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Contents 6 GALLERY 14 news 20 Doors & Glazing 26 FEATURE - interiors 40 Environmental control 45 WALLS 46 Floors 48 Roofs 50 External Works 51 Structures 52 OPINION 54 PROJECTS Front cover photograph supplied by MX Group - full story page 34 Inside cover photograph supplied by Tile of Spain - - Apavisa

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The spirit of Spanish style, skill and innovation in architectural tiles was beautifully represented by new designs at the recent Cevisama fair in Valencia. Key themes reflected not only intriguing aesthetic effects but also the technical advances that make Spanish tiles the elegant and sustainable solution to a wide range of applications.




Stannah – Revitalising City Coffee Buffs Canary Wharf coffee buffs are being re-energised by upmarket, independent coffee house, Taylor St Baristas, with the help of a Stannah Microlift 50C dumbwaiter. Lured by top-notch coffee prepared by professional baristi, busy Londonisti can also refuel on a tasty menu with the assistance of the Microlift 50C moving tableware and food between the 1st-floor kitchen and ground-floor servery. Fully automatic push-button control with call and despatch facilities at each entrance makes the Microlift 50C very easy to use. Operating at a speed of 0.35m/s, it is finished in hygienic, easy-clean satin stainless steels with rise-and-fall shutters and safety locks. The Microlift 50C was specified by Shane Burns, Director at Studio Platform Limited, a London-based architect and interior design practice with a positive experience of Stannah Lifts products: “We have used Stannah Microlift service lifts in quite a few commercial retail development projects, including some big-name brands. We had every confidence that the Microlift 50C would deliver reliable service in this latest branch of Taylor St Baristas so the obvious – and best – solution was to stick with Stannah.” To meet the Essential Safety Requirements (ESRs) of the Machinery (Safety) Regulations, the lift car is supplied with car entrance protection as standard to protect goods from falling whilst the lift is in motion.The Microlift 50C is serviced by the London and South East branch of Stannah Lift Services (Crayford), part of 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 1


Faceted Curtain Walling And More Than 400 Aluminium Windows From Technal For New World Class College In Hartlepool The new £53m Hartlepool College of Further Education features extensive use of architectural aluminium façade systems from Technal. Designed by Bond Bryan Architects and built by Miller Construction, the new state-of-the-art campus brings world class education and training facilities together in an iconic building and is set to make a significant impact on the town of Hartlepool, on both its economy and the local community. The 19,000sqm scheme consists of two blocks linked by a continuous curved atrium space. The central core accommodates shared social facilities and the Learning Core, with classrooms, offices, conferencing suite, restaurant, fitness centre and salons in the north wing and large-scale skills academy spaces in the east wing. Technal’s MX Visible Grid faceted curtain walling provides floor-to-ceiling glazing for the two-storey main entrance elevation and to the rear façade which spans four storeys and encloses the food court and Learning Core. The MX system was also used for the single storey curtain walling to the workshop areas, a full height glazed entrance lobby and three stair towers. The curtain walling is complemented by Technal’s FXi65 high performance aluminium windows. More than 400 units were used as composite systems comprising top hung open-out windows and fixed lights, finished in dark grey and set into contrasting white render. 10

The doors were also supplied by Technal – the CD system was specified in both an automatic sliding configuration for the main entrances and as hinged doors for the fire exits. Commenting on the project, Jeff Hedley, Project Manager at Miller Construction, said, “We were pleased with how the curtain walling came together on site. Both the windows and the curtain walling were easy to install and look very good – and the faceted glazed façade set into black zinc panelling is particularly dramatic.Technal performed very well.” Adam Jones, Associate at Bond Bryan Architects, added, “Natural light was very important on this project. The Technal window system allowed us to achieve a linear effect of continuous glazing. The MX curtain walling system has provided us with a good facet to give the appearance of a curved façade for the front and rear elevations.” Technal’s FXi window suite uses a technically advanced framing system with unobtrusive narrow sight lines. It is available in three module sizes – 46mm, 52mm and 65mm, giving architects and contractors the flexibility to deliver enhanced thermal efficiency and to meet project-specific requirements such as aesthetics, performance, and cost.

MX curtain walling is fully compatible with the FXi window suite, and can be used to create a wide variety of architectural compositions from a single grid system – low to high rise façades, horizontal or vertical emphasis, and ribbon, structural, faceted, beaded and sloped glazing. MX Acoustic for additional noise protection and MX62 for larger glass sizes are the latest additions to the extensive range of MX curtain walling options. Enquiry No 2



Access Covers on the waterfront


The multi-million pound National Waterfront Museum in Swansea is one of the top attractions in Wales, taking visitors on a historical journey through the industrial revolution, looking at the impact it had on the nation and its people. On opening in October 2005, the museum won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award for its high architectural standards which were thanks in part, to Howe Green’s floor access covers which were purpose designed for installation throughout the museum. Hundreds of metres of aluminium floor covers cross and intersect throughout the impressive Grade II listed building and its new glass extension, providing quick, easy and safe access to concealed mechanical and electrical equipment. With more than 250,000 visitors to the museum each year, Howe Green installed its 7500 series floor covers which provide a heavy duty and tamper-resistant access solution that is both practical for the heavy pedestrian traffic, and aesthetically pleasing, making it ideal for the public facing location in the museum. Running across the reception areas, displays and exhibits, slim line aluminium showedges present clean and crisp geometry within the many different types of floor covering used throughout the building. Fitted quickly and unobtrusively, the covers are double-sealed and corrosion and maintenance free to meet the highest standards of hygiene and security. Circular Access Solutions An Emerging Trend

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The technical team at Howe Green has witnessed a rise in demand for circular covers in recent months. It seems that going round for floor access is becoming popular, especially in the more design-led projects. Geared to respond to customer’s needs for bespoke products, Howe Green can deliver circular access solutions quickly and cost-efficiently.



more space,


And more a better quality of life

Creating a home with more space and light is important to architects and clients alike. Wintergardens achieve both these objectives and are impressive accents to any home – they offer not just considerably more comfort and wellbeing thanks to more space and light, but are an invitation for the occupants to take a deep breath and relax from your day-to-day life. The transparent architecture of a glass structure enriches the living space, and lends the building a new, unique character. Top brand manufacturers like Solarlux offer architects customised wintergarden systems which are planned down to the smallest detail, pre-built in factory conditions and furnished with latest convenient technology. Glazing is an important aspect of any building and the latest heat absorbing glass also has to be considered in a large structure like a wintergarden. The Solarlux range of



Wintergardens includes the SDL Akzent Plus & Akzent Vision (both aluminium) and SDL Avantgarde (timber on the inside and aluminium on the outside). Folding glass doors which open across the front of the wintergarden create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. Again Solarlux are Europe’s leading manufacturer and has an extensive range in both laminated timber, with a wide range of woods, or aluminium or even a combination of both – timber on the inside and aluminium on the outside for low maintenance. The top specification folding glass door is the new super efficient SL97. This is a wood/aluminium folding glass door with triple glazing and a u value of 0.8W/m2K, which meets Passiv Haus standards. Enquiry No 4



NEW SALES MANAGER BOOSTS STERTIL STOKVIS TEAM Leading loading bay equipment specialist, Stertil Stokvis has boosted its management team with the appointment of Simon Suddons as Area Technical Sales Manager with responsibility for North East England and Scotland. Simon has over 20 years’ experience of the UK’s loading bay industry having worked for a well known manufacturer of industrial and warehousing doors. During his time with the company, Simon progressed from his role as a technical estimator and, following various promotions, was appointed national contracts manager. “I’ve always enjoyed the many challenges of working within the loading bay industry and I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to an extremely challenging job at Stertil Stokvis, says Simon. “I’ve long been aware of the quality of the company’s product range and I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to join the team.”

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Portakabin Identified As One Of Britain’s ‘Brightest Businesses’ Portakabin, has been listed as one of Britain’s Brightest Businesses in the Telegraph 1000 – a celebration of companies that have thrived in the economic storm and as star performers, are set to be the foundation of the UK’s recovery. In the survey, 1,000 privately-owned and Alternative Investment Market-listed companies were identified as having shown strong resilience during the recession, in sectors as diverse as farming, IT, retail, professional services and construction, with sales of between £5m and £500m. This recognition follows the award to Portakabin of the coveted top rating by Dun & Bradstreet – an internationallyrecognised indicator of the low risk and high creditworthiness of the company. This accolade put Portakabin in the top 15 per cent of all companies in the UK and Ireland for financial stability. Key to the success of Portakabin has been its unrivalled track record of delivering buildings for both interim and permanent use – on time and on budget. Over the past eight years, it has delivered an unprecedented 99.7 per cent of projects on programme and on cost.

GEZE UK issues new product guide GEZE UK, has updated its Product Guide and Price List to help architects, architectural ironmongers and specifiers choose the most effective product for their needs. The detailed, illustrated technical guide provides specifiers with essential information about GEZE’s extensive range of door closers, window control systems, sliding door fittings, RWA smoke and heat extraction systems including its latest innovations. The new version of the product guide is designed to replace the contents of GEZE UK’s existing stylish binder and is available electronically or as hard copy. It includes technical drawings, application descriptions and finishes so specifiers have all the options at their fingertips.

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SMARTS DELIGHTED WITH ECOBUILD Smart Architectural Aluminium reports that their first year exhibiting at the Ecobuild Exhibition has been a huge success. The sustainable construction show attracted over 60,000 visitors and encouragingly there was a positive atmosphere evident from both visitors and exhibitors throughout the exhibition. Visitors were particularly interested to learn that 50% of the aluminium billet used by Smart is recycled aluminium. Smart also discussed with attendees their aim of achieving a carbon neutral production operation through pursuing sustainable power generation. Smarts showcased key commercial products at the exhibition with the Alitherm 800 WER A rated window, Greenstar 1.0W/m²K U Value window, Evolution heritage window and Smart Wall thermal shop front screen and door systems all receiving a great deal of enquires. Enquiry No 6

Fire Protection in Buildings Explained – dates for 2012 ‘Fire Protection in Buildings Explained – The Role of Passive Fire Protection Products’ is the new name for the successful Chiltern International Fire (CIF) CPD training course ‘Passive Fire Protection Explained’. The new name, said Chief Operating Officer Jon Osborn, better reflects the course content, which will not change. Fire Protection in Buildings Explained – The Role of Passive Fire Protection Products will be held at CIF’s High Wycombe headquarters on 17th May and 4th October 2012. It is aimed at local authorities, housing associations, building contractors, facilities/estates managers, fire stopping installation companies, electrical & plumbing contractors, architects, building control inspectors and fire engineering students. Delegate fees are £285.00 + VAT (Standard) and £225 + VAT (TRADA members). Book online at or call 01494 569744. Enquiry No 9



Shackerley launches new Sureclad brochure Shackerley has launched a new edition of its Sureclad Ventilated Façades brochure containing a more extensive, more detailed Sureclad Ceramic Granite Collection than ever before and a 56-page ‘Gallery of Works’ to inspire the specifier. This reveals how Britain’s premier architectural practices are using the market leading Sureclad system to great effect in healthcare and educational facilities, hotel and leisure developments, retail complexes, commercial buildings and pioneering modular residential schemes across the country. For the first time this extensive Gallery includes the BREEAM ratings achieved for projects, in addition to the specified ceramic granite facade panel, format and finish references. The new brochure explores the sustainable nature of ventilated cladding systems, with reference to new build and retro-fit applications, and looks in more detail at the specific environmental credentials of the Sureclad system. Ceramic granite ranges offered are sourced and manufactured in compliance with the European Ecolabel Certification scheme. Many offer L.E.E.D. credits and panels with up to 40 recycled (pre-consumer waste) content are also available. The Sureclad substructure underpinning each ceramic facade is constructed from aluminium which is one of the most globally abundant metals and a material that can be easily recycled, capable of being re-smelted again and again without loss of performance. The new Sureclad brochure reveals Shacklerley’s extensive range of in-house ISO 90001 certificated prefabrication facilities, and introduces all the latest Sureclad system enhancements which have extended the versatility of the system, such as the new ‘Floor to Floor’ spanning facility and Classic and Corner Detail options. For a copy of the new brochure please call 0800 783 0391, email or visit Enquiry No 10

Passmores Academy in Essex is one of the latest projects to include Dricon fire retardant protection’

DRICON Celebrates 25 Years Of BBA Accreditation Timber is a valuable and versatile building material, but just like concrete or steel, it can be open to the threat of fire. In April 2012, DRICON, Arch Timber Protection’s water-based fire retardant, will celebrate 25 years of continuous British Board of Agrément (BBA) accreditation, giving confidence and reassurance of long-term and safe fire protection to the contractors, designers and most important of all, occupants of buildings and structures that use timber for all or part of their construction. DRICON, which has been used to protect solid timber and timber panels for more than 30 years worldwide, is the only BBA-approved fire retardant protection for timber. As well as BBA accreditation, Arch has classification reports from independent certification organisations for a wide range of species and thicknesses of timber for a number of different end uses, to confirm customers’ confidence in the fire retardant properties. Arch fire retardant product manager Jacqui Hughes says: “Correct design specification of timber components and the use of proven modern fire retardant treatments can make wood into a long-lasting and safe choice of material. By slowing the rate of combustion and the spread of flame, DRICON can provide extra minutes that can help save lives and reduce damage to buildings. ” DRICON is applied by vacuumpressure impregnation in factory-controlled conditions, and is suitable for interior and weather protected exterior situations. Enquiry No 11



THE WOOD AWARDS 2012 – ENTRIES NOW OPEN! The Wood Awards is once again open for entries for the UK’s premier award scheme for the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Wood Awards is free to enter, with no administration charge, and entries are now open via the website. This year’s Call for Entries were launched at Ecobuild in March, and the closing deadline is 1st June.



As Britain’s premier architecture and furniture competition celebrating excellence in design and craftsmanship using timber, the aim of the Wood Awards is to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood. Over the last nine years since its re-launch, the projects entered in the Wood Awards have ranged from exquisitely designed and executed staircases, furniture and timber frame buildings, to iconic public buildings from the UK’s leading architectural practices. Previous Gold Award winners include the Weald and Downland Museum by Edward Cullinan Architects, Norwich Cathedral Visitors Centre by Hopkins Architects, Pinions Barn by Simon Conder Associates, The Savill Building by Glenn Howells Architects and last year, the Rothschild Foundation, using European oak, by Stephen Marshall Architects. The categories for the Wood Awards have been updated for the 2012 competition with the introduction of ‘Small Project’ as a main category, the renaming of the ‘Conservation / Restoration’ category as ‘Repair & Adaptive Reuse’, and the extension of one ‘Furniture’ category into two: ‘Bespoke Furniture’ and ‘Production Made Furniture’. In separating the small projects from the ‘Private’ category this year with their own ‘Small Project’ category, the Wood Awards has the opportunity to give much smaller projects, from bespoke staircases to garden buildings, the specific recognition they deserve. The category ‘Repair & Adaptive Reuse’ still incorporates both the careful conservation and ingenious restoration seen every year, but intend to encourage entries where the decision to repurpose an existing building has been made over simply moving or rebuilding completely. There will also be a more specific focus on the wood species and timber products used in each project. Commenting on this evolution, chairman of the judges, Michael Morrison of Purcell Miller Tritton, said: “Both judges and sponsors wanted to respond to the interesting challenges the awards often present, and these changes will help give us another fascinating year.” The timber industry’s sustainability and promotion campaign, Wood for Good, has this year become a lead sponsor of the Wood Awards, alongside long standing supporters the American Hardwood Export Council and the Carpenters’ Company. Other sponsors include TRADA and American Softwoods.The Wood Awards is a showcase, a flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design, and with the enthusiastic commitment of its sponsors, the Wood Awards, and excellence in design and craftsmanship using wood, is thriving. The main categories of the Wood Awards 2012 are: Commercial & Public Access Private Small Project Structural Repair & Adaptive Reuse Bespoke Furniture Production Made Furniture With permission from the owner, anyone associated with an eligible building or furniture project can enter. Enquiry No 12



CAB Adds Value by Embracing Social Media and BIM Two of the building sector’s buzz words in 2012, ‘Social media’ and ‘BIM’, were themes running through all the presentations at CAB’s recent mini-conference and Members’ meeting in Bradford. Over 150 members and guests across the supply chain attended the event entitled ‘The Changing Face of Specification’. The unanimous member feedback afterwards was that it had represented one of the best added value meetings that included high quality networking, detailed knowledge and clinical insight that could be taken straight back to the work place and implemented. The first speaker, Su Butcher, Just Practising [www.justpractising. com] urged all CAB members to get online and more importantly to just ‘listen’. With specifiers now embracing what is termed ‘pull marketing’ rather than the traditional ‘push marketing’, the importance of being in the right place at the right time was essential. Together with the move to social media in project specification comes the format for communication of the design of the building structure known as Building Information Modelling (BIM). Although it has been around for 10 years it has gained huge and has gained huge momentum over the last 12 months. Richard Blakesley, Howitt Consulting, together with Nick Allen and James Blood, Metz Architects offered the delegates a fascinating live and interactive view of how BIM works. The importance for CAB members was the need to be able to offer ‘virtual products’ which can be used in BIM design. These ‘virtual products’ contain not only the three dimensional model of the product, but a complete specifcation. This area of design is moving rapidly and Metz Architects are one of a growing number of practices who are now using BIM for all their design work. They acknowledged the particular challenges of interfacing BIM with current software used by CAB members for the design and production of facades, windows and doors. For further information about CAB, its team and membership take a look at the Association’s website at or contact Julie Harley on 01453 828851. Enquiry No 13

EGGER become a major UK supplier of OSB, with expanded capacities and two dedicated distributor hubs With modern methods of Timber Frame building construction including Sips panels growing in popularity throughout the UK, EGGER have witnessed an increasing demand for their EUROSTRAND® OSB boards in this sector. Following this high demand EGGER have significantly expanded OSB capacity within the Group, with a new plant in Radauti, Romania which has a capacity of 500,000m³. Further investment to the original OSB line at the Wismar plant in Germany takes capacity up to 360,000m³, resulting in overall capacities at EGGER of 860,000m³ pa. National Building Sales Manager Barclay Scott said, “Due to the significant group investment in OSB, we have ensured long-term UK local supply of our OSB boards by further investing in two dedicated distribution hubs to service the whole of the UK, one based in Perth, Scotland and one based in the North East of England. In addition we can offer mixed loads of EUROSTRAND® OSB3 with P5 flooring grade particleboards such as EGGER Protect, EGGER Peel Clean Xtra and EGGER P5”. EGGER EUROSTRAND® is the right choice as a supporting and bracing product for walls, roofing & ceiling elements, for all constructive applications with high load bearing and dimensional stability requirements. EUROSTRAND® OSB3 is produced with separate strand preparation for the surface and core layers, the specific strand geometry and high degree of strand orientation ensures optimum technical properties and the highest possible degree of safety in construction planning.The strength class of EUROSTRAND® OSB3 is available in accordance with EN300. EUROSTRAND® OSB3 is independently certified by the BBA and is PEFC certified and as with all of EGGER’s orientated strand board is covered by an Environmental Product Declaration, verified by Institute for Construction and Environment e.V. to ISO 14025. Enquiry No 14


Enquiry No 15

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Details Colours Downloads The new range of Comar aluminium profiles launches today at Key notes this season include downloadable CAD details, NBS Specifications, testing to CWCT Sequence B and the very latest colours and finishing technology for Comar’s aluminium curtain walling, windows, ground floor framing and doors. Simply click on and register on the ‘Comar Partner’ tab to download typical design details or create your own facade from over 700 aluminium profiles. If you require bespoke profiles, email your design and Comar can provide feasibility and budget costs. Accentuate façades with a palette of over 400 different textures, colours and finishes from RAL, Syntha Pulvin and anodising such as Sandalor. New additions include finishes from Interpon; their Elements and Fusion collections ensure the very latest coatings are available at your fingertips. Demanding designs are backed up with exceptional tested reassurance. World renowned Taywood Engineering has completed its testing of Comar 6EFT 4sided, 2sided structural glazing and capped curtain walling, all with concealed vents to the CWCT’s Sequence B test regime at a design safety pressure of 3600Pa. The test has the added benefit of being witnessed and audited by the CWCT. For further information, contact or simply call on 020 8685 9685 to organise a meeting with your regional Comar Consultant.

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D&E Geminy High Security Range D&E is proud to present the Geminy High Security Range of Escutcheons and key safes. The Geminy Range is designed with the ultimate security in mind from a mechanical security product. The patented pin entry system offers an almost infinite amount of security key differs, the Geminy Range is a must for security environments where the removal of a power source can result in unwanted entry. Enquiry No 16

Gilgen Doors Installed At UK’s First ‘Super’ Food Waste Plant Gilgen Door Systems UK Ltd has provided Biffa (Waste Services) Ltd with a total of 25 door systems for the UK’s first `super ’ food anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Cannock, Staffordshire. Gilgen installed eight high speed doors, seven insulated roller shutter doors, two steel roller shutter doors and eight steel personnel doors together with a bespoke master interface control system at the new facility which opened last year. The high speed and roller shutter doors have been installed in the main tipping hall. The hall features four vehicle lanes which are each fitted with an external roller shutter door for security, a high speed door at the lane entrance for odour control and heat retention and a further internal high speed door installed at the end of each lane giving access to the collection hopper. The doors operate via induction loops set into the concrete floor and are interlinked via a bespoke master interface control system which ensures that only one door opens at a time helping to keep noise, odour and heatloss at a minimum. Each high speed door is fitted with aluminium bottom edge profile making them suitable for high wind loading and an optical safety bottom edge. Gilgen also provided steel personnel doors fitted with external digital access control for safe emergency exit together with everyday secure access. Enquiry No 17


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SHOPPING MADE ACCESSIBLE WITH TORMAX Morrisons recently opened a new store in Stowmarket. TORMAX automatic sliding doors have been installed to create an efficient entry and exit system. Utilising TORMAX iMotion technology, the door operators deliver reliable performance under busy conditions whilst offering a sustainable solution by significantly reducing heating bills through effective heat retention. As an additional tick in the ‘green’ box, iMotion operators are almost entirely manufactured using recyclable material. The high torque synchronous iMotion motors combine sophisticated sensors with LIN bus technology to deliver a ground-breaking control system. An intelligent micro-processor permanently monitors factors such as high winds or a build up of dirt, automatically making necessary alterations or signalling an alert.

Broaden your horizons.

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Force 8 goes for the triple glaze VEKA fabricator, Force 8, has launched a new range of triple glazed windows in the VEKA 70mm FS frame system, which can achieve U-values down to 0.6W/{m2-k. As Dennis Sumner, MD of the Stockport-based manufacturer explains: “ The most energyefficient window available today, triple glazing offers 40% more efficiency than standard 'A' rated double glazing. When you fit Force 8's new range of triple glazing you are installing the very latest product that the glazing industry has to offer.” Incorporating the latest in glass technology, Force 8's triple glazing uses Planitherm glass and argon filled units to maximise insulation. The company also offers a comprehensive range of composite doors using the VEKA FS frame, which can be fabricated together with side panels or into arched frames, making it possible to accommodate all variations. Enquiry No 19

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

Glazing Vision is the UK’s leading manufacturer of innovative glass rooflight solutions. From Fixed, Hinged and Sliding Rooflights to Bespoke Designs Glazing Vision aim to lighten your environment and improve your lifestyle. To arrange a visit or for a brochure call us now on 0333 8000 881. Buy Online at

Comar 7P.i Commercial Swing Doors Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are pleased to launch its next generation of commercial swing door sets. By taking the extensive range of solutions from its market leading Comar 7 Door range and coupling this with their trademarked Comar Pi (polyamide insulation), the new Comar 7Pi Commercial Door offers even lower U-values housed in robust profiles for high traffic areas. Safety and user friendly solutions are offered in the Comar 7Pi Commercial Door, with aesthetically pleasing round anti-finger trap stiles. The doors have been extensively tested to PAS 24, offering compliance with the very latest security specifications. Enquiry No 20


Flushglaze with PV Walk on Flushglaze Circular Flushglaze Cells

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Salice Furniture Fittings Offer Innovative Performance

Timbmet’s Oak TEC Sandwich Panels Provide Cost And Energy Efficient Doors Timbmet has combined forces with joinery company ‘Meer End Stairs’, to produce 130 bespoke internal and external doors for a prestigious new build property in Warwickshire. The house owner specified Oak as his preferred material of choice for the doors. Warwick Aldersley, MD of Meer End Stairs, suggested TEC® (Timbmet Engineered Components) Oak sandwich panels as a solution in order to minimise the inherent movement that the use of Oak would cause over time. Available in easily machinable sheets with a cork core, the Oak TEC sandwich panels combine cost efficiency with low wastage, and provide a flawless product with added dimensional stability far greater than that of traditional solid wood. In addition, when used in the external solid doors, the TEC panels meant the doors were perfectly able to meet demanding new EU U-value regulations.

SALICE, premier supplier of furniture fittings for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms continue to lead the market, with their innovatively designed and expertly manufactured product range. Their Silentia range of integrated soft close hinge featuring 12mm cup drilling remains a popular choice for performance and durability. Specifically designed to combine functionality and style, the Silentia range provides silent and smooth closing action for all types of furniture doors. In addition, it is available for the full range of applications. Salice’s Futura range of concealed drawer runners are available suitable for all drawer opening applications, both with part and full extension on the cabinet side. Choice of soft-close and push-to-open, as well as the Unica option that combines both push-toopen and soft close operation, ensures that Futura will be the ideal drawer runner for almost any unit. To further reinforce SALICE’s impressive product offering, the innovative Bortoluzzi co-planar sliding door system is proving a real head turner in the style stakes. Enquiry No 23

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Vicaima’s New Web Site Launches Developments To Brand Structure With the introduction of the latest Vicaima web site the company presents an exciting and new brand segmentation, which has been set out into three new strategic areas. This will ensure clearer communication of its many solutions for clients and specifiers in the construction and architectural sectors. Visitors will be able to navigate easily around the three new Vicaima brand segments which introduce highly creative aesthetics and a ground breaking and innovative approach to product development. The Vicaima First segment brings together all the door solutions aimed towards professionals and specifiers. It integrates many of the technical products that have been well established by Vicaima in the market over recent years. The Vicaima Technology segment represents the pinnacle of the companies research and development. Providing technological innovation developed not only for the door sector, but also other sectors which can benefit from Vicaima’s technical advancement. This segment is a vanguard for ideas capable of gaining relevant use in both national and international markets. Memorable and audacious, the Vicaima Haute Couture segment acts as Vicaima’s ambassador. With its association to art, fashion, luxury and exclusiveness, this segment will be one of the main strategic areas of Vicaima and a flagship for Vicaima design eminence in the international arena. Enquiry No 24


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SOLARLUX SL82 A unique style in folding door glazing which gives the impression of an harmonious all-glazed faรงade. The glazing is stepped over the internal frame so that only a small external frame is visible. Double or triple glazing offers the best thermal insulation and with a multi-cavity profile the frame is both elegant and strong. A multi-point locking system gives added security. Floor tracks can be surface mounted or flush. For more information on the SL82 visit our website or ring 01707 339970


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Wrightstyle supplies to new town project in Hong Kong A UK steel glazing company has supplied to a prestigious HK $500 million (£40.7 million) mixed-use development in Hong Kong. Wrightstyle, the Devizes- based specialist supplier of advanced glazing systems, has supplied a range of internal and external elements for a newly-completed residential and sports centre in the Tseung Kwan O district of the city. The company was specified for the Hang Hau project by the Architectural Services Department (ASD) of the Hong Kong government. The contractor was China State Construction International Holdings Limited, the largest construction contractor in Hong Kong. Tseung Kwan O is one of nine new towns in Hong Kong, with a planned population of some 450,000 people, much of it built on reclaimed land. The Hang Hau centre, due to fully open next month (March), is a key community element for the new town. Wrightstyle supplied various glazed components, including two-hour glass-to-glass internal screens, 60/60 rated internal and external screens, door systems and a large number of non-rated large-span roof-lights.


The company has become internationally-recognised for the design, supply and installation of steel glazing systems to mitigate against the full range of natural or man-made threats, including fire and terrorist attack, or severe wind loading. Wrightstyle has supplied to a number of projects in Hong Kong in recent years, including new educational and health facilities, and carried out site-specific fire testing on behalf of the ASD for a strategic transport interchange between the New Territories and Hong Kong itself. Wrightstyle was also a supplier to the HK $3.1 billion Langham Place development, a milestone in urban renewal in Hong Kong, and which includes a 53-storey office tower, a 5-star hotel with 665 bedrooms and rooftop swimming pool as well as a 600,000 sq ft shopping mall with 300 shops. Underlining the structural performance of its systems, Wrightstyle was also specified for HSBC’s high-security central data centre in Hong Kong, a highly-sensitive hub for the Bank’s operations, and the first data centre in Hong Kong to meet the industry’s most stringent reliability and security requirements. The project had to meet strict criteria for both blast performance and, in a typhoon region, severe wind loading.

Doors, windows & Glazing

Wrightstyle designs and supplies both the glass and steel framing systems in one integrated and guaranteed assembly, with fire and other test certification to EU, US and Far Eastern standards, in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Additionally,Wrightstyle offers a fabrication service at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, with the further UK option of using local installers who have been trained by Wrightstyle’s inhouse specialists, and who have full access to Wrightstyle’s technical support team. The company is currently completing Olympic and other projects in the UK with further international contracts underway in Malta, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, underlining the specialist nature of steel glazing and the importance of specifying both the glass and steel elements as one integrated unit. Enquiry No 26



Stunning New Steyning Towel Rail From JIS Europe JIS EUROPE of Haywards Heath has a new heated towel rail named the STEYNING. The towel rail is manufactured in an elegant round section shape with sixteen horizontal rails giving an appearance of refined luxury with ample choice for towel hanging. The STEYNING is 1000mm high and 520mm wide. It can be used in central heating, electric or dual fuel formats, which allow the rail to be heated when the central heating is turned off. The STEYNING towel rail is manufactured in 100% stainless steel pressure tested to 12 Bar and is available in polished finish with brushed satin finish available to order making this radiator durable and hygienic and it is covered by a 25year guarantee. Enquiry No 27



MIRANIT Launch a New Range of Seamless Resin Bonded Sanitary Ware

New Vista Safe Touch shower promises comfort and control Inta has introduced the new Vista shower to its safe touch collection, bringing extra comfort and safety to bath and shower rooms. The safe touch effect ensures that shower bodies are never more than one degree warmer than the water coming out of the shower and has been specifically designed to meet the general requirements of the NHS. The Vista shower valve is TMV3 approved and contains a sleeve of cold water at outlet temperature around the outside of the shower body, an innovation that keeps hot water away from the surface of the valve. It features Inta’s standard anti-scald cartridge technology, which means this shower is as easy to install and maintain as any other Inta shower. Enquiry No 28

Franke Sissons has been providing a single source solution for commercial and semi-commercial washrooms for over 225 years. The extensive portfolio of stainless steel sanitary ware, washroom accessories, washbasins and troughs has been extended with the introduction of Miranit sanitary ware. Miranit is Franke Sissons’ cast-mineral, granite-type sanitary ware and provides the seamless look of ceramic products but gives superior and tangible gains over ceramic like being shatterproof and dirt repellent. The Gelcoat surface is also temperature resistant to 80°C. Miranit is stable, pore free and unlike laminate or ceramic can be repaired in the event of burns or scratches. Miranit is available in an array of options including a variety of basin shapes. It can also be custom designed and manufactured for bespoke installation or to adhere to corporate décor requirements. Enquiry No 29

The Transformation Of Harpurhey Baths Bathers once flocked to enjoy the waters at Harpurhey Baths, north Manchester, but the Grade 2 listed building, designed by Henry Price, suffered years of decay and was boarded up in 2001.The women’s pool and laundry were incorporated into MANCAT’s sixth form college and community library, and MANCAT later merged with City College to become The Manchester College. Restoration of the first-class male pool included a major upgrade to the roof lantern and a new sprung floor over the pool to create a Theatre and Exhibition Hall. Walker Simpson Architects specified electrically operated blinds to the continuous central roof and CBS installed 16 of their System 8/140 motorised blinds with all the blinds on each elevation operating together as a group. The blinds stack neatly on the cills and run up unobtrusive guide cables to the apex. This was a challenging project for CBS, operating 8 metres above the floor level to fit blinds to a structure over one hundred years old. The System 8/140 blind from CBS is designed for sloping or horizontal glazing and requires no relief rollers or intermediate support which makes it very unobtrusive. Stainless steel cables guide the blind on its travel and keep the fabric taut at all times. Enquiry No 30



Stelrad unveils Radical at EcoBuild 2012 Stelrad Radiators unveiled its brand new Radical radiator on its stand at Ecobuild in March. It’s the first ‘serial feed’ radiator on the UK market place and the first to come with an integrated thermostatic valve insert. Standard radiators are ‘parallel feed’, where the water enters the radiator and is fed via a ‘T’ piece to enter both panels at the same time and the same rate. A serial feed radiator allows the water to enter via a centre tap connection, directing the water flow into the front panel first before, after circulating around the front panel, the water eventually makes its way from the front panel into the back panel. Because the front panel of a Radical heats up first, there’s a higher average temperature in the front panel than you get from a standard radiator and less heat is lost from the back panel. The simple result is that you feel warmer, faster. Enquiry No 31

Interior Film – Allows You To Transform A Room Without Disruption David Clouting have recently launched Interior Film, an exclusive range of selfadhesive, decorative films manufactured by LG Hausys which can be applied to most substrates including: wood, metal, plaster board, plastics and painted surfaces. This allows interior elements such as walls, doors, furniture, skirting and architrave to be attractively and quickly transformed. Air free application has been developed to enable a quick installation with the benefit of a superb surface finish. Available in a range of finishes including: Exotic woods (Bamboo featured), Leather effect, Textured metals and Natural stone, Interior Films are easy to apply, fire rated and ideal for a range of refurbishment applications - no mess, no smell and no disruption. Enquiry No 32

Fila protects surfaces at stunning Square Nine Square Nine, Belgrade’s first international luxury hotel, has specified Fila’s surface care range. Used to protect almost 4,000m² of Italian beige limestone on floors, walls and surfaces, Fila’s products specified included Fila W68, Fila MP/90, FilaMatt wax, Fila Hydrorep and FilaFob. FilaService, the firm’s corporate division, supervised all aspects of treatment, from testing and mock-up to final application. Designed by renowned Brazilian Architect, Isay Weinfeld, Square Nine is a contemporary boutique-inspired hotel located in Belgrade’s historical centre. Throughout the hotel, natural-effect Fila W68 was used to treat walls requiring water and stain protection. Internally, Fila MP/90 natural stain protector was applied to white polished stone bathroom surfaces, whilst floors received a basecoat of Fila W68 protection, followed by natural effect FilaMatt wax. Meanwhile, Fila Hydrorep and FilaFob were used to treat the pool-side relaxation area from continual contact with chlorinated water, within the hotel’s stunning Wellness Centre and Spa. Fila offers a wide range of surface care products designed to provide high performance, whilst protecting the natural characteristics of marble, granite, natural stone, porcelain stoneware, terracotta and wood. Products span from pre-grouting protectors, detergents and sealants, to after-care maintenance and stain removal solutions. Enquiry No 33



COMPAC Sets The Trend With The Launch Of A New Quartz Worksurface TREND is an exciting, new technological quartz worksurface and flooring collection developed by COMPAC that incorporates important new shapes and colours involving a new design approach - adding magic and alchemy to create a totally unique and balanced collection, warm and friendly, where simplicity and purity are its hallmarks. The TREND collection, COMPAC believe, is ecologically superior in its manufacture and composition to any other quartz worksurface on the market and has been designed for healthy living - where colour and texture contribute to an equilibrate feeling. COMPAC’s renowned engineering skills have achieved a zero porosity worksurface without the need for antibacterial chemicals to deliver a completely healthy surface. TREND sets the trend by offering a collection of five beautiful cool colours - tailored to the tastes of the discerning consumer where colour is not only a state of mind but more of a lifestyle. Enquiry No 34



M&G Is The Ryde Choice For Isle Of Wight School As part of the recent ÂŁ 5.5m extension and refurbishment project to Ryde School, Isle of Wight, M&G Olympic Products Ltd manufactured and installed a stunning feature staircase and landing to the recently completed entrance building. A key feature of the overall design was to maximise the natural features of the site whilst providing practical solutions to overcome the access, safety and security problems facing the school. Alongside the existing Grade II listed Westmont Building, the site boasts spectacular views of the Solent.



The architects design response has been described as “elegant� and by utilising modern construction materials and methods the structural glass balustrade and stainless steel staircase supplied by M&G Olympic Products Ltd provides a modern solution without compromising the views of the beautiful surroundings. The American Oak timber landing and open timber stair treads complete the attractive installation. M&G Olympic Products Ltd specialise in the design, manufacture and nationwide installation of Stainless Steel and Mild Steel Staircases, Balustrades, Entrance Canopies, Balconies, Walkways, Architectural Gates and bespoke architectural metalwork. 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-the-art 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 35



VIP PRIVACY AT CASINO Style, moveable partitions specialists, was contracted to provide flexible space in both the VIP and dining areas at the new Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury located in the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Didsbury. A key aspect of the installation was to offer a solution that could sub-divide space with ease, offering privacy to guests and diners whilst also complementing the very high quality chic styling of the Casino. Working with contractors, G F Holding Ltd and architects, Cadmium Design of London, Style recommended a DORMA Varitrans partitioning system for the VIP area. This all-glass system provides exclusive privacy yet maximises unbroken vision and sight lines creating an innovative, inspirational interior. Manoeuvring the panels into place is effortless, allowing staff to quickly reconfigure the space to accommodate different groups as required. A spring has been housed in the floor under the full height pass door, delivering ease of use and greater control. For the dining areas, Style selected the DORMA Variflex partitioning system finished with an American walnut veneer to blend harmoniously with the interior. Delivering an acoustic rating of 45dB the Variflex partitions effectively minimise noise disturbance from elsewhere in the room. Enquiry No 36

Be Gas Safe with Timloc Access Panels Recent changes to Approved Document ‘J’ of the Building Regulations relating to the inspection of flue systems, mean that if all or part of a property’s flue boiler is hidden behind a wall or ceiling, the householder or landlord must arrange for inspection hatches to be fitted. High performance Access Panels from Timloc have been designed to provide a range of solutions suitable for all applications, including plastic, metal, tile and circular panels with a variety of features making compliance with the new Gas Safe regulations quick and cost effective. For drylined walls, ceilings, ducts and units, Timloc’s Plastic Access Panels provide a modern, clean appearance in textured white which allows for painting. Metal Panels are available in low cost ‘NFR’ options with no insulation or fire-rating, or in the ‘1FR Slim frame’ and ‘1FR deep frame’ design range which offer a 60 minute fire-rating while insulated and draught stripped. Tile Insert Access Panels provide access though ceramic and marble tiled walls up to a thickness of 10mm whilst completing the range, Timloc’s Circular Access Panels offer a simple, contemporary design providing access into jointless plasterbpoard or plaster ceilings for maintenance of mechanical and electrical services. Enquiry No 37



Introducing Mast screening and shelving systems from The Shopkit Group Mast is a versatile range of screens and partitions available in different heights, materials and with various fixing options to suit most interior applications including retail, exhibitions, offices, receptions, café’s and domestic installations.

Retail units / Shop in Shops can be produced from the different Mast systems, with display shelves available in a variety of materials and finishes to co-ordinate with other elements within the retail environment.

It is elegant and adaptable and has the unique concept of combining the strength and simplicity of rigid posts to support tensioned cables. This then allows The Mast System to provide an easy, cost effective and durable way to create fixed, freestanding and temporary screening / room dividers with a virtually limitless range of shelving and accessories.

Made to Measure and Installation options available Mast offers a wide standard product range to meet most requirements and Shopkit also offer a custom design / manufacturing service to meet all other individual needs. Delivery and installation is possible on all elements - quotations will be supplied on request.

The Mast posts are available in various heights and can support single or double cable set ups on one or both sides, allowing for sophisticated combinations of screening, graphic panels and shelving that can be used as stand-alone units or as part of a multi display system and can easily incorporate Shopkit’s TZ low-voltage lighting range.

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MX DuraStone Shower Trays – Leading The Way In Shower Tray Technology

With over 45 year’s experience, Yeoman Shield, the UK's market leader in wall and door protection, is expert at overcoming the hurdles of keeping both interiors and exteriors smart by preventing pedestrian and vehicular damage.Yeoman Shield’s products are designed to be easily retrofitted for refurbishment projects resulting in precious savings in these times of tight budgets. Yeoman Shield’s heavy duty D-Fender designed to protect areas vulnerable to heavy duty traffic is now ‘up and running’ at the Olympic and Paralympics Village.

MX Group has launched its new range of DuraStone shower trays. DuraStone shower trays incorporate all the benefits of the latest materials and technologies in producing probably the most sophisticated and versatile low profile shower tray in today’s market. The tray’s construction consists of a 2.2mm ABS acrylic capped shell that is filled with a mineral stone resin mix. The monocoque construction is then completed with a 2mm ABS embossed base that helps adhesion when installing. The DuraStone shower tray incorporates the added benefit of torsion beams creating rigidity to the overall tray structure. At 60% lighter than a traditional stone resin tray, DuraStone complies with the HSE regulations for a one-man lift. Manufactured to BS EN14527:2006 these trays are made using WRAS approved Phthalate free materials.

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Yeoman Shield Takes Wall And Door Protection In Its Stride

Innovative new products from Impey Showers Impey Showers has recently unveiled a range of exciting new care products. Maxi-Grip Plus support hand rails have a square profile with rounded corners and have been acknowledged by the RNIB as being beneficial in providing improved rotational slip resistance. The latest showering product for those with mobility issues is Impey’s exclusive Freedom air assisted shower doors which feature a unique air assisted spring mechanism to lift the doors at the press of a lever. This prolongs the life of the floor seal and makes the operation easier. For contractors and installers, the award winning Level Dec Advance is the improved version of the original built-in gradient wetroom solution, invented by Impey Showers over decade ago. The Level Dec Advance has an improved drainage feature that enables the installer to avoid joists, therefore increasing the speed and efficiency of installations. It is extremely strong and perfectly suited for suspended timber floor applications and concrete screeds. Impey Showers works closely with contractors, local authorities and social landlords to provide affordable, high quality adaptions for Lifetime Homes. Enquiry No 41



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21st Century Washrooms A World Heritage Site since 1986, Fountains Abbey recently chose Cubicle Centre Ltd products for its latest washroom refurbishment. The magnificent 800-acre site located near Ripon, North Yorkshire, is home to the dramatic 12th century abbey ruins surrounded by beautiful countryside. Refurbished visitor facilities within the country park now benefit from new toilet cubicles, vanity units with solid surface tops, and wall panel systems, all supplied by Cubicle Centre Ltd. The Estate Projects Team selected Cairngorm Cubicles for this upgrade – manufactured from waterproof and vandal resistant Compact Grade Laminate panels, and supplied with extra heavy-duty fittings, this cubicle system provides a 21st century washroom solution designed to stand the test of time.


Cubicle Centre has launched a complete library of BIM (Building Information Modelling) components available for download on their newly designed website. BIM components include toilet cubicles, IPS panel systems and vanity units created for Cubicle Centre Ltd by The Cubicle Centre BIM content has been checked by Autodesk Certified professionals and all components are ready for use in real project environments. Visit for further information. Enquiry No 43



LUMIRA AEROGEL INSULATES SWIMMERS The William Penn Leisure Centre at Rickmansworth, home to Beaumonts Health Club, includes a 25m swimming pool. Designed by Atkins Architects, the brief for this state-of the art design was to maximise interior daylight while maximising thermal insulation. The solution was to introduce Lumira aerogel (previously called Nanogel) inside the full height Kalwall at the end of the pool. Lumira aerogel is the world’s lightest and most insulating solid. Within the Kalwall panel a ‘U’ value of 0.28W/m²K can be achieved. This is equivalent to a solid wall and is probably the best insulating performance of any translucent system. A particular benefit for swimming pools is that the diffused daylight eliminates glare and veiling on the water which means that lifeguards can see underwater swimmers better. Kalwall + Lumira means that architects can now design large insulated areas of daylighting in walls and roofs while minimising energy loss and reducing running costs. Currently, one of the largest UK applications is the 2780sqm of insulated Kalwall being installed at St George’s Park, the Football Association’s new National Football Centre, designed by the architects Red Box Design Group. The Kalwall cladding and roofing system is designed to transmit "museum-quality" light evenly across an interior without glare or any harsh contrasts of light and shade. Enquiry No 44

NEW ACOUSTIC TILES LAUNCHED Troldtekt, the Danish manufacturer of acoustic wall and ceiling tiles, has launched its environmentally-friendly and aesthetically pleasing products in the UK. The tiles are made of natural wood fibres mixed with cement to create wood wool. The main benefits are high sound absorption, resistance to fire and humidity, high durability, natural breathability and low cost life cycle performance. European architects widely specify the tiles to improve the acoustics in rooms with hard surfaces, such as schools, swimming pools, commercial and public buildings. Reverberation can be reduced further by adding mineral wool behind. This has the same absorption as a suspended ceiling but saves space as well as system and installation costs. In some cases, even greater acoustic comfort can be achieved by lining one or more walls with the tiles. Troldtekt tiles are available in various sizes from 600x600 to 600x2400mm, 25 and 35mm thick and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse. They can be left untreated or more commonly are factory painted white while virtually any other RAL colour is available to order. Troldtekt is constantly developing their products and always welcomes new and innovative ideas. For that reason, the company is currently running an international concept competition for students of design and architecture ( For samples and comprehensive technical information tel 0844 8114877 or visit Enquiry No 45



Performance Movement Joint Profiles From Dural UK Ltd Flooring Accessories specialist Dural UK Ltd are continually updating their range of products and inventing new and better solutions that are both technically and visually exciting. They have been providing the perfect finish for all types of flooring since 1981 and all their products are at the cutting edge of design. Dural Movement Joint Profiles can cope with heavy stresses and distribute them evenly between the foundation and floor covering. At the same time, they can prevent conduction of noise from footfall and other bodies. Even floors subject to heavy stresses remain in better condition for longer when Dural Movement Joint Profiles are specified. For a high class finish the Dural Coloured Movement Joint Profile gives a room a seamless designer look. The Coloured Movement Joints have been the choice of specifiers for years on prestigious projects including many leading automotive brands, (Ford, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen). They are used in the car showrooms and workshop areas because of their durability and ability to handle a wide range of loadings. The Olympic Village, Marks and Spencers, Airports, Leisure Centers, Restaurants and Retail Outlets are other areas where this product is being / has been used. All Dural Performance Movement Joints are designed and manufactured to exceed the requirements of BS 5385 and can be used with Slate, Natural Stone and Ceramic tiled floors. For more information on Dural and their products visit their website or contact Judith Mawtus on 01924360110. Enquiry No 46

Movement Joint Solutions From Dural • Robust, durable and can cope with heavy stresses • Used in Education, Retail, Commercial, Airports and Domestic projects • Available in Aluminium, Stainless Steel & Brass • Colours to match the full RAL range • Designed and manufactured to exceed BS5385 Enquiry No 47

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JS AIR CURTAINS TOP THE BILL AT BFI IMAX The aesthetic design and controllability of the Rund air curtain from JS Air Curtains makes it top of the bill at the BFI IMAX cinema, London, whose reception and café were suffering from cold draughts at peak visitor times. Because of the location of the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, its main entrance is directly opposite a subway tunnel that funnels the wind straight off The Thames corridor into its reception area and café. At show times, up to 500 visitors are arriving and leaving during a short time period and the doors are constantly open with the consequence of cold air pouring into the building. BFI IMAX facilities manager, Duncan McKeich, believed air curtains would solve the problem but he had three key criteria to meet. The air curtains had to be vertically mounted and aesthetically pleasing, as there was little roof space for concealed horizontal units. They also had to have flexibility of control so they could be quickly turned up to combat the cold at busy visitor times. The JS Rund air curtains met these criteria and two 2.5m electrically heated units have been installed vertically, one at either side of the entrance doors, forming a barrier against the cold outside air. The Rund air curtain has an extremely attractive, cylindrical design and can be fitted with many different mounting or suspension options to tie-in with an entrance’s architecture. Enquiry No 48

Tesco superstore shoppers stay safe and cool with SE Controls An integrated smoke and natural ventilation solution from SE Controls is helping ensure that Tesco’s recently completed Walkden superstore in Manchester maintains a safe and comfortable environment for shoppers and staff. Working to the smoke control strategy defined by consulting engineers Van Zyl & de Villiers, the store’s epansive glazed atrium was separated into three individual smoke and natural ventilation zones to not only provide the specified smoke extraction capacity, but also enable more accurate temperature control. In normal day-to-day ventilation mode, the natural ventilation system constantly monitors the temperature in each zone, on both the ground floor and mezzanine level, with the average reading from separate sensors being used to signal the actuation of the atrium vents. When triggered, the vents initially open by 10% of their full capacity and continue to open in 10% increments up to a maximum of 50% if the temperature rise is maintained, before closing using the same incremental approach until the temperature reduces to 21OC, when the atrium vents are fully closed. The SE Controls system also enables the operating algorithms and set points to be changed or fine tuned to meet specific conditions, if necessary, as well as allowing night purging to cool the building’s thermal mass, where the vents open 30 degrees. The SE Controls’ solution also monitors weather conditions to ensure that in rain or high winds, the vents are automatically closed to stop the ingress of water and limit any possible damage. Each smoke and natural ventilation zone uses a dedicated control panel, which is triggered by the fire alarm system in the event of a fire, causing the atrium vents to open fully, allowing smoke to be vented from the building and ensure escape routes are kept clear. In smoke ventilation mode the vents open to 87 degrees and are hinged on opposing sides to provide optimum operation and maintain safety even in high wind conditions. Smoke ventilation and control is a key issue and is the subject of a seminar organised by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), where SE Controls’ Managing Director,Will Perkins, will be presenting on natural smoke ventilation technologies as one of the event’s main speakers. The event is being held on 10th April 2012 at FETA’s headquarters in Hare Hatch, Reading and details and booking instructions are available from Enquiry No 49


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NIBE Exhaust Air System Heats Hollies Hollies is a large Redrow Development in a rural setting that justifies the name at Hartford near Northwich. Six flats within the site are owned by Muir Housing Association, a leading social landlord in the North of England.The site does credit to both companies’ reputation for sympathetic design which includes six two bedroomed shared ownership apartments each with its own kitchen area and bathroom. One of the many attractive features of the development is that the water heating and radiator fed central heating for each apartment comes from an innovative Exhaust Air Heat Pump powered by a F205 heat pump supplied by NIBE Energy Systems and installed by MB Heating of Wigan. Exhaust Air heating really is like grabbing energy out of thin air for the system is based on harnessing the heat already created by family living, then recycling its energy before it is expelled into the outside atmosphere in the course of normal ventilation. In Hollies Farm, ventilation input is from vents situated in the diningand bedroom walls and the warmed air is subsequently gathered at ceiling height in the kitchen and bathroom. The energy then passes to the F205 unit, one of NIBE’s new generation of heat pumps, where it is treated to a highly sophisticated heat exchange process that greatly increases the temperature by compression before passing the energy through to heat the water stored in the super insulated stainless steel cylinder incorporated in the unit. So efficient is the heat extraction process that the exhaust air is eventually expelled at a temperature close to freezing point, with the beneficial side effect of cutting emissions of carbon and noxious gases to a very minimum. The F205, despite containing the storage cylinder, all appropriate pumps and an easily read and understood control panel, is surprisingly slim-lined and the pleasantly styled unit is easily concealed in a cupboard in kitchen, bathroom or utility room. Enquiry No 50


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Timoleon Provides The Basics For Bicton College's 'EaRTH Centre' Bicton College, set in rural Devon yet within 20 minutes of the centre of Exeter, is one of the country's foremost land-based educational establishments. Centred in a lovely Georgian manor house overlooking a landscaped park and lake, the College boasts the very latest in facilities and equipment linked to a forward looking attitude to all aspects of agriculture and allied subjects. Their latest project is the establishment of the Environmental and Rural Technologies Hub (EaRTH), a training and conference facility demonstrating all aspects of renewable energy generation and sustainable building methods. While suitable courses are already being designed for the college's students, the further aim is to educate the wider community in 'green' methods, especially through school visits. It is expected that around 10,000 visitors will pass through the EaRTH's doors every year. The EaRTH centre, carbon neutral needless to say, has been created around two underused farm buildings on Home Farm, which is part of Bicton College. Equally naturally only renewable energy is being harnessed to provide heating and hot water for the centre and, since the comparatively low operating temperature of underfloor heating is ideal for use with renewable energy, the design team decided on the Timoleon Staple System to supply below floor warmth evenly throughout the two buildings. The Timoleon Staple System is simple and can be rapidly laid even in awkward areas as Fords of Sidmouth the local firm used for this installation, will agree. When in use, heat from the pipes is reflected upwards from the insulation sheet, optimising warmth for the room above. The Timoleon system has a surprising double life as a Surface Cooling System, a far more energy efficient alternative to air conditioning. EaRTH's buildings offer a comfortably cool atmosphere even in the hottest of summer months. When the outside atmosphere demands it, Timoleon's


sophisticated controls switch the system from heating to cooling modes. In cooling mode, cool water is circulated through the heating pipes. In this way the 'heating system' cools by absorbing radiant energy instead of emitting it.While air conditioning requires large volumes of cooled air to replace the hot air,Timoleon's Surface Cooling absorbs the sun's radiant energy before the air in the room has the chance to become unpleasantly warm. EaRTH is so well insulated and the Timoleon system so efficient, that the energy absorbed in the building is simply dissipated by a loop of 1,300 metres of polybutylene pipe in damp sand beneath the subfloor, which is well isolated from the heated area. In this way the building is cooled without the need for any refrigeration equipment. The result is a perfect indoor environment whatever the season, with reduced CO2 emissions and at a fraction of the cost. Enquiry No 51

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YONOS - NEW HIGH EFFICIENCY SMALL CIRCULATOR LAUNCHED BY WILO New Tough Septic Tanks – Designed with Builders in Mind Klargester, the UK’s leading brand of off-mains drainage solutions, has launched the Beta Plus septic tank – a uniquely shaped tank made of tough, rugged roto-moulded polyethylene making it far more suited to the rigours of storage, transportation, and installation. And its built-in lifting points are designed to make offloading much easier. The new lower-profile shape means less excavation, and a shallower dig and concrete backfill on ‘wet sites’. They are also great for rocky strata conditions. And for added safety, they have crossed batons through the neck to prevent children or pets falling into the tank. Furthermore, because polyethylene is a plastic derivative, the Klargester Beta Plus is potentially recyclable and therefore “greener” than other septic tanks. Says Kevin Roe, GB Sales Director for Klargester, “the design of septic tanks has barely changed in 40 years - the Beta Plus is therefore a significant step forward on both fronts. In essence, if you are looking for a lower profile septic tank in a robust material that doesn’t need to be sunk deep in the earth and won’t get damaged by a stray garden fork, spade or mechanical digger, you need look no further.” Enquiry No 52

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. 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. Enquiry No 53

Wilo UK has introduced the latest in its family of energy efficient small circulator pumps. The European Eco-Design Directive - the ErP Directive - will impose strict requirements across the EU on the energy efficiency of glandless pumps starting in 2013. The “Wilo-Yonos PICO” consumes significantly less energy than required by the best current ‘A’ rated heating pump. Compared to an uncontrolled old pump, it is possible to achieve up to 90% reductions in electricity consumption. This new standard highefficiency pump is compact and is equipped with a display that shows the current power consumption and the set delivery head. It also offers constant and variable differential pressure control modes. The pump automatically evacuates the air from the rotor chamber. The popular “Wilo-Connector” makes working on Wilo small pumps significantly easier. The settings for the Yonos are very straightforward - the red button can be constantly set to the first, second or third setting on the scale for the differential pressure control mode. Enquiry No 54

POTATOES STAY COOL WITH KINGSPAN POWERPANEL The owners of Lavenham Fen Farm in Cambridgeshire have installed the Kingspan’s Roof PowerPanel Modules to slash bills from the farm’s two potato storage buildings. The buildings, separately housing standard and organic potatoes, require large amounts of energy to power internal cooling systems, keeping harvested potatoes at a constant low temperature. With electricity usage metered at half-hourly rates, this previously resulted in massive energy bills for the farm owners. To tackle these costs, the farm owners used investment from Regenerco to help fund the purchase and installation of Kingspan’s PowerPanel and Safetraxx systems. The PowerPanel array, installed on the roofs of the storage buildings, comprises one thousand, five hundred and one, 235Wp Yingli crystalline PV modules and can produce an overall output of 352.7kWp. Kingspan Roof PowerPanel Modules are capable of producing electricity even in low light or overcast conditions and can enhance the asset value and rental potential of properties. The PowerPanel system at Lavenham Fen Farm has been registered and accredited under the FiT scheme. Enquiry No 55

NEW QUANTEC BOILER RANGE LAUNCHED New to Johnson & Starley’s comprehensive range of highly energy efficient heating and ventilation solutions is the QuanTec gas fired condensing boiler range. There are six models in the range including the QuanTec HR 28c that features integral passive flue gas heat recovery as a standard feature for additional energy efficiency. Features include their light weight for easier installation, ErP compliant pump and low NOx levels thanks to cool door technology that reduces NOx levels to below 40mg/kWH. All models feature a Giannoni isothermic stainless steel heat exchanger and, for the HR 28c model, full condense technology with its in-built passive flue gas heat recovery (PFGHR). The HR 28c model gives domestic hot water (DHW) efficiency levels not reached before. This is achieved with the addition of pre-heating sanitary water function which results in the lowest possible flue gas temperatures. Lower flue temperatures reduce the plume to an almost invisible level on the HR 28c model. Honeywell neXsys low power consumption electronic boiler control is also included. Enquiry No 56


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NIBE F1345 – The Powerful Ground Sourced Heat Pump This year the Ecobuild Exhibition, which is the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK’s largest construction event of any kind, saw the launch of the of the brand new NIBE F1345 three phase ground source heat pump. The NIBE F1345 is the latest addition to the new generation of heat pumps from NIBE Energy Systems Ltd. The NIBE F1345, is a more flexible and powerful pump designed to provide ground sourced energy to large residential, commercial and even industrial situations and capable of satisfying very substantial hot water and heating requirements. The new ground source heat pump from NIBE has the unique NIBE multi-coloured TFT screen which provides a user-friendly and installer friendly intuitive control panel, that lets you set a comfortable indoor climate and schedule the heating system. NIBE’s F1345 is manufactured in four sizes with outputs of 24, 30, 40 and 60kW respectively, but it is capable of undertaking even greater heating tasks since up to nine pumps can be cascade linked to provide a massively powerful 540kW. With the new NIBE Modbus accessory, the new NIBE F1345 Ground Source Heat Pump can be controlled by a BMS system and other accessories available include pool, GSM remote control, active cooling, solar and the new AMB 30. The new NIBE AMB 30 allows you to combine ground source and air source for a truly hybrid operation. The AMB 30 is an air collector accessory that you can use with the new NIBE F1345 ground source heat pump. The AMB 30 is a heat absorbing air source module that exploits the outdoor air, which means that neither boreholes nor ground source coils are required in as large quantities. It is also possible to combine several AMB 30’s to achieve the desired output size. Each NIBE F1345 ground source heat pump contains two large scroll compressors and the intelligent control system ensures that these are employed to best effect in all circumstances, optimising efficiency and minimising wear. The new NIBE F1345 heat pump’s energy can be provided via boreholes, ground collectors or even lake water, all of which have a remarkably even temperature throughout the year regardless of surface conditions. Despite the power generated by the heat pump, noise levels during operation are extremely low allowing great flexibility in positioning the elegantly slim unit measuring 1800 x 600mm with a depth of 620mm. NIBE’s new heat pump has great power potential and flexibility for this is matched by truly excellent energy efficiency. With a COP rating well over 4, up to 10% better than earlier models, great fuel savings are possible and payback time can be sharply reduced. Enquiry No 57



Avoid going adrift on a raft When site conditions dictate the use of raft construction, the builder faces a dilemma of how to bring together conflicting design aspects. In instances where there is a timber separating wall, the illustrated arrangement incorporates measures to resist the passage of sound. One method is to form a channel cast/formed into the raft. Its purpose is to act as an emergency canal. Arresting and channelling water in the middle of a wall means that water has to saturate whatever is in its path to get to that position. At Cavity Trays of Yeovil various party wall / separating wall barriers are available to provide mid-wall water arrestment. Because each barrier can rise substantially upwardly (rather than channel downwardly into the raft) it can withhold a greater extent of water. The upward-rising barrier introduces compatibility to what can otherwise be conflicting construction requirements. Now a new style of Party Wall Rising Barrier designed by Cavity Trays Ltd has improved this approach further. The new barrier has two vertical upstands that rise against the plasterboard face on either side of the separating wall. In the event of flooding, the upstand acts as a dam, stopping the water from actually penetrating the wall. Enquiry No 58

CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER URGED TO RETHINK CLADDING SOLUTION Cladding eight million homes with up to 8in of insulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions is an inappropriate one size fits all approach which needs rethinking that’s according to Sean Farrell of living walls and green screens company Mobilane. Farell Says “While applying an insulating cladding to houses will save householders money on their energy bills the long term impact will seriously affect the visual heritage of our nation with brick facades and period features at risk of being destroyed. “We need a multifaceted approach to tackling green house gas emissions in suburban areas as not all the techniques we have available suit the demands of the landscape and the building. Introducing green screens and living walls are proven to improve air quality by removing carbon dioxide and particulate pollutants in the atmosphere. They also aid energy efficiency, for example we have independent tests that show buildings with ivy covered walls require 23% less energy to maintain an internal temperature when covered with snow than a building that is traditionally clad. “While I commend Greg Barker and his commitment to implementing the green deal I do think that more consultation with the industry is required if we are to find workable and practical solutions to address green house gas emissions.” Enquiry No 59



Kährs Extends Eco-Commitment With World First Floors Using FSC®-Fairtrade® Certified Wood Kährs has launched a world-first range of floors made from FSC®-Fairtrade® certified wood. One of the most eco-conscious and socially responsible wood floors on the global market, this stunning range has been produced as part of the first FSC-Fairtrade certified timber, small scale forestry project in Chile’s Curacautin Valley. Kährs collection supports not only the restoration of biodiversity in the forest, but also reduction of poverty and restoration of rights to the indigenous Mapuche and descendants of pioneer family foresters. Made from a combination of sustainable native Rauli and Roble hardwood timber, the new range of two-strip floors features Kährs multi-layer construction and glueless Woodloc® joint, which provide enhanced stability and promote a fast, precise installation. The floor’s surface is crafted from 100% FSC-Fairtrade certified wood whilst FSC Mix certified wood is used for the core layers. The products can also contribute to BREEAM or LEED certified project. Forming part of Kährs World Collection, designs include: Roja – an even grained floor with a warm, red tone and lots of colour variation;Tierra - a rich, dark brown stained floor with a more even tone and subtle colour variation; Piedra - an on-trend grey toned floor for a modern, urban look and Cautin, with the boldest colour variation and warm natural hue. Each unique floor, except for the smooth-finished Cautin, is brushed and all products are finished with Kährs Nature Oil for minimal ecological impact and easy care. Fair and responsible forestry forms the foundation of Kährs’ corporate social responsibility and its “Beauty with a Conscience” philosophy. As one of the leading global wood floor producers, Kährs also only purchases tropical species certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Enquiry No 60



Dallmer Channels In Hyde Park’s Finest One Hyde Park is one of the latest, smartest and certainly the most exclusive addresses in London, having the wonders of Knightsbridge on one side and the tranquil beauty of the Park itself on the other. To a very striking design by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, the new apartment complex is in four high rise ‘pavilions’ angled to attract maximum light into all parts of the buildings. The tasteful interior designs of Candy & Candy are to the exacting and opulent standards to be expected in such a prestigious location and at One Hyde Park everything is of the very best. These high standards apply down to the smallest details and it comes as no surprise that the floor channelling in the ‘wet rooms’ in 169 of the luxury apartment was specified as CeraLine

Plan W and supplied by Dallmer Ltd. of Lavenham. CeraLine Plan W, manufactured to the highest standards by parent company Dallmer GmbH, one of the leading names throughout Europe for bathroom drainage systems, has the priceless advantage that it can be supplied in made to measure lengths leaving no joins to offend the discerning eye. CeraLine was not only chosen for its aesthetics, however, for the entire linear drainage system is precision crafted with the installer as well the end user in mind. The channel is of 304 standard stainless steel and the trap of durable polypropylene, while a reliable and permanently flush surface is ensured by the simple use of sound-absorbing adjustable levelling legs. A lasting bond to the floor tiling is guaranteed by an

integral sand coated flange and the CeraLine Plan W system includes all the components and accessories that a plumber could desire. While the large scale effects of the very best in architecture and interior design are what will be remembered by visitors to One Hyde Park, details are just as important for the inhabitants of these luxurious apartments. The high quality, reliability and long life offered in details such as Dallmer’s floor channels will help maintain the quality that is promised by Richard Rogers’ grand design. Enquiry No 61



UK Launch For New Generation XPS Roof Insulation XENERGY SL Offers Better Performance And Thickness Savings Dow Building Solutions – the inventor of STYROFOAM insulation – has launched XENERGY SL, a new generation extruded polystyrene (XPS) for insulation of inverted flat roofs. XENERGY XPS combines the proven features of STYROFOAM XPS - durability, reliability and strength – but has even better insulation performance thanks to the addition of infra-red blocking particles to scatter and reflect heat radiation within the foam board. Now, roof designers and contractors are the first to be offered XENERGY SL designed for inverted roof insulation, an extension to Dow’s already popular ROOFMATE SL-A product range. XENERGY SL, which comes in steel grey, is available in single extruded thicknesses of 100, 120, 140 and 160mm. 4mW thermal conductivity gains are possible at 140mm and 160mm thicknesses, an 11% improved insulation performance compared with ROOFMATE SL-A. XENERGY XPS is blown with CO2, giving it a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than five. Its launch comes hot on the heels of recent thermal conductivity gains across the entire STYROFOAM-A range. STYROFOAM-A products are also CO2-blown and offer durability, lightweight yet robust performance, high strength and excellent moisture resistance, making them ideal for below-ground and inverted roof insulation demands, or for areas where structural support is required.

On top of things Crossgrip TPO is the latest rooftop safety walkway from Plastic Extruders Ltd. Manufactured from non-porous thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), the matting is designed to be an effective, slip resistant and easy-to-lay solution for rooftops, gantries and high level walkways. The matting has a unique design of crossdirectional top ribs with an embossed surface to provide permanent slip resistance and underfoot grip. Thanks to its open grid and 12mm height, Crossgrip TPO is self-draining and will efficiently maintain a safe and dry walkway, even through standing water. It is completely maintenance free and, when laid flat, will remain stable even in winds of up to 142 km/h. For anticipated higher wind speeds, a simple loop connection system is available. Enquiry No 63

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The New Innovative Lightweight Interlocking Roof Tile - Envirotile The demand for sustainable building products worldwide continues to grow. The Green Roof Tile Company have developed and manufacture a unique, lightweight, interlocking roof tile called Envirotile which is 70% made of re-processed polymers reliably resourced and won the 2011 Lord Stafford Award For Sustainability. Each tile weighs 730g so not only making it very easy to lift onto roofs as each tile is 80% lighter than traditional concrete tiles, but also transportation costs are reduced. Envirotile can also be made in any colour. Trevor Wakefield the inventor of Envirotile came up with the idea whilst on holiday in Cornwall a few years ago. Whilst walking along the beach and seeing the amount of plastic rubbish that was washed up Trevor a roofer for many years thought there must be a use for disposed plastic and the idea of the Envirotile was born. As each tile can interlock with up to 8 other tiles, Envirotile can withstand 110mph driven rain with no loss of integrity, dislodgement or breakages; in fact when Envirotile was tested at the Building Research Establishment the inspectors remarked that the Envirotile was the best roof tile system they had ever tested. Enquiry No 64



Rigisystems Gets 3 In 1

Permo Forte For Countryfile Eco-House Feature The sustainability credentials of Klober’s vapour permeable roofing underlay Permo Forte once again came to the fore when the product featured in the construction of a National Trust eco-house on BBC1’s Countryfile. Built under the stewardship of woodsman Ben Law, (whose own oak house featured on Grand Designs), Swan House Farm near Hindhead in Surrey is set within 100 acres of ancient woodland. It is of traditional timber construction and will provide accommodation for three long-term Trust volunteers. Locally coppiced sweet chestnut was used extensively, even to provide hand cut roof shingles.

No less than three of RigiSystems profiles have been used to dramatic effect on the stylish Grande Large waterfront development at the Port of Dunkirk. 1900m2 of plain mill stucco embossed Ziplok clad the mansard roofs, and the Ziplok has also been used in a vertical application on the side elevations of the buildings. The front elevations alternate RigiSystems 20/100/1000 profile in a RAL 9007 PVDF finish with RigiSystems LokFacade in a RAL 9006 PVDF finish to create subtle changes of colour and texture on the exclusive apartments. Ziplok is a BBA approved, advanced zip-up standing seam system that offers exceptional weather resistance and durability. The unique halter design complements the design of the 20/100/1000 liner, which shows its versatility on this project by being used, in addition, on the facades. Recently introduced, LokFacade is designed to provide a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing cladding solution, which is also very simple to install. In addition to the flush fit finish shown here it may also be installed with a shadow line finish, and with either plain or micro-ribbed profile. Enquiry No 66

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Copper Art and Silver Art from FlagSoprema – Cutting Edge Design And Creative Freedom Flag-Soprema’s Copper Art and Silver Art membranes provide the building specifier with visually stunning alternatives to traditional metal roofing. Copper Art is an innovative copper art membrane system, that combines the beauty of traditional materials with modern technology – real copper powder within the membrane, guarantees that the membrane will oxidise and take on the patina of age, gradually turning from tawny brown to dark brown, just like real copper when exposed to the elements. This system creates an unbeatable cost-benefit, and eliminates the risks associated with traditional metal roofing such as cold-bridging, air-tightness, corrosion and water ingress at penetrations and details on low pitched systems. Flag-Soprema’s Silver Art membrane is an innovative combination of real aluminium particles and proven waterproofing membrane that guarantees. Silver Art membrane is suitable for mechanically fixed or fully adhered systems. The silver effect is produced by the aluminium particles which give the silver finish to the waterproofing membrane, onto which standing seam profiles can be heat welded. The membrane and standing seam profiles are fully recyclable and comply with the requirements of the European consortium – ROOFCOLLECT. email Enquiry No 67


external works

LDT Adds Lyptus® to Decking Portfolio

Remmers Drive The Corrosion Away At Eastgate Car Park Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness now houses a car park with 1350 spaces. CCCP were the on-site consultant engineers who tested the car park structure for levels of chlorides in the concrete. From their findings, they created the full project specification which recommended the use of Remmers MCI and Remmers Betofix concrete repair systems. Essential works were then carried out to protect the embedded steel reinforcement. Finally a bonding bridge was applied and a new fibre reinforced slab was laid to protect the concrete from any further damage. Other concrete repairs were also carried out to the base slab, soffits and columns and all works were completed with minimum disruption to normal retail operations.

LDT has been appointed as the main UK distributor of Weyerhaeuser’s hardwood Lyptus Decking, a move which will broaden the company’s existing decking portfolio to include a fully certified alternative to traditional tropical species. Finalised at the beginning of 2012, the timing of the agreement coincides with the key buying season for decking products, with LDT able to hold significant volume on the ground for immediate shipping. Developed by Woodlink UK and manufactured by international forest products company, Weyerhaeuser, Lyptus Decking was catapulted into the global spotlight last year when the richly coloured and highly aesthetic product was used on the Gold medal winning ‘A Monaco Garden’, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Grown on managed plantations in Brazil, which are fully certified to the national sustainable forestry standard, Cerflor and recognised by the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the eucalyptus trees used to manufacture Lyptus can be harvested within 14-16 years, compared to the 60 plus years it takes many tropical trees to mature. Enquiry No 69

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Arch Timber Protection’s KEYWOOD Treated Pine Specified for Decking Around Swimming Pond for Zero Carbon House Arch Timber Protection’s KEYWOOD treated pine has been chosen by landscape designer Alistair W Baldwin to be part of a site landscaping project on the grounds of a zero carbon house near Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The project uses the durable timber in decking around a swimming pond installed by Garden Style of Sheffield. KEYWOOD is a modified softwood created by treating FSCcertified Radiata pine with a biomass-based thermosetting resin. This makes the timber more durable and usable indoors and outdoors without the need for a coating, and its attractive light color blends with all surroundings. Product Manager Denis Boissau said: “The homeowner worked hard to create a zero carbon house, and we were able to support this sustainable focus by providing the KEYWOOD treatment, which involves a biomass-derived resin that does not require further chemical treatments for outdoor use, even near water.” Designer Alistair W Baldwin said: “The KEYWOOD product is based on pine, so it is easy to work with, but it has the look of a more exotic hardwood. As a designer, I am very attracted to its pale coloring when dry and its rich warm tones when wet. The flexibility to specify the boards at the width we needed was also a plus, as we were running the boards up to stone slabs to create a staggered junction. The site is in the open countryside, so it was important that the deck took on an attractive weathered look from day one, and the KEYWOOD treatment was perfect for that.” Enquiry No 70



NEW CLINIC OPENS IN EAST YORKSHIRE – CONSTRUCTED USING A HIGHLY SUSTAINABLE RECYCLED MODULAR BUILDING A new health centre has opened in the East Riding of Yorkshire, constructed using a highly sustainable recycled modular building from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems. Designed by architects Gelder and Kitchen, the new purposedesigned centre was craned into position in just eight hours over a weekend. The single storey building has been clad in brickwork to complement its location in the historic village of Cottingham – a conservation area. The new centre has brought a range of community services under one roof again. All Foremans’ recycled modular buildings are fully refurbished with new windows, wall linings, partitions, M&E services, doors, flooring, and cladding, to create high quality accommodation for a wide variety of permanent and interim applications. The recycling and refurbishment of relocatable buildings is also highly sustainable, helping to improve a building’s carbon footprint. The approach produces less than 10 per cent of the carbon emissions compared to a newly manufactured building (source: MPBA). Because much of the refurbishment work takes place off site, the approach generates fewer vehicle movements to site than traditional building methods, reducing congestion and carbon emissions. By refurbishing the building modules and preserving the embodied energy of the steel structure, Foremans is extending the life of the building and minimising the volume of waste sent to landfill. Enquiry No 71

YORKON AWARDED OFF-SITE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR NEW ACADEMY BUILDING IN BIRMINGHAM Yorkon, has been awarded a sub-contract package to provide a two-storey modular classroom building for principal contractor Thomas Vale Construction and Ninestiles School – a new high achieving academy in Birmingham. This challenging project which is being completed by Thomas Vale has to be delivered in a tight timescale in order to meet funding requirements and will be built in a completely enclosed courtyard in the centre of the school. The architects and project managers are Ridge & Partners. Yorkon’s sub-contract will involve the use of a large 350-tonne crane to lift the steel-framed modules over the existing school and into the courtyard. By working in partnership with the project team, this operation has been programmed for the half term holiday to minimise any disruption to teaching. The overall scheme will accommodate six classrooms to help the school meet the increased demand for places and to replace an outdated facility. Design features will include brick cladding to the ground floor with a contrasting white finish to the upper floor; windows, doors and aluminium cladding panels in anthracite grey; canopies above each set of entrance doors; a full height glazed stairwell, and a glazed link corridor to the main school building. With achievements well in excess of national standards, Ninestiles School now has academy status. Yorkon is part of the Portakabin Group. Enquiry No 72



In this price sensitive market, it is so important to choose a fire protection system that combines reliability and versatility with economy. Alan Locke of Fike Safety Technology provides some useful guidelines. A common assumption among specifiers and even some contractors is that fire protection systems are divided into two major groups – conventional and addressable. With conventional systems, a simple control panel is used, and the fire detectors are connected to this via one or more circuits, depending on the size and complexity of the installation. Separate circuits are used to connect the sounders and beacons to the control panel. Conventional systems are usually assumed to be the most suitable and most cost-effective option for small to medium-sized applications, such as small apartment blocks and houses of multiple occupation. This assumption is often incorrect, however, as we shall see shortly. Addressable systems are considerably more complex. They


use detectors that send digital data over the circuit to the control panel, which means that they can provide detailed information about the location of the fire. This is a crucial benefit in a large installation like an office block or a major retail site, but much less important in small installations where the site of the fire will either be readily apparent or easy to locate. Generally speaking, addressable systems are an unnecessarily complex and expensive choice for smaller installations. It would seem therefore, that for small and medium-sized installations, conventional systems are the way to go. However, there is a third option, which is all too often overlooked. This is the two-wire or bi-wire system. The components for two-wire fire alarm systems cost only a little more than those for conventional systems, but there are big savings to be made on installation costs. Two-wire systems use simple inexpensive cabling and the detectors, manual call points, sounders and beacons all share the same cable.

The result is that the overall cost of a two-wire installation is almost invariably lower than that of a conventional system for the same application. Additionally, depending on the equipment chosen, the two-wire system is likely to offer valuable increased functionality. For specifiers, installers and end users alike, therefore, two-wire systems are a very attractive option. But what can be expected of a two-wire system? First of all, control panels are typically available with two, four or eight zones. A fourzone panel is a good choice, for example, in an apartment block with three apartments, since each apartment can have its own zone, while the fourth zone is allocated to the hallways, stairways and other common areas. Clearly, an eight-zone panel would be used for a similar property with up to seven apartments. While it won’t show which individual detector has been operated, this arrangement will show in which apartment the actuation has taken place and, in some systems, it will also show whether


the actuation originates from an automatic detector or a manual call point. Advanced twowire systems can go even further by offering the option to respond differently to signals from alarm devices based on their type and location. For example, in our apartment block, consider the benefits of the following set-up option; a fire signal from a manual call point or automatic detector in a common area can be arranged to instantly trigger sounders and beacons throughout the entire premises, whereas a fire signal from an automatic detector in one of the apartments can be arranged to initially trigger the sounders and beacons in that apartment only. If, however, the fire signal from the apartment persists for, say, one minute, the alarm is raised throughout the premises.

This arrangement is useful as a fire signal from a single apartment may well mean nothing more than someone has burnt their toast, in which case raising a general alarm is unnecessary and disruptive. This complies fully with Part 1 and Part 6 of British Standard BS5839. It’s also worth noting that the detectors used in two-wire systems are by no means all the same. The most useful are types with both smoke and heat sensors. In most instances, a combination of heat and smoke detection will give the optimum balance between fast response to a real fire and freedom from false alarms. However, there are locations where it is preferable to reduce the influence or even disable one or other of the detection functions, and good detectors will allow the installer to do this.

more contracts and improve profits, while at the same time gaining satisfied customers! To receive a free pocket guide on installing twowire systems which are fully compliant with BS5839 standards, please email karen.evans@, or visit www.fikesafetytechnology. to download a pdf version.

Hopefully this short article has shown that, in all but the very simplest and most complex of fire protection installations, the two-wire option offers the best value for money. These types of systems make it easier for contractors to win






One of the largest UK applications of Wicona’s Wictec 50 aluminium roof glazing system has been completed at the new £53m Hartlepool College of Further Education. This striking college campus was designed by Bond Bryan Architects and built by Miller Construction. The scheme comprises two blocks which are linked by a full height atrium created with Wicona roof glazing and forming the main entrance and circulation space. The central atrium has a complex fan-shaped roof which uses faceted glazing that radiates outwards and follows the curve of the building. The roof glazing system is sufficiently robust to carry large unsupported spans of glass up to 2.3m wide – 6mm solar control toughened glass for the outer pane with up to 8.8mm clear laminated inner panes. Two mono-pitch glazed roofs with a 15° incline were specified for the north and east wings, with automated roof lights to the vertical areas to provide natural ventilation when needed. Commenting on the roof glazing, Bobby Simpson, Façade and Cladding Inspector at Miller Construction, said, “The Wicona roof glazing is well designed with effective drainage, and is a dry system so it is not affected by poor weather conditions during installation – a bonus for UK installation.” “We used the system for the Hartlepool project, and have been very pleased with the results. It came together well on site, was user friendly, and simple to install – all key considerations for our project teams. The installation phase went well, and the system has achieved an impressive faceted roof design that provides a dramatic top to a central atrium as well as some large areas of sloped glazing.” Adam Jones, Associate at Bond Bryan Architects, said, “The roof glazing on this project is extremely effective. The fabrication was to a high standard and the fanned effect above the central core provides a powerful feature, bringing a lovely quality of light into the space.” The new Hartlepool College of Further Education provides workshops and technical training centres for building services, aerospace, construction, mechanical and electrical engineering and motor vehicles. Other facilities include high quality conference facilities, a fitness suite, restaurant, and hair and beauty salons which are accessible to the public. The Wicona roof glazing system has been used extensively internationally on a wide range of technically challenging projects and is now available in the UK and Ireland. It has been engineered to use penetrating transoms to achieve more efficient drainage and avoid pooling of water which can result in water ingress. Other features of the system include: Simple to fabricate and install, saving time on site Engineered for the creation of large unsupported spans Sufficiently robust to meet specific project requirements for glazed roofs such as wind and snow loads A dry glazed system which will achieve water tightness without any reliance on sealants Fire rating to 30 minutes with the Wictec 50 FP option Structural glazing option to give the appearance of uninterrupted spans of glass The option of integrated flush pressure plates for further aesthetic appeal. With more than two decades of experience in complex and bespoke aluminium façades and 10 years’ on-site experience in the UK, Wicona offers a range of technically advanced façade systems which now includes unitised and stick curtain walling, structural and roof glazing, highly insulated window systems and heavy duty doors. Wicona is also the first façade specialist to offer a complete turnkey service for the building envelope. From design concepts to fabrication, installation, testing and handover,Wicona and its partners will manage the full façade project, ensuring a seamless approach and complete peace of mind for architects, contractors and developers. For further information about Wicona’s façade solutions, visit, email or call 0845 602 8799. Enquiry No 73



UNIVERSITY OF READING GETS NEW MUSIC DEPARTMENT Originally owned by the Palmer family, of Huntley & Palmers biscuit fame, the land and buildings at Reading’s London Road were gifted to the University of Reading at the turn of the twentieth century. The focal point of the property is the magnificent Victorian cloistered Great Hall set within landscaped grounds, providing the perfect setting for student Graduation ceremonies and live performances by national choirs and orchestras. Reduced use over the last few years has seen a deterioration in the Cloister buildings. Since the injection of a £21m budget, these buildings have been refurbished to create a new home for the University’s Institute of Education, with dedicated spaces for the teaching of subjects such as Music, Drama, Languages and The Institute of Education’s unique programme in Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies (TAEDS). It was important to retain many of the Cloister buildings’ original features, including a mixture of curved and sash windows, all of which were single-glazed. This presented a particular problem for the 2-storey Music Department which accommodates a mixture of studios, practice rooms and recording facilities and enhanced levels of soundproofing for both noise egress and ingress were essential. Main Contractor, Wates Construction, consulted secondary glazing specialist Selectaglaze Ltd. who have significant experience in dealing with acoustic problems and had previously worked with Wates on a major sound insulation scheme for the Symphony Hall at Birmingham Town Hall. The windows have been treated with hinged casements incorporating twin memory compression seals, multipoint locking and a 6.4mm laminated glass to


ensure the best acoustic performance. Flush hinges and flush locks fitted with escutcheon plates provide clean lines and minimal dust ledges. The installation has also markedly reduced drafts and general heat loss through the window ensuring comfortable conditions for practicing musicians. Typically, single glazed windows reduce noise by just 25-30dB, less if they are ill fitting and laboratory tests show that Selectaglaze secondary glazing can improve this to approximately 40-45dB depending on the distance between the glass. As can be seen at the University of Reading, purpose designed secondary glazing can be unobtrusive and sympathetic to the character of a building, whilst still allowing full access to the windows. Factory assembly allows installation to be rapidly completed with minimal disruption to the building’s occupants. As well as its acoustic advantage, secondary glazing raises the thermal efficiency of the window and improves security. Selectaglaze offers a range of products accredited to “Secured by Design” accredited. Selectaglaze has been the leading designer of secondary glazing systems since 1966 and a Royal Warrant holder since 2004. Working to consistently high standards, the company has gained a wealth of experience in all types of building up to Grade 1 listed. Selectaglaze has produced an extensive range of literature - including Data Sheets and Test Results - all of which are free upon request from: 01727 837271 email or via their comprehensive website Enquiry No 74


FIKE TWINFLEX FIRE PROTECTION SAVES LIVES IN BLACKPOOL Just three days after it was installed and commissioned, a Fike Twinflex fire alarm system in a Blackpool apartment block provided early warning of a fire, giving time for the building to be evacuated and the fire successfully extinguished without harm to the occupants of the premises. Had the fire occurred before the new alarm system was fitted, the occupants, who included small children, would have been put at serious risk of injury or even death.

This arrangement, which complies fully with Part 1 and Part 6 of BS5839, is useful as a fire signal from a single apartment may well mean nothing more than someone has burnt their toast, in which case raising a general alarm is unnecessary and disruptive. At the Blackpool apartment block, DD Fire Alarms completed the installation of the Twinflex system on a Friday evening and on the following Monday the system was actuated by a fire in one of the apartments.

The alarm system was designed and installed by Blackpool based DD Fire Alarms, a company with specialist expertise and experience in providing dependable and cost effective alarm systems for houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) and hotels. Initially, DD Fire Alarms was called in to refurbish the existing fire alarm installation at the apartment block, but after examining it the company determined that it would be difficult and costly to repair and also that, even if it was brought back into full working order, it would not meet current regulatory requirements. DD Fire Alarms therefore proposed that a completely new fire alarm system, based on Fike Twinflex products, should be installed.The landlord of the apartment block, mindful of the need to safeguard his tenants and his property, agreed to proceed on this basis.

On entering this apartment, the other residents of the building found that the occupant had set fire to a duvet and, in an unsuccessful attempt to smother the fire, had rolled the duvet up. This made it difficult to tackle the fire with a conventional handheld extinguisher. The fire brigade had, however, been summoned and on arrival were able to deal with the problem quickly. Because the Twinflex system had detected the fire and sounded the alarm so promptly, damage was minor and was restricted to the apartment where the fire had occurred, and the occupant suffered no lasting ill effects.

“The Twinflex system was ideal for this application,” said Darren Johnson, Managing Director of DD Fire Alarms, “as it is exceptionally reliable and is also fast and easy to install, since it is a two-wire system. This means that the sounders and beacons are combined with the detectors on the same circuit, which reduces the amount of wiring required. In fact, it is our experience that the cost savings we are able to make on installations by using Twinflex two-wire technology mean that it is invariably the most competitive option.” A further attraction of Twinflex for this application was that the detectors, beacons and sounders are centrally powered – there are no batteries to replace.This is particularly important in HMOs, as DD Fire Alarms has found that when battery-powered devices start to beep intermittently to indicate that a new battery is needed many tenants simply disable or damage the devices rather than fit a new battery. This leaves the tenants with no fire protection, and the problem may remain undiscovered for many months until the next routine fire system inspection.

Had the new fire alarm system not been in place, it is likely that the occupant of apartment would have been overcome by smoke, and that the fire would have taken hold and spread through the building. There would then have been a significant risk to the lives of the other tenants, some of whom had young children who would have been particularly susceptible to smoke and heat. Costly damage to the property itself would also have been inevitable. As a result of this incident, the fire brigade carried out an investigation that included an evaluation of the new Twinflex alarm system. They confirmed that this had played a major role in limiting the impact of the fire, that it fully met current legislative requirements, and that it was ideally suited to providing effective and dependable protection in HMOs. Enquiry No 75

The Twinflex two-wire system also has a built-in alarm confirmation delay feature that is particularly useful in HMOs. This is typically configured so that fire signals from the common areas or from manual call points immediately sound the alarms throughout the premises. In contrast, a fire signal from an automatic detector in an individual apartment initially sounds the alarm just in that apartment. Only if the fire signal from the apartment persists for more than a minute are the alarms sounded throughout the building.



STEADMANS PANELS SUPPLIED FOR YORKSHIRE VINEYARD Building products manufacturer Steadmans has supplied materials for a vineyard in the town made famous by TV series Last of the Summer Wine. Holmfirth Vineyard, near Huddersfield,West Yorkshire, now has a new winery, courtesy of Premier Steel Buildings, located in Fife, Scotland, a Capital Steel Buildings distributor, and installer Ian Wilkinson, of Weathervane Roofing & Building, of Dronfield, Derbyshire. The winery incorporates over 250 square metres of Steadmans’ AS35 insulated steel cladding finished in olive green - 80mm thick panels on the roof and 60mm panels in its walls. Steadmans also supplied all galvanised C-section framing, flashings and personnel access doors for the project, from its range of products suiting the contractor requiring a one stop shop. Comprising two outer steel skins with an integral PIR insulation core, Steadmans AS35 insulated panels are available in a wide range of colours and complement Steadman’s’ broad variety of pre-engineered construction products such as gutters, flashings, rooflights and doors. Howard Ashton-Jones, director, Premier Steel Buildings, said: “I’ve worked with Steadmans for about seven years and have used their composite panels many times before. When my client for the Holmfirth project made clear they wanted a structure meeting the specification for a heated building, I had no hesitation in using AS35 cladding again.


“The Steadmans panels combine cladding and insulation, so they made the construction easy and give a clean, fresh, white appearance to the building’s interior. They have a substantial feel which, for me, creates proper buildings. “Overall, I can’t fault anything Steadmans do.They’re a very good company to work with, from the start to the finish of a job, which strives hard to ensure everything happens as it should.” Steadmans’ composite roof and wall panels are ideal for use in a wide variety of buildings, from commercial and warehouse to office blocks and leisure facilities. AS35 panels are manufactured in a quality process certified to ISO 9001:2008 using non-ozone depleting technology. This provides designers with an environmentally-responsible product, with excellent thermal performance and a predicted service life of 40 years. Available in a range of thicknesses, the panels can be specified to achieve insulation U-values, aiding compliance with the latest L2 regulations. The panels are also Loss Prevention Certification Board approved. Enquiry No 76


Kidde At The Lancasters Kidde Fyrnetics Slick® smoke and heat alarms provide discreet fire safety measures integrated with interior design for a major development of luxury apartments overlooking London’s Hyde Park. The Lancasters was originally an elegant parade of magnificent stuccofronted houses built in the mid 19th Century. The interior fabric was so badly damaged by the building’s 1970's conversion to a hotel that the internal structure was completely renewed. At the same time, the listed frontage of one of the longest and tallest Victorian residential terraces was retained and restored. Smoke and heat alarms were selected to minimise impact on the carefully designed interiors and to match developer Northacre’s aim of providing a unique fusion of traditional architecture with brand new design and cutting edge technology. With a matching family appearance, Slick® interconnectable, optical and ionisation smoke alarms and heat alarms are circular in shape to avoid alignment problems. Integral rechargeable lithium batteries provide 6 months continuous backup in the event of mains failure. For major developers, third party certification is essential, particularly in such a critical area as fire safety, and Slick® is still the only range of fast-fit rechargeable smoke and heat alarms guaranteed for 10 years. And all Slick® alarms are BSi Kitemarked to reinforce the consistent quality provided by the world’s largest manufacturer. A Slick relay pattress accessory is available to operate remote devices and Building Management Systems. Enquiry No 77

Arch Goes Back To School Arch Timber Protection is back at school, this time protecting the children and staff at the new-build Highfields and Penn Fields School, in Penn in Wolverhampton. The timber cladding on the outside of the school has been treated with NONCOM Exterior fire retardant, which defends the new campus against fire without affecting the look and strength of the wood. The cladding uses 80m3 of Siberian larch, and has been chosen by the architect to be a feature of the new project. NON-COM Exterior uses an approved leach-resistant, polymer-based formulation and is applied by vacuum-pressure impregnation, ensuring a long term built-in fire protection. The battens supporting the cladding were also NONCOM Exterior treated to provide a complete fire retardant protection. Whitmore's Timber sales director Ian Thomson said: “The Siberian larch on the building looks great and will be longlasting. The architect for the project recommended that we use NON-COM Exterior to protect the timber used in this large-scale project.” The site, which combines Highfields Science Specialist School and Penn Fields Special School, is due to open in September 2012. The two schools are housed in separate wings but share communal sports facilities, and the campus also includes a community cafe. Enquiry No 78



Unique and Sustainable Paving System for WS Atkins

In 2010, St Mary’s Church in March had been the victim of an arson attack which gutted the building. When specifying for the first stage of the £550,000 restoration, that of the roof, windows and stonework, architect Shona McKay of Archimage Architects chose Klober Permo Air air-open roofing underlay. Unlike vapour permeable underlays, Permo air can be used without supporting high level ventilation being the most breathable low resistance underlay currently available. Being around 13% more breathable than any other air-open underlay the membrane’s high performance can be critical during a building’s critical drying out period.

Global design and engineering consultants, WS Atkins are benefitting from a sustainable SUDS-compliant porous paving system as part of a refurbishment of their headquarters in Epsom, Surrey. SUDSCAPE is a revolutionary hard landscaping system that is comprised of a base layer of recycled car tyres, and a top layer of UV stable resin mixed with a stone finish. It has been installed on over 600 sq. metres of ground within a court yard that links an original building with a new building that will be used to house administration facilities. A key consideration for the project was the ability of the SUDSCAPE system to provide a specific surface colour that would effortlessly harmonise the new building with those already in existence. The system’s low maintenance guarantee was also considered important.

Enquiry No 79

Enquiry No 80


Logwise In The Great Outdoors Logwise have designed and built nine new buildings for the Danbury and East Mersea centres of Essex Outdoors, providers of high quality outdoor learning opportunities for young people. Comprising five small residential units, a classroom, catering unit, large multi-occupancy residential unit and toilet and shower block, the log buildings were designed at the Logwise design centre in Devon, utilising laminated spruce logs of 88mm thickness. The buildings were actually timber frame in construction with the logs acting as an external cladding material. Triple glazed doors and windows were also supplied by Honka to complete the package. Construction of the log kits was undertaken by Finnish contractors employed by Logwise and with around 4,000 logs in total, it was quite a task! The Toilet and Shower block was the final building to be completed in February of this year. The project was overseen by Cadman Construction Ltd from Colchester as main contractors. "These buildings will provide a long lasting legacy for children to enjoy for years to come", says Robert Clarke, Managing Director of Logwise. Enquiry No 81



Cembrit Clad For The Big Screen Cembrit’s cladding range Urbannature has been used on a new, purpose-built cinema in the heart of Newquay, Cornwall. The colour range inspired both by nature and sophisticated urban living, adds a modern look to the traditional coastal town surroundings, while establishing the building as a visual landmark in the locality. The Lighthouse is a contemporary cinema designed by cinema specialist, NBDA Ltd. NBDA recognised that modern cladding would create an innovative and exciting building that could entice visitors to the facility. The project took advantage of the wide range of colours offered by Urbannature. The 4 colour ranges have been selected by colour experts to be able to be combined on the same project. Colours from 3 of the 4 Urbannature selections, Fusion, Edge and True provided contrasting colours and finishes to create an interesting, stylish façade. Urbannnature cladding sheets combine strength, durability with ease of handling to make them an ideal solution for all types of public and private sector project. The durability of the material allows the cladding to resist weather of all kinds while continuing to retain its shape at all times. Furthermore, an ability to resist rot and fungal infection is equally impressive. Cembrit offers a wide range of natural and man-made roofing slate, cladding panels, and corrugated sheet. Enquiry No 82

Sika In Comedy Carpet Roll Out Self compacting concrete containing Sika admixtures played an important role in the production of Comedy Carpet, a brand new £2.6 million attraction, located on the Tower Headland at the foot of Blackpool Tower. The 2,200 square metre concrete artwork, which was commissioned by Blackpool Council, features gags, catchphrases and names of more than 1,000 comedians. Comprising 235 cast concrete panels, the piece by Gordon Young, a visual artist who focuses on creating art for the public domain, with typography by Why Not Associates, includes over 160,000 letters cut from solid red and black granite and specially created cobalt blue concrete. The 30mm deep letters were cast into high quality concrete panels. The letters were laid out in a mould, upside down and back to front, and cast in a white, hardwearing grout to form the visual layer when completed and turned over. A reinforced concrete base layer was then added. To avoid disturbing the mosaic of letters, it was necessary for this base layer to be cast without added vibration to consolidate the concrete. To achieve this, self compacting concrete supplied by Robin Concrete was chosen. This concrete mix, containing specially adapted Sika® ViscoCrete® superplasticisers, produces unique fluidity and inherent compactibility. Once completed and laid in place on the headland, the carpet was ground, polished and sealed. Concrete admixture, Sika® Control 40 was also contained in the mix to greatly reduce any shrinkage during curing of the concrete. Comedy Carpet is one of the largest and most ambitious pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK. It has taken five years to complete and is part of the larger Festival Headland overhaul, a new events area in the resort. It was officially unveiled by comedian Ken Dodd. Enquiry No 83




SIKA DELIVERS COMPLETE FLOORING SYSTEM AT GLOBAL RETAILER’S DISTRIBUTION CENTRE A new distribution centre covering 1,000,000 square feet, equivalent to 14 football pitches, has been built in Scotland for one of the world’s largest online retailers. With the floors to be subjected to footfall and forklift movements 24 hours a day, a proven and hard wearing flooring system was required. Offering market leading durability, the Sikafloor-2 SynTop from Sika fitted the bill perfectly. Main contractor Winvic was appointed to complete delivery of the new-build single storey warehouse during a 42 week construction programme. To complete the comprehensive 80,000m2 flooring application, the company turned to specialists in the design and construction of industrial floors, ABS Brymar. Appointed to install a hard-wearing and attractive flooring system, ABS Brymar wanted a system proven to deliver on both fronts. The company turned to the reliability, durability and high performance of the Sikafloor-2 SynTop system from global building product manufacturer, Sika. Sikafloor-2 SynTop is a one part, pre-blended, coloured synthetic dry shake hardener for concrete comprising of cement, hard aggregates, compatible admixtures and pigment. It provides a hard wearing, non-metallic dry shake topping for monolithic floors.


When sprinkled and trowelled into fresh wet concrete floors, it forms a durable and smooth surface – ideal for warehouses, distribution centres, factories, manufacturing plants and aircraft hangars, as well as many more commercial and industrial facilities of all sizes. The system was applied in its natural colouring of concrete grey. The system is available in other colours to provide a more decorative finish as required In addition to the internal floor finish, a Sika concrete admixture was also chosen, incorporated into the concrete mixes for the external and internal floor slabs – both subject to high traffic loads. SikaPlast 15RM, a liquid admixture that is used as a mid-range water reducer and plasticiser, was added to the mix to increase the workability of the concrete whilst at the same time increasing durability and strength. It proved to be a cost efficient solution and meets the requirements of BS EN934-2 HRWRA/Superplasticiser. To complete the flooring application, ABS Brymar applied the Sikafloor Proseal onecoat concrete curing membrane. A clear acrylic resin polymer solution, Sikafloor ProSeal impregnates the concrete surface in a single application to cure, harden and seal freshlyapplied or hardened concrete. Fully cured within 24 hours at 20°C, it minimises downtime and ensures the floor is fully trafficable within days. Now complete and fully functional, the distribution centre was officially opened in November 2011 – in time for the busy Christmas trading period. Thanks to the proven performance of the Sikafloor-2 SynTop system and SikaPlast 15RM, the floors will be prepared to withstand busy warehouse activity for many more years to come. Enquiry No 84


EXTENDING THE SERVICE LIFE OF STEEL WINDOWS Certain attributes of steel window frames – such as strength, security and the slenderness of section sightlines – are accepted by virtually everyone concerned with the construction industry, yet many specifiers and building owners do not understand the extent to which the performance and longevity of even early models can be stretched by specialists in steel window refurbishment and repair. As well as the installation of new, high performance W20 and W40 frames, complete with IG units able to meet the requirements of Part L to the Building Regulations, members of the Steel Window Association offer a comprehensive remedial service that encompasses many levels of intervention, from adjustment and aesthetic repair, through to full overhaul back in the factory. What approach is taken will vary according to factors such as the building’s level of exposure, whether it is listed and the overall cost compared to outright replacement. In respect of the latter course of action, the SWA would normally recommend a like-forlike approach in order to preserve the property’s architectural integrity. SWA members have the experience and the resources to address different problems with steel and the earliest wrought iron frames, whilst respecting the surrounding building fabric and all the legislative requirements, including health & safety. Pre-war steel windows did not benefit from the protection of factory applied hot dip galvanising, and have, unless meticulously maintained, suffered from varying degrees of corrosion. In turn, the expansive nature of iron oxide can crack the glass, or even cause spalling of the window reveal. Dealing with the problem in-situ, the contractor will

normally employ a variety of hand and power tools to remove all visible signs of rusting, getting back to clean metal before applying one of the specialist coatings now available to prevent future corrosion. It may be the case that the work reveals some frame areas, where water has collected, have been almost completely ‘eaten away’ and more radical treatment is required. A skilled operative will be able to cut out the affected section with a disc-cutter or hacksaw and weld in a matching section of metalwork, before completing its concealment. It may also be necessary to straighten out twists that have occurred due to structural or thermal movement. Misalignment between coupled, multilight windows can be similarly rectified. Redecorating the repaired window can be achieved using either brush applied or sprayed paint systems, including suitable primers and undercoats, with proven products on the market now being able to achieve greatly extended maintenance cycles. As well as the steel frames themselves, the window’s ‘ironmongery’ is almost certain to require some attention. This could include easing, adjusting and lubricating or replacing the hinges. Likewise the window stays and handles can be cleaned up, repaired, adjusted and redecorated. Then depending on the location of a building or window, and therefore its perceived vulnerability to burglary, the client may wish to have improved or additional locks fitted. Again in heritage situations, SWA members have access to ranges of replica handles and other furniture. It may be deemed necessary or desirable to replace or add new weather-seals where the opening lights close against the main frame. Depending on the age and type of the frame, the glass or glazing unit might be retained by lead cames, putty, sealants or some sort of bead; all of which may be removed and replaced. Where heritage demands it contractors can source new sections of so called crown glass with its characteristic distortions. Alternatively, later windows can have single glazing replaced with some of the slimmer double glazed units – incorporating low-E glass and gas filling – to drastically cut the centre pane U-value. Enquiry No 85



Bespoke VMZINC For London’s Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection is a national museum housing 25 galleries of French 18th century paintings, furniture and porcelain, a world class armoury and one of London's most important Rococo collections. Working with John O’Connell Architects and Purcell Miller Tritton a new roof over the east galleries has provided the opportunity to return ceilings to their former classical design, elegancy and glory. VMZINC supplied cast zinc bullseye dormer windows which were designed to enhance the classical appearance of the roof and to accommodate ventilation outlets. A pre-weathered Quartz-zinc® standing seam covering was also selected to break up the surface of the upper slopes. Skylights were fitted at the ridge and above a traditional slate Mansard roof with lightwell projections also clad in zinc to provide an unobtrusive blend within the roofscape. There was historical precedent for using zinc and Quartz-zinc was chosen for its traditional, lasting appearance and muted grey colour which is similar to that of leadwork. It blends well with natural slate and a variety of other building materials, particularly brick and stone, a factor which has led to its widespread use throughout Europe. Zinc’s malleability was ideal for the intricate bullseye dormer detailing while the low maintenance, long life expectancy and overall sustainability were also major factors influencing material selection. Enquiry No 86



Sika-Trocal Integral To State-Of-The-Art Blackwall Tunnel Ventilation System The four futuristic ventilation shafts on London’s Blackwall Tunnel would not be out of place on the set of the upcoming James Bond film. Forming part of Transport for London (TfL)’s three-year refurbishment of this vital link across the Thames, Sika-Trocal single ply membrane was specified for its versatility and long term waterproofing performance in the much needed upgrade of the 114 year old tunnel and its unusual ‘flying saucer’ ventilation domes. Faced with the challenges of designing and installing a waterproofing system for a domed roof that features opening mechanical petals, Architects Acanthus LW worked with specialist contractor Robertson Roofing, to come up with an innovative solution for this unusual single ply membrane application. Main contractor BAM Nuttall was awarded the contract from TfL for the refurbishment of the northbound carriageway which involved a complete upgrade of the tunnel’s emergency walkways and systems. As part of the project, new ventilation equipment is being installed, fire and life safety systems upgraded and a state-of-the-art communications systems incorporated, including high quality lighting, CCTV surveillance, radio-interrupt systems and variable message signs to convey quick appropriate information to tunnel users. Appearing at ground level as raised concrete domes, a distinctive feature of the ventilation domes are the curved ‘petal’ sections which presented their own challenges for Robertson’s installation team. The area build-up to the domes comprised a plywood deck shaped to form a dome profile over the lower perimeter area and the eight individual vent petals. Onto the plywood, the team installed a layer of Sika-Trocal S-felt type A protection fleece which was mechanically fixed using Sika-Trocal laminated metal discs. This was followed by a layer of Sika-Trocal Type S 1.5mm thick light grey membrane bonded to the Sika-Trocal laminated metal discs. The Sika-Trocal type S membrane was installed in a manner to ensure the layout of flaps gave the best aesthetic appearance to the finished roof. The domed roof shape also required Sika-Trocal laminated metal detailing to follow


the curved line of perimeter gutters and vent segments. In addition the installation team were required to create and install a Sika-Trocal secret gutter around the base of the vent petals and a curved perimeter gutter to follow the profile of the existing curved concrete parapet at the base of the new plywood dome.The team worked through a learning curve on the first shaft with regard to finding the best method of installation to the area and difficult detailing, and were then able to complete the Sika-Trocal works to the other three shafts in a seven day programme per shaft. Offering exceptional weather proofing and durability, the Sika-Trocal type S membrane was ideally suited to the curved dome shape of the ventilation shafts. Used in Great Britain since 1972, Sika-Trocal Type S family of membranes have been recognised for proven longevity with British Board of Agrément (BBA) Certification. As a result, the BBA has given all the Sika-Trocal Type S membranes a stated life expectancy ‘in excess of 30 years’. At 1364 metres long, the Blackwall Tunnel carries one of London's busiest commuter roads, the A102, under the River Thames between the boroughs of Greenwich in the south and Tower Hamlets in the north. The installation of the Sika-Trocal Type S system has ensured the longevity of the tunnel’s ventilation system for many years to come. Enquiry No 87


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 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 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 allweather sports pitch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enquiry No 88




The Essential Building Product Review - March-April 2012 Issue 2  

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