along with a nursery and learning zone. The new building will be accommodated at the southern end of the existing college site, which means that the current college building can remain in operation whilst the MLQ is constructed. Once the new facility is complete, the existing college building will be demolished and the land repurposed to create a college green that will facilitate teaching and learning and provide a visual barrier between the College and the road. A critical element of this regeneration initiative is the movement of the current sixth form provision from across the five local high schools into the new MLQ facility, so that secondary education, further education and higher education can be provided by the College. This integration enables a broader spectrum of courses to be offered and the wider curriculum will offer increased levels of opportunity, participation and aspiration. It will open new pathways to learning and encourage individual growth through outreach as well as creating an attractive and accessible focus for the town and surrounding district. It is anticipated that a main contractor will be appointed in November 2011 with completion of the new college building scheduled for autumn 2013. Demolition of the existing college building and completion of external landscaping is scheduled to be complete by May 2014. Stephen Cutler, project director at RMJM, said: “The Merthyr Tydfil Learning Quarter is a fantastic opportunity to create a striking new college, which will transform the lives of a whole community of learners. It is also a remarkable opportunity to create an accessible, attractive and memorable place for Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding district. “The MLQ will be a potent force for regeneration and growth. It will be a focus for the community, promoting outreach and attracting a broad spectrum of individuals, both young and old, to experience a new way of learning, with a wide choice of programmes for study.” John O’Shea, Dean of Merthyr Tydfil College, said: “The Merthyr Learning Quarter will raise the aspirations of all our young people and the community in general – and will make a real contribution to the regeneration of Merthyr Tydfil as an attractive and vibrant place to live, study and work.” The Merthyr Learning Quarter is being funded by the Welsh Government and is to achieve BREEAM “Excellent” rating as a minimum. It is a joint venture initiative between Merthyr Tydfil College, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and the University of Glamorgan. Enquiry No 2



Stannah – Xtralifting For New Academy



Stannah – Xtralifting For New Academy Environments don’t come much busier than a brand-new, state-of-the-art secondary school in West London – which is why Hammersmith Academy features two 13-person Stannah Xtralift passenger lifts to help bring access between four floors for school personnel and mobility compromised users, including students. With circa 780 students, staff and visitors to cater for on a daily basis, democratic movement between all facilities is vital for this non-denominational, all-ability, coeducational school and 6th form specialising in Creative and Digital Media and IT. Operating over a distance of 13.2m each, the lifts feature plasticised, light-grey walls, ‘Domino’ suspended, downlighter-effect ceilings, and stainless-steel consoles, skirtings and car doors. Door-size graphics – G-1-2-3 – printed on the external lift doors make the lifts easily located at each floor; and swipe-card access ensures that they can only be accessed by card-carrying users. The Xtralifts were specified by Nathan Beevers, Associate of BHM Associates, a London architect practice with a pedigree in designing Academies: “As with all such projects, Hammersmith Academy demonstrates our response to the physical and emotional demands of the environment. In both product and performance, Stannah has supported this ethos and made a significant contribution to the efficiency and good health of the school. Having used Stannah on numerous projects we knew they would perform well from initial consultation to installation, commissioning and after-care.” Stannah’s Xtralift range is designed for busy surroundings to carry more people a little faster and a little higher. A super-efficient, oil- and vibration-free, gearless traction drive ensures a smooth ride with low noise, energy use and running costs. Compact controls located at the top of the shaft save space; and fast, efficient installation is ensured by a modular structure and unique rail system giving precision, durability and reliability. Available in models up to 33 persons, with many features, finishes and options, Xtralifts comply with EN 81-1, CE marked and in full compliance with The Lift Directive 95/16/EC; and ensure that Hammersmith Academy’s owners meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The Xtralifts are serviced by the London and South East branch of Stannah Lifts Services, a nationwide network providing 24 hour, 365 days a year support. This covers service, repair, modernisation and refurbishment of all types of lifts, stairlifts, escalators and moving walkways – not only those from the Stannah product range, but also other lift manufacturers’ equipment. Stannah also offers a bespoke lifts service, custom-building lifts to meet customers’ specific requirements. Enquiry No 3



Granite Transformations Tumbles Into 2012 With Beth Tweddle


Kitchen worktops specialist, Granite Transformations, has celebrated Olympic year by creating a Union Jack-adorned island unit, clad in its tough, hardwearing, diamond-polished material. It then invited Britain’s top gymnast, Beth Tweddle, to show off its patriotic piece by performing a series of rhythmic routines on and around the unit. As a test of the material’s strength and resilience, Beth’s energetic vaulting, tumbling, jumps and acrobatics put it through its paces, although Granite Transformations would expect far more severe treatment in normal household and commercial use, on kitchen worktops, bar counters, tiled floors, shower surrounds and elsewhere. The authentic Union Jack design, which is twice as wide as it is high, was achieved using a high tech water jet cutter, which sliced through the material with a high velocity mix of water and abrasive particles, to produce the various component triangles and quadrilaterals. These were seamlessly abutted together and bonded onto construction board, creating a countertop measuring 2m x 1m. The unit is finished with 80mm deep edge strips, featuring a 3mm pencil round profile, and double-faced waterfall ends to create a rigid 90cm high structure that could be at home in a sizeable kitchen, sports club, recreational centre or licensed premises. Rather than adhere to traditional red, white and blue, Granite Transformations chose muted white Cristallino, slate grey and blue steel finishes from its Trend G recycled glass collection, to introduce a ‘designer look’. Made from post-consumer recycled wine, beer and mineral water bottles, with an element of polymer resin for strength and a patented Flexiweb™ backing for flexibility, it outperforms most other finishing materials like natural or engineered stone and solid synthetics. But what made this whole exercise possible, is the distinctive slimline profile and exceptionally light weight of Granite Transformations’ surfaces. Had it been made from solid granite or stone, the unit would have been far too heavy to be moved and displayed around the country, nor would it have the inherent flexural strength to withstand Beth’s energetic, flying gymnastic routines. Three-times World, six-times European and seven-times National champion, making her Britain’s most successful gymnast of all time, Beth Tweddle was photographed in a state-of-the-art infinity studio that allowed the full height and breadth of her fantastic gymnastic feats to be captured. She was suitably impressed with the quality of finish and sophisticated looks of Granite Transformations’ one-off Union Jack unit and took time out to admire the latest iGranite app, which previews how its whole range of granite, quartz and recycled glass worktops could look in any kitchen. Granite Transformations wishes Beth all the best in her Olympic endeavours and will be displaying her acrobatic images in all of its UK showrooms. Enquiry No 4



Schöck features new developments on Stand N850

Ecobuild 2012 Armourcoat will be exhibiting at Ecobuild in March (stand S571, ExCeL London, 20-22 March) the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. As an industry leader, Armourcoat recognizes its obligation to manufacture green products. Core product lines are made from natural minerals, predominately pre-consumer recycled marble which can account for up to 40% of the product recipe. Reduction of the company’s carbon footprint has been realized in 2012 with the introduction of region specific pre-cast manufacturing in the USA, Middle East and Far East. Last year Armourcoat introduced Ductal® from Lafarge - a revolutionary ultra-high performance cement composite material with outstanding characteristics that are unique in the world of mineral building materials. Ductal will be presented at the show, alongside the stunning range of decorative surface solutions from Armourcoat.

Balcony renovation is already possible in many situations with the proven type KST Isokorb®. However, the new type R is currently at final market test stage and the additional potential it brings to renovation projects can be explored at Ecobuild. Also featured is the groundbreaking Schöck ComBAR®. A glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) rebar, which offers eco-friendly benefits, particularly for the housing sector. It is extremely durable, corrosion resistant and non-conductive, with a tensile strength more than twice that of steel rebar. Members of the Schöck team will be on Stand N850 to discuss any aspect of these innovative solutions. Enquiry No 7

Be inspired by Axter to put roofs to good use

Enquiry No 5

Roofs are not dead space: be inspired by Axter to generate electricity, grow vegetables, provide wildlife habitat. Roofs can be a valuable resource - for generating electricity, encouraging bio-diversity, providing amenity space and retaining rainwater. Axter provides waterproofing designs incorporating specially conceived membranes for all these options. On Stand S2700 Axter will show General Solar PV, the MCS accredited integrated waterproofing system with thin film amorphous photovoltaic cells embedded into a bituminous membrane. The collectors cover 100% of the membrane surface, maximising generation and performing well in low light.Visitors will also see the General Fix® non-penetrative roof fastening system for PV amorphous modules, crystalline panels and other equipment. Typical build-ups will be displayed: Hydrolite (lightweight), Hydrosoil (bio-diverse), Hydropack (pre- planted modular) and Hydrobrown (brown roof) designs.

No other rainwater system has a footprint quite like Rainline

Enquiry No 8

Rainline’s carbon footprint is significantly lower than many rainwater systems on the market, making it the ideal choice when sustainability is a key requirement. Combined with high performance and competitive pricing Rainline is one of the most effective solutions for the control of rain drainage on all types of buildings. Rainline’s polyester coated galvanised steel construction offers minimal thermal movement and UV stability. It will not crack, fade, blister or peel, is highly resistant to corrosion and virtually maintenance free. Available in 10 standard high build polyester colours the finish of which is guaranteed for 15years, Rainline is also available in natural copper and Aluzinc. At the end of its natural life, Rainline can be recycled further underpinning its carbon footprint and whole life costing credentials. See the complete Rainline range on the Lindab stand at Ecobuild Stand No S1920. Enquiry No 6


Remmers Make Mixing Simple with Innovative New Packaging With the increasing demands for the safe disposal of packaging, Remmers continue to lead the way in innovative packaging solutions by reducing the impact on the environment when it comes to disposal. The task - how can we make mixing resins and hardeners “fool proof”? The solution is brilliantly simple – deliver the products in a multi-chamber bag. With this new bag mixing errors are now impossible. The components are packaged in the current mixing ratio in a single plastic bag separated by a plastic clip which when removed; the two components in the closed bag can be safely and cleanly mixed by kneading. It takes less than 60 seconds. After mixing, the contents of the bag are cleanly squeezed out through a screw-on nozzle just by rolling up the bag.You do not need any tools for mixing and contact with skin is avoided. That not only reduces packaging waste but also any health risks. Enquiry No 9



Building Regulations compliance testing with BSRIA at Ecobuild

DALLMER LTD. one of the country’s innovators and a specialist in draining water from all around buildings, will be showing a wide range of its products on Stand S30 at Ecobuild 2012 on 20th to 22nd March at ExCel in London’s docklands.  With the continuing interest in energy conservation from the public, the industry and from Government, Ecobuild is expected to be a vibrant occasion and it’s billing as the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable design, construction and the built environment seems well justified. DALLMER LTD. will show products from their hugely diverse range, all of which, they are proud to say are made just 300 miles from the ExCel exhibition venue. That means a major reduction to the carbon-footprint generated by transport. On show will be their enhanced CeraLine linear shower drain range, RenovaDrain, to reduce the cost of roof refurbishment as well as StauSafe flood protection products.

BSRIA provides an independent nationwide, one-stop-shop to prove compliance with Building Regulations.  Their accredited services along with experience from thousands of tests help all types of buildings pass first time and ensure certificates are recognised by Building Control. Tests include Airtightness to Part L in both domestic and commercial buildings, Acoustics for Part E on party walls and floors and Ventilation assessment on systems to Part F. As Building Regulations get more complex and demanding, builders along with designers, need good guidance and accredited testing to get them through the Regulations, BSRIA can offer this service.  Furthermore BSRIA Instrument Solutions can provide a full range of UKAS calibrated instrumentation for either hire or purchase from a number of different leading manufacturers to help demonstrate a system performance or the buildings fabric integrity.  BSRIA can also offer other supporting services which include Thermal imaging service for the evaluation of a building fabric to look for any abnormalities such as thermal bridging, BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes and Ska assessment, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and Display Energy Certificate (DEC) assessments. Visit BSRIA on stand N1620 at Ecobuild, 20-22 March at London’s ExCel.

Enquiry No 10

Enquiry No 11




Page 1

See Us At Ecobuild Stand S317 


     Â?Â?Â?Â? Â? Â? Â? ­Â?€­‚ Â?ƒ„Â…†­Â?‡€ˆ‰ Â?­ Š Â?Š‚ƒÂ… ‚‹

Enquiry No 12   

Â? ŠÂŒÂ?Â? ‚




ANCON to exhibit solutions to heat loss in buildings at Ecobuild 2012 and announces an alliance with brick manufacturer Ibstock

NIBE Energy Systems At Ecobuild 2012 NIBE Energy Systems Ltd., one of the country’s innovators in the development and supply of domestic and commercial renewable energy heating systems, will be showing a wide range of its products on Stand S3210 at Ecobuild 2012 on 20th to 22nd March at ExCel in London’s docklands. NIBE will be launching their new F1345 advanced ground source heat pump specifically designed for large residential and commercial installations. The NIBE F1345 is manufactured in four sizes: these feature outputs of 24, 30, 40 and 60kW. The docking possibility of the new ground source heat pump is up to 540kW in a cascade system. With the NIBE MODBUS 40 accessory, the new NIBE F1345 ground source heat pump can be controlled via a BMS system and there are other accessories available such as pool, GSM remote control, active cooling and solar. NIBE Energy Systems Ltd. will show a complete range of the company’s systems designed to supply energy for central heating and hot water supply using exhaust air from the home, from air in the outside atmosphere, from ground sources and will also include NIBE Solar Thermal. Enquiry No 13

Dow Building Solutions to introduce new generation roof insulation at Ecobuild 2012 Dow Building Solutions – manufacturer of STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation - will use Ecobuild 2012 to introduce its latest generation insulation for inverted roofing, XENERGY SL, on stand N1251. XENERGY offers the established properties of STYROFOAM – including durability and moisture resistance - alongside significantly improved lambda values thanks to the addition of infrared technology. The launch comes hot on the heels of recent improvements to thermal conductivity across the existing STYROFOAM-A range. Thermal conductivity of STYROFOAM-A - which includes ROOFMATE-A, FLOORMATE-A and PERIMATE DI-A products – has already been improved by 0.002W/mK, enabling users to achieve lower U-values from the same thicknesses of insulation. Enquiry No 16


Ancon Building Products is joining other leading manufacturers of sustainable, energy-efficient construction solutions and showcasing its range at Ecobuild 2012. Stand number N1110 will address the important issue of heat loss through thermal bridging. It will feature Ancon’s extensive range of low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties, which includes the unique basalt-fibre TeploTie. Also on display will be a range of Thermal Breaks for use at other locations where the insulated building envelope is interrupted, such as balconies and brickwork support brackets. Ancon will be joined on stand N1110 by Ibstock. This Ancon-Ibstock alliance, specifically for Ecobuild 2012, brings together two areas of expertise from within the masonry sector. Brick is the UK’s most popular cladding material by some margin, and this collaboration provides visitors with an opportunity to discuss project performance and aesthetics on a single exhibition stand. Enquiry No 14

Chiltern Dynamics One of the UK’s leading testing bodies, Chiltern Dynamics will be promoting a better understanding of the impact of changes to Approved Document L (ADL) on air tightness requirements for all new buildings. Its Energy Services Department is fully accredited by UKAS, ATTMA and BINDT to offer air tightness testing of all building types. Its knowledgeable engineers will be on hand to answer specific questions on how to prepare for the changes – which require improved air tightness performance and more tests. They will also discuss additional services, including pre-completion sound testing, noise surveys for planning requirements, energy assessments (SAP, SBEM, EPC, BREAM, Code for Sustainable Homes), thermal modelling and thermography. Free Technical Information Sheets on both air and sound testing will be available on the stand.Visitors may also register for free webinars on air tightness testing, taking place throughout 2012. Chiltern Dynamics and its parent Chiltern International Fire are part of the BM TRADA Group. Enquiry No 15

Cembrit Brings Low Environmental Impact Roofing and Cladding to Ecobuild! Exhibiting as part of the Danish Pavilion, Cembrit will be showcasing its broad range of natural and sustainable pitched roofing and cladding products at Ecobuild 2012. On stand N1430 visitors to the show will be able to see key products from Cembrit’s renowned natural slate range as well as the company’s recently environmentally rated fibre cement slate products. To complete the products on show cladding products suitable for all types of architectural building project will also be on the stand. Enquiry No 17


Visit us at

Ecobuild, stand 710

Enquiry No 18


 Door Hardware 

Install Glass with Ease...

 Shower Hardware 

Railing Hardware   Glass Fittings & Supplies  

The TAPER-LOC®® System is the simple way to install glass railings and balustrades*. Rapid • Quick & Simple Installation 50% faster to install than traditional alternatives Conforms to to Conforms

BS 6180:1999 & BS 6399-1:1996

Re-adjustable • Save Time & Money The horizontal taper-loc design allows the system to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set Reassured • Tested Meets the strictest building code requirements BS6180:1999 and BS6399-1:1996

For information call FREE on 00 800 0421 6144 e: e:

f: 00 00 800 800 0262 0262 3299 3299 f:

w: w:

Patented Patented

*For toughened/toughened toughened/toughened laminated laminated glass glass from from 12mm-25.52mm 12mm-25.52mm thick thick *For

Enquiry No 19


Serenity Series Sliding Shower Door

Door Hardware    Shower Hardware   Railing Hardware   Glass Fittings & Supplies 

Our New Serenity Series Sliding Door System has an entirely different look from traditional sliding shower door systems. The use of minimal hardware provides a frameless look that gives the enclosure an almost floating appearance. Specially designed roller bearings allow for quiet, easy opening and closing of the door. This unique roller system operates above the header support bar that spans the top of the enclosure.

For information call FREE on 00 800 0421 6144 e: f: f: 00 00 800 800 0262 0262 3299 3299 w: w: e:



SMART AT ECOBUILD 2012 Smart Architectural Aluminium has announced that they are to exhibit at this year’s Ecobuild Exhibition, held at London Excel from 20th to 22nd March. This will be the first time that the South West based systems supplier has been involved with the show, so why chose to this year to exhibit? Eddie Robinson, Smart’s Managing Director explains, “Like Ecobuild, Smart has grown a great deal in the last two years. This event provides an ideal platform to talk to the industry about where we are now and where we are planning to be in the future. We have three strong messages that are very relevant to both sustainable building and the Ecobuild audience. First is our corporate commitment towards the environment and to work towards a 100% carbon neutral production operation. Second, the energy efficiency savings our products offer through improved thermal performance, and lastly is the sustainable nature of aluminium as a construction material. As a leading systems supplier, we fully recognise our responsibility towards protecting the environment and also to minimising the impact of our activities. We take this commitment very seriously, which is why we are the first systems company to operate and maintain ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and BS OHAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety accreditations.” Smart will also be exhibiting a selection of their latest energy efficient profile systems. Among these will be Greenstar, an ultra low U value commercial window capable of achieving a U value of 1.0 W/m²K. Visitors will also be able to view the Alitherm 800 W.E.R. ‘A’ rated window. The Evolution steel replacement window that is ideal for large scale heritage applications. Smart will also be exhibiting their unique Smart Wall thermally broken, shop-front screen and door. Smart Wall is the UK’s first fully-thermally broken shop-front system and also the first fully thermally broken aluminium door to be successfully security tested to LPS 1175 level 2 and EN 1627 level 3. Visit Stand N210 in the North Hall at Ecobuild. Enquiry No 20

KEMPER SYSTEM SET TO EDUCATE ECOBUILD ON SOLVENT-FREE Liquid waterproofing specialist Kemper System will be exhibiting at Ecobuild for the first time this year (Stand S2016) as part of a strategic marketing communications drive to educate the marketplace about its eco-friendly and effective roofing solutions. The move follows the growing success of the company’s innovative Kemperol 2K-PUR solvent-free system, the first solvent-free wet-on-wet cold liquid waterproofing system available on the UK market. Based on an 80% castoroil formulation derived from sustainable sources, the liquid system also incorporates a flexible non-woven fleece manufactured using a 25% recycled plastic bottle content. Offered with a 20-year warranty, the ground-breaking system offers exceptional, durable waterproofing, that bonds to almost any substrate to create a totally seamless, monolithic, U/V stable, elastomeric membrane that cannot delaminate. Kemperol 2K-PUR offers an effective solution for both new builds and refurbishment projects. As it is solvent and fume-free there is no need to evacuate occupied buildings, allowing work to continue without disruption. The waterproofing system can be applied on top of most existing roofing material – so can even help to prevent excessive waste being sent to landfill. Kemper System’s stand will offer visitors an opportunity to watch video demonstrations of how the system is applied and see the results on recent high profile projects including London’s Guildhall. And they will also be able to learn more about its suitability for a wide variety of applications including a root resistant base for green roofs and living wall projects and a waterproofing material for wind turbines. Alongside the Kemperol 2K-PUR system, Kemper System will also be exhibiting its Stratex Warm Roof System; a completely integrated warm roof system that incorporates primers, vapour barrier, insulation and waterproofing with a range of optional surfacing. Featuring a rigid PIR insulation board with a unique tongue and groove interlocking joint, the system significantly reduces cold bridging and gives a much smoother surface finish. Enquiry No 21


Visit us at Ecobuild stand S710

Bring your kitchen to life ... Find the inspiration for your perfect kitchen. With more colours, textures and designs, it has to be Caesarstone. Enquiry No 22

Non-Porous | Stain-Resistant | Scratch-Resistant | Heat-Resistant | Excellent Flexural Strength | Low Maintenance | 28 Colours



Market Leader STEICO Widens its UK Product Range

Solarlux exhibits at Ecobuild stand No N240

STEICO, Europe’s market leading manufacturer of wood fibre insulation and sustainable construction products, introduces several new developments at Ecobuild 2012 on its STEICO UK Stand No S1211. Alongside its existing ranges of I Joists, Wall Studs, Laminated Veneer Lumber and flexible & rigid wood fibre insulation panels STEICO announce the UK launch of STEICOtop and STEICOzell together with the STEICO Ecological Roof concept; a truly sustainable room in the roof option for comfortable and healthy living in new build applications. All STEICO products use certified sustainable materials which provide top quality and performance while reducing CO2 emissions and saving money by lowering energy consumption. STEICO wood fibre insulation and engineered timber products meet all new UK and EU legislation and help meet new Part L requirements and the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Solarlux Systems Ltd of Welwyn Garden City will be at the popular EcoBuild Exhibition at Excel in March. Solarlux manufacture folding doors, wintergardens, balcony glazing systems and glass canopies. Their stand will feature balcony glazing - the SL25, SL25XXL and parapet glazing the SL45, it will also feature the SL97, a wood and aluminium folding door, which is the most thermally efficient folding door on the market today and the SL82, aluminium folding glass door which is unique in that it gives the appearance of a continuous glass facade due to the stepped glazing and slim external frame. The SL82 has been awarded the red dot and iF Design Award and is suitable for both domestic as well as commercial installations. Solarlux products also include contemporary wintergardens, there are 4 in the range, a range of folding doors in wood, aluminium and wood/aluminium, glass canopies, glazed curtain walling and horizontal sliding walls. www.solarlux.couk

Enquiry No 23

IMPRESSIVE RANGE OF INNOVATIONS ON BOTH SCHUECO STANDS AT ECOBUILD Schueco UK, the lead sponsor of Ecobuild 2012, has major stands (N2940 and S310) in both halls. In addition to its solar energy products, Schueco is showing examples of its aluminium and steel systems, some of which are new to the UK and all of which underline its status as a world-class company. Solar-enabled systems on show include two aluminium façade systems incorporating Schueco ProSol TF+ thin-film PV technology, together with a ProSolenabled brise soleil. Schueco's unique ERC 50 Renovation Façade is being shown for the first time in the UK, as is the Janisol Arte insulated steel renovation window from Schueco Jansen. The latter recently won a Gold Design Award at France’s leading building exhibition, Batimat 2011. A heavily insulated door and façade that meet PassivHaus standards emphasise Schueco’s commitment to energy efficiency, while Schueco ASS 77 PD.NI, the first in a new range of 'panoramic' motorised sliding doors, demonstrates the company's continuing quest for innovation. Enquiry No 25


Enquiry No 24


COILLTE PANEL PRODUCTS TO SHOWCASE INNOVATION AT ECOBUILD 2012 Innovation and sustainability are at the heart of development at Coillte Panel Products. For Ecobuild in March 2012, the company will be showcasing the full range of wood-based panel products from its market leading brands, SmartPly OSB and Medite MDF. Recognised as the benchmark for quality, consistency and performance, the programme of significant investment Coillte Panel Products dedicates to its brands is continually successful in bringing new and innovative products to market. Such advances include thicker Medite Premier, up to 45mm, Medite Ultralite, a new lightweight MDF worthy of the Medite name, and SmartPly SiteProtect, the pre-primed OSB product developed specifically for site hoarding and security installations. Medite Tricoya, the brand new extreme, durable MDF from Medite Europe and Accsys Technologies, will also feature on the Coillte Panel Products’ Ecobuild stand. “There are fantastic new design and application possibilities offered by the marriage of acetylated wood fibre with the manufacturing technology of Medite MDF,” said Medite Tricoya product manager Peter Clifton.“With a potential service life of 60 years according to BRE, Medite Tricoya is set to inspire composite product manufacturers,

designers, architects and the construction industry alike, opening up new possibilities and solutions which could not previously have been delivered by a wood product. This industry’s changing and we’re showing exactly how.” Medite MDF and SmartPly OSB are part of Coillte, the Irish forestry and forest products company which owns 442,000 hectares of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forest. Coillte Panel Products is one of the only wood-based panel product manufacturers which use the very trees they grow to make high quality FSC certified products, providing customers with vital reassurance in security of supply unlikely to be found elsewhere. Visit,, and www.meditetricoya. com for more product information, contact Coillte Panel Products UK sales and marketing team on 01322 424900, or see them at Ecobuild 2012 stand number S1225. Enquiry No 26



Stelrad winning Ecobuild appearance!

Altecnic launches next generation Heating Interface Units

Ecobuild is an exciting opportunity for visitors to see the wide range of radiators in the Stelrad range all in one place – and a chance for visitors to win two tickets to the England v Belgium match at Wembley later in the year! Europe’s favourite radiator manufacturer offers the highest quality products, the widest range of sizes and models on the market and offers a huge selection from stock. Its Compact and Elite ranges are universally acknowledged and its premium panel radiators, its wide range of LST radiators, its decorative and towel rail ranges offer installers and specifiers the best selection of options available. Stelrad will be launching a brand new radiator concept on its stand at Ecobuild – the first unveiling of a new energy efficient radiator targeted at new build projects and developers – it has to be seen! Enquiry No 29

Altecnic is introducing the UK’s next generation of centralised intelligent water management systems to market, as it officially launches its technologically advanced Heating Interface Unit (HIU) at ecobuild. The new compact and lightweight unit, which features electronic controls, compensated heating temperatures and insulated covers, can help consultants, architects and plumbing specialists meet Part L of UK Building Regulations, which regulates energy consumption and the carbon footprint of buildings. Altecnic sales director, Chris Ramster commented: “As market leaders we’re continually looking at ways to drive the industry into new and emerging markets. The UK Heat Interface Unit market is relatively new, and mainly utilises European products that have changed little in twenty years. We’ve invested in bringing new products to market that offer significant technical and performance improvements over these older existing products and make conforming to Part L easier and more straight forward.” Enquiry No 27

Glazing Vision At Ecobuild Glazing Vision is the UK’s largest manufacturer of premium Glass Rooflight solutions. All Glazing Vision rooflights are hand made in the company’s factory in the UK. Glazing Vision’s international department continues to flourish and the company has now installed all over the world, providing natural daylight and ventilation in some of the most prestigious buildings. From a Flushglaze fixed rooflight in Kuwait to a Sliding over roof rooflight in Paris, to a Sliding box rooflight in New York. Glazing Vision has designed innovative rooflights to withstand the most severe climates. In 2011 Glazing Vision achieved ISO14001 and retained its ISO9001 status as well as adding a CHAS accreditation for its health and safety procedures. Visit Glazing Vision at Ecobuild at Stand S24. Enquiry No 30

Forbo showcases the world’s most sustainable floor covering for today’s interiors Manufactured using an unrivalled 97% natural raw materials - 70% of which are rapidly renewable - and with 40% recycled content, Marmoleum, the market leading linoleum brand from Forbo Flooring Systems, is the most natural and sustainable floor covering for today’s interiors. Visitors to Forbo’s Ecobuild stand (No.S630) will have the opportunity to interact first hand with the natural, harvestable raw ingredients that give Marmoleum its unsurpassed sustainability, such as linseed oil derived from the flax plant, and rosin and responsibly sourced wood flour which provide Marmoleum’s strength, flexibility, colourfastness and smooth surface. Whilst Marmoleum responds to all ecological concerns and meets the most demanding sustainability briefs, the ‘colour walls’ on Forbo’s stand will clearly demonstrate that its comprehensive colour offer and array of versatile designs also delivers in aesthetic terms. Enquiry No 28


Wilo up front and personal at Ecobuild! Visitors to Ecobuild will have the opportunity to see a range of Wilo high efficiency pumps up front and personal! Including the first opportunity to see some newcomers that will offer new opportunities for installers and specifies to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Wilo offers the widest range of pumps and pumping systems from small circulating pumps for domestic central heating and air conditioning up to large commercial pumps for heating, air conditioning, pressure boosting, sewage and grey water pumping – the range is massive. Drop by the Wilo stand to meet the knowledgeable Wilo team and discuss your pumping requirements or visit to get a feel for the range and to quest information. Enquiry No 31

Enquiry No 32

Delivering Tomorrow’s Energy Efficiency... today RockShell is a patented modular wall system that meets future energy efficiency requirements, today. An innovative system for constructing the load bearing walls of low-rise buildings, RockShell combines the requirements for sustainable lightweight constructions with optimal energy performance, efficient installation processes and high levels of technical support.

Call: +44 (0) 1656 868 400 Email: Visit:

Use RockShell to benefit from:  Typical U-Value of 0.14  Passivhaus Inst. certified  Minimised thermal bridges  Increased air-tightness  Reduced wall thickness  Increased speed of build

BBES USES OFFSITE M&E PREFABRICATION TO SUCCESSFULLY DELIVER GREENWICH BSF PROJECT Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has completed the delivery of a major mechanical and electrical (M&E) scheme at Crown Woods College, in Greenwich, demonstrating the multitude of advantages that offsite prefabrication can bring to enable a more sustainable, safer and efficient way of delivering building services solutions. Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects and built by main contractor Balfour Beatty, the new £48 million secondary school, part of the Phase One £100 million Greenwich Council ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) scheme, features nine buildings linked by external covered walkways.The facility has been organised into three colleges or ''schools within a school" with 450 pupils each. In addition there is a post 16 college that will also accommodate 450 students. At Crown Woods College, BBES’ Modular Systems + division has designed and supplied multi-service 3D corridor modules that incorporate full M&E services as well as operating as air conditioning ducts for the classrooms. Lined 26

with acoustic foam, the air path fulfils the design noise criteria to create an ideal learning environment for this cutting edge new facility. Using the latest lean construction methods and off-site fabrication techniques, BBES has delivered the completed 3D modules and modular risers installed on site for an efficient and safe installation. Manufactured by BBES at its Modular Systems + facility, this allowed site construction to run concurrently, making significant savings on the project timeframe. Utilising the innovative methods of the Modular Systems + facility in Wednesbury, BBES is able to maximise project efficiency whilst ensuring quality management is maintained throughout each process. The modular arrangement also eliminates material wastage, helping to maintain projects sustainable targets and provide significant cost and time benefits compared to traditional installations.

“Through a series of workshops we worked with the design team, the architect Nicholas Hare Architects LLP and BBES’ project team to engineer the ideal solution for the services and air circulation components,” commented Mark Hammonds of BBES’s Modular Systems +. “By utilising an offsite prefabrication approach we have been able to deliver components in a much more efficient, sustainable and safer way.”

The successful completion of the Crown Woods College project further demonstrates BBES’s ability to deliver complex M&E schemes safely, efficiently and sustainably whilst meeting targeted occupation dates. Enquiry No 33

“We are continuously improving and developing ideas from previous projects and the team is currently discussing further use of modularisation at further Greenwich Building Schools for the Future projects, including Plumstead Manor and Eltham Hill Schools. Despite being a mix of new build and refurbishment, the plan is to maximise modularisation on these schemes to help achieve Zero Harm strategy,” commented BBES’s Project Manager Simon Stothard. 27

Gilgen curved sliding door solves architectural challenge at Tate St Ives Gilgen Door Systems has supplied and installed an elegant curved sliding door at Tate St Ives, as part of the refurbishment of the main entrance. Working with London based Evans and Shalev Architects and the gallery, Gilgen supplied a curved sliding door together with an internal single sliding door. The specification required a practical door solution which not only allowed exceptional pedestrian throughput, but would also blend seamlessly with the existing elegant, curved facade and upper level architectural glass features of the building. Additionally, the outer doors were required to withstand hurricane force Atlantic winds and the affects of salt water. Gilgen recommended an external curved sliding door and an internal single sliding door to replace the existing swing doors to fully meet the criteria.


The bespoke curved sliding door was manufactured to fit the existing building faรงade and installed to enclose the existing porch area of the entrance. The striking, 3m x 3m all glass, convex curved sliding door has a radius of 6.3m giving a clear walk through area of 3.2m enabling visitors to pass through with ease, even at extremely busy times. Gilgen also recommended laminated glass and a marine paint finish to withstand the affects of the weather and salt water and installed a special Y designed tracking system to enable the stone paving to be laid right up to the doors. The existing swing doors have been replaced with a single sliding door. This door also maximizes the clear walk through area of the doorway and provides a comfortable inner entrance for visitors. Both installations fully meet BS7036 regulations and requirements under the Disability Discriminations Act. The Gilgen SRM curved sliding door is available in either convex or concave configuration with radii to meet any specification. They can be supplied in full or half circle configurations and the self supporting steel structure guarantees seamless integration into existing architecture. Safety features include auto-reverse and safety stopping mechanisms and fail safe functions open the door in the event of an emergency making it suitable for emergency exit routes. The SLX sliding door system is technologically advanced, ensuring safety, reliability and practicality. Both systems exceed current industry legislation, meet BS7036 and requirements set out in the Disability Discrimination Act. Gilgen Door Systems has over 80 years international experience in the design, manufacture and installation of a leading range of commercial and industrial door systems. With regional centres across the UK, Gilgen also offers a nationwide maintenance and repair service and is a member of the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA). Enquiry No 34



CGI International Invests in Technical Infrastructure Ahead of the CPR (Construction Product Regulation) coming into force in 2013, CGI International, manufacturer of the Pyroguard range of products, has committed to further investment in its technical support infrastructure – the first step of which is the appointment of Trevor Crossley as Technical Administrator. This new position has been created to specifically support preparations for the UK’s move to CPR. Trevor will be responsible for the maintenance and distribution of technical document evidence as well as the provision of expertise, both internally and through CGI’s customers and contacts across the country. Joining the head office team in Haydock, UK, Trevor will work closely with the existing technical team to maintain certifications and coordinate the implementation of CGI International’s CE licensing protocol. Moving to CGI International after 11 years at Ultraframe, Trevor brings extensive expertise in product development, project management and technical training. This means Trevor is well placed to ensure customers are effectively supported and prepared for the forthcoming changes. Enquiry No 35

VEKA goes large for Fensterbau ‘12 VEKA plc is set to double its presence at Fensterbau when it returns to the international event this year. The system supplier is taking twice the floorspace for its second showing at Nürnberg on March 21-24 on the strength of its debut there in 2010. Sales & Marketing Director Colin Torley said: “The show has proved itself to be the main event for the UK industry. It was a great success for us last time and now we aim to build on that in 2012.” VEKA will not only be showing its existing products, including the Infinity recycled PVC-U system, but also many from the Halo brand as a result of last year’s acquisition which saw VEKA emerge as the largest manufacturer of PVC-U window profile in the UK market. Enquiry No 36

Living Walls – Reliable And Sustainable Critics of living wall systems who claim that living walls are too vulnerable and are not truly sustainable are wrong, says Sean Farrell of Mobilane. The comment comes as Mobilane celebrates six years without a single failure for its WallPlanter system across Europe, which was launched in 2005. The market for living walls is relatively new, yet has suffered negative publicity due to the failure of a few high profile examples. However, criticism fails to take into account the development of successful systems which are robust, efficient and sustainable and which are supported by warrantees and maintenance packages. One of the highest profile WallPlanter living wall system thrives at the O2 arena in London. The wall, which is one of the biggest in the country, was installed in January 2007 and is a verdant testament to the viability of well designed and maintained living walls. To date, none of the plants have needed to be replaced. Mobilane recently introduced the LivePanel modular system, which has been developed with a view to ensuring a lightweight construction suitable for all buildings, together with an environment and substrate in which plants can thrive. LivePanel presents the market with the most flexible system for decorating exterior or interior walls with a wide range of plants. LivePanel consists of individual sections which are fixed to the wall or building using a lightweight aluminium frame. These sections can be cut to any shape or size, making them extremely flexible and suited to a wide range of applications. Enquiry No 37



Happy Birthday Mapei – 75 Years Of Excellence

Enquiry No 41

On the 15th February 2012 Mapei will celebrate their 75th anniversary. From humble beginnings Mapei has grown from a small family business into a multinational operation, becoming one of the worlds’ leading manufacturers of adhesives and chemical products for the building industry. Established in 1937 just outside of Milan, it was here that Mapei’s foundations and values were created. These values encompass creativity, competence, passion and flexibility and are still promoted within the company today. It is these basic principles that continue to influence the company’s success and accounts for their annual 1.9 billion euro turnover from across its 68 subsidiaries -with 58 plants, in 27 countries, across five continents. The UK is home to Mapei's 47th manufacturing plant worldwide, based in Halesowen. Mapei first entered the UK market in 1989 with the aim to maximise their proximity, fulfil the UK’s local market needs and to reduce logistic costs. In this time Mapei has advanced in the UK to have a major prominence in the ceramic and soft flooring markets. Enquiry No 38

Hambleside Danelaw appoint Dryseal Manager Marketing of Hambleside Danelaw’s GRP roofing systems has received a significant boost with the appointment of Andy Fell as the company’s new Dryseal Manager. Andy brings to Hambleside extensive experience of installing GRP flat roofing products since 1984 and fitting Dryseal as a contractor since the mid 1990's. His new brief is to secure a larger profile for Dryseal and especially the RibTec membrane within the roofing market. Manufactured in the UK by a British company, the Dryseal GRP component based roofing system for flat and low pitched roofs comes with the easy ‘Fit and Finish’ installation encapsulating the roof with a single material. It has been available as a proven solution for new build and refurbishment projects for over 20 years. Enquiry No 39

RigiSystems Launches New Economy Range Of Profiled Cladding Designed to meet the increasing demand for cost-effective profiled cladding, RigiSystems S-Type Economy profiles are suitable for both roof and wall applications. They offer very flexible design options, can be smooth or crimp curved and are available with a range of profiled closure pieces, flashings and mitred units. Available materials include steel and aluminium, and the S-Type Economy is available with the full range of RigiSystems paint finishes as well as mill finish aluminium. The traditional yet stylish look of these profiles, combined with extremely competitive pricing, makes them ideally suited to contemporary cladding requirements. Enquiry No 40



New Brochure – Experience the art of landscaping with the dramatic effect of stone... naturally

KINGSPAN HEADS FOR NET-ZERO ENERGY Kingspan Group’s own Head Office in Kingscourt, Ireland has been able to take a major step along the road to net-zero energy with the installation of the Kingspan Roof PowerPanel System. 1000m2 of the state of the art photovoltaic modules have been installed by certified PV Installer, Northeast Electrical to more than offset the total annual electricity usage of the Group offices in what is thought to be one of the largest PV installations in Ireland. The 130kWp system, which comprises of five hundred and fifty three 235Wp Yingli crystalline PV modules, is expected to generate circa 100,000 kWh per annum. Similar systems have already been installed at Kingspan Insulation’s manufacturing facility in Pembridge and Kingspan Insulated Panels plant in Holywell. Commissioned and approved by ESB on the 10th October, the Kingscourt system took just 2 weeks to complete, and is predicted to save around 52,500Kg/CO2 per annum.

With over 140 years’ experience in the decorative aggregates sector, Long Rake Spar has gained national status as one of the UK’s largest suppliers of hard landscaping products. Long Rake Spar products are stocked by Builders Merchants and Garden Centres and landscape centres throughout the UK, with their comprehensive ranges being used for numerous applications. With time being a precious commodity for many of Long Rake Spar retailers, they have taken the initiative in designing this new product catalogue to feature fully EPOS friendly barcodes for their full product range. Each product’s barcode is featured alongside a brief overview of the specifics of each product enabling customers to directly generate orders from their Epos system, thereby streamlining their ordering process whilst avoiding any manual entry errors. Enquiry No 43

Enquiry No 42

£6.5m Investment to Transform Operating Efficiency and Increase Capacity Superglass, the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of glass fibre insulation solutions, today announces that it will commence a £6.5m capital expenditure programme at its Stirling manufacturing plant in March next year with completion scheduled for March 2013. The investment will substantially improve the operating efficiency of the plant and increase production capacity. It involves phased upgrades and modifications to existing machinery in seven different process areas and, once fully implemented, has the potential to deliver aggregate annual operating cost savings of up to £3.6 million. The expenditure will also improve product quality, increase production capacity and increase product compression. The funding for the capital investment programme was obtained following the completion last week of an £8.0m equity fundraising and a capital restructuring which reduced bank debt to £5.1m. Scottish Enterprise also awarded Superglass a Regional Selective Assistance grant of up to £2 million. Superglass Chief Executive Officer Alex McLeod, said “The capital expenditure programme is much needed and will substantially improve the manufacturing capability and competitiveness of our plant. We have identified a number of areas where we can upgrade our processes and equipment to deliver real operating efficiency gains and combine that with improved product quality for our customers. Our plant is currently operating at near to full capacity on some product lines and this investment will provide us with the ability to increase output by a further 10 per cent once completed.” Enquiry No 44


Europe’s busiest station. Nine lifts where there were none. Smooth journeys, happy passengers. What can a Stannah bespoke lift do for you? Project: The installation of 9 bespoke passenger lifts where previously there were none

Enquiry No 45

Location: Clapham Junction – Europe’s busiest station – with more than 180 trains per hour and over 430,000 passengers a day using 17 platforms Client: Network Rail Principal Contractor: Osborne Lift: Bespoke solutions for a unique site. Each 16-person two-stop hydraulic lift was designed by Stannah. Partially glazed lift cars travel within the 50% glazed shafts allowing light to flood in. Each lift has a dedicated motor-room, with Bucher hydraulic power packs and drives, ensuring smooth journeys and accurate levelling Result: This historic station, first opened in 1863, has been the focus of the government-funded ‘Access for All’ programme delivered by Network Rail. The programme aims to ensure that all travellers have step-free access to this hub of the rail network

Call Stannah on 01264 3390900 Meet the family

Passenger Lifts

Escalators and Moving Walkways

Platform Lifts

Goods and Service Lifts

Lift Refurbishment

Bespoke Lifts

Lift Service and Repair



Victaulic Launches Innovative New Website Victaulic, the global leader in the production of mechanical pipe joining and fire protection systems, announces today the launch of its redesigned website. The website redesign will create a more pleasant user experience with optimized search functions, customer profile options and ease of access to product information, and will showcase Victaulic projects around the world. The new site offers easier download capabilities and more prominent display of vital information, while the secure, customized user profile will provide product and literature updates to Victaulic customers in real time. The user experience has been improved with the addition of enhanced search capabilities as well as information detailed by market and product, providing Victaulic customers with quick solutions to their pipe joining and fire protection needs. Victaulic engineering solutions and tools have also been optimized on the site to provide owners, engineers, contractors and industry bodies and associations with key insight into Victaulic solutions, including safety, reliability and productivity. “The new website was designed with great engagement from customers across the globe and across industries where we operate,� said Eric Luftig, director of marketing, communications and training with Victaulic. With improved server and hosting capabilities, customers will have quick, reliable and easy access to information about the products and services offered by Victaulic facilities located around the world. The new design integrates with social media and real time news, and can be accessed through mobile devices and popular tablet formats. Founded in 1925, Victaulic has its global headquarters located in Easton, Pennsylvania, United States. Victaulic has 11 international manufacturing facilities and 20 major distribution hubs, and employs more than 3,500 people worldwide. Victaulic develops products and services for some of the world's most demanding markets, including oil, gas and chemical; mining; power generation; water and wastewater treatment; and military and marine systems; as well as commercial building and fire protection applications. Victaulic products are available in 103 countries. A mechanical joint is comprised of four elements: grooved pipe, the coupling housings, a pair of nuts and bolts and the rubber gasket ring. This gasket is pressure responsive and is encased by the coupling housing when it engages in the groove around the circumference of the pipe. The gasket then creates a seal unified joint that is enhanced when the system is pressurized. The Victaulic system provides many mechanical design features that are useful in systems exposed to earthquake conditions. The flexibility of Victaulic flexible grooved-pipe couplings reduces the transmission of stresses through a piping system, while the gasket damps vibration. When flexibility is not desired, rigid couplings can be used. Both flexible and rigid couplings provide discontinuity at each joint, which helps minimize pipeline stresses generated during seismic movement. Enquiry No 46



Introducing Trackit, A New Suspension System From The Shopkit Group TracKit, is an extremely versatile track suspension system providing mobility and flexibility to the presentation of banners and graphics, sliding panels/room dividers, shelving and clothing displays. Trackit can facilitate different types of elements to be hung at different heights along straight or curved sections of track and repositioned easily and is proving to be a popular display solution for Receptions, Galleries, Retail interiors, Window displays, Home, Hotels and the rest of the Leisure industry. TracKit can be wall or ceiling fixed and is available with a choice of single, twin or triple tracks, enabling the design of multi-track installations, giving displays the potential for depth and innovation. This system offers static and mobile suspension options, via a roller wheel, which allows for easy re-positioning of complex displays and shelving as well as large panels and room dividers etc, by simply sliding the roller wheels along the track.

The suspension track is available in both aluminium and stainless steel and there are six different support methods that can be hung from the track, each with a vast array of accessories and Shopkit can help determine which is most suitable for each application. Made to Measure and Installation options available The dimensions and material finishes of the different suspension systems and accessories can be varied to suit clients’ requirements and Shopkit can deliver and install all elements within this range quotations will be supplied on request. Enquiry No 47


Doors, windows & Glazing


Doors, windows & Glazing

Solarlux’s SL82 installed at Chaobaby Thai Restaurant

>> 37

Doors, windows & Glazing

Solarlux’s SL82 installed at Chaobaby Thai Restaurant >>


Doors, windows & Glazing

The Bull Ring Shopping centre is an iconic building and was redeveloped in 2003. Thai restaurant group Chaophraya have opened their latest restaurant in the shopping centre under the name Choababy and installed Solarlux SL82 folding doors at the front of the restaurant so that the diners can use the terrace area as well in summer. The high insulation values ensure that diners are warm in winter too. The SL82 was launched in 2009 and is an entirely new all-aluminium system which takes folding doors to the next level – and sets a new benchmark for the folding door market. The overall impression that the SL82 achieves is of one harmonious glass effect due to the exterior glazing overlapping the frame profile creating the overall glazed effect and yet the visible frame retaining the glass is only 8mm thick. The profile is a strong multi cavity, thermally insulated with 4 fold rolledin insulation bars. With double or triple glazing, of the customer’s choice, the unit offers the best possible heat insulation and has a u value of 1.2Wm2K. Panel sizes can be up to 1000mm wide x 2500mm high. Floor tracks can either be surface mounted or flush which allows easy access. For added security it has the Solarlux multi-point locking system. The aluminium can be powder coated to any RAL colour. The SL82 has also been awarded the prestigious reddot design award in 2010 and the iF Design Award also in 2010. The SL82 is suitable for Commercial facades, Domestic living areas, Wintergardens or façade designs. This is just one system from a family of over 18 folding door styles that are suitable for installations ranging from Balconies to high end domestic applications. Enquiry No 48


Doors, windows & Glazing

NEW FEATURES FOR THE VIDEX GSM INTERCOM Videx Security’s GSM door intercom system is available with a number of new features. The latest version includes a time band to disable or divert calls outside certain times, a silent dialling mode for additional security and the facility for additional diverts on call buttons, with up to six numbers per button. The 4000 Series functional GSM intercom system works on the same technology as a mobile phone. It enables a call to be made from an entry point, such as a door or gate, to any mobile telephone number or land line. Up to 50 call buttons can be connected to the door panel, each able to call two telephone numbers. The GSM intercom system employs quad band technology for use anywhere in the world. Programming of the telephone numbers can be carried out by SMS text message or PC with a specially designed program using the built-in USB port. Just a SIM card is required for this product and both contract and ‘Pay As You Go’ SIM cards can be used.

DORMA DELIVERS STYLISH ENTRANCE AT GRAND UNION VILLAGE HEALTH CENTRE To create a welcoming first impression at Grand Union Village Health Centre in Ealing, a combination of automatic swing doors and a sliding door were required. Performance and durability were of utmost importance, as was aesthetics. For these reasons, two automatic operators from DORMA were specified. Pro-care Maintenance Service specified two ED 200 swing door operators and an ES 200 sliding automatic operator from DORMA. The deep plan building’s design incorporates natural lighting through generous quantities and sizes of windows, as well as two large light wells that help to create a vibrant and easily navigable interior. To complement the naturally-lit, bright internal environment, the use of glass doors with minimal fixings proved ideal. For this, both the ED 200 and ES 200 met the demands perfectly. Enquiry No 49

Enquiry No 51

Technal Launches New Façade Products And Design Concepts At Batimat 2011 Architectural aluminium façade specialist, Technal, has launched a series of new curtain walling, window and door products at Batimat 2011 in Paris. It also presented some innovative new concepts which look to the future of façade design. The Technal stand had the appearance of a continental villa with a tree-filled patio and façades that had a series of opaque aluminium louvres and contrasting translucent bands of glazing, with a dark, midnight blue exterior. A number of new Technal façade products were launched at Batimat, which will be available in the UK and Ireland in 2012. As part of Technal’s commitment to research and development, the stand also featured three innovative façade design concepts. Enquiry No 52

SMART’S HEALTH AND SAFETY ACCREDITATION RAISES THE BAR Smart Architectural Aluminium has successfully attained the BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard. This award accompanies the Company’s current ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 Environment Management Systems standards, making Smart the first aluminium systems company in the UK to attain all three standards. The BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard is an internationally recognised assessment that has been developed to help organisations to identify, monitor and reduce potential risks in their health and safety obligations. To attain the standard Smart were able to demonstrate that they have put in place planning and management policies for potential risks, emergency preparedness and awareness and also a monitoring procedure to reduce the risk of accidents. The success of the company has raised the expectations of their customer base in terms of quality and service and demands a serious commitment by Smart on these issues. This standard fulfils these expectations and also raises the bar for the rest of the industry. Enquiry No 50


Securistyle’s Parallel Hinge Improves Learning Environment Securistyle has supplied its popular Parallel Hinge product to a refurbishment project at Roselands School in Devon. Ken Evans, National Specification Manager for Securistyle provides more details on the project: “When Roselands School replaced four mobile classrooms that had been on site for 30 years, the staff wanted the permanent extension to provide a well ventilated and safe environment for staff and children alike. Securistyle’s Parallel Hinge allowed them to achieve exactly this. The newly installed Parallel windows provide light and well ventilated spaces that incorporate four classrooms, various resource areas, a quiet room and a kitchen area.” Securistyle’s Parallel Hinge is manufactured from high grade 304 austenitic stainless steel to provide increased strength and guaranteed long-term corrosion resistance. The hinge also offers a 12 year guarantee. Enquiry No 53

Doors, windows & Glazing

STEEL WINDOWS – A UNIQUE AESTHETIC By John Chamberlain, President, Steel Window Association

Steel windows occupy a special place in British architecture. Forged in the heat of the Industrial Revolution (and indeed widely used in many Victorian mills) they represented a leap forward in window design and manufacture. Robust, slender, durable and relatively inexpensive, steel windows went on to become a familiar feature in the British streetscape. The first metal windows were made from wrought iron by Mediaeval blacksmiths who produced sub-frames to hold leaded stained glass or clear glass within the masonry or wood reveal. These were expensive and mostly used in ecclesiastical buildings or the grand houses of the ruling elite. Not until the 18th century were metal windows available on an industrial scale, this time made from cast iron. But these too were expensive and not widely used. Steel was therefore the first ‘modern’ material to become widely used as an alternative to timber in window frames. The ability to mass-produce steel frames made them an economical choice in large buildings and housing developments and by the end of the First World War they had become a popular and widespread choice throughout Britain. Steel was also the ‘high tech’ option for window designers. Not surprisingly, they became a favourite of architects of the Modernist and Art Deco schools during the years between the First and Second World Wars. The development of plate glass in the early 1920s made it possible to produce large single panes which, with slender steel frames, allowed the manufacture of the first large picture windows. Steel frames soon became a defining characteristic of the Art Deco period and in the UK had a profound effect on house design as well as the design of public buildings. Typical of this period are straight, white-rendered house frontages rising to flat roofs, sharply geometric door surrounds and tall steel windows, including convex-curved metal corner windows.

Many buildings of the Art Deco and Modernist schools would be unthinkable refenestrated in any other material. Steel windows are a defining feature of many icons of Deco architecture including BBC Broadcasting House, the old Daily Express Building in Fleet Street and Perivale’s famous Hoover Building. Steel windows were also indispensable to the founders of Modernism - Le Corbusier,Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – and feature in many public buildings, most notably Gropius’ famous Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. Today, steel windows are still popular with architects and designers in both the residential and commercial building sectors. Galvanised (as all steel windows have been since the 1950s) they are extremely rust-resistant and today’s polyester powder-coatings mean they require minimal maintenance and will not need painting for at least 20 years. Modern steel windows comply with the latest Building Regulations on thermal resistance and are supplied double - or triple-glazed to meet the most exacting requirements. Steel has the advantage of a relatively low carbon-footprint and is completely recyclable. Today’s steel windows are as suitable for refurbishment and restoration projects as they are for new-build schemes. Not only are they a prerequisite for many listed buildings, particularly of the inter-war years but they can provide a modern energy-efficient replacement option for many older buildings – for example as a discreet sub-frame in stone-mullioned leaded windows where an opening casement is desired. The unique profile of steel windows create such a distinctive aesthetic that their removal and replacement with inappropriate windows drastically changes the overall appearance of the building. As a common feature of the British streetscape the steel window occupies an important place in our built environment. Enquiry No 54


Doors, windows & Glazing

D R SERVICES MARKETS ELECTRIC GLASS Quantum is a specialist division of St Gobain set up to promote a famous five of artistic architectural glasses and D R Services is a UK partner. High tech glass like Priva-Lite, which changes from clear to obscure at the flick of a switch, have been available for some time, but up until now they been marketed for their cientific or technical performance. It's been a question of engineer speaking to engineer. What Quantum Glass and D R Services are now doing is moving the market from the technical to the artistic, since the products are well proven. It's no longer a question of showing how they work but now it's a matter of how beautiful they are and what they can add to the aesthetics of a building. The link between the five exotic Quantum glasses is that each one of them is in some way electrically or solar activated and they can be used in the fabric or the interior design of a building. Thermovit, an electric glass radiator, consist of a glass sandwich including a metallic coating and pvb foil, which creates heatable mirrors and glass panels. Simply apply a current to the glass and it radiates warmth. Since it has no moving parts or energy transfer points, it is 100% efficient: making it probably the most environmentally sensitive rad ever, especially if the electricity source is from wind generation or a solar panel. It is ideal for use in the bathroom as a towel warmer or for disguising a rad. Take it one step further and Thermovit can be integrated with Mirastar so you have a toughenable mirror radiator. Quantum Thermovit works with an ordinary mains supply (220-240v) and can be regulated by a programmable thermostat. Ideal applications would include luxury homes, spas and fitness centres as well as verandas and winter gardens.


D R Services has been installing Priva-Lite (the glass that flicks from transparent to obscure when privacy is required) in the UK for nine years. It's a remarkable product, and many need to see it to believe it really can switch from clear to opaque simply by adding an electric charge. It consists of a sandwich of extra clear glass, plastic and liquid crystal films. When a 50 volt current is switched on via electrodes, the milky film instantly becomes transparent. It makes an ideal glass lavatory door since it reassures that the cubicle is clean before you get there and can then be switched to ensure privacy. There is no chance of a breakdown accidentally compromising a loo user since the default state (with electricity off) is opaque. Apart from bedroom, bathroom, dining room and kitchen applications it could also create a very interesting partition for an office or restaurant as well as street furniture and artwork. Glass buildings can now be transformed at the flick of a switch. E-Glas can convert solar power into heat and reflect it outside. One good reason for wanting to do that is to prevent snow from lying, since it is going to melt when it touches the warmed glass. Used in double glazed units, it can play different roles depending on how it is positioned. If the double glazed unit has a hot glass on the outside it melts snow particularly on roofs and if the heated glass is on the inside, it reduces condensation, particularly useful in swimming pools. Quantum E-Glas can produce up to 600 watts of heat in each square metre. This can be used in lieu of traditional heating, particularly underfloor heating or low pressure hot water systems. It can also be used to radiate warmth to verandas, glass domes, display cases and picture windows.

Doors, windows & Glazing

Planilum is described as an active glass panel, a light source that can be touched because it is more like a green, energy saving light than an old fashioned hot bulb. Using fluorescent lighting technology, illuminated panels can be created that free architects and building designers from the normal constraints. It comes in standard sizes and can be used architecturally to emit light from walls, coffee tables dividers between rooms and also very large atria making large glass structures. It's even possible to have sculptures that are hung from a ceiling that radiate light. It is as efficient as a standard fluorescent tube (since it uses the same technology) so you could call it a green product. Like Thermovit it consists of a sandwich of glass, but this time there is an electrode, plasma and a light emitting face. A specially designed coating emits the light just where you want so your picture or your coffee table becomes your light. Quantum Planilum is ideal for hotels, restaurants, lounges, boutiques, corporate headquarters, theatres and up market homes.

The Quantum range of artistic architectural glasses will be available for inspection and hands on demonstration at the Building Centre in Store Street, London. There is also a dedicated Quantum web site at D R Services is a Quantum partner for the entire product range but there will also be specialists who will only cover one or two Quantum products. Planilum could be sold by lighting companies, Thermovit by heating companies. Although some might think this is not the best time to be promoting a range of up market exotic glasses, D R Services Director David Jarvis disagrees. "If you get yourself established during a quiet period," he said, "as things begin to hot up you are established and ready to go. If you wait for the market to get going you could miss the boat." Enquiry No 55

It has a low eco footprint and incredible stability over time (it's very long lasting). Quantum LED in GLASS is, as you would expect, glass containing red, green and blue Light Emiting Diodes (or LEDs), the idea being to bring the panel to life. Applications are virtually limitless, including illuminated glass floors and animated glazing panels. LED in Glass is a method of producing light from a sheet of glass by screen printing onto one side white ceramic ink dots that get larger as you get further away from the LEDs. The LEDs, on one or both sides of the glass, emit light into the thickness of the glass and as the light travels through it comes across the white screen printed dots which create a light show. Although you can create the full spectrum, the result is sweeps of colours a bit like the light show in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.





Beautiful Balustrades, Stunning Staircases! If the minimalist look to reflect the open plan nature of a modern building is required; if you need to maximise light to a large open atria; to reveal, not hide, a particular architectural feature in a historical building; make the most of a stunning view or simply add the “wow� factor, then a glass balustrade system could be your solution. M&G Olympic Products Ltd specialise in the design, manufacture and nationwide installation of structural glass and glass infill balustrade systems and associated metalwork, including staircase manufacture. M&G Olympic Products Ltd has an impressive track record of delivering projects to a variety of clients in the Public and Private sector. Previous projects include prestigious commercial and residential developments, universities, colleges and schools, hospital facilities, MOD facilities, sports and leisure facilities, national pools and football training facilities. Previous clients include Major Building Contractors, Architects, and Local Authorities. As part of a comprehensive package M&G Olympic Products Ltd provide a Project Management service. The team has a wide experience gained over many years and has the ability to help identify the best method of completing a project in an efficient and cost effective manner. The Design Team works with customers during the early stages of any project to undertake site surveys and produce design solutions, creating an end result to fully satisfy all criteria laid down by the client. The designers and will ensure that all plans comply with all relevant British Standard Regulations where required. All products are manufactured at the company’s two-factory site in the centre of Sheffield which is constantly enhanced with investment in the latest state-of-theart design and production equipment. As part of the commitment to delivering projects to specified timescales and within budget M&G Olympic Products ensure that quality is never compromised. M&G Olympic Products has built up an excellent working relationship with manufacturers of other architectural products such as joinery and glazing companies, providing customers with complete turnkey solutions. The experienced installation teams complete the package to ensure that M&G Olympic Products Ltd provide the client with high quality from concept to completion. Enquiry No 56



New PVCu Clad Glazing Bead Product From Yeoman Shield Yeoman Shield has launched the Yeoman Shield PVCu Clad Door Glazing Bead. The hardwood PVCu clad glazing bead provides an innovative solution to protecting exposed timber glazing beads which are vulnerable to damage and is an essential addition for new doors and a cost effective replacement for damaged doors. As the glazing bead forms part of the integrity of fire doors, research carried out by Yeoman Shield resulted in an effective method to protect the beads which has undergone stringent fire testing to both EN and BS standards for use on either ½ hour or 1 hour doors without affecting or compromising the fire door.

Glasen Tabletops Add To The Dramatic New Look At The Met Bar

Enquiry No 59

Glasen interior film from David Clouting Ltd was used to provide a stunning finish for the table tops at the Met Bar, situated within the Metropolitan Hotel in Park Lane.The Met Bar has re-opened with a dramatic new look featuring a sleek black lava-stone bar top with a leather clad front, rich timber floors and a feature glass wall. To continue this exotic and elegant theme, Forme’s design consultant Linzi Coppick specified Glasen for the Met Bar’s table tops. Glasen interior film developed by LG Hausys and exclusively distributed in the UK by David Clouting Ltd is produced utilising high pearl printing technology to create a striking 3D effect film, which when laminated onto the back of a glass sheet, provides the ultimate high gloss finish - both in looks and surface performance. Glasen in a dark gold coconut design was specified for the Met Bar project and laminated on to the back of table top specification glass by leading glass fabricator WGL.

ABET Provides A Colourful Change The new Student Resource Centre at the Cambridge Veterinary School, University of Cambridge, is supported by hundreds of colourful lockers surfaced with compact grade laminate from ABET LAMINATI. Designers Saunders Boston cleverly specified the colours to delineate different areas of the locker room. Blue is used to signify the ‘dirty side’ while green is used for the ‘clean side’. This ensures that the sterile side of the facility is kept as hygienic as possible. Abet’s compact grade is a popular choice among architects, interior designers and locker or cubicle manufacturers.

Enquiry No 57

Enquiry No 60

Prolong the Taste Using The Latest BRITA Technology With Francis Pegler The hugely popular BRITA filter tap range from Francis Pegler now benefits from enhanced performance that adapts to differing water qualities. The stylish Strauna and Ceto taps, from Francis Pegler, boast three levers giving options for hot, cold or BRITA filtered water. They each feature ceramic disk technology, ergonomic design and smooth, precise controls. The new BRITA P1000 filter cartridge now benefits from adjustable filtration performance according to the water quality. The cartridge will last on average three months in hard water areas but can be increased to six months by changing the setting for soft water areas. To assist users further, a lifetime filter indicator that lights red when the cartridge needs changing is included on all models. Using BRITA filtered water in kettles, irons and other domestic appliances can help to prolong the life of these products. With the build-up of scale formation being minimised there is an advantage to faster boiling kettles and lower energy consumption. Enquiry No 58


Zenolite Plus – on reflection, simply stunning Zenolite Plus is a new, exciting acrylic high gloss decorative panel that offers a, colourful and light weight alternative to more traditional bathroom or shower room wall cladding materials such as ceramic tiles and glass. Exclusively available from David Clouting Ltd, Zenolite Plus features a high performance, hard coated surface that delivers a stunning high gloss finish and superb consistency of colour thanks to its unique integrated colour layer. Zenolite Plus is also highly resistant to UV light underpinned by its10 year indoor UV warranty. Available in 6 innovative colours including: Rouge, Carbon and Mocha, Zenolite Plus will transform any bathroom or shower room, achieving a strikingly dramatic finish which traditional materials just cannot replicate. Zenolite’s ultra hard surface is highly resistant to scratches, stains and most domestic cleaners and solvents just requiring occasional cleaning –its non porous surface making it extremely hygienic. Enquiry No 61


Exclusive iTrend App Previews Mosaic & Agglomerate Finishes In Any Room Italian designer tiles specialist Trend has created an innovative new iPad app that allows you to preview how living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and swimming pools can be transformed, with its handcrafted glass mosaics, unique decorative ‘wallpapers’ and luxurious agglomerate finishes. Envisaging how new mosaic surfaces and slab finishes will look is always difficult, especially as the product samples are often small and the finishes so long lasting, meaning that it’s important to get it right from the start. So the latest iTrend app allows you to visualise exactly how different combinations of colour and pattern will appear, resolving any lingering doubts and possibly saving unnecessary expense, by eliminating unsuitable choices. In addition to storing a whole library of typical room and exterior layouts, which are useful when planning decorative themes for a new home, this exclusive app technology allows you to file images of your very own living spaces, if you’re intending to refurbish or embellish existing décor. Thus, it offers the sheer novelty of being able to photograph any space in and around the house, using a digital compact or in-built iPad 2 camera, then previewing how it would look with new mosaics and agglomerates on the floor, walls, ceiling or feature panels. With iTrend, which is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store, it’s possible to customise stored images with a few simple and intuitive touchscreen strokes. Having called up the master design screen, you tap on the finishing material you want to work with, choosing between mosaic tiles, studio-designed mixes, shading blends, glass tile wallpapers and agglomerate slabs. After scrolling through the colour options in the chosen collection, you trace over the feature to be changed with a fingertip, immediately customising that part of the image. By experimenting with different combinations of materials and colours, it’s possible to preview the finished overall appearance, whether it’s a living room interior, swimming pool surround or designer wetroom. The iTrend app lets you browse through a complete palette of mosaic and agglomerate finishes from the current Trend range, which can also be previewed at the Trend website as an online master catalogue. Embedded in the iPad app are high resolution product images from the entire 2cm x 2cm glass mosaic collection, including the 24 carat gold Aureo line, as well as predefined colour mixes and graduated shading blends from the Italian design studio. Also available on the touchscreen menu are Trend’s exclusive glass mosaic wallpaper designs and the complete choice of agglomerate colours in diamond-polished and matt finishes. The HD previews seen on screen are remarkably faithful to the end result and your design concepts can be shared with friends, family, interior designers and tiling contractors, as an email attachment. A growing number of Trend stockists is equipped with iPad tablets loaded with the iTrend app, so will be able to demonstrate the application, price up your ideas and carry out the final installation work, linking touchscreen to touch and feel. The iTrend app can be downloaded free from the Lifestyle category of the App Store at and a tutorial/demo video can be viewed on the YouTube site at Enquiry No 62


AET INTRODUCES CAMEL SOLAR FAÇADE COLLECTORS FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS Building façades will be able to harvest energy from the sun to generate abundant supplies of hot water and space heating following the launch of a range of patented, solar thermal façade collectors for commercial and industrial applications from sustainable solutions provider, AET. By acting as an integral, renewable component of its building services system, AET’s Copper FAÇADE and Aluminium FAÇADE flat-plate solar collectors enable the façade to become an energy-saving element of a building’s architectural design. AET’s Camel Solar FAÇADE collectors are particularly suitable for applications where there is insufficient space on a building’s roof for a solar thermal array. The collectors are ideal for buildings with flat roofs in areas where planning rules or aesthetic demands exclude a roof-top solar thermal installation. Incorporating AET’s Camel Solar flat-plate collectors into a vertical facade helps evens out the amount of solar radiation falling on each unit. During the winter months, when the sun is low in the sky and demand for heat at its highest, the FAÇADE collector’s vertical location will help maximise the take-up of solar radiation. However, during the summer when heat demands are lower and the sun is high in the sky the FAÇADE collector’s orientation helps limit the amount of solar radiation falling on the unit.

Aquatiere Has The Soft Touch The Aquatiere No Scale saltless water softener is steadily making its mark amongst architects and specifiers. Recently installed at the National Railway Museum and on North Sea Oil Rigs, the innovative softener is proving invaluable where avoiding the need for the provision of salt and ongoing maintenance is an effective method to reduce costs. It is also worth noting that a conventional salt based softener can waste up to 180,000 litres of water over a few years. The Aquatiere No Scale softener uses Template Assisted Crysalisation to change the limescale in the water to microcopic crystals of magnesium and calcium which in there natural seperated state, do not form hard scale. The unit is simply fitted onto the incoming water main and requires no power, no drain and no seperate drinking water tap. 20/40/60 litre per minute versions are available from stock, other sizes can be made to order. Enquiry No 64

Enquiry No 63

Energy efficient LED emergency lighting serves a dual purpose Responsible companies are continually looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Lighting can account for anywhere between 10-20 per cent of an organisation’s total energy bill and when set against a backdrop of increasing fuel costs, reducing expenditure on this resource can appear to be an insurmountable task. However, the introduction and innovative use of light emitting diode (LED) emergency lighting has already resulted in significant savings for some forward thinking health estate managers. Correctly specified, installed and maintained emergency lighting plays a vital role in keeping the occupants of a building safe from the potentially deadly consequences of a failure in the general lighting. While a traditional system is often just left in ‘standby’ mode until it is needed, the flexibility of a modern LED based system means that it can also be used as a secondary source of lighting – one that is far more cost effective than using the mains equivalent. LED luminaires produce less than five per cent of the carbon emissions of fluorescent lighting and this allows operating costs to be kept to a minimum without compromising efficiency. They also operate via functional extra low voltage (FELV) power, meaning that a mains electricity supply does not have to be run to every luminaire, which vastly reduces the amount of wiring associated with 230V cabling. As well as energy efficiency, an LED emergency lighting system offers enhanced levels of control. At particular times of the day when certain areas may have a much lower footfall, it can be used to provide general lighting via one of seven different levels of illumination. As each luminaire can be controlled independently, areas of a building can be lit where and when necessary, for example, residents in a care home can have low-level lighting overnight in their rooms. The use of low-level lighting can also enhance security, giving the impression that areas that are in fact closed are occupied. It is also possible to have a separate switch so that the emergency lighting system can be activated to provide light at a pre-determined level to assist manned security patrols. While lighting can be controlled via timers and light levels configured to suit particular requirements, in the event of an alarm situation the system will resort back to its primary use and adjust the light levels accordingly. Although reducing energy consumption is a formidable challenge, the savings possible by using LED based emergency lighting are significant and can go long way in helping building managers achieve their carbon reduction targets. Enquiry No 65


environmental control

Timoleon UFCH For The Retreat On a secluded rural site near Newton Abbot in Devon known as The Retreat – local lore claims that it was once used by nuns – there now stands a stylish, modern, seven bedroomed, two-storey home. Being a new-build property the owner sensibly specified that his home should have water and central heating from renewable sources and the architect’s design included central heating from a ground sourced heat pump, with solar panels providing boosted heat for the hot water system. Under-floor heating, being at the comparatively low temperature ideally suited for use with heat pump generation, was a natural choice and the owner called on Timoleon to design a UFCH system for the whole of The Retreat, which was then installed by J.P. Woollacott Plumbing & Heating of Torquay. Timoleon, specialists in bespoke under-floor heating systems, provided our Staple System for the ground floor where a screeded base made it the optimum choice and for the Aether Foilboard System on the screedless ‘floating’ floor upstairs. The Staple system is based on a gridded insulation sheet spread over the sub-floor making the establishment of the piping design extremely simple, and allowing the pipe to be speedily and permanently fixed using the stapler provided before the top screed is laid. With the Aether system used on the first floor, the pipes are simply walked into the preformed grooves in a 35mm deep Foilboard featuring the high compressive strength necessary with a ‘floating’ floor. The aluminium finish on the board helps provide truly well spread warmth throughout the floor when

the system is completed by the overlay of a tongue and groove cementitious board that acts effectively as a screed substitute. Both systems use super flexible 15mm polybutylene piping and are extremely installer friendly, as Mr. Woollacott and his staff will confirm. At The Retreat a total of 3260 metres of heating pipe was laid overall and three manifolds were used on each floor. All areas were independently zoned giving the user flexible temperature control. The Timoleon systems, being extremely reactive to heat input, are once again proving eminently suitable for use with the typically low temperature output of renewable energy heat sources and they certainly meet the requirements in this lovely new country home. Enquiry No 66


environmental control

Solarpack’s Packaged Power Solarpack [UK] Ltd, based in Rochester in Kent, is a company specialising in preparing solar packages made up from components from the best manufacturers worldwide. Just such a package was recently installed on the south-facing roof aspect of a two-storey home in Falklands Place in nearby Chatham, generating power for the house with the attractive bonus of selling any surplus electricity back to the Grid. The basis of the package is six FTS240 photovoltaic modules linked to provide a total output of 1.47kWp. Made in Portugal by Fluitecnic these panels employ the latest technology, are rated to an impressive 15% efficiency and carry a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee plus an unusually full power warranty. The panels are fixed using the premium all-in-one Diconal system made by the German company Conteca GmbH and the international flavour is completed by a PV grid-tied inverter made by Samil Power in the Peoples’ Republic of China. This string inverter, in the Solar River [SR] series, is extremely efficient, reliable and flexible in use. The components of the Solarpack system were chosen on site in consultation with the owner of the property in Falklands Place and fitted by Ball Contractors of Ashford, who were impressed by the ease of installation. The owner is delighted with his solar package, which is fully living up to his high expectations at the design stage. Enquiry No 67


environmental control

NIBE Ground Sourced Heat For Cowper Farm Cottage During a recent conversion, a delightful two bedroomed cottage at Cowper House Farm was totally refurbished and transformed with the addition of a two bedroom extension, living room and a conservatory at the rear. At the planning stage the owners decided to install central heating from a renewable source and, as a further way of conserving energy, converted the existing 9” brickwork to a cavity wall construction. Steven Bowes Building & Roofing Contractor of Darlington, who carried out the conversion work, called on HT Energy Ltd, another local company based in Swainby, to design a suitably ecofriendly heating system. Since the cottage has a large open area to the rear, HT Energy devised a ground sourced system involving the burial of some 500 metres of ground looped plastic piping at a depth just below the frost level, around one metre in the cold North Country.

The F1245, one of NIBE’s new generation of pumps, is one of the most efficient on the market and as well as generating maximum heat it also cuts CO2 emissions to an absolute minimum. HT Energy, a NIBE registered VIP installer, linked the unit into the under-floor heating system on the ground floor and to the radiator heating on the first floor and the heat pump will also supply the domestic hot water requirements of the entire house. The F1245 heat pump is contained in a nicely styled unit only 1800 x 600 x 625mm in size with exceptionally clear and easily accessed controls. The unit incorporates an immersion heater in case of exceptional hot water demand coinciding with peak central heating usage but experience indicates that it is unlikely to be required. Steven Bowes, main contractor for the conversion was delighted at the ease and rapidity with which the ground sourced heating system was installed. Enquiry No 68

Filled with an anti-freeze solution, the pipe is linked to a NIBE F1245 8kW Heat Pump handily sited in the double garage near the cottage’s back door. The solution is warmed by the solar warmth permanently stored in the soil and is passed through to the heat pump where it is harvested into the pump’s closed system containing a refrigerant that converts liquid to gas at a comparatively low temperature. Passing through the pump’s highly efficient compressor very sharply raises the temperature before a condenser is employed so that the resulting heat can be passed into the super-insulated hot water cylinder (situated beside the heat pump) ready for use.


environmental control

NEW GAS FIRED AIR HEATERS FOR INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS The new Stokvis Econo-Air range of gas fired air heaters provides high efficiency combined heating and ventilation solutions across a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial applications. Combined heating and ventilation units ensure precise control, excellent indoor air quality andoptimum energy efficiency. The new units are available as either direct fired (SDF) or indirect fired (SIDF) to give complete flexibility for optimum design capability. Both the direct fired and indirect fired range of units are fully CE approved and a comprehensive range of optional equipment can be added to the standard models to allow systems to be tailored to meet the requirements for factories, warehouses and other types of large open space buildings. Where applicable the units are currently Energy Technology Listed by the Carbon Trust to allow qualifying users to claim 100% Enhanced Capital Allowances. For large open areas the units are available with a wide range of optional air distribution heads to provide ductless air distribution. This is achieved by slightly pressuring the building to ensure very even air distribution both laterally and vertically, thereby eliminating the requirement for extensive distribution duct work and high level destratification fan units. Where duct work is required the units can be supplied with either forward or backward curved fans to allow for duct work resistance up to 2000 pascals thereby making them eminently suitable for use with air induction systems. Features and Benefits • Fully CE approved units for both indoor and outdoor installation • High thermal efficiency for reduced operating costs • Currently ECA listed models • SFP compliant with current Building regulations • Fully compatible for use with transpired solar panels to facilitate use of renewable solar energy • Units are supplied fully wired and complete with controls • Close temperature control • Fully modulating direct gas fired burner control with 20:1 turn down ratio • Indirect fired units with turn down ratio of up to 12:1 Model Range and Options • Indirect gas fired units 15kW-900kW • Direct gas fired units 30kW-1200kW • Airflow range 0.5m³/s to 25m³/s • External static pressures up to 2000 pascals depending on airflow • Horizontal units • Vertical units • Indoor or fully weather proofed outdoor units 52

• Variable supply air volume with inverter drives • Panel and/or bag filters • Mixing box complete with dampers and optional actuators • Integral silencer section • Optional evaporative cooling module • Heat recovery • Air distribution heads System Types The units are designed to provide the primary heat source across a wide range of applications including: • Ductless air distribution • Air Induction systems • Tempered input ventilation • Industrial make up air • Industrial air displacement ventilation • Pressure ventilation systems Controls To maximise the efficiency of operation Stokvis supply a range of fully integrated control packages to suit each application. Units are supplied fully wired and complete with all starters and contactors etc, plus time and temperature control via an integral Trend controller. Optimised start and stop is included as standard and controls are password protected to prevent unauthorised adjustment. For smaller systems a SmartCom control panel may be used instead of the Trend control to provide simple user-friendly control with a comprehensive range of features. The units are also fully compatible with BMS systems and alternative BMS Controls maybe integrated within the control strategy. Applications • Aircraft hangars • Arenas and exhibition halls • Factory heating and ventilation • Localised air replacement for booths and extract booths • Make-up air for buildings with mechanical exhaust • Sports halls • Swimming pool hall heating and condensation control • Warehouse and distribution centre heating Enquiry No 69

environmental control

What lies beneath the great British domestic roof? Solar’s nightmare is about to get a dream solution! Leaving the debate surrounding feed in tariffs to one side, the spiraling cost of domestic fuel is most likely enough to ensure consumer demand for alternative renewable energy supplies will continue... and that means the sight of solar PV panels nestling on roof tops up and down the country will become a regular feature of our suburban landscape. However, given that the majority of bracket-type mounting systems currently available were developed during the continental solar boom and are consequently type-specific, UK installers have been quick to point out that as a result, they often find themselves without the correct product for the job in hand. They will also tell you that structural modifications made over the years, roof abnormities or differences from their foreign counterparts, means that no two UK roof installations are ever the same. The challenge regularly becomes how to integrate existing bracket types into a typical domestic roof. When the initial installation survey is made, it is generally carried out from ground level, which means it is constrained. The survey will recommend an appropriate sized system and from this recommendation the wind loading calculations will determine the number of brackets required. At present the style of bracket is selected in line with the tile type - either slate, clay or concrete to name but a few. It isn’t until the scaffold is in place and the installer begins to strip the roof that it becomes apparent that a bracket designed, for example, to fit the wide timbers of a snow-loaded Bavarian roof simply does not immediately satisfy British building standards. The installer is faced with three options; manipulation of the bracket or roof (i.e. packing or adding noggins etc); he can down tools and seek a replacement or alternatively, carry an unrealistic amount of stock in an attempt to anticipate whatever lies beneath the great British roof. Meeting the challenge Never slow to meet an installation challenge, EJOT UK’s development team has been working in partnership with a UK based OEM that has accrued a wealth of knowledge relating to the installation issues created by our domestic roof types. As a result, EJOT is ready to launch a one-bracket, one-stock flexible solution that will minimise waste, eradicate loss of time and is very easy to install. A bracket designed specifically for British roofs will also ensure a watertight fit and a professional long lasting installation. I-Clip, as it will be branded, is a modular and fully adjustable fixing system incorporating what the developers describe as the “worst case scenario solution built in to the design”. Put

another way, they believe it will provide installers with one fixing suitable for almost all configurations of British roof types, and a manageable stock of modular components ready to be deployed. EJOT UK’s Product Manager for Solar products is Ben Gallant. He explained the simplicity of the new fixing; “I-Clip is made up of just three main components; plate, spacer and arm. They assemble using two stainless steel countersunk bolts and a bespoke stainless steel variant of our A2 Austenitic Stainless steel self-drilling fastener, adapted specifically for the task. The fastener variant was tested and selected to eradicate the need to insert a noggin between the minimum width rafters of a trussed roof design, allowing the I-Clip to be mounted directly whilst conforming to Eurocode specifications. It’s the fasteners core diameter and load strength ratio that is the key to making the I-Clip system so effective in this recurring scenario. A high strength tandem fix can now be achieved without any risk of splitting the rafters” Rigorous Testing Fixing strength is crucial as wind loadings on solar panels can be extremely large. I-Clip has been extensively tested through consultation with the Buildings Research Establishment (BRE), and has also been put through its paces at an independent Finite Element (FE) testing facility in the UK. The Microgeneration Certificate Scheme dictates that all wind loadings should be calculated in accordance with the BRE’s recommendations in line with MIS 3002 (installation of PV systems in the UK). Testing was focused around a dummy roof and panel installation which was then repeatedly subject to forces designed to simulate wind loadings to an acceptable fail point. I-Clip was tested to a loading equivalent to 163mph wind speed. EJOT has announced that I-Clip will officially be launched by mid-February but are happy to discuss the product’s technicalities now. Ben Gallant said “We’re just finalising the I-Clip component stocks in the UK, ready for launch next month. We believe that it is an exciting addition to EJOT’s solar mounting portfolio, and one that has been exclusively developed in the UK for the UK market”. I-Clip holds a full design registration through the UK patents office and EJOT’s technical support team can be contacted by calling 01977 68 70 40. Enquiry No 70



Innovation-to-order at Howe Green Director Richard Centa explains why new product development is all in a days work Howe Green is the industry’s access specialist. Best known for design and manufacture of top quality access covers for floors, walls and ceilings, Howe Green products have been first choice for some of the biggest and most prestigious building projects around the world. Substantial investment in state-of-the art equipment and highly skilled staff has enabled the company to offer customers nonstandard sizes and specifications alongside their core ranges. This is typically with no premium to pay or prohibitive time implications; something that has undoubtedly given the Hertfordshire based firm a competitive edge in today’s tough market. Howe Green has raised the bar in recent years though as architects, specifiers and contractors are increasingly challenging them to develop bespoke products and tailored specifications for projects under ever tighter budget and time pressures. “Every access panel we make is to the client’s exact specification and that has always been our policy” explains Richard Centa, Howe Green’s Sales and Marketing Director “But I think now more than ever we are being asked to modify specifications or develop completely bespoke products to solve problems. New product development is something the whole company is involved with. It’s a continual process led by the customer which is how it should be.” Demand for the firms bespoke products and specialist services is diverse and spans all areas of Howe Green’s business which includes linear drainage and entrance matting as well as comprehensive access solutions. Special stainless steel tree pit covers for London’s most expensive apartment block, custom-made linear drainage systems for Blackfriars Station, 5m access cover runs for the Roman Baths attraction and bespoke covers with


high voltage cable pits for London Underground are all among recent special projects. “Our industry experience and manufacturing capabilities mean we can act quickly and without having to hike prices,” Richard concludes “We provide solutions proven to save time and money – often on site when the job is in its most crucial stages”. It is true that innovation is at the heart of every successful company and it comes from knowledge, understanding and quick response to demand. For Howe Green, it seems this is all in a days work. Enquiry No 71



SIZZLING SAUSAGES FROM OSMO Applying adhesive when installing wooden flooring can be a messy job, but thanks to Osmo UK, a more easily controllable solution is available in the UK. Adhesive specialists,Taylor’s has developed a new form for its top-selling adhesive, MS-Plus – the sausage ensures quick and accurate application. The MS-Plus adhesive is a solventfree product that gives a reliable and consistent performance. The all-new Taylor’s 600cc Sausages, available from Osmo UK, are the ideal solution for all installation projects.Where accurate application is necessary,Taylor’s sausage allows users to administer the adhesive solution using a bulk gun, giving them complete control. Taylor’s 600cc Sausages are the ideal solution for all installation projects. The one part component 100% solids, cross linking, MS polymerbased adhesive is ideal for all types of wooden flooring, including wood block parquet, engineered wood plank, acrylic impregnated plank, bamboo and pre-finished and unfinished solid wood flooring. Enquiry No 72

Ardex Flooring System Is A Perfect Match For New Institute Of Transplantation ARDEX UK were pleased to work in partnership with flooring contractor Look North Flooring of South Shields, to provide underlayment’s for the new £30million Institute of Transplantation, at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. The project involved 7100m2 of flooring, which initially received an application of ARDEX DPM 1 C One Coat Surface Damp Proof Membrane. Developed for use as a single coat application, ARDEX DPM 1 C protects the floorcovering installation from residual construction moisture and ground water vapour. ARDEX DPM 1 C is easy to apply and fast curing, enabling the smoothing compound to be laid after as little as 6 hours. The cured DPM then received ARDITEX RS PLUS, a latex levelling and smoothing compound which provided a smooth and flat surface, perfect for the final vinyl floorcovering. Enquiry No 73

Sandvik Coromant has installed black Vynagrip matting with yellow edging in its Cirencester works (UK). Manufactured by Plastic Extruders, the matting provides employees working in the large production areas with a safe and slip resistant surface underfoot. Vynagrip covers the factory floor with its yellow edging clearly delineating the safe walkway. The matting was chosen for this application because it can be loose laid and contours over rough and uneven floors which is ideal where floor levels change, slope or cross thresholds. Importantly, the matting is very hard wearing, can be easily rolled up to facilitate cleaning and helps combat the problems of standing fatigue over prolonged periods. The matting’s extra aggressive and deep etched surface, which is resistant to oil, acid and chemicals, achieves a high rating for slip resistant performance. Black Vynagrip is manufactured with a minimum of 30% post-industrial recycled material and is fully recyclable, making it a sustainable and environmentally-sensitive choice. Enquiry No 74

Performance Movement Joint Profiles from Dural UK Ltd Flooring Accessories specialist Dural UK Ltd are continually updating their range of products and inventing new and better solutions that are both technically and visually exciting. Dural Movement Joint Profiles can cope with heavy stresses and distribute them evenly between the foundation and floor covering. At the same time, they can prevent conduction of noise from footfall and other bodies. Even floors subject to heavy stresses remain in better condition for longer when Dural Movement Joint Profiles are specified. For a high class finish the Dural Coloured Movement Joint Profile gives a room a seamless designer look. The Coloured Movement Joints have been the choice of specifiers for years on prestigious projects including many leading automotive brands. They are used in the car showrooms and workshop areas because of their durability and ability to handle a wide range of loadings. All Dural Performance Movement Joints are designed and manufactured to exceed the requirements of BS 5385 and can be used with Slate, Natural Stone and Ceramic tiled floors. Enquiry No 75

The Answer at Last to Slippery Timber Decking Step On Safety Ltd. The Anti-Slip Flooring specialists have developed “Timbergrip” a REVOLUTIONARY Anti Slip material, designed for exterior timber decking. Timbergrip™ DECKING STRIPS have been designed for retro-fit onto existing timber decking. The unique CONVEX design ensures a low profile fit, thereby reducing any perceived trip hazard. A durable and effective angular quartz grit is applied to the top surface, which provides exception slip resistance in accordance with BS 7979 – 2. The Convex Decking strips are available in 50mm & 100mm widths in lengths up-to 3000mm, with standard colours Black, Beige & Yellow on offer. Alternatively INFIL STRIP Decking Strips are available for new build installation. Simply cut your rebated timber decking to size, and then drop the Anti-Slip Surface into place, removing the on-site aggravation of "cutting" alternative anti-slip resin filled timber. Timbergrip is ideal for Walkways,Verandas, Staircases, and Disabled Access Ramps. Enquiry No 76



SAFETYWORKS & Solutions demonstrate why they are at the top of the class!

BriggsAmasco Specifies Lightweight Single Ply Solution For Massive Warehouse Roof

SAFETYWORKS & Solutions Ltd., has recently provided an upgraded roof safety and access system at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, in Bristol. As the School building is Grade 1 listed, it was essential that the specified products met the safety requirements and were also in accordance to English Heritage guidelines. The solution was for SAFETYWORKS to specify a range of products that would ensure safe movement around the roof enabling maintenance crews and external contractors secure access. SAFETYWORKS installed ten Uniline 8mm Stainless Steel Systems to the tiled roofs, totalling 280m. Uniline allows "hands free" protection throughout the length of the system, where the operator is attached via a link device that glides over the brackets without the need to detach from the fall protection system. Manufactured from 316 stainless steel enhanced through electro polishing which results in the system components being suitable for heavy use in demanding environments.

It is the same size as eight football pitches, but a warehouse undergoing refurbishment required a replacement flat roof that was waterproof, tough and long lasting. Owner Excel Europe turned to BriggsAmasco, the UK’s leading waterproofing and roofing specialist, who specified 56,000 m² of the world renowned Sarnafil single ply roofing system. As part of a £1.3 million contract, BriggsAmasco specified Sarnafil’s S327-12EL membrane in Light Grey to provide a lightweight yet watertight roofing solution. The BriggsAmasco specialist installation team utilised the flexibility of this mechanically fastened single ply membrane, enabling a smooth and efficient installation process onto the existing roof covering with a Sarnafil Type T Separating Fleece layer loose laid beneath. Offering speed and ease of application, single ply membranes are strong, flexible membranes which offer a long life expectancy of 30 years or more. Applications to most types of roof construction are possible, not just flat, but also to pitched, barrelled, vaulted and vertical surfaces, and not just to larger, new build commercial and industrial developments, but also to major refurbishment projects. Enquiry No 78

Enquiry No 77

LUMEN SETS NEW STANDARDS WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE EVO ROOFLIGHT Lumen has launched its stunning new range of rooflights, the Evo. Designed with builders, architects, developers and specifiers in mind, the Lumen Evo is a breakthrough in rooflight technology. Its industry leading design complements modern architecture and offers a completely new standard in design quality and performance. The Lumen Evo exceeds all requirements and is constructed using the highest quality materials, including twin American oak interior liners, a high spec of glazing, gas strut assisted opening, trickle vent, unique security locking system and locking handle. The new units are manufactured from mild steel and protected with a PZ770 polyester powder coat to provide a long low-maintenance life. As with the entire Lumen range of rooflights, Evo offers a high specification of Pilkington glazing with Activ Neutral self-cleaning, argon gas filled cavity and Pilkington Optitherm S3 as standard (other glazing options are available if required). The units also offer first rate thermal performance, with a glazing u-value of only 1.1W/mK. The Evo also boasts a unique locking system, which ensures additional security and compliance with BS6375: Part 1: 2009 for weather performance. The design includes a lockable vent, which provides background ventilation when the rooflight is closed. The top hung design is supplied with a functional handle and operation of the casement is assisted by gas struts which are neatly concealed within the framework to ensure the clear viewable size is not significantly reduced. Enquiry No 79



Trio Of Sandtoft Tiles Used By Riverside Riverside, one of the leading social housing and regeneration organisations in England, has re-roofed 404 properties on the Botcherby Estate in Carlisle using Sandtoft’s Olympus, Rivius and Modula clay roof tiles. The new roofs form part of a refurbishment which has seen the external envelope of each house transformed with new fascias, gutters, rendered panels and canopies. Built around 75 years’ ago, the houses are located on an estate which has changed dramatically over the last few years as a result of a multi million pound neighbourhood revitalisation investment by Riverside. The properties featuring Sandtoft’s products are spread over three different streets in Botcherby and originally featured Gaelic clay tiles. As well as supplying roof tiles, Sandtoft worked closely with the contractors and Riverside to develop a roofing specification that required no mortar.This included the use of dry valleys and bonding gutters as well as Koratech, a vapour permeable membrane which unlike traditional Bitumen underlay, helps to prevent condensation in the roof space. John Robinson, Asset Investment Manager from Riverside said: “We were considering reusing the Gaelic tiles until we were shown the Olympus clay double pantile and realised the cost savings that could be achieved. The dry fixing system was also a major benefit as it could be fitted in any weather ensuring that the construction programme wasn’t delayed. “We used the Olympus clay double pantile on one of the streets and the Modula and the Rivius on a further two roads. Overall, the appearance of the properties in all three areas

is very pleasing and the estate looks considerably better and more modern. We have received numerous compliments about the estate which has changed from a place where houses were difficult to let, to one which has a waiting list of potential tenants. The Olympus, Rivius and Modula tiles are part of Sandtoft’s New Generation range. Each tile in the range has been designed to make a natural clay roof more affordable as a result of an innovative design that significantly reduces installation costs. Approximately 10 tiles are required per square metre, resulting in a covering capacity that matches the largest concrete tiles. In addition, an open gauge means there is no need for cutting at the eaves and ridge making the tiles quick and easy to lay. Andrew Lawton, Sandtoft’s sales director added: “The Botcherby project was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the variety and adaptability of our New Generation range and dry system capability. Working in close partnership with Riverside we were able to dramatically reduce their costs and create a long-term solution with a lasting impression.” Enquiry No 80


external works

Littering Seagulls foiled by Leafield Environmental Seagulls scavenging for food from litter bins is a problem witnessed in many coastal communities. Unsightly litter is strewn about pavements causing extra work for council employees. If the problem is not addressed, it helps creates an artificially high population and encourages further breeding pairs to take up residence in the area, raising public health or public safety concerns. Leafield Environmental, in close cooperation with South Hams District Council, has addressed the issue by adding a new design “seagull flap” to its popular Pioneer litter bin. A flap based on the PVC strip curtain door principle and added to the 130 litre hooded bin, allows users to deposit even large waste items such as pizza boxes using just one hand. Manufactured from corrosion resistant plastic and double skinned throughout for exceptional all-round strength, the Pioneer has a slam shut, front opening door with four-point latch for extra security and double apertures for easy access.Until seagulls learn to pick locks, the Pioneer litter bin with seagull flaps will help keep seaside towns litter-free.

75 YEARS AND STILL WORKING Whiteface Mountain in the state of New York is one of the most popular ski-resorts in the northeast of America, and adequate safety measures are vital to ensure tourist safety when visiting the mountain. This is why almost 75 years ago a complex system of railings were installed, using Kee Klamp fittings. With little sign of aging, the Kee Klamp fixtures are the perfect example of Kee Safety’s quality and longevity, maintaining their integrity three quarters of a century later. Kee Safety’s range of products include fixings that provide joints for safety railing, removing the need for welding, drilling and the need to bend structures. It also reduces the costly downtime welding and altering would normally require. Kee Klamp products make installation simpler and far quicker as it fits onto tubular fittings, with no special tolls required, nor a great deal of skill. Kee Klamp fittings consist of galvanised cast iron, and are coated to make the fixing highly resistant to corrosion. Enquiry No 82

Enquiry No 81

Separator supremacy The latest range of ACO Q-Ceptor bypass oil separators includes a number of new features that focus on cutting installation time and costs. Versatile inlet and outlet manifolds will now allow contractors to make quick connections without the need for any additional expensive coupling units and a new ductile iron cover and frame will provide a certified D400 Load Class rating. Both new inlet and outlet connection manifolds are identical, accepting 160mm PVC-U and 225mm, 300mm and 375mm twin wall or clay pipe work. They are now fitted as standard across all four sizes in the ACO Q-Ceptor bypass separator range. The new ductile iron cover and frame is designed to meet specific Load Class D 400 environments and is supplied as an optional extra. First introduced in 2010, the ACO Q-Ceptor range is available in bypass or full retention configurations. Each unit has a unique, vertically configured single treatment chamber that is designed to extend filtration performance, ease access and reduce the separators’ overall footprint – a feature that also significantly lowers installation and maintenance costs. The four Q-Ceptor sizes provide the capacity range to cover the vast majority of rainfall events in the UK; and both bypass and full retention options can be set to deliver either Class 1 (≤5mg/litre of oil) or Class 2 (≤100mg/litre of oil) discharge performance. Each unit is independently certified to BS EN 858-1 and BS EN 858-2 and, as an Environment Agency verified manufacturer, all ACO separators meet the requirements of the Agency’s Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG3). In line with the requirements of BS EN 858 and the Environment Agency, all ACO Q-Ceptors are available with a full range of visual and audible alarm systems. These continuously monitor the critical operating conditions within the separator and give sufficient warning to prevent any pollutant discharge into the environment. An optional sampling pump can also be fitted within the separator which avoids the additional expense of installing a remote secondary chamber to monitor discharge quality. To ensure reliable performance all oil separators require regular maintenance and servicing. Through its service partners, who work closely with the UK Environment Agencies, ACO is able to offer nationwide maintenance and servicing programmes, waste disposal, inspection, testing and full installation and commissioning of oil separators and alarms. Enquiry No 83




PORTAKABIN AWARDED FOUR-YEAR FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT TO SUPPLY MODULAR BUILDINGS TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR Government Procurement Service, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, has awarded a four-year framework agreement to Portakabin for the supply of modular buildings to the public sector. The framework agreement simplifies the procurement process for publicly-funded organisations, significantly reducing both cost and time. As part of the new framework, customers selecting Portakabin will benefit from rapid procurement and cost-effective modular building solutions, avoiding costly, compulsory competitive tendering. The new framework agreement with Portakabin includes the supply of modular buildings for both sales and hire. As a result of the new agreement, public sector organisations and Government departments will have access to the technical expertise offered by Portakabin and a wide range of modular building solutions as well as its network of more than 50 hire centres across the UK. Enquiry No 84

Award-winning off-site construction specialist, Yorkon, has delivered a challenging project to double capacity of the cardiac catheterisation unit at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, on time and on budget – its second project at the hospital for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. This involved adding a new storey on to the roof of the existing unit that was provided by Yorkon in 2004. The 24-module extension was installed using a 350-tonne crane and the operation was carried out over a weekend to further reduce any inconvenience to staff and patients. The roof-top extension was installed with partitions, mechanical and electrical services, windows and doors already in place to reduce time on site by around 50 per cent. It is targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ environmental rating. Enquiry No 86

Sika Concrete Repair System Provides Loving Care To George Loveless House The London Borough of Hamlets needed a proven means of repairing the damage and protecting the steel reinforcement of two of its twelve storey residential buildings. Global Engineering Design Associates specified a range of concrete repair products from Sika. Sika’s Armocrete was used to repair large sections of the building columns while all the exposed concrete and brick surfaces on the building were protected by SikaGard 702W. On soffits and parapet walls, the flexible anti-carbonation coating SikaGard 675W was used as a protective coating and smaller repairs were completed using the Sika Monotop Concrete Repair system. Another vital requirement was the sealing of all joint repairs on the blocks to create a water and air tight building envelope which saw the use of Sikaflex AT Connection.To complete the repairs, the balcony decks were repaired with Sikafloor Pronto. Enquiry No 87

Foremans Launches Ground-Breaking Customer Charter And Assurance For Delivering Every Project On Time

A £3.5M scheme to provide accommodation for those with early stage dementia has seen Klober’s Wallint 50 Air Barrier used with Solar-Line airtightness accessories. The residential wing has been built to CSH Level 4 and the non-residential area to a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. Phil Goffin of Brown Smith Baker explained, “We wanted an air barrier/VCL to meet a minimum vapour resistance of 250 MN/sg provided by Wallint 50. It was installed on the warm side of rafters behind plaster stops in conjunction with Klober’s Pasto Sealant and Permo TR Tape. Pipe work penetrations were sealed using the Solar-Line Sealing Collar.

Foremans Relocatable Building Systems has launched a ground-breaking Customer Charter which it believes is an industry first. The new Charter provides an assurance that every building purchased from Foremans will be delivered on time and ready for beneficial occupation. However, in the unlikely event that the agreed completion date is not achieved, Foremans will refund 1 per cent of the contract value for every week a project is delayed*. Analysis of Foremans’ performance over the last three years has shown that it has successfully completed 99 per cent of its projects on time and on cost. Foremans scored 94 per cent for service and building quality in its last 200 customer satisfaction surveys, and 100 per cent of its customers said they would recommend Foremans buildings. *Up to a maximum of 5 weeks. For projects where Foremans’ contract value is in excess of £500,000, Foremans will refund a full £5,000 for every week late, up to a maximum of £25,000. Other contract terms apply.

Enquiry No 85

Enquiry No 88

Klober Airtightness Products For CSH / BREEAM Dementia Care Centre



North Tyneside Area Command Headquarters in Wallsend – BREEAM rating Excellent

SURECLAD - A SUSTAINABLE WAY TO ENHANCE THE OUTER ENVELOPE “Sureclad ceramic granite ventilated cladding doesn’t just transform a building aesthetically”, says Shackerley Chief Executive Brian Newell, “It’s also a highly sustainable way to protect and enhance a building and has contributed towards BREEAM ratings of Excellent and Very Good in architectural projects across the UK.” Ventilated facade systems The environmental benefits of ventilated facade systems are well understood. They protect buildings from the elements and enable highly effective thermal and acoustic insulation to be fitted between the building shell and the facade, significantly improving energy efficiency. The all important ‘ventilated’ cavity helps to eliminate thermal and acoustic bridging and the air flow minimises condensation risks and allows the building to ‘breathe ’, serving to maintain a healthy indoor climate. Why ceramic granite? An engineered material made entirely from natural constituents, ceramic granite is exceptionally hard, durable and strong, offering a proven façade solution with known performance. Slabs of just 12mm thick offer outstanding building protection, so loadings on the substructure and building exterior compare very favourably with traditional cladding materials. Supplied in a myriad of colourways, styles and finishes


to reproduce natural stone such as granite and marble, this innovative material offers an almost limitless array of design options. Sustainability Not only is ceramic granite an attractive, durable and versatile facade option, it is also a sustainable solution. The manufacturing process recreates the forces of nature. A blend of carefully selected refined clays, quartz, feldspars and metal oxides are dry pressed at up to 12500 tonnes and fired at 1260oc to form ceramic granite slabs. No bonding agents or resins are needed. No waterproofing chemicals or coatings are used in the finishing stages. Shackerley’s ceramic granite is sourced and manufactured in compliance with the European Ecolabel Certification scheme and many ranges also have L.E.E.D (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) credits.To an increasing degree recycled material is being incorporated into the ranges we offer: in some cases the material has 40% recycled pre-consumer waste content. Fully vitrified with virtually zero porosity, ceramic granite is unaffected by climatic extremes and conforms to all international standards for water absorption and freeze


Grimsby Institute – BREEAM rating Very Good

Ellesmere Shopping Centre, Walkden BREEAM rating Very Good

and thaw resistance. Facades will not absorb airborne contamination or dust, nor will they support algae growth. They are impervious to acids and alkalis and resistant to graffiti damage. Completely inert, they do not release radon or any other radioactive gases and remain unaffected by UV light. These characteristics assure the client of long lasting performance and minimal maintenance requirements. Aluminium substructure The Sureclad substructure is constructed from high grade (6063/T6) aluminium, selected for its corrosion resistance, formability and exceptional strength to weight ratio. It also contributes to a more sustainable system as this versatile building material is one of the most globally abundant metals and it can be easily recycled at the end of its useful life. (In the global construction industry up to 90% of aluminium is recycled, re-smelted again and again without loss of performance in a process using only 5% of the energy required for primary extraction). Shackerley is committed to continuous research and the development of our environmental credentials. To see how UK architects are successfully employing the Sureclad system in sustainable building projects, please call 0800 783 0391 or visit to request a copy of the latest brochure. Enquiry No 89



STATE-OF-THE-ART BRIDGEND SCHOOL GETS CAREA CLADDING SYSTEM As part of the Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School’s £20m relocation to Brackla, in the heart of Bridgend, a new state-of-the-art school facility has been created. With environmental considerations paramount in the new development, a durable and sustainable cladding solution was required. For this, HLM specified Artema cladding from leading producer of facade systems, Carea. The school, providing education for more than 40 years, has seen its student numbers double in the last 20 years. Combining increasing numbers with the gradual deterioration of existing buildings, consultation was carried out with the Bridgend County Borough Council, Welsh Government and Archdiocese of Cardiff to assess the school’s need for investment. As a result, the commitment to spend £20m on a new building was agreed, with the new school offering 8,500m2 of space including science laboratories and music suites as well as an all-weather sports pitch. With any new development, sustainability was of utmost importance. Main contractors Leadbitter and HLM designed the school to achieve a BREEAM (2008) ‘excellent’ rating. To provide this ‘green’ school facility, the building’s design incorporates large amounts of insulation, recyclable materials and the use of local manufacturers and labour wherever possible. The external facade was also crucial to achieving the required BREEAM rating. With this in mind Carea was chosen to create an envelope that – comprising of 95% natural minerals – also offers superb thermal insulation, protecting the building against changes in temperature and eliminating thermal bridging. The Carea system provides a wide range of benefits in addition to thermal efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Requiring minimal maintenance, the Artema panels are designed and manufactured to be non-porous. As such, this ensures that they provide an economical solution and long-term resistance to graffiti, weather conditions and climate.


The Carea cladding panels specified by HLM in riven texture and basalte colour, have been installed across three storeys and cover approximately 25% of the school’s total external walls. The dark grey 16mm Carea panels provide the school with a contemporary appearance, perfectly complementing the building’s modern architecture. Installed by specialist contractor, Central Cladding Systems, the Carea Artema system is supported with a comprehensive range of joint fittings. This enabled Central Cladding Systems to efficiently anchor the cladding panels to the building’s cladding support system. Held firmly in place, the cladding helps to create a thermally efficient building envelope whilst matching the architect’s creative vision. With the durable and eye-catching Carea cladding system installed, the new school building looks set to meet all of the client’s and designer’s targets, delivering a stunning school building for the 21st Century. Enquiry No 90


Solaglas Provides Washroom Glass Solutions For Europe’s Tallest Building Washrooms inside The Shard – Western Europe’s tallest building – will be as modern and dramatic as the iconic building’s exterior, with the installation of backpainted glass from Solaglas. The glass solutions company met a complex schedule to manufacture and deliver back-painted glass, which has been used to line the walls of 78 washrooms within the 87 storey central London building. Solaglas, which is part of the Saint-Gobain group, accommodated the intricate requirements set by fit-out contractor Swift Horsman, whose 18-month design and installation programme is nearing completion. The Shard is a mixed-use 310 m (1,016 ft) vertical city of high-quality offices, world-renowned restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel and exclusive residential apartments. It will also incorporate London’s highest viewing gallery offering 360° views when it opens in May 2012.

Prevent a damp outside skin becoming a damp inside wall when an extension is added The exterior skin of a cavity wall is designed to become wet when rain falls. The cavity prevents that wetness from reaching the inside skin. Wherever the skins connect at lintel level, a dpc tray ensures the penetrating water is prevented from reaching the inside skin. Similarly all wall ties are shaped so water tracking along a tie drips off it into the cavity before it reaches the inner skin. The attachment to an existing exterior skin of an extension results in the original exterior skin becoming an internal wall below the new roofline. If the abutting roof is flashed only, there is nothing to prevent the penetrating wetness from gravitating downwardly into the new extension. The solution is to install cavity trays. The only cavitray awarded European Technical Approval and designed for insertion into existing walls is the Type X manufactured by Cavity Trays of Yeovil. This approved tray has many novel features that make the task of installation and compliance easy, swift and economical. The Type X cavitray has its own attached lead flashing, ready-shaped and secured within a protective bosem jaw. It is possible to install a Type X cavitray by removing only a few bricks. Enquiry No 92

Enquiry No 91

Rockwool Simplifies RockShell Specification with Standard Interface Details To support specifiers in adopting the RockShell wall system, Rockwool has developed a suite of standard interface details which are designed to optimise thermal performance and provide an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution for delivering low energy buildings to Passivhaus standards and higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Launched to the UK market at the end of 2011, RockShell is a modular exterior load bearing wall system which integrates high levels of insulation into its design to achieve a typical U-value of 0.143W/m2K. By simplifying installation and manufacturing the system to an exact specification, RockShell offers increased air tightness and minimised thermal bridges, as compared with traditional building methods. Already Passivhaus certified; Rockwool is making it quicker and easier for specifiers to assess the suitability of RockShell for low energy projects by providing standard interface details for the system. Developed in collaboration with Passivhaus specialist, ECD Architects, the standard interface details have been designed to address the specific needs of the UK market. This includes the provision of details for a range of commonly used facade and foundation interfaces, details for various roof designs as well as door and window details To offer further time-savings for the specifier, the details also provide pre-calculated psi values for insertion into SAP and PHP calculations. The standard interface details are suitable for use with any building up to two and a half storeys high, helping to save specifiers time in meeting Part L standards in both domestic and non-domestic applications. Enquiry No 93



One Of The World’s Most Sustainable Office Buildings Wins Global Best Tall Building Award


The stunning new headquarters building for KfW Bank in Frankfurt, which features extensive use of Wicona unitised curtain walling, has won a major global architectural award.

The CTBUH awards highlight projects from across the world that have made ‘extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level’.

The prestigious accolade for the World’s Best Tall Building has been awarded to the KfW project by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) – the leading international authority on the design, construction and development of tall buildings.

Described as a ‘remarkable building’, the $85m KfW scheme was designed by architects Sauerbruch Hutton to combine form, colour and sustainability. With a primary energy consumption of just 98kWh/m2, it is also one of the world’s most sustainable office buildings.

This is the second time the CTBUH has recognised a Wicona project. In 2009 the Tornado Tower in Doha, another application of Wicona unitised curtain walling, was presented with the award for the Best Tall Building in the Middle East.

The CTBUH awards highlight projects from across the world that have made ‘extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level’.


Described as a ‘remarkable building’, the $85m KfW scheme was designed by architects Sauerbruch Hutton to combine form, colour and sustainability. With a primary energy consumption of just 98kWh/m2, it is also one of the world’s most sustainable office buildings. The building, known as Westarkade, provides office space for 700 staff and a conference centre. Its base is a curved four-storey podium connected to the bank’s adjacent buildings on several levels. A 10-storey tower rises above the podium in a ‘flowing’ form that responds to the prevailing wind direction and orientation of the sun, maximising natural day light and achieving the best possible views for the occupants of the neighbouring KfW buildings. The scheme’s most distinctive feature is its bespoke double skin façade constructed using Wicona’s aluminium unitised curtain walling. The envelope consists of an encircling ‘sawtooth-shaped cavity’ which encloses automated blinds to reduce solar gain and control glare. The exterior is defined by a skin of fixed tempered glass panels and colourful ventilation ‘flaps’ in red, blue and green, helping to create a striking aesthetic. The internal façade has alternating opening and fixed glazed units. This dynamic façade solution negates the effect of variable pressures around the building, allowing natural ventilation all year round and for the occupiers to open the windows on the inner skin whilst avoiding both draughts and heat loss. A roof-mounted weather station linked to the building management system monitors wind speed and direction, and controls the façade’s outer ventilation flaps. This solution introduces fresh air when required and creates a zone of constant pressure surrounding the inner skin of curtain walling. Air can then be drawn into the offices via floor vents or the occupier-controlled windows. Commenting on the award, Peter Murray, one of the CTBUH judges, said, “The streamlined form of the building integrates itself into its surrounding context, whilst simultaneously standing out through the playful use of colour. Whereas many buildings use colour as a way to mask an otherwise unremarkable building, here it contributes an additional rich layer to what is already a remarkable building.” KfW is one of the largest banks in Germany and is at the forefront of the country’s demanding energy policies. It was therefore a key project requirement to develop a highly sustainable office building for its headquarters expansion. Wicona offers one of the most widely used and technically advanced unitised façades in Europe, which is particularly suited to high rise, complex and bespoke façade designs. The panels can accommodate any combination of profiles, external feature caps and glazing, and can carry stone cladding; metal, composite or polycarbonate panels; windows, doors and fixed light glazing; brise soleil sunshading and photovoltaic panels. Enquiry No 94






Cities have to constantly change and adapt to survive and no more so than the commercial centres where many fine buildings from past ages have become redundant. Fortunately, architects and property owners with vision are capitalising on this, increasingly finding new and innovative ways to keep our building heritage in active service. Many are converted to residential use, restaurants, clubs, galleries and of course Hotels, thereby maintaining the vibrancy that a city needs. A consequence of a vibrant neighbourhood is noise and Selectaglaze, the UK’s leading specialist in secondary glazing systems has recently been involved with two Central London boutique hotel developments, The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell and Hotel Indigo in the Minories. Originally a warehouse and once the home of the football pools company of the same name, the five-storey 59-room boutique Zetter Hotel opened to critical acclaim, being voted one of the world’s ‘50 coolest hotels’ by industry bible Conde Nast Traveller – and its restaurant has recently been voted the third best in the UK. The owners of the Zetter Hotel strongly believe that the health and happiness of future generations is dependent on a commitment to sustainable ways of living and working. They aim to reduce energy consumption and become carbon neutral and to work with suppliers that share their sustainability commitment. To this end the Hotel collects fresh water via its own borehole beneath the building; has installed an energy loop system capable of swapping energy around to heat rooms and cool fridges and natural light and ventilation is provided by The Zetter’s cleverly designed central semi-elliptical atrium. The hotel had retained the building’s original sash windows and installed bi-folding shutters to the room side of the bedrooms but this combination did not provide the required level of noise insulation. To remedy this, Selectaglaze provided sliding secondary units fitted flush to the window openings, thus allowing easy access to the shutters and external windows. This has not only produced exceptionally quiet rooms but will help considerably in reducing energy consumption. Hotel Indigo located in The Minories, on the edge of the Square Mile within the capital’s main financial district, is a four star hotel, part of the word-wide InterContinental Hotels Group. The Indigo brand launched in America in 2004 and arrived in the UK four years later. The new hotel in The Minories is the latest in what is now a 38 strong world-wide chain. Each Hotel Indigo is unique and designed to reflect the local culture, character and geography of the surrounding area. Occupying what was formerly an office building and bank, conversion to a top class boutique hotel and restaurant was a major architectural and interior design undertaking. As part of the conversion it was decided to replace the windows with double glazed frames but standard double glazing does not provide the levels of sound insulation needed by the guests. The solution was to install secondary glazing, thus creating triple-glazing which offered noise insulation in excess of 45dB and further improved the energy performance of the window, reducing heating costs and improving sustainability. The secondary windows were made bespoke to ensure the best fit and included horizontal sliding, vertical sliding and hinged casements all finished in a grey powder paint to blend with the new external windows. Selectaglaze’s secondary windows are designed to maintain the character of the property and are accepted by all Heritage bodies. Frames have a permanent, easily maintained finish usually white but a wide choice of colour options together with a selection of timber-grained finishes are available to suit almost any décor. The ability to shape and curve frames and discrete installation ensures sympathetic treatment. Refurbishments are often fast track projects requiring close cooperation between client, contractor, specialists and the professional team. Selectaglaze has wide experience of working in buildings up to Grade 1 listed and offers a technical advisory service and specification advice to ensure correct interface with other trades. Programmes are particularly important and proactive site surveys linked to a modern production facility working on Lean principles ensures that projects are delivered on time and installation undertaken with minimal disruption, which is particularly important when working within Hotels. Founded in 1966, Royal Warrant holder Selectaglaze has gained a reputation as one of the country’s leading secondary glazing specialists and, as such, has led the way with innovative and informative literature – including the company’s new Product Guide and Energy Conservation Guidance Notes. Enquiry No 95



NEW WATER-BASED INTUMESCENT GIVES LONG TERM PROTECTION TO EXPOSED STEELWORK Nullifire’s new S708 moisture resistant water-borne intumescent coating for 60 minutes has proved the ideal fire protection solution for a new steel-frame car-park building in Gloucester. The new £9 million multi-storey car park at the Gloucester Royal Hospital is for Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. It features a slender steel frame with timber louvers arranged in a wave pattern to prevent headlights shining into neighbouring properties while at the same time allowing in natural light and ventilation. Built by Vinci Construction and operated by sister company Vinci Park, the new structure required a fire rating of 60 minutes in a semi-exposed environment. The majority of conventional intumescent fire-protective coatings are designed for installation within the building – usually beneath dry-lining or other finishes. However, on this project, where the perimeter steelwork is semi-exposed, a durable moisture-resistant product was required. Cardiff-based specialist third party accredited installer R Lewis and Co therefore selected Nullifire’s S708 intumescent coating for this project, with 2 coats of Nullifire TS815 top seal to finish. “It was R Lewis who really drove this and pushed for the Nullifire S708 on this job” says Nullifire’s technical services and contract support engineer David Lamb. “S708 is unique in that unlike other moisture-resistant products, it is water-borne, not solvent-based. “This has several advantages” continues Mr Lamb. “Firstly, it is a thin-film coating so loadings are potentially lower and thus less product may require for any given job. Also, because S708 is water-borne, it is low-VOC. That means it is a lower health risk and is less harmful to the environment including local residents and applicators.” On this project, the close proximity of the car-park to the main building also meant that any fumes given off by a solvent-based product could enter the hospital itself or residential properties.


For contractors, a water-based product has other benefits too, says Mr Lamb: “It’s easier to clean your equipment using water and disposing of waste product is easier, cost effective and less hazardous”. Although only the perimeter steels occupy a semi-exposed position, R Lewis chose to use S708 throughout the car-park. The perimeter steels were then finished with two coats of Nullifire’s TS815 top seal in grey, while the internal steels were given a coat of TS815 in white. All products were spray-applied on site. “With the Nullifire TS815 top-coat, the new water-based intumescent will give good long-term protection even in areas subject to moisture penetration” says Mr Lamb. Enquiry No 96


McDonalds’ CHOOSE ARDEX TILE FIXING SOLUTION ARDEX UK have been appointed by the world’s largest family restaurant chain, McDonalds, to supply a tile fixing solution for the re-fit of all of their UK restaurant locations. ARDEX proposed an efficient cost and labour saving ‘tile on tile’ solution for the tiling refurbishment. Each refit will commence with the existing wall and floor tiles being cleaned with ARDEX DGR Degreaser. To facilitate tile on tile application, ARDEX P4 Primer was specified for use onto the existing tiles. ARDEX P 4 produces a textured surface which helps the adhesive grip to the tile, preventing slipping and movement, and offers rapid drying of just one hour, enabling the early fixing of new tiles with ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC Flexible Floor & Wall Tile Adhesive. ARDEX X 77 has an open time of up to 60 minutes, providing greater fixing efficiency over large areas, and has been developed to fix heavier, larger tiles without slipping. For the floors, ARDEX P 4 Primer was specified for use on the existing floor tiles prior to the application of ARDEX MICROTEC X 78 S Ultra Rapid Setting Floor Tile Adhesive, to fix the new tiles. ARDEX X 78 S has a unique consistency that makes it ideal for solid bed fixing large format tiles, and provides all of the benefits of a pourable adhesive without the disadvantages (such as dripping). ARDEX-FLEX FL Rapid Setting Flexible Grout, with built-in admix, was chosen to fill the tile joints. Enquiry No 97

AIRPORT ACCESS GETS UPGRADE Travellers to Birmingham Airport now benefit from a new, state of the art terminal which is easily accessed from the main concourse through a double set of iMotion® bi-parting sliding doors installed and maintained by TORMAX UK Ltd. TORMAX was specified for access at One Terminal through H&H Architectural Systems. With this entrance scheduled to experience extremely high levels of daily foot traffic, TORMAX recommended their iMotion® 2401 operator. iMotion® represents low energy, sustainable automation without any compromise on functionality or reliability. The 2401 operator incorporates a high torque synchronous motor that has no abrading parts, ensuring optimum performance and near-indefinite life-expectancy. The automatic entrance at Birmingham Airport further contributes to lowering carbon footprint by reducing heating bills in the terminal. The two sets of automatic sliding doors work smoothly and silently in conjunction to effectively create an entrance lobby area which minimises heat loss from the building without slowing pedestrians or creating a bottleneck. Enquiry No 99

A ‘Giant’ undertaking for STYROFOAM Work is well underway on the construction of a new visitors’ centre at the world-famous Giant’s Causeway – and 2,200m2 of 200mm thick STYROFOAM material ROOFMATE SL-A is playing a crucial role. The material – manufactured by Dow Building Solutions – has been installed on the flat roof of the heneghan.peng. architects-designed building, not only to provide insulation but to support a wildflower meadow being planted as a vast, green roof. The enhanced ‘A-foam’ insulation is blown with CO2, giving it a Global Warning Potential (GWP) of less than five. The insulation protects waterproof coverings from penetration of roots, UV damage and mechanical damage during construction, use and maintenance and also offers support for the weight of soil necessary for the planted layer. Enquiry No 98

Sika Ensures Smooth Running of Luton Dunstable Busway Sika concrete admixtures are being used in the production of high quality precast concrete beams and slabs on the £89 million Luton Dunstable Busway. The main section of the route is a 7.4km guided segregated section where the buses will run and be guided on a concrete track. The L shaped concrete beams on which the buses will run are 6 metres long and 480mm high and weigh 4.8 tonne and are accurate to within 2mm. The concrete needs to achieve high early strength, enabling the precast moulds to be speedily and efficiently turned around - essential for the contractor to maintain the tight production schedule. In order to meet these requirements, Sika® Viscocrete® 25MP concrete admixture is an important ingredient in the production of the precast base slabs and beams that make up the track. It ensures that the concrete moves freely through the precast moulds, fully encapsulating the steel reinforcement. High early strength is obtained together with an excellent surface finish. Enquiry No 100

Alu-timber rules the roost at campus Alu-Timber, with their approved fabricator K2 Aluminium Systems, worked on the second phase of the Glynllifon campus development. This new build teaching block was designed to meet BREEAM excellent standards. The project is sited adjacent to a special conservation area which is home to one of Europe’s largest roosts for Lesser Horseshoe Bats. AluTimber, from The Parkside Group Ltd., was specified due to the flexibility it offers. All profiles are kept in stock which means challenging site deadlines can always be met. The extensive range of profiles create options for large glazed framing areas which integrate seamlessly with AluTimber windows and doors. The complete Alu-Timber range includes casement, tilt & turn windows, open-in and open-out doors, framing and curtain walling. Enquiry No 101


THE ESSENTIAL BUILDING PRODUCT - January-February 2012 Issue 1  

Targeting a wide range of influential building specifiers, contractors and building managers across the private and public sectors.