Xtra Build digital magazine, January 2021 edition

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a selection of architctural concepts, design and projects

20 - NEWS

building product development and company information


interior design projects, products, systems and news

48 - VIEWS

a selection of opinions from the industry


project awards, stories and installation news

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DESIGN Highlights of this issue's Xtra Design include:

H2R DESIGN was appointed as the interior design firm for Surround in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was tasked with creating a fun and playful space with sophistication for the foodies of Riyadh. London-based architecture practice, Ungar Architects, has completed the creation of a breathtaking new penthouse in Hampstead, with panoramic views across the city. News that Gleeds has confirmed its appointment as cost manager for the construction of a new £55 million cruise ship terminal at Southampton’s Western Docks. The Office Group (TOG) has opened its first flexible workspace in Canary Wharf, located on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors within the iconic One Canada Square tower, following a comprehensive, stylish refurbishment by dMFK Architects.






H2R DESIGN was appointed as the interior design firm for Surround in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The awardwinning design firm was tasked to create a fun and playful space with sophistication for the foodies of Riyadh to gather, have great food and to really celebrate life together. Primarily a chic burger joint, with other indulgent quality foods, the interior design of Surround is colourful, vibrant and an engaging space full of quirky design features which displays the character of the space. The brief was to create a fun and easy-going dining concept, where friends and like-minded people get together, catch up and relax over good food and good company. The venue is conceptually divided into two spaces: the workshop (open kitchen) and the playground - the restaurant area, depicting the recess scene at school, where groups of friends would congregate to catch up while enjoying a bite. (cont...)



(cont...) H2R Design worked closely with the client to execute their vision for Surround which resulted in the minimal yet playful restaurant inspiring the sense of community. “We focused on making Surround a spirited ‘playground’ for adults, whilst retaining the elegant side. This can be seen in the wall grid, taking us back to school graph paper, with quirky sketches and ‘doodles’ that create a nostalgic language. As there is so much boldness on the higher level of the space with pink taking prominence, we wanted to keep it quite cool and neutral as we worked our way down”, explained Hasan Roomi, co-founder of H2R Design.



“Our methodology was to combine the different ways of harmonising the playfulness with the cultured. We didn’t want to scare people off by being too childlike, and we didn’t want it to feel too sophisticated either. The pink perimeter paint was initially alarming for the client, as it was so protruding. But once all the other materials and furniture coalesced, they loved it! As designers, we always have to remind everyone to be patient until the end, to really see the design as one holistic experience and to believe in it,” he continued. The interior design features distinct use of materials and unusual amalgamations. For example, concrete micro topping was incorporated as a neutral canvas, and the space was built up with different tiles, marble and white, cut in different shapes and angles. Brave colours in the furniture on the higher level form the sense of boldness and fun, while the use of wood and rattan add a bit of temperateness. The bold colours were influenced by the original branding, in pinks and greens. H2R Design aimed to develop the identity of Surround holistically between the brand identity and the location. The space encourages each visitor to use it differently, as if it were an adult ‘recess’ area where guests can sit in a big group, a pair or as an individual. www.h2rdesign.com




London-based architecture practice, Ungar Architects, has completed the creation of a breathtaking new penthouse in Hampstead, with panoramic views across the city. The clients, a young family of three, welcomed the transformation of their home with open arms, as an opportunity to create a peaceful retreat above the city - an ‘urban treehouse’ - which they could use as a living room and adapt to use as a pilates studio when required. The project is situated in Hampstead, North London - atop a block of flats built in the early '90s. The clients live in the top floor, three bedroom flat and own the large flat roof above, affording the opportunity to extend upwards.



Ungar Architects was appointed to create a rooftop extension to take advantage of the views and to create a large patio area around it. The challenge was to take advantage of the views outwards towards London but to minimise the views towards it. Its prominent location in relation to the other flats in the development also meant that the rear of the structure needed to be solid, but the other three sides could be glazed.

Its set back and height were also critical in relation to views from further afield. The final design is a floating curved structure which assists with the set back, and softens the visual impact of the extension. Ventilated zinc is used across the roof with minimum falls to keep the edge profile as thin as possible. The steel structure was welded and test on site in order that the materials could be reasonably hoisted to the roof at fifth floor level. With sweeping vistas on three sides, the fully enclosed rooftop lounge and surrounding patio adds extra light, space and beauty to this property and a much-needed place for retreat and contemplation during these uncertain times. Director at Ungar Architects, Peter Ungar, said: “This project has been both a challenge and a delight, and the studio was really excited to undertake the commission for an unusual and contemporary building which takes full advantage of its location and transforms our clients' home." www.ungararchitects.com






The Office Group (TOG) has opened its first flexible workspace in Canary Wharf, located on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors within the iconic One Canada Square tower, following a comprehensive, stylish refurbishment by dMFK Architects. This marks TOG’s 39th workspace now open in the UK. TOG occupies 80,000 sq ft across three floors of the prestigious 50-storey office building, which forms the centrepiece of the renowned Canary Wharf estate. Designed by the late César Pelli and completed in 1991, the landmark One Canada Square skyscraper stands at 235 metres high and is currently the UK’s second tallest building, holding a striking position in the London skyline. TOG worked with long-time collaborator dMFK to transform the three floors into an inviting, light-filled space that offers members flexible offices to cater for companies ranging from four to 1,000 employees. The floors now occupied by TOG have been reconfigured to provide numerous design-led meeting rooms – all with a bespoke feel, communal lounge and recharge areas, breakout spaces and phone booths. Members will also benefit from the inclusion of a fitness studio by TOG’s inhouse partner, Manor, including a dedicated Peloton bike area, and a Maple & Co café serving seasonal and locally-sourced nutritious meals and bites throughout the day. (cont...)



(cont...) dMFK’s reinvigoration of the TOG space in One Canada Square has focused on the creation of linear avenues – connecting the directional views from each side of the building – to flood each of the floors with light, illuminating even the centremost parts of the building, bringing the spaces to life. The three floors are connected by a dramatic new staircase to create natural circulation amongst TOG members and provide access to the full range of amenities. Each floorplate has been carefully set out to create a sequence of different spaces that feel intimate and warm, through the considered use of texture and craft within the upholstery, as well as joinery and floor finishes.



In designing the interior concept, dMFK drew inspiration from the mid-century era of Phillip Johnson and Mies Van der Rohe, a nostalgic reference to the heroic period of American corporate interior design. Stylistically, the new interior references the materiality and tonal quality of the original building foyer, using rich figured terrazzo, mid-toned sapele timber panelling and painted metalwork to create a welcoming, tactile and crafted working environment. (cont...)





(cont...) Linoleumfaced joinery in various colours, designed by dMFK, combined with a range of Kvadrat fabrics add to the exceptional finish of shared areas within the workspace. Extensive planting, use of custom lighting designed by dMFK and a bold colour palette of deep blue, soft pink, smoky green and terracotta contribute to the mid-century style of design, creating warm pockets of space within the linear avenues that emphasise the geometry of the common spaces whilst activating the depth of the plan. TOG worked closely with dMFK to curate a selection of classic and contemporary furniture from Vitra, Normann Copenhagen, &tradition, Hai and Faina, alongside TOG’s co-designed stackable Co Chair specified in a range of fabrics for the meeting rooms. www.dmfk.co.uk One Canada Square by dMFK Š Gilbert McCarragher



GLEEDS ON TRACK TO DELIVER NEW SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE TERMINAL IN 2021 International property and construction consultancy Gleeds has confirmed its appointment as cost manager for the construction of a new £55 million cruise ship terminal at Southampton’s Western Docks. The scheme is the result of a strategic partnership between Associated British Ports (ABP), MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and will be the


port’s fifth dedicated facility for cruise passengers. Heralded as being next-generation ready, once complete the terminal will be able to accommodate the world’s largest ships, capable of carrying 6,000 passengers each. It will feature a host of sustainable features, including the use of glulam beams and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels.


The building will also boast ‘Shore Power connectivity’ which will enable suitably equipped vessels to plug in to a local power supply while in port, rather than using onboard generators. Having received a grant from the government’s Getting Building Fund, works on the 11,695m2 build began earlier this year and have continued at pace despite the challenges presented

by the outbreak of Covid-19. The fibre reinforced ground floor slab and steel frame have already been installed, with curtain walling and cladding now well underway. A link bridge for the connection of ships to the shoreline has been created in a bid to ensure that the facility is fully operational for the holiday season. www.gleeds.com




NEWS Highlights of this issue's Xtra News include:

HAURATON’s new web-based application ‘DesignSoftware’ provides quick, simple analysis, sizing, design and specification for the company’s surface drainage systems. Stelrad has launched new versions of its popular Elite, Compact with Style and Planar K3 radiator series. DRU has announced it's new Dik Geurts Bora Corner Stoves. Crittall has launched T60, a highly innovative thermally broken steel window and door system and LG has welcomed the news from the Prime Minister as he outlined his 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs.



STELRAD Following on from its support and sponsorship of Newcastle Falcons in the Rugby Premiership, leading radiator manufacturer Stelrad – with its head office in Newcastle city centre, has stretched its support for rugby to include wheelchair rugby – donating two new specially adapted wheelchairs to what was called Newcastle Wheelchair Rugby Club, renamed during the lockdown as North East Barbarians Wheelchair Rugby, to more accurately reflect the club which has players and supporters from Morpeth in the north of the area, and as far south as Hartlepool. www.stelrad.com

THE A. PROCTOR GROUP The A. Proctor Group has been awarded “Best Use of Content Marketing” at this year’s virtual Construction Marketing Awards. They were also delighted to receive the ‘Highly Commended’ trophy for the “Marketing Team of the Year” category. The categories the A. Proctor Group were shortlisted in recognised their bold response to the pandemic. With face-to-face client-support channels eliminated overnight by the Covid-19 lockdown in early Spring, the A. Proctor Group quickly turned to digital to maintain the high level of customer service they are well known for. By the time restrictions were relaxed in the Autumn, they had broadcast 14 webinars – over 1000 minutes of educational digital content – to a global audience from the USA to Australia. www.proctorgroup.com

LANES GROUP PLC Drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc have used new pipe cleaning technology to solve persistent drain blockage problems at a nuclear power station. Their success means station workers can be confident that the drains flow freely so they do not have to use contingency measures to take wastewater to a radioactive effluent treatment plant. The drains were cleaned in two stages. www.lanesfordrains.co.uk



ESI CONTROLS ESi is one of the leading members of the OpenTherm Association, offering access to the OpenTherm protocol. OpenTherm is a non-manufacturer dependent system of communication between modulating HVAC appliances and room thermostats. It is important to choose the controls you install based on the homeowners who will need to use them. For people who prefer a control dial to push button controls to control changes to heat in a room the ESi Electronic Room Thermostats offer the simple answer they are looking for. Available with or without an LCD display, the homeowner simply has to turn the dial to the desired temperature. www.esicontrols.co.uk

STELRAD Stelrad has been offering its best-selling Compact K3 radiator range for several years, but the increase in demand for K3’s has seen Stelrad launch new versions of its popular Elite, Compact with Style and Planar series. A K3 radiator is simply a radiator which comes with three sets of panels and three sets of fins to ensure additional heat is emitted from a radiator only a little larger than a K2. The K3 is the ideal choice for low energy systems, providing outstanding heat output from a smaller footprint. www.stelrad.com

HAURATON HAURATON’s new web-based application ‘DesignSoftware’ provides quick, simple hydraulic analysis, channel sizing, project design and product specification for the company’s range of surface drainage systems. Immediate access for registration and use of this new hydraulic design software is achieved through the link: www.hydraulicdesign.hauraton.com. User-friendly and free-of-charge, it provides engineers with the flexibility to create their own drainage designs and project specifications, with just three clicks to a hydraulic calculation. www.hauraton.co.uk





The announcement of a transformative tenyear school rebuilding programme for England, at a time when school design is undergoing a more fundamental rethink as a result of the pandemic, means we have an unprecedented opportunity to adopt new approaches to the way our educational facilities are formed and function.

driving change in the way our school buildings are designed as they seek to maintain effective schooling whilst the Covid-19 risk prevails.

The prime minister announced in June that the new schools investment programme will start with £1bn in 2020-21 for 50 new schools, mainly in the North of England and Midlands, with a pledge to ‘make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future, with better facilities and brand new buildings so that every child gets a world-class education’. At the same time, architects, policy-makers and teachers are

Meryl Townley, a partner at van Heyningen and Haward Architects, and RIBA education ambassador, said recently: “The value of external spaces, and the importance of nature and exercise, are now fully acknowledged as being intrinsic to wellbeing as a result of Covid-19. These spaces, which are often compromised, must be held onto within the briefs for schools and their use maximised.”

A key dimension to this is making more use of outdoor space, equipping it in a way that makes it multi-purpose, including for outdoor lessons to be held.


Social distancing and the desire for the open air will stay front of mind for many of us for a long time after the pandemic’s effects have subsided. This means we need to prepare our schools to be able to utilise their outdoor space whenever it is appropriate, whilst still ensuring we can continue to provide a safe, comfortable and technologically equipped space in which to do so.

a flip lid, which allows cables to stay connected and in-use while the lid is locked down – great for additional safety and security. The flip lids of these units are recessed so they can accommodate any type of surface material, including paving, tarmac and grass.

Meeting these dual ‘flexibility’ and ‘infrastructure’ goals is easy with the range of retractable, in-ground and bollard units from Pop Up Power Supplies®. Its range of outdoor service units are already installed at schools, colleges and universities across the UK, enabling teachers, tutors and maintenance personnel to connect to electricity, gas, water, data and other essential services on-demand.

The third option from Pop Up Power Supplies® comes with is a power bollard. These are elegantly designed bollards, available in five different styles and any RAL colour, can integrate with other exterior/street furniture to offer access to power and other services when required via a door on the bollard body.

With pop up, retractable service units, the unit is simply raised from the ground when required, and once a lesson or activity is over it can be lowered with ease back into the ground – “there when you need it, hidden when you don’t”. These can be specified and configured as required, and their lids sit flush with the ground surface to be virtually unnoticeable when not in use.

All three options represent a reliable, safe and robust way to provide the infrastructure that is needed to make outdoor space on school premises flexible. By offering this increased utilisation of this currently under-used and under-valued space, teachers and school managers can think more creatively and move beyond the constraints of the classroom. www.popuppower.co.uk

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DRU ANNOUNCES NEW DIK GEURTS BORA CORNER STOVES Bora has a contemporary cubic design and is one of the most popular stoves in the range. Bora Corner is a new version with glass on 2 sides, so the flames can be enjoyed from all aspects in the room. It is operated using a simple air slide. Bora Corner is available in a number of variations. All models are Ecodesign 2022 ready, have A energy ratings and the option of external air connection for clean burning and high efficiency. This also makes them suitable for modern, well-insulated homes. They are available from approved DRU fireplace dealers throughout the UK. www.drufire.com

NEW SMALL AND EFFICIENT HUMIDIFIER FROM CONDAIR Condair is launching the Condair RM, a new low capacity resistive steam humidifier that can provide up to 8kg of steam to a duct. This level of output is ideal for applications like CRAC units in data centres, MRI suites in hospitals and high-end residential humidification. It is also ideal for offering zonal humidity control in branch ducts of buildings, like galleries or multi-occupancy offices, where a specific area of the building requires an independently managed humidity level. The Condair RM reduces the cost of consumables, when compared to electrode boiler humidifiers, as it incorporates a boiling chamber that can be cleaned to remove lime scale, rather than needing disposable plastic cylinders. It is also, therefore, a more sustainable solution. As resistive steam humidifiers, such as the Condair RM, use a submerged heating element to create steam, they react faster than an electrode boiler humidifier that relies on the conductivity of the water. This allows resistive steam humidifiers to provide more accurate humidity control, as they respond faster to a control signal. www.condair.co.uk



LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION – ADSA LIVE STREAMS TRAINING FOR QUALITY STANDARDS What the COVID crisis has taught us, is that we can do things differently. Technology has enabled many of us to work from home, meet with colleagues remotely and deliver services in a way that previously we had not considered. Throughout these unprecedented times, the automatic door industry has produced innovative adaptations and new solutions for entrance requirements enabling us to adapt to this ‘new normal’. Meanwhile installers and service engineers have found themselves at the cutting edge: assisting the front line by maintaining the effective operation of critical buildings – from hospitals to supermarkets. The Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) continued to work during lockdown to provide much-needed support for member organisations and their employees. External stakeholders also contacted the association for advice and assistance during this difficult time. A fundamental part of ADSA’s role is helping set standards and train those working in the industry to deliver quality service, mindful of legal requirements and good practice. Traditionally, ADSA training has taken place in the classroom but the COVID pandemic and the ensuing lockdown meant that this was not achievable, or desirable. It was considered vital that training delivery be maintained and a solution was found that would emulate the quality of classroom delivery providing delegates with an in-depth knowledge of all standards to determine the safe operation, design and specification of powered pedestrian doors.


Said ADSA CEO Ken Price: “It was essential that we continued to offer training during lockdown but traditional classroom delivery was out of the question. We quickly needed to develop an online alternative that would offer the same quality and interaction as being there in person. I had sat through, and presented, a number of online seminars during lockdown, and I was

convinced that digital was the way forward, but I felt that existing platforms were a little one- dimensional. To replicate the quality of our classroom delivery and stimulate engagement, we arrived at the idea of producing a televisionstyle broadcast.” ADSA identified an experienced partner - RED Shell Productions which had significant television production experience. The company used a multi-camera feed, with live mixing and an interactive web platform to help ADSA deliver dynamic content with clear advantages. The digital delivery saves members extra travel and hotel costs and ensures their safety during the continuation of the pandemic.


Feedback on the courses has been extremely positive. There has even been a 100 per cent pass mark – the achievement being taken by Nigel Cove, of dormakaba, who was the first to do this through the live stream training.

Said Ken: “Our first live streaming event took place mid-June and monthly courses are now scheduled until February 2021. “The response has been extremely positive with members keen to applaud our proactive approach and work with us to make it a success.” The content for the courses was redeveloped from its original 1.5 days duration and adapted for online consumption, introducing breaks to maintain focus and encourage participation. “We also had to identify a way to maintain the security and integrity of our examination process. We were able to achieve this through emailed links to each delegate for an online examination which had to be undertaken within a set period,” added Ken.

In addition to the live sessions, there has been an uptake of 30 per cent in the use of the ADSA Academy which provides more than 100 online courses – the majority free to employees of member organisations. The Academy has been a lifeline for many individuals including those who initially found themselves furloughed during the lockdown period. With time on their hands, and an opportunity to learn at no additional cost, 8200 training packages have been accessed this year to date. Future live streaming training sessions can be found on the news section of the ADSA website: www.adsa.org.uk/news and via its social media channels.



CRITTALL LAUNCH INNOVATIVE THERMALLY BROKEN STEEL WINDOW Crittall, the originator of the steel window and the sector’s leading manufacturer, has launched T60 - a highly innovative thermally broken steel window and door system. T60’s slim profiles replicate original Crittall steel windows, combining traditional aesthetics with 21st Century levels of performance. T60 features an advanced high density polyurethane isolator as a thermal barrier. This, together with housing high performance double or triple glazing up to 38mm wide, ensures the system surpasses the requirements of current regulations while at the same time providing contemporary levels of comfort, particularly in harsher weather conditions where traditional steel windows may not have previously been sufficient. Market-leading weathertightness performance has been tested to European and ASTM Standards. www.crittall-windows.co.uk

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TBA FIREFLY’S PASSIVE FIRE BARRIERS CPD SEMINAR AVAILABLE ON-LINE TBA Protective Technologies Ltd, who manufacture the FIREFLY™ range of flexible fire barriers, have issued their latest CPD seminar on Passive Fire Protection (PFP) via their website. The introduction to the new CPD begins with an overview of PFP, citing the importance of sealing around pipework, ducts and other penetrations. The presentation then moves on to legal requirements. Various elements of Part B of the Building Regulations are covered. There are various slides showing illustrated examples of the types of detailing required, that good design should consider when deciding upon the specification of a fire barrier. The seminar then moves on to the importance of PFP components, and provides examples of real installations. The presentation is completed by an example of IFC certification and the summary. www.tbafirefly.com

HEAT PUMPS SUDDENLY HOT....... LG has welcomed the news from the Prime Minister recently as he outlined his 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs. This included a target to deploy 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028, a oneyear extension to the Green Homes Grant and that new build housing will ban gas boilers by 2025. LG’s Heating Manager for the UK and Ireland is Andy Hooper: “We’re delighted at the level of interest in the Therma V range we have available here in the UK,” he continued. “In particular we have seen huge interest in the Therma V R32 Monobloc unit which requires no F-Gas expertise at the installation stage. It’s a very simple alternative to a boiler driven heating and hot water option and is the simplest installation for traditional installers to get to grips with. The monobloc connects to the wet central heating system in the same way as a gas boiler - no new tools will be required. ” The LG Therma V series of air to water heat pumps comprises a full suite of options – monobloc, splits, and high temperature options. www.lg.com/uk/heating-awhp





Highlights of this issue's Xtra Inside include: Armourcoat’s Sculptural three-dimensional wall finish features in the ground floor foyer at One Blackfriars residential tower on London’s South Bank. Troldtekt panels have been used in two recent Danish projects - the transformation of an old building into a car dealer’s offices and an extension of Randers Architects’ own headquarters. Stelrad Radiators has launched a new radiator collection of existing and new radiators under its ‘Boutique’ branding. The Northern General Hospital in Sheffield chose Yeoman Shield fire rated door protection systems to refurbish doors in the Radiology Department and leading interior door manufacturer Vicaima, has just introduced a new door kit and set brochure.





SCULPTURAL CURVES AT ONE BLACKFRIARS Armourcoat’s Sculptural three-dimensional wall finish features in the ground floor foyer at One Blackfriars residential tower on London’s South Bank. The building designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners is a compelling architectural achievement, with a stunning arc of glass taking inspiration from Sarpaneva’s Lansetti II vase. Inside the building the curves continue with a vast, immaculate resident foyer and lift lobby by London-based luxury interior design studio, Goddard Littlefair. With their signature quality and attention to detail it provides the feeling of a five-star hotel entrance. Armourcoat’s seamless ‘Fluted’ Sculptural design was specified by the studio for the flanking feature walls to provide a sense of scale and grandeur on entering the space. Sculptural wall designs are created using a combination of traditional hand sculpting and computer aided design to ensure total accuracy during installation whilst retaining the essence of hand crafting. The panels are mineral based and incorporate up to 30% post-consumer recycled content, are non-toxic and are completely non-combustible. Once the panels are installed each design can be finished in a range of decorative surface finishes. www.armourcoat.com





STUNNING NEW PROJECTS WITH ELEGANT ACOUSTIC DESIGN Danish manufactured Troldtekt panels are commonly specified throughout the UK and Europe to improve the interior acoustic environment. Two recent Danish projects are the transformation of an old building into a car dealer’s offices for Karvil Biler, while the other is an extension of Randers Architects’ own headquarters into a mix of offices and exclusive residential units. Both projects use Troldtekt ® line with its perfectly symmetrical vertical lines to balance walls and ceilings with great aesthetics, conveying warmth and providing a modern look coupled with high performance sound absorption. For the Architects’ washrooms, Troldtekt ® line was chosen to add visual vibrancy to the rooms. It also exhibits different appearances depending on the angle from which the wall surfaces are viewed. The edges have been milled where the panels meet the ceiling, around electrical sockets and switches and also at floor level where bamboo skirting has been integrated.

visually calming effect and contrast well with the new raw concrete floor,” the project manager explained. Troldtekt ® line forms nine acoustic solutions that make up the “design solutions” range which combines the best ideals of form and function. Founded on the Cradle to Cradle design concept, 100% Troldtekt’s natural wood wool panels are manufactured in a new state-of-the-art production facility. With a variety of different surfaces and colours, they can be supplied in the FSC ® 100% category (FSC ® C115450) contributing to a building’s BREEAM, DGNB and LEED rating. In addition to their high sound absorption and tactile surface, the panels offer high durability and low cost life cycle performance, as well as inherent sustainability. They are also a natural, breathable material which can absorb and release moisture, which is why they have been awarded an Allergy Friendly Product Award by Allergy UK. www.troldtekt.co.uk

All have been elegantly cut to ensure a neat finish and fine detailing. In the car dealers, Troldtekt ® line was selected in order to enhance and benefit the whole indoor climate. “We wanted to create a coherent look. The milled grooves have a



STELRAD LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTION FOR BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS Leading radiator manufacturer Stelrad Radiators has launched a new radiator collection of existing and new radiators under its ‘Boutique’ branding, offering a comprehensive, premium range of living space, kitchen and bathroom products. The new collection is accompanied by an impressive new 116-page brochure and its own stylish section of the new web site. This collection offers the marketplace the widest range of styles and by far the largest selection of sizes of specialist decorative and designer bathroom and kitchen radiators on offer from any manufacturer in the UK.



You’ll find familiar and welcome products in the new Collection - with names such as Caliente, Concord and Column – but equally you’ll find new styles and names such as Como and Lecco - products exclusive to Stelrad, along with Silhouette as well as new additions and designs for established styles like the Concord Side Concept and Concord Side Chrome – and even Concord Chrome Vertical. The UK’s no.1 brand in the radiator market is adding style and appeal to the kitchen and bathroom and adding colours and chrome finishes to add to the sparkle. www.stelrad.com



MAKING A BIGGER SPLASH WITH BRADITE ONE CAN Cladspray Solutions, an on-site specialist spraying contractor, recently completed the preparation and coating of the interior walls, ceilings and metal beams of a private swimming pool. The chosen paint for this project was One Can from leading paint manufacturer, Bradite. Bradite One Can is a unique product as it is the first all-purpose, water-based primer and finish in one can.


It is an interior and exterior product with anti-corrosive properties and is quick drying, with low odour and low VOC’s. This provides the decorator with a single tin containing directto-substrate paint that provides superior stain locking and adhesion properties. The high-performance coating will deliver protection to many substrates including: cladding, uPVC, powder coated metal, steel, and timber including fencing, garden furniture and sheds.



One Can also provides excellent stain locking properties. It will block stains in the coating and even hide tanning, and resinous bleed when applied to hardwoods, as well as locking in water stains. One Can offers anti-corrosive protection making the product ideal for application to all metals, both ferrous and nonferrous, including brand new galvanised steel. The product is also compatible with all water and oil-based finish coats. One Can can be used as both a priming and finishing system, no longer will three different cans be required for one job! It is available in an eggshell finish in the full BS and RAL colour range. www.bradite.com



COLOURFUL, PRACTICAL DOOR PROTECTION FOR RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT The Northern General Hospital in Sheffield chose Yeoman Shield fire rated door protection systems to refurbish doors in the Radiology Department. The configuration and refurbishment of the department was undertaken to improve patient flow, the overall environment and to rationalise inpatient and outpatient areas to satisfy privacy, dignity and capacity issues. Yeoman Shield’s (Harrison Thompson) directly employed fixing operatives, who have been assessed as being competent to install such passive fire-resistant products by FIRAS, installed fire rated door protection panels, PVCu clad Glazing Bead Units and Door Edge Protectors to various doors throughout the unit. The addition of these products will prevent impact damage, extending the lifecycle of the doors in turn reducing the amount of time and money spent on repair and replacement, whilst contributing towards an aesthetically pleasing environment. The doors in the hospital’s radiology department were required to be colour coded to reflect the actual department area functions e.g. Fluoroscopy rooms denoted by Yellow. With a wide colour palette available from Yeoman Shield, the door protection was able to be supplied in corresponding colours, adding to the design and function of the department. www.yeomanshield.com







PORTARO AND EASI-FIT DOORKITS, THE FAST WAY TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE Leading interior door manufacturer Vicaima, have just introduced a new door kit and set brochure. These new kit and set solutions provide specifiers with greater choice and flexibility to go beyond the realms of what was previously thought possible. With solutions in fire, security and acoustic performance, they offer the fast way to achieve excellence. With its striking yellow and black design, this new Vicaima technical guide contains 80 pages of inspiration and technical expertise for a wide scope of applications, ranging from residential living, hotel and leisure, together with education and medical situations among others. This handy and easy to reference technical brochure spotlights two key brands from the Vicaima offering to suit varying project requirements: Portaro Door Kits with their completely matching and finished, door and frame assemblies, together with the Easi-Fit Door sets which combines a choice of door with standard primed frames for on-site finishing. Throughout the new brochure, doorkit and set solutions are sub-divided into four main categories for ease of specification and these include: Non-fire, Fire, Fire and Acoustics and Security solutions. Within these categories, an array of configurations are made possible, with inverse, sliding and pocket systems among them. The products also provide third party accreditation where applicable and are tested to BS and/or EN Standards. And as care for the environment is paramount, everything is covered by FSCÂŽ certification. This new brochure is a must have tool for anyone looking to source door kits and sets that offer rapid and simple installation, while meeting or exceeding some of the most demanding specifications the industry requires. For a copy of the new Portaro and Easi-Fit brochure or for further inspiration and trend-setting ideas, visit www.vicaima.com



WRITABLE DIVIDING WALLS FOR GLOBAL BANK’S UK OFFICES As part of a refurbishment project, Bank of America wanted to better maximise space at their Chester Business Park offices. Style was contracted to work with architect TP Bennett and contractor Amspec, to design a partitioning solution that would allow the meeting rooms to be used more flexibly, as well as encourage collaborative working practices. Two Dorma Hüppe Variflex, semi-automatic, white laminate operable walls enable the main meeting room to be quickly divided into two separate areas. Boasting an impressive 59dB acoustic integrity, the walls allow concurrent meetings to run entirely undisturbed. Injecting vibrancy and inspiring lively sharing of ideas and information, Style also installed six brightly coloured, moveable glass ‘squiggle’ panels, providing magnetic, writable surfaces for use in dynamic discussions.



Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of financial and risk management products and services. “The coloured squiggle glass panels are a fabulous addition to this stunning meeting space,” said Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the north. “They can be pulled into position, and clustered together, for notes and ideas during meetings and informal gatherings making them a really practical solution, as well as a stylish and innovative one." “Furthermore, they bring an element of colour and flair to this beautifully designed meeting space and, when used in conjunction with the two semiautomatic Variflex moveable walls, the room can be used very flexibly, and with first class acoustic integrity, depending on meeting requirements and numbers.” Housed within black, powder-coated Dorma Varitrans profiles, perfectly matching the black powder coated head-track, these stunning panels can be moved into any position along 30 metres of track. www.style-partitions.co.uk





Highlights of this issue's XtraViews include: Crittall explains how to use daylight to create a better future and explains the growing demand for natural light. Neaco tells us that, as a space where safety in use is critical, the bathroom is subject to many of the most important design decisions in any future-proof home. It needs to be an environment that maximises accessibility and comfort whilst offering support for those that need it most. Julian Sargent, group managing director for UK partitioning experts, Style, examines how internal residential space can be maximised whilst still meeting the demand from home buyers for a private outdoor area.








USING DAYLIGHT TO CREATE A BRIGHTER FUTURE With winter here and the days shortened, many people – office workers, students, home owners - look back on the long days of summer with a sense of regret. Daylight flooding into workplaces, schools, and homes has a positive impact on our daily lives, and that is not just a vague feeling, it’s a scientifically proven fact and one that architects and designers are keen to exploit. The 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine went to three American scientists for their work on understanding circadian rhythms – the 24hour cycle also known as the internal body clock. Daylight suppresses the hormone that induces sleep and the ultraviolet wavelengths in natural light have a positive effect on the body’s immune system. In other words, daylight induces wakefulness, cognitive function, productivity, general health and healing. No wonder in a recent survey 80 percent of UK office workers said daylight was important to them. This, for a growing number of architects, is a clarion call for natural light to be recognised as a powerful design tool. A report by US practice HMC Architects comments: “As the importance of sustainable design grows, passive strategies like daylighting have become critical in reducing the impact of the built environment.” And they continue: “Today, we have more tools than ever to harness daylight. From innovative reflective materials to advanced computer modelling, architects are using modern technology to light buildings more efficiently. When you embrace these systems, you’ll create a brighter future.” The use of such fenestration forms an important part of an architect’s passive daylighting strategy and addresses the issue of ‘collecting’ light into the building. But further options are available from Crittall to assist in the ‘distribution’ of natural light through the interior of a building. This can be achieved by incorporating Crittall Innervision® glazed interior partitioning screens, a seamless transfer of that


increased level of natural daylight throughout the building reaching even the most remote working areas. The performance of glazed interior screens can be further tailored to fine-tune levels of acoustic insulation, light transmission, thermal insulation and natural ventilation control to suit individual clients and applications. As with its exterior windows, Crittall Innervision® screens are similarly manufactured using strong narrow steel frame and glazing bar profiles to offer maximum design flexibility without compromising the design intent. They have been used in offices to provide acoustically separated working environments, in hotels, restaurants and homes to open-up the appearance of internal space while creating privacy and comfort without shutting out the light of day. Passive daylighting strategies are a significant design tool for making buildings more environmentally sustainable while ensuring their occupants – whether pupil, patient, clerk, guest or resident – benefit from being inside. So, it’s time to do away with daylight robbery! The most obvious component for assisting this design outcome is the window taking account, not just of its scale and positioning, but also its frame and glazing. The UK’s Building Regulations Part L1A, address the issue in an oblique manner while considering the balance between the insulation of a building and its energy demands.


The Regs point out that: “Limiting the glazing on a project will increase the building's reliance on artificial lighting, increasing the house’s energy demands.” But, conversely, “Overglazing might reduce the overall thermal insulation of a building.” So there’s a delicate balance to be struck. A plentiful supply of natural daylight, not merely into but throughout a building, good insulation but adequate ventilation, and acoustic control all form parts of this elaborate jigsaw. Steel window manufacturer Crittall is in a unique position to offer complete solutions to these cross-cutting issues so as to provide specifically tailored environmental conditions, whether the end result is a office complex, a university, a hospital or a home. The hallmark of a Crittall window is the slender steel frame that is so much slimmer – and therefore admits so much more light - than the alternative window systems that use PVCu, timber or aluminium.

All these alternatives require significantly larger profiles due to the basic differences in the frame material and their relative strengths. Crittall has a solution to offer whether the particular project demands a high performance, thermally broken steel system or a traditional rolled steel profile, both of which enhance the thermal performance of buildings, assisted by the windows’ excellent weathertightness and an extensive choice of glazing to control solar gain as required. www.crittall-windows.co.uk



FUTURE-PROOF BATHROOMS OFFER TIMELESS STYLE AND TIMELESS USE The concept of a future-proof home has broadened its appeal in the past decade, says Neaco. It used to be something that we only considered in our advancing years, but the evolution of design and a greater awareness of the long-term benefits have influenced a significant shift in mindset. Instead of treating the idea as an afterthought, many people are adopting a forwardthinking approach which ensures that a home never requires a costly and disruptive retrofit.

Today’s future-proof living is all about a layout that works at every stage of life, providing multigenerational use. As a space where safety in use is critical, the bathroom is subject to many of the most important design decisions in any future-proof home. It needs to be an environment that maximises accessibility and comfort whilst offering support for those that need it most. In the past, there has been a common perception that facilities which aid mobility are aesthetically incompatible with the finer details of contemporary bathroom design.



Many people have come to realise that the opposite is true. Shower facilities are a perfect example. Traditional shower baths and shower trays are often cumbersome, with a high clearance that makes them more difficult to access for those of restricted mobility. They are increasingly being replaced by less obstructive alternatives: wet rooms and level-access showers that provide frictionless floorspace throughout the bathroom. Wet rooms provide a slight gradient in the floor that directs the water into a small drainage point, which means the whole floor can become wet, especially with high-output showers. That can be problematic in terms of laborious cleaning and maintenance, hygiene issues and risk of slipping. We advocate a less hazardous and more efficient option in the form of a level-access shower which has a built-in drainage catchment space below the floor level. Rather than spreading across the bathroom, the water falls through a grille which sits flush to the rest of the floor, with no gradient required to effect drainage. Well placed support fittings can enhance comfort and assist mobility to provide a facility suitable for a lifetime of use. In the past, these types of fixture have carried a negative association as features that make a bathroom look like a clinical or institutional environment rather than a homely, domestic setting. Much of the blame for that perception can be attributed to a lack of imagination on the part of manufacturers. The rare examples of high-end products have tended to come at significant extra cost, with a premium price on materials like chrome.

Thankfully, this rule of thumb no longer applies if you know where to look. Investments in product development, advanced manufacturing techniques and value engineering have enabled a wide range of superior options in an affordable price range, so a stylish and modern inclusive bathroom needn’t come with a price tag which is anything but inclusive. Powder coating techniques have improved the quality and diversity of the finishes available on the market, including metallic styles such as chromeeffect. Vibrant contemporary colours can add a burst of brightness to complement the monochrome style of many modern interior schemes. That strong visual contrast is a hugely beneficial feature when the eyesight deteriorates in later years. When designing a future-proof bathroom, we should never lose sight of its primary purpose to provide safety, comfort and ease of access. Thankfully, that purpose no longer compromises visual appeal, making it possible to have a facility which can be used by everyone, as well as admired by everyone. With the right choices, we can create a bathroom that provides timeless style and timeless use. www.neaco.co.uk



WINTER GARDEN MARKET BEGINS TO BLOOM Julian Sargent, group managing director for UK partitioning experts, Style, examines how internal residential space can be maximised whilst still meeting the demand from home buyers for a private outdoor area. The importance of having access to the outdoors was dramatically highlighted this year by the restrictions caused by the pandemic and, for those living in apartments, the lockdown was particularly testing. Although balconies certainly offer a great opportunity for the clapping of key workers and even the occasional community sing-a-long, they do come at a price, potentially reducing precious internal floor area. They also often go under-utilised, being too cold and windy for practical enjoyment much of the year, especially on north-facing residential tower blocks. Offering home-buyers the best of both worlds, the winter garden has become a fashionable accessory for new high-rise developments, offering versatile indoor-outdoor space for year-round use. Their popularity in the Capital particularly soared after the Mayor of London published planning guidance in 2016 which stated that private open space is highly valued and should be provided in all new housing developments. The document went on to say that where site constraints make it impossible to provide private open space for all dwellings, enclosing balconies as glazed, ventilated winter gardens can be considered as an acceptable alternative to open balconies. Reflecting this shift in priorities, it has been estimated that over 60% of new apartments in London now have some type of outside space – three times the level of a decade ago (Galliard Homes).



Originally popular among European nobility in the early 19th century, winter gardens were heated, glass-enclosed spaces attached to the side of some of the largest homes. They were used to grow rare, exotic plants, such as orchids, as well as an extension of the sociable living space of the property. Modernising this concept, a contemporary winter garden offers stark contrast to a blustery balcony. Usually created in an alcove off the lounge or main bedroom, it is generally an area that is glass-enclosed on three sides and might feature underfloor heated stone tiles for example, or self-irrigating planters and even a fireplace perhaps to further enhance the atmosphere of a lush urban oasis. Being weather-proof, the creative opportunities for a designing a spectacular winter garden are quite limitless. Depending on the location and aspect of the property, it may be appropriate for the winter garden to feature fully-opening windows or alternatively, louvered panels that offer free air space to residents of even the tallest buildings. Ensuring use of the space is maximised, some developers specify a moveable partitioning wall to divide the winter garden from the rest of the apartment. Often constructed using glass elements to maximise natural daylight, the partitioning wall helps create an exclusive space with a separate atmosphere, folding effortlessly back to allow seamless flow with adjacent living areas. The addition of a moveable wall is particular important for apartments on the top floors of a high-rise development, where wind and air pressure are at their strongest. Residents obviously value the opportunity to throw open the windows and get some natural fresh air into their winter garden but there is a safety consideration regarding the external atmospheric pressure. For this reason, it is essential that any moveable wall system installed has undergone appropriate independent pressure and impact testing to ensure the integrity of the system under any prevailing conditions.

With the increasing demand for adaptable living spaces, a winter garden offers homeowners the opportunity to customise the space to suit their own needs and shifting lifestyle. Large enough for a bistro-style table and chairs, residents may use as it as a breakfast room, or as a quiet area to sit and enjoy an evening drink whilst enjoying the night-time view over the city. Even more relevant today, with the very pressing need to work from home, a winter garden can also offer a suitable office space, separated from the rest of the apartment by an elegant glass partitioning system. Clearly the advantages to the homeowner are immense, from space flexibility to the opportunity to linger in a lush, bespoke indoor-outdoor space, even when it is freezing, snowing or raining. However, the deal has to work for both sides and for the developer the decision to incorporate a winter garden, rather than a traditional balcony, maximises the internal area of the property and raising the value of the apartment on the open market. www.style-partitions.co.uk




ONSITE Highlights of this issue's Xtra Onsite include:

The centre-piece of a £90m redevelopment scheme on Merseyside has been given a striking appearance thanks to a comprehensive façade solution supplied by Sto. Nordic Brass copper alloy cladding, sunscreens and ceilings help to define a new museum in the Swiss Jura mountain region. A large new hangar for American Airlines has been completed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport using Kalwall ® translucent cladding. Structura UK has completed an intriguing project at ‘The Box’ on New Inn Broadway, London and a 4-star hotel, a restaurant, several meeting rooms, a headquarters and a rooftop bar at the Binet building are covered in natural slate using CUPACLAD® 101 RANDOM.



MARMOX THERMOBLOCKS USED FOR PARAPET WALL CONSTRUCTION ON BRIGHTON STUDENT BUILDING The development of a new student accommodation building in Brighton has included proven-in-practice and versatile Marmox Thermoblocks: specified to combat cold-bridging at the junction of its parapet walls with the property’s roof decks. In total 800 of the 600mm long, 215x65mm Thermoblocks were supplied during the development of the nine storey ‘Student Castle’ on Brighton’s Pelham Terrace. Marmox Thermoblocks are formed from sections of XPS (extruded polystyrene) encapsulating two rows of high strength, epoxy concrete


mini-columns. These are attached at either end to the top and bottom layers of glassfibre reinforced polymer concrete, to ensure a good bond with the rest of the structure. As well as combatting cold-bridging at the base of blockwork walls, Thermoblocks are also often utilised to support timber frame construction or at vulnerable upper floor junctions including beneath parapet walls. www.marmox.co.uk


OMNIE’S MVHR SYSTEMS AT HEART OF SUSTAINABLE COTSWOLD DEVELOPMENT The timeless appeal of the Cotswolds’ honey coloured stone has been redefined by a bespoke development creating two new homes in the beautiful village of Long Compton, where OMNIE has provided building services packages featuring heat recovery ventilation and renewable heating. Air source heat pumps will supply the domestic hot water and feed warmth to the OMNIE underfloor heating circuits. The Zehnder ComfoAir Q heat recovery units offer industry leading performance figures yet fit neatly within a utility cupboard, while 90mm ductwork ensures ample air flow drawing warm moist air from the kitchen, utility and bathrooms, enabling them to supply tempered fresh air to the bedrooms and living areas. Within the past year OMNIE has also revised its range of Smart controls, which include room thermostats and a phone app. www.omnie.co.uk

PRESTON MEDICAL FACILITY SAFE BENEATH FIREFLY APOLLO LITE FIRE BARRIERS The roof space to an existing commercial property in the North-West of England has been given the added protection of having its very large roof-space sub-divided using the APOLLO Lite 30:30 system manufactured by TBA FIREFLY™. The work within the 30 year old Spa Medica building near Preston was carried out by Northamptonshire based DC Fire Protection Ltd., a long term customer of TBA FIREFLY™, after the manufacturer had been asked to survey the structure and provide a suitable specification for upgrading the fire performance of the roof. The APOLLO Lite 30:30 was recommended because it has been developed for use in vertical separation or compartmentation situations, offering 30 minutes’ integrity and insulation, thereby exceeding the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations. The non-rigid woven material is easy to cut and fix and is chemically treated to improve its cooling properties, and therefore prevent temperatures rising in adjoining areas. The system has been fully tested to BS 476 Parts 6.7, 20 & 22 and is third party certified by IFCC. www.tbafirefly.com



HIGH RISE, HIGH PERFORMANCE DOOR FROM ALUPROF High rise apartment living is on the increase in our cities and one of the fastest growing cities to live in is Manchester where the population has increased to 2.9 million. The city is widely recognised as being the capital of the northern powerhouse. Always at the forefront of innovation, Manchester was the world’s first industrial city and more recently where the BBC now calls home, located at Media City. With lower costs of living compared to London, it is no wonder that recent developments in Manchester offer a very good investment value. Designed by 5 Plus Architects and built by Russell Construction, the £85m Oxygen Tower comprises three individual towers of 32, 16 and 10 storeys offering a ‘neighbourhood’ or ‘vertical village’ which houses a wide range of amenities for residents. Located in Manchester’s popular ‘New Islington’ district and just a short walk from the Northern Quarter, the city’s main rail station at Manchester Piccadilly and city centre employment zones. The project epitomises affordable quality with 372 apartments coupled with 12 street level luxury townhouses. As you would expect with high rise projects, 5 Plus Architects have chosen to use aluminium framed fenestration on the project and have specified Aluprof UK as the system provider. The sliding door specified is a ‘lift and slide’ arrangement which offers a low threshold with high levels of air and watertightness due to that fact that the sliding door lowers down onto, and compresses weather seals once in the closed position. The MB77HS system offers an impressive maximum Class 4 air tightness when tested to BS EN 12207 and a Class 9A (600Pa) for watertightness when tested to BS EN 12208. Possibly just important today is the importance of thermal insulation and the MB-77HS system can offer a very high insulation capability of up to 0.84 W/(m2K). Whilst these standards are well accepted performance levels for doors and windows in normal use, balcony doors at 32 storeys high could be subject to much harsher weather conditions common to the North West. 62


It was decided that the specific door configuration on the project should be tested to meet the much more onerous testing that curtain walling is often tested to by testing to CWCT standards. The main difference is that the normal window and door tests take place within a cabinet, whereas weather testing to CWCT is applied externally. Tested at Wintech in the Midlands, now UL, testing was independently overseen by Fenestration Consultants, Cladtech Associates. The CWCT Sequence B test is far more intrusive than the traditional cabinet testing and is summarised as follows: Air permeability in a cabinet test will have an overall figure of 3m³/(h:m²) and an opening joint would be 0.75m³/(h:m²), for the CWCT sequence this is reduced 1.5m³/(h:m²) for overall area and 0.5m³/(h:m²) for a fixed joint which is a significant tighter specification.

nozzles would be set at 400mm centres and 250mm from the face of the sample. With the CWCT the sequence requires that nozzles no more than 700mm apart horizontally and vertically and then 400mm from the face, the rate of flow is increased to 3.4l/m per nozzle. This is a significant increase in the level of water, over three times the normal amount in a cabinet test and it is unlikely that many opening products would achieve a rating, but the MB-77HS system passed the CWCT Sequence B. Aluprof systems have been installed on the scheme by Leeds based specialists Casu Consulto and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 following a nine month fit out. www.aluprof.co.uk

Typically, when testing a curtain wall facade to the CWCT sequence, it is normal to tape off any opening products such as doors windows and vents, however,, for the MB77HS test the sliding door was left untaped to test the product in a real world scenario. For a standard water resistance cabinet test you would have 2l/m per nozzle at the head and 1l/m per nozzle for the second row for a sample up to 2500mm in height. Spray 63


MAGPLY BOARDS INTEGRAL TO PERFORMANCE OF IRISH SPECIALIST’S LGS SYSTEM MgO board manufacturer, Magply, is continuing to build its relationship with Irish offsite specialist Framespace, leading to their latest collaboration helping create an ultralow energy residential property in County Clare. The 9mm version of the versatile magnesium oxide panels has been used on both faces to Framespace’s light gauge steel (LGS) wall sections, contributing to the rigidity of the structure as well as its airtightness and fire resistance. Importantly, because the top-hat sections are fixed horizontally across the walls they provide extra rigidity to the Magply’s racking strength forming an extremely fire safe structure which achieved two-hour fire rating during independent testing to EN 1365 series standards. www.magply.co.uk



SOUTH WALES CHURCH WARMS TO CIRCOBOARD PERFORMANCE The congregation of Salem Baptist Church in Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan, can look forward to physical as well as spiritual comfort during services in the winter, thanks to a comprehensive upgrade of the building’s heating provision, with a full underfloor heating system from Circoflo having been chosen to deliver efficient background warmth. A key early decision was to conceal the substantial slope in the floor, which ran from the main entrance towards the pulpit, by fitting timber floor joists creating a 400 mm deep void which was filled with insulation. The CircoBoard panels were fitted flush on the angle brackets supplied between the joists, although they can also be installed on battens, if preferred, before installation of the final finished floor. CircoBoard is one of six floor construction options available from CircofloPro. CircofloPro also provide the wiring centre, mixing units and programmable room thermostats for setting temperatures over a 7-day period. www.circoflopro.co.uk

HAURATON CHANNELS DRAIN BLUE BADGE SCHEME PARKING BAYS AT RHS WISLEY In June 2019, Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, opened the first phase of The Welcome Building and surrounding landscape at Royal Horticultural Society gardens, Wisley, Surrey. There are now three large car/coach parks including Blue Badge scheme easy access bays for visitors in park two. One hundred metres of Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel system, fitted with FIBRETEC® C250, 9mm HEELSAFE slot gratings, was used to drain the asphalted Blue Badge parking bays for visitors. The channels were installed between the bays and the path leading to the entrance of the new arrivals hall. The FIBRETEC® C250 HEELSAFE slot grating was designed to enhance the flow of water into the channel. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots. This configuration also helps eliminate any cross-flow over the grating. The RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel component is made from 100% recycled polypropylene (PP). The six sizes offered are 160mm wide and range in height from 75mm to 250mm with the FIBRETEC® grating factory fitted on all models. www.drainage-projects.co.uk



STO HELPS CREATE STRIKING APPEARANCE FOR NEW UNIVERSITY BUILDING The centre-piece of a £90m redevelopment scheme on Merseyside has been given a striking appearance thanks to a comprehensive façade solution supplied by Sto. The Roscoe building in the Greenbank Student Village at the University of Liverpool was completed with the installation of 5,500m2 of StoVentec R ventilated rainscreen cladding, and finished with the unique Sto Lotusan external render. The site contains a rich mix of significant and interesting buildings, such as Derby Old Court which opened as the first hall of residence on the site in 1939. The Sto materials chosen for this project had to perform reliably and effectively, but also be sympathetic to these surroundings, and to the fact that the site sits in a conservation area.



The StoVentec system has a fire classification of A2-s1, d0 and was able to meet all the required performance standards, while also permitting the creation of the visually striking, smooth exterior surfaces which harmonize with the surroundings and give the building its distinctive new appearance. The StoVentec R ventilated rainscreen cladding system allowed the creation of these façades thanks to its easily-adjustable stainless steel and aluminium sub-construction, to which StoVentec carrier boards are fixed. This is partially filled with mineral fibre insulation to provide highly effective thermal insulation and excellent fire protection, while still protecting the wall by keeping it dry and allowing it to breathe. The StoVentec boards are made of 96% recycled expanded glass granulate, and reinforced on both sides with glass fibre mesh for superior impact resistance. These boards do not expand or contract with temperature change and induce

far less stress in the screws, enabling the boards to be butt jointed with no risk of cracking – crucial for producing large-area façades. For this project, special profiles and jointing pieces were used to overcome large joints due to the construction method, and a layer of StoArmat Classic cement-free base coat was applied to the exterior surface of the StoVentec boards, providing the final surface with outstanding crackresistance characteristics. The installation was completed with StoLotusan, Stolit and StoSilco external renders in different colours, to provide outstanding protection and enhance the design of the façades. StoLotusan is a superhydrophobic render finish with a patented Lotus-Effect® microstructure surface, similar to that found on the lotus leaf. This render offers unbeatable water and dirt repellence by causing rainwater simply to roll off the façade, taking dirt particles and grit with it as it goes. www.sto.co.uk



COLOURFUL LOCKERS LIGHT UP LEISURE The new £42m Ponteland School comprising a 1,600 pupil high school, 420 pupil primary school and leisure centre has been opened near Newcastle. Helmsman Lockers & Cubicles were specified to provide a range of lockers for the school and leisure centre. They have varying colours, finishes and styles to delineate the different zones. It was also a key requirement that the lockers could cope with the heavy volume of daily use, were accessible to all and easy to manage by the staff. Helmsman presented an innovative scheme with a mix of three and six compartment lockers. These used blue and white high-pressure laminate from Abet Laminati with some overclad with glass and all complemented with Ojmar OTS locks. The overall effect provides a sophisticated and elegant solution befitting such an impressive building. Abet’s compact grade high pressure laminates are a perfect solution for this and similar applications such as tabletops, vanity units and cubicles. www.helmsman.co.uk



MAGPLY DOUBLES UP ON SHORELINE PROPERTY TO WITHSTAND THE ‘SANDS OF TIME’ A striking new three bedroom beachfront home on the East Sussex coast has been designed to not only respect its location within an area of Special Scientific Interest, but also withstand the challenging weather conditions as well as shifting sands, with Magply boards specified as part of both the roof and wall construction. Sea Breeze at Camber Sands is being built by Coast View Property Ltd. The building is making use of nontraditional construction methods, which features twin 12mm layers of the rugged and versatile Magply boards as a carrier for a render like finish across the entire envelope. In the case of the habitable roof-space, the contractors are applying a single ply Renolit rubber membrane over a sarking board and then bonding aluminium rails along the line of the rafters, to which the two overlapping layers of Magply are fixed with stainless steel screws. The pink coloured finish is then applied as a primer, base and pigmented topcoat. www.magply.co.uk

MARMOX MULTIBOARDS CARRY MARBLE-MOSAICS ACROSS CINQUE PORT SELF-BUILD A strikingly modern residential property in one of Kent’s most famous coastal towns is making articulate use of Marmox Multiboards as part of its cladding solution, around both the inside of an elevated balcony terrace, as well as across the main entrance elevation. The 3600 sq. ft. four-bedroom self-build on Cliff Road in Hythe – one of the country’s historic Cinque Ports – has been constructed for Gerald Glover using a high performance SIP system to create a series of rectangular elements, stepping down the steeply sloping site; with natural, Multicolour Slate Split Face slips, other cladding materials surrounding the runs of triple glazing. Externally the Multiboards are being fixed over a breathable membrane and timber battens at 300 mm centres with the use of the special Marmox sealant, jointing tape and washers ensuring the creation of a watertight surface. Marmox Multiboards are manufactured from extruded polystyrene or XPS encapsulated in reinforced polymer concrete, in a range of thicknesses up to 60mm and offer a variety of positive physical characteristics in addition to being fully waterproof. They are both light to handle and easy to cut, while still being able to sustain substantial loadings if required. www.marmox.co.uk



NORDIC BRASS SPIRALS Nordic Brass copper alloy cladding, sunscreens and ceilings help to define a new museum designed by architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in the Swiss Jura mountain region. The Musée Atelier for Audemars Piguet houses the watchmaker’s collection of timepieces. Located in the Vallée de Joux, home to the company since 1875, the new building is linked to the original workshop and slotted discreetly into the hillside landscape with a grass roof. The plan form is conceived as a pair of parallel spirals, referencing


mainsprings – the beating heart of the complicated mechanical watches that the company is famed for. The spirals are formed of structural glazing, highly-insulated from the outside and creating column-free space to allow visitors extensive views of the landscape and interior. The watch reference also extends to the restrained materiality of the building, as many watch parts are made from brass.


Nordic Brass crown - Externally, a band of Nordic Brass cladding crowns the curved glass facades. Then, a transparent brisesoleil screen extends down over the tops of glazing and clerestory windows, protecting them from the sun. The sunscreen comprises interlaced Nordic Brass ribbons, adding depth and varying transparency from different viewing angles. It was carefully adapted to the changing curvature of the plan, as well as differing height requirements for solar protection around the building. Internally, perforated panels of Nordic Brass clad ceilings track the gently sloping terrazzo flooring with brass joints. (cont...)



(cont...) The ceiling also acts as a cooling medium with the Nordic Brass providing efficient thermal conductivity. Copper and its alloys enjoy unique characteristics particularly in terms of safety, sustainability and long-term performance. With an ‘A1 (non-combustible material)’ fire classification to EN 13501-1, copper is inherently firesafe and suitable for cladding tall buildings, using appropriate constructions. It is also, therefore, rated ‘Class 0’ surface spread of flame, making it suitable for wall and ceiling surfaces. Particularly important today, copper is non-toxic and its inherent antimicrobial qualities make it ideal for touch surfaces. Extensive Range - The Nordic Copper range of architectural copper products is available from Aurubis, part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler. It includes Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ and Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper offering lighter (Nordic Brown Light) or darker shades of brown determined by the thickness of the oxide layer.



The extensive Nordic Blue, Nordic Green and Nordic Turquoise ranges have been developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. As well as the solid patina colours, ‘Living’ surfaces are available for each with other intensities of patina flecks revealing some of the dark oxidised background material. Copper alloys include Nordic Bronze and Nordic Brass, which can also be supplied pre-weathered. The innovative Nordic Royal is an alloy of copper with aluminium and zinc, retaining its golden colour. A wide choice of Nordic Decor mechanically applied surface treatments is also available. www.nordiccopper.com



SHINING A LIGHT ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST HANGAR A large new hangar for American Airlines has been completed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport using Kalwall ® translucent cladding to provide natural daylight to form signature ‘light bars’ at each end. The hangar cost $251million and was designed by architects Ghafari Associates. At over 185 metres long, 90 metres wide and 36 metres high, it took almost three years to build and is the longest clear-span, dual entry aircraft hangar in the world. The clever use of Kalwall means that natural diffused daylight is transmitted deep into the interior space.


At the same time, it provides security and additional thermal insulation, thereby reducing the reliance on HVAC systems and artificial lighting. In addition, the Kalwall minimises light pollution out of the building and stops the sun reflecting off the surface. These were both important considerations because the building is sited near busy operating runways. These aspects also helped the new hangar win an honourable mention in the 2019 Airports Going Green Awards.


Aesthetically, the Kalwall also works well on this project. The lightweight panels fit seamlessly with the building’s primary steel supports, which positively impacted the bottom line since there was no need for a secondary structural system. The ‘shoji’ pattern of the Kalwall grid also marries up with the exterior cladding and shutter doors giving the whole building a sense of uniformity. Kalwall, exclusively available in the UK and Ireland from Structura UK, is a popular choice for all types of building around the world.

In the UK, it has also been used for several airport projects including Heathrow, Gatwick and Glasgow. The cladding’s inherent strength and heavy duty impact resistance make it ideal for secure locations. U-values as low as 0.28W/m 2 K, equivalent to a cavity-filled solid wall, can be achieved by including translucent silica aerogel within the panels. Options such as explosion venting and blast resistance can be incorporated. www.structura-uk.com/kalwall



ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY COMBINES FORM, FUNCTION AND AESTHETICS There has always been a relationship between design and the marrying up of form, function and aesthetics. While popularity of materials and styles comes and go over the years, how products look, feel and perform is constant. This interesting interplay is explored in the latest online theme from Troldtekt A/S, the Danish manufacturer of acoustic panels. Comprising expert articles, white papers and interviews, the ‘Architectural Beauty’ theme looks at the concept of architectural beauty and the importance of aesthetics in leading certification schemes for sustainable building. It acknowledges that it is not always possible to harmonise the aesthetic with the practical but that there are some ways in which they can be combined to provide value to a building while enhancing its beauty. Australian artist and designer Jay Dee Dearness sums it up well - “Beauty is the melding of functionality and aesthetics in just the right proportions to achieve the desired result.’ Acoustic product manufacturers, such as Troldtekt, embrace this relationship and are at the forefront of practical, aesthetic and high performance products and design. Troldtekt’s wood wool panelling is a perfect canvas allowing architects and designers to realise their most creative schemes, safe in the knowledge that acoustical performance will not be compromised. Since 1903, Copenhagen has presented annual awards for beautiful buildings, landscaping and urban spaces within the city. The Copenhagen Building Award comprises four categories - new buildings, restoration, refurbishment and urban environments.


Now, this stunning example of architectural beauty shows how large bright spaces, natural daylight and interesting design works well with aesthetic high performance products. It also shows how wood wool acoustic panels make such designs possible while dampening ambient and reverberated noise which would otherwise be unbearable for users. Many buildings have unique challenges relating to acoustic issues but all can benefit from acoustic panelling to help contribute towards improving the interior environment. Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100% Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability.

“We present the awards to honour the architects, engineers and developers behind the projects. Also, we’re keen to support projects and urban spaces that are of particular benefit to the city and its citizens”, comments Camilla van Deurs, City Architect of the City of Copenhagen and chair of the building award jury.

Available in various sizes and in four grades from extreme to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Samples, case studies and technical information are easily sourced from www.troldtekt.co.uk. In addition, information on Troldtekt’s Architectural Beauty theme can be found at https://www.troldtekt.com/news/ themes/architectural-beauty or https://bit.ly/3jvFmV2

Copenhagen’s Grøndalsvængets School (pictured), is one of the winning projects chosen by the Copenhagen Building Awards 2020. The school has undergone thorough renovation and expansion, all designed by JJW Arkitekter. It now has a fully modern learning environment where the original qualities have been preserved – and where the indoor climate is exemplary. Like most schools, it used to be noisy by nature from the exuberance of children.



NEW ANGLE ON GARAGE DESIGN PROVIDES EASIER VEHICLE ACCESS A newly refurbished garage at a private residence in North Yorkshire demonstrates how thinking outside the box and applying a non-standard shape can maximise the building footprint to provide the largest area of usable internal space and easy vehicle access.

Rundum Original side sliding door which is designed to follow the exact shape of the new garage. These ‘round the corner’ garage doors are ideal for buildings like this where wider openings can be achieved by making the corner of the structure effectively slide to the side.

The angle of the external boundary of the plot of the Victorian house presented an opportunity during a refurbishment project to remodel the garage and move away from the existing garage’s standard rectangular shape.

Here the client and their architect specified the door to be extruded aluminium, insulated and powder coated in a white finish to complement the natural stone and brick construction.

By aligning the front elevation of the garage with the adjacent house, vehicular access could be improved. It was, however, a design that required the integration of a door that could comfortably handle a right angle corner followed by an obtuse angle further along the side wall of the garage. Providing the ideal solution was a bespoke


Fully automated using Rundum Meir’s cordless motor, the door slides smoothly to the right on approach to provide a clear 6.7 m wide opening and enable two vehicles to be stored safely inside the garage. www.rundum.co.uk

WRIGHTSTYLE COMPLETES JORDAN PROJECT Wrightstyle, the advanced glazing system company, has completed a tourism project in the Kingdom of Jordan. The contract was for the supply of WSL 50 series FR doors and partitions, providing 120 minutes of fire protection. Wrightstyle’s systems have been installed in a hotel in Ayla Marina Village, close to the Jordanian city of Aqaba, on the country’s Red Sea coast. The Jordan contract is just the latest project in the Middle East that Wrightstyle has been involved with, following other contract completions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Lebanon. The Jordanian contact underlines the international nature of the specialist advanced glazing market, with Wrightstyle able to supply for the full range of indoor and external applications, including doors, screens and curtain walling. www.wrightstyle.co.uk

KALWALL SHEDS LIGHT ON RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT A £4m extension to the globally recognised Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde has used Kalwall ® to solve an interesting problem. The Centre houses Europe’s largest forge – to be precise an 8.5m high 300-tonne hydraulic press forge along with the associated isothermal, cooling, furnace and manipulator plant. Kalwall was used on the original structure. The addition of the new extension has seen a Kalwall clerestory surround added to bathe the interior with diffused daylight. A clever system of removable 6 x 5 metre Kalwall rooflights has been installed allowing for the craning out of the plant machinery to service and maintain when needed. The rooflights not only allow for this vital function but, similar to the clerestory, cast daylight deep into the building below. For projects like this, the use of Kalwall means that natural diffused daylight is transmitted deep into the interior space. This means there is an even balance of light throughout. Its properties also mean there are less issues around solar gain as the unique composition reduces inward radiation and conduction five times more effectively than glazing. www.structura-uk.com/kalwall



CROSSRAIL SYSTEMWIDE CONTRACTOR ATC REACHES FOR NEW HEIGHTS WITH THE HELP OF BILCO UK With the new Elizabeth line set to deliver a 10% increase in rail capacity across central London, the project will provide a high frequency service that reduces journey times and creates new travel opportunities by linking 41 stations across 100 kilometres. As part of the landmark construction project, over 42 kilometres of new tunnels, 50 kilometres of new track and 10 new stations are being developed in conjunction with major upgrades to the existing infrastructure. Throughout the construction stages of the central section, which spans from Westbourne Park to Plumstead and Pudding Mill Lane, over 350 of Bilco UK’s innovative aluminium Ladder Up® Safety Posts have been specified by Crossrail’s systemwide contractor Alstom TSO Costain Joint Venture (ATC Systemwide) to provide safe and secure access.



Weighing just seven kilograms due to the milled aluminium construction, the resilient Ladder Up® Safety Posts will provide engineers with unobstructed access to the walkways when conducting essential maintenance throughout the tunnels, once the line is operational. The unique and high quality construction of the Ladder Up® Safety Post fulfilled each requirement of the brief. This includes features such as the innovative telescopic post, which mounts permanently to the top two rungs of any fixed ladder to provide a secure handhold that enables the user to enter or exit the opening in an upright and balanced position. Each ladder has been installed with two Ladder Up® Safety Posts, which are located on either side of the ladder to provide the direct step through onto the walkway for increased safety and efficiency. The telescopic tubular section automatically locks when fully extended, while the adjustable mounting hardware accommodates any ladder rung size or spacing. The corrosion resistant construction can also withstand the demanding environment of the London underground system, ensuring its successful operation for years to come. www.bilcouk.co.uk




Situated in the heart of Dublin just a short walk or cycle from Trinity College, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and University College Dublin, Scape Aungier Street is a new state-of-the-art student accommodation complex. Offering a diverse range of high quality accommodation options, from en suite rooms in shared apartments, through to large and premium studios, the latest Scape development features communal study spaces, large open plan kitchens and gym areas to offer students all of the amenities they require. As part of the construction process, 226 Profab Access 4000 Series Riser Doors were specified for installation by AE Doors throughout every part of the building, including the communal areas and individual bedrooms. The 4000 Series Riser Doors offer the highest standards of fire safety, supplied with comprehensive CERTIFIRE bi-directional certification from third party accredited testing, Warrington Fire.



This means the riser doors are fire tested from both sides to two hours, providing confidence that the critical fire integrity products offer the highest standard and most up to date evidence for fire safety performance. The 4000 Series is the only riser door in the UK to be independently bi-directionally fire tested and certified by an accredited third party to ensure legal compliance. The steel riser doors feature a slimline construction that doesn’t compromise on quality or functionality, offering aesthetics without compromise. Providing clean and concealed access to the riser shafts, the unobtrusive doors were specified with a central key cylinder lock and hinges on one side. This significantly streamlined the installation process for the team at AE Doors and reduced the risk of damage to the doors upon installation, particularly in the student bedrooms and bathrooms where access was restricted. In the event of a fire, the doors will maintain their frame and integrity for up to two hours, preventing the spread of fire throughout the property for this period of time. The riser doors are 35dB acoustic rated, smoke sealed and airtight to Part L, whilst also featuring intumescent smoke seals that enable occupants to safely exit the building. By specifying the CERTIFIRE bi-directionally fire tested 4000 Series Riser Doors, the development is actively future proofed as the comprehensive testing certification provides a complete and transparent audit trail of due diligence that evidences the products are not only fit for purpose, but meet the duty of care required to ensure legal compliance.

The 4000 Series Riser Doors were supplied with a high quality powder-coated matt surface, which were finished on-site in a range of bold colours to reflect the contemporary interior design scheme. Profab Access’ diverse portfolio of riser doors and access panels are supported by a wide range of BIM Level 2 and CAD files to aid the specification process and streamline the initial design stages. Manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001, the 4000 Series Riser Doors can be specified and installed in a range of configurations. www.profabaccess.com



STRUCTURA BRINGS SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST THEATRE BACK TO LIFE Structura UK, the fabricator and installer of glass curtain walling and specialist refinishing expert, has completed an intriguing project at ‘The Box’ on New Inn Broadway, London and it’s a project full of firsts! The location is the site of ‘The Theatre’, Shakespeare’s first polygonal purpose-built theatre and precursor to The Globe. It is also the first site where Structura has combined curtain walling with Accoya wood panels. Combining five floors of exhibition space and offices, the whole front façade has been supplied and installed by Structura. An open plan ground floor and basement features an exhibition run in


conjunction with the Museum of London, with artefacts celebrating its place in history as the site of the original Shakespeare theatre. Architects Gallus Studio have also drawn on many Elizabethan references for this project from Juliet balconies to specifying the timber grid framings. In order to test fully the innovative use of timber and glass, Structura had to build a rig for CWCT air, wind and impact tests. A series of experiments were then conducted using wind generated from an old Spitfire engine and wrecking ball impact. www.structura-uk.com/kalwall


WRAPTITE® AIRTIGHTNESS SOLUTION PROVIDES HUGE BENEFITS FOR ANGLESEY MODULAR HOMES The superior airtightness performance of the Wraptite membrane from the A. Proctor Group is delivering huge benefits to both the in-factory and on-site construction of a series of new modular social housing for Anglesey Council. Applied externally on the outside of the structural frame, Wraptite simplifies the process of maintaining the envelope’s integrity, as there are less building services and structural penetrations to be sealed. The high vapour permeability of Wraptite allows the substrate beneath to dry quickly and moisture vapour to escape, and reduces the likelihood of mould, mildew, condensation, timber distortion and metal corrosion. The self-adhesive nature of Wraptite means that it is easy to apply and there is no requirement for mechanical fixings. Specialist contractor Kenton Jones was commissioned by the Council to construct the new homes using a highperformance timber frame system. www.proctorgroup.com

TITAN LITE PROTECTING MOVEMENT JOINTS WITHIN NEW MIDLAND METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL The fire protection of critical movement joints within the main floor slabs of the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital in Birmingham has consumed some 1,000 linear metres of Titan Lite 120/60, as a well proven and widely specified passive fire protection product. Flynn Interiors’ operatives have attached three layers of the fire resistant fabric to sub-frames made up of 25 x 25mm steel angle, bolted to the concrete soffit. The Titan Lite is secured in place with staggered overlapping joints to resist the passage of flame and hot gases. Both TBA’s technical department and IFC were involved with the inspection and sign off of the work. As a non-rigid woven material Titan Lite is easy to cut and fix and is created to improve its cooling properties and therefore prevent temperatures rising in adjoining areas. The system has been fully tested to BS 476 Parts 6.7, 20 &22 and is third party certified by IFCC. www.tbafirefly.com



SCHÖCK ISOKORB FOR SEAFRONT PASSIVE HOUSE AWARD WINNER Seaton Beach Apartments in Devon is the first UK multiresidential development to be certified as passive house plus. Some claim that passive house standard is easier to achieve with simpler, box-like forms, resulting in finished buildings being aesthetically limited – but this is certainly not the case here. A little design ingenuity and the use of Schöck Isokorb thermal breaks, has enabled generous sea-facing balconies with sweeping curves to create a striking finish. Seaton may be a traditional Devon seaside resort town, but there is nothing traditional about the eyecatching new passive house development right on the seafront. Seaton Beach Apartments is an innovative, award-winning, new development of seven luxury twobedroom beachfront apartments, complete with a three bedroom penthouse – and is the first multi-residential development in the UK to be certified as passive house plus. Which means it is not only able to meet the ultralow energy fabric requirement, but also generates renewable energy. The project can also boast ‘best sustainable residential development in the UK’ from the International Property Awards. Initially though, the original architectural design was not to passive house standard. However, the developer recognised that the south-facing orientation and form factor would make it possible to reach the necessary standard. 86


Uses 90% less energy than a typical new build - Other features of the construction include low electromagnetic field wiring arrangements and a highly efficient mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery. Complete with an exhaust air heat pump for hot water supply. An array of PV panels on the roof yield an annual 14,234 kWh, resulting in the building generating more energy than it uses. There is a constant supply of silently circulated filtered fresh air within the triple glazed, airtight construction. And 90 per cent less energy used than in a typical new build. All factors which have contributed to the building achieving the stringent passive house plus target. Passive house standard is easier to achieve with simpler, box-like forms and finished buildings are often considered aesthetically limited and rather prosaic. However, with Seaton Beach Apartments, a little design ingenuity and the use of Schöck Isokorb thermally broken balcony connectors defies this notion. The potentially unexciting building now features large seafacing balconies with generous curves. The detailing of these balconies is critical though, if thermal bridging is to be minimised and the building’s energy performance not compromised. (cont...) 87


(cont...) The Isokorb is a technically advanced solution - SchÜck Isokorb thermal breaks are installed where the balconies meet the clay block structure, as ineffectual insulation at these cantilever connectivity points will result in local heat loss. Architects Gale and Snowden, who have helped stimulate the trend for larger scale passive house projects in the region, were brought in at this point to develop the initial detailed designs and oversee the construction. The ground floor is concrete, with a monolithic clay block construction used from the first to third floors and timber frame for the penthouse. Combined with high-performance external render and internal plaster, the result is an entirely mineral hygroscopic wall build-up, which helps to regulate humidity and provide a healthy and comfortable internal environment. This means more energy is required to maintain the building’s internal temperature. Low internal surface temperatures around the thermal bridge can also cause condensation, leading to structural integrity problems with absorbent insulation products and the potentially serious occurrence of mould growth. The SchÜck Isokorb is one of the most technically advanced countermeasures against thermal bridging. 88


It not only thermally separates components from one another, but acts in a structural design capacity as well. The product type used here has an innovative HTE Compact compression module made of highdensity micro-fibre reinforced concrete and transfers both negative moments and positive shear forces with cantilever balconies, or positive field moments combined with shear forces. Schöck is able to offer planners complete construction dependability and almost limitless freedom of design with the options available in its Isokorb product range. There are solutions for concrete-to-concrete, concreteto-steel, steel-to-steel, a thermally insulating connection for reinforced concrete walls – and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets. The temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) which must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings, is easily met by incorporating the Isokorb. They also offer LABC Registration and have independent BBA Certification. For a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide; the Schöck Specifiers Guide or to view the range of downloadable software, visit www.schoeck.co.uk



HOTEL BINET, DESIGNED WITH NATURAL SLATE The Binet building is an innovative, creative and modern building designed with natural slate. A 4-star hotel, a restaurant, several meeting rooms, a headquarters and a rooftop bar are all located within this impressive building covered in natural slate using CUPACLAD® 101 RANDOM. This modern building has been designed by the architecture studio ECDM Architectes. Located in the heart of the 18th district of Paris, next to the Porte de Montmartre, it offers an amazing view of the Sacré-Cœur. This building is part of an urban renewal project, initiated by Paris City Council in 2011 to reinvent the Binet quarter and open it to the French capital.



A timeless and modern cladding reinvents the Binet quarter. The innovative natural slate design looks like a black arrow pointing to the sky of Paris. The slate cladding offers a sleek and stylish appearance. The cladding of the building is formed by more than 30.000 natural slates which have been carefully selected to ensure the best quality. The design which uses CUPACLAD® 101 RANDOM offers a dynamic look thanks to the combination of different slate formats (50×25, 50×20 and 50×15). Vincent Foubert, work supervisor of Lucas Reha, explains how it was a pleasure to work with slate again, and to teach his team how to install this marvellous material. Nicolas Barsotti, the manager of The Originals Paris Maison Montmartre (the 4-star hotel located on the 5th and 6th floor), highlights the potential of slate in modern architecture: “I think slate can be used in a lot of projects due to its stylish appearance and easy maintenance.” Due to its many advantages including its elegant and innovative look, slate has been chosen unanimously. Furthermore, Dominique

Marrec highlights that the slates precise installation convinced the stakeholders since the beginning. Natalia Nuñez, architect and CUPACLAD product manager, explains the significance of the project: “This project is emblematic for CUPA PIZARRAS as it perfectly represents the image we want to give of natural slate; a timeless, durable material that perfectly answers to the needs of a daring, modern architecture. France is the “country of slate” and the largest consumer of slate worldwide. The Binet building is a reference that highlights our knowhow and our innovative slate usage.” This first slate-clad building in Paris highlights the futureproof of natural slate and contemporary architecture. Slate provides countless technical and natural properties and has inimitable textures and colours. www.cupapizarras.com/uk



YEOMAN RAINGUARD PLAYS A PART IN BRINGING LISTED MANSION HOUSE BACK TO FORMER GLORY A grade II listed Mansion on the outskirts of Ulverston, Cumbria, has respectfully been restored and developed by housebuilders, Charles Church, Lancashire. As a way of protecting the future of the mansion, planning permission was granted for it to be converted into 19 apartments and the gatehouse into a bungalow. Charles Church ensured that the conversion work carried out was sympathetic tothe Scottish baronial style whilst respecting the original features. These qualities also needed to be reflected when it came to the replacement of the rainwater systems on both the mansion and the gatehouse.


With over 40 years’ experience of providing aesthetically appropriate, yet highly functional rainwater systems for heritage and listed building projects, Yeoman Rainguard were the perfect choice to provide a suitable system for the restoration. On the mansion house gutters that could not be refurbished were replaced with Yeoman Rainguard MOG 25 x 100 mm cast iron gutters finished in Light Aircraft Grey colour along with complementing rectangular rainwater pipes.


The use of Yeoman Rainguard ornamental ear bands and corner ear bands for the cast iron pipes played a part in maintaining the authenticity of the faรงade of the building. In areas where replacement gutters were required to match up seamlessly to theoriginal gutters, Yeoman Rainguard were able to replicate exact size and profiles with their manufacturing capabilities using GRP material. Cast iron soil pipes were provided from the Rainguard TX range providing a highly durable, easy to install waste water drainage solution. The gatehouse, tastefully converted into a bungalow, was fully fitted with brand-new Yeoman Rainguard cast iron MOG gutters and round down pipes. Finished in a classy gloss black paint the rainwater system was befitting of the buildings design and heritage. All Yeoman Rainguard products were fitted by their own directly employed fixing team ensuring a quality installation and end result. www.rainguard.co.uk




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